jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy white and very pale yellow color. Aroma is grain, musty. Taste is grain, sweet (corn?), musty, mild light hops. OK/mild carbonation.
Tmoney99 (10986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from TraderJoe’s. Poured light pale color with a minimal head that diminished quickly with virtually no lacing. Light grainy aroma. Light body with soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration. Much of what I expected.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Name: Frugal Joe’s Ordinary Ale
pale yellow, wispy white head, light malt aroma with funky floral hops, light malt flavor, touch of sweetness, light hops, almost tasteless,
Aroma: 3/10; Appearance: 4/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 5/20
Drake (8808) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s in Richmond. Pale straw yellow with a one finger white head, moderate retention and no lacing. Grassy hay-like aroma with corny notes. It doesn’t really taste like beer. Taste is seltzer water with sweet corn notes. Soft carbonation. Thin body. About what you would expect for 84 cents.
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
What do you expect for 77 cents/single? Trader Joe’s s a good place to go for eclectic and organic food, but they need to go back to the drawing board in the beer department. Actually it looks like they have a few different beers I have not seen elsewhere, all brewed by some brewer in MN. Anyway, this beer is not even good enough to be considered "ordinary". Pours an insipid pale gold color with a thin white head. Aroma did not provide any insight as to what the beer had to offer. Actually neither did the flavor so I just poured the sumbitch out.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. As bland and plain as you could imagine. Nose? Light cracker malts, light caramel, stinky, stale, flat smell. Taste is the same. Minimally offensive corn, dust and stale crackers. Boring.
Ughsmash (7177) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled. Poured a clear straw golden with a slight layer of white headage. Nose was quite grainy... with corn syrup, sliced green vegetables, honey, and a bit of wheat... not very appetizing. Flavor consisted of grainy wheat, corn husk, and lemon-tinted pale malts. Palate was horrendous... spritzy, tart for no good reason, and tacky at the finish. Blech.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a transparent pale golden with a thin, spotty-lacing ring of white head. Aroma of slightly grainy pale malt and a hint of earthy noble hops. Body is thin, but smooth with little grainy malty character and a touch of earthy bitterness toward a clean, but boring finish.
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Yeah - what the other raters said about this and then some. Actually not too offensive, since it’s mostly watered down corn syrup. Praise be I only bought one.
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TheBeerGod (5319) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear blonde. Small white head. Nose is grainy and lightly hoppy with mild malt tones. Taste is grainy and hoppy with light hay. Body is light-medium with moderate to strong carbonation. Ends with more grains and hay blended with light malts.