maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2012
This is wholly unremarkable. It’s not bad, but nothing good about it. Has a nice reddish tinge to it, but almost no smell and little head. It tastes like a beer, but has little taste or aftertaste. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
For $2.99, I ain’t gonna bitch too much. This is an acceptable beer for that price. Absolutely nothing about it sticks out in anyway, but it drank pretty good. This is true with 90% of the beers I buy on a whim at Trader Joes. Malty, bready, good lively carbonation. Kind of reminded me of a marriage between Anchor Steam and Boston Lager. Nothing I will seek out again, but decent enough for the price. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
500ml bottle 4/10/12 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-46° in English Pint-Pours a clear ruby red with a nice two finger off white head. Aroma of malt, carmael, and toffee. Taste of caramel, malt, and sweetness. This medium bodied brew is not bad. mansquito (6437) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2012
Trader Joe’s, DC 500ml ($3.50): Pours a nice copper colour with a serious head. Aroma is actually not too bad either, but it smells kind of like cheap lager after the initial nice smells coming out. Unfortunately, the taste drops the ball. It is just bland. It is kind of like what I would expect from a third rate American microbrew amber: uninspired and unperfected. Watery, metallic, and with some weak malts and even weaker hops. This is really meh. Seeing as this was from TJ’s, I wasn’t expecting much, but this managed to dash my already low expectations. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
500ml swing top from Trader Joes. Pours a translucent amber color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with biscuit malts and some light citrus tang. The flavor has some bread and biscuit elements and a bit of fruit, but it is basically watery and lacking in character. The palate is thin and unsatisfying with lively carbonation. Finishes short with some metal. Overall: Worth every penny of that $2.99 I spent for this and not a cent more. Bottle dated best before 4-10-13 and its scary to think what this might transform into on that date.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
500ml bottle - $3.99 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia. B.B.E. 02/10/13 (drink up - there’s no way this’ll hold up that long).
bierbairn (8) - - MAR 24, 2012 does not count
Appearance: Pours out a clear, copper-toned body with a smallish, wispy, whitish head.
Smell: Lightly toasted biscuit tops with a razor thin edge of dry caramel, some apple and grape juice hints, and an astringent earthy something.
Taste: Light tastes of biscuits, toast, and caramel with just a little sweetness. Then, the flavors drop out further as a sip of water washes in. As with the nose, touches of apple and Juicy Juice grape juice. Low herbal tones, low bitterness. Drying at the end with a final accent of cheap fruity-flavored gum. Minus an extra twang here or there, it’s not too far removed from the taste of a Killian’s. Really.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Normally, I’d say my arch nemesis unclemattie (on RB) can drink a damn glass of rocks, but I thank him for his outstanding work in also pointing out it’s reminiscent of a Killian’s Irish Red, a thought I had clearing the bottle while waiting for a pizza delivery, though I disagree with his "very refreshing" take, as that little extra sly hint of ill-defined ick kinda killed it for me.
This isn?t the worst slosh I?ve tasted, but it is close. It?s both sour and thick, with a little bit of sweetness. It comes in a dark brown bottle, but it tastes like a tin can. Palidor19 (3188) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Heavy on the flavor with a great emphasis on yeast and wheat favors. It has a strong bite at the end with a touch of cereal. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
The aroma is malty and grainy with yeast and a hint of nuts and fruit. The appearance is copper with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a really nice session beer. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2012
500mL swing-top bottle from TraderJoe’s, Roswell. BBE 02/10/13. Pours clear reddish amber color, light tan foam. Smells of sweet malt, earthy floral hops. Tastes like a sweet amber lager. Italian Killian’s Irish Red. Some toasted malts, caramel backbone, wooded bitterness, finishes very dry with a brown sugar character. Medium bodied, creamy texture. I assumed I was paying for a fancy bottle, the beer is not all that bad. Very refreshing. (3260). Happy Leap Day