Livid (49) - - DEC 30, 2011
Picked this up at Trader Joe’s in Salem. Unique swing-top bottle, opens with a good pop. Pours a clean reddish amber in color with a couple fingers of pale head. Moderate lacing. Has a slight hop aroma, but not enough to really pick anything out. Bottle says it’s an ale, but it tastes more like a malty märzen lager. Thin mouthfeel. Far from the worst $3.49 I’ve spent on a pint, but probably not something I would buy again. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2011
50 cl bottle from Trader Joe’s - Pours a a clear amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is caramel malt and light herbal hops. Flavor is pretty much the same. Medium body. Worth a try. BillKismet (4064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Orange-amber body, light cream head. Toasty amber malt nose, with touches of caramel and some Vienna malting thrown in--quite pleasant. The flavor is consistent with the body. Although this is a red ale, it is much like an Oktoberfest/Vienna with its toasty and caramel malt profile and mute hop character. Sweet with some alcohol presence felt in the finish. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Copper beer with a dark creamn colored head. Toasted malt and light citrus aroma. Malt and light mineral flavor with light citrus. Medium bodied. Mineral and malt lingers. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
10-Dec-11 (500-ml flip-top bottle, Best By 30-Dec-12: Purchased 07-Dec-11 for $2.99 at Trader Joe’s in San Diego/Pacific Beach, CA)
Mikljon (12) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Might as well not beat around the bush: this is a huge diacetyl bomb! Medium-sweet, caramely malt and mildly bitter, grassy hops are strongly overshadowed by cardboard and a powerful buttery characteristic that simply cannot be ignored for even one sip, and I consider myself to be less sensitive to diacetyl than most people. The nose is stale butter, skunky grassy hops, wet cardboard, and sweet caramel candy. The mouthfeel is very oily and slick, carbonation is medium, and weight is medium. Fully clear and amber in color, and capped by half an inch of fine-bubbled, light-tan head, at least this is an attractive beer in the glass. The head settles fairly quickly to a partial sheen and thin ring. Overall, yeah, just not a good beer to put it nicely. Clean up the diacetyl and the beer would probably be simple and mindlessly quaffable, but at least drinkable and pleasant. Unfortunately, this is a drain pour for me.
500ml flip top bottle from Trader Joe’s, Milbrae, CA. Pours clear orange with modest off-white head. Nose is musty and skunky with a bit of cardboard. It is hard to pick up the malts and hops. I sense some cherry, stone fruit. As it warmed I picked up biscuity malt. Taste is pretty sweet and fruity with slight sour candy-like finish. Some bitterness and tannin in the aftertaste. Not sure I taste hops. Palate is medium body, oily feel, and average carbonation. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Fliptop: Pours clear red amber with large foamy head. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with some apple cider notes. Flavor is sweet malt, dough, and red apple with a hint of honey. Palate starts thick with light sweetness and good carb bite but finishes with a slick filmy tongue coating. Overall ok, not flawed but I just wasn’t into it. marcus (10231) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle from Trader Joe’s Sacramento. Pours reddish copper witih a thick beige head and a sour fruity aroma. There is a thin caramel malt flavor with a slightly sour cherry taste. It’s tastes pretty good although it is a bit watery. bhensonb (15235) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
500 ml swingtop. Opens with a pop! Pours copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of mild roast malt and nuts. Med body. Foamy carb. Flavor is nutty, roasted malt, and something a little like noble hop. It’s pretty balanced, and it drinks very pleasantly.