antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pale amber brown with virtually no head. Aromas of caramel and my sidewalk. Malty flavors with some caramel. No roasted flavors and not much hop presence. Quick dry finish which I beleive is helped by the rye. Thin and easy to drink, if not memorable.
bhensonb (14492) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours ruddy copper. Malty aroma. Flavor is malty with chocolate. Not bitter.
slowrunner77 (10763) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a cheap, fairly well balanced sixer from trader joes. not something i’d get again, as there are livelier ambers out there, but the nutty malt and hops are done well enough, and a sixer was $4.99 til recently."
seymour (1929) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted from bottle into standard pint glass. Brewed for Trader Joe’s by Goose Island in Chicago; I’ve read it’s essentially the same as their seasonal Irish Red Ale. If true, it’s no wonder Trinity is one of TJ’s very best "cheap beers." Pours a clear, bubbly red color with medium beige head. Aromas of bread, roasted barley and just a hint of hops. Complex malty-sweet taste balanced by hops bitterness and dryness of unmalted grain. Light-body but with a full, round mouthfeel. Nice fruity ale fermentation. Extremely drinkable, the six-pack never lasts long.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Trader Joes Short Pump on 03/04/2010. Clear copper amber body with a large rocky off-white head. Sweet pale and roasted malt with a floral and earthy hop background. Earthy flavor, some tea-like character with a touch of caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
rubbishystuff (2404) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2016 Has this changed recently? Did it used to be a lot more roasted tasting and smelling? Still nice stuff, however nothing to go crazy about. Serving: Bottle
BillKismet (3919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy grapefruit-amber color with a white head. Non-descript malt aroma with some cardboard notes. However, non-descript aroma contrasts with a lovely honeyed-malt flavor that leaps out. Smooth, mellifluous red ale, moderately fruity with a honeyed finish. What a bargain!
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle split with maniac. Pours a hazy golden amber with large white head and sticky lacing. Vegetal, swet, herbal, fake bubblegum on the tail. I think this bottle must be old. Could be alright fresh I suppose.
nuplastikk (5911) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Amber-brown color with a respectable, creamy head. Spicy, sugary, rich amber malt tones. Medium bodied, with some smooth vanilla-amber malt sweetness that fades away in the watery aftertaste. Lacking a little depth in the body department, it is hard to think of this beer as anything but session schwag. That being said, it is relatively clean, fresh, and inoffensive. Unimpressive.
jcos (1796) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: From Ben4321, beer from Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, VA
Aroma: Light aroma
Appearance: Red apperance, semi-cloudy
Flavor: Solid flavor, light malt taste.
Palate: Smooth drinking beer.
Overall Impression: Solid irish ale, nothing special but very drinkable.
ben4321 (6018) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes (Short Pump), 12/5/09
Aroma: Aroma of toasted malts and grains, caramel, spice, earth
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber-orange color with an off-white head
Flavor: Medium sweet in flavor with a mild hop backing
Palate: This one drinks smoothly with a somewhat slick texture
This is a pretty decent Irish ale, it has a decent enough flavor, not too exciting or unexciting, just solid and drinkable. A nice session beer for a good price.