Today is my first day of vacation. I’m off for a week and of course, I am up early. So, I threw on disc 8 of World At War (I’m sure the other half is going to be jealous that I didn’t wait for her to watch it) and here’s a post about a beer I drank last night that the other half picked up awhile back from Trader Joe’s.
Style: English India Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ale has been a feature of life at our home since at least as far back as 1086. We know this because the Great Abbey’s ‘cerevisiarii’ or ale brewers are mentioned in the Domesday Book. But we’ve taken the traditional craft of brewing to new heights, producing what is arguably the finest range of cask ales in the country.
We are proud of this heritage and tradition. Today, we are as passionate about our beers, our service and our people as our brewing ancestors. Our broad portfolio of well-known, much-loved brands includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot Ale.”
Random: While trying to find the trivia portion for this post, I found multiple blogs just dedicated to Trader Joe’s.
This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated slowly, but left minimal lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly malty with biscuit, caramel and tea. The taste was even more malty. Caramel malt and toffee came through first, then a bit of spice from the hops, which were relatively muted. There was biscuit as well as astringent booze. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It had a quick but sweet, bready finish. This beer was way underhopped, even given that the style is not supposed to be as aggressive as its American counterpart. I wouldn’t have this again, despite not knowing the price since we threw the receipt out, but it just missed the mark for me.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0