Today’s beer is one specifically brewed for Trader Joe’s. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To continue our celebration of DC Beer week we will be tapping a firkin of our latest collaboration with Trader Joe’s. To celebrate Trader Joe’s fiftieth anniversary, we’ve brewed something special – a delicate, straw blonde Belgian Pale Ale. Notes of pear and black pepper serve as prelude to soft, biscuity malts and a refined, balancing hop presence. The tasting room exclusive firkin is dry hopped with Eureka hops – imparting aromas of tangerine, grapefruit rind and citrus. Borinquen Lunch box Food Truck will be serving authentic home-cooked Puerto Rican cuisine and Shane Gamble will be providing the tunes in the beer garden.”
Random: I love the food from Trader Joe’s, I just hate how crowded it is.
The beer poured with a large, three finger, cream-colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and a dusky orange. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was muted with some old grass along with coriander and wheat. The taste was very crisp. It started with some lemon and orange citrus and quickly went into the same coriander and wheat that was apparent in the nose. Some bubblegum and yeast came through next. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bubblegum. Val picked this one up for me during a Trader Joe’s trip, so I’m not sure how much it was, but there was nothing special about this beer. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0