Trader José – Dark

On my last trip to the US I stepped into a Trader Joe’s and fell in love with the beer selection. While I contemplated over which new beers I would like to try a clerk said if I wanted I could create my own taster six-pack. I left the store with 12 beers. I figured I would give a nod to the store that allowed me to pick up a variety of different beers by picking up their brand beer.

Also it was dirt cheap.

Trader José Dark Lager is a Mexican import much like Negro Modelo, the go to beer for all-inclusive Mexican vacations. It is an American Amber / Reg Lager style beer.

Beer pours dark mahogany and very clean. Up against a light you really see some of the red shine through the dark brown beer. Head was a nice foamy tan colour that really sticks around.

Sweet malty aroma right off from the start. You can really detect the breadiness and biscuit malts.

Taste is what you would expect. Has a nice bready thickness to it that you can chew on. Nothing too complex but it has a very clean finish.

This is a simple beer. It’s not complex and bursting with flavour. Simple isn’t bad. It’s the type of beer you can enjoy plenty of on a nice summer day. This beer is also very cheap and at that price point I would recommend it over many other beers in the low price range.

However, it is a bit bland for my own personal taste and I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again.

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is a blend of their 60 Minute and 90 Minute. Bottle conditioned with Maple syrup in 750mL bottles. 90 Minute is one of my favourite beers and it introduced me to the world of the hoppy goodness that is american IPA. The below video review is the first I’ve heard of their 75 Minute but I immediately want to drink it. It just sounds amazing.