Drive Thru Red
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #376
Ranked #27,926
3.43 | pDev: 18.08%
Aug 08, 2023
Aug 09, 2017
Notes: None
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Rated by TrishSt_A_FL_27

3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nicer than I expected it to be, with a definite candy undertone and nice fall orange color. Serve it very cold!
Aug 08, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Marvicsin from California

May 29, 2023
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Rated by jkh15 from Michigan

3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Tastes fine just not a very strong flavor. Just not much there!
May 17, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by USAF-Mike from California

May 06, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 3.39 by avisong from Virginia

Mar 15, 2023
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Reviewed by BAKOJAX from California

4.78/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Pint Nucleated Muffin Top Glass.
Look: Attractive Amber Red but not so dark as to obscure the small bubbles arising from the bottom of the glass. A nice creamy toned, fingers width head formed then slowly dissipated leaving a small bit of lacing.
Smell: Pleasant, fresh toastiness.
Taste: Flavorful, but not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and light, with a slight tingle.
Overall: A good companion glass of refreshment to accompany an afternoon of online computer shopping. At $5.99/6 bottles it will be an obvious addition to our weekly shopping list.
Feb 23, 2023
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Reviewed by VacheronVoisin

5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is more than "okay" it's actually downright exceptional. It was so good I didn't even know it was a generic Trader Joe's offering. I bought one bottle one night when I was shopping for different types of beer. I noticed a single bottle only cost me 1 dollar. At first I thought the cashier made a mistake.

Later when I went back to the store I realized in fact each bottle really was only a dollar. This is at a time when the price of beer has gone up considerably due to inflation and questionable economic policies. It's almost a fool's argument to buy more expensive beer at this point. So of course I picked up a 6 pack of these.

They taste great, they have a decent %, there's really nothing to criticize about this beer in general. I get a fairly impressive head when I pour it, overall everything about it is frankly solid. Nothing about this beer in my opinion reflects the low price. This could easily be sold at a much higher price and I'm sure people would still buy it.

So I have to give this a majestic rating of 5 out of 5 across the board.
Jan 07, 2023
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, best by 05/19/23 (perhaps suspiciously far in the future?). Served in a pint glass. Brilliant ruby color and crystal clear, despite little head formation, this looks really nice! Aroma has coppery Munich malt. Flavor backs up the truck on that Munich malt. Nice spicy, German style hops bring dryness without turning this into a red IPA (or DIPA).

Not remarkable, but tasty enough to drink. Certainly better than most of the "Josephsbrau" stuff I've had.
Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours deep red with a shall off white head. Smells of caramelized grain and slight fruit. Tastes of caramelized grain with nice citrus notes. Beer is medium to full bodied yet easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Oct 31, 2022
Rated: 3.21 by kkarimi from Texas

Aug 18, 2022
Rated: 3.08 by 88caprice from Virginia

Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had no idea who brewed this beer, but it was surprisingly good. At first I figured it was your basic hoppy red, but then the malt backbone really kicked in at the end, making a nicely balanced beer. Sort of surprised it was over 7%, but you don't get the boozy taste, so it worked out fine. This was a solid beer and one I'd get again.
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by joshkouri from England

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: Dark red almost brown ale - light to no foam.
Smell: Caramel, maybe even hints of bread like aroma as well as a floral smell.
Taste: Caramel dominant, malts, don't taste the alcohol at all. Very smooth.
Feel: Medium bodied, light carbonation.
Overall: Not bad! I was in the woods and saw this beer so figured I'd give it a shot and definitely don't regret it!
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by Brimstoned from Nevada

Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 3 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Oct 23, 2021
Drive Thru Red from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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