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 #404
Ranked #29,025
3.39 | pDev: 18.29%
Jul 01, 2022
Aug 09, 2017
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Rated: 3.08 by 88caprice from Virginia

Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +18%
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 +21.5%
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
Rated: 3.44 by monk2021 from Texas

Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 3.3 by Mattandwin from New Hampshire

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Deep red body, with excellent clarity, crowned by a massive, dense cream-colored cloud top head. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass wall. Sheets of small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: The taste opens with lightly toasted sweet caramel and grassy hops. Freshly-toasted brown bread notes are present, as well. Some floral hop notes present ,a well. No alcohol is present in the aroma, despite a considerable ABV of 7.2%.

Taste: Opens \\toasted and caramel malts in a quite nice balance. As the taste progresses, spicy and grassy hops present themselves Late in the taste, the hops become medicinal. The relatively high ABV of 7.2 percent does not present in the taste or in any warmth. In the finish, toasted and caramel malts vie with the spicy hops for supremacy. The finish is dominated by lingering, mid medicinal hops.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full quite pleasant, with just a faint hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This seems an unqualified bargain at $6.99 for a six-pack and a fine choice for a cool autumn day. Drive Thru Red reminds me more than a little of New Belgium's Fat Tire, but with a bit more ABV and a more assertive hop presence.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown. Served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.
Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: Deep clear amber, with a short head and tiny line of lace.

AROMA: Floral hops and caramel malts. Ok.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee malts overpowering a tangy, bitter hops finish. Not bad.
Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 3.14 by Ali5489 from New York

May 17, 2021
Rated: 3.33 by arini10 from Oregon

Apr 12, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by 2beerdogs from California

Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
2/13/21 - Clear copper, cream colored head recedes to bubbly cap, somewhat lacy; Crisp clean aroma; Mouthfeel: nice carbonation; Slightly bitter with a hint of sour. Not bad, not great.
Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 3 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jan 24, 2021
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Rated by Chuygamez from California

4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Smooth, few bitter notes but not very hoppy
Dec 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear reddish tinted amber color with a one finger head of yellowish off-white foam. The head has a light level of retention, fading to leave a small amount of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a bready and caramel malt smell mixed with a bit of citrus and herbal hop. Along with these smells comes a little bit of grain and a tiny touch of a medicinal smell, producing a oddly enough, very inviting aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a heavy bready and doughy taste that is backed with lots of caramel and a touch of fruit sweetness, with some light tangerine, orange, papaya. There is a lighter hop presence upfront, with both some grapefruit and herbal hop tastes being present. As the taste advances some other light hop tastes of pine and earth come to the tongue, with the grapefruit hop fading away. With a touch of graininess that comes at the end, one is left with a rather malt heavy and lightly dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and more chewy for a 7.2 % brew with a carbonation level that was average. Overall, the feel was decent, with the thickness helping to accentuate the somewhat more subdued hop tastes of the brew.
Overall – An alright red ale. Not a hop powerhouse for sure, but malty and smooth, with an easy drinking feel.
Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 27, 2020
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle

Copper color, good head, retention. Smell is caramel, sweet, floral herbal hops, ,'dry leaves' flavor aplenty, but it doesn't take away from the flavor. Well carbonated, alcohol isn't a factor

Big bang
Aug 26, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Clear dark amber, the color of a sunset, with rising carbonation bubbles from the center of the snifter. One finger of slightly off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Pine, citrus, earthy hops. Sweet malt at the back.

Taste: Generally sweet caramel malt, with a light citrusy hop flavor and very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, with average carbonation. No real alcohol flavor is perceptible.

Overall: A perfectly decent beer that tastes smoother than the ABV would suggest.
Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pleasant, nicely malty beer picked up on a whim during a recent trip to Trader Joe’s.

Pours a beautiful reddish orange color with nice head and good lacing. Sweet malty smell and taste. Agreeable earthiness and bitterness. Rich, smooth feel. Definitely something I would buy again.
Aug 03, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by a_silva_016 from Arizona

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Red meets IPA. Pours copper red with light fading white cap. Malty sweet backbone with (42) IBU crunch and dry bitter aftertaste. An okay heavy IBV at 7.2% Trader Joe bargain brew.
Jun 25, 2020
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Reviewed by scootny from New York

4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is a beer that delivers excellence through simplicity. A deep reddish amber that is clear and bright. A thick sticky head, off white eggshell, that leaves lots of lace and covers the brew after a slow fade continuously as I drink.

Nose delivers toasted malts in abundance. Whole grain breads follow with gentle caramel sweetness. Earthy Tettnang hops bring up the rear with a lightly spicy bite.

Lovely taste. Just really dig this. I am a big fan of the classic beer formula that allows the malt to make a statement. This does that very well. There is a generous malt front that brings toasted grains, whole grain breads and a touch of biscuit. A current of toffee flowing into caramel and then those noble hops. Earthy with a touch of bite, they really complete this beer in a way that stands in two traditions. One is an English custom of malt forward beers with milder Fuggles type hops. The other is the American hop forward citrus bombs. While there is no citrus to be found here, the clean yeast that offers none of the characteristic English fruitiness is decidedly American as is the more hop forward content. It's just the way in which the hops are done that allow for a healthy dosing, while allowing the malt to shine and speak by dry hopping with the Tettnang, is a brilliant touch. That being said, there is a touch of yeast fruitiness that once again sits between the two traditions. Clean and dry finish with a light happiness. No trace of the alcohol.

Great feel. Smooth crisp and lightly creamy. Medium body that promotes easy drinking and long and happy conversations over many glasses. Thirst quenching and delicious.

This is a great beer that delivers simple sophistication, a delicious malt profile and at the same time a different take on presenting more hops. English pub brew meets American session ale. It It will go well with the grill, seafood and of course cheese and the usual pub fare. Cheese burgers and hot dogs anyone? A great 4th of July brew. It also ups the abv at 7.2 percent. All this for 7 bucks? I'm buying out store. Well done TJ's Love it!
May 17, 2020
Rated: 2 by mblakesley from California

Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by irs from New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Brownish red not much foam.
Nothing special about the nose. It kind of smells like cheap beer. Its not setting expectations high.
I guess that's the way it tastes, too. Mild sweetness and a dark fruit flavor with some hop bitterness about halfway through.
Mouthfeel is about right in the middle.
I guess you get what you pay for.
Feb 04, 2020
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Reviewed by hophead723 from California

4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I can already tell before I review this that almost everyone that has reviewed this beer so far is highly unintelligent and has no idea what they are drinking. Based on the hop and malt bill of this beer, it is guaranteed to be good. It is dry-hopped exclusively with Tettenang hops. Poured into my Samuel Smith British Pub Glass.

Look: Perfectly clear, beautiful deep red amber. The head is two fingers thick and the color of aged parchment. Carbonation clings to the bottom of my laser-etched nucleation site glass, with lazy bubbles floating lugubriously to the top. The sticky lace is dragged down the glass, with an extremely stubborn thick film that prevails until the very last gulp.

Smell: A superb exhibition of Tettnang hops with an earthy and herbal hop profile working its way through the hearty malt backdrop of toasted bread and honey-covered biscuit. The hops' earthiness rides alongside the roasted caramel malt character.

Taste/Feel: The sweetness of the malt is exquisitely complemented and balanced by the spicy characteristics of the hops. Prominent breadiness throughout, with Challah and pumpernickel crust. The finish allows the noble hops to shine, with a pleasant prickly bitterness characteristic of Tettnang hops, among a few other Noble varieties and leaves a lip-smacking lingering malty flavor with a dry finish. Alongside these earthy and spicy flavors, a subtle undertone of walnut, grain, and fig fruitiness is present.

Overall: The toasty biscuit malt has a lovely dry finish, with the medium body carrying the rich malt character across the palate with excellent momentum. I give it a 5 overall because of the price. When all of the delicious attributes of this beer are considered, the price makes this excellent!
Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 3.27 by ChipChaight from New York

Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by burnerfinger from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
night before Christmas eve, what a night for a mighty fine brew:

16 oz bottle in my Sam Smith pilsner glass:

A nice thick off-white head, less than a full finger super clear, deep red or even orange brew

smell: nice hoppiness - but more than a bit understated.

T super big flavor profile: mostly honey or maple

M HEAVY body, a real "thickness" to it

Drinkability: lets get sloppy, shall we?
Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Trader Joe's Bedford
Dark amber red in color with a decent sized off white head that persists. Caramel and a hint of chocolate and smoke with some earthy citrus to counter. Clean well made, welcome to craft beer in 1997.
Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by BlueSpader from Washington

Nov 14, 2019
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