Trader Joe's Vintage Ale 2011
I pick up a bottle or two every year. It's always been what I'd consider a decent ale, and for the price a good value. This beer has always been on the thin and over carbonated side for this style, and the bottle I had a week ago these traits were even more pronounced than usual. It almost seemed as if I was drinking a cola. After (reluctantly) finishing it I actually felt that the $5 could have been better spent towards something I truly enjoy drinking. This last bottle was just not very pleasing.
On a side note, a few days later I picked up a bottle of Delirium Noel for about $10 and it was superb. The extra $5 over the price of the TJ's Ale was more than worth it. This is a beer I also pick up this time each year, and the bottle I just had was the best in memory. A joy to drink.