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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
DuClaw Dirty Little Freak

A brown ale (5.8% ABV), this brew leans to the gimmicky side-
it's a blend of roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate
essences. The  nose opens with caramel, malts and of course
coconut. At first sip the coconut is apparent though ith a touch of
vanilla, Mid sip finds a growing toffee sweetness.  Near the finish
coffee comes to the fore and remains.  Interesting and
different beer but not for everyone; worth a try.

Overall rating:- Above Average.
Troeg's Hop Knife Harvest Ale

This is a 6.2% ABV American IPA.  Hops appear instantly at first sniff
with grass,and pine dominating.  First sip is surprisingly  balanced
with sweet caramel/biscuit notes balancing citrus and resin flavors
from the hops.   As the finish approaches tropical fruits emerge as a
slight bitterness begins to assert itself.  All in all very well made.  
Sufficiently complex its low ABV will allow you to enjoy several bottles.

Overall Rating: very good
Having sampled nearly 4,000 different beers in my
capacity as a fully certified taster I can promise
honest, thoughtful, and careful evaluations.  However,
remember that these reviews are totally subjective.  
Consider this column an informative resource only.  
The bottom line is to trust your own judgment and
keep drinking!  

Beers Reviewed
Green Flash Citra Session IPA

Yet another session IPA (4.5% ABV) but like
most Green Flash products it's well made.
The nose brings orange and grapefruit notes
with some toasted malts.  Hops are upfront
in the taste with lemon, and tropical fruit
flavors. A touch of caramel lingers in the
background.   The hops are aggressive in
the finish but never are bitter,  If you want a
session IPA this is one of the better ones

Overall Rating: Very Good
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