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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Brooklyn 1/2 Ale

This is a 3.4% ABV Session Saison  ale. First smells are of yeast,
crackers, and light pepper.  The taste is dry and gently bitter.
Spices, cloves and nutmeg with a touch of Belgian yeast
dominate the flavor.   Finish is slightly sweet with a background
of spice.   While it's well made for a session in the style it
remains somewhat thin and uninteresting.

Overall rating:-  Average.
Ballantine India Pale Ale

This is a reincarnation of the classic (from 1800s) and some say first
ever American IPA.  It opens with a light hoppy aroma backed by
herbs, fresh fruit and citrus.  Taste is pine, fresh hops, grapefruit,
light oak, caramel, and malts.  Finish is slightly dry, smooth, and
crisp.  Nice lingering hop presence. It's nice to see a recreated recipe
that actually lives up to the beer's hallowed reputation. (7.2% ABV)

Overall Rating: Outstanding
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
Boulevard Two Jokers

Two Jokers is a Double Wit (8% ABV).  
Aromas of lavender, clove, flowers, and
spice greet you.  First sip brings a slight
bitterness that quickly defers to spice,
wheat, coriander, and just a faint hint of
oranges with bananas.  Finish starts with a
slight sourness but quickly sweetens.  An
interesting and well made beer.

Overall Rating: Very Good
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