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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Leinkuel Big Butt Dopplebock

Leinkuel's version of a dopplebock is more a brown ale or at best
a standard bock.  Its ABV is 5.7%, low for the style it purports to
be.   The nose brings light yeast and malt notes with a very slight
toffee tinge. Flavors are roasted malts, light raisin, and a touch of
roasted nuts.  The finish is lightly sweet with a touch of toast.
In a word bland and not a very good example of the style.

Overall Rating: Below Average
Long Trail Stand Out American

This is American Pale Ale that features the Equinox hop and a
modest 5.2% ABV.  You are greeted by aromas of grapefruit, light
orange peel, and herbal hops.  First sip brings a nicely challenging
bitterness that stays through the finish.  Flavors of crackers, and
biscuits lurk in the background but do not overcome the citrus
theme of lemons, orange, and grapefruit.  Refreshing and crisp.

Overall Rating: Very Good
Having sampled nearly 4,800 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
Otter Creek Citra Mantra

This is an American Pale Lager that comes
in at 5.7% ABV.  Its nose features orange
peel notes along with some pine and lemon.
Taste has a citrus spiciness throughout with
malt and bread notes appearing midway.
Citrus with some pine and grapefruit
dominate near the lightly bitter finish. Well
made  and a solid example of the style.  

Overall Rating: Good
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