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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Radiant Pig Junior IPA

This session IPA (4.9&) from New York State opens with light
aromas of grapefruit, pine,crackers, and lemon.  Taste followed
the nose featuring grapefruit and pine atop a round pale malt.
Overall quite thin even for an IPA.  Flavors were subdued
throughout.  Overall and under whelming example of the style.

Overall Rating: average-
Westbrook Mexican Cake

This imperial stout (10.5%) smells of roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla,
cinnamon, and habanero peppers which makes since it's brewed
with those ingredients. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and
vanilla with mild habaneros and cinnamon near the finish.  Overall
the beer nicely blends sweet, bitter, abd spicy notes in a tasty
unison. Overall it has a thin to medium silky mouthfeel.

Overall Rating: Very Good+
Having sampled nearly 5,000 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
Stone Mocha IPA

At 9% ABV this Double IPA pours a brown
amber and features a nose of black coffee,
citrus hops and caramel. Taste brings notes
of espresso, chocolate, vanilla and a
citrus/pine hop bitterness.  Mocha
dominates the finish. Interesting but only
goes to prove the adage that hops and
coffee really don't work in an IPA.  I can
understand how some may really like this
but I'm not one of them.

Overall Rating: average
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