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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Saranac Citrus Pils

This is a German Pilsner style beer brewed by Matt Brewing in
Utica, NY that comes in at 5.2% ABV.  Grassy, citrusy hops and
clean malt smells greet you.  First sip brings orange, bread,
lemon, and citrus fruit notes over a lightly sweet malt base. The
finish is well balanced with a hint of bitterness.

Overall Rating: Above Average
Knee Deep Lupulin River

An American Double/Imperial IPA that is what the style is all about
- Hops!   The aroma is off the charts with pine foremost and  fresh
clean citrus behind.  It has a creamy feel with  citrus and herbal hop
flavors up front followed by a  spicy bitterness only slightly balanced
by the malts. It features citrus,pine, grapefruit, and lemon zest
notes as mosaic and simcoe hops continually shining through.  
Finish is dry with tropical fruits.  

Overall Rating: Outstanding+
Having sampled nearly 5,500 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
Stillwater As Follows

This beer is contract brewed at Two Road in
Ct, by Stillwater from MD.  It's a Belgium
Stong (9% ABV) Pale Ale.  Aroma is fruity,  
with  banana, bread, yeast and pears.  
Flavors are  candied sugar, peach, white
grape, hay, sweet orange, with a slight
metallic note toward the lightly bitter finish.
Decent but flavors never seemed to fully
mesh into a cohesive unity.

Overall Rating: Average+
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