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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
River Horse Hippo's Hand

This Imperial IPA (9%) opens with big citrus scentsr led by orange
peel,flora hops and light malt.  Flavors are caramel, mango,
orange, pineapple,  lemon zest, and grapefruit. The bitterness is
moderate with just a hint of malt sweetness.  The finish is crisp
with faint echoes of alcohol.  One of the best beers by this brewer.

Overall Rating: Good+
Yards Golden Hop IPA

This is a refreshing, almost session IPA at 6.0% ABV.   It features
notes of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, berries, apricot, peach,
and soft pine. It's bright in the nose, and even brighter in the
flavor.   The finish brings lemon, more citrus, grassy hops, and
a perfect touch of bitterness.  Body is a bit thin but it fits with
the overall  tone of the beer.  It is well made and tasty.

Overall Rating:  Very Good-
Having sampled nearly 6,500 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
Lagunitas Dark Swan

This American Wild Ale (8.7% ABV) will have
you thinking Pinot Noir from first sip to last.
It's nose brings fruity, dark grapes, berries,
and more grapes. Taste features notes of
raspberry, blackberry, blueberry,  dark
grapes, and tart lemon.  Malts stay in the
background but bring a touch of sweetness.
This will not be everyone's cup of tea but to
me it was unique and delicious.

Overall Rating: Very Good++
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