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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Avery Apricot Sour

This is an American Wild Ale (7.3% ABV) oak barrel aged.  Aroma
is what you would expect - apricots, oak, and lightly sour apples.  
The apricot flavors are surprisingly subdued as the Brett takes
center stage though the sour notes are nicely complimented by
the sweetness of the apricots and oak, Finish is a tad dry.  A fine
example of the style from beginning to end.

Overall Rating: Outstanding
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Lagunitas The Waldos Special Ale

This Imperial IPA comes in at a hefty 11.2% ABV.  Floral & citric
hops lead the aromas with caramel, dried fruit, and alcohol in the
background. Taste brings honey, biscuit, maple syrup, mango, pine
and herbal hops on a very full body,  Finish is lightly sweet with  
alcohol notes and somewhat thick mouthfeel.  Well made for such a
strong beer in this style.  Not your normal DIPA but worth a try

Overall: Good+
Having sampled over 7,000 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!  

Sandy
Beers Reviewed
Sixpoint AlpenFlo Helles

This is a Munich style helles made with
all-malt, 2-row barley, and Tettnanger hops
directly from Bavaria.  It shows in a nose
that features mild grain, earthy, hay and
grass.  Taste brings hops that quickly fade
into bread, grain and apple/pear yeasty
notes. Finish features cracked grains, sweet
bread, spice, and a touch of floral hops.  At
4.9% ABV this is a tasty and quaffable
example of the style.

Overall Rating: Good
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