From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA

Assertive fruity notes appear at first sip then citrus hops quickly
emerge with a soft toffee-like malt backbone. By mid-bottle
caramel and roasted malt bitterness are showcased. The hop
flavor returns in the finish and residual fruity bitterness lingers
on the tongue along with light acidic notes. Solid but not special.

Overall Rating - Above Average
Lancaster Hop Hog IPA

"Hop Hog," is a misnomer - the hops were weak. The taste,
much like the nose, showcase toasted caramel malts with just
hints of fruits and hops in the background.  Flavors of sweet
biscuit, toffee, grains and even some butter show off in the
body of this beer.  More of a poor English Ale than IPA.

Overall Rating -  Below Average
Having sampled well over 2,750 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
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale

Part of the brewery's Big Beer Seires this
brew opens with a yeasty, citrus aroma
and brings a herbal, perfumy presence to
the first sip.  Notes of orange, lemon
zest, and dried apricots combine with  
grassy/peppery spice undertones.  A
honey like sweetness with some grain and
hop bitterness emerge at the finish.

Overall ratting - fair
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