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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Laughing Dog's Alpha Dog Imperial IPA

Scents of sticky tropical fruit sweetness,  floral hops, light spice, and a  
toasted grains greet you on the pour.  A nice bitterness comes with first
taste followed quickly by spice and resin notes.  The beer has a medium
body, somewhat surprising considering the 8.7% ABV and strong hop
presence. Some sweetness on the finish within a malt background brings
some balance to the brew.  A solid DIPA.

Overall rating:  good
Southern Tier Iniquity

You can't tell from the name but this is an Imperial
IPA/American double.  It opens with grapefruit, pine, chocolate
and caramel notes all playing a role.  Mid sip has a huge
caramel, malt backbone that is balanced by the ample hops.
The finish is dominated by overly sweet hops, malt, and some
coffee.  The 9% ABV is well hidden but this well made, tasty
brew is perhaps a bit too sweet

Overall Rating -  good
Having sampled well over 3,500 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!  

Sandy
Beers Reviewed
Ithaca Old Habit

This 9% ABV American Ale is brewed with
four different Rye Malts, fresh Centennial
and Crystal Hops It is partly fermented in
Tennesee Rye Whiskey Barrels.  Light
oakiness, hints of whisky, light sourness and
a bit of spice highlight the nose and flavor.
Dry spiciness up front with sour dark fruits.
Strong hints of oak, vanilla and whiskey in
the finish.  Well made, complex beer.

Overall rating -  very good
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