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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Southern Tier 2XIPA

As the name suggests this is a double IPA (8.2%).  Bright citrus hops.  
pine and tropical fruit are easily identified in the nose.  The taste starts off
sweet but some bitterness quickly sets in.  Citrus, pine, and grapefruit  
then dominate with a touch of lemon.  The beer is  full bodied and ends  
with a sweetness that lingers.  Overall it is nicely balanced but even more
hops would have make this solid brew into a great one.

Overall rating:-  good
Stone-Dogfish-Victory  Saison du Buff

The nose is bright with loads of citric, floral and fruity notes
along with the Saison yeast's slightly pungent and spicy
character. First sip has some malt sweetness that quickly gives
way to layers of fruit, floral, citrus, and herb notes.  By mid-sip
a light lemon bitterness  sets in as more hops come out. Finish
is nicely dry leaving floral hop bitterness and light spice. No
funk at all means one great American saison!

Overall Rating -  Outstanding!
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!  

Beers Reviewed
Odell's Woodcut #4

The latest entry in the Woodcut series is an
oak aged double marzen that boasts a well
hidden 11% ABV.  The nose is malty with
notes of caramel and bread. Taste brings
darks fruits, almonds, whiskey and oak with  
sweet malt and vanilla in the back round.  
The warming finish has caramel, light
pineapple, golden raisins, coconut, vanilla
and more oak. Overall this is a well
balanced, highly complex, amazingly
smooth(for 11%) and drinkable big beer.

Overall rating - Excellent!
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