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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Left Hand 400lb. Monkey


English style IPA (6.7% ABV) smells of sweet grain, floral/fruity hops,
and a very mild sulfur.  The taste first brings some hops with a grassy
earthiness.  Sweet grains and citrus notes settle in with a light toasted
maltiness.  Off putting sweetness and a hint of solvent appear at the
finish. Neither a true English IPA or an American version.

Overall rating:-  below average
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Bock
This maibock/helles bock weighs in at a slightly high 8.3%.  
The lager pours a golden orange and immediately brings
smells of toasted malt, caramel, and sweet apples. First sip
has a solid malt profile with some citrus hops in the
foreground. Strong alcohol notes appear near the finish but are
somewhat covered by mellow caramel, light hops, and malt
flavors.  An interesting beer well made beer.

Overall Rating -  Very 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
New Jersey Hudson Pale

This 5.8%ABV American Pale Ale pours
golden/orange.  Light aromas of bread,
malt, and citrus appear on first pour.  The
body is thin as is the overall flavor.  There is
a mild  bitterness in mid-sip along with a
light grapefruit tartness. The semi-dry finish
is clean and fairly crisp.  Not very complex
but a decently refreshing session offering.  
An acceptable start for a new brewery.

Overall rating - average+
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