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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Red Horizon

This is an American strong ale from Norway.  It's brewed with sake yeast in
cooled tanks for several months which explains its big 17% ABV.  It pours a
clear orange/ruby color and brings a nose of sweet malt, pears, and alcohol.
At the first sip the sake yeast is apparent as it imparts a spicy undertone to
the tastes of fruits, especially peaches and apricots.  The warming finish
brings more sugar, apple and pineapple.  An extreme beer well done.

Overall rating:-  Outstanding
McNeill's Dead Horse IPA

This English style IPA (5.7% ABV) hails from Brattleboro, Vt.   It
pours a hazy orange and brings smells of critus, hops, and biscuity
malts.  The taste finds toffee and biscuit flavors up front in a
noticable malt background.  A  bready chewiness appears softening
the hops to show its English heritage. The finish is soft, mildly bitter,
with tinges of orange.  A decent brew but not overly special.

Overall Rating -  Above Average.
Having sampled well over 3,750 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
Hofbrau Maibock

The beer (7.2% ABV) pours a hazy
amber-brown with creamy short light beige
head with some crusty lacing.  Malts and
light herbal hops aromas quickly emerge
with some mild caramel notes.  Taste brings
sweet bread, toffee, sweet grains, and brown
sugar.  The finish is crisp and lightly dry with
a lingering earthy/ herbal/mineral flavors A
solid example of the style.

Overall rating -  good
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