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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

A supposed combination of a Spring Bock and a Helles, this brew pours a
hazy  yellow with a nose of oranges, lemons, and earthy grain.  The taste
brings light bread malt,orange rind, and honey notes. This brew is full bodied
but a tiny touch light on flavor for what the Keller beer, which is its really
is, style.  It finishes clean, crisp, and slightly dry. 5.5% ABV.

Overall rating:-average
Schmaltz Genesis 15
This is an American style barleywine that has a huge 13.4% ABVso
handle with care.  It boasts a sweet syrupy malt aroma with dark
fruits lingering around the edges.  From first sip you know this is
one BIG beer as boozy bourbon notes blend with sweet sugary
caramel malt and toffee flavors. In the finish pomegranates emerge
from the background cutting the sweetness and blending with light  
hints of bourbon wood and spicy rye.  A solid beer for the style.

Overall Rating -  Above Average
Having sampled nearly 4,000 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
Magic Hat Encore

This is a 6.4% American IPA.  It opens with
hoppy citrus , light malt and yeast aromas.
Flavor has a hoppy bitter tinge with notes of
orange rind and herbs. As the finish nears a
wheat character and some malty sweetness
emerge only to yield to hops on the finish
that bring a mild, pleasant bitterness.  A
very drinkable IPA to enjoy just for fun.

Overall Rating:  good
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