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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale

The beer (5.9% ABV) poured aclear copper color with a small white head.
Aroma is a balance of pale malts and slightly citrusy hops. Taste opens with
notes of mild citrus and pine, along with grain, dry yeast and stewed hops.
The beer is decently balanced through taste but then malt comes to
dominate, leaving a bit of light sweetness in the finish.  Much maltier than
one would expect from this style.

Overall rating:- Above Average
Tommyknocker Pick Axe IPA

This American IPA (6.2%) was a one time medalist at the GABF.
Nose brings fruity hops, tropical melons and a general pungency.
Taste opens with hints of biscuits pale malt, yeast and grass.  Those
are quickly overtaken by hops, which bring a pleasant sharpness to
the beer.  Pine,citrus, and light grapefruit notes are balanced by a
touch of  caramel malts.  Very solid for the style.

Overall Rating -  very good
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
Saratoga IPA

This is an English style IPA that still delivers
it's share of hops.  Smells of slightly sweet
caramel malts and spicy, floral hops mingle
in your glass.  Taste is fairly well balanced
with bright, fruity, and lightly bitter hops
moving to the front in the finish only to be
restrained by a malt sweetness.

Overall Rating: Above Average
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