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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Goose Island Christmas Ale

This is an American Brown Ale at 6.2%.  The nose The aroma is
sweet and fruity with notes of darker fruit and apple cider.  First
sip brings caramel notes, nuttiness, dark cherry, ginger, and
other subtle spices.  Fairly dry finish that leaves nutmeg, allspice,
and toasted cloves.  More of a spiced winter warmer.

Overall rating:-  average
Fort Collins Incredible Hop Rye IPA

Don't dive into this Imperial IPA (8.5%)expecting a hoppy
palate-blasting brew.  It's anything but from the nose to the final
taste.  The aroma was dominated by bread and malts, with notes of
dark sugars. First sip will bring you to check if you were served a
barleywine instead of a DIPA.  Malts dominate with sweet toffee and
light fruity phenols lurking in front of the only hinted at hops.  Light
rye in the finish with earthy herbs upfront.

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
Weyerbacher Tango

This is a 9.6% ABV Belgium Dark Ale.  
Expect a fruity nose, with figs, dates, and
ripe plums.  The flavor is dominated by dark
furits with cherry and hints of banana.  A  
candied sugar sweetness is noticeable
throughout.  Near the finish tangy pepper
notes appear backed by plums and figs.
Many superior versions of this style
are readily available.

Overall Rating: Average
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