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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Great Divide 19th Anniversary Ale

American Strong Ale (10.2%) that has been brewed with pure
birch syrup and aged on birch wood, both of which dominate the
nose with hints of orange and lemon.  Taste brings notes of oak,
creamy vanilla, light coconut and peach. Tropical fruits lurk in the
background with strong hints of hops.  Well made and interesting.

Overall rating:-  Very Good
Southamption Burton IPA

No hop bomb here.  This is an English style IPA (6.5%) that
uses water treated to mimic the mineral content of the famed
Burton-on-Trent (UK).  Overall flavor is of caramel, bread, light
herbal tea, and a subdued hoppy bitterness.  There is an
engaging mineral character from the water that lingers nicely
in the finish.  Smooth and clean; one of the best USA
made renditions of the style.  

Overall Rating - Outstanding
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
Epic Straight Up Saison

This is a farmhouse ale that weights in at
7% ABV.  The nose is crisp and with hints of
citrus and wheat. Moderate funk and fruit
blend with notes of yeast, and bread
throughout.  Lemon zest, pear, pepper,
grass, wheat, clove appear mid-sip and
linger in a slightly dry finish.  Solid beer.

Overall Rating: Above Average
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