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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
Cricket Hill Festivus

An American Red made in NJ at 4.8% ABV.  Nose brings sweet
notes of caramel, yeasty bread, nuts, and a hint of lemon.  
Citrus, caramel, and piney hops dominate the flavor.  In the
finish sweet malt and toffee flavors move to the front overtaking
the hops. This is a well made, enjoyable session beer.

Overall rating:-   Very Good
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA

This 6.2% ABV American Amber opens with smells of pine, mild
resin,and light citrus.  Taste starts with malts, light oats, toast,  
creamed caramels, and a touch of candy sweetness. About mid-sip
hops appear bringing notes of piney resins, orange, and light
grapefruit.  Nicely balanced but more of an Amber than a bold IPA.  
A somewhat interesting and very drinkable beer

Overall Rating - 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!  

Sandy
Beers Reviewed
Lumberjack Black Lager

This is a Schwarzbier (6.2%) that brings
smells of dark roasted malts with some
chocolate and light spice.  On first sip hops
move to the front but are soon balanced by
flavors of yeast, bread, and light toast.  
Hops step up near the finish as do notes of
toasted biscuits.  A bit thin and simplistic for
the style but a solid beer nonetheless.

Overall Rating: Above Average
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