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

This is an 8.4% American Double IPA that is definitely NOT a hop
bomb.  While balance is not always good in this case it makes
for a very drinkable brew but keeps it from being anything
special. Earthy floral hop aroma with light toasted bread.  Taste  
brings some pineapple, mango, grapefruit backed by a malt
sweetness. Finish brings some grainy malt and light resins.

Overall rating:- Above Average
Sam Adams Rebel IPA

Get ready for a surprise, Sam Adams has joined the bandwagon and
made a West Coast Style American IPA (6.5% ABV)  and being Sam
Adams they do a very solid but not quite great job.  It opens with
aromas of  sweet bread, light sugar, pine, and as expected, citrus.  
Grapefruit and pine with hints of mango dominate the flavor profile
with light caramel and malt notes in the background.  Never bitter.  
Hops fade at the finish which keeps this  from a higher rating.

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!  

Beers Reviewed
Flying Dog Kujo

This beer is an American Imperial Coffee
Stout with an appropriate 8.9% ABV.  The
nose brings milk chocolate plus some
vanilla, caramel and much coffee.   First sip
is dominated by roasted malt, with a light
hop bite coming in at mid taste, followed by  
strong coffee notes.  The finish is fairly dry
with some nutty and more dark coffee
flavors. Typical of the style and well
made however nothing here that
distinguishes itself from the pack.

Overall Rating: Average+
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