Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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Founders Centennial IPA

  1. $10
Thanks to an abundance of dry hopping, this is an assertive IPA that really emphasizes what the style is all about—intense hop aroma and flavor in overall balance. Earthy hop aromas are coupled with dense, sweet citrus and resiny pine on the nose, and they continue to shine through on the medium-weight, creamy palate. They’re happily supported by a caramel malt…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale

  1. $8
Part of Strauss’ Coastal Reserve Series, which has served as a hoppy playground for the company’s brewers to experiment with new hop varietals, hopping techniques and pushing style boundaries, this is a clean, pristine, well-balanced single hop IPA. Highlighting the intensely aromatic Mosaic hop variety, this boasts intense citrus and tropical fruit aromas and…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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Hops and Grain Greenhouse IPA

  1. $9
This is a clean, refreshing and well-balanced IPA, offering bold hop flavors without extraordinary astringency on the palate or bitterness on the finish. Dry hopped with 66.8% Meridian, 16.6% Cascade and 16.6% Centennial hops, the hop aromas are front and center, with lively scents of orange slice, pink grapefruit, green mango and pineapple. The palate offers more…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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Full Sail India Pale Ale

  1. $8
This fruity IPA pours a rich golden color, with a frothy, lingering head. It offers an attractive bouquet of hop resin, fresh citrus and malt cracker. It’s flavorful without being overdone or feeling too heavy, with delicate carbonation and flavors of grapefruit peel and pine sap. Well balanced and extremely drinkable, there’s an attractive dryness to the finish…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
90
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Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

  1. $10
Labeled a “West Coast style IPA,” this new selection was born in Sam Adams’s nanobrewery, a 10-gallon beer “test kitchen.” The intent behind the brew was to showcase the expressive nature of Pacific Northwest hop varieties—Cascade, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook and Amarillo—without the typical overt bitterness. The result is a bold and intensely aromatic brew…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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21st Amendment Brew Free! or Die IPA

  1. $10
This canned classic pours a beautiful golden color, with a solid white head that leaves substantial lacing behind. The hop aromas are forward on the nose, with assertive scents of citrus peel, lemongrass, hop flower and a touch of pepper. The palate is round yet balanced, thanks to a solid backbone of caramel malt and a light honeyed sweetness, but the finish takes…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
88
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Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA

  1. $9
The low alcohol might be a bit misleading, if you think that means this IPA will be lighter on hop aroma and flavor. The typical citrus peel characteristics dominate the nose and mouth, with additional accents of biscuit malt, orange oil and faint grass. The mouthfeel is medium-light and approachable, with brisk carbonation that keeps the palate lively and…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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21st Amendment Back in Black IPA

  1. $10
The bouquet is warm and inviting, with a lively earthy-hop presence alongside accents of pine, citrus peel and chicory root. Effervescent and forward, the palate starts off sweet and rich in notes of chocolate malt, crusty breat and roasted grain, while hop bitterness and grapefruit peel take hold of the finish. The medium-weight body is approachable, and coupled…  — L.B.  (11/1/2014)
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