Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director

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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Deschutes Hop Trip Pale Ale

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This fresh-hop pale ale is a seasonal classic, with a bright and intensely aromatic nose that’s brimming with hop character: fresh-squeezed citrus, earthy florals, peach, apricot and underripe mango. It’s medium bodied, with a slight slickness on the palate from flavors of orange oil and resiny pressed hops. Although hop characteristics are prominent throughout…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
91
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Deschutes Red Chair NWPA

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This attractive pale ale pours a bright amber color, with a frothy off-white head and gorgeous lacing that lingers. Forward hop-derived aromas leap from the glass, including scents of orange oil, grapefruit pith and pressed hop flowers, with additional notes of ripe tropical fruit and sweet, raw dough that add depth. A solid caramel-malt backbone supports the…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
91
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Ommegang Hop House Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

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Paying homage to the historic hop farm that stood on the brewery grounds over 100 years ago, Hop House is an interesting new brew from Ommegang, which tends to produce traditional Belgian-style ales. This one blurs the lines, with noticeable European and American influences—at the core is a lovely Belgian-style pale ale, with a slightly hazy, golden-orange color…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
90
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Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale

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Here’s a solid, very sessionable pale ale that offers an attractive hop profile without feeling overdone. A medium--copper color, the bouquet is nuanced, with soft scents of floral hops, orange rind, barely ripe tropical fruit and just a touch of biscuit. The palate offers similar flavors but with more intensity, especially in the citrus and malt characteristics…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
90
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Samuel Smith’s Organic Pale Ale

  1. $5
This organic pale ale is bright and clean, with a lovely orange-amber color and a frothy off-white head. The aromas are malty and doughy, with notes of grain and lightly toasted biscuit that are accented by hints of whole hops and underripe stone fruit. Toasted bread and nutty waves unfold on the palate, as glimmers of white tea and fruit skin lend depth to the…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
88
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Full Sail FS Pub Series English Style Pale

  1. $8
This clean, sessionable selection pours a medium golden-amber color, with a thick off-white head. The malty character is the star here, with pronounced aromas and flavors of bread dough, Honeycomb cereal, caramel and toffee. The earthy hop notes lend background support, preventing the palate from feeling too sweet or grainy, with a lightly drying sensation that…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
88
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Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale

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This clean and crisp pale ale is a refreshing, sessionable selection. The aromas are soft but bright, with scents of citrusy hops, underripe apricot, toasted bread and spicy rye all mingling together seamlessly. Malty characteristics dominate the palate, with flavors of caramel, biscuit dough and rye and supporting accents of orange blossom, mandarin and peach…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
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Blue Moon Expressionist Collection Rounder Belgian-style Pale Ale

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A new selection from Blue Moon, this pale ale is brewed with hibiscus and orange peel. An orange-copper color, it opens with light aromas of dried orange rind, herbal tea, baking spice and caramel malt. Those notes transition through to the palate, with the caramel-malt flavors taking center stage alongside accents of Honeycomb cereal and bitter herbs. The smooth…  — L.B.  (4/1/2014)
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