I have been surfing this site for years and finally took the plunge last month. This an extremely content rich site and I have learned a great deal, and appreciate the efforts. I wish I had kept notes on all the beers I have drunk over the last few years, I would have dozens to review. My "wheel house" is brown ales. I feel this is the middle ground for ales so I don't have to go to far up the heaviness ladder to porters and stouts and to far to the lighter side for pales, IPAs and blondes etc.. I generally prefer beers that are simple and true to style. I am not a fan of beers aged in liquor barrels however I think that I could rate them fairly. I drink larger on occasion, that was all I drank years ago. Bass, Guinness and Ballantine XXX were treats. I look for balance between malt and hops-sweet taste and bitter, I think a lot of beers need more malt and a little less hops although the occasional hop bomb is A-okay. I did not take the craft beer movement seriously until about 6 years ago. I live less than 1 hour away from Tree House and plan to go up there in the near future. There are several breweries in Rhody and Southern Mass that I must visit. Salud, Skoal, Cheers, Drink-up.