Sawtooth Nitro - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JuicesFlowing on 02-03-2014

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Photo of Buannaich
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sawtooth in name only. The nitro can be a plus or a minus to a brew. I did not like this addition to an otherwise great beer.

Photo of BCrider
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer ! You've got to dump it into a glass to get any head . All their nitros are that way hence the "pour hard" . But overall a very silky smooth feel and great taste . One of my favorites .

Photo of dditto2
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%

I like nitros but, this one seemed flat, tasted grassy, bought a sampler six and this was my least favorite. I was actually surprised how bad this was.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours brilliant copper amber under a very finely bubbled white foam cap that lightly hugs the side of the glass. The nose is nutty, spicy, and malty with some fruit. The palate follows the nose with the nuttiness more expressed and the malt balanced by some rich hop flavors. Also some hard to define background fruit. Finishes dry. Medium light body, very creamymedium low to low carbonation. A good beer but the nitro washes out some of the character in this beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says best by 05/05/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and fairly earthy malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Upfront toasted malts with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, nuts, yeast, and cracker. Hints of earthy hops and grass. Slight hints of brown sugar sweetness. A pretty solid ESB style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nutty, toasty, and earthy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and caramel. Bready toasted malts with upfront notes of bsicuit, grains, toffee, caramel, nuts, yeast, toasted bread, cracker, and yeast. Slight notes of brown sugar. Decent hop presence with earthy notes of grass. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation from the nitro. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the ESB style. Good nutty malt flavor with a nice touch of hops and cream from the nitro.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, almost opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I do get some faint aromas of bready, toasted malt, and a touch of caramel and black pepper, but not much else, and very faint notes at that.

Taste: Delicious, but not as good as the regular Sawtooth. The Nitro version has the same delicious flavors of strong, notes of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked English muffins and sourdough bread, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and black pepper. There is very little to no hops, in this beer, which, since it’s an English-style ESB, makes it spot-on appropriate to have almost no hops what-so-ever. The only reason why the Nitro version isn’t as good as the regular Sawtooth is the Nitro version is a little watered down in flavor (as well as mouthfeel, which I mention below). The Nitro version is not as rich in flavor as the regular Sawtooth, which detracts from it a slight bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium, to medium-thin-bodied, but still very creamy and smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever, thanks to the nitrogen treatment of the beer. Unfortunately, the addition of the nitrogen has watered down the mouthfeel a touch, making it a touch watery instead of the full, medium-bodied mouthfeel the regular Sawtooth has. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Like the regular Sawtooth, this Nitro’d version is a delicious, malty, slightly sweet, English-style ESB! A malt-bomb for sure! It’s another great beer from Colorado, and another great beer from Left Hand, which is fastley becoming one of my favorite Colorado breweries. I just prefer the regular version of Sawtooth over the Nitro-version.

Photo of mikefuski17
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This review was generous. I know Ledt Hand is capable of better. Just not thrilled with the style overall

Photo of hophugger
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle says to pour hard. I did and as an ESB, I got very little head and golden amber color that did not impress. Flavor up front was malt sweetness. Flavor was sort of flat, not very bitter and overall seemed to be watered down. Also felt flat on the palate and definitely lacked something, was very week....

Photo of Jasonkyeager
1.05/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another horrible FLAT ale. Couldn't finish it to give any review. How are they still in business after the reviews I've read all say the same thing? I feel I've been cheated.

Photo of MDHopster
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks better than it tastes but the bottles were past best by. Taste is what turned me off, tasted like bad weak tea. Not skunked but not sure if the taste was impaired by age. Not a brew I'd do again.

Photo of Beardo
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good good good good good

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro bottle (where's the widget? :) ) into a nonic pint glass. Best by Mar 27 2014, we are pushing it here.

Barely any head, probably about one finger but is nitro creamy bubbled and light tan. Body is a nice amber red color, just slightly cloudy, and a little haze. Virtually no rising carbonation. We poured hard also here for our hero.

Biscuity warmth, and soft malts and a hint of brown sugar. Good light toffee and caramel nose, and a classic hint of cream like vanilla. Good amount of graham cracker soft milk and sweetness on this.

Mouthfeel hits with a good classic nitro cream feeling, and taking the milky palate forward. Good biscuity chew and some hints of estery fruit qualities. There's a bit of odd earth mud to this a bit on the finish though which seems odd.

Overall it's got some interesting qualities, but I don't think the deliver system is giving this thing justice. I am not so worried about the age dating on this, but there might be a better way to do this.

Photo of glorp719
1.71/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm pissed about this one. It was a waste of $11 for a six-pack. The malt flavor is not assertive enough to enjoy as a dark beer. (although I have to admit I don't have a use for stouts and this may have been a variation of that). The hop did not compliment the malt. To sell this as an 'All American Ale' is, at best, a misnomer if not outright prevarication. It's has a flat, sour flavor that is unpleasant to drink alone and provides no acceptable compliment to food. The only thing it has going for it is that it's not a BudMillerCoors product.

Photo of ScaryEd
2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Given this beer a try on two separate occasions and I just can't get into it. The absolutely flat mouthfeel just does not work for this style of beer, in my humble opinion.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 04/10/14, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Copper-amber with a tiniest bit of haze. Thin light tan head with some strands and sheets of lacing.

Smell: Floral hops with some sweetness under the hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth and tasty malt - nutty and bready. The finish is a solid English bitter finish, leafy and herbal with some lemon and tea notes as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Very much like a nitrated beer - has that creamy smoothness you would expect. Very much spot on for a proper ESB.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable, it went fast and I wish I had another or a larger bottle at least. Simple well done flavor profile.

Photo of garyloveman
2.06/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour looked good, nice cascading forming a good foamy head. Really wet mouth feel, super malty flavor and almost flat. I was not a fan.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

I picked up a bottle of Left Hand's Sawtooth Nitro last week for $2.09 at The lager Mill. I've never had the regular or the Nitro version of this beer before and normally I would want to try the regular version first, but it wasn't around so I'm starting with the Nitro, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple yet clean look to it and somehow I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy amber color that took on more of a ruby amber color when held to the light and it did the whole cascading ting with a finger and half of bubbly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some small spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I was expecting a little more head, but that might be because I didn't pour it hard enough.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight candied aroma to it with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some caramel, sweet malt, toasted, and light toffee aromas with a little bit of brown bread coming through in the background along with a slight bit of doughy yeast. Up next comes the dark fruits which are on the lighter side and they just impart a light generic dark fruit aroma and it's followed by a light earthy and herbal hop aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that seemed pretty true to style, no complaints here.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with all the different aspects blending well together with no single one sticking out the most, but this time the sweet malts are absent. Up next comes a slight bit of that doughy yeast and instead of a dark fruit aspect i'm getting more of a apple juice aspect. On the finish there's just a slight amount of those earthy and herbal hops with pretty much not bitterness with a toasted malt, caramel and apple juice like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but i wish it was much more like the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, very creamy, a little velvety, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, I thought that the Nitro worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was an Ok example of the style, I thought this beer was going in a really good direction, but when it got to the taste it seemed to go off course and that made it a little rough around the edges. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, very creamy, a little velvety, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and I think on would be enough for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another one right now. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty nice and it was what i wish the taste was like, it was the highlight og this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't nearly as good as it could be. I'm not sure I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down and I would say it's worth trying to see where you stand with it. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, I started to expect some good things after that nice aroma, but I was let down when I got to the taste. This isn't my favorite Left Hand beer and it's by far not a favorite ESB. In the end I did think the Nitro aspect was nice and I will have to try the regular version and the nitro side by side one of these days. I appreciate the effort, but I think with a just a little bit of work this could be a pretty good beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Half a finger of creamy off-white head. A small ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Grainy and toasty with caramel. Big dirty earthiness. Surprisingly big aromas for a nitro beer.

3.75 T: Tastes like it smells. Grainy, toasty, caramel, earthy malts. Mild earthy hoppiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy, but much less creamy than I would have expected a nitro beer to be.

3.75 D: Solid beer and super drinkable.

Photo of patre_tim
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper orange, almost no carbonation, a finger of yellowish thick head, clear filtered.

S: Caramel, toffee, orange, dried grass, rich malts.

T: Slightly sweet toffee, little orange and dried grass.

M: Thick slightly gelatinous body, almost no carbonation. The head at first was thick like white bread and was fun to bite through.

O: Nicely done ESB. I think the nitro is a little lacking, though I tried a vigorous pour. Slightly sweet, but overall well done. Drank in Boca Raton, July 21st, 2014.

Photo of foundersfan1
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Completely flat and dissapointing with wet, underwhelming and somewhat coppery malt flavors.

Photo of willyburz
4.65/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The entire Nitro line with Left Hand is groundbreaking quality, great beer, quality flow, and great flavor!

Photo of beerfinder
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap last night, excellent flavor , really tasty. I could drink this all summer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Clear dark copper body. Foamy cream colored head that recedes to a thick froth of film and bubbles. Light splotches of lacing that eventually disappear.

Aroma: Sweet malts blend with faint nuttiness. A deep inhale finds hops hidden on the back end.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this starts out malty and nutty. The finish is hoppy enough to add balance.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and smooth.

Overall: I tend to like Left Hand's non-nitro versions, but this is worth seeking out if you like Sawtooth Ale. Nice creamy, smooth, and tasty beer.

Photo of Scolliga
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured hard as suggested by the nitro bottle. Brilliant fluffy white 1.5-finger head that trail. Tiny bubbles line glass. Amber orange color. Appearance is the highlight of beer

S: Faint cracker, biscuit and a little floral. Was hoping for a little more.

T: Bland cracker forward taste. Decent enough hoppy finish as true to the style.

M: Full and creamy; nitro does well here.

O: Nitro lends to a great appearance and mouthfeel, although potentially at the expense of smell and taste.

Photo of potownbill
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a flat bitter mess. Poured the beer into a pint glass. There was no head. Aroma was bitter and stale. I had one sip and poured it out. It could have been a bad bottle.

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Sawtooth Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.