Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,976 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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Ratings: 1,976 | Reviews: 685
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with copper highlights under a sudsy white foam cap while exuding faint spicy, earthy hop aromas and rich malts. The palate is malty and nutty with some biscuit, drying out on the finish with a moderate bitter accent. Very easy to drink and almost sessionable.

Photo of 50marathons
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice strong ale. Good balance.

Photo of SanRaphael
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

America's sudden immature obsession with over hopping beers ruins another nice email. There's no reason for such a beer to lack subtlety by simply making it stupidly bitter.

Photo of mark_walters
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, smooth hopped ale. Taste was consistent through out the sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Smooth enough to drink over and over, but strong flavor that you can get away with a few.

Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

entered at least five words

Photo of Alkey
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint galss a dark copper color with small off white sudsy head that sticks to the glass.
Smell is of sweet bread like malts and floral hop aroma.
Taste begins with sweet watery malt and quickly turns to dry floral bitterness.
Very good session ale with a dry finish that make you want to take another sip.

Photo of Brentkruger1989
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is good and clean. Smells amazing!But wasn't the best beer I've ever had. Not even e n the best beer i had tonight

Photo of hydrate
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it. Great flavor. Dry, hoppy.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: well balanced; herbal hops with a touch of pine; caramel and toffee;

T: caramel for a moment, then a bit of lemon gets added in; light herbal and lemon rind bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice; would have liked a touch more bitterness;

Photo of Ian_B
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very translucent, dark toffee color with glints of amber. Decent head with thin retention.

Aromas of sweet, buttery caramel backed by very faint esters of plum and blackberry.

Taste of caramel or toffee without being too sweet. A tiny bit of blackberry toward the middle, accompanied by a mild, earthy hop bitterness which lends a bit of burnt bread crust (the good kind) to the finish.

Light yet creamy body that is crisp but not overly-carbed. Slight dryness on the finish provides a pleasing balance.

Overall a very solid representation of the style; a great introductory craft brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By 4/10/2015 date stamped on the neck of the bottle. Sampled on February 22, 2015.

A good looking pour with copper-amber tones and a lingering cream colored head. Good clarity.

The aroma is vibrant with toasted bread, caramel, and sweetness while any hop sensations are downplayed.

The body is medium.

I like the sweetness of the flavor with a brown sugar characteristic, caramel, and bread and a muted but dry hop bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Photo of fscottkey
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Poured into a snifter. Formed a tiny head that was gone pronto! The beer is a rusty red color. It is very transparent. The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%), recommended glassware (nonic pint) and the best by date 04/02/15.

S: [3.25] Smells syrupy and sweet. There are sweet bread smells and maybe molasses.

T: [3.25] The has a "lager" taste profile. Nice malt backbone and pronounced biscuit and sweet bready flavors.

M: [3.75] This had a rich full body feel for 5.3% ABV. The carbonation was a little high and tingly.

O: [3.50] I love Left Hand Milk Stout. This is my second offering from Left Hand and it is no where near the Milk Stout. The flavors are muted - the aroma is even more muted.

Photo of TargaFlorio
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A recent reviewer wondered if he stumbled upon a bad batch, I think we got the same one. No flavor at all. Thankfully I just purchased a single. Drain pour.

Photo of zhewitt98
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Not sure if I had a bad batch but it tastes like dirty river water

Photo of Jasonkyeager
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smelled sweet and doughy. Tasted smooth, and a little on the stout/porter side. Finished thin and easy. Very good. Would buy this one again.

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smell and taste are bland

Photo of mluchies
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of all time favorites from a brewery I'm dying to get to!

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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: What the beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor! There are strong, delicious, 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.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a delicious, English-style ESB! Malty and slightly sweet, it’s a malt-bomb for sure! It’s another excellent beer from Colorado, and another excellent beer from Left Hand, which is fastley becoming one of my favorite Colorado breweries.

Photo of keng1343
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer very smooth on nitro

Photo of Dr_Leafy_Green
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy with little head. Malty fruity aroma with bread yeast note. Malt and biscuit, but a bit one dimensional. Slight lingering bitterness.

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites from Left Hand

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent example of an ESB, as far as I'm concerned. Delicate, malty, with a hint of floral and piney hops to balance. Would buy six packs of this for the fall.

Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance- A light amber, honey appearance with a small head.
Aroma- Floral and earthy hops give way to a caramel maltiness.
Taste- Biscuit and caramel malt flavors in the forefront with a nice bitterness to complement the sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel but very drinkable. A slight lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall- A sessionable ESB/Amber Ale that will not provide a lot of punch with maltiness or hoppiness, but is very well balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of Maryobeerian
2.9/5  rDev -22%

Pours nicely, with a decent head. Nice honey color. Subtle, biscuity nose. Slight carbonation and caramel in the front, but then nothing much. Disappointing finish. Nothing offensive but rather a boring beer. Won't buy again but will save to serve to friends who don't like beer.

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

I'm not a huge ESB guy, but this one's pretty good. It's not overwhelmingly bitter, and it is very drinkable on its own. This is another beer that Left Hand has made as a nitro, so I'd like to give that a shot to see how different it tastes. I like other brews from this brewery more, but I'm ok with this one if I'm in the mood for something beyond my usual.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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