Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A standard pour of Left Hand Brewing Company's Sawtooth Ale yields a tawny body. Small bubbles are evenly dispersed throughout the body, and rise slowly to support the small but sticky head.
Mild floral notes mingle with the beer's malt-dominated nose.
The first sip is hoppier than expected. Neither bittering nor aroma hops are overpowering, but they are more palpable on the palate than in the nose. The Munich and black malts are very well balanced, offering rich, roasted flavors of browned butterscotch and caramel. Wheat malt is appreciable but not overpowering, thereby introducing some spicy notes that nicely complement the beer's balanced hops without overpowering the rich malts. Fresh hop aromas and flavors become increasingly palpable as the beer warms. The beer's hang is a nice mix of sweet and bitter, though, unlike the authors of Left Hand Brewing Company's website, I wouldn't describe it as "dry."
The beer's body is fuller and more luscious than I expected. The malt is substantial, and the beer's subtle carbonation yields a soft, creamy froth when the beer is swirled about the tongue. Both are nice complements to the beer's sweet, malty flavor.
Left Hand Brewing Company's Sawtooth is a balanced Extra Strong Bitter that compares favorably with the best representatives of the style. It offers a delicious, easy-drinking beer that is also sophisticated. The word "balance" describes this beer well. I'll be drinking this again.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2012 22:03:20 | More by GMB
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