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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,774 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,774
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 113 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001)
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Reviews by bgildea:
Photo of bgildea
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a slightly murky amber color, with little white head that leaves slight lacing.

S: Has a decently sweet smell with hints of figs. Nothing overpowering though.

T: Starts off with the sweet smell that came across in the smell. Then mixes with some barley and maybe a little hops. Finishes with a similar slight sweet aftertaste. Definitly didnt get much of the bitter flavor.

M: Really good amount of chew to it. I was happily surprised.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Pretty light and not much bitter to it, so overall pretty easy drinking.

Overall: Overall the beer was decent. I definitly didnt get the bitter flavor in it though; much sweeter than I expected. Reminded me more of amber ale than an ESB.

bgildea, Feb 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Nice rich copper color with not much head but kept a nice lace down the glass.Smell was very malty and fruity with some dough-like aromas.Taste is very fruity with good balance of hops thrown in but it did leave an odd aftertaste.Seems to be quaffable Iam on my first with five more to go.

oberon, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a nice red/orange, with a lively light beige head. Carbonation was good, and those nice streams of tiny bubbles persisted until all the drink had been drunk. Dissipated head left a sticky ring of lace on the inside of the glass. Hoppiness is nice and round, not crisp, and contain hints of citrus. Overall, a very balanced beer, sure to please many a palate.

Marty, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Unique and exceptional, this is certainly not your ordinary ale. When Maduro first tapped this brew, myself and those who I was with assumed that the complex and interesting fruit flavor and richness was a result of the Des Rocs Tripel Imperial that had, just moments before, been on tap in the same line. We were wrong. A month and a couple of half barrels have passed and the Saw Tooth just keeps bringing the same interesting intensity.

Appearance wise, this one checks in as a pretty, orange-copper. IT’s transparent and not without a decent amount of white lacing.

The aroma is juicy, loaded with a wonderful blend of toffee malt and orange, strawberry, and pineapple juice. Sweet but not without noticeable hops.

Flavor and mouthfeel are balanced and bready with lots of light fruits, citrus, toffee, caramel, and cinnamon. Bitterness is light to moderate. Body is full for the style. Yeasts seem to play a large roll in providing the honey sweetness and candy like fruitiness. Yummy.

Drinkability is quite high.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours a dark amber/brown color that is pretty translucent. Head was dense and white, mellowed out pretty quickly but remained in a thin layer almost the entire way down. The nose gets hit with sweet fruits, citrus, sour tones, grains, and a bit of caramel and sugar. The taste was great, lots of toasted malts and caramel up front, followed by a sweet, nearly tart, rush of fruits and citrus notes with just a small touch of hop oil. High carbonation, along with the sour-tart aftertaste almost makes you want to pucker just a bit, but in a good way. Sawtooth Ale is vibrant and full of a wonderful flavor profile. The body is pretty thin and leaves a crispy, dry finish.

A very tasty ESB from Left Hand here. I will definitely be having this one again.

tectactoe, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nohead02
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

I'm a big hop head so this isn't entirely my style of beer. Still, it does have a hoppy bite after the initial taste, but it is dominated by a carmelly, nutty flavor -- sort of a reduced Newcastle. Very frothy head that persists a long time. Yeah, I'd drink this again but not as beer of first choice.

nohead02, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Tiernan, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Got me some Left Hand Sawtooth Ale. Very festive bottle with a tie-die like look.

A- Pours a crystal clear fire orange with burnt outer tint when observed in sunlight. Nice one inch head that falls to a decent quarter inch froth. Leaves patchy lacing on sides of glass.

S- Smells of danky hop oil with mild hints of musky malts. Not much there.

T-M- Upfront is light citusy hops (lemon, orange and faint grass). Not a bad overall flavor but for ESB lacks bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel that leaves a slick coat on the tongue. Nice feel and very drinkable.

D- I would love to have a few of these around to drink when I need a dose of fresh beer that isn't chalked with alcohol.

wesbrownyeah, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Sort of a light amber color, clear, with thin white creamy head. Low retention and light lacing.

S: Malty, caramel, with some fruity notes in the hops.

T: Quite malty with a light sweetness and the propensity for a dry finish. The hops seem to be fighting for balance but the grain malt flavors still come through. The malts seem to be on the lighter side, pale & caramel. Finish is pretty quick and relatively dry, with little bitter hop kiss at the end.

M&D: Mostly lighter flavors of malt but it has a heavier weight to it in the mouth. Carbonation is fine but abundant and somehow seems to bring out the malt nicely. I can really taste the barley in this one and for the most part, it is pretty good. It's almost reminiscent of a lighter bock style.

SIRIUS2, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

My first cask ale...had at the Decatur, Ga Taco Mac.

Came to me with a cloudy dark caramel body. It had a little white head on top but quickly went to a white ring around my pint glass. I saw them pour this but it was still small.

Aroma was a bit of sweet malts with some floral aroma hints coming through. A bit weak overall. The flavor was a definate step in the right direction. This was loaded with a huge hit of biscuit malts and then transitioned to some herbal and peat hops for a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was a full medium body, probably due to the lack of carbonation. Flavor really lingered. Good drinkability overall. A fairly solid ESB that was nonoffensive in the taste department but still went down easy.

blitz134, May 13, 2006
Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +34.4%

markallmon, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of RoninBirdman
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

RoninBirdman, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Bszymkow09
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Bszymkow09, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

A 12oz bottle, with bottled on 12/12/07 stamped on the label. Poured into a pint glass, it was a golden color with a fairly thick head. Little aroma, bread and slightly sweet. It had a sweet taste, could almost taste chocolate. Some peppery spice in there also. Pretty pleasant beer, would consider this a good session beer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of xgoodyx
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with the bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Medium, clear amber in colour with a very healthy looking thick and foamy white head with exceptional retention.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruits, light esters, grain and light citrus hop aromas in the nose.

Taste: A malty brew with caramel, light chocolate, toasted and some biscuit malt flavours. Very firm mouthfeel, medium-bodied. Pleasant fruit flavours follow and mingle oh so nicely with the even malt sweetness and complexities. Hop bitterness is mild, but balances the malt with light citrus and raw hop flavours that linger through to the end. Mineral-like flavours can also be detected. Finishes a bit dry with light grain tannins and faint background chocolate malt.

Notes: A freagin' spot on ESB, and a very impressive ale. I thoroughly enjoyed tasting this beer, and only wish I had more.

03/06/2002 Notes:

Nice rich amber beer, good head and retention. Slightly pungent floral hop with notes of citrus -- a bit perfumy. Malty, sweet, smooth with a grainy backdrop. Hops balance very well, with tannins and refreshing citrusy bite. Biscuit malt flavours flow into the dry finish, with a touch of buttery diacetyl and fruit.

Great beer! Spot on for the style. Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

Todd, Sep 16, 2001
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +21%

JakerLou, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%

12 oz bottle, "Bottled on 05 20 03" stamped on bottom right of label. Pours a clear copper amber, essentially no head, and minimal lacing. Not much of an aroma, maybe some candied caramel apple and piney hops. Mouthfeel feels a lot more carbonated than it looks. Taste is somewhat putrid. I'm beginning to think I got a skunky bottle that got lightstruck sitting on the shelf as a single. English ESBs are my favorite style but I can't even finish this glass. I'll give Sawtooth Ale another try somewhere down the line and see if this was just a bad bottle.

merlin48, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

12 ounce bottle, W/ bottled on dating, FRESH. Found this stuff, down in NJ, never seen it before in NY state. Pours a mid auburn, honeyish color, low carbonation and head, tiny bit of lacing. Nice grainy, bready nose. Mild sweet malt notes, soft on the old palate for this mellow Brit style ale. A wee bit lacking in the flavor department for my tastes, but what remains is a drinkable, balanced session brew. Worth a try.

Billolick, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

On tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

This beer surprised me in a major way. I wasn't expecting something quite so malty (not because I knew anything about this beer, I just don't tend to drink malty beers). The sweet malty-caramel smell and taste hit the spot and put a smile on my face. I definitely could have had a few more of these bad boys. Give it a try if you can find it, nice alternative to the norm.

fdrich29, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of nem2006
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%

The beer is a clear, deep copper with an incredible amount of visible carbonation. The white head was dense and about 1/2 inch thick.

There is quite a bit of malt in the nose. Smell a little caramel with a hint of citrus and floral.

This is a medium bodied beer with a lasting aftertaste. The carbonation is felt on the tongue. There is a short malt taste at the start with a heavy and long lasting hop finish.

nem2006, Oct 04, 2008
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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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