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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 107 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.1%

10-09-2012 19:53:08 | More by LvanB
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District of Columbia

1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

06-27-2013 23:30:03 | More by apasternak
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

02-13-2012 22:43:54 | More by AndyTaylor
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North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -53%

07-21-2013 15:24:31 | More by mwbrady12
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

07-29-2012 03:34:11 | More by skyisland
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

08-02-2014 00:27:42 | More by Zutote
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

11-06-2012 04:04:13 | More by tripledbrew
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1.88/5  rDev -49.5%

Tried this at a beer tasting a few months back. Poured golden-brown with an averageish head into my pint glass.

The aroma? Yogurt, yogurt, and more yogurt. This beer reeked of lactobacillus. The taste was nearly as bad, laden with sour cream and yogurt notes-- horribly, horribly infected.

Drinkable for a vile bottle of pestilence and plague, I guess.

I've tasted Left Hand's imperial stout and I know they can craft a decent brew, but a for-profit brewery should not be letting this kind of thing happen.

03-14-2007 07:35:05 | More by kajerm
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.2%

08-28-2013 23:20:25 | More by Sammy
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

06-17-2012 18:55:42 | More by dav2080
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Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.2%

07-20-2014 21:33:57 | More by Howlader
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

04-29-2013 04:00:16 | More by Mosul
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New York

2.05/5  rDev -44.9%

Just beer.

This beer is good, let me say that first. Give me a plate of nachos or a bucket of hot wings and I could drink it straight through the night. That said, there is absolutely nothing salient about the brew.

Pours a light copper color, with light head retention.
Very mild smell of hops and some vague fruit characteristics.
Taste is almost like a brown ale, but without the caramel flavor or biscuit-y quality.

Tastes like beer, drinks like beer, great for packing 'em in. Not to be savored.

10-30-2010 02:02:56 | More by BarleyThere
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2.08/5  rDev -44.1%

Pours a bright clear copper orange. Thin and fast fading white head.

Unassertive light orange juice nose with just a hint of light spice; rather unassertive and with little real character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak and short; watery.

Flavors are light, without character and with only hints of bitter orange juice, a hint of malt and a hint of yeast. Not real flavor; no real character and no real finish other than a very short basic light bitter with no appeal.

This is a beer with absolutely no character; tastes and smells like a lightly bitter water. Just my opinion or a really bad batch.

10-01-2009 06:40:12 | More by GRG1313
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%

Has aromas of hops and some spice. The head retention is disappointing but the flavor is rather interesting. It tastes of carmel, some spices and a little hoppy. When I had this, I didn't really care for it...the flavors just didn't meld to well. It's mildly complex, but nothing terrific.

05-13-2010 19:21:58 | More by Eldalonde
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%

Dark gold or copper colour in the glass. Off-white head that settled quickly. A strange aroma, sort of grassy and earthy. Flavour is a little odd as well, I opened a couple of them to see if they all tasted like that. My first impression was that it tasted a lot like iced tea. Sweet biscuity malt flavours to start with some light pine and fruitiness. It finishes quite dry, but with only a light hoppiness. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Its not a bad beer, but I just can't get rid of that tea-like flavour that I seem to get from it. Maybe I'll give it a try again if the opportunity presents itself.

07-12-2006 18:23:10 | More by Xadoor
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New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

01-29-2014 00:46:32 | More by kallardnyc
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

03-08-2012 23:58:44 | More by beerFool28607
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

11-12-2012 03:01:27 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

12-23-2012 19:48:42 | More by Kasie
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

07-25-2014 23:56:09 | More by tjdrewry
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Pours a dark golden amber, topped with a two finger fluffy light tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Interesting aroma, herbs, kind of floral, bread and cinammon.
Not a very pleasant taste, it's harsh and seems off, fruit, tree bark and grain husk.
Medium bodied.

03-24-2005 00:22:41 | More by mschofield
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2.28/5  rDev -38.7%

bottled on 11/01/11 (yes bottled in the future so the calories do not count until then)

pours clear copper with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of watery toasted malts

taste is not any better - bland watery hops and malts - i question why this considered craft beer

mouthfeel is light decent carbonation

overall - its a good thing i am already hooked on craft beer because this would not be reeling anyone in

06-13-2011 01:19:40 | More by jsh420
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2.35/5  rDev -36.8%

From a "American Craft Brews" sampler pack, 12 oz bottle.

Dark bronze with a head that froths, then completely fades. Lacing like a bald man's combover.

Nose: malty and yeasty. Sweet. No hops on the nose whatsoever. Eeek! A little bit of trailer-park beer smell on the nose.

The taste is a bit flat: roughly blended malts along with only the slightest tingle of hops. Slight hints of rotten fruit. Poorly carbonated.

This beer made me think of a beer donut, or a bowl of beer-flavored frosted flakes. The mouthfeel wasn't much better: if handed to me in a glass, I would have guessed it was a gone-bad Rogue Dead Guy.

One of the first beers in a long, long time that I couldn't even finish. I won't be trying this brewery again.

01-18-2004 03:03:39 | More by GreenWBush
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New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -34.1%

Aroma is mainly centered around the greenery on this one. Nice earthy, herbal, and mildly citrus nose with warming caramel malts, basically liquid bread.

Taste is kinda a letdown after the nose. Kinda watery to be honest. Not a great hop presence or malt backbone. Small amounts of earthy/herbal bitterness with semi-sweet caramel and biscuit malts but not enough of any to be honest.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied easy going natural carbonation not a cloying aspect to be had finishes a bit dry with some earthy hop bitterness.

I appreciate what they were trying to do here (make an American ESB) but this falls kinds short in my opinion. Drinkability is very high because of how light and watery this brew is in my opinion. This is a beer that you could be a 6 pack deep and not realize it, a good and a bad thing, but not a good thing in my opinion for and ESB.

10-01-2010 20:12:10 | More by claspada
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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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