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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,948 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 60
Gots: 210 | 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: 1,948 | Reviews: 679
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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

Photo of kajerm
1.87/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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 BarleyThere
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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 GRG1313
2.09/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Eldalonde
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Xadoor
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of jsh420
2.31/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

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2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.