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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 57
Gots: 152 | 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%

LvanB, Oct 09, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

apasternak, Jun 28, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

AndyTaylor, Feb 13, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

mwbrady12, Jul 21, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

skyisland, Jul 29, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

Zutote, Aug 02, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -53%

tripledbrew, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of kajerm
1.88/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

kajerm, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Sammy, Aug 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

dav2080, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Howlader
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Mosul, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of BarleyThere
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

BarleyThere, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

GRG1313, Oct 01, 2009
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2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Eldalonde, May 13, 2010
Photo of Xadoor
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Xadoor, Jul 12, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

kallardnyc, Jan 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

TheBigBoy, Nov 12, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

tjdrewry, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of mschofield
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

mschofield, Mar 24, 2005
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2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
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

jsh420, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of GreenWBush
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

GreenWBush, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of claspada
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

claspada, Oct 01, 2010
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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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