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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 60
Gots: 208 | 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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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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice copper color that is a bit bright. Really nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light pine and earthy hops and also has a good dose of some caramel backing. The taste is focused more on some bready caramel with only faint hops in the background. Good feel that is a bit malty and slightly bitter. Good body, especially with the cask. Drinks quite well and goes down really smoothly.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear very light copper in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that had excellent retention properties and hardly ever died down and left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and bready malts with notes of sweetness and hints of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: amber, clear, tons of lace. Half finger head.

S: caramel malt. Very mild hop notes.

T: not really in the realm of a typical esb. Caramel malt. Not much of a hops flavor. some earthy notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Not a true ESB from what I have experienced. Overall a little medicore.

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber slightly cloudy body with a decent head that quickly dissipates to a ringlet and leaves very little lacing

Smell - Malty, caramel bouquet with a touch of citrus hops; smells like wort

Taste - Starts out rather sweet but the hops kick in mid-palate and build through to the finish; a very subtle malty sweetness also comes through but never really balances with the bitterness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Pleasant enough but certainly unusual for the style

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm more impressed with this beer than I thought I'd be. This is one of those styles that American Micros usually butcher. Pours a nice light copper to straw color. Higher carbonated that expected. Decent head retention. Smells malty, caramelly and nutty. Light hop detection. Tastes are similar to aromas throw in more breadyness, yeastyness, earthyness. Nuttiness reminds me of pecans, nice on top of caramel and toffee flavors. No flavor is dominating. The beer is smooth in its flavors, the carbonation may be a distraction. Mouthfeel is round and just shy of medium. Finishes fairly airy and crisp. Nice subtle hop bittering; not too sweet. A very easily drinkable beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a reddish brown color with a foamy cream colored head that has some good retention. The carbonation is light, the mouthfeel is smooth and not overly thick. The flavor is like a traditional ESB but not quite as good as the real thing from England but damn close. The flavor is bitter with a dry aftertaste, kinda musty. It's worth trying.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished honey suffused with juicy orange. The head is off-white, bordering on ecru, and displays very little persistence. Not much lace makes it to the glass. The aroma features sweetish pale malt and floral hops. This should be pretty good beer.

The flavor, although it doesn't quite match the nose, isn't too shabby. There's a solid malt backbone for the style and fruity-floral hops make up the lion's share of the flavor profile. Cascade is a guess, since grapefruity notes are evident. In the end, the hops aren't upfront enough and the body isn't quite substantial enough.

If Left Hand Brewing would beef up the flavor and the body they'd have a much better beer. It improves somewhat as it warms, but I can't pull the trigger on the next highest taste score. Cliff Notes review: Sawtooth Ale is a decent, drinkable ESB and is a definite improvement on this brewery's Milk Stout.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decent amber color with a smll head of white that just barely graced the top. Decent side glass lace as well.
very light grain and wheat with a slight hint of earthy grass. This was your average ESB. And I mean average. The flavor was rather bland and non descript with really no defining characteristic to it. Some light cereal grain, and a touch of earthy grass again, but nothing really sticking out in any way. Almost forgotten as soon as it was sipped. It had a very nice amount of carbonation which was the only thing really keeping my intrest at that point

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this one. smells well balanced but no descript, hints of english malts and a gentle sweetness. flavor has a lot of interesting subtleties, complex malts but maintains a light and refreshing mouthfeel. its crisp and clear and easy drinking. an excellent session beer, and just enough abv to warm you up on a cold day. this is one of my favorite left hand brews i have tried.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lee for this one.

A: The beer is a clear amber color with a finger of white head. Not too much lacing.

S: For an ESB, the nose is surprisingly...sugary. Sweet table sugar, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar pretty much make up/dominate the aroma. There are some light hops and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Bread is about the only aroma in there I expect.

T: More of the same as I take a few sips. Certainly some bread and toast, and there's a mild toffee flavor, too. Again, very little hop flavor, and even less bitterness. Because all of the flavors are fairly sweet, it just seems a bit muddled.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: Just sweet, one-note, and bland. Not something I'd care to have again.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a medium-sized, white head that lefts generous layers of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Dry, crumbly, toasted biscuits seasoned with a good dose of spices. Faroff notes of dried citrus rind and creme caramel.

Taste: Toasted biscuit maltiness with a restrained caramel sweetness. Fairly spicy hop character, maybe a hint of citrus, too. Medium bitterness is quite clean. Lingering hoppiness and hint of breadcrusts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine, flavorful ESB from Left Hand.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish/orange color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of grass and hops. There was a slight pine smell.

T - It had a nice balance of roasted malt and grassy hops. There was a subtle citrus taste (possibly Cascade hops). The bitterness was understated.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very nice ESB. One of the better beers from Left Hand.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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