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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

1,677 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 84 | 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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Frosty80

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light golden brown. sits brilliantly clear amber. creamy white head with great retention

Smell: moderately high hop aroma (mostly UK varieties). moderate malt aroma to balance with a slight toasty quality. very clean. very low fruity esters

Taste: low-medium bitterness. medium, mild, earthy hop flavor with and almost equal amount of slightly caramelly, bready malt to balance. finish is medium dry with a slight lingering bitterness and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light medium body with low-moderate carbonation

Notes: good ESB. maybe a little light on the bittering hops. good balance between malt and hops with superb drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 04:54:12 | More by Frosty80
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DiscGolfRobot

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-26-2013 23:43:58 | More by DiscGolfRobot
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TigerOwl

Georgia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-30-2013 19:55:20 | More by TigerOwl
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DubCo21

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-16-2014 02:30:45 | More by DubCo21
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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-16-2012 00:17:04 | More by Slikpitt
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RCLOHR267

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-22-2013 18:57:53 | More by RCLOHR267
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swinyeju

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-16-2013 15:39:57 | More by swinyeju
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-16-2013 17:44:46 | More by kristenrae8
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omnigrits

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A relatively pale amber colour with a nice head that dissipates quickly to leave no head and no lacing.

The aroma is minimal, but what's there is very pleasant. Plenty of floral hops with a hint of fresh-baked bread. The malt isn't too obvious until the beer hits the tongue, and even then it's very well balanced against the hops. A touch of citrus, and a very nice finish - dry and bitter with a bare hint of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is very good indeed - perfect carbonation.

This is a beer I could drink all night. I really have to find this one on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:54:40 | More by omnigrits
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Roberto11232

New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-03-2013 01:34:49 | More by Roberto11232
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cheers2beers

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a mahogony amber,leans more to the orange side of it. The head is slightly off white head, nice amount of laceing and one out two beers that was poured one had columns of beading the other did not.

Smell: Smells very close to "Fat Tire" from New Belgium brewing. Caramel is there up front with maybe a little milk chocolate. Hops play a minimal roll for sure. Now that I really think about it, it smells like I just cracked open a fresh box of wheat chex. Strange

Taste: There is a bready character that hits me right off the bat. Slightly bitter with a nutty bark flavor. Other than that there is not much else.

Mouthfeel: Very thin mouthfeel but it maintains a smoothness of sorts. A medium level of carbonation with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very easily sessional beer. Would be good for almost any dinner, used mainly for washing your food down or good barbque beer. A must try but don't get too over excited about this one.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 23:59:09 | More by cheers2beers
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searsclone

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a pint glass. caramel colored with a long lasting white head and an excellent lace left on the glass.

smell is faint grass and a bit of pine (edit: a different sample offered some caramel and a touch of dark chocolate in the nose)

taste is great. sweet caramel and sugar with a perfect just the right amount of hop to leave it perfectly balanced.

mouth feel is chewy and creamy with a crisp yet sticky finish. unique, but it works.

all around, a great beer. I would have given it even higher overall, if I would have gotten more aroma.(edit: upped the rating by 1/2 point due to the presence of a better aroma)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:10:50 | More by searsclone
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tazzman

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-30-2013 14:19:38 | More by tazzman
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the sawtooth ale from left hand brewing is pretty different. I have to say, I have never had a beer quite like this. It pours a crystal coppery brown. The look makes me think of a strong brown ale but the oppistie is more the reality of this ale. It's very mild and drinkable with a nice earthy bitter flavor. It's kind of a trick beer in the sense that it looks pretty tough but you could get away with drinking a few at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:03:01 | More by mattkoon
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netshark

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-02-2012 03:13:01 | More by netshark
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fruity ale aroma lingers with a sprig of crushed, citrusy thyme. Fluffy white froth sits on a pleasant brew the color of my well-used, oiled, 30 year old maple wood bowl. The froth stays like a raft built of tiny bubble wrap; lace gilds the glass.

Great biscuit chewiness is nudged aside slowly be a twisted stick of dried herbs (oregano, catnip, epazote). A little peach juice floats by leaving the tongue coated with peach fuzz. Very nice bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 00:34:30 | More by gbontrag
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chaz01

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, paired with my pizza.

A: Clear light amber color with a thin head.

S: Faint Citrus piney aroma.

T: Grassy haw and orange flavor up front, followed by more orange and an unpleasant muskiness in the finish.

M: Well carbonated, maybe a little too much as the carbonation covers up some of the taste.

D: This left me unsatisfied, it wasn't very hoppy and the malt profile seemed a little bland to me. Hard time putting away a full pint glass of this and was eager to switch to something else.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 17:34:41 | More by chaz01
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An orange copper color with a persistent creamy white head. Noticeable sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Fairly clear with some slight haze.

S- Smooth toasted malt with low amounts of caramel popping through the malt. A citrus hop begins to rise in the middle and comes through the finish with a floral hop aroma emerging in the end.

T- Strong toasted malt dominates throughout the beer. Middle brings a out a stronger toasted flavor. Towards the end the floral hop taste comes through with slight bitterness finishing.

M- Medium thin body, smooth carbonation, and a sweet malt flavor.

O- Nice easy drinking beer. Although this is not a session beer, still a nice one to sit around with and relax when you don't want anything too big.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:05:45 | More by Lolli1315
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tard24

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21%

01-02-2014 06:10:30 | More by tard24
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Andrew526

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-23-2013 13:35:17 | More by Andrew526
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Auslander

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-04-2014 21:32:42 | More by Auslander
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-05-2012 21:08:38 | More by twbeecher
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MonkeyStain

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-16-2012 15:44:25 | More by MonkeyStain
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Hophead21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-24-2014 00:15:13 | More by Hophead21
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shacawgo24

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-10-2013 08:52:08 | More by shacawgo24
Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,677 ratings.