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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 55
Gots: 157 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. There's an area on the label that says "Bottled on:", but the date is missing. This wasn't at my supply store 2 days ago, so it's likely fresh from the distributor.

A: Red-orange amber, neither light nor dark, very clear and nicely filtered. 1 finger of white head dissipates rather quickly and leaves little to no lacing - knocked a point off for this.

S: Smells hoppy, notes of pine, some kind of citrus (orange?), I wasn't picking a lot up on the nose, the scent is very light. Needs a little dry hopping to fix that up a bit.

T: The flavor is very nice, by far the best aspect of this beer. The pine notes in the nose had me worried it might end up tasting like pine sap, which is something that turns me off about IPAs. Starts off with citrus and a small amount of pine, then quickly dries up in the finish with some hop. I want to say the citrus is orange peel here, but I'm not sure. Might be some malts in there to balance out the hops a little, but if there are, I'm not really picking up on them too much.

M: This one is a little higher on the carbonation, feels a tad watery, light bodied, very dry.

O: Not a bad beer at all. This is the first beer I've tried from this brewery, coming from a sampler pack with 4 styles in total. A solid ESB for sure, and hopheads will love it, so it definitely fits in that niche nicely. I don't think I'd seek this beer out myself, but I am going to enjoy all 3 bottles of it with pleasure.

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I really like the aroma a lot, it's very hoppy for the style with a solid malt base. I like the European hop feel to it a good bit and think this aspect is really well done.

The taste isn't quite as special. The hops are front and center with some floral notes and they give way to a little bit of dark fruit. It's just not as complex and interesting as the nose.

I like the mouthfeel, creamy for 5.3% and easy to drink.

Pretty solid beer.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.