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Sawtooth Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001)
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Photo of naterock
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark orange about one finger head that stays a while and leaves nice patchy lacing.

smells incredibly malty with a hint of hops in the nose, slightly woody and estery.

tastes bitter yet smooth in the finish, tastes strongly of woody/earthy hops and medium roasted malt.

Mouth is slightly heavier than usual, crisp carbonation but this is a slightly oily feel.

drinkable for a while but becomes heavy, but overall very enjoyable.

Photo of avalon07
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A big amount of foamy head and some decent lacing here.

S: Slightly hoppy smell, along with a little malt. Not particularly powerful.

T: Some hops up front and a light maltiness, but little else. This beer has a surprisingly bland quality about it.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this beer did nothing for me. While it was not without its strong points, I found the taste a little watery and uninteresting.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium iced-tea amber. Fluffy, off-white head that fell to a very thin ring. No lacing on my glass.
Chocolatey, fruity aromas arrive first. Dark, sweet dried fruits: cherries & raisins. Caramel/brown sugar malts. Bits of biscuit too. Grassy hops are fairly prominent, but not the dominant aroma.
Somewhat sweet first taste. Fruits seem to be first with some milk and dark chocolate tastes in there. Caramel/brown sugar and bisuits come next with the earthy hops helping to round out the flavors.
Medium bodied. Coats the mouth a bit, but not oily. Flavors don't linger for long.
Very drinkable. Great flavors and good ABV make this a great session beer.
Very recommended. Now, if we could only get full 6/12 packs of this in GA, life would be good. For now, we can only get this in the brewer's mixed 12 pack.

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

Born on Date: 03/26/2008
Tasting Date: 08/21/2008

Nice beer here...I must say that I do enjoy most offerings from Left Hand and this is another example

A: Pours a nice golden/orange color with a fluffy white head that leaves a decent lace on the glass. Also apparent is the carbonation of the beer which is low, but normal for an ESB

S: Hops and malts dominate the nose right away, but do not overpower...Notes of caramel, toasted malts, hops, and an earthy waft just hit me

T: It is a bitter-sweet tasting brew, and after awhile the toastedness of the malts presents itself. Also apparent are notes of caramel and a subtle earthy undertone

MF: Pretty good. Not the cleanest finish, a touch of tartness and bitterness lingers

D: Good. Not quite a session beer

Photo of tgrstyl
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice everyday type ale. Not a blockbuster, but flavorful and solid.

Pours amber and clear, nice malty aroma.
mouthfeel is full but the flavor is a little lacking. Would like more of an up front hoppiness. The residual bitterness is nice though.

Photo of peabody
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear amber ice tea color with just a ring of foam. Some lacing but not much.
Smell is of ruby red grapefruit with the cherry on it with some sugar/brown sugar sprinkeled on top. I also get a hint of watermellon rhine in there too.
Taste is of cardboard with just a hint of hops at the end. Pretty bland if you ask me.

While mouthfeel is clean the problem is with it being way too much clean. Not enough punch in this ESB for my tastes.

Photo of BanditBrewingCo
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle emptied into my Sam Adams glass.

Solid pour leaves a quarter inch white head that clings stickily in places. The color of this beer is a golden/copper.

Smells of sweet malt, a bit hoppy. Reminds me of an English pale ale.

Taste is actually more like a golden or American blonde ale. Still has that slightly sweet and lightly hopped character.

A little bit crisp in the mouth.

Average drinkability, I would say.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear bronze-amber body with a finger of off-white foam that retains at a creamy sheet and leaves flat wisps of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is toasty and a touch bready with a sweet dark caramel accent and earthy hops.

The drink tastes sweet and toasty with a caramel backbone dried by earthy hops that bring a lingering bitterness to the finish.

Crisp, mellow, and medium-bodied, Sawtooth Ale is a tasty and nicely balanced ESB with sessionable drinkability.

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

A- bronze to copper in color, good retention, 2 fingers worth of off white fluffy foam

S- floral, herbal, sweet malts with fruity esters

T- sourdough bready malts throughout, buttery, herbal and grassy hop flavors, toasted malts, as well as apple and pear flavors

M- sticky and well carbonatd with a dry finish

D- interesting and tasty, sessionable, solid ESB, good choice

Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy amber with off-white head. It smelled like a blend of earthy and caramel malts with some copper hops. It tasted like light but sweet caramel malt with some mild copper hops. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a very mild aftertaste. Overall this was not a very flavorful beer, but it was clean and easy to drink. Good traditional ESB that's nice to relax with.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty amber with a nice uneven dense head that sticks well to the sides of the glass

Smells of caramel, hops leaf, and wood esters

This is a neat ber because you have a couple of phases to it. Sweet caramel and malt, with wood esters, raw hop leaf, then this odd, soapy flavor -- couldn't pin it down until I read some of the reviews -- Zadok said it had a wine flavor -- there it is! Nailed it. Oaky, oily, sweet. And that is something that leaves me a bit on the fence for like/dislike.

Mouthfeel leads into drinkability. Nothing overpowering here. Bought a 6-er and I might be regretting it. Moderate carbonation , nothing great for aftertaste -- bitterness at best.

Overall, not bad -- just not doing it for me. So many times people say that there are bette things out ther. I agree. I gues taste is all in the mouth. I need something more out of this style.

Photo of Zadok
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice deep semi-cloudy amber. Half finger head with mild lacing.

S-Mild hops with some fruit off in the distance.

T-Mild hoppiness, something oddly familiar in the aftertaste maybe some light fruit or a light white wine.

M-Nice and smooth with medium carbonation.

D-Very nice brew, could easily see having this again.

Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange/brown with a tan head. Head falls to almost nothing.

Sweet malt aroma with hops coming through.

Tastes sweet with a pretty bitter aftertaste.

Smooth in the mouth with low carbonation.

Nice ale and am looking forward to the next one.

Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Saucer, served a crisp dark red with a decent frothy head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma was very much on the weak side, some fruits, but not much. The taste was sweet fruits and slight carmel with undertoned citrus hops. The beer was very light crisp and refreshing. This one would make a decent session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper and clear. Held a nice one inch head through the first couple drinks then disapated to a skim. No lacing.

Smell: Aromatic and slightly citrusy. Definitely pick-up a nice herbal Cascade hops aroma.

Taste: Touch of caramel sweetness, some fruity ester. Nice herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft balanced with a touch of spiciness. Full hop effect came with a slight warming

Drinkability: Solid APA...I could drink and few and plan on doing it again

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






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

Had this at the Leon Pub last night and this was very tasty.

Appearance was a light orange/copper with a small amount of head and bubbles floating straight to the top.

Smell was pretty aromatic, almost citrusy in a way, but not too overpowering.

Taste was very awesome. It had a strong bite and went down smooth for a bitter beer. It wasn't overly bitter, and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing. Full of flavors, mainly citrus/orange.

Drinkability is major. You can kick back with a six-pack of these and feel recharged, as these bring on a nice buzz in the late hours of the night.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, light coppery-orange with a slight white head that quickly vanished.

S: On the nose was citrus, toasted malt sweetness, and a light herbal hopping.

T: there was a slight caramel sweetness that started things out with some fruity tones (apples). The beer finished with a nice flowery hop zing. Spicy, hoppy and fairly good.

M: a little thin, lightly carbonated and smooth textured.

D: A good pub or everyday drinking ale, fruity and spicy hopwise

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

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear dark gold/amber/copper color. Settles to a good ring lining the inside of the glass and a fairly thin surface layer. Good lacing here. Has a sort of biscuity aroma of caramel malt and some pine hops, certainly could be a bit stronger here. The taste is the same pretty much, biscuity caramel malty sweetness, rounded out by some piney hop bittereness aslong with a slight bit of clove or other spice. maybe a slight hint of banana as well. Good balance, but I do wish the flavors had been a bit stronger overall. Not a typical ESB taste at all, but still quite enjoyable.Has a smooth, crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink indeed.


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

I purchased this from Heritage liquore in St. Paul MN

Pours a hazy orange/ amber with a two finger white head. This is a bit darker for an ale. Almost like a double ipa.

Good amount of bitter citruss hops present on the nose. Some sweet bready caramel present as well.
Taste is very crisp and dry. Not much of any sweatness in the taste. This is a light bodied ale with medium to moderate carbonation.
I would drink this again, as its a great craft style epa. This has been done before and originality is not present, but its a damn fine beer. I'd take this over alot of other epa's any day.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Reddish-amber color with a two-finger head that fades into one.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and malty upfront. Hint of hop bitterness on the nose.

Taste: Biscuit malt upfront with low hop bitterness. Smooth. Mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, biscuity and slightly bitter. Packed with flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but at the same time, average overall. It won't knock you out but it leaves more to be desired from the style. Worth a shot though.

Photo of Tolann
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice clear amber/copper color. I didn't get a bunch of head out of my poor pour. It's a skill I need to work on... Not a lot of carbonation to see dancing in the glass. for an ESB I for whatever reason expected a darker appearance.

S - bitter in the nose. Some bready malt. I'm getting more floral hops as this beer warms. Gotta be patient with this one. It's really improving with warmth.

T - hoppy and bitter. It realy lays on the bitters at the back of your tongue. Taste is also improving with warmth. Hops are becoming more obvious and floral.

M - Medium mouthfeel and not a lot of carbonation. Good aftertaste of bitter hops. Could have been a bit more heavy IMO.

D - I love bitters nearly as much as I love IPAs. This one is a low enough alcohol level I could drink all night. It's not quite everything I'd want in an ESB, but it's pretty darn good. I'll have no problem finishing the rest of these ESBs from the mix pack.

Photo of marcpal
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass with a pizza. Ive been pretty impressed by Left Hand as of late, getting around to their mainstays.

A: Lacing didnt quit on this one. Amber color with a puffy meringue head- high grades here because this is a picturesque ESB.

N: Fresh bakery aroma and biscuity. Mild hops and malt as it warmed some.

T: Bread and caramel malts. Some hops and resounding spices. The bitterness comes later and appropriate for the style. Surely not the best of ESBs but it gets the job done in taste.

M: Smooth and soft. Zing of spiciness when it was poured cold but came down a notch with the rise in temp.

D: A solid ESB, not my favorites because I could use a little more bitter in place of the spice but still a good drink needing just some extra bitterness. I do recommend.

Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived a nice clear gold with tons of lacing that coats the glass.
Smells of mad hops, grassy and piney.
Taste is very bitter hops, very little malts, just enough to provide a little backbone for the hops. Feels biting and just a little thin but a very nice hot day beer.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. clear amber with a thick off white head. looks good.

citrus fruit aroma. has some malt sweetness. no off odors.

caramely and earthy. good balance. sweet aftertaste.

good carbonation. mid to full body. i really enjoyed the mouth feel. nice lace. i dig this beer. i could do a session. i will probably pick up a six in the near future. very good esb.

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.