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Chainsaw Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Chainsaw AleChainsaw Ale

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-06-2006)
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into goblet.

Appearance (4): Murky brownish-orange that glows red in the light. Decent light tan head.

Smell (4): Strong piney and spicy aroma from the hops. Overripe fruit, caramel and toffee.

Taste (3.75): Immediate impact from the hops, with lots of pine and some citrus and spicy notes. Malts are fairly deep and intense, with caramel, toffee, and sweet dark fruits. The hops linger at the finish and provide some bitterness. A little bit abrasive and rough around the edges.

Feel (4): Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, mostly dry finish. A little but boozy.

Overall (4): Comes across as an aggressively hopped English Strong Ale. Quite tasty and decadent, even if it is a little rough.

08-21-2014 04:01:26 | More by bsp77
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

appearance: Slightly hazy copper. Slight tan head and not much to it.
smell: Some piney notes and not much else. Pretty meh nose on this. Not bad, just not a lot happening.
taste: much like the nose. A strong ale with a bit of hop bite but not a lot happening.
overall: Frankly, a little disappointed from an admittedly spoiled beer lover. Maybe a bad bottle? Maybe it needs some age.

08-19-2014 23:14:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-19-2014 04:25:19 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

08-16-2014 20:56:26 | More by Kayaker
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-15-2014 03:26:54 | More by KevinGordon
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

08-12-2014 21:42:30 | More by beer_caton
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-11-2014 18:35:00 | More by DrBier
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-11-2014 11:49:24 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-11-2014 00:35:04 | More by BDeibs
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a clear, deep amber color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some pine hops.

Tastes of the piny hops with a big malt base. Hops lead off with pine and citrus coupled with some spiciness. Malts come through next, adding caramel and toffee sweetness. Some earthy notes come towards the middle along with a bit of an herbal character. This gives way to a bit of alcohol before the finish of slightly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty.

08-10-2014 04:35:27 | More by ocelot2500
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-07-2014 23:02:29 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, grass, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine/grassy hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial ESB style. All around great balance and complexity of citrus/pine/grassy hops and dark/bready malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

08-06-2014 23:37:36 | More by superspak
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

A - Pours a bright reddish rust color with 2 1/2 fingers offwhite fluffy , creamy head. Very good retention and a very nice looking lacing

S - Aroma is on the lighter side. Lots of caramel upfront, but there are aromas of other alcohols mixed in. I do pick up port wine and a slight trace of bourbon as well.

T - Very nice. Deep caramel flavors followed by bourbon and port. It is slightly nutty as well. The flavor has lots going on and they seem to work together quite nicely.

M - A fairly smooth beer for 9.4% abv. It does have s light warming sensation in the mouth, but I would hesitate to call it a burn. Definitely a heavier beer, but remarkably drinkable at its ABV.

O - A very impressive beer. Lots of flavor and doesn't rely on a ton of hops to accomplish it. Would make a great fall sipper. I'll be looking for it again

08-04-2014 18:34:32 | More by Goosehunter75
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-03-2014 04:15:27 | More by Faroveryonder
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-02-2014 01:11:46 | More by Heynau10
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4.01/5  rDev +5%

Cooper color. Finger and a half head with nice retention and fine patches of lace. Nonspecific malt aroma. Smooth and nutty. Rich malty flavor of oats, wheat and a touch of roasted nuts. Assertive earthy hops. Well balanced. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Malty texture. Tasty stuff.

07-31-2014 03:27:08 | More by bnes09
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Color- red amber. Medium head.

Aroma- alcohol esters and hops combine to form a grapefruit and lemon sweet perfume.

Taste- a very strong double ESB. Starts rich with heavy bready malts, definitely a double, mellows in the middle with some sweetness, and finishes with a huge nicely bitter hop ending. I had to read the label to figure out it was an ESB because this struck me as an imperial IPA.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted July 2014. Purchased at Costco.

07-30-2014 00:38:44 | More by utfiero
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-29-2014 06:34:14 | More by zestar
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New Mexico

5/5  rDev +30.9%

07-28-2014 01:45:34 | More by CraftyChuck
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2014 15:38:48 | More by jwg782
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-26-2014 18:51:07 | More by prock180
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-26-2014 03:10:00 | More by adamgirard
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-24-2014 02:51:42 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-23-2014 15:45:15 | More by Chuffbomb
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-23-2014 03:44:10 | More by Robyn
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Chainsaw Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.