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Chainsaw Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Chainsaw AleChainsaw Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-06-2006

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

Photo of wattersmike90
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alextricity
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Hop Cat in Detroit, Michigan.

I think a snifter of this was gonna be $10 or $12, so I opted to get a dollar or two sample of it... I'm glad I did. While this beer has an awesome heat I'd expect from a strong ale, and a super nice, fresh hoppiness and ALSO some solid balance, the price is just kind of crazy to me, especially since it's not even barrel-aged or anything. If this were a bit cheaper, I'd probably score it higher, as unfair as that probably is. I really do like the taste of this one though, it just doesn't warrant the price tag -- fresh hops, warming alcohol, nice combo of both sweet and bitter... pretty nice beer.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3rd of the night after Raven's loss. Slight step behind Sawtooth, but next time will try side by side, just to be sure.

Photo of tneenan1
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is malts, fruit, toffee and leather. The flavor is fruit, malts, toffee, slightly coarse texture, slight liquor notes, mild alcohol and a tangy/sour finish.

Photo of tommy5
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Intentionally the opposite of smooth.

Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of msondel
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of windypete
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GoatMother
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WeizenGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Moose90
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +5%

650ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured a deep hazy amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... no carbonation at all... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), light tobacco, some cardboard traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Big blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples, bananas), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins), warming alcohol, sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, lightly toasted malt loaf, some butterscotch, medicinal traces, light smokiness, soapy...

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little oiliness... full bodied... much too rich and full bodied to be very drinkable (not to mention the 9.4% alcohol)...

Overall - A pretty good American Strong Ale if maybe a little rough round the edges... definitely worth a try though...

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

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Chainsaw Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.