Chainsaw Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
back after a long hiatus, this is essentially double sawtooth ale, so a double esb, and i think its wonderful. rich and more american than english on the hop front, but with a real sturdy and classic english malt base. the alcohol is high, but its well hidden in this smoothed out feeling drink, than improves with temperature. copper in color, mostly clear, decadent looking with a tall and foamy white head. malt first and hops on the back end in both nose and taste. distinct flavor elements include an herbal complexion, culinary herbs, maybe bay leaf, as well as unlit smokes, birch syrup, and tangerine zest. its dynamic, and i appreciate the interesting hops here, its a necessary twist in a style of beer that i dont think gets played with enough. it comes in layers, and is far more complex than i expected it to ever be. mouthfeel is full bodied but well carbonated, frothy in feel, palate coating, and a little resinous from the hops. finish is long and bitter, yet clean feeling, and extremely satisfying overall. a beautiful american take on the english classic. i hope this one sticks around.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 17:38:57 | More by StonedTrippin
4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: dark amber brown ale with a few fingers of tan foam. some lines of lace trailed behind
S: dark toffee and herbal pine, sugars apparent, earthy and woodsy tones
T: toffee and caramel-sweet; muted hops bitterness; rich malt body more forward than all else; some fruits and slightly wet, jam-sweet toast
M: slick, medium-weight, and sticky
O: Think of an extra special bitter, which is not necessarily bitter, but balanced, and then make it a double (Imperialized)... a real nice drink if you know what you're getting. Rich and relatively dense, sticky and toffee-sweet, with dull and mild resinous bittering. Strong ale but not necessarily American-style.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 17:31:50 | More by Greywulfken
2.59/5 rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in a snifter at Firkin.
I have been a fan of Evil Dead for a while now... Anyway, this stuff pours a murky and brackish brown topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises wet cardboard and buttery toffee backed by some very light orange peel. The taste holds notes of dry biscuit, orange peel, light earthy greens, very light tobacco, and a general sense of something musty hanging around, malingering in pain. It's an improvement on the smell, but that ain't sayin' much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff just seemed messy, dirty, in ways it shouldn't. Definitely not a fan.
Serving type: on-tap
05-17-2013 02:48:17 | More by TMoney2591
Chainsaw Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.