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Chainsaw Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

Chainsaw AleChainsaw Ale

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very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-06-2006)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not retired, as there is a 2008 version now out. I had last year's. Not too hoppy, but significant. Not too malty but significant. An easy drinking, dangerously hidden alcohol. Good head initially. Nothing outstanding but it was enjoable and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:41:33 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"I'm a lumberjack baby
I'm a lumberjack baby
But I ain't jacked my lumber baby
Since my chain saw you"


Tropical sunset orange suffused with a coral blush. The beer is clear so far, but should become nicely murky once the sediment at the bottom of the bottle is added. The pour produced a generous four fingers of khaki colored foam that has a wonderfully creamy, sticky texture. Loads of outstanding looking lace definitely helps the cause.

The nose suggests an ale that has both pale and caramel malts, as well as fruity hops. No single member of the hop bill takes charge (Magnum, U.S. Goldings, Fuggles and Cascade). All in all, the aroma is slightly underwhelming, although I have faith that it will improve over time. Note: it does.

Left Hand Chainsaw Ale is a rock-solid American strong ale that could also be thought of as an American barleywine. I have no idea when in 2008 it was bottled, but it's drinking fine on this sunny afternoon in mid-February 2009. It isn't too brash or hot, and it definitely isn't toothless (chainsaw reference).

There's more melted English toffee on the palate than was suspected. There's also a hint of tobacco-like earthiness that is probably due to Munich malt. It isn't overdone, though, which is good. The top notes are reminiscent of fruit soaked in fruit brandy. Apricots first, followed by oranges... and maybe a handful of cherries as well. This really is tasty stuff if you're a fan of big beer.

The mouthfeel could stand to be more chewy (personal preference), but is fine for the style and the ABV. It makes drinking quickly a breeze, as does the soft, caressing carbonation. That said, I'd advise against it. Sipping this beast is the way to go.

Chainsaw Ale doesn't exactly carve a wide swath through the American strong ale style, but it does carve out its own little niche. Even at the slightly high price of $12.99, I'd be happy to fire this baby up again. But first, I need to ease my way into the evening with the final half of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 22:32:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I had this sitting in the closet for a few months and finally got the urge the other day to put in in the fridge. I got home from fireworks last night and there it is staring me in the face, so what the hell lets go for it....Poured a deep hazy burnt amber with a nice brownish tint, a huge billowing off white head faded albeit reluctantly to leave behind a ton of sticky lace puring down the sides of the glass.

The smell was odd, I had half expected a strong IPA and not a Strong ale, but that was no bother. Lots of hoppy tones, pine and citrus but the biggest players were by far caramel and a burnt coffee grinf smel;l, also deppicted some earthy tree bark type aroma. The taste followed suit, earthy caramel tones with a definate hop presence and a nice burnt coffee almost. The feel was a little thin and slick, for the amount of flavor present I would have like to have a bit more thickness to it, but it was nice none the less. Alcohol was definatly not hiding and was a big presence here.

Overall this was a decent strong ale. Not my favorite in the world, but I would definatly recommend giving it a try. The bottle fermentation leaves alot of yeast in the glass towards the end, and you really gotta love beers that are still alive! A good call and a nice one off selection.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 18:06:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The standard Sawtooth is a very nice malty Pale Ale with a more English take on styles. Double it? I expect a sweet Double or Imperial IPA.

Chainsaw pours a very murky amber-copper hue, creamy and froathy head formation of off-white foam, great retention, and leaving lots of lacing behind. Other than the heavy haze, the beer looks very good.

Aromas of heavy malt (caramels and toffees) ride along side of spicy and piney hops with a chaser of pine and phenolics. Strong alcohol aromas bring about acetone and nail polish remover notes. Still quite fruity all the way.

Flavors give a balanced approach between the malts and hops, but I prefer the hops to take charge in beers like these. Alcohols, phenolics, and estery compounds make the beer a bit rough from mid-palate on. Finishes with a conflicted malty/hoppy blend that struggles with the harmony.

Chainsaw begins malty and sweet then ends basically the same but with intensifying heat, bitterness, alcohol roughness, and bite. These flaws don't ruin the beer; just keeping it from becomming as great as a Double Sawtooth could be.

This beer is a Double IPA but it has an aggressive sweet tone, plastic phenol, strong alcohol character that hurt the drinkability in the end. Still, a pretty good beer... just wondering how good it could get.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 05:02:18 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


2.14/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Left Hand. Pours a mahogany color. Really sweet and boozy. Ick. Some hops after that initial impression, but still, really didn’t enjoy this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 05:09:52 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10 ounce goblet - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Graciously served up a clear, dark mahogany-hued body under a half-inch ceiling of off-white foam.

Smell: A bold nose, with sweet-scented, melty caramel cubes atop a layer of toast and fruit pie filling. What isn't particular bold is the hops, with only muffled notes of herbs, spice, and some timorous floral hints. Perhaps they're in reserve for the taste. Also present and inescapable are some cutting alcoholic wafts.

Taste: Initially sweet, upfront maltiness tasting of toasted bread, toasted biscuits, and dark caramel candy. Within are some berry accents, bordering on a cherry-like fruitiness. Incredibly small pinch of cocoa powder. Citric, spicy, herbaceous hops moderate level of bitterness. Vague woodiness on the drying, bitter back half. Final perks of fruit and toast on the amply heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sadly, the stinging bitterness and the hot, glaring alcohol, even in a seemingly sensible ten ounce size, was a bit much for me. Anybody want to split this with me? Having said that, it's still decent albeit coarse.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 16:38:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a double Sawtooth ale I liked the "standard" so I went for the stronger version.Poured a hazed deep amber with a big fluffy slight off- white head that stuck like glue to the glass.Aromas of brown sugar and fruity malt dominate with a noticable peppery hop note,it takes awhile for the flavors to come together it took nearly 3/4 of the bottle for everything to come together but once they did it made for quite a nice beer.Starts out on the sweeter side notes of brown sugar and ripe fruit as it came together better a resiny hop presence became more pronounced with light alcohol burn in the finish.If you wait on this beer its a fine ale the hops provide more balance than character but they do show up on the palate.A nice beer I would buy again I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:10:49 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


2.59/5  rDev -32%
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
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand's 2008 bottle conditioned Chainsaw Ale pours a very dark copper/chestnut brown color, and it's topped by a creamy khaki head. The head retention is excellent and it continually maintains a full surface covering. It eventually erodes to a thin. 1/4" lid, but still leaves some very nice spots and splashes of lace as it goes.

The aroma is clearly bent towards malt (richly grainy, toasty and bready with a rich caramel edge), and well-infused with floral, leafy, and grassy hops. A hint of spiciness sneaks in, as well as some dark fruitiness.

In the mouth it's full bodied and remarkably creamy and slick with a very-fine-bubbled, natural (bottle-conditioned), and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is very much as the nose suggests, but much fuller and wider in flavor. It starts with a combination of smoothly caramelish bread, and oat-like malt infused with fruitiness; and then moves into spiciness and more hoppy notes that include pine/herbs, leaves, and a touch of grassiness. There's some mild yeasty fruitiness as well, including apples, berries, a hint of dark fruit, and perhaps some papaya (even coconut). The spiciness includes mild coriander and cardamom... and perhaps a suggestion of anise. It finishes dry with a wash of alcohol that clears the residual maltiness; as well as a slap of alcohol that helps to dry it.

It's rich, full, and complex - how can you go wrong? Certainly worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:33:48 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and thoroughly hazed, is this, near mahogany, maybe ruddy chestnut...underneath a thick slab of light tannish head...looking nice!

Aroma: surprisingly simplistic, I'm not getting much from it. (clears his nasal passage)...ah, there we go! Big time fruit, very much a bonafied boufante bitter, this guy, oversized, spilling hops and fruity associations...cherries, grapes, apples, even...I like it! A big-boned ESB, so far, and that I do appreciate.

Taste: Mmmm! Big fat hops all over the palate, big fruit, and plenty of bitter, and lots of lush malt, as well. Lots of bigness going on in here. Sweetness tickles the tongue and bitterness smacks it up. But, a double ESB, racking in at 9%...? Hoo-daddy!
This is a massive ale in a massive package which I may have saved for a night of sharing with friends, but, screw them, and hurray me! I'm enjoying it, and luxuriating in it...and, goldarnit, I deserve it!

Cheers to Lefthand for making this...I found it in the least likely store, for some reason, but I'm glad I tracked it down.

P.S., scrolling through reviews, I pity blitheringidiot, ...I only paid $11.29, before tax.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 09:38:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of russpowell


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Could've sworn I reviewed this when it first came out, any way here it goes again..

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3 fingers of fluffed up sand colored head. Slight chill haze to this. Sheets & sheets of lacing with average head retention

S: Pineyness & slight breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of grapefruit up front, plus some plummyness & cakeyness. More fruittyness mixes with caramel, pineyness & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with much pineyness, a touch of dryness, herbal hops bitterness at the back of my tongued, & a kiss of plums & persimmons& a touch of booze at the very end. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy enough, low but noticable carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms, at the expense of the body, develops a slight creamyness as well.

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV. The first time I had this it seemed like a rough around the edges DIPA, this is better, & one of the better offerings from left hand that skews hoppy IMO

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:44:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brownish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, candi-sugar and brown sugar. The beer smells fairly boozy. The flavor is brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:49:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, light burgandy color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and of powerful alcohol.

T - It tasted malty and biscuity. Very sweet and boozy.

M - It was chewy and thick. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good, but I've had better in this style and at a lower price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 20:45:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, amply, three-finger thick, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, deep ruby amber color. The aroma has up front notes of crystal malts (caramel, some toffee and some toasted malt notes), lightly herbal hop notes and a bit of alcohol. The aroma is note nearly as hoppy as I was expecting, though it is nice and malty.

The taste is quite sweet up front, but slowly moves to ample malt character that is not all that sweet in the finish. A dry toasted malt note, evocative of biscuits dominates the finish and leaves an almost salty rich malty note that lingers on in the finish. A solid herbal character is also here, there is a bit of an astringent side to the hop character. The hops though are fairly muted, like a lightly hopped, supped up amber ale. In the end this beer is just not that well integrated, it is rich and malty, but needs some ample hop character to help balance things out. The finish has a touch too much hot alcohol, which tends to un-balance things a bit more. Still drinkable, and even a bit enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 04:39:15 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice brownish color. The head was a light tan color with a decent retention to it. The lacing is a little scattered but looks ok. The smell of the beer has a subtle sweetness to it. There are aromas of toffee and sweet malts on the nose. The taste of the beer is also quite nice. Some boozy characteristics with some heavier malt flavors and a nice caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall I feel this beer was good but nothing overly spectacular. I would drink it again for sure but I wouldn't hunt it down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 20:38:02 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml 2008 bottle conditioned:

Poured into snifter:

Pours deel caramelish orange-brown with a thin white, bubbly head. Head thins, leaving lacing on the glass.

The smell is of citrus, a bit of pine, caramel, and a bit of sour.

Boozy alcohol jumps out at the start, but mellows and eventually almost disappears. It does remind me of a pumped up Sawtooth (not a surprise - as that is what it is). It would have been interesting to do a side-by-side tasting. Too late - well, maybe I will in the near future. Back to this brew - Caramel-candy sweetness with intermingling citric, piney hop balance that goes hand-in-hand. Caramel becomes toffeeish and citric becomes more floral as it progresses. Malty, with a solid hop balance (especially as the hops repeat in the aftertaste). A fair of amount of astringency. Finishes with a woody, slightly peppery dryness.

Syrupy, I'll say full, body, but not sticky, as there is just enough carbonation to it to stave off stickiness.

A sipper to be sure. At 9% abv, though, it was meant to be. Interesting, tasty, but I don't know that it really held my interest (could be the harshness/astringency) throughout. (Something about it, I suppose). This is an American Strong Ale with some American Barleywine characteristics. Certainly worth having if you want a bigger Sawtooth Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 02:50:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy warm brown body with a thick creamy head of light tan foam. The head last and last with a very slow carbonation of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S- The aroma of slightly sweet toasted caramelized malt with some faint chocolate malt notes. The finish is a nice bitter hop aroma.

T- The taste of lightly toasted malt is balanced by a green hop bit in the finish. The malt has some faint notes of slightly more toasted flavors but nothing that is roasted. The hops finish have a big green note with some softer pine flavors in the background. As it warms a bit of alcohol flavor comes through and adds nice balance to the sweetness that comes with the warmth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth or astringency. There is a bit of a creamy texture as it warms.

D- This beer has nice complexity and some good balance with the alcohol hidden in the background. The hops really add nice balance to the malts.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 23:07:59 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of ppoitras


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from Mentor as part of BIF 33/The Race - Team Spring. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head above the slightly murky reddish brown brew. Plenty of lacing, and the head is pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles. Aroma is a bit hoppy, a bit sweet, but largely boring. Taste is moderately bitter upfront, with ample sweetness kicking in quickly to try to balance. Doesn't quite make it, and the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but kind of flat, and drinkability is reasonable. Alcohol is not very apparent in this brew, which could be dangerous. This brew seems to have so much potential in so many areas, I ended up being a bit harsh. But that's the impression I was left with, for better or worse.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:36:35 | More by ppoitras
Photo of weeare138


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fatty for opening this up...
Appears a dark, caramel toned amber with a light tan head that slowly fizzles into a bubbly collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, brown sugar, cookie dough, cocoa, and caramel.
Taste is of the same aromas but perhaps a bit more watered down than anticipated.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thin, doughy yeastiness up front, slightly hot at 9%, and mildly grainy.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 14:09:40 | More by weeare138
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark cadmium-orange coloring reveals a strong effervesce within on the first pour. The second pour produces a dark, murky offering of burnt rustic-oxide and macro particles that inhibit most lighting. A rich amount of bran colored yeast sits and covers the bottom of the glass compliments of the bottle conditioning. The capping is rigid and frothy, parchment paper in color while shellacking the glass walls with generous amounts of lacing.

S: On the open a good deal of piney hops exist, but only for a brief time. The nose fails to hold fading to a wimper of lightly toasted malts with some lemon straw hops and herbal dill notes. Anything labeled as a double better be prepared to bring it in all departments, not just alcohol.

T: Toasted dry grains come off strong and bold on the opening act highlighted by some dried citrus grind and strong notes of lemon pulp. Toasty and dry the malting plays a good role of support here, while the hops have enough juice to equally share the limelight with. Wet and hoppy with some lemon-pine hopping comes through in the middle of the palate before a finish that was drying and consisted of woodsy spicy notes.

M: Dry malty mouthful, decently thick and luscious feel. Carbonation is perhaps a bit diminished by now. Spicy dry citrus peel coats the tongue and leaves some bittering reminders behind.

D: A pretty big drink with big intentions. A bomber should sit well here.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:55:56 | More by beerthulhu
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with good amounts of toffee and lighter amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits - apricots and raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts backed by large amounts of heavy brown sugar. Midway through the sip hints of maple syrup work their way into things and are joined shortly by mild amounts of raisins. The mild fruit flavors carry through to an ending that's on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I'd been wanting to try this beer for quite a while as I was a big fan of the Sawtooth, but it just didn't do it for me. The flavors are too strong for what worked well in a subtler beer. Worth trying but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 00:43:03 | More by glid02
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After much twisting, tugging, pulling, and prying on the wire basket and cork the bottle emitted a nice “POP”, just the sound I like to hear after a long hard day at the salt mine. Upon the pour from the 750ml brown bottle, the color a bemused brown with a massive semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a thick and sticky sheet of lace to coat the glass. Nose has a nice bit of hop aroma, also some over ripe fruit, I’d say pineapple, all back by a bit of earthiness, start is moderately sweet, the grain profile delightful and the top moderate in feel. Finish is light to medium in carbonation; the hops give a nice spicy kick and the end, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, but watch the 9 percent ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 00:50:09 | More by Gusler
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the 5th Earl Market in Decatur, Georgia. Pours a very dark amber with some orange highlights, almost brown. Good clarity and a very finely beaded light beige head. The smell is very light with some maple, malt, and a trace of piney hops. The taste is highly unusual, but I like it. Quite sweet and with flavors of maple cured bacon in a glass with some piney hops at the end. Meaty, with maple and brown sugar, and some salt. A trifle too sweet, but the hops help begin to balance it. I definitely could only drink one of these no matter how intriguing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 18:46:15 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a strong, malty aroma with a fruity overtone, mainly apple, so it smells more like fruit juice than beer. Pours a very appetizing translucent cola brown with a very thick, fluffy, light tan head that sticks around for a bit. Flavor is malty with a rather strong alcohol bite and a firm undertone of hops, along with hints of caramel and cinnamon. Texture is very smooth and just a little bit syrupy, leaving a tingly finish that is edgy and hop-bitter but just a tad sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:39:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head with nice retention and lacing.

Nose is filled with sweet biscuity malts with hints of sourdough bread and toffee. Has a bit of a floral hop presence that creeps in at the end.

The taste leans towards the malty end of the spectrum, but there is a firm piney and floral hop flavor that is very nice. Caramel buttermilk biscuit flavor is unique. Hides the ABV well. It's a good, easy drinking big beer, but not sure it is quite worth the high price tag ($11 for 750mL).

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 20:22:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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Chainsaw Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.