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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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79
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822 Ratings
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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011)
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Reviews by Groomsy:
Photo of Groomsy
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best by 09/06/13.

Strangers pours a slightly hazy dark gold/light amber and is topped by a foamy head of about two fingers that sticks around and leaves some okay lacing behind. Small, sporadic bubbles rise to the top.

The nose on this isn't quite what I expected and reminds me more of a lager, surprisingly. The hop aromas are more floral and herbal than citrus, and the malts are more grainy than sweet. It's still pretty well-developed and balanced with some slight fruity esters, but it definitely threw me off. A slight citrus note hangs in the background with a note of spice and rye. Definitely not typical, but still nice.

Stranger, though not the usual APA, is still refreshing. With a zesty floral bitterness over the tongue on the front, a grainy malt presence comes in slowly before the hops take over again on a slightly citrusy bitter finish, dry and short. Not bad. It's refreshing and has the bitterness quotient to fit into its category, but it's not the "usual" APA.

Rather light body on this one with a dry finish and short bitter finish. Pretty refreshing, and the ABV makes it sessionable.

Not bad. I'd rather have Milk Stout or Milk Stout Nitro, but this isn't the worst pale ale you can get.

Groomsy, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mojohawk21, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

csmartin6, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and grassy hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts with some sweetness, leading to a good sized grassy / peppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It had good bitterness for an APA, but I don't really like biscuity malts or grassy bitterness.

Beaver13, Apr 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

TTripp725, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

JakerLou, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pour is clear, lighter amber, the head is near white, fluffy and looser. Stays a spell, before leaving a high collar and nice well developed webs of fine lacing.

Nose is flush with basil, pepper and earthy hops.

Flavorful, enjoyable and pleasing APA. Site says the style goes well with pungent cheese and salad and I can confirm this fact. Nice balance of more moderatly spiced hops and maple malts with a minor nuttyness adding some nice complexity and interest. Well crafted and a nice addition to the Left Hand line of brews. Well worth a try.

Billolick, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, golden-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pineapple, toasted malt, and citrus hops

Taste: light toasted malt, caramel, and citrus hops in the back

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, very sweet with a bitter backbone, dry

Overall: Nice and sweet tasty pale ale. I could do a six of these.One of the better pales I have had in a while, although the bitterness really does not hit until the end.

tigg924, Aug 10, 2011
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3.32/5  rDev -4.3%

Andrew_Rios122, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with some light pine notes. The flavor has a lot of bitter pine as well a some light orange citrus. The biscuit malt keeps the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

JWoods, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

innominat, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Milkysunshine, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

nate_lyon, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

williamjbauer, May 19, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought about Terrapin/Left Hand when reading they made a new pale with rye in it. This one appears a pale copper hue bright brilliant crystal clear body. Head forms nicely, fine speckled lacing that sticks evenly with each sip to my DFH pint. Aroma spicy rye with citric/pine hops going on this is a nice straightforward drinking hoppy RyePA. America say goodbye to Jackman's Pale Ale and say hello to Stranger American Pale Ale. Adds a nice level of complexity to an APA, crisp bitterness cuts through the body...citric/pine/spicy rye comes off iniitally as the beer warms a nice caramel spiced breadiness flavor comes around. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated goes down smoothly, right at 5% abv will work for an American session ale for sure. Drinkability overall is excellent, complexity flavor and quality come to mind with my first few samples of this newly released Left Hand Pale Ale. Good choice the last six of Jackman's I had wouldn't go away I'm glad this was at the beer store this weekend.

WVbeergeek, Mar 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

jamisonspitzer, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

BoseMan421, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 1/21/12
Drank 5/1/12
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a rocky white head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The pale malt hint has a softer green woody hop note that follows.

T- The woody dry green hop flavor has quick hop bite in the finish and a slight mint quality in the hops lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that compliments the hops in the finish.

O- This beer has some nice flavors that are a bit soft and muted but a nice dry woody hop flavor makes it easy to drink.

rhoadsrage, Jul 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.