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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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202 Reviews
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Reviews: 202
Hads: 901
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011

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Reviews: 202 | Hads: 901
Reviews by Groomsy:
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3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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Photo of TTripp725
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrew_Rios122
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JWoods
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Spicy hop aromas mingle with citrus, light fruit and light biscuit.
Pours gold with a slight haze under a 1" creamy head.
Palate begins with light fruit and biscuit leading to a pleasant citrus bitter finish with a hint of herbal vegetal bitterness from the hops.
Above average carbonation and medium body. Light sweetness up front but finishes dry.

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Photo of juicebox
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.