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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 84 | 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

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Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011

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Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 209
Reviews by TownDunkel:
Photo of TownDunkel
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company has a beer called "the Stranger".... maybe I am just dirty minded but it was so hilarious that I had to try it.

Appearance - Not the biggest fan of APA or IPA's but this one has a beautiful color to it. It is a nice medium brown with hints of orange and red.

Smell - I really enjoyed the smell on this. Usually this style of beer isnt fragrant enough for me, but with this one it has a great smell that reminds me of thistle and fall afternoons in the backyard.

Taste - Wow! Now that has a nice taste! Well done bitter honey and thistle with plenty of hops but not overpowering so. This is the best APA taste I have had yet.

Mouthfeel - This is where my heart was broken... The taste lasts only a couple seconds and the carbonation needs to stick around more. I need another drink just seconds after.

Overall - When I want or randomly crave an IPA or APA (which isnt usual...) I will get one of these.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stranger is a darker shade of gold that stops short of amber. A nearly pure white head sits about 1/2 finger high and stays,k leaving a few rings of lacing at the top of the glass and some spotty lacing beside.
The aroma is pretty hoppy, grassy with decidedly herbal and earthy notes balanced by dry malts giving more a bread crust than breads impression. A hint lies underneath it all of some citrus. Just detracting a bit from the aroma is a tinge of something not metallic but perhaps mineral.
The taste is essentially the same though the off flavor seems not to be present. This is a hop-forward beer balanced well by malts, with a hint of lemon zest showing up unferneath the grassy, earthy, crusty and herbal flavors.
The body is medium and carbonation is light. Smoothness comes in under a constant nip of crispness.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a mostly opaque, golden amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department at all. I get some faint, I mean really faint, aromas, of toasted malt, some caramel, black pepper, honey-suckle, clover and a touch of grassy, piney, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of cereal, crackers and biscuits, followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of honeysuckle, black pepper, and a touch of coriander. The beer finished with some beautifully balanced, piney, slightly citrusy hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and both creamy and effervescent at the same time. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent beer from Colorado, and another excellent beer from Left Hand, which is fastley becoming one of my favorite Colorado breweries. It’s beautifully balanced between bready malt, sweetness and floral, slightly citrusy hops. An excellent American Pale Ale!

Photo of KenC
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dated: 02/11/11

A - Medium amber color that was slightly cloudy. Three fingers of tan head that quickly dissipated, after an aggressive pour. It left no lacing.

S – Light bread, light caramel as soon as I opened the bottle. Light citrus hops.

T - Started out blandly sweet but a little hops come through in the middle. The finish has a touch of malt dryness.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O – There was just nothing noteworthy about this brew. After trying a “Sawtooth” earlier in the day, I was wildly disappointed.

Photo of Sammy
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange that poured a huge head that leaves three-eighths of an inch retained. Off-aromas. Initially orange and fruity and hoppy flavours, followed by lots of malt that took away. Decent drinkability, but a bottle is a lot. Decent mouthfeel. Could this be reqorked into a good hoppy IPA?

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear gold with a short-lived, soft, white head

S - bready, citrusy

T - bread, toast, citrus, faint earthiness

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I didn't appreciate the toasted malt that was pretty forward in the flavor, but the rest of the flavor notes were good. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's not one I'm going to pick up again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent gold, with a crisp, white head. Lace kinda spotty, though.

Aroma is clean, with pronounced hops and a yeasty presence, too. Nicely balanced on the nose.

Tastes of malty sweetness and some crisp hops snappiness. It's all balanced, though. Operative word here is "balance".

I also do detect some of the sturdy rye in there, which only adds to the complex flavor profile.

A light beer that's full of flavor? Stranger wins. Perfect summer sessioner.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by Left Hand's Stranger, and not just because of the clever name. There are just so many APA's out there that taste very similar to each other, and that was what I was expecting (which would have been OK), but that's not what I got.

It looks like you'd expect an APA to look like, sporting a clear golden body beneath a creamy head of off-white froth. The head retention was quite good, and it left some very respectable lacing about the glass.

The aroma was bright, fresh, and inviting. It was floral, with notes of citrus and pine spicing it up a bit; and there was just enough of it that it still allowed a bit of the malt to come through.

The flavor followed suit, and I was surprised at just how hoppy it was. At the same time, it wasn't overdone. Sometimes hops can be overdone and you get a lot of resin and roughness, but there was none of that. It was interestingly spicy, piney, and gently citrusy and floral wrapped in a smooth blanket of golden malt. A solid bitterness balanced it, and it was quite a smooth transition from the first bit of hop and malt at the front to gently lingering, dry finish.

Medium bodied and crisp across the palate, it's a refreshing and flavorful ale.

I found it quite drinkable, offering a surprisingly unique character; and a flavor level that sets it just above some without slipping into almost IPA territory (as some others tend to do). Well done!

Photo of Snow81
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden glow

Head: Small white head that dissipates quite quickly

Smell: Grass and a small amount of a floral hop

Taste: Heavy grass with a very light hop that gets covered with grass and the little bit of hops fight back

Weight: Light to medium body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Grass and a small amount of floral hop

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Stranger American Pale Ale from Left Hand and would say this is a solid pale ale, but not spectaular. The beer pours a straw yellow color with floaties and a thin white head that is lacing. The smell....initially is a dry cheese....after a couple of waifs...there might be some hop. The taste is very subtle nothing crazy and nothing bad. Its just a solid beer. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall, again, it is a solid beer...certainly session it....but I wouldnt go searching for it.

Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like wine. Pours a golden orange, very pale and very clear. No carbonation after the head forms, zero bubbles trying to escape from the bottom. Head is thin and white, and lacks retention, though there is some slight lacing.

I pick up more malt in the nose than anything. Kind of biscuity and maybe, just maybe, if you really try, you get the slightest touch of citrus.

It's got a strange taste in that you pick up what appears to be pilsner malt with a floral hoppy finish.

There's complexity in a sense, in that you get a mild, smoothish malty feel followed by a bitter finish. But really, it's pretty underwhelming.

Overall, it's just not that much of a good beer. Nothing stands out and it's not something I'd have again.

Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light in color, the nose is full of hops and orange. But the flavor isn't has bold as the smell would lead you to believe. There is a bit of hop bitterness and character, but also a lot of grass and rye. A dry, spicy finish.

It's almost like a mild IPA. It's smooth and drinkable, even if the flavors aren't over powering. And at 5% ABV, it's a good session beer.

I don't think the Stranger is bad, but I'm not in love with it. Doesn't have enough to be an IPA, but maybe a bit more than what a standard Pale Ale should have. At least it's aptly named.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. So this is supposed to be a rye pale ale. I'm not sure if I could pull that flavor out, but overall this is a nice, fairly sessionable pale ale. The hops bring a mild, floral citrus character with a hint of spice. The barley has a standard (for the style) sweet bready taste and a touch of caramel. Check it out for new session ale.

Photo of plfahey
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium golden yellow color with great clarity and a tall ivory-white lacy head on top with fair retention

Aroma-Lively, fresh american hops leap from the glass, with notes of lemongrass, grass, hay, flowers, and light citrus. Underneath there is honey blossom, and some white bread malt/barley cereal/caramel aromas.

Flavor-Soft floral/grassy hop flavors open onto a palate of bready barley malt and caramel. In the mid-palate, hops become more bitter, with a slight resin and hay flavor evolving. In the finish, moderate hop bitterness appears, and bready malt and resiny hops achieve a fine balance and linger well into the aftertaste. Finish is moderately dry and because of the bitterness leans towards the hops.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation, but feels almost a bit flabby at times. This is a relatively minor complaint though.

This is an awesome APA, and I could definitely drink a ton of it. It has plenty of hop and malt character in the aroma and flavor to keep me interested, while remaining superbly drinkable. Bravo.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a build your own sixer...

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, somewhat grainy, light floral note. Woody notes as well once warm

T: Grassyness, crackery notes, & some lemon & floral hops up front. Some metallic notes ^ a touch of grainyness, plus lemon once warm. Finishes crisp with slight sweet breadyness & nice lemony notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation that becomes creamy once warm, good balance

Way better than I hoped, very drinkable APA. Well done Left Hand!

Photo of lawlerj
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - translucent amber gold. Thin head, little retention. Very minor bit of lacing left on the glass as its being drunk.

S - buttery malt & hops, not too much else going on.

T - malts & hops, floral & citrus. Ok balance between the sweet & bitter, nice finish.

M - medium body, medium carboantion.

O - pretty good, I like a good pale ale. I haven't had one in a while and this really hit the spot.

Photo of osusullins
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good pale ale. A nice addition to the Left Hand family.

Pours a nice blonde with white head. Some lacing, but nothing spectacular.

Smell is faint. Nothing that jumps out. Subtle hops.

Taste is well balanced with some subtle floral hops, but I am getting alot more malt. Finishes dry. Light body.

Not as hoppy as most APA's, but a solid beer. Easily drinkable.

Photo of thebornotaku
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firstly, I would like to thank my friend Jeremiah for sending me this as a bonus in a trade -- Left Hand isn't normally distributed in CA so this is a pretty interesting opportunity to try out something I wouldn't have otherwise known about!

Bare in mind that this tasting is of a beer that spent a week on a truck being shipped from TX to CA, so it may not be the most accurate representation. Nevertheless, here's my review:

A - Pours a rich golden-amber color, very clear and with minimal head. Poured carefully and in to a chalice so there's minimal lacing, though this may be more due to my pour than the beer.

S - Citrus. Orange and a little bit of grapefruit. But mostly bitter orange. Very citrus-forward, a little hoppy, and very light honey.

T - Citrus, though not as aggressive as the nose lets on. More honey flavor than the nose, for sure. The hops are all but gone in the flavor. Very malty, a lot more than the nose lead on. Finishes with a little honey and citrus sweetness. Very pleasant on the palate, and very inviting. It makes you want to take another sip, which is perfect for this style of low ABV pale ale.

M - light and crisp, goes well with the flavor. I imagine this would be a great beer to drink on a blaring hot summer's day out in the yard, or during a laid-back session with friends.

O - Pretty good, sweeter and maltier than expected. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to pick up a sixer of this if was sold locally. Overall I would say it's above average, but not phenomenal. Certainly a good session ale. I wouldn't mind throwing a couple of these back in a row, and the flavor is inviting enough that it's easy to do so.

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Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.