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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 78 | 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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One of Left Hand’s main line of beers, the Stranger is a fruity and hoppy beer with a solid, but not overbearing citrus flavor. I tried one on a summer evening on my patio, it had been a hot day, so the cold beer helped to ease into a cool night.

Appearance: I poured a bottle of Stranger Pale Ale into a pint glass, and found that it left a thin but decent white head; it looked a bit like clouds on a weather radar, and I wondered if anyone used the Stranger to tell their future. It was a bit hazy, but a deep golden amber in color, almost like honey that has just started to crystallize and is darkening.

Aroma: Instead of the nose full of conifer needles that many pale ales offer, the Stranger had a nose balanced between floral scents, sweet caramel scents, and a subtle touch of pine. It was a familiar and comforting smell, but it felt new and surprising at the same time.

Flavor: The mouthfeel on this one is somewhere between an Amber and an IPA, which is nice. There are a lot of bright flavors on the tip of the tongue, followed by richer ones in the middle of the tongue and the insides of the cheeks. It is a thinner beer, which works well in its favor. Such light and subtle flavors wouldn’t communicate well in a thicker beer.

Overall Impression: Stranger Pale Ale is one of my favorite Left Hand brews. It’s not overly alcoholic, or overly hopped. It has refreshing and relaxing quality to it. Picture a late-afternoon barbecue, or a local baseball game: Stranger should be there. It’s a great segue into the evening from the afternoon.


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Poured this APA from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a clear , light orange color, it produced a decent white head, average retention and average amount of lacing. The aroma of this apa contains caramel, citrus, and toasted grain. The taste of this beer has a baseline of fresh baked bread, sweet malted grain, spicy rye, citrus, grassy hops. Medium in body, very drinkable, good session beer, excellent example of a craft brewed APA.

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Beer doesn't pour with a whole lot of head but other than that it looks great. It's very crisp and clean looking and extremely bright. Light straw in color, not even getting close to the darkness of say a Sierra Pale.

There is an amazing crispness on this beer and I think it has to be the rye. It comes through first on the nose. It's cutting bitter smell that is pretty new to me. It smells refreshing though. The taste is more of the same. It's this fruity malt, slightly hoppy taste bomb that is so refreshing and completely quenching.

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Excellent beer and totally drinkable. I would like to have this on draft somewhere soon.

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A - Very light golden color, almost wheat colored. A small white head.

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T - First thing I get is a nice pale malt flavor, very mild. Next is the pine hops followed shortly by the citrus. Very fresh tasting.

M - Light Medium to Medium. The right amount of CO2 for a pale ale.

O - What a great beer for the alcohol content! I love it. Plenty of flavor but you could drink it all day. Well done.

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Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
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