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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 202
Hads: 901
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 91 | 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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Photo of trappistlover
1.26/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

(12oz bottle from Total Wine). Pours crystal clear dark yellow with white head. Good carbonation. Aroma of cardboard, florals and butterscotch. Taste is mostly metallic. Infected or just this bad? No redeeming quality to this beer. Pass. This was a terrible beer.

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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 theboozecruise
2.06/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, it's a hazy deep golden color, lighter than expected for an APA. Not much head and not much retention either.

This one smells a little off. Grassy and not much malt to it. The hops aren't even too strong. Very odd.

This must be misbottled or gone bad, the taste is nothing like an APA at all. Tastes a little skunked, and more like a light lager than anything else.

Bizarre, I have to assume this one is bad, because Left Hand is better than this. Too bad I can't get another here to compare.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.16/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. No date on this one that I could find. Poured into a New Belgium tulip style glass a clear, honey golden color with a slight off white head that has a pretty poor retention. The head does collar slightly around the glass. The aroma is a slightly skunky citrus note that like over ripe grapefruit and orange. Medium mouthfeel. Muted citrus flavors with a slight sweetness. Rather bland in flavor to be honest with a minimal hop presence. Even in the back end there is minimal flavors. Overall, this is a subpar APA that I would not consider buying anytime soon.

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Photo of KenC
2.36/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Dewey's Pizza in West Chester, OH

Clear, light copper with a small one finger head.

Earthy hops was the first smell I picked up on. There is a bit of bready malt but it takes a backseat to the hops.

Hops dominate the taste initially but once again they are more grassy/earthy rather than citrus. The hop flavor drops off pretty rapidly and there is somewhat of a void afterwards. No real maltiness. Very light mouthfeel.

Overall this was an average APA that I honestly thought seemed more British than American. Not sure I would seek it out again.

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Photo of duffalo
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Good color but a little bit cloudy. Nice hoppy smell, but very light. Not that it's an IPA, but I expect a little more of a hoppy scent in a Pale Ale. Fine mouth feel - not a too bubbly and also not too light either. As for the taste though - it tastes pretty strongly like malt extract. Not sure why that's the case, but it's a little offsetting. I don't expect outrageous amounts of hops, but in my opinion this beer is way too sweet for the style. In general I like Left Hand, but this is not my favorite Pale Ale - probably won't get this one again.

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Photo of DCon
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $3. Tapped into a Pint Glass from the Left Hand Handle and has a Keg Date May 1, 2011.

Aroma- Mild amount of hop character and nothing like a normal APA should be like. High malt smell instead here..

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that is creamy and dies down. Dark golden body that is very clear and leaves rings of lace on all the way down the glass.

Flavor- Light citrus hop flavor, more malt that anything. Caramel tones and malt flavors are very strong. Attributes are not appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Big Carbonation, and leaves minimal hop taste on the palate.

Overall Impression- I'm surprised this is a brew from Left Hand! Not impressed at all! Too light and not enough hop characters to be an APA. This is more like a English Pale Ale... I'll keep drinking my Milk Stouts.

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Photo of dankster
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden with agressive head after slow pour.

S- grainy and wheat is what i get from this one. not impressed

T-Just ok nothing to write about but some corn and maybe wheat malt. not sure how to describe this one.

M- watery and thin, more like a light lager than a ale.

O- very dissapointed with this one from left hand. most there stuff is very good but this one is a big let down for me. not worth the $8 a sixer.

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Photo of sendsilk
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up in a mixed 6 pack. Never had it so I thought I would try it. To be honest, I have not been impressed with left hand with the exception of their Fade To Black which is excellent.

A- Hoping for more, but what can I expect from a Pale ale brewed by a brewery whom I consider less than the best?

S- See above comment.

T- See above comment and insert "Not too fucking good" into the review here. Syrupy and bland.

M- Doesn't matter as the beer tastes pretty bad.

O- Treat yourself to an IPA and get some flavor.

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Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My man Erik hooked me up with a bottle of this - thanks man! Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice 1.5 finger head. The white fluffy had has decent retention and lacing.

S - I noticed the malt character immediately. Biscuity, bready-type aroma. A very mild earthy/grassy hop tone that is dominated by the malt. A hint of aluminum as well?

T/M - Just like the nose the beer starts with a very sweet and powerful malt character, much more of an English Pale Ale than an American. The biscuit and grain mix with a touch of rye on the tongue. As the beer develops the extremely thin bitterness emerges with a bit of grassy hops. The middle of the beer tastes like the aluminum I found in the nose, not what I am looking for in a beer. The beer finishes almost overly sweet with the metallic taste/mouthfeel lingering. Not pleasant.

D - I found the malty sweetness and metallic tones too much. One and done, and that was tough.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-10-2011 13:41:31

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Photo of chugalug06
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A friend left this brew at my casa after the SuperBowl...

Golden, nice clarity, lacing is nice, head is foamy white.

Very light aroma, not too much going..

Light, thin, bready, medium carbonation, crisp, missing many key flavors. Refreshing and nice, but not right for the style. Too relaxed. Bitterness is extremely mild. Recommended only for HOT days..

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Photo of mtnbeer87
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-- light orange/ yellow in color. Bout a finger of white head.

S- fruity, sweet, quite a bit on nose that I couldn't pin point.

T- slight sweet taste, little hops,

M- light, watery, smooth, the way I imagined american pale ale would be.

O- enjoyed the smell more than the taste. Still likes it but just imho the smell was lots better than taste


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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Clear gold body. Small, half-finger white head with decent lacing and moderate retention.

Smell - Slightly malty. Nutty. Smells like the wet grass of a lawn after rain.

Taste - Strong grassy and astringent body and finish. Faint honey-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light but not watery, possibly due to the big airy body carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Nothing memorable.

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Photo of delta490
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a clear gold with a hint of amber. The white head is non-existent after about a minute; no lacing. The aroma is just barely there and is a weird sweet. The taste isn't an improvement, ill-defined and just...odd.

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Photo of YouSkeete
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow/orange, very hazy appearance. Short white head with decent lacing. Pale malts, sour apples, grapefruit and wheat grass. Soft hop aroma is also present in the aroma. First sip is a sour, bitter pinch of hops and citrus fruits. The rest of the body doesnt really even out at all, remains very bitter and sour throughout. Sweeter, drier finish. Possibly bunked, quite average if not.

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Photo of claspada
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are mildly earthy hops with pale malt, grassiness and some straw. The aroma is really muted and less hoppy than I expected.
The tastes begin with pale and biscuity malts and light notes of earthy and grassy hops; once again nothing stands out, which is okay in some cases, but this is really lacking any sort of memorable flavor.
Finishes semi-dry with a hint of citrus bitterness. Fuller bodied than expected, with adequate carbonation, but this is quite forgettable. There's nothing wrong with this beer, let me make that clear, it's just boring. Not recommended, seek out better sessions beers.

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Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this brew at the Village tavern.
Pours fairly clear with only a slight haze and a average amber color.
Very light foamy cap was produced but lingered as a collar through out. Carbonation was quite weak. Aroma was mostly of caramel malts and very little in way of a hop bouquet. The taste had plenty of caramel malt backbone but very little in way of hop pop. This beer had a medium feel on the palette with a clean aftertaste.
Perhaps this particular bottle of beer sat around for awhile or maybe this establishment just doesn't sell much. In any case this beer really is not that impressive. An APA should have a good hop bouquet both in flavor and aroma and in this case it was missing.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. A touch of lacing down the glass.

Some citrus hops with a malt backbone.

Starts off out with a little citrus. Just a touch of caramel then finishes pretty smooth with little bitterness or much flavor.

A tad thin with good carbonation.

Perfectly drinkable, but not a lot of flavor going on.

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Photo of rawfish
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 03/11/2011, fairly fresh, 3 weeks ago. Moderate pour into a Odell tulip nets a nice white, one and a half finger head over a clear light copper body. Retention of the head is good, lacing is even better.

Faint smell, mostly of grains and a light bready malt character, awfully grassy and herbal some floral undertones read its head as well as something a little off-putting that goes away as the beer warms, possibly metal.

Bready malts a touch on the light side with some honey and noticable grains. Hop character comes in late earthy, and medicinal, slightly grassy but not pleasing. Bitterness is rather dull and releases away quickly leaving a nutty aftertaste.

Watery mouthfeel, there is heft to it once it gets down but over the palate it's quite light. Carbonation is adequate and no noticable mouthcoating.

Ho-hum another average pale ale, oh well. I will admit this beer is balanced but the flavor as a whole isn't too pleasant and that just makes this simplistic in its approach. Props on the name "Left Hand Stranger", bahahaha, oh grow up already.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a golden brown, clear body. Not much of a head on this one. Lacing was also very minimal.

S- A bread-like malt character dominates most of the aroma. Caramel, pine, and a very subtle hop note.

T- Caramel malts up front, followed by a piney, slightly citrusy, hop flavor. Very little bitterness with this ale.

M- Very rich and crisp. Very appealing.

D- Due to the light nature of this brew, I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of jhartley
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 7, 2012. Bottled on February 2,2012 20:28.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande flute glass.

A-Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head with a lot of tight bubbles. Nice amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S-Citrus and rye...peahces??? Not sure nothing too pronounced.

T-Light bitter up front with some orange like flavor, taste doesn't match the smell.

M-Nice carbonation and a decent dry finish.

O-Decent beer, easy drinker. Would like a little more hops.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pale malt sweetness and some slight floral hops.

Tastes of pretty good pale malt notes and some hops. Malts have some bread and sweet grain with touches of fruit. Hops have some floral and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, merely okay and not what I like in a pale.

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