Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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 Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Left Hand. Pours a light golden. Clear. Small head. Light and crisp. Some citrus hops. Light bitterness.

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has delicate flavors of citrus along with hints of caramel malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would consider it to be sessionable if it had a stronger and more interesting taste.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With fruitier over tones and a sweeter, more briney flavor, Stranger behaves in very English-like fashion. From the rye earthiness to grassy hops, I keep tasting classic English ale flavors throughout.

An appealing clear decantment of deep golden rod or light amber colors gives Stranger a solid pale ale start. The froathy, foamy head carries a more liquified appearance that has mild carbonation that forms a reserved statured head. Lacing and retention further reinforce the notion of English ales, perhaps traditional cask ales. Surprisingly, the signature dry-hop haze isn't present- the beer is very clear.

A balanced and blended nose of estery fruits, bread crust, light grain, and grassy hops carry the scent with impressions of wet tobacco, citrus, and pine. Only a metalic or minerally scent keeps the beer from complete enticement.

Hearty malt flavors range from the bread crust and grain found in the nose, along with spicy-earthy rye taste, medium caramel sweetness, tobacco, and maltball richness. Earthiness is accompanied by, and the sweetness is balance by grassy, piney hops that also compliment with background notes of citrus, herbal tea leaves, and finishing with a note of mint. Complex malt roundness compliment well the estery notes of over ripe oranges, apples, and pears. I'm happy that the metal/mineral elements aren't nearly as prevailant in taste as in aroma. An aftertaste of tea and caramel return for one final visit before the next sip.

With increased sweetness, the expected medium body also shows a rich and creamy weight that's less associated with American ales and more akin to English counterparts. The lush start holds onto a firm body, only attempting a minty, dryish, and bittering finish.

Aside from the label stating that this is an American pale ale, it is not as crisp or as neutral as American pale ales should be. Nor does Stranger exhibit the sharp and citrus bitterness of classics like Sierra Nevada's pale ale. But as an English pale ale, the beer fares well- with or without the spicy rye character.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a hazy golden-crimson body with thin lacing.

S: nice hop and malt profile with smokey and cirtus notes.

T: fairly hoppy but dull in a way. Not much sharpness or bitterness. Mostly mild grassy and earthy flavors. wood and mild citrus notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This pale ale is a little different and seems a little light. Its fairly drinkable but not very memorable.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured nicely into a pint glass. The head stopped perfectly at the brim of the glass. The appearance was bubbly and golden yellow, white fizzy head that settled rather quickly. This beer has a fairly nice aroma of some light pine and citrusy fruits on the nose. The taste was kind of hit and miss. Some sips were better than others. Some were hoppy and other were more earthy. It was odd, but the beer is decent to say the least.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a clear, light copper-orange body with a scant, wispy white head and some steady if sporadic effervescence. Sheet-like lacing on the way down.

Smell: Modest nose scented of lightly toasted bread, caramel, spicy rye, citrus fruits, and wet, soggy grains.

Taste: Lightly bready malts, lightly sweet and with some touches of grain, caramel, and zestful rye malt. Lightly earthy hops also delivering some fruity touches of oranges and lemons. Sufficiently bitter. A skosh more lemon on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well-balanced and keenly drinkable, without ever giving too much or too little maltiness or aimlessly wandering into being an IPA with excessive bitterness. A good replacement of Jackman's. Good-bye and good riddance, Jack.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale, a littler richer and sweeter than most. pours a really light fuzzy pale blonde color with a reasonable head. smells like candy hops, rock candy hops, with the flavor of sweet/tart hop. really nice evolution in the mouth, long finish, glory... a very very drinkable beer. goes good after dinner with a nice marijuana cigarette. whatever

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, head of white foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and maltiness.

T - It tasted of snappy citrus bite. Good roasted malt backbone and a touch of spiciness.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice APA. I've had better but this is a nice one to have around on a hot summer day.

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 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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really smooth and easy drinking pale ale. Nice hop character in a noticable, yet milder way. At least in comparison to most of the stuff out there. Very easy to drink. I'm halfway done before even realizing it. Don't know why this one has such little love. I guess it isn't obnoxious enough with the hops. Regardless, I definitely like it.

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

purchased at Al's of Hampden -poured from the 12oz into a willybecker.

A beautiful golden poppy color with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation rising at a moderate pace. A Thin 1/4 inch foamy white cap sits with rocky top and spotty confetti lace sticks. The head retention is good. The smell is herbal and fruity with slight grassy tinges and floral w/ light malt odors and hint of toasted grain. The feel has a decent amount of carbonation and bitterness with more of a bitter than balanced feel w/ slight malt in texture and finish is dry as a bone.

The Pale has a taste that is good with mild hop presence up front which is semi-bitter and light herbal flavors coming through with subtle toast notes from the malt w/ bits of grassiness and slight citrus quality. This APA is good overall, one I would try again on draft. This bottle was sufficiently fresh and the flavor hops came through nicely, not just bitterness.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is amber and clear with a thin head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy but mostly malty overall weak.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, mildly bitter / dry at the back and the midpalate is more malt and a little pine hops. Not a great pale ale but a decent one. I had two bottles of it and I don't think I'll have much more.

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

Lightly cloudy, pale orange.apricot appearance. Beautiful snowy white head holds it's growing.

Lightly hoppy nose, some fruity esters, delicate dance between bitter and sweet.

Taste: hoppy bitter punch starts it off, then sweetness glides in, integrates, and it all becomes mellow. Glides down the gullet with no effort at all. Pale ales are supposed to be easy drinkers, and this one qualifies handily. Hop bitterness continues to play along the palate, then bids adieu without a trace. Flavors of citrus and stone fruit keep it happy in the mouth, the finish is medium and sweet, the body is lean and likable.

Not terribly interesting, but, damn, if you can't push it past your lips with the greatest of ease. And that's exactly what you want in a pale ale, isn't it?"

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Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
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