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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 11
Gots: 74 | 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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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.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours transparent gold with white head. Aroma of fruity hops and citrus. Taste of bitter hops, citrus and caramel. Pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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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It's well balanced suppable stuff
The initial taste is good and the aftertaste is alright but the main body of flavour seems to be missing

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Most people don't know this one because Left Hand makes so many other great beers. It's a nice change of pace, which seems odd to say for an APA. But they do so well with the dark beers that this one almost gets lost. I like it a little better than Sawtooth, but would probably order something darker if I was getting a Left Hand brew.

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.