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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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886 Ratings
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Ratings: 886
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011

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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.

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of tmm313
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Ethos in Orlando, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malt sweetness upfront and just a hint of grassy and tropical fruit hops (very subtle hop aromas which surprised me considering the style)

T: The beer had a much maltier than hoppy flavor which I did not expect. There are caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of some toffee notes as well. Light amounts of grassy and tropical (pineapple) hops can be detected with a very light amount of bitterness. Beer seems to be pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This was a pretty easy to drink beer that had a rather pleasant taste. I could definitely sit down and have a couple of these though I am not sure that it qualifies as sessionable (as I would probably only have a maximum of 2).

Photo of beckrich22
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of StevieDavie
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of baconman91
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of xybreeder
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden/orange color, not much head and little to no lacing.

S - Nice butterscoth, citrus, caramel aroma present on the nose. Also picking up alcohol on the nose.

T - Caramel, honey, floral, slight bitterness from the hops, but fairly well balanced.

M - Light bodied, perfect carbonation, clean, slight buttery finish.

O - Overall a better than average ale, and very drinkable/goes down easy.

Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TedSneakman
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Kiwano
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark yellow
S - OK
T - nice a little bit sweet at first - light hops with a hint of bitterness but other flavors are on top of that
M - light refreshing carbonation
O - tasty refreshing could have several, the bitterness at the end is nice without being overwhelming - would have again

Photo of juliusseizure
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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

This is a very clear, copper-colored liquid, topped with a pale white head. The smell is more malty than expected...a pale malt, clean and sweet-smelling. The malt aroma has a nearly grist-like, malt-extract quality. There are moderate hop scents, herbal and just a little spicy. The taste is similar, but the hops shine through a bit more than in the aroma. The finish is a little dry. Low in carbonation. It's a reasonably good beer, fine for a session.

Photo of bkrbdan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mastodonj
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a diconic with "bottled on 10/06/11"
stamped on the bottle neck. (seems a little old for a local beer)

Fairly light amber color with a decent head but only about one finger that disappears rapidly.

Predominant smell is the rye malt, not much else. Maybe some wheat.

The rye malt also dominates the taste. Gives it a nice peppery bite. Aftertaste is a strong bitterness.
(It looks like a lot of reviewers are not recognizing that it is
RYE malt that is the "unusual" taste and smell that many mention. The rye is noted on the bottle label and was
mentioned to me by the Left Hand employee that sold me
the beer)

The feel is really nice with a continuous pleasant fizz.

Overall, it's kind of sessionable if you really are into a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.