Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Thin white head on a pale amber body. More pale than I was expecting it to be. It has a nice biscuity malt which I enjoyed more as the beer warmed. Citrusy hop aroma with a mild bitterness. This would be a good beer to grab at a bar as I wouldn't mind having several glasses of this.
09-13-2011 06:25:43 | More by BierFan
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Light, mostly clear, orange-amber in color. Forms a small white head that reduces to a patchy surface coating. No lacing.
S: Some bready malt and a little lightly toasted malt. Citrus hops.
T: Mildly sweet malts. Citrus, grapefruit, and a little pine. Moderate bitterness.
M: On the lighter side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation.
O: A decent, drinkable IPA.
09-13-2011 02:13:46 | More by Florida9
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
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?"
09-11-2011 09:03:41 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours hazy amber orange color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly and left a creamy layer on top and good foamy lacing coating the sides; a nice looking pale ale.
Smells of citrus hops, light orange peel, sweet malt, biscuit, grains, caramel, brown sugar, grass, hay and floral hops; pretty malt heavy nose that has citrus and floral hop sweetness to add balance, with the citrus hops trailing off with grapefruit and lemon zest.
Tastes like it smells, with citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, sweet malt, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast or wheat, brown sugar, light cinnamon, grass, hay, floral hops like flowers and herbs, and spices; the sweetness remains in the flavor, but the citrus hops give way to herbal tea like flavors from the floral hops, with some piney hops like pine cones in the mix. The six pack holder mentions rye, which does seem logical as there are spicy notes throughout each sip.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp with light carbonation that seems like club soda, a light body that is leaning towards medium bodied, and a slightly bitter dry finish where the rye and spices shine through. After the beer washed down there was a dryness left in my mouth that left me yearning for more.
Good drinkability, on the verge of high drinkability; the second one I had flowed down very smooth and easy, and this could be a good session beer based on the balance. Nice flavor and an overall good APA experience, this was a solid beer and very enjoyable.
09-10-2011 04:33:13 | More by CHickman
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
I am on a quest to find the perfect session beer for my self indulgent tastes. I have been wanting to give this beer a chance, but have been reluctant due to the price: >$9.00 for a sixer.
I expect a lot from Left Hand. This beer was a bit of a let down for me. It is definitely better than a lot of Pale Ales out there, but I have to keep looking for my new session beer.
Beer pours a pale amber to 24 karat gold color with a fair head that does not linger. It smells hoppy but there isn't much of a hop profile to taste. The beer is pretty well balanced, just not dazzling. I want to be dazzled.
Anyway. More Milk Stout for me when I order a Left Hand.
09-04-2011 03:12:48 | More by rcfunk
3.23/5 rDev -6.6%
12oz bottle. Pours a semi-translucent murky amber color with a thin layer of head. No lacing. Aroma is slightly citrusy and floral. A bit of grass and malt sweetness as well. Taste is on the sour side with some hop flavor but this does not really taste how I thought it would after smelling it. Hint of bitterness. Lightly carbonated. Thin mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is disappointing. It smelled really good but the flavor was a bit of a letdown. I'm all set with this beer.
09-03-2011 15:19:26 | More by PicoPapa
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/8" head of tight white bubbles that seems to want to stick around for a while maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. there is quite a bit of lace left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: Some clean "C" hops along with a pronounced lightly toasty and sweet caramel malt presence. The aroma is clean and quite mild, but the hops are the predominant force here. As the beer warms up there is a little bit of chalk that seems to be derived from the water coming out. It isn't so strong that it is objectionable, but it is there.
Taste: The flavor is defined but lacks the depth that you would expect from the malt. The hops are mildly in charge of the first part of the profile. The beer is pretty light in the mouth overall with quite a bit of carbonation and the attenuation is pretty high, accentuating the dryness of the beer. The hops come in, in the end and add balance and help to make the later part of the sip pretty dry and clean. The hops are reacting with the water to make the presentation a little more minerally and bordering on dry as well.
Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer and quite drinkable. This beer is subtle, but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Though the flavors and such are subtle, it makes a good overall APA and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It isn't the best one I've had, but it is definitely a contender.
09-03-2011 06:37:20 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.15/5 rDev -9%
Pours a hazy straw amber with a quarter inch white head and almost no lacing. Aroma is sweet, of cherries, some spices, lemongrass, and yeast. Mouthfeel is light, very carbonated. Taste is of grass, some spices, some lemonpeel, yeast, and a metallic aftertaste. Fresh and tasty, but not altogether anything too memorable.
09-03-2011 01:12:22 | More by surprenant1138
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
It pours a hazy copper color with a medium head that fades fast and has lots of grainy floaties and garbage floating. Thick sediment.
Aroma is full of fresh biscuit, sweet caramel malts, and accented with grass and floral notes. Hints of pine.
Balanced nicely with pine, floral and grass in the back of a big biscuity, grainy, toasty malt.
Overall, the balance is ok but the body is grainy and cloudy.
I see what they attempted, but it just didn't work out.
09-01-2011 02:00:41 | More by JayS2629
3.88/5 rDev +12.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 2/11/11.
Pours a nice pale orange color with a half finger of foam that fades pretty quickly. Aroma is pretty subdued. As it warms I detect some citrus hoppiness.
First sip has a bit of a harsh bite to the crystal malt flavor. Rather malty - is this because it was bottled 6 months ago? There is a solid bitterness to the malt backbone, and it goes down easier as you get a few sips in.
Overall a pretty decent APA. No huge complaints.
08-13-2011 02:09:03 | More by FickleBeast
4.33/5 rDev +25.1%
A - Very light golden color, almost wheat colored. A small white head.
S - Pine and slight citrus hops. A little Resin.
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.
08-12-2011 23:29:48 | More by enfield249
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: minimal head, golden-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation
Smell: pineapple, toasted malt, and citrus hops
Taste: light toasted malt, caramel, and citrus hops in the back
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, very sweet with a bitter backbone, dry
Overall: Nice and sweet tasty pale ale. I could do a six of these.One of the better pales I have had in a while, although the bitterness really does not hit until the end.
08-10-2011 16:26:48 | More by tigg924
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Crisp and clear golden body with a clean, white quarter inch of head.
S - Subtle citrusy hop aroma.
T - Mild hop flavor with not much of anything more to note. The flavor though, is what I imagine the brewer had intended.
M - Mild coarse texture throughout. The feel helps to bring out the nice flavor.
~ This is a fine sessionable brew that does what its intended. An easy drinking pale is what it is.
08-10-2011 01:29:40 | More by cdkrenz
3.38/5 rDev -2.3%
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?
08-07-2011 03:56:10 | More by Sammy
3.23/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured into pint...
A: pours a clear golden amber with a small head made up of big bubbles which turn into a thin silky cap.
S: orange and pine sap aromas equally share the stage with caramel malts that have a cookie-like aroma. still, aroma is faint and lack luster
T: mostly caramel malts upfront with hops coming in, giving the beer a faint tropical fruit flavor, then fading to a bittersweet finish.
M: a medium body, oily mouthfeel with a resinous off dry finish
Overall, I would say I expected more from this brewery and their rendition of one of my favorite styles. In all aspects, this beer seems amateur. However, this APA may be a good transition for those who prefer UKPAs or for someone just getting to know the wonderful world of hops.
08-04-2011 02:20:08 | More by OlRasputin989
3.18/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured Clear, light straw pour with a huge foamy white head. Aromas of Light, bready malt with a bit of spiciness and light herbal hops. The flavor is grainy malts with some sweetness, leading to a grainy - peppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and kind of watery. Not a very good one from Left Hand. There are far more tasty Pale Ales out there.
08-01-2011 00:08:26 | More by beergod1
3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Part of a mixed Left Hand twelve pack. Poured into a British pint glass. Pours a light amber with two fingers of eggshell colored head. Lacing on the glass all the way down. Resin, some grass, light bread and nice, bright citrus in the nose.
Light body, light carbonation. Citrus over bread and biscuit. Well balanced, strong emphasis on the citrus aspect of the hops. I do not detect the mineral notes some other reviewers have mentioned.
Decent summer quencher, nothing really special.
07-31-2011 23:57:40 | More by aristeros
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, couldn't find the bottled date.
This pours a light golden color, with a white head which lasts a few minutes. The smell is pretty light, grassy, floral hops with some grainy and bready malts. Feel is mostly light also. The taste is also somewhat light, I get the grainy malts, a little grassy notes and a light bitterness, there is also a light metallic taste also. Overall an okay Pale Ale, there are far better ones though and I won't get it again.
07-31-2011 01:34:40 | More by DavidST
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
Stranger is a darker shade of gold that stops short of amber. A nearly pure white head sits about 1/2 finger high and stays,k leaving a few rings of lacing at the top of the glass and some spotty lacing beside.
The aroma is pretty hoppy, grassy with decidedly herbal and earthy notes balanced by dry malts giving more a bread crust than breads impression. A hint lies underneath it all of some citrus. Just detracting a bit from the aroma is a tinge of something not metallic but perhaps mineral.
The taste is essentially the same though the off flavor seems not to be present. This is a hop-forward beer balanced well by malts, with a hint of lemon zest showing up unferneath the grassy, earthy, crusty and herbal flavors.
The body is medium and carbonation is light. Smoothness comes in under a constant nip of crispness.
07-27-2011 01:59:06 | More by Brenden
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info that I could find. I like the look of the new labels but miss the dating info that was clearly visible on the old ones. It was a clear light golden honey color with good carb streams. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar and slight covering film. Some quick sliding lace but none sticking.
The aroma was grassy and floral hops along with grainy and bready malt. A hint of rye. Not much to keep sniffing. The taste was light hops built on a bready malt base. Good balance but not much flavor there. Light to medium mouthfeel with adequate carb levels. Slightly watery aftertaste.
Overall, drinkable but not much to get excited about for me. Might be a good transition beer for BMC friends. Avail here in TX. Rotation - usually love LH's stuff but this one just didn't grab me or make an impression. [N;O]
07-26-2011 01:35:56 | More by TexIndy
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
Bottled on 2/15/11.. Kinda old, thanks LiquorLoft
Poured into Terrapin glass.
A: Dark gold hue, with a creamy looking 1.5 finger head. Leaves nice lacing, no legs present, carbonation is streaming off of the bottom of the glass.
S:Citrusy, grassy, floral hops hit the nose, with a bready malt backbone. Sweet, really nice and light smelling.
T: Sweet and bready/biscuity with a really nice hop presence in the middle of the tongue and clears the sweetness for the next sip. I think since this is an older bottle the hops have faded a bit, but it's still a really good flavor profile. It leaves a sweet bready malt as aftertaste. Will definitely revisit a fresh bottle at a later date.
M: light-medium bodied, really creamy and nice, the carbonation is great in this one it is a really easy drinker and clears your palate for the next appetizing sip
O: Highly recommended. If you're tired of SNPA and the like, you won't be disappointed with this one. Great example of the style.
07-22-2011 05:41:36 | More by fields336
2.55/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
07-22-2011 04:42:49 | More by sendsilk
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
The beer pours out a clear light amber-almost golden color with a light head. The smell off the beer is light and bright with a playful variety of floral and piney hops. The taste is hopper than the smell would have you believe. You get a spicy herbal pine throughout the drink with a burst of citrus hops on the swallow. The drink also leaves a significant amount of residual hop oil on the tongue. My criticism is that it was lighter on the malts than my experiences with other APAs. The beer drinks pretty easily, but it's lightness on malt balance may render this beer more of a hop-head's ale.
07-16-2011 20:55:34 | More by jmvecchio1
4.05/5 rDev +17.1%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass...have never had this before. Pours a bright golden with a fine but not massive head. Smell is malty, with a fruity bit of subdued hops. Taste is quite mild and very smooth...this could almost be termed a mild ale. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very refreshing beer, well put together and highly sessionable. If you think you're going to find a brew to make you stop buying Alpha King, this isn't it, but if you like to keep a few different kinds of pales in the fridge, this isn't a bad one to have around, it is better than most.
07-15-2011 05:58:25 | More by chicagoabbot
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Pours a nice golden orange with nearly a finger of off white head, nice lacing, ok retention.
S - Citrusy and floral hops, lemon/orange with an underlying malt sweetness
T - Super refreshing! Orange/lemon and also grassy flavors and a mild hop character that reveals itself a bit at the finish.
M - Lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation
O - Very drinkable, very refreshing with a decent taste. Overall... I like it. Good alternative to summer ales on a hot day
07-14-2011 23:46:20 | More by MacQ32
Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.