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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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861 Ratings
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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011)
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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus and malt sweetness, bit of fresh grain and fruit in the background.

T: Mild taste of malt sweetness up front with a bit of citrus and grain. there is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, quite smooth and refreshing. Good balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing special about this beer just an enjoyable Pale Ale to relax with.

Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of jimelee108
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cosmo4u
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of 4balance
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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

Photo of TerraFerma
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of denver10
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with a slight copper hue. Initially a thumbs width white head presents itself but it quickly disipitates into nothing. Some lacing. Sweet (malt) and citric (orange) aroma. I am wasn't expecting such a sweetness from an APA as it seems sweeter than some EPA's. That said, I am a fan. The flavor is sweet mixed with some citrus and it closes out with a mild bitterness. Again, I like it. A nice creamy, maybe kinda syrupy thickness to it and plenty of activity from the carbonation. I went into this expecting a relatively average APA and ending up finding it to be quite good.While it is a little straightforward and simple, maybe a little more layering to the flavor could have benefited it, but I do like it for what it is. I could see having an inflated opinion of this than others here might but, whatever, works for me and I look forward to having it again.

Photo of jordanmckell
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow with an orange tint. Head was a nice full inch which turns to an ok lace ring and slightly sticky head. Pretty sweet bottle art.

S - Smells of grains and hops mostly. Pale malts and sweetness but very grainy.

T - Malts and hops don't seem to be very balanced, kind of BMC like. Pale malts taste a bit harsh and it is only moderately hoppy.

M - Light to medium par to the style.

Overall nothing I would seek out again it seems they do make some pretty nice stouts and porters.

Photo of mbacon3227
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pour is clear, lighter amber, the head is near white, fluffy and looser. Stays a spell, before leaving a high collar and nice well developed webs of fine lacing.

Nose is flush with basil, pepper and earthy hops.

Flavorful, enjoyable and pleasing APA. Site says the style goes well with pungent cheese and salad and I can confirm this fact. Nice balance of more moderatly spiced hops and maple malts with a minor nuttyness adding some nice complexity and interest. Well crafted and a nice addition to the Left Hand line of brews. Well worth a try.

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.