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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 64 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011)
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Photo of osusullins
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good pale ale. A nice addition to the Left Hand family.

Pours a nice blonde with white head. Some lacing, but nothing spectacular.

Smell is faint. Nothing that jumps out. Subtle hops.

Taste is well balanced with some subtle floral hops, but I am getting alot more malt. Finishes dry. Light body.

Not as hoppy as most APA's, but a solid beer. Easily drinkable.

Photo of znichols
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light gold with a soft little white head. There is a little haze to the body but a pretty clean looking beer. Minimal lacing.

S- A little funky aroma but really nice! Some very sweet cereal grain with lemon and a little yeast. Theres almost like this urinal cake smell there too but it really isn't off-putting. Smells good overall.

T- Smooth lemongrass hops and sweet caramel flavor. A good amount of grainy, grist flavor on the back end. Almost like sawdust. Very sessionable with a lingering citrus hop essence. Clean and very refreshing. No alcohol present and minimal bitterness.

M- Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly cloying but not bad.

O- A nice, standard flavored Pale Ale from Left Hand. I could easily put back 3 or 4 on a relaxing night. The soft grassy, citrus and cereal grain flavors are tolerable. I think i like Left Hand's house yeast. It is superbly clean and really highlights intricate hop flavors well. A nearly perfect session pale ale, IMO.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this APA from a bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a clear , light orange color, it produced a decent white head, average retention and average amount of lacing. The aroma of this apa contains caramel, citrus, and toasted grain. The taste of this beer has a baseline of fresh baked bread, sweet malted grain, spicy rye, citrus, grassy hops. Medium in body, very drinkable, good session beer, excellent example of a craft brewed APA.

Photo of rangerred
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Dewey's Pizza in West Chester, OH

Clear, light copper with a small one finger head.

Earthy hops was the first smell I picked up on. There is a bit of bready malt but it takes a backseat to the hops.

Hops dominate the taste initially but once again they are more grassy/earthy rather than citrus. The hop flavor drops off pretty rapidly and there is somewhat of a void afterwards. No real maltiness. Very light mouthfeel.

Overall this was an average APA that I honestly thought seemed more British than American. Not sure I would seek it out again.

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 elNopalero
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

XicanoBeerRun shared this with me. Thanks, bato!

Bottled 8/24/11 and drank two months later. Fresher the better, but this is close enough.

Pours a golden amber. I pick up a muted biscuit and light piney-hop aroma. It’s a heavy, filling beer—for a pale ale—and certainly holds up as it warms. British-style pale ale? Clean, clear finish, piney hop profile, nicely balanced. Get to know this stranger.

Photo of bramsdell
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an imp pint glass.

A: Poured hard, a pretty large white head comes up. The head does recede to about 1-2cm, but it stays for the duration of the beer. The body looks like a regular lager, but without all the carbonation. Yellow body, not really golden, but not quite a straw-like as an adjunct lager.

S: There is a nice, light hoppiness at first, which then holds hands with the sweeter malts. They make a cute little couple. Neither is really offensive, but neither has much character. Hops give off a bit of a piney aroma, but nothing really noticeable.

T: Really very little hoppiness. There's some malty sweetness. The only indication of hops is a bit of citrus at the back end of the sip, which is a little strange. Malty sweetness finishes everything.

M: It's light. Had a few of these out of the bottle the other day at a party, and I have to say that I think I preferred the feel out of the bottle.

O: Eh, I wouldn't buy this again. It's completely unremarkable and not cheap enough to justify buying it. There isn't anything negative to note, just exceedingly mediocre.

Photo of nach0king
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was very pleased with this one and will actively seek it out again.

A: Looks like a plain lager, complete with rapidly-fading head. Nice bit of lacing, though.

S: A little bit of lemon and grass - very much in moderation. Actually quite a weak smell.

T: Much better. Like lemon bars at first - a great balance of sweet and tart. Rounds off nicely for a pretty neutral but not at all boring finish. Very impressive.

M: It's a winner here, too: the none-too-special appearance adds a surprising amount of body and thus the carbonation level is just right.

A really delicious pale ale - looking forward to trying more Left Hand offerings.

Photo of rel
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has been stored for 5 months before drinking.

Poured a hazy burnt orange color with an active large head but no retention or lacing.

The nose is very very malty for a pale ale. A bunch of roasted and chocolates notes coming through with practically no hops.

The taste completely contradicts the nose. A good amount of bitterness from the hops, spicy and tart. With every sip the strong sweet malt smell comes through and hen the taste is hoppy. Even after repeated sips, even though the bitterness has settled and I can somewhat taste the malt again, the smell still screams malt and the taste screams hops. Medium bodied with a subtle malt aftertaste.

I'm confused.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this in a mixed sixer just because. Bottle date 8/25/2011 so this is not quite two months old. Bright orange-yellow color, decent lace. Smells like a hint of citrus hops and something undetermined. Taste is a bit of spice, is that the rye? Also has a hint of citrus to it and overall its not bad but its nothing impressive as far as pale ales go.

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

"I still j***off manually"
- Big Lebowski

The logo for this one is ingenious, thank you Left Hand for a chuckle. It pours a slightly murky gold, head was small but clung around the glass well.

The aroma has a nice noble hop bitterness blended with orange citrus flavors. The cracker-like malt backbone does a good job of balancing, but doesn't overpower with sweeter flavors.

Slight hints of lemon and sour unripened peaches grace the taste buds before a lingering bitterness slides in and stays through the finish. I get no real sweetness from the malt, only a slightly dry light oyster cracker flavor.

The feel is on the light side and the carbonation crisp but not sharp. The dry finish aches you for another sip, and that's where this on gets ya.

This is quite a pale beer, the flavors are very bright. Those looking for a bold pale ale may wish to look elsewhere, but it is done well. The lightheartedness of this beer makes it effortless to drink, and is certainly sessionable.

Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazed honey, with a one finer white froth. One ring of lacing.
S- Smell is lightly sweet with a light floral note.
T- Initially it's hoppy with a floral and light citrusy character. It evens out with a somewhat honey-like maltiness. Finish has a biscuit quality.
M- Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. On the clean side.
O- A relatively standard pale ale but it has good flavor and is easy drinking.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Clear gold body. Small, half-finger white head with decent lacing and moderate retention.

Smell - Slightly malty. Nutty. Smells like the wet grass of a lawn after rain.

Taste - Strong grassy and astringent body and finish. Faint honey-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light but not watery, possibly due to the big airy body carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable. Nothing memorable.

Photo of u2carew
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Fairly clear body that is amber-copper in color. Visible sediment which is not appealing in this style.
S) Floral and citrus notes from the Pacific Northwest! Orange and peach with a subtle heather aroma.
T) A pleasant balance of malt and hops. Starts with a hop bite then moves to a mild malty sweetness. Rye malt is subtle but in the mix. Finishes with a chalky biscuit taste.
M) Medium body. Clean finish.
O) A great brew overall. The visible sediment in a APA when it clear is not a style that is "unfiltered" is a bit of a turn off. Probably just a fluke with the processing.

Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a crystal-clear very pale beer with a moderately dense head. The nose offers some grassy, herbal hoppy notes, but they're not very assertive. The hops are even more disappointing on taste, with little bitterness for an APA and hop taste that doesn't offer much. Malt is very clean and light, and yeast character is non-existent. Glad I bought this as a single, and not as a whole 6-pack. I'd have a hard time finishing off a full pack of this uninteresting beer.

Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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?"

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

Photo of surprenant1138
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JayS2629
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.