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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 51 | 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 McNealc31
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light in color, the nose is full of hops and orange. But the flavor isn't has bold as the smell would lead you to believe. There is a bit of hop bitterness and character, but also a lot of grass and rye. A dry, spicy finish.

It's almost like a mild IPA. It's smooth and drinkable, even if the flavors aren't over powering. And at 5% ABV, it's a good session beer.

I don't think the Stranger is bad, but I'm not in love with it. Doesn't have enough to be an IPA, but maybe a bit more than what a standard Pale Ale should have. At least it's aptly named.

McNealc31, May 25, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle..bottled on 03/11

A-pours a mostly clear citrus orange color with a very small head but a fresh staying collar and lacing

S- is bready malts and floral citrus hops..a touchof grass and herb/spice

T- is a touch better its a PA that has some nice floral/noble hop qualities with some baked bread and sweet caramel malt ,some nice citrus flavors

M- medium carbonation with a slight bitter hop taste with some sweet malts

O- a good session PA @ 5% ..i liked this one it had a nice floral hop profile that i like will buy some more singles of this

gatornation, May 22, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - translucent amber gold. Thin head, little retention. Very minor bit of lacing left on the glass as its being drunk.

S - buttery malt & hops, not too much else going on.

T - malts & hops, floral & citrus. Ok balance between the sweet & bitter, nice finish.

M - medium body, medium carboantion.

O - pretty good, I like a good pale ale. I haven't had one in a while and this really hit the spot.

lawlerj, May 21, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice off-white head of two fingers that leads to a thick well retained foam. Nice bubbling in the bright, clear bronze and hay colored hue.

The aroma is simple; mild toasted malts, caramel, and citric hops. Easy and pleasant. Lets this nose know this beer is a good session APA.

The taste starts with some cream, then toasted biscuits and crackers. Followed by rather mellow American hop flavors and bitterness. The palate is a little creamy to start, but goes just a little metallic then smooth and mild on the finish.

I think this is a good session APA that is just simple, straight-forward sessionably good.

scruffwhor, May 17, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear golden-orange color with a finger of white frothy head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and citrus and pine hops. Little bit of yeast hanging out in the background.

T - Starts off with citrus hop and bitterness and some light sweet caramel malts. Touch of grassy hops in the background. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and yeast comes through. The finish is a mix of citrus hop and bitterness and some caramel malt sweetness that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels super crisp and smooth. Finish is nice and dry and really pleasant.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are all nice and powerful-enough and the beer is far from empty. The hop profile is pretty nice and the malt balances nicely.

ngeunit1, May 10, 2011
Photo of dmbsteve
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden color with one finger head. Light lacing.

Smells is light with citrusy and floral notes. Not picking up much else.

Taste is bready malt with a good hop bite. Not much hop flavor though..tastes more like an english pale ale than an APA. But, regardless I like the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this makes a good session pale ale. I like the fact that it isn't overly hoppy like some APA's. If I'm in the mood for something really hoppy, then I'll drink an IPA. I could drink a 6-pack of these watching a football or hockey game.

dmbsteve, May 10, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger white colored foam; held very well; stick lacing formed on the side of the glass; golden semi-clear body color

S - Hops; pine; small citrus aroma; rye; hops were crisp and refreshing and rinsed out the remaining scents

T - Malty back-end; hop, washes out everything else; small amount of citrus and rye; hop bitter aftertaste; subtle malt tones hit the middle of the palate; slightly grainy

M - Hops really rinse out all the other flavors on the tongue; effervescent and thin consistency; leaves a mild soapy rinse on the palate

D - Very nice APA; brewer went for a home-run hop hit with this beer and was successful; try this, you'll like it

ferrari29, May 02, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of pale malt sweetness and some slight floral hops.

Tastes of pretty good pale malt notes and some hops. Malts have some bread and sweet grain with touches of fruit. Hops have some floral and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, merely okay and not what I like in a pale.

ocelot2500, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent gold, with a crisp, white head. Lace kinda spotty, though.

Aroma is clean, with pronounced hops and a yeasty presence, too. Nicely balanced on the nose.

Tastes of malty sweetness and some crisp hops snappiness. It's all balanced, though. Operative word here is "balance".

I also do detect some of the sturdy rye in there, which only adds to the complex flavor profile.

A light beer that's full of flavor? Stranger wins. Perfect summer sessioner.

secondtooth, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. No date on this one that I could find. Poured into a New Belgium tulip style glass a clear, honey golden color with a slight off white head that has a pretty poor retention. The head does collar slightly around the glass. The aroma is a slightly skunky citrus note that like over ripe grapefruit and orange. Medium mouthfeel. Muted citrus flavors with a slight sweetness. Rather bland in flavor to be honest with a minimal hop presence. Even in the back end there is minimal flavors. Overall, this is a subpar APA that I would not consider buying anytime soon.

kbutler1, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of KenC
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dated: 02/11/11

A - Medium amber color that was slightly cloudy. Three fingers of tan head that quickly dissipated, after an aggressive pour. It left no lacing.

S – Light bread, light caramel as soon as I opened the bottle. Light citrus hops.

T - Started out blandly sweet but a little hops come through in the middle. The finish has a touch of malt dryness.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O – There was just nothing noteworthy about this brew. After trying a “Sawtooth” earlier in the day, I was wildly disappointed.

KenC, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from my brand new Anderson Valley snifter!

A - Pours a deep gold/amber color with about a finger of white head.

S - Smell is mostly malt with the slightest hint of hops and citrus behind it.

T - More citrus comes through in the smell, but the beer is still fairly malty. The hop presence is still light but adds a nice balance to the beer. Grapefruit is the most dominant fruit in the taste, similar to many of the 3F offerings.

M - Medium bodied and VERY refreshing. This beer would be perfect for a warm summer day!

O - A very well balanced pale ale and so far one of my favorite Left Hand offerings.

MarkIntihar, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clean crisp golden body with a moderate foamy white head

S- Grapefruit sneaks up on you in the nose as it's fairly muted

T- Nice malt presence up front and lightly hopped. Full-flavored

M- Light/medium body with crisp, moderate carbonation

O- Solid pale ale and quite enjoyable. The name makes me chuckle...

aepb1, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold/amber color; lightly clouded. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention to a thick cap. Sheeted the glass with lacing.

S: Sweet biscuity malt. Floral hops; orange peel and citrus rind.

T: Consistent with the nose; bready malt more forward. Lightly resiny in the middle. Transitions to a sharp bitter for balance. a little dry in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly resiny, but certainly not rough. Sharp bitter balances the malt pretty well.

D: Nothing wrong for sure, but not real special. Kudos though for good balance and drinkability.

Haybeerman, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super clear...bright yellow color. Dense white head that stays capped. Lace is lingering and leaves a nice lattice on glass.

S: Lots of hops for a PA. Citrus dominates with an undercurrent of bready notes.

T: Very juicy citrus tastes. This is exactly the taste I love in a APA or IPA. Perfect toasted bread flavors are the underlying foundation here. Dry finish.

M: Medium body....solid carbonation...nice resinous feel left behind.

D: Impressive. A solid APA that is reasonably priced. This will merit regular consideration.

Brunite, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very sweet, floral smell, with some hops and citrus thrown in.

T: Tasted of floral hops, a bit of malt, a grainy quality, and a mild citrus flavor. Surprisingly, the grainy aspect of the flavor is more prominent than you'd expect. A slightly uneven flavor, but decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: While this is a drinkable beer, it's not something I'd choose first.

avalon07, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased at Al's of Hampden -poured from the 12oz into a willybecker.

A beautiful golden poppy color with good clarity and lots of visible carbonation rising at a moderate pace. A Thin 1/4 inch foamy white cap sits with rocky top and spotty confetti lace sticks. The head retention is good. The smell is herbal and fruity with slight grassy tinges and floral w/ light malt odors and hint of toasted grain. The feel has a decent amount of carbonation and bitterness with more of a bitter than balanced feel w/ slight malt in texture and finish is dry as a bone.

The Pale has a taste that is good with mild hop presence up front which is semi-bitter and light herbal flavors coming through with subtle toast notes from the malt w/ bits of grassiness and slight citrus quality. This APA is good overall, one I would try again on draft. This bottle was sufficiently fresh and the flavor hops came through nicely, not just bitterness.

Slatetank, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright pumpkin-orange against lighting reveals a quickly paced, medium dense effervesce. The head is patchy, thin and quick to fall while providing a minimal lacing of splattered dashes.

S: A mixture of pine, oranges is first upfront. Upon closer inspection a light grassiness is detected if you sniff long and hard enough. Really light in strength, a touch of herbal hopping lurks somewhere in the background.

T: For flavor pine and oranges intermingle with a dry floral hopping a slight indication of dried tropical fruitiness. Nice level of maltiness is brought to the table, while the hops start to kick in late in the drink. Warm pine and citrus lingers a bit on the tongue. Overall a good level of hopping, not terribly complex but delivers a good enough show along with a sturdy malting.

M: In the mouth a slight tingle on the inner cheeks as well a good level of maltiness rests on the tongue. Medium-full consistency, turning creamy on longer holds and exits with a touch of herbal and floral hopping that finishes rather strong.

D: Decent drinking apa. I could go sixpack here, making for a decent session offering toned just right hopwise to enjoy in multiples.

beerthulhu, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, bright amber with a somewhat thin head. Smells somewhat juicy with notes of tangerine and orange and a hint of graininess. Fairly dry and grainy in the mouth with a little of the citrus but not nearly as much as in the nose. A late grainy bitterness rounds it out. Reminds me of an austere style of cracker- maybe a Wasa cracker or something. Not bad, but a bit too dry and grainy.

Georgiabeer, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 2/15/11

pours clear golden copper with a slightly chunky 1+ finger white head that leaves lacing down the glass

smells a little tangy biscuit malts grassy hops

taste is solid - very balanced - some good spice - earthy spicy hops and pale biscuit malts

mouthfeel is light.medium with great carbonation both crisp and creamy

overall - lefthand delivers again - a flavorful pale with low abv 5% that is very drinkable

jsh420, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is biscuity malts and grassy hops.

The flavor is biscuity malts with some sweetness, leading to a good sized grassy / peppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It had good bitterness for an APA, but I don't really like biscuity malts or grassy bitterness.

Beaver13, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a nice APA on the lighter side that doesn't taste lighter. It has the hoppy bite you would expect. This might be a good one to have when you are having more than one.

It has a smooth aftertaste and good all around balance. It would definitely be OK to buy this again as long as it is not too pricey (I think it was OK).

schoolboy, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hardly any head. Leaves a bit of lacing, however. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Weedy hops, grassy flavors, and some bready malts.

Taste: Grassy and weedy hops, a bit floral. Some bready and biscuit malts. Decent hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. End a bit dry.

Overall, a decent pale ale. Nothing out of this world, but pretty easy drinking. Not bad. A bit dry.

mothman, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely pale gold, very clear, not a lot of apparent carbonation, no lacing, poor head retention

S: bready malts, notes of honey graham cracker, a touch of floral hops at the finish. Nose leans more towards the malty side than hoppy.

T: malts come through first with bread, caramel, toffee, and honey. a nice dash of bitter hops comes through and balances things out nicely. The finish is quick and slightly bitter.

MF: very light body, medium carbonation

O: nice drinkable pale ale, decent malty character with good balance. I was searching for more aroma.

homebrew311, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours. A clear honey gold color with a 1/4" white frothy head.

Has a mild citrus smell, overlaid with piney hops and floral notes. Slight peppery aroma, with a hint of nutmeg or some other savory spice.

Very mild start, with a savory spice hitting mid pallette before tuning bitter toward the back of the tongue to finish. Hints of honey, caramel malt, and butterscotch predominate before the hops kick in to finish.

Medium bodied, this is a rather smooth, subdued beer.

Decent to taste and easy to drink, this is not a bad beer. However, I am finding it rather forgettable, so if it does not cross my path again, eh, such is life.

TheHoppiest, Apr 10, 2011
Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.