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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 59 | 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 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.

PicoPapa, Sep 03, 2011
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.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 03, 2011
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.

surprenant1138, Sep 03, 2011
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.

JayS2629, Sep 01, 2011
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.

FickleBeast, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of enfield249
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

enfield249, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cdkrenz, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Sammy, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

OlRasputin989, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of beergod1
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

beergod1, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of aristeros
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

aristeros, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavidST, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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]

TexIndy, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of fields336
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

fields336, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

sendsilk, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

chicagoabbot, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

MacQ32, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium golden yellow color with great clarity and a tall ivory-white lacy head on top with fair retention

Aroma-Lively, fresh american hops leap from the glass, with notes of lemongrass, grass, hay, flowers, and light citrus. Underneath there is honey blossom, and some white bread malt/barley cereal/caramel aromas.

Flavor-Soft floral/grassy hop flavors open onto a palate of bready barley malt and caramel. In the mid-palate, hops become more bitter, with a slight resin and hay flavor evolving. In the finish, moderate hop bitterness appears, and bready malt and resiny hops achieve a fine balance and linger well into the aftertaste. Finish is moderately dry and because of the bitterness leans towards the hops.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation, but feels almost a bit flabby at times. This is a relatively minor complaint though.

This is an awesome APA, and I could definitely drink a ton of it. It has plenty of hop and malt character in the aroma and flavor to keep me interested, while remaining superbly drinkable. Bravo.

plfahey, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of david131
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear orange liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but creamy with good retention.

S- Very crisp smelling with some aromas of caramel, grass, and a touch of citrus.

T- Caramel and grass with a bit of citrus. Clean and simple.

M- The carbonation keeps things light. The finish is very clean.

O- A very drinkable pale ale that is very nice on a hot summer night. Gives Sierra Nevada Pale Ale a run for its money.

david131, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a golden brown, clear body. Not much of a head on this one. Lacing was also very minimal.

S- A bread-like malt character dominates most of the aroma. Caramel, pine, and a very subtle hop note.

T- Caramel malts up front, followed by a piney, slightly citrusy, hop flavor. Very little bitterness with this ale.

M- Very rich and crisp. Very appealing.

D- Due to the light nature of this brew, I could drink this one all day.

Jishguy, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass. The bottling date is unfortunately smeared beyond recognition. Looks very good, though. Nice clear golden body, with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a big three-finger white head. The head has good retention and leave nice lacing.

The aroma follows along nicely. Some good citrus and floral hop notes dominate the aroma. Just a bit of caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is, unfortunately, a step down from the aroma. Was expecting more of a hop flavor, but the hops are more muted than I expected and the taste is more malt forward. But, at least it is a very decent caramel malt that finishes with a minor hop bitterness, more of the floral and tropical fruit variety.

Light mouthfeel that is very drinkable. A little more hops in the flavor would make this a top notch Pale Ale.

FanofHefe, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you're not into the heavier beers, this is a perfect introduction into the world of craft brews.

This medium light amber pale ale pours a bright yellow, light color with little head.

Smell is nice and complex, a little hops and barley.

Taste has nice floral tones mixed with the sweet maltiness.

Very nice lighter ale.

devinoconnor, Jun 18, 2011
Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.