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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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

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Beer added by: brew3crew on 02-12-2011

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this brew at the Village tavern.
Pours fairly clear with only a slight haze and a average amber color.
Very light foamy cap was produced but lingered as a collar through out. Carbonation was quite weak. Aroma was mostly of caramel malts and very little in way of a hop bouquet. The taste had plenty of caramel malt backbone but very little in way of hop pop. This beer had a medium feel on the palette with a clean aftertaste.
Perhaps this particular bottle of beer sat around for awhile or maybe this establishment just doesn't sell much. In any case this beer really is not that impressive. An APA should have a good hop bouquet both in flavor and aroma and in this case it was missing.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. A touch of lacing down the glass.

Some citrus hops with a malt backbone.

Starts off out with a little citrus. Just a touch of caramel then finishes pretty smooth with little bitterness or much flavor.

A tad thin with good carbonation.

Perfectly drinkable, but not a lot of flavor going on.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Bottled on 03/12/2011, no other info.

A - Best. Beer name. Ever. I'm so happy to have finally found a single of this. I love the companies with a sense of humor. The brew pours mostly clear, well-carbonated golden yellow with a disappointing low white head. Specks of lace are left clinging to the glass.

S - The hop levels are herbal and aromatic but definitely on the lower side for an APA. Earthy, a bit piney, and slightly citrusy, it doesn't smell dry-hopped at all. Pale malt fills in the spaces but remains largely invisible.

T - Much more hop-forward in flavor, the harmonious buds shine with pine resin (but not too much) and lemony citrus character. Again, the malt profile has very little to do with this beer beyond balance.

M - Medium-light bodied and slightly carbonated, Stranger is no stranger. It's the usual mildly bitter, slightly dry finish common amongst pales. Still good regardless.

O - Beyond the laughably ingenious name, Stranger isn't unique in the least bit. That's not to say it's a bad beer, however. Still good overall!

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

Beer is amber and clear with a thin head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy but mostly malty overall weak.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, mildly bitter / dry at the back and the midpalate is more malt and a little pine hops. Not a great pale ale but a decent one. I had two bottles of it and I don't think I'll have much more.

Photo of osusullins
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
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
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
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
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.