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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | 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 kbutler1
2.15/5  rDev -37.9%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of trappistlover
1.25/5  rDev -63.9%

(12oz bottle from Total Wine). Pours crystal clear dark yellow with white head. Good carbonation. Aroma of cardboard, florals and butterscotch. Taste is mostly metallic. Infected or just this bad? No redeeming quality to this beer. Pass. This was a terrible beer.

trappistlover, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +2%

The bottle runneth over. The head is modest but it leaves significant lace. The color is pale gold and near clear.

Interesting combination of softer pale malts (without any raw graininess) and light hop. There's a stew-like smell that is distracting.

Lightly sour, the malt is very dry. There is a neutral bitterness than fades quickly in the aftertaste. Astringent and earthy. The body is as to be expected.

smcolw, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint biscuit, subtle citrus hop note
Taste-Toasted malt, faint citrus hops. Very clean finish. Nothin' fancy here, all understated flavors much like an English pale ale. Would make a nice entry-level pale ale.

hosehead83, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Star80
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

Brewed on 3/11/2011, my birthday...beer pours out a golden straw color with lots of bubbles and a quickly thinning head. The smell when you crack open the bottle is a good old resiney hop whiffs. Smells nice and fruity. The taste is somewhat dry, clean, mildly fruity, some faint aspirin bitterness. I can detect a crisp spiceyness from the rye, nice touch. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and quite carbonated. You know at first I wasn't blown away by the this beer. I agree, it is a more "light" beer than a lot of brews on the market. The hops are actually more aromatic than bitter flavoring. But smell dominates taste, and right now I am on my last one (first one today) and I will be tempted to buy more someday. Overall a refreshing beer that is highly drinkable, just not extremely complex.

Star80, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Served a clear, light copper-orange body with a scant, wispy white head and some steady if sporadic effervescence. Sheet-like lacing on the way down.

Smell: Modest nose scented of lightly toasted bread, caramel, spicy rye, citrus fruits, and wet, soggy grains.

Taste: Lightly bready malts, lightly sweet and with some touches of grain, caramel, and zestful rye malt. Lightly earthy hops also delivering some fruity touches of oranges and lemons. Sufficiently bitter. A skosh more lemon on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well-balanced and keenly drinkable, without ever giving too much or too little maltiness or aimlessly wandering into being an IPA with excessive bitterness. A good replacement of Jackman's. Good-bye and good riddance, Jack.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

This beer poured nicely into a pint glass. The head stopped perfectly at the brim of the glass. The appearance was bubbly and golden yellow, white fizzy head that settled rather quickly. This beer has a fairly nice aroma of some light pine and citrusy fruits on the nose. The taste was kind of hit and miss. Some sips were better than others. Some were hoppy and other were more earthy. It was odd, but the beer is decent to say the least.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours pale orange with a decent foamy white head. Some lacing, good clarity.

Some toasted malt and cooked grain aromas.

Lackluster strength of flavor. Not watery, just weak. Light toasted malt, lightly hopped. A bit on the dried toast, bready side. Mild finish of light bitterness.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Sessionable in a cookout/volume sense, but that's it. I won't go to this again.

OtherShoe2, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +15.6%

This is a very nice APA and it is growing on me. It pours a fairly pale golden color extremely clear with a surprising amount of lace. The head isn't much and there is no retention at all, but there is a very lacey design on the sides of my glass. I'm impressed with that. The nose is slightly citrus, quite grassy, with a nice piney hop aroma. The nose is quite nice.

The flavor is very pleasant, somewhat delicate, a slight bit thin. There are some citrus florals in the malt, plenty of piney hops, but nothing too biting or estery. There is a bit of grassiness to the beer, and a slight rye like malty dryness. This is a good beer and the piney hops play very nicely with the dry malts, and the floral notes. The beer takes a bit of time to settle and it may have a touch too much of the perfumey alcohol note. It's a touch thin, but this beer is good.

albern, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev -9%

This beer pours a clear copper color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and caramel. The taste is of grapefruit. There is a nice bitterness up front, but it vanishes quickly. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture. Overall, this beer is very one dimensional. It isn't really all that bad, but it isn't really good either.

KarlHungus, Apr 01, 2011
Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.