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Stranger - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 53 | 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 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
Photo of DCon
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $3. Tapped into a Pint Glass from the Left Hand Handle and has a Keg Date May 1, 2011.

Aroma- Mild amount of hop character and nothing like a normal APA should be like. High malt smell instead here..

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that is creamy and dies down. Dark golden body that is very clear and leaves rings of lace on all the way down the glass.

Flavor- Light citrus hop flavor, more malt that anything. Caramel tones and malt flavors are very strong. Attributes are not appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Big Carbonation, and leaves minimal hop taste on the palate.

Overall Impression- I'm surprised this is a brew from Left Hand! Not impressed at all! Too light and not enough hop characters to be an APA. This is more like a English Pale Ale... I'll keep drinking my Milk Stouts.

DCon, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a strong, malty, slightly fruity, and surprisingly hoppy aroma, almost more at an IPA than an APA. It pours a clear and typical golden with a fairly thick and frothy white head. Flavor is smooth, malty and slightly fruity, a bit on the watery side but still acceptable. There was almost none of the hoppiness that the aroma promised in the flavor, but there is some in the aftertaste. Texture is fairly smooth and somewhat tingly. Somehow it gets a little better as you drink it. Not Left Hand's best, but worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of stewart124
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with just a little whisp of head.

Mellow amounts of citrus in the nose.

Light caramel character with a pleasant amount of grapefruit and citrus in general from the hops. Good balance between the malts and hops. Nice overall malty character. On the lighter bready side and not too heavy of a hand with the hops. Some fruity esters but a clean finish and nice citrus note in the finish.

This is a nice tasty APA but nothing outstanding. Just an overall easy drinking APA.

stewart124, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other day as part of a mixed six pack. While finishing up Camus' The Stranger the other night, I went to grab a beer and this one jumped out at me. Gold, with a white head. This one smells like pot and pine, somehow pleasant and not-so-pleasant at the same time. Medium bodied, with flavors of toast and piney hops.

emmasdad, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, it's a hazy deep golden color, lighter than expected for an APA. Not much head and not much retention either.

This one smells a little off. Grassy and not much malt to it. The hops aren't even too strong. Very odd.

This must be misbottled or gone bad, the taste is nothing like an APA at all. Tastes a little skunked, and more like a light lager than anything else.

Bizarre, I have to assume this one is bad, because Left Hand is better than this. Too bad I can't get another here to compare.

theboozecruise, May 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, head of white foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and maltiness.

T - It tasted of snappy citrus bite. Good roasted malt backbone and a touch of spiciness.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice APA. I've had better but this is a nice one to have around on a hot summer day.

zeff80, May 29, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep golden color with a thin off-white head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is quite subtle.

S: Sweet honey and baked bread, along with some floral, citrus hop aromas.

T: Almost more English in style than American. Sweet biscuit and caramel notes, along with some fruity esters. Also, there is a unique, slightly green element that I've never tasted before in a beer. Almost like tomato vine. Pretty cool, actually. Hops provide subtle notes of citrus, fresh herbs, and mint, all leading up to a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Notes: This light to moderate-bodied pale has some really unique flavors, and is remarkably drinkable. Left Hand has always put a solid effort towards their beer. This, like the others, is another example. Well worth trying.

WYVYRN527, May 27, 2011
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
Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.