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Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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3.72/5
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2,156 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,369
Reviews:
709
Ratings:
2,156
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
368
Trade:
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrOH
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous clear copper with an off-white head, nice lacing.
Smells like sweet, biscuity, caramelly, malt.
Tastes like it smells, with a slight hint of citrusy hops. Nice finish with a crack of bitterness.
A little heavier and stickier than I tend to like, but it suits the style, I suppose.
Not one much for ambers, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See through amber beer with not many bubbles seen and a slight head. Slight caramel malt on the nose with some sweetness detected. Really not a whole lot on the nose of this one, maybe some slight grassy hops in addition . Slightly citrus with some bready and slight caramel malt finishing slightly bitter and grassy. A bit watery but pretty decent. Taste and feel was better than the nose for sure.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feuematt
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is caramel and bready malts. Pretty rich in flavor yet goes down pretty smoothly. I would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of superwho24
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as familiar with this style of beer, but it seemed to be of good quality. Feline in the nose and taste. Slightly yeasty detected in the flavor.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 8/17/17 into pint glass. Pours a clear caramel-amber color with a persistent light tan head. Initial impression is dry, citrusy, bitter, medium-bodied; a hint of resinous hops with biscuity and caramel malts balancing all the foregooing somewhat. Carbonation is slightly on the high side of medium. Finish is dry and bitter with caramel undertones - consistent with the overall experience. Would be a dandy session ale.
Billed as an Amber Ale on the can. I think it fits better in the ESB category.

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Photo of cmurphy7
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of njammer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing Co. "Sawtooth Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Clear deer-amber/copper colored body beneath a finger thick head of fluffy off-white foam. The aroma is gently sweet and caramelish with a light hint of floral hops behind. The flavor follows the aroma. It's gently sweet and softly caramelish malt is accented by a light yeasty fruitiness that suggests pears and yellow apples as well as a bit of cherry. It's bready, biscuity, and just lightly toasty. The maltiness is not overdone, either in actual volume or intensity (percentage of the mash), or in depth of color and flavor (choice of ˚L caramel.ccrystal malts); and it's very nicely balanced against the floral and leafy hops. There's also a delicately mineralish character to it that gives it a bit of extra complexity. It's got a firm bitterness, that in combination with the mineral edginess, leads to a dry finish. Just a drop of sweet medium-dark caramel lingers along with some leafy and lightly grassy hops. Looking back I see that I've still got a completely solid, and somewhat creamy surface covering, and the lacing is in both broken and solid sheets throughout the entire area where the beer once was - in other words, excellent head retention and very good lacing. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a fine- bubbled, moderate carbonation. This is intended as an English-style premium bitter and the mouthfeel quite appropriately matches that of a hand-pulled pint (once it's warmed a bit). A beautiful beer that's remarkably well-done! It's balance is impeccable, and it's rounded character is fantastic! This is probably the best American made English-style premium bitter that I've ever tasted, and not only does it rival some of its UK cousins, it also surpasses many. Absolutely worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/25...pours rich amber, white foam about 1/8th of an inch high. Soft caramel nose, breads, toffee. Maple syrup forward taste. Soft mouthfeel. Tastes very fresh. Almost a cherry flavor. Cool.

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Photo of LostTechnique
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgiordano88
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle best by November 22nd.
Pours a clear copper with a 1" head of foam.
Smells of citrus hops and grainy malt, with some caramel.
Grainy taste, nice bit of bitter hops that's kinda fruity. Finish doesn't appeal to me. Sorta bitter but then it fades and gets all watery.
Not much of an ESB in my book. More like an average Amber.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knowing that I was getting ready to do a small brewery horizontal of Left Hand's beers, I picked this one up recently to add to my collection. You may begin to get the sense of why The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is undiminishing.

From the bottle: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain"; "This Amber ale is the perfect balance between malt and hops. A great session beer."

I kind of enjoy the Pop!ping of the cap. It is one of the few pleasures that I derive from bottled beers. I use a quarter atop the cap so that while the opener remains the lever, the coin becomes the fulcrum, preserving the cap for a local Countian who makes all sorts of art from them. As soon as I had the cap removed, I got a buncha foaming coming up through the neck, forcing me to take drastic action. Once everything settled to the point that I could move on, a very gentle pour produced two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pine-like mintiness along with a bready maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was much along the lines of the nose - bready malt & piney hops. It was not mind-blowing, but it was not unpleasant, either. I guess that I was still bothered by its desire to gush on the opening. Finish was semi-sweet, which was appropriate for the style. This review is a whole lot of damning with faint praise. Ho hum.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this beer, but definitely something worth the venture! I usually stick to less hoppy beers, but decided to take take a chance on this one as I have heard good things about Left Hand beers. Pours a medium-light amber with a decent, froth head. Has more lacing and retention than some of the other beers I have tried. Tastes of a sweeter maltiness on the tongue with a citrus finish. Very light to the taste, but my one big problem with the beer was that it left an extremely unpleasant aftertaste that just seemed to intensify as time went on. Definitely a beverage to enjoy while out with the boys, but if you don't immediately follow up with another beer, you might be feeling as if the Sawtooth has overstayed its welcome. Still, solid ale that could easily be up for another round at the bar!

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at Blue Bird Inn in Cornwall Pa. great esb from a great brewer. Smooth and good mouthfeel throughout.

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Photo of rarigney
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davisrs
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I compare all other beers to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; there may be better out there, but many that are worse.
This gives a 3 finger light brown head that stays.
The color is a cloudy dark amber.
The aroma is a sweet malt with a slight hint of hop.
The taste is a sweet malt, slightly burnt on the tip of the tongue, with citrus/pine flavor to the back of the mouth.
Bitterness is mild toward the back of the palate with a lot of malt which offers a smooth finish.
Overall, the flavors are unique for an ale, but appear on different parts of the palate not bonded together into a single smooth flavor throughout the mouth.
The above critique was from sipping from a glass. When consumed directly from the bottle with a larger mouthful swished around, all of the flavors fall together into a very pleasant taste experience ... I am upgrading my experience with this beer to a 4.4!
Not as crisp and refreshing as Sierra Nevada, but a flavor experience I will try again!!.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Backlog from 2009. Since those days, I've come to appreciate the style more. This is due for a re-rate.

12 oz bottle. I’ve never been a big fan of this style. It’s too malty for my tastes. Not much of a head here. Smells of molasses and malt. Nice amber hue. Definitely a quality beer. It’s drinkable, but I don’t forsee ever buying this again.

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Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddyfunt
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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