Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #73
Ranked #22,848
3.72 | pDev: 12.63%
Jan 31, 2024
Sep 16, 2001
Sessionable. Unpretentious. Left Hand's original flagship. Proof that a beer can be both complex and balanced. Malty chewiness slowly transitioning over to herbal, earthy hops with a dry finish. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends and to stimulate serendipity.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Draft at Homestead. Dark brown pour, thine beige head, lacing. Malty aroma, toasty, nutty. Taste brings a little sweetness, malty, mild roast, thins out at the back.
Jan 31, 2024
Rated: 3.57 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 08, 2023
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Reviewed by dofo777 from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Mild and unpretentious, clear, brownish amber, no head. Not too bitter but not sweet, clean, slightly syrupy feel in the mouth with no real aftertaste, slightly bitter finish.
Apr 04, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 27, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by jchanley from Illinois

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by Jcreek from Illinois

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

May 17, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Oct 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazy copper/amber, with a decent head, but not much retention. Good lacing and a nice skein of foam.

Malty, toasty, nutty, and mildly fruity aromas all waft mildly through the nose. Just a touch of earthy floral hop.

The flavors follow the nose and are very well balanced. Caramel, toasted, and slightly fruity malts on the tip of the tongue, but only slightly sweet. Crackery and mildly spicy yeast in mid stream, with a clean grain fullness and citrus peel. Mild earthy and floral hop bitterness brings it hope at the finish, with just a hint of alcohol warmth, and balances well with the slightly sweet malts.

The brew is nearly medium bodied, creamy, and only moderately carbonated, yet it finishes well. A very drinkable, repeatable brew.

Overall, an excellent take on the style, especially for an American brewer. The British are the masters of understatement, and this brew is appropriately understated in both its malt (not too sweet) and hops (not too bitter), providing an easy balance in the process. It all comes together rather well. It isn't an exciting brew, but it's an eminently flavorful, drinkable one.
Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

May 01, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 3 by adam36 from Illinois

Jan 09, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Sebas from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2019
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Rated by BritinCo from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Smooth, lightly hopped.
Jan 04, 2019
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