Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #59
Ranked #23,615
3.72 | pDev: 12.63%
Jan 17, 2022
Sep 16, 2001
Notes: 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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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Dec 04, 2021
3.75 by HollandTunnels from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2021
3.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
3.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 27, 2020
3.69 by jchanley from Illinois on Jun 14, 2020
3.53 by Jcreek from Illinois on Jun 14, 2020
4.04 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on May 17, 2020
3.59 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Oct 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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
3.74 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on May 01, 2019
3.6 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
3.75 by Marvicsin from California on Apr 04, 2019
3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2019
3 by adam36 from Illinois on Jan 09, 2019
3.25 by Sebas from North Carolina on Jan 06, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BritinCo from Colorado

Smooth, lightly hopped.

Jan 04, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Blondarm76 from California

On tap this cannot be passed up...hands down one of my favorites anywhere. Deep copper with a nice thick tan head, it definitely resembles an authentic English Bitter (to me). Bready & malty (two of my favorite characteristics) but crisp and clean on the finish; keeps me coming back for more. Love this beer.

Dec 19, 2018
4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado on Nov 25, 2018
3.74 by BenjaGrif from Iowa on Oct 13, 2018
3.82 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Sep 15, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Another of my favorite brewers and a pretty decent offering...

A dark caramel colored brew, it poured out a bumpy-looking foam with some decent lacing. Not much to the nose on this one, at least nothing that I would consider unique or even mention-able. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbonated, and a tad astringent. I do believe this is a solid ale - maybe a run-of-the-mill, but still good. Overall, it's another good offering from one of the brewers I always keep an eye out for.

Sep 02, 2018
3.47 by Skillz from Illinois on Aug 29, 2018
3.65 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by EMH73 from New York

Pours a clear amber with a half inch off white head that settles to a thin ring pretty quickly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is pretty mild with lightly roasted malts and some hops. Tastes of lightly roasted malts, caramel, light hop presence and some earthy notes. Light to medium bodied for the style, moderate carbonation, mild bitterness and slightly dry finish.

Aug 12, 2018
3.88 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jul 30, 2018
3.61 by jripley97 from Missouri on Jul 30, 2018
3.65 by AccipiterofBeer from New York on Jun 15, 2018
4.1 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 23, 2018
3.85 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 12, 2018
3.25 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did come from the incredible woodychandler. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is malts, caramel, light hops at the finish, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Apr 16, 2018
2.77 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky on Apr 03, 2018
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by bgillespie from New Jersey

Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Clear cooper/amber with a thin off white head.
Smell: Faint smell of malt
Taste: Light flavor, mostly malt, herbal taste
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with good carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad beer, but light on flavor. A good session beer.

Feb 22, 2018
3.6 by sb17 from Pennsylvania on Feb 19, 2018
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3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Poured from a can, it's a clear amber orange with a white head with decent lacing. Aroma is malts and a little hops.
Flavor matches. Body is thin, nice carbonation. Overall just a so-so beer. One of a pick six. If I see it again, I'll leave it behind.

Jan 22, 2018
3.14 by Yancey82 from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Spydersweb from Colorado

Bottle poured into nonic glass.
The beer pours a nice amber with a tan head that remains for several minutes. Nice lacing left on the glass.
The smell is lightly roasted malts, very light English hops.
Taste is mild caramel, malt heavy with a little lingering hops bitterness. Overall a decent beer, but there are better ESBs on the market.

Jan 15, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty bready malt, slightly earthy, fruity notes, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty bready malt, fruity notes, blackberry and prune, slight earthy bitterness, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This bottle is less than fresh so I will look to try this one again in the future, but I'm enjoying what's there.

Jan 13, 2018
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
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