Sawtooth | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,878
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
2,170
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilmer
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bgillespie
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of sb17
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Spydersweb
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of redsoxjim
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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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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Sawtooth from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,170 ratings