Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
2,149 Ratings
Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro tap.

Poured a clear light brown with a thick frothy two finger head typical of a nitro poured beer. This head lasted throughout the glass and left thick lacing along the walls of the glass all the way down.

The aroma, unfortunately, was lacking as is all too typical with nitro-poured beers. There is a little bit of caramel and grass present but I really have to struggle to pick that up. Very weak.

The flavor is not too impressive either. Lots of caramel with some lightly toasted malt but it is all a little watery. Some grassy hops are present leading to a light bitterness and a very dry finish. Mouthfeel is very watery and light.

Overall, I was fairly unimpressed with this beer as I think the nitro pour takes away too many subtleties that are very important in a fairly lighter beer such as this one. I would like to try it again sometime in a different format.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at The Lark, East Nortthport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light doughy malts and some grassiness.

The flavor was pretty muted on nitro but some of the above notes were detected as well as a residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel was smooth and full.

Overall a seemingly Goid ale that is restrained unfortunately on nitro.

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I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a half a fingers worth of head. Almost no lacing.

Smell- Bread-like malt aroma with some earthy hops notes.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt with a light herbal hop flavor for balance.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and very well carbonated. Crisp with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A well balanced and drinkable beer. While it is not the best ESB I have had, it is worth trying.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,149 ratings
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