Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,136 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new go-to beer when I'm not enjoying the stouts. It is very complex, in my opinion, and goes down very well. I would not consider it a "strong bitter" at all, for I am not a fan of hoppy beers. I've never even been able to stomach most bitters, or hoppy beer, such as IPA's, etc, but I really like this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,136 ratings.
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