Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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84
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2,141 Ratings
Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,141
Reviews:
701
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
365
For Trade:
0
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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knowing that I was getting ready to do a small brewery horizontal of Left Hand's beers, I picked this one up recently to add to my collection. You may begin to get the sense of why The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is undiminishing.

From the bottle: "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain"; "This Amber ale is the perfect balance between malt and hops. A great session beer."

I kind of enjoy the Pop!ping of the cap. It is one of the few pleasures that I derive from bottled beers. I use a quarter atop the cap so that while the opener remains the lever, the coin becomes the fulcrum, preserving the cap for a local Countian who makes all sorts of art from them. As soon as I had the cap removed, I got a buncha foaming coming up through the neck, forcing me to take drastic action. Once everything settled to the point that I could move on, a very gentle pour produced two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pine-like mintiness along with a bready maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was much along the lines of the nose - bready malt & piney hops. It was not mind-blowing, but it was not unpleasant, either. I guess that I was still bothered by its desire to gush on the opening. Finish was semi-sweet, which was appropriate for the style. This review is a whole lot of damning with faint praise. Ho hum.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this beer, but definitely something worth the venture! I usually stick to less hoppy beers, but decided to take take a chance on this one as I have heard good things about Left Hand beers. Pours a medium-light amber with a decent, froth head. Has more lacing and retention than some of the other beers I have tried. Tastes of a sweeter maltiness on the tongue with a citrus finish. Very light to the taste, but my one big problem with the beer was that it left an extremely unpleasant aftertaste that just seemed to intensify as time went on. Definitely a beverage to enjoy while out with the boys, but if you don't immediately follow up with another beer, you might be feeling as if the Sawtooth has overstayed its welcome. Still, solid ale that could easily be up for another round at the bar!

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tuowl74a
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro at Blue Bird Inn in Cornwall Pa. great esb from a great brewer. Smooth and good mouthfeel throughout.

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Photo of rarigney
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davisrs
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I compare all other beers to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale; there may be better out there, but many that are worse.
This gives a 3 finger light brown head that stays.
The color is a cloudy dark amber.
The aroma is a sweet malt with a slight hint of hop.
The taste is a sweet malt, slightly burnt on the tip of the tongue, with citrus/pine flavor to the back of the mouth.
Bitterness is mild toward the back of the palate with a lot of malt which offers a smooth finish.
Overall, the flavors are unique for an ale, but appear on different parts of the palate not bonded together into a single smooth flavor throughout the mouth.
The above critique was from sipping from a glass. When consumed directly from the bottle with a larger mouthful swished around, all of the flavors fall together into a very pleasant taste experience ... I am upgrading my experience with this beer to a 4.5!
Not as crisp and refreshing as Sierra Nevada, but a flavor experience I will try again!!.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Backlog from 2009. Since those days, I've come to appreciate the style more. This is due for a re-rate.

12 oz bottle. I’ve never been a big fan of this style. It’s too malty for my tastes. Not much of a head here. Smells of molasses and malt. Nice amber hue. Definitely a quality beer. It’s drinkable, but I don’t forsee ever buying this again.

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Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddyfunt
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of fisherbray
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamphelps
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish amber color. Thin lacing/head. Rich yet subtle rye bread with some staleness, light caramel. Palate is caramel, toffee, almonds, peanuts, some roasty bitterness, some citrus, grapefruit hops toward finish; very malty overall, nice richness; finish is sweet kettelcorn; medium plus intensity. Pros are nice intensity of flavor, richness, complexity, roastiness yet with balance. Cons are maybe too sweet and malty taking away from refreshment, not enough hops to balance that, a little staleness at times. 92/100. Very Good.

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled
Drank 04.03.17
L: Yellow/tan head with a fair amount of retention, however, a small head. The body was golden amber with a decent amount of carbonation.
S: Sweet with hints of fruit, crisp, and bright.
T: Crisp and light, earthy, and slightly hoppy (thus a slight bitterness) with a strong hoppy aftertaste.
F: Light, slick, and a dry aftertaste.
This reminds me of a snappy, summer beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear brown with a thin foamy tan head. Not too much retention or lacing.

S: Brown bread, buttery biscuits, a bit of caramel and toffee. A bit of nuttiness and earthiness. The aroma is barely existent, though.

T: Coarse brown bread, like pumpernickel bread. Buttery biscuits. Some caramel and toffee. Hints of cherries and raisins. Lightly earthy, herbal finish. Slightly sweet.

F: Light, but not watery. Carbonation pushes it along quickly. Smooth and endlessly drinkable.

O: A really solid American ESB. Great for fans of English styles or session ales.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper-gold color with a medium white head and several fingers of lacing 4.25

S: Nutty, caramel and toffee, and nice toasted grain.

T: Nutty, careless and earthy, with a medium.floral Hop bitterness, and some nice toasted grain.

F: Medium body and carbonation

O: This is a great easy drinking Amber ale.

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Photo of emwild12
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT. Not a lot of ESBs available around here, so it's nice to see one from a new entry to the Alberta beer market.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one average finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of skewed Bonsai tree lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, faint toffee notes, ethereal generic citrus rind, and some plain leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and bready caramel malt, ethereal biscuity toffee, some softly burnt white toast, still hard to pin down citrusy acerbities, some minor dank pine resin, and more earthy, leafy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its perfunctory frothiness, the body a basically normal middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing particularly up for messing around here. It finishes off-dry, with a nice biscuity malt and mixed hoppy interplay.

Overall, Sawtooth is a pleasant enough version of the style, with a bit of Americanization that is kept well in check. More apt as an old-school pub 'usual', one might think, yet it works equally well in this shiny modern beer bar all the same.

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

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattD93
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,141 ratings.
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