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Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much of a smell, grainy with mild hops

T: the wheat imparts a weird cereal flavor to this beer, not for me

F: light to medium body with lively carbonation

O: an oddly flavored beer that would be better without the cream of wheat taste

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Photo of sbxx
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Hazy red amber. 1 finger of foamy, light fluffy head.

Smell - Very light malt. No significant hints of hops.

Taste - Light, slick mix of hops, malt and water. Not bad. Not great.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Sessionable but nothing special. Forgettable. Doubt I'll buy again.

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Photo of RevRaymer
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass the beer had a nice amber color with just a slight head on it. The smell was floral but not very strong. Really had to work at getting a good smell off of it.

The feel was smooth with little carbonation.

The taste, although pleasant, was a bit understated. I dare say that it even had a watered down flavor to it.

Overall, it was an ok beer with a smooth consistency and flavor. However, it just seemed to lack much character. Simply, nothing very impressive about it.

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Photo of Garrett092112
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Richie24CLE
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Vroom
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of WelshMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of twax
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pajeff
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of CM31
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Cvescalante
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rangerred
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of MeisterMayhem
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NateMac13
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LuDookie
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Photo of Hopmeplease
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,155 ratings
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