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:
#28,508
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
2,167
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: amber, clear, tons of lace. Half finger head.

S: caramel malt. Very mild hop notes.

T: not really in the realm of a typical esb. Caramel malt. Not much of a hops flavor. some earthy notes.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Not a true ESB from what I have experienced. Overall a little medicore.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this one. smells well balanced but no descript, hints of english malts and a gentle sweetness. flavor has a lot of interesting subtleties, complex malts but maintains a light and refreshing mouthfeel. its crisp and clear and easy drinking. an excellent session beer, and just enough abv to warm you up on a cold day. this is one of my favorite left hand brews i have tried.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.09/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright clear copper orange. Thin and fast fading white head.

Unassertive light orange juice nose with just a hint of light spice; rather unassertive and with little real character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak and short; watery.

Flavors are light, without character and with only hints of bitter orange juice, a hint of malt and a hint of yeast. Not real flavor; no real character and no real finish other than a very short basic light bitter with no appeal.

This is a beer with absolutely no character; tastes and smells like a lightly bitter water. Just my opinion or a really bad batch.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a reddish brown color with a foamy cream colored head that has some good retention. The carbonation is light, the mouthfeel is smooth and not overly thick. The flavor is like a traditional ESB but not quite as good as the real thing from England but damn close. The flavor is bitter with a dry aftertaste, kinda musty. It's worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear very light copper in color and has no visible signs of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that had excellent retention properties and hardly ever died down and left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and bready malts with notes of sweetness and hints of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable.

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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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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm more impressed with this beer than I thought I'd be. This is one of those styles that American Micros usually butcher. Pours a nice light copper to straw color. Higher carbonated that expected. Decent head retention. Smells malty, caramelly and nutty. Light hop detection. Tastes are similar to aromas throw in more breadyness, yeastyness, earthyness. Nuttiness reminds me of pecans, nice on top of caramel and toffee flavors. No flavor is dominating. The beer is smooth in its flavors, the carbonation may be a distraction. Mouthfeel is round and just shy of medium. Finishes fairly airy and crisp. Nice subtle hop bittering; not too sweet. A very easily drinkable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish/orange color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of grass and hops. There was a slight pine smell.

T - It had a nice balance of roasted malt and grassy hops. There was a subtle citrus taste (possibly Cascade hops). The bitterness was understated.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very nice ESB. One of the better beers from Left Hand.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium amber slightly cloudy body with a decent head that quickly dissipates to a ringlet and leaves very little lacing

Smell - Malty, caramel bouquet with a touch of citrus hops; smells like wort

Taste - Starts out rather sweet but the hops kick in mid-palate and build through to the finish; a very subtle malty sweetness also comes through but never really balances with the bitterness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Pleasant enough but certainly unusual for the style

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/26/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes or orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear caramel/copper colored beer awaits below a moderately slow dying off white head. It eventually works it way to a thin lacing.

A light aroma of caramel malts sort of on the sweet side, with a little hint of something that I can't figure out, oh well.

A lightly roasted caramel malt taste with added bonuses of slight dry hops, some earthiness, and just a hint of citrus.

A light dry aftertaste that almost borders on some citrus going on.

A very easy to drink medium bodied beer, goods down good, maybe to good. I kind of wished the taste was just a little stronger with the same proportions of roasted caramel to the other added tastes, but maybe this way it'll be a better gateway beer for those starting to be adventuresome in their beer tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Sawtooth from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,167 ratings