Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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Ratings: 2,148 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very decent ESB which is very much worth your time.

Decent head and very good lacing throughout. Nice amber color, but not quite coppery enough for my tastes.

Hops on the nose at first.

Taste is actually better when first poured at lowered temps. Actually, the taste is good and an enigma. Nice hops-biscuit notes balance. As it warms, buttery tastes come out and those tastes fade. If you could get them all their at the same time it would be wonderful.

Mouthfeel is quite excellent at first, but declines after that. Still good, just not as good.

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Photo of lauries444
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Danno48
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Steve_Trick
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with decent clarity. The head is a creamy one and a half fingers of light tan foam that will retain very well and coat the glass with lace. Crystal and amber malts in the nose, with some fruit esters like peaches and some suspect dextrins, fairly weak. Sweet flavor, caramel and dextrins, with lots of fruit sweetness and immediately apparent butterscotch. So much about this malty brew hangs on it's balnce; which I felt was executed well with a mild english hop aftertaste. The carbonation is low and the body medium like an ESB should be, but I must say the diacetyl is pushed to the limit. The finish is fruity and slick, but appropriately so, and the drinkability remains relatively good.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark golden copper color with a nice 2 finger, off white head. Lacing is present throughout whole beer drinking experience. Aroma was minimal. Had a nice bready yeastiness to it with a citrus hint. Also a hint of chocolate in the nose. The taste was very nice. A good bitterness balanced perfectly with the hops. Chocolate also present. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall anice drinkable beer. Something I could sit and drink a lot of.

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Photo of Yesdog
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of BBM
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mahogany red into a mug, with a decent creamy head. Aroma was slightly sweet, and a bit fruity.

This is a very well balanced beer in terms of flavor, with the hops and malt both getting equal billing. It reminded me of a cleaner version of their pale ale, to be honest. Somewhat fruity in spots, and caramel-sweet in others. Overall a well-balanced and solid ESB.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BellsFan
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has good retention, and leaves webs of good sticky lacing. Body is red amber with orange highlights. Appearance will be this ale's high point.

Smell - grassy, herbal, spicy hops, and toasty malt biscuits, and a metallic aroma.

Taste - same as the smell. Toasty malt biscuits and grassy, herbal, spicy hops all washed through with an unfortunate metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and smooth. Semi-dry at times from the metallic taste.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but it is marred by the metallic taste and the metallic mouthfeel, so to me it is not sessionable because I'd want a different taste after two or so of these.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle-Bottled on 12-17-02)-- Pours a nice clear copperish color and the decent thick, creamy head and very good retention. On the nose the aroma of grains, citrus hop, hints of caramel and very light fruity esters. On the palate the flavors consisted of caramel, some biscuit malt, citrus hop flavors, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly and smooth; medium bodied... tasty brew.

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Photo of WKyle
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BigRedN
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Brewing beers have recently been made available in Nebraska. I purchased a few as part of a mixed six pack to give them a try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle with "Bottle on 05 23 07" date (freshness dating a definite plus) into a pint glass. The beer is a dark amber. My pour produced an off white head just over 1/4 inch in height. Fades to a good cover on the liquid with some lacing.

Smell: A little malty (Caramel malts) but I get mostly hop related aromas. Floral scents, a touch of citrous, giving away to more of a piney scent as it warms.

Taste: Good malt backing with a definitive bitter hoppy finish. A nice well balanced beer. This is a nice ESB, great for the style.

Mouthfeel: Near medium in body with just enough carbonation. Finishes crisp and cleanly with no lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. An ABV less than 5 with good taste makes this one very sessionable as well. I am definistely happy to see this in Nebraska and will have to make a 6 pack purchase next time.

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Photo of slowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of iKrystin
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tapman
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start out by saying that so far I love this brewery!

Appears a dark copper with a luscious head of tan. The head remains for a good 5-8 minutes after poured, but the lacing stands as a reminder to the creaminess in this brew till the end.

Smells of roasted and chocolate malts with a hoppiness akin to that of an amber ale mixed with and english ale; hops are slightly bitter and there is a hint of outdoorsiness to it, but not too grassy and a little bready.

I said before that it appeared smooth and that remains true for the taste. Caramel cooked malts are highlighted here with a little neutral chocolate and finishes with a roasty malt aftertaste. Hops are more in the background of this brew but definetly has a slight english style breadiness to them. The hops compliment the malts very well.

Mouthfeel is above average for this brew. Nothing too spectacular, but in many cases just right. Carbonation is not too thick or too thin; beer has body that's not too thick and definetly not thin.

I would say highly drinkable if you are a malt-mouth like myself. Refreshing enough to be enjoyed after one is too drunk to care about flavor as much (sorry BAs, but it happens when one goes out drinking and you know it) but flavorful enough that you keep coming back to the taste no matter how many you have. Nice brew.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.6% out of 100 with 2,148 ratings
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