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 JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange/copper color. Thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Bready with sweet (candy-like) hop notes.

Taste: Same as the aroma with some added caramel malt flavor and a hint of citrus. A tad watery but that's to be expected at 5.3% ABV. I wish there was more hop flavor here. The bitterness is moderate, nothing a hop head would go crazy for. The palate is mostly sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in body. Average carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Wasn't expecting much from this one so it basically met my expectations. A decent ESB. Would I drink it again? Eh, probably not. Although, I have seen friends session this beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A copper amber color, with clarity. 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass.

S - Slightly sweet and malty, caramel. Aroma is pretty mild.

T - Like the smell, but sweeter. Big malty backbone, bread.

M - Very well cabonated. Sizzles going down. Like the mouthfeel

O - An average ale in my opinion. Left Hand has much better ones in my opinion

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 02/10/15.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random patterns of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lightly toasty malt that's a tad sweet and bready. Faint hops and alcohol.

T- Biscuity malt profile with a weak aftertaste. Very mild hop bitterness that's a bit earthy. Very drinkable but not particularly interesting.

M- Tight feel from the alcohol and medium carbonation. Body leans toward the lighter side.

O- Pretty true to style with maybe slightly more hop presence than there should be. Either way, it's sessionable if not kind of boring.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BierStein711
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into pilsner

Best ESB, I have had!

Burnt orange body with moderate carbonation

Two finger off white head

Smells: Hops, malt, dried fruit

Taste: Dried fruits, hop, minerals, and warm finish

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and oily

Overall, this is a fine beer!!

I would commit to a six pack.

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Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of asigler
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber with a tiny white head.

The smell is sweet,yeasty and some dark fruits.

The taste is sweet and malty not quite as good as the smell.

The mouthfeel is quite light with medium carbonation.

Overall this is easy to drink, tastes good but not complex enough to make it great.

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Photo of veifokorp
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JasonrOlney
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of axeman9182
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a nonic pint glass at Good Beer.

Left Hand's Sawtooth initially pours fairly turbid, but it clears nicely to a translucenr copper. The head starts off as two fingers of tightly packed white foam. I'm typing this more than halfway through the glass and the head still hasn't dissipated, and it's doing a fairly good job of coating the glass with lacing. The nose is very, very mild, with aromas of toast and tea barely escaping out of the glass. The toasted bread and biscuit maltiness pops a little bit more on my palate. It's followed by a gentle suggestion bitterness, and closed out with an herbal English tea hop presence. The body is a little bit sturdy, and paired with a subtle carbonation that prickles your tongue just a little bit. Left Hand's Sawtooth is a good re-creation of a classic English style by an American brewery.

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Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BourbonDork
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of searsclone
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a pint glass. caramel colored with a long lasting white head and an excellent lace left on the glass.

smell is faint grass and a bit of pine (edit: a different sample offered some caramel and a touch of dark chocolate in the nose)

taste is great. sweet caramel and sugar with a perfect just the right amount of hop to leave it perfectly balanced.

mouth feel is chewy and creamy with a crisp yet sticky finish. unique, but it works.

all around, a great beer. I would have given it even higher overall, if I would have gotten more aroma.(edit: upped the rating by 1/2 point due to the presence of a better aroma)

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Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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