Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,136 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy amber/ brownish color with a one finger head. The head did not have great retention and fades to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of some sweet caramel mixed with bitter earthy and herbal hop aromas and a strong malty base.

Taste – The taste has a nice malty backbone throughout; biscuit and bready in nature. This malty backbone starts out with a light amount of the caramel that was detected in the nose. Soon however the bitter comes to the tongue in the form of more earthy and herbal hop tastes. Toward the end a lighter citrus hop is also detected. While overall the hop tastes are light, they meld very well with the malty flavors and create overall a very smooth and refreshing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and more smooth then I would have anticipated at 5.3 % abv. This coupled with a slightly lower than average carbonation level creates a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A quite delicious, easy drinking, and smooth beer. Very nice for the style.

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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz nitro bottle poured in Left Hand Tuliped Pint Glass

A - Light coopper body, thick dense head and incredible lacing

S - Light grass hop aroma and sweet biscuit notes

T - Hops are fairly muted, mostly just a super drinkable blend of English malts with the touch of bitterness.

M - Pure silky goodness, and a slight stickyness.

O - So happy they put this one in nitro bottles - does beautiful things to the beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently have become a fan of Left Hand Brewing Company and wanted to try their ESB Sawtooth.

Appearance - A nice caramel to ruddy color pops on this beer. It is a great color that matches well to the beer style

Smell - A medium hoppy scent of normal beer. It may have been my allergies but I really didn't take up a scent when I smelled it

Taste - The Strong Bitter hits right up front with no apologies but then mellows out to a refreshing malty goodness.

Mouthfeel - The flavor sticks around and lets you know it was there. Not much head on this but the internal carbonation is just right for the beer.

Overall - A good summer beer, not sure if I would like this style on a cold night, but for a 100 evening it works

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,136 ratings.
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