Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,142 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

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jhartley
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on April 9, 2012. Bottled on February 8, 2012,
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass.
A-Amber-brown clear color, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Malts, bready, small amount of hoppiness.

T-Almost lager like to me with the malts, nice bite on the finish and a little sweetness.

M-Very drinkable; light carbonation. Seems a little thin.

O-Very drinkable beer, almost like a lawnmower lager beer. Goes down easy and smooth. Not too impressed though.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Arborescence
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, thick and very creamy two finger head, probably due to the nitro.

Aroma: Malty and nutty, but fairly mild.

Taste: Malty and light, with just a hint of bitterness. Some caramel and toast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick & creamy, very nice!

Overall: This is pretty good stuff from the nitro tap, making it creamy and smooth. Would make a good session ale as well.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep copper coloring thats completely transparent, pours to about a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very nice head of lacy foam that coats across and clings all the way down.

S: Very aromatic with sweet malts. Caramel, dark fruits, some grassy/grainyness. Catching light biscuit/breadyness and some buttered toast.

T: Some caramel and other sweet fruit flavors at the very beginning and then lots of hoppy bitterness. Not overpowering to the point where it isn't enjoyable, but its def the strongest of the flavors. Catching some toasted malts in the mix as well as some biscuityness towards the end works well with the dryness and alcohol flavors.

M: Light carbonation, but enough that it works well with the hops bittering. Left with a slight dry biscuit feeling/flavor on the tongue.

O: My first ESB brew, it wasn't as bitter as I expected. Malt and sweetness is noticeable, but I've come to expect this from the folks at Left Hand Brewing. They do a great job with all their beers.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of TheCondor
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew nothing about the Left Hand Brewing Company outside their Milk Stout for the longest time, so when I stumbled upon a variety twelve pack of Left Hand products, I knew I had to have it! Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into my Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – A nice copper color, with a little carbonation action and some haze inside the brew. The head is pretty stout, about two fingers, but dissipates quickly, leaving good lacing.

Smell – Sweetness, malty goodness, caramel, honey, and a little bit of alcohol and hops in there as well. Smells awesome, should be a treat to try out!

Taste – Dead on true to style, the beer has a sweetness which is balanced by the slightest hint of alcohol and hop bite. The sweet malts combine with the caramel and honey flavors, backed by a slight grapefruit wang.

Mouthfeel – Finishes nice and dry, clean, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, which I love.

Overall – This is a really good brew! I would highly recommend it, especially for fans of the style. I do not drink a whole lot of ESB, but it is a solid style that I like. The unique thing is this can be drank in basically hot or cold weather, inside or maybe even outside, at least in my opinion. Well-balanced, easily sessionable, and tasty, this is a brew you need to get ahold of.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light orangish amber with a good deal of carbonation rising to the top; soft, loose cap of white head that fades to a thin lacing.

S - faint bread, rather hoppy, citrusy

T - bready, faint caramel, mild pine, faint citrus, decent bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nicely flavored, malty, quaffable beer. It has a nice hop character for balance. It's definitely worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,142 ratings.
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