Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,141 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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Photo of jasonvorhz
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MumboJumbo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hex
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color with a lingering, half-finger, cream colored head.

Smells spicey. Pine, and malty notes. Almost a bit metalic. Nothing too interesting, but better than any usual domestic...

Not a bad flavor. More interesting than the smell. Almost a strong version of what the smell tells you. Some pine, some spice, a little bread in there somewhere. Imagine drinking a liquid sour-dough bread with spicey onion grass. Haha the imagery sounds more offensive than it taste.

Has a smooth and creamy mouth feel. The maltiness tickles the pallate after it has gone down just like an IPA would. Overall not a bad beer... Fairly decent actually but far from most beers in the lefthand line-up.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Beer pours amber in color with a slightly off white head. There is some lacing but the carbonation is a little poor and keeps the head from being what it could be.

Aroma is malty but not very complex. It is hard to pick anything out. No hop aroma.

Taste is sweet and bread like. There is an unpleasant aftertaste that is hard to place. It is not hops and it is not good.

Mouthfeel is ok.

Overall this is just not a very exciting beer. It has very little going on and the aftertaste is very off putting.

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Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Caramel malt and fruit flavors like the nose. Also bread and honey.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice ESB. I really like the lacing, and the flavor is complex and interesting.

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Photo of Joshgonzales79
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of redfox405
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kemoarps
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking amber colour, with a wet off white head that lasts lacing the glass as it passes.

The smell is kind of weak. It's mostly a malty nose, with almost a grassiness underneath it.

The tongue is less hoppy than I had expected, as I notice mostly a bready/honey malt with a little bit of piney hop in there to balance it.

Has good carbonation and decent body.

Overall it's not bad, it just doesn't really jump out at me. I was surprised to find it was my fourth favourite beer out of the four flavour Mountain Mixer/sampler pack. Left Hand are a very talented brewery, and this is a well made beer, it just left me underwhelmed.

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Photo of lumpy1126
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured from a nitro tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, pale, yellow coloring that has a surprisingly impressive cascade from the pour. I wasn't expecting much from it being on nitro, but so far so good. Healthy, thick, 2 inch foamy, dense, white head. Good looking brew. It seriously looks like you could carve the head with an ice cream scoop. Subtle, creamy aromas of nutty and toffee sweetness, with a touch of hops. Flavors are smooth and rich, with a toasted toffee backbone and some peppery spicing, with a subtle hop presence that cleans the palate nicely. Smooth, sweet, and subtle richness overall. The aftertaste is light and smooth, with a nutty richness. The finish is smooth and clean, leaving the palate almost completely clean. Tasty on nitro.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JimKal
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a dark gold with a one finger head. There was average lacing as the head dissipated.

Aroma of hops and malt.

Taste has just a hint of hops and hops.

Mouthfeel is nice but just a little weaker than I expected.

Overall this was a very nice beer. It was a little older than I expected and I'm looking forward to finding this with a fresher brew date. This one was 7 months old. The upside is they do date the bottles. Now if I can find it when it is less than 4 months old I will revisit my review. Even at this age it was quite good.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,141 ratings.
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