Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

2,137 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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3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured a hazy orange color with a thick and creamy white head. Retention was high with a lot of lacing. Attributed to the nitro pour. Had an aroma of earthy hops, sweet/bready malts and yeast. A touch of caramel. Tasted of earthy hops, sweet and bready malts, yeast and the taste completely followed the nose.

Medium-bodied. VERY creamy and smooth. Decent carbonation. Pretty bland overall, but not bad. I wouldn't have it again but it was worth having once.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ???
I've had this a while ago, but I don't remember where or in what form, apparently forgetting to write my review at the time. So this review will apply to a recent tasting / refresher on nitro-tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA.

*This will also be review #1000 for me!

Poured a brilliant copper color with orange tints, a slight chill haze, and an overflowing mound of white froth from the nitro tap. The head stayed creamy and left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, toffee, and mild subdued hops. Someone else described it as smelled like wort, and as a homebrewer, I must say that's pretty apt, though it wasn't quite as aromatically full or concentrated as a steamy pot of fresh brew, obviously. Sweet taste, toffee and caramel malts, hints of vanilla, toasted bread, gently hopped for a mild bitterness, that perhaps just puts this on the cusp of being an ESB. Nice and flavorful, which is good, though maybe not always expected for this style. (But then I find most English beers and English-style beers drab and watery, so...) Medium-bodied and easily drinkable, though not quite interesting enough for me to have repeated sessions. In one night anyway.

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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up down at Joe Canal's since I hadn't had this before and I was intrigued as to the style of this beer. This does run true to form as a bitter but for someone looking for a full-bodied and bold example, it isn't here. It's not often that I think that the lacing is the best aspect of what I'm drinking but suffice to say, that's the case here!

This poured a hazy apricot hue with practically no head and just a bit of lacing. Not a lot of carbonation here and this was balanced for a bitter, but just light in the mouthfeel. Not a lot of flavor here and this had a grassy, grainy undertone to it. The back was just a slight bit metallic but there wasn't anything memorable about this. It should have been apparent to me since the aroma was nearly nonexistent!

Bitters tend to make for decent session beers and this is not an exception to that rule. Thankfully, the alcohol couldn't be detected here and if possible, I could have had more than one in a sitting. Everything could have been amped up a notch or two here but on its own, this wasn't bad and anyone new to the style could easily start off with this offering.

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3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow orange with a frothy white head. Smell is almost buttery, with malt and subtle hops. The taste bitter, with the buttery flavor coming through. A very smooth mouthfeel, the nitro is always nice for this reason. Overall not one that I am impressed by, not something I would get again.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,137 ratings.
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