Sawtooth | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

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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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Sawtooth from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,164 ratings