Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
BA SCORE
3.72/5
2,149 Ratings
Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,364
Reviews:
705
Ratings:
2,149
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
367
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,149 |  Reviews: 705
Photo of MizzouBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Copper-gold color with a medium white head and several fingers of lacing 4.25

S: Nutty, caramel and toffee, and nice toasted grain.

T: Nutty, careless and earthy, with a medium.floral Hop bitterness, and some nice toasted grain.

F: Medium body and carbonation

O: This is a great easy drinking Amber ale.

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Photo of emwild12
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT. Not a lot of ESBs available around here, so it's nice to see one from a new entry to the Alberta beer market.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one average finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of skewed Bonsai tree lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, faint toffee notes, ethereal generic citrus rind, and some plain leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and bready caramel malt, ethereal biscuity toffee, some softly burnt white toast, still hard to pin down citrusy acerbities, some minor dank pine resin, and more earthy, leafy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its perfunctory frothiness, the body a basically normal middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing particularly up for messing around here. It finishes off-dry, with a nice biscuity malt and mixed hoppy interplay.

Overall, Sawtooth is a pleasant enough version of the style, with a bit of Americanization that is kept well in check. More apt as an old-school pub 'usual', one might think, yet it works equally well in this shiny modern beer bar all the same.

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Photo of Satorn
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattD93
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam1993
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TeachChefs
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jstanaland
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rpcarr17
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentblackwell
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootercrabb
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber into a nonic glass. Minimal cream head that goes away quickly.

Nose immediately picks up malts and a slight floral aroma.

First sip is a great sweet, toasted malt flavor picked up in the nose. A taste of hops balances it out and keeps it refreshing. The end is followed by a taste of alcohol but is not overpowering and doesn't linger either.

The beer has a watery, carbonated feel with no stickiness left in feel. Almost as if you haven't had any yet and invites you for more.

Overall a very nice ESB and well executed beer. The balance between the sweet malts and bitter hops is well done as it should be. This is a great beer to be introduced to the style if not done already. Will be looking forward to more of these to come. Well done Left Hand!

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Meh - Not really my cup of tea; a tiny touch of malt, some grain (corn perhaps), some closing bitterness, but overall maybe too much time spent trying to straddle the centerline between the lager and ale realms. Won't revisit.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 12-29-16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a crystal clear reddish dark Amber with small streams of carbonation and 1 finger of a very bubbly, frothy head that retains well.

S: lightly sweet, toasty malt and a distinctive cascade hop dank fruity, floral sweetness. As it warms,

T: arrival is very much like the smell, toasty malt with an estery and slightly hoppy arrival, layers of bready malt and floral honey across the middle, ending in a slightly lingering blend of malt sweetness and woodsy, fruity, dank English and American hops. Very similar in flavor to Great Lakes Burning River, but less hoppy.

M: heavier side of medium, well carbonated, slight slickness on the finish. Very much an ESB in texture. Did I mention this is SO much better than it was on nitro?

O: a perfectly balanced, "I want a beer" craft beer. Despite the low ABV, it proved to be not very sessionable; after the second one, the heaviness became too much. But for s couple of beers to go with a meal, great. Very similar to Burning River to me, though that is lighter/crisper, finishes more astringent, and is local. Would buy a six pack again for variety's sale, but prefer BR, Censored, and Bell's Amber.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is sweet malts, bread, and herbal hops. Taste has resin, earth, biscuits, caramel, and bread. Well-balanced with a pleasant hint of bitterness. A solid ESB, much better in regular format than nitro, where it tasted pretty flat.

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Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,149 ratings
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