Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.72/5
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2,160 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,727
Reviews:
711
Ratings:
2,160
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
371
Trade:
0
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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Backlog from 2009. Since those days, I've come to appreciate the style more. This is due for a re-rate.

12 oz bottle. I’ve never been a big fan of this style. It’s too malty for my tastes. Not much of a head here. Smells of molasses and malt. Nice amber hue. Definitely a quality beer. It’s drinkable, but I don’t forsee ever buying this again.

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Photo of DuncanBishop24
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Turbo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddyfunt
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of fisherbray
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamphelps
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish amber color. Thin lacing/head. Rich yet subtle rye bread with some staleness, light caramel. Palate is caramel, toffee, almonds, peanuts, some roasty bitterness, some citrus, grapefruit hops toward finish; very malty overall, nice richness; finish is sweet kettelcorn; medium plus intensity. Pros are nice intensity of flavor, richness, complexity, roastiness yet with balance. Cons are maybe too sweet and malty taking away from refreshment, not enough hops to balance that, a little staleness at times. 92/100. Very Good.

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled
Drank 04.03.17
L: Yellow/tan head with a fair amount of retention, however, a small head. The body was golden amber with a decent amount of carbonation.
S: Sweet with hints of fruit, crisp, and bright.
T: Crisp and light, earthy, and slightly hoppy (thus a slight bitterness) with a strong hoppy aftertaste.
F: Light, slick, and a dry aftertaste.
This reminds me of a snappy, summer beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear brown with a thin foamy tan head. Not too much retention or lacing.

S: Brown bread, buttery biscuits, a bit of caramel and toffee. A bit of nuttiness and earthiness. The aroma is barely existent, though.

T: Coarse brown bread, like pumpernickel bread. Buttery biscuits. Some caramel and toffee. Hints of cherries and raisins. Lightly earthy, herbal finish. Slightly sweet.

F: Light, but not watery. Carbonation pushes it along quickly. Smooth and endlessly drinkable.

O: A really solid American ESB. Great for fans of English styles or session ales.

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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

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 2,160 ratings
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