Sawtooth Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
2,132 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
Ratings:
2,132
Reviews:
697
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
359
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,132 |  Reviews: 697
Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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 -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EarForBeer
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of telescifly
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leiermann
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Majestic
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

**
01/11/2014

Color is clear reddish brown. Flavor is watery, ash. Caramel. weak. Not sure why it called nitro. ....that assumes something tough, and this is weak."
**

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Photo of JB62
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breardon1776
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dar482
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear pale to medium amber.

The aroma offers toasty malts, medium caramel sweetness, resiny hops.

The beer offers a smack of earthy and resiny bitterness upfront, surrounding the beer onto medium minus caramel, a bit of biscuity sweetness, a chewy breadiness, onto more lingering earthy and dried herbal bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a medium minus carbonation.

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Photo of luke12345
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron197
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 2,132 ratings.
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