Chainsaw Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Chainsaw AleChainsaw Ale

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of kimbo33
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of brownbeer
2.06/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bomber of the newest label. Bottled in 2010.

The appearance is a rather muddled looking orange-brown with no head.

The aroma is faint for a double anything, I mean off in the distance, far away. What I can smell is a medicial maraschino cherry. The aroma just gets further and further away until it's almost completely gone.

The mouthfeel is flat and syrupy, borderline horrendous for me. The taste is about as bland as the aroma. Dirty, watery taste that quickly transitions to a harsh finish, which isn't from a desirable hoppiness, it's just harsh. It makes me grimace. It's kind of cardboardy and becomes more medicinal as it warms. It lacks any warmth, depth, creaminess, or any other enjoyable qualities.

I really like Sawtooth, and a number of other Left Hand beers for that matter, but this is no Double Sawtooth. I've enjoyed few beers less.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Left Hand. Pours a mahogany color. Really sweet and boozy. Ick. Some hops after that initial impression, but still, really didn’t enjoy this.

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Photo of zacharyharrington77
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The beer was a gorgeous dark color... poured somewhat flat and tasted even worse... I am not sure of I got a bad batch or not but certainly not my cup of tea

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Photo of bound4er
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. A stiff pour produced minimal, white head (not much density to the head either) over an amber liquid. Kind of meh looking.

S. Faint malt and an alcoholic cherry note - not much else.

T. Thin, uninteresting but not off-putting. Some citrus flavor upon entry and then mild piney bitterness from the hops at the close.

M. Thin, almost watery feeling and a bit low on carbonation.

D. Man, this beer did next to nothing for me. The beer "guy" at my local bottle shop recommended this. I guess I should have ignored him and grabbed the Founders Porter is was eyeing up. One of these is more than enough for me.

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Photo of babaracas
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy red with amber edges, fast fading thin white head, couple of dots of lace. Smell: an astringent lemon ("we need more lemon Pledge"), leafy, toffee, cherry cough syrup. Taste: caramel, citrus peel, Capri Sun Cherry. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, nothing special, cherry cough syrup finish. This is really horrific, it tastes like a cherry Capri Sun with a big medicinal finish. Up until this, I was on the fence with Left Hand... hadn't been impressed but nothing was bad... this is just bad. You're off my christmas card list Left Hand! (2/3rds of bomber down the drain).

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Photo of oldbowhunter
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass. Color was a murky, copper; sediment settled and the beer cleared somewhat. Slim, off-white head which fell off with little lace - reminiscent of a day-old beer??? Something I may discuss with my retailer.

S - The aroma is definitely heavy on the malty side, with tastes of (over) rip figs and brown (burnt) sugar.

T - Initial taste is very malty and yeasty, then turns to a lingering bitterness and alcohol.

M - A medium to heavy bodied beer; thick and sweet, reminiscent of cold medicine.

D - Takes "getting used to." Definitely a sipping brew.

I probably won't drink this beer in the future.

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Photo of Helgy
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of jkane101
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I have been a fan of Evil Dead for a while now... Anyway, this stuff pours a murky and brackish brown topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises wet cardboard and buttery toffee backed by some very light orange peel. The taste holds notes of dry biscuit, orange peel, light earthy greens, very light tobacco, and a general sense of something musty hanging around, malingering in pain. It's an improvement on the smell, but that ain't sayin' much. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this stuff just seemed messy, dirty, in ways it shouldn't. Definitely not a fan.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/25/2006 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy light-ish brown/red colored body, with a slightly off-white head. Has a very nutty aroma, and maltiness. A very malty taste, somewhat acidic. Also has a corn syrup sweet-like taste. Not too bad for a malty beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of sweemzander
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

220z. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 20/10?

(A)- Pours a clear amber color that produced some white bubbles.

(S)- A light lemon-like floral aroma. Bits of pineapple & grapefruit. Plenty of woody pine. Has a lot of acidity that gives it an almost rotting smell.

(T)- The same fruits from the smell. Kinda musty. Some caramelization malt-wise, but is rather acid & fruit driven. Bitter & dry.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Was expecting much more of a malt backbone with an aggresive hop addition considering the style and the name, but this is actually rather thin and acid driven, with a dry woody feel.

(D)- Definitely was disappointed with this one; not at all what I was expecting. The $13 price tag made it even more disappointing. Has a fruit profile, but is still lower on the hop strength profile, not to mention the almost non-existent malt profile. I would expect this type of character from a pale ale or an ESB, but not at all from an american strong ale.

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Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too interesting going on. Doesn't do much to the nose or the taste buds. Kinda boozy.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of WestSideAmish
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Rschimmell
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kwesib
3/5  rDev -21.5%

3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much carbonation in this beer. After a vigorous pour I still only get big fat bubbles that pop away and give way to a slight foamy head that is just a skim on the top. Body is a murkey reddish brown. Nose has defanent hints of chocolate notes with a malty feel and a hint of anise. A very flat tongue coating feel. It is dark and rich and has a bit of roasted malt. Overall it is a solid drinkable beer but not anything special. Leaves a medium thickness on the mouth. OK brew

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Murky root beer with amber color, decent cream colored head that leaves some nice clumps of lace; some yeast floaties, too.

S - Malt that has a pronounced Belgian inspiration to it.

T/M - Malty hops with some nice toffee/caramel notes and even a tinge of leather as it warms. Has decent enough mouthfeel but is a bit thinner than I'd hoped.

D - I may need to try this again. I can see this as a dessert and cigars kind of ale.

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Photo of benito
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in my cellar for over a year now and figured that it was time to give it a whirl. I've found Left Hand's year-round beers to be pretty hit or miss, but their Big Mo series has been dependably good. Chainsaw is rusty red with a frothy white head. It tastes more like an imperial brown than anything else, with a strong molasses flavor and some hints of chocolate. I didn't notice any hop presence, but, based on what I gather from the other reviews, that may be a function of my aging.

Overall, Chainsaw is competently done but forgettable strong ale. It made for a nice cooking beer when I used in in a beef dish, and I'd like to try it on tap someday to see how it compares when fresh.

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Photo of Heynau10
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Austin_Cohen
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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