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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brew3crew on 02-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Left Hand mixed 12-pack purchased this past weekend. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish golden with a tiny bit of haze. Thin layer of head that quickly dissipates. About average carbonation.

S- Light floral notes with a little bit of honey and a tiny bit of light hops. Not too aromatic.

T- Lightly sweet honey, malts, very light hops. Lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Fairly light bodied, low carbonation, goes down easily, decently balanced.

O- This was a fairly average Pale Ale. Easy to drink, sessionable, but nothing spectacular. Nice lightly sweet honey taste but not too strong or complex in aroma or taste. Probably one of my least favorite Left Hands I've had, but not bad for an offering in a mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of thebornotaku
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firstly, I would like to thank my friend Jeremiah for sending me this as a bonus in a trade -- Left Hand isn't normally distributed in CA so this is a pretty interesting opportunity to try out something I wouldn't have otherwise known about!

Bare in mind that this tasting is of a beer that spent a week on a truck being shipped from TX to CA, so it may not be the most accurate representation. Nevertheless, here's my review:

A - Pours a rich golden-amber color, very clear and with minimal head. Poured carefully and in to a chalice so there's minimal lacing, though this may be more due to my pour than the beer.

S - Citrus. Orange and a little bit of grapefruit. But mostly bitter orange. Very citrus-forward, a little hoppy, and very light honey.

T - Citrus, though not as aggressive as the nose lets on. More honey flavor than the nose, for sure. The hops are all but gone in the flavor. Very malty, a lot more than the nose lead on. Finishes with a little honey and citrus sweetness. Very pleasant on the palate, and very inviting. It makes you want to take another sip, which is perfect for this style of low ABV pale ale.

M - light and crisp, goes well with the flavor. I imagine this would be a great beer to drink on a blaring hot summer's day out in the yard, or during a laid-back session with friends.

O - Pretty good, sweeter and maltier than expected. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to pick up a sixer of this if was sold locally. Overall I would say it's above average, but not phenomenal. Certainly a good session ale. I wouldn't mind throwing a couple of these back in a row, and the flavor is inviting enough that it's easy to do so.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Ethos in Orlando, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malt sweetness upfront and just a hint of grassy and tropical fruit hops (very subtle hop aromas which surprised me considering the style)

T: The beer had a much maltier than hoppy flavor which I did not expect. There are caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of some toffee notes as well. Light amounts of grassy and tropical (pineapple) hops can be detected with a very light amount of bitterness. Beer seems to be pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This was a pretty easy to drink beer that had a rather pleasant taste. I could definitely sit down and have a couple of these though I am not sure that it qualifies as sessionable (as I would probably only have a maximum of 2).

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Photo of xybreeder
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice golden/orange color, not much head and little to no lacing.

S - Nice butterscoth, citrus, caramel aroma present on the nose. Also picking up alcohol on the nose.

T - Caramel, honey, floral, slight bitterness from the hops, but fairly well balanced.

M - Light bodied, perfect carbonation, clean, slight buttery finish.

O - Overall a better than average ale, and very drinkable/goes down easy.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark yellow
S - OK
T - nice a little bit sweet at first - light hops with a hint of bitterness but other flavors are on top of that
M - light refreshing carbonation
O - tasty refreshing could have several, the bitterness at the end is nice without being overwhelming - would have again

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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very clear, copper-colored liquid, topped with a pale white head. The smell is more malty than expected...a pale malt, clean and sweet-smelling. The malt aroma has a nearly grist-like, malt-extract quality. There are moderate hop scents, herbal and just a little spicy. The taste is similar, but the hops shine through a bit more than in the aroma. The finish is a little dry. Low in carbonation. It's a reasonably good beer, fine for a session.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a diconic with "bottled on 10/06/11"
stamped on the bottle neck. (seems a little old for a local beer)

Fairly light amber color with a decent head but only about one finger that disappears rapidly.

Predominant smell is the rye malt, not much else. Maybe some wheat.

The rye malt also dominates the taste. Gives it a nice peppery bite. Aftertaste is a strong bitterness.
(It looks like a lot of reviewers are not recognizing that it is
RYE malt that is the "unusual" taste and smell that many mention. The rye is noted on the bottle label and was
mentioned to me by the Left Hand employee that sold me
the beer)

The feel is really nice with a continuous pleasant fizz.

Overall, it's kind of sessionable if you really are into a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a toasted straw color with a short tight bubbled head that settles into a light cap with a small sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is more malty than hoppy. A bready malt with a substantial toffee scent, buttery. There is some brown sugar sweetness. Very light tropical fruit hop note.

The taste is of toffee and caramel. A bit buttery with a substantial bready malt. There is a grassy hay like flavor, dry and dusty. Really not much hop flavor, some quick tropical fruit notes followed by grass. Some brown sugar.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Starts off quite sweet but then transitions into a drying finish. Its bizarre but it balances the APA nicely.

Malt forward APA, actually seems more like an EPA to me. Toffee malt is the main flavor to this beer. As an APA this is just average.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden with plenty of thick white head that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing

S- Moderate pine-hop aromas

T- Moderate hops throughout with a building bitterness, towards the end some of the malt comes in lightly, aftertaste has a slight warming and golden malt flavor

M- Moderate carbonation, light body, lingers a bit on the palate

O- Good brew, I found it lacking a little bit in the aroma though and it was a little better than average

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a hazy golden-crimson body with thin lacing.

S: nice hop and malt profile with smokey and cirtus notes.

T: fairly hoppy but dull in a way. Not much sharpness or bitterness. Mostly mild grassy and earthy flavors. wood and mild citrus notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This pale ale is a little different and seems a little light. Its fairly drinkable but not very memorable.

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Photo of shand
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a fairly clear amber color with tons of cisible carbonation keeping a finger of head afloat. The aroma is full of sharp citrus and light hops, with a bit of caramel malts. The taste is a bit odd, but still pretty good tasting. It's got floral hops and citrus over some lightly metallic malts. The flavor goes as soon as it comes, leaving only the slightest aftertaste. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a pretty good pale ale. Nothing amazing, but it does the job.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, pale malt, and a hint of grass, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, but lacking in body.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Born on date reads 2-2-12.

A - Pours a clear, golden amber with small fizzy head. Tons of lacing.

S - Scents of floral hops and light sweet malts. Very good on the nose.

T - Solid balance of floral, fresh hops and sweet maltiness. Finishes with a lasting bitterness and slightly bready, rye-like flavor.

M - Moderate-light body. Smooth and well balanced.

O - A well crafted example of the style. Not exactly something I'd seek out but certainly one I wouldn't turn down if offered.

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inital pop of the cap resulted in a momentary gush before the beer settled down. Pour was a light amber/copper. Hops up front with some herbal character, quickly giving way to a caramel malt. Overall rather mild, and not at all what I would consider an APA. More of a pale ale, with leanings toward the British more malt-centric side.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In general, I'm not a huge fan of Pale Ales, but this one seems to be well crafted.

It pours a beautiful golden amber, with a nice white head. The retention lead to nice lacing as I drink.

The smell is primarily hoppy, with a round maltiness underneath.

The taste generally follows the nose, with a bitter hoppiness being slightly mellowed by crystalline malt behind it.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard beer-fare. Appropriately carbonated, and drinkable enough.

Like I said, I'm not a huge Pale Ale guy, but I was a little pleasantly surprised by this one. The first time I had it I had brought it to my friend's party. I poured it into a red cup, as that was the preferred mode of ingestion at said event. Someone thought it was a coors or whatever crap they had and took a drink. Reaction: went to pour it out, 'there's something wrong with the beer!'
I told them, no, that was just my beer. They offered to dump it for me. I told them it was supposed to taste like that (bitter). Hilarious.

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Photo of WrathsU
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden hazy body with orange hues. Thin, white, quick receding head with good lacing.

S - Floral hop aroma up front interlaced with faint citrus. Faint malt backbone in the aroma. Overall underwhelming.

T - Mixture of fruity hops and fruit esters mixing with some mineral tasting water which is a bit unpleasant. Finishes clean with an English taste to it.

M - Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation level.

O - Pretty bland and not special in any context. Easily drinkable as it is incredibly unoffensive and at 5% it's pretty sessionable. If you are looking for super exciting and flavorful this is not your beer though.

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Photo of jktedder12
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear deep yellow/tan color. 3/8 inch head with a bit of lacing. Head quickly dissipated. Smelled malt with a faint amount of hops. Hoppy pale flavor came through on first taste. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall a well balanced, above average pale ale.

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Photo of matjack85
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12oz brown bottle as part of a build your own six-pack at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. $9.99 for six, which makes it $1.67 for a single bottle. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy golden/orange color and made only a ½-finger of white head that disappeared in about 5 seconds. It only left a few spots of lacing on the glass. Not an impressive look.

The smell was great. Nice hoppy APA aroma with both flowery and tropical fruit smelling hops. Sugary malt aroma under the hops.

Surprisingly no fruit in the taste. Earthy and wood flavored dry hops add some moderate bitterness to a malty sweet brew. A good balance between malts and hops with a slight rye kick that adds some spiciness.

It's between light and medium in body with fairly high carbonation that keeps it crisp.

Nothing that wows me over, but nothing I'd refuse if offered again.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very hazy copper/orange color with a small frothy head. The lacing is thin.

Smell - Yeasty bitterness is most dominant. Bready malts and a slight alcohol aroma.

Taste - Floral hops, citrus, malts, and quite bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation. Pretty crisp.

Overall - Pale ales aren't exactly my area, but this one is pretty good compared to others I've tried.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop atop a rounded grain.

The malts were soft and doughy with a balancing subtle grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the styeandeven a bit creamy.

Overall a decent serviceable pale ale.

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Photo of 57md
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a straw color with half a finger of head that had no retention. There is a mild floral hop nose to this offering. Sweet malt is present upfront in this offering. That sweetness is followed by spicy bitterness in the finish. A decent effort, but a bit light for an APA.

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Photo of horshack7
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A copper colored beer with some brassy hues and a little bit of haze. The head is about a finger thick and is a very bright white.

Aroma: Piney and grapefruit notes in the front. Bready malts, notes of sweet fruit in the end.

Taste: Grapefruit, floral and citrus hop. A slightly crisp mouthfeel but mostly smooth. Mild biscutiness with a buttery texture.

Notes: It's very drinkable a nice bit hopppiness a solid beer. Cheers.

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Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of some citrus and malt sweetness, bit of fresh grain and fruit in the background.

T: Mild taste of malt sweetness up front with a bit of citrus and grain. there is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, quite smooth and refreshing. Good balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing special about this beer just an enjoyable Pale Ale to relax with.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My man Erik hooked me up with a bottle of this - thanks man! Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice 1.5 finger head. The white fluffy had has decent retention and lacing.

S - I noticed the malt character immediately. Biscuity, bready-type aroma. A very mild earthy/grassy hop tone that is dominated by the malt. A hint of aluminum as well?

T/M - Just like the nose the beer starts with a very sweet and powerful malt character, much more of an English Pale Ale than an American. The biscuit and grain mix with a touch of rye on the tongue. As the beer develops the extremely thin bitterness emerges with a bit of grassy hops. The middle of the beer tastes like the aluminum I found in the nose, not what I am looking for in a beer. The beer finishes almost overly sweet with the metallic taste/mouthfeel lingering. Not pleasant.

D - I found the malty sweetness and metallic tones too much. One and done, and that was tough.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-10-2011 13:41:31

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Photo of denver10
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with a slight copper hue. Initially a thumbs width white head presents itself but it quickly disipitates into nothing. Some lacing. Sweet (malt) and citric (orange) aroma. I am wasn't expecting such a sweetness from an APA as it seems sweeter than some EPA's. That said, I am a fan. The flavor is sweet mixed with some citrus and it closes out with a mild bitterness. Again, I like it. A nice creamy, maybe kinda syrupy thickness to it and plenty of activity from the carbonation. I went into this expecting a relatively average APA and ending up finding it to be quite good.While it is a little straightforward and simple, maybe a little more layering to the flavor could have benefited it, but I do like it for what it is. I could see having an inflated opinion of this than others here might but, whatever, works for me and I look forward to having it again.

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