Stranger | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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 ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RickS95
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like wine. Pours a golden orange, very pale and very clear. No carbonation after the head forms, zero bubbles trying to escape from the bottom. Head is thin and white, and lacks retention, though there is some slight lacing.

I pick up more malt in the nose than anything. Kind of biscuity and maybe, just maybe, if you really try, you get the slightest touch of citrus.

It's got a strange taste in that you pick up what appears to be pilsner malt with a floral hoppy finish.

There's complexity in a sense, in that you get a mild, smoothish malty feel followed by a bitter finish. But really, it's pretty underwhelming.

Overall, it's just not that much of a good beer. Nothing stands out and it's not something I'd have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with some light pine notes. The flavor has a lot of bitter pine as well a some light orange citrus. The biscuit malt keeps the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jhartley
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 7, 2012. Bottled on February 2,2012 20:28.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande flute glass.

A-Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head with a lot of tight bubbles. Nice amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S-Citrus and rye...peahces??? Not sure nothing too pronounced.

T-Light bitter up front with some orange like flavor, taste doesn't match the smell.

M-Nice carbonation and a decent dry finish.

O-Decent beer, easy drinker. Would like a little more hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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1/5  rDev -71%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.46/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Received in a pint glass. This was dry-hopped with Williamette and Cascade.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. One finger of mainly foamy head. Never had a cask beer that looks like this.

4.0 S: Clean and less yeasty than every other cask beer I've had. Dry hopping yields a big floweriness with citrus fruits and emphasizing orange and pineapple. Lightly bready.

4.0 T: Pleasant hoppiness is also found in the taste. Flowers, orange, and pineapple. Shockingly clean. Lightly bready and some caramel.

3.0 M: This doesn't feel like cask. Rather, it feels like a bottled beer that has been poured and sat too long. Not creamy, not chewy. Lighter medium body. "Normal" cask level carbonation. A bit too watery.

3.5 D: Good enough, but I feel like I missed the cask experience.

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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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1.25/5  rDev -63.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of thebornotaku
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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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1/5  rDev -71%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Stranger from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 904 ratings
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