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Stranger | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 BeerNutz324
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a SA pint glass (live review)

Ap- light yellow and pretty clear. White head fades pretty quickly and all that is left is a ring around the glass.

Ar- a little bit of citrus, maybe some grapefruit. A hint of sweet malt too, can't really put my nose on it.

T- grapefruit, rye, a bit floral too. A OK amount of hops for a pale ale IMO. Not many hop oils stick around either.

M- bubbly and pretty light on the tongue. Even with a real long hold the hop oils don't come through much.

O- I like this beer but its nothing special. I is pretty easy to drink, I think it would be a good session beer.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a light golden brown with much viable carbonation. Pours with about 2 fingers of an eggshell colored head. Leaves a little lacing.

S: no real scents jumping out at me. However, the strongest would be citrusy hops and almost a wheat scent. Also, get some underlying sweet malts, possibly caramel.

T: slightly bitter, can taste the sweet malts more than can smell them, also a moderate citrus flavor. leaves with an awkward aftertaste, not exactly bitter from hops.

M: a tad heavy on the carbonation, thin body, a little too light for a pale ale

Overall, nothing really too impressive here but at the same time, I don't hate it. Looked nice but not too much smell, the taste was fairly decent though.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Stranger American Pale Ale from Left Hand and would say this is a solid pale ale, but not spectaular. The beer pours a straw yellow color with floaties and a thin white head that is lacing. The smell....initially is a dry cheese....after a couple of waifs...there might be some hop. The taste is very subtle nothing crazy and nothing bad. Its just a solid beer. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall, again, it is a solid beer...certainly session it....but I wouldnt go searching for it.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high off white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has delicate flavors of citrus along with hints of caramel malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would consider it to be sessionable if it had a stronger and more interesting taste.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of grover37
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sixer bought in Ohio ($10) poured into a New Belgium snifter. Bottled on 8/24/11 so consumed so not quite ideally fresh; hasn't changed much in the last month since the first bottle.

Appearance (4.5): Clearish goldish orange with a finger of head. Reduces to a thin layer and thick, bubbly ring with some lacing at the top.

Aroma (3.5): A light fruitiness with notes of mango, orange, and maybe some lemon and pine. A touch of caramel and some cracker.

Taste (3.5): A light orange up front and a bit watery. More tangerine and a slight bitterness through the middle. A touch of caramel towards the end. The light caramel and a touch of pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4): Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Pretty slick but some prickly carbonation.

Overall (3.5): Very drinkable but not very flavorful. Won't go out of my way to pick it up again.

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of dankster
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden with agressive head after slow pour.

S- grainy and wheat is what i get from this one. not impressed

T-Just ok nothing to write about but some corn and maybe wheat malt. not sure how to describe this one.

M- watery and thin, more like a light lager than a ale.

O- very dissapointed with this one from left hand. most there stuff is very good but this one is a big let down for me. not worth the $8 a sixer.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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