Sawtooth Ale | Bitter Root Brewing

Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale
37 Ratings
Sawtooth AleSawtooth Ale

Brewed by:
Bitter Root Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lewis and Clark's 1805-1806 expedition took them past the many creeks that flow into the Bitterroot River each spring, among them Sawtooth Creek. Bitter Root Brewing's blonde ale is made from the finest pale malt and hops available. The addition of malted rye and wheat give this beer a crisp, dry flavor. It's a national medal winner, and a year round favorite.

Added by Gusler on 05-05-2004

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 06/27/16:

Pure, clear, rich golden ale. Fine, even, one finger off-white head of moderate retention. Grainy, grassy smell, not harsh. Grain (apparently malt, wheat, and barley), bread, honey, light fruit, fairly clean hops, dryer finish with hint of crackers. Medium-bodied, smooth (rye and wheat help), soft but plenteous carbonation.

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

Photo of sporklift87
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a crushable blonde ale, nothing more, nothing less. I certainly enjoyed it on a screaming hot summer day, but it's not something I would go out of my way to find again.

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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance - The beer is served a deep golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather rapidly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mostly grainy and bready in nature with some hints of a lighter fruit smell mixed within. Along with these aromas comes some light notes of yeast and a hint of grassy hop as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready flavor mixed with a little bit of caramel and some harvest fruit tastes of apple and pear. Along with these flavors comes some lighter notes of a grape and lemon flavor, which remain in the background throughout. The bready flavors bring with them some flavors of yeast. The bready soon transitions as the taste advances taking on a more grainy flavor. All while this occurs, some yeast and a bit of a herbal and floral flavor come to the tongue, leaving one with a slightly grainy and somewhat sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. The feel and carbonation are great for the style and make for a more refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Overall – A fairly tasty brew overall, with a bit of a more refreshing style overall. One to try if you get a chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a hazy medium straw amber with golden notes. One finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, light bready malt, lemon citrus and a bit of tart rye. Flavor is wheat, light lemon, hint of rye, surprisingly tart; finishes with tart citrus wheat and light grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Unusual for a blonde ale, this seems dominated by the wheat and rye, I'd have guessed it was a wheat ale. Oddly tart for the style. As a citrusy wheat ale, it's nice and refreshing, but its not what I expected from a blonde. Pleasant, but not to style and bit too tart for my taste.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Pilsener style sampler. For some reason, the labels on the bottles from this brewery are always crinkly, like they've gotten wet. The blurb mentions the use of rye and wheat, and states that the beer is a "national medal winner". Does this medal have a name?

A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy head that reduces to about 1/8 inch and sticks to the glass pretty well. The color is a hazy, pale yellowish golden with fairly high carbonation.

The aroma seems sort of adjuncty from the wheat and rye with very light grassy hops. Very clean, light taste, slightly lemony, with a crisp, tingly and clean finish. A pretty distinct yeasty tang is also quite apparent here and there. It's pleasantly burpy, with light lemony and grassy notes lingering in the aftertaste.

This beer could use some more hop flavors (and I'm no hop head) but is refreshing and makes a good warm weather beer, and when you want something more flavorful than a PBR or Coors Banquet. I'd be more likely to buy this in the can for camping and rafting than to buy another bomber.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of mrjshock
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into glass with a thick white head that holds well. Pale yellow or straw like color. appears very bubbly with a slight cloudiness. attractive glass of beer.

Smells of banana and pale malt.

Wheat flavor comes through. Slightly sweet. Mild to light hop bitterness.

tingly to the tip of the tongue with a watery finish.

A pleasant very drinkable beer that goes down easy and leaves me wanting more. Would be a great summertime lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of MrBoz21
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours straw yellow with thick 1/2 inch white head. Very bubbly. Foam does not really lace and color has a slight bit of haze.

Aroma: Pale malt and slight banana. Sort of musty.

Taste: Moderately dry with a bit of tanginess. Wheat sweetness, lemon and mild hop bitterness in the finish. Tastes and finishes watery.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly (but not tingly) and watery.

Overall: Quaffable, probably a good summertime yardwork ale. However, non-descript and lacking of any real character. Watery.

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white fluffy head. Pretty low retention, spotty, watery lacing. Pale golden color with moderate clarity. Fairly attractive looking beer.

S- Golden, slightly toasty malts and English hops. Slight bit of funk as well, which isn't a good sign. Not bad smell, but not good either.

T- Tasty wheat and light malts. Hop character is minimal and earthy. Very nice flavor for a blonde.

M- Smooth and sticky. Finishes wet and clean. Pretty nice feel.

O- More impressed than I thought I was going to be. This is a very nice blonde.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with some subtle roasty notes. Slight biter hop bite.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay blonde ale. Nice to try something from a small Montana brewery.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Sawtooth Ale from Bitter Root Brewing
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