Left Hand Ambidextrous V - Sticke Alt
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
This is a sticke, the secret alternative to a German Alt. This beautiful German style stands out from the crowd with mahogany colored body and a creamy off-white head. The aromas sing of burnt sugar, bread crust, and rose water. The flavor of this beer has sweet notes of biscuit malts and Buchholz. With all it’s sweetness, this beer finishes as dry and bitter as a German comedy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a hazy dark copper color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, raisin, brown sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, treacle, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
On draft at the taproom in Longmont, pours a reddish/brown with a khaki head. Fruity and some sweet, very tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Draft. From notes. Fruits with a decent caramel backbone. I’m really starting to dig the Alt style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2803) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Sampled at the brewery. Rich malts, cherries, toffee, sugary, herbal, earthy, very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with frothy, tan head, decent lacing / Mellow nose of brown sugar, roast grain, dark fruit, rye bread / Medium body, a touch thin, malty with some chew, sweet but some good hop balance and astringency, and bitter finish / Flavors of roast coffee, spun sugar, roast barley, date / Doesn’t quite come together, needing just a little bigger body, a little more fruit, but still interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokephibroke (308) - Mead, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Yeasty, citrus aroma. Taste is bitter and chocolate, creamy and milky finish. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3378) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Draft at Stagshead. Pours ruby with small head. Nose of light fruits. Tastes of biscuits, caramelized sugar, malt, berries, and licorice. Ant ouch thin and drying on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a hazed amber brown with a thin white head. Soft chocolate, cocoa, a bit of malt. Soft acid, wooden, tartness. Tart wood into nutty bitterness, funky malt, long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Tap at Oasis. Burgundy amber-brown body. Not much of a head. Bigger, maltier than a typical Alt, think Sticke Alt. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
On draft in Bloomington (IN)
A respectable beer from Left Hand is enjoyable although after a few minutes it gets boring. Four ounces is enough to get a handle on a flavorful beer that is average for the folks in Longmont.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep ruby red base soaks up the light. A wispy ochre head hangs on for dear life. Malt, maple, woody oak, and a few other things lurk in the background. Nothing is memorable after a while.

Flavor / Palate - Sweet caramel, malt,and the sticky taste of black cherries dipped in a bit of sugar warm the throat. The warm alcoholic finish is a mixture of malts and Twix. If toned down it would be more enjoyable. Hopefully the next entry in the series improves on this release.

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