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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Sawtooth Ale is an English style Extra Special Bitter. It is an extremely well balanced beer, with significant hop character, medium body, and a maltiness which increases in evidence as the beer warms to its "proper" drinking temperature. . The water used is quite hard, bringing it to near Burton on Trent levels, keeping it true to the style. This gives it the appropriate character and improves the malt extract significantly.
2000 to 2009 vintages - 4.75% abv
2010 vintage - 5.3% abv


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours amber with a nice head. Aroma is malty and grassy. Flavor is nutty and a little funk from one of the hops. I am beginning to think that there is a particular hop variety that I am not fond of because this flavor appears in many beers. Otherwise a nice, drinkable ESB.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1422) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2007
Weird aroma. Sweet brea-yeast flavour, some perfume. Medium-brown colour, small white head which disappears. Nice sweet taste, short bitterness. After a while it gets boring and too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2007
(Bottled) Quite clear, darkish amber color with a smallish-medium head. Mild, berry-winous aroma. Sweetish berry flavor. Medium-bodied palate with smooth carbonation. A quite modest brew. I had a nice rating of this one, but it got lost, thanks to my Nokia E70, and had to rewrite the whole thing. Oh well...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2007
This beer has gotten me into ESBs. Extremely well balanced beer. Malt and hops are both present. Starts out with sweet toasty malts and ends in a light hoppy bite.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Poured a golden color with a white head. Aroma of citrus. Has a hoppy taste with a citrus aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
22 oz. bottle from AJ’s Fine Food - Pours a clear amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Has a toated malt and herbal hop aroma. Light malt flavor. Palate is thin and bitter. Light to medium body. Worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 22, 2006
Clear amber/copper color, with a nice off-white head. The head reduces most of the way, but it does leave a thin lace. Mostly malt in the aroma, but there is a hops presence, as well. Toasted caramel malt flavor, with just enough hops to balance everything out. Subtle aftertaste. Good carbonation. Very smooth, and quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Aroma not all that impressive toasted malts and some hops. Poured a copperish hue with white head. Flavor is about standard for a bitter which I happen to like. Palate was just a tad above watery but smooth easy drinking. Overall this was okay by me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 As advertised; very well balanced ale with a nice blend of simple malt flavors that really complement each other as well as the hops which are equally impressive. Maltly caramel flavors with many light fruit notes. Medium bodied smooth drink. Small, long lasting head. Enjoyable in every way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright bronze color with a medium sized yellow-tan head. The aroma is sweet, nutty and has a moderate floral and fruity hop presence. The flavor is crisp fruity hops followed by a tangy and nutty malt base with a bitter hoppy finish. Pleasant.


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