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RATINGS: 1350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2007
A sweet malty and hoppy aroma. I love the subtle sweet aroma it is actually a nice touch to a Premium Bitter beer. The aroma is not really strong, so that requires the drinker to take a strong whiff. I am also noticing a slight caramel smell. Decent aroma I’d say. The beer also has the appearance of caramel. I really like the dark color it is a nice touch, but nothing amazing. A weak flavor if you ask me. It has the sweet taste and hop flavor that were in the aroma, but it does provide a strong taste. Sweet before taste and a bitter hoppy after taste that reminds me of a pale lage hop. Kind of weird but the taste is mediocre. A smooth beer. The palate is decent. The beer overall is good, but I wouldn’t drink it on a regular basis for the hops or for the sweet flavor. Okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2007
Bottled. Hazy amber with a small, off-white head. Fruity and grassy in both aroma and flavour. Light and fresh. Citric and flowery hoppiness. Fine bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one finger off-white head that lasts leaving good lacing. Aroma of floral hops, light caramel, and fresh biscuits. Taste is light caramel, floral hops, and light biscuit. Medium mouthfeel and well balanced bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2007
Bottle.Pours a clear amber body with a three finger creamy/fizzy head that fades to a thin layer of foam. Aroma of floralhops and caramellmalt. Flavors is of mostly citrus hops and little weaker tones of floraly hoppines. A great tone of caramel is there to. Some metallic in it. Palate is thin and chewy and pretty sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Bottle (355 ml) bought at Systembolaget. Deep clear amber, medium fluffy off-white head. Caramelly and slightly earthy malt aroma, with floral and citric hops. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lingering bitterness. A good try at an English style ale, but rather a Special Bitter than an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Balanced beer. Good flavor, but not enough of it. Not enough hops for a good bitter or ale. Light bodied and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
From a bottle at Old Chicago. Pours amber with a decent white head. Some caramel and toasted malt. Nice bitterness but mild for an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Tap. A good light ale with an amber colored body and a light white head. I wouldn’t say it was bitter at all really, more of an amber light ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle, courtesy my wife’s cousins in CO. Deep amber with offwhite head. Nose of fresh toasty malt, really quite nice and inviting. Flavor is fresh toasty-sweet malt with a nice underlying bitterness throughout. Full and creamy on the palate, this was quite enjoyable-- went well with a drunken evening of pool and darts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle. This is a decent ale...too off balance for my likings though. Needed more hops for my taste buds. It had a very strong caramel malt flavor which would have been great, had there been more hops. I’d drink again, but not a favorite.

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