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RATINGS: 1295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conor23 (110) - Elgin, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Very mild aroma, nice red/brown color. Strong hoppiness but not too bitter, and a nutty sweetness as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Brown and translucent. Smooth and refreshing. Malty, slightly bitter, and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2007
Dark amber colored, medium sized light brown head. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, strong bitter hops in aroma, slight lemon also there. Medium bodied. Flavor is sweeter with caramel and also good hops, flowers and some sourness too. Aftertaste is hopped, still slightly watery flavored. Biting carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2981) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a clear copper color. Aroma is a bit sweet-molasses, caramel. Taste is nice mix of bitterness and sweetness. Very nicely balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Sampled on cask in May of 2006: Pours a slightly hazy copper mahogany with a thin, nicely-lacing white head. Aroma has good authentic toasty caramel maltiness and nice bitter hoppy balance. Body starts with a sweeter toasty, almost biscuity malty presence and good English hoppy flavor. Very drinkable and fairly authentic.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
22oz bomber. burnt orange colour when held to the light. strong aroma - somewhere between butterscotch, sweet caramel, and molasses with a paralleled scent of brown sugar and maple syrup - i want to pour this aroma on my pancakes. the one thing about bitters is that they never are bitter. in fact, this is quite the opposite, revealing its brown sugar taste the moment it hit my lips. the hops here are magnificent, as they enhance the beer without dominating the sugary malts. its commercial description is one of the few that are actually accurate. the finish here is smooth, and not domineering, and leaves a mellow aftertaste for the palate to enjoy. drinkability: 8 of 10.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pored a hazy orange color with a good lasting head. Not as hoppy as I would have like. It was very thin in the mouth. Decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
I am not all that well-grounded in judging ESB’s versus style, ut this is certainly a good bit lighter than a Fuller’s ESB I had some time ago. The light hoppiness of this brew made me think more of an English-style IPA than an ESB. It is a light and pleasing beer, but rather unmemorable. It poured a very attractive and slightly hazy red-orange color with good head formation and retention. Odor was rather fruity...a sort of non-specific hop smell. Taste was that of caramel malt with some fruit augmentation. It seemed well balanced with some isoamly acetate (banana) flavor in the finish. All-in-all, a pretty good tasting beer. Mouthfeel was very light, but unremarkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
Draught at Flying Saucer, Addison TX
Amber color. Ordinary Ale, a bit sweetish, with caramel and fudge flavor. Average bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Slight haziness in an orange pour, good retention of the white head. When it does begin to recede it leaves lacing that looks like it has bullet holes in it. Aroma is of English pale malt and a light dose of caramel malt. Also notes of grassy hops, slight mustard seed. Ingredients smell very fresh, more of an English tinge than I’d have guessed. Flavor time. Honeyed malts and pervasive carbonation lead the way, not so English. Now the bold American hops make me take their notice. Sweet in mid-palate, drying substantially in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel towards the end as well. Pretty good and somewhat quaffable. Too many high alpha hops for an ESB.


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