GarrettB (1170) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Sometimes I wonder whether a beer should be praised for having positive qualities, or for lacking negative ones, or maybe a mix of both. I recently tried Left Handís Sawtooth Ale, a beer that practically begs the same question. Itís a brew totally lacking in anything meritable, but it keeps abreast of any reprehensible qualities. That said, I think the former is the superior approach Ė an adventurous search for the exceptional. Though a beer can be leagues ahead of its competitors by removing anything that would be considered detrimental, it also yields an unengaging, sleepy and droll drink; a fate worse than the sink. At least terrible beer attracts conversation, sparks debates and makes some attempt to liven up life. That said, the Sawtooth Ale is horrible. Itís awful. Itís downright boring. The head slinks away shortly after pouring, leaving behind the vestiges of what was already a monotone gray. The color bears the uniform of the common beer grunt: nothing more than a semi-clear amber. The aroma carries malts and a tinge of yeast and, with acute effort, may yield something of a sweet spice. But these flavors are all. The taste follows suite in its unimpressive flavor. It has a fairly toothsome malts element, but itís alone save for a chemical laden alcohol flavor. That bit of the beer burns on the tongue for awhile and leaves an ugly aftertaste. The composite analysis: sooooooo boring, and I mean every one of those extra oís. It is a hum-drum beer, and anything like this is bound to keep me apathetic about the whole business of beer until I take a swig of something scintillating again. For that (and only that) I condemn this Sawtooth Ale to the deepest form of my scathing dislike.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber with a thick white head. Descent retention and creaminess. Aroma has citrus, graitfruit and caramel. Taste was well balanced with a good maltiness. Pleasant bitterness. Good session beer.
MattShizzle (549) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - from sampler pack. So-so. Not much flavor. A little bitter, but poor hop flavor.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 12 ounce bottle poured a delightfully clear reddish amber beverage with a modest creamy off-white head that was mostly diminishing but left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was well balanced. There was a predominant hop presence with some maltieness detectable underneath. The body was medium with lively carbonation and a smooth crisp, rather dry texture. The flavor started off ... what else ... bitter but not too bitter. A few moments later, a light sour character crept in. This was soon washed over by the pleasant bitterness which then lasted throughout the long finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On the whole a somewhat boring amber/pale ale. Poured an appealing red-amber, with a good two finger head. Aroma focused toward the malt end, with notes of butterscotch and caramel. Flavor similar, but some spicy flavoring hops are brought out. Although indistinct, they serve the purpose to provide counterpoint to the caramelized malts. Finish just barely bitter, again revealing the malt leaning tendencies of this one. Despite that, the malts are not especially featured, and the beer approaches blandness, definitely boringness.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a good ESB. Real easy to drink, went down nice, dry bittering finish. Session brew here
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber-hued with a little lacing. Aromas are heavy on hopcit. Bitter bite, with a hoppy center and a fading malt finish thatís woodsy and warm. Hops are a bit soapy. Quite "wet" on the finish. There is a bit of mineral in the flavor profile which is kind of nice. Overall, however, not in the class of ESB it aspires to be.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Cold Electro Lounge, Nice sweet malty aroma with subtle hops, great light malt tastes with decent hops quite nice and infact quite good for and American ESB not too hoppy but good amounts of malts. I prefered this one over Bridgeport ESB.
tulsajeep (12) - USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks much better than it tastes. Certainly bitter but tastes very watery initially.. I wouldnít call it well balanced at all. Doubt Iíll buy more.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Didnít like this one so much. In the commercial description I very much likethe phrase the ater uded is quite hard,,,the water used is quite watery ...this is like a ice tea with too much ice thatís melted. What a disappointement from its malty nose to its actual lack off lavor.