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RATINGS: 1301   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle: Hazy medium amber w/ a short lived off white head. Toasty malt, herbal hop, and and lightly cardboardy. I think this beer may have been slightly abused since I did not purchase it. Also has a hint of caramel and lightly green apple fruit aroma. Well balanced, if a bit to bitter, herbal/earthy hop flavor is light. FInish is a bit dry w/ a toasty malt and light cardboardy aftertaste. Fruity flavor is mild throughout. Medium carbonation, but very prickly, lighter medium body is on the smooth side once the carbonation bite tones down. Overall not a bad beer, just not very exciting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Cask:Taco Mac Decatur. Slightly hazed amber with copper highlights. No head at all. Moderate amount of dry hopped aroma on top of sweet caramel malt. The hops are piney, earthy, and sweaty. The flavor was lightly tart. Caramel and nutty malt with a light hop flavor starting on the finish. Caramel continues in the finish as well with a mild bitterness. Semi-dry. Even for a cask ale this seemed to be pretty low in carbonation. Almost still.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
On tap and in cask Taco Mac, Deactur, GA. I had them both at the same time for a comparison. I will rate the on tap version b/c the cask had been tapped the previous night. I will speak of both though. For starters the cask version was completely flat. The on tap was very well carbonated and arrived at the table with about a quarter inch head and left very nice lacing on the glass. Both versions were dark gold, had an almost non-existence aroma, and a light hop taste with a hint of grain. The on tap version with its carbonation was much more refreshing and nicer on the palate. I was very disappointed with the cask version, especially as this was my first beer from a cask. Again, I rate the on tap version.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle. Orange color. Refreshing beverage. Hoppy and some malt and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
"Crystal-clear" orange/copper/amber blend of colors - no head. A clean finish makes this one very refreshing. Mildly bitter hops, very British indeed. Gently malts - mostly caramel. Some pleasant mineral-ashiness to it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2006
A solid, English-style session bitter - dry, mineral-like character (probably from the hard water used) - quite bready and chewy - just the slightest bit of strawberry sweetness - pretty good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottled. Clear strawberry red color with an ivory head. Malty aroma. Dry chalky flavor. All malt, kind of grainy. The chalkiness lingers in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerdedone (2908) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 On Draft at Issac Newton’s with Stegosaurus. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of hops and fruit. Flavor is citrus, carbonated, sweet, with a slight bitter finish. Didn’t enjoy this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Strong floral nose. Golden ruby body with thin disappearing head. Sweet notes of aple reveal themselves. Mouth retains the fruitiness, with a floral finish. Slightly chewey with a crisp green linger.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Thanks to Degarth. Pours clear amber, nice white head. Pretty thin and weak taste, very lagerish, thin hoppy but also thin malty taste, not impressed.


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