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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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


3.4
   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.

3.7
   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.

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 (5398) - 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 (2981) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2006
Poured from 12 0z. bottle. Reddish apearance, true to style, but little head and no lacing. Bitter throughout, as expected, with a very dry palate to begin with, that but became less so near the end...left a good finish. Not my favorite beer, but at 4.5% abv, a good one to have if drinking several.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2006
Nice clear golden body, with a liight beige head. Looks like a lot of carbonation went into this little bottle. This beer has a distinct Tea like aroma, very different. Very hoppy flavor, with a good shot of bitterness. Very long finish, and bit of a hoppy aftertast. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2006
Aroma is faint, but slightly vegetal with some meaty umami notes. Dark amber in color with a quickly diminishing thumb thick white (at start) head. Fore is very light tasting with some bready grain notes, mild honey/apple sweetness and some very faint citric notes. Overall it is pretty refreshing, but has a heavy crispness to it that lets you know that it is no lager.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 pours out of the bottle a weak, clear and watery, copper body with medium carbonation. while the appearance for the most part is unimpressive the medium-small head is rather creamy and has a beautiful yellow and eggshell-white color. there is a little bit of thinly scattered lacing. tastes of light hops and grass. can even pick up a bit of vanilla in the background. this has a sprinkle of sweetness throughout but then finishes mildly bitter. its not a very bravado beer but it was mellow and easy to drink. another beer drinker might find it lacking but I found it quite pleasingly simple and refreshing since I wasn’t in the mood for anything more complex.


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