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RATINGS: 1232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Golden, medium head. Medium to light bodied, with a strong earthy malt presence. Not bad for "drinkin" beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2005
Amber, small bubbly head. Sweet floral toffee aroma. Fruity but a bit thin flavour of peaches and toffee with vague floral aftertaste. Round light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Decent frothy head. Creamy on top. Light carbonation. Light hops aroma with a bit of caramel and malts. Color is a slightly hazy orange amber. Sharp metallic flavor. More piney hops and a hint of orange. Dry palate. Kind of thin body. Finish is dry and bitter and leaves the tongue looking for more. Ok brew but could be a lot better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a reddened amber body with a small white head. Nose is toasty malts, light caramel and light hops. Taste is nicely hopped and slightly spicy and earthy . More toasted malts and light caramel or toffee notes also. Body is surprisingly full bodied with a medium-full carbonation feel. Finishes with more earthy and lightly spiced hops along with light bitterness and toasty malts. Minimal sweetness in the finish. Some dry notes during the finish as well. Not too bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Not a bad selection! Left Hand Brews continue to surprise me. Nice and balanced, very enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma is mild maltiness, color is a light gold, fairly clear. pours little head and zero lacing. light mouthfeel, low bitterness, and sweet malty finish. inoffensive, but definitely not remarkable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
$1.49 for a 12-oz single. Nice amber with a large head. Smells hoppy, chalky. Mild, almost nul taste. Metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This appeared a clear amber color with about 2 fingers worth of frothy white head. The head quickly died down to a cap of bubbles leaving sparse lacing around the glass. All I can pick up in the nose is the sweet caramel malt. The taste was similar with caramel malt dominating and a slightly fruity sweetness joining it. Even though the finish is slightly bitter the sweetness is still a little excessive. This is about a medium body brew with good carbonation. I easily finished this and could have had another if not for the eventually overbearing sweetness. Overall a decent ESB but there are better choices available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
clear light copper with nice head.mild hop flavor and aroma. enjoyed at the time, though it was a little thin and lacking in a malt character.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
it’s about the color of cassette tape-- a lot more clear than cassette tape, yes, but not as strong as cassette tape. it settled into a tumbler like a fat man into a lazyboy recliner, filling the space and bulging a bit as well with a brief corpulence of foam. the foam melted away however, like a half-hearted insurgency, before it had even been fired upon. aromatically, it hasn’t much to say. tongue tied, reserved, or vacuuous? it soon becomes clear that the aroma is more than just demurely circumspect-- there is really nothing there at all. you ask it: "what kinda hops you got in there?" and it grunts a barely audible and irritable response that suggests you’re bothering it when it was trying to nap. the kind of aroma that makes one wonder if the aroma is in a code that we can’t translate. verily, an icecube or jar of marbles has more aroma. soft carb, and water leads the sensory "parade" of flavors. a bit of sweet malt starts to say something but is interupted by more water and thus looses it’s train of thought. hops similarly stand up in a flustered way to apparently aggitate about something important, but again water grandstands and pushes all body and character away from the mike. has approximately the flavor you’d get if you simmered a couple grocery bags and bread ends with a crackled old dictionary from the nineteen twenties and then carbonated the juices. weak, watery, and dull as the fine print in an insurance form. my god.

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