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RATINGS: 1262   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


2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
Copper in color. Almost no aroma and not much carbonation. Smooth in flavor. A slight bread taste, some malt and grain flavor. Creamy and very drinkable but it doesn’t stay with you very long. Some hop flavor at the end. It was good but nothing I’m going to seek out in the future.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2005
On tap at Williams Uptown Peanut Bar in Minneapolis. Despite some fairly high beer prices at Williams, I’ll have to say that at least A) the bartender serving us last night volunteered to give us free samples of anything to help us make our ordering decisions and B) you can order a 10 oz mug which enables you to drink and rate a beer at a lower cost, even if you are paying a higher cost per oz. Had I not had a sample of the Sawtooth, I very well may have ordered one and been really disappointed. Not sure if this has been sitting in the lines for awhile, but it was unbalanced and borderline putrid. Made me wince. Malty and one dimensional aroma; somewhat sweet. Mostly flat appearance. No visible carbonation and a clear copper in color. Not recommended.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Clear, light copper toned body, super-mega slow carbonation bubbles rise every now and then. Capping it is a small compact fluff of white sand and the lacing coats in oily, spotty sheeting. Aroma is quite empty but clean with a very subdued toasted malt and nuttyness with faint cardboard notes. Flavors are nearly as empty, plain tasting dryish sweet malt with a light dusty cardboard-like hopping. Somewhat creamy though and fairly smooth across the palate; very barely toasty in some areas. Feel is creamy and smooth with a lesser medium body with some drying light grainyness and cardboard flakeyness. Fairly boring but drinkable enough due to its creamy smoothness and slippery soft carbonation. Passable in most regards though; this ESB just doesn’t have anything special about it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Pours pretty orange with decent white head, some surface pond-scumming doesn’t quite materialize into lacing. Blind tasting, I guessed this was an American Pale. Nice clean body and hop-malt finish. Tasty treat.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2005
12 oz bottle. Near-opaque hazy amber, small head...fruity-tangy sweet nose...bland initial flavor, bit of woodiness develops, apricot and a fair amount of acidity...late metallic character and watery body undo it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2005
One of the best American ESB’s! Intense floral hoppiness, yet balanced with biterness to distinguish it from a pale ale. Hard water is evident, nice on the tongue. Classic ESB finish showing strong maltiness and earthy minerals.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle (HWC): Rich amber color with just a wisp of foam. Aroma is very light and malt sweet. Flavor is light and malty with a light citrus hoppiness and a lingering dry finish. Palate is smooth, but light.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Wasn’t overly impressed... it seemed to be a fairly plain beer. It could have used some more hop flavour for sure. The colour was nice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Pours amber with real small head, very light malt aroma. A drinkable and balanced ESB, not bad but nothing stands out here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours a two-finger cream head that soon goes leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malts with the malts dominating, some sweetness, very drinkable different from a lot of ESBs that are hoppy. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.


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