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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottled on 01 25 06

I have to call this an "easy drinker" as I just swigged down two before realizing I hadn’t jotted down a single note. Pours a bright copper with a large, cream-colored head that (at just above cellar temp) leaves a wicked semblance of lacing. Citric hops and wet dog in the nose above stale, caramel nuttiness. Balanced flavor showcasing those nutty malts with a hint of honey-sweetness before ending with light bitterness. These are good and, like I mentioned, they go down fast.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Aroma had a moderate bitter hop to it. Dark amber body with decent head that disipated and left a cloudy cover on the body. Flavor had a syrupy feel and that seemed to hold back the bitterness which was fine for me. Medium bitterness on the palate. A decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2006
It was lightly cloudy with a lasting off white head. This was a beer that was fairly balanced. It wasn’t as hoppy as I would have expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Strong hop, and malt characteristics. Average body, with a sticky texture. Aromas are piney and a hint of syrup. Sharp, sweet bite. Not a whole lot to brag about here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
On Draft at Issac Newton’s. Pours amber with a decent sized white head. Aroma of pine, hops, and fruit. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, sweet, with a slight bitter finish. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2006
I really like this brew. It is my favourite of the Left Hand brews so far. It is hoppy, somewhat bitter, but also refreshing, not too watery, not too strong - it is a good balance. It would be nice if the ABV were a bit higher though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (5897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Floral and fruit in the aroma. Plenty of hops, too. I find more bitterness than other raters have indicated. Very pleasant. Some tartness is evident, perhaps grapefruit. The body is medium to light and in color the beer is a nice amber. Remainng lacing is on the oil side. Some of the malt appeared in the finish. This was an interesting mix of sour, sweet, and bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Clear amber with a creamy, off-white head leaving a neat lacework. Lovely nose full of aroma hops. Medium body with a caramelish sweetness and some great hops leaving more flavour and aroma than bitterness. Great brew. 200306

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