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RATINGS: 1252   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


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2004
This beer just smells yummy. Very smooth, and in my opinion, pretty damn good!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Amber hue with small fizzy head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of light pine, floral, and grassy hops; toasted buttery malts, lemon and lime zest,and dusty yeast esters. The taste is mostly bitter and acidic, tart. Some malt balance but not enough in the end. The bitter character lingers on. The mouthfeel is very crisp and metallic. This beer just doesn’t work for me, something is just amiss with the taste and palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Tap - pours to reveal a beautiful beer: clinging white head on a deep reddish brown body. Slightly hoppy nose. Tastes of slight bisquit flavor and finishes with hops. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3254) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Nice color and an average aroma. Light head that seems to fade fast. Light hops and a hint of sweetness matches the bitterness well. Nothing out of the ordinary but pretty good stuff here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Dark copper with a tiny white head. Citric hop and bread like malt aroma. Piney hop bitterness with a malty body. Nothing too exciting here, tastes more like a APA then an ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle - Appearance was light red hue with medium reddish-tan head. Aroma was hoppy with sweet malt tone. Medium body with a good blend of sweet and bitter. Short finish, but still very enjoyable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Nice coppery color with a very nice (appley?) aroma. Nice mixture of the hoppy and the malty with a very smooth taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
I happen to enjoy English ESB’s. I think they are great session beers. This one fits in nicely with it’s balance to that tradition

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2004
A clear copper colour with a medium sized head. The nose is well malted. The flavour is sweet with a moderately hopped bite. Not terribly bitter, but a good, well balanced drinking beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bock4breakfast (1) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2004 does not count
Pours quite nice and slippery, with a warm amber, slight reddish hue. A bit of a coarse head, but fitting for the experience. At first I didn't get much of an aroma, but a slightly sweet, sour air wafts of the surface, with a mild floral hop tease(smells like a beer at rest-waiting for someone to taste it for what it is). I really like the mouthfeel of this one: full and a bit juicy(unexpected), yet follows with a touch of drying at the end that begs for another sip, to start the ride again. Smooth with a little effervescence helping the journey. You can feel it on your tongue after the sip, coating and drying. The tase is nutty, bitter, a little malt sweetness, and I swear I get a little flemish sour ale in the middle somewhere. Oh yeah, and it has a nice little hop presence that supports but is never close to being the main player. At the finish of the glass, there was a little mineral taste, but I liked it. A very enjoyable, very drinkable brew.


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