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RATINGS: 1235   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2003 Pours light reddish-orange with a grand frothy head. Aroma is strongly citric (grapefruit), hops, fresh bread dough, and raisins. Malty flavor, balanced well with the underlying citrus. Finish is very mildly hopped, piney, and rather light. Let it warm a little, and you'll notice some cane sugar and gingerbread characteristics as it sweetens a bit. A very fine effort by the folks at Left Hand!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
Malty nose mixed with spice (ginger). Pours a medium orange copper. The large creamy off-white head is fully lasting with fair lacing. The malty and soft flavor has no acidity and finishes with a nice floral hops presence. The light to medium body is dry and soft. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2003
This is a very smooth beer and quite enjoyable. It is very simple and easy to drink - which makes it a winner in my book.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (815) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Very nice beer. Great color - looks (and tastes) a bit like a red ale. Has a slightly hoppy aftertaste, but not too strong - which I like. I'd definitely get this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2003
This was a fair to almost good bitter, I prefer Boddingtons bitter, but for an Amrican bitter it was not half bad. Nice and hoppy, some to little citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Earthy English hop aroma apparent. Very clear amber color, good sized head. Malt and caramel dominate the flavor, a little diacetyl (butterscotch), all very nicely balanced by hop bitterness. Slightly bitter hop finish. Very clean. An excellent example of the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Bottled 9/10/02. Amber/brown color with a light head. Aromas of mild grapefruit and malt. Touch oxidized. Malt and citric flavors follow. Not as smooth as I would like and ESB. Perhaps age has done this one in.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Amber, semi-transparent which hints immediately at the lack of body. Nothing special here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Good head-mostly diminishing. Highly carbonated. Copper amber hue. Hoppy aroma. Metallic on the middle of the tongue.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Bottle (nitro edition). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much aroma, and similarly bland and watery in the mouth. Depressingly uninteresting.


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