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RATINGS: 1316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hershiser2 (1451) - 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
itís 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 hasnít 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 youíre 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 canít 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 itís 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 youíd 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Bottle. Amber and murky. Taste is somewhat lacking. But maybe Iím drinking this a little too cold? Not bad though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Hopsalicious. Bitter. Murky waters that are somewhat appealing. Minty-bittersweet. I can tolerate btu would probably prefer something more stable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Pours an amber color with a small thin white head. Not alot of flavor here to speak of. Also nothing special at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Clear coppery color, with small, but suitable off-white head. Aroma is clean, but fruity, with hints and dribbles of citrus, grapefruit, fresh and zesty. Taste is zippy, with delicious spritzes of hops that maintain a presence throughout the finish and all through the contents of the bottle. Great balance, smooth, but full of flavor. Normally I turn my nose at ESBs, but this one has style, body, and taste that many lack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Pours a nice clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is malty with a hint of apple and bread. Taste is of caramel, toasty malts, grapefruit and english hops. Moderately sweet, kind of bitter. Medium mouthfeel, gets progressively watery. Could use a little more malt body and sweetness IMO. Good lacing and head retention. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
ho hum. boring. kind of flat and weak. ive had way better. poured dark brown color. sampled at brewgrass 04 on draught.

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