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RATINGS: 1297   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


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Clear amber color, hoppy, dry, definitely lacks the malty backside of a good ESB. The missing balance makes it disappointing. on tap at Left Handís brewery

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2004
This is one of those beers that I find most difficult to rate... Itís very well balanced, easy to drink and delicious in its own special way but itís hardly a powerhouse in flavor country. So whatís a beer geek to do? Well, shit. I havenít figured that out yet so Iím just gonna play it by ear. Sawtooth ale pours a nice brown color and those nice little rings of lace with each sip. Flavorwise, as I said, itís no powerhouse but itís well balanced and very tasty. I noticed a real subtle but very there hint of raspberry which I felt lent a unique edge to this otherwise ordinary extra special bitter (howís that for an oxymoron?). I like it. Itís a good session ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Copper color with minimal head that laced well. The aroma is all caramel. Flavor-wise, this seemed more like a Bass, less like a Fullers. Intereseting to see that the water used is especially hard, as something is behind the minerals picked up in the taste. Seemed watery at first, but malt kicked in at the end. LIvely palate

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Dark amber appearance, with a decent white head. Malt and caramel flavor. Not a bad beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle - very nice refreshing hop aroma. I really enjoyed just sitting and smelling this brew! Yeah, Iím a little weird. Copperish-bronzish color with a quickly dissipating white head. The flavor matches the aroma. Nicely malty with a hop finish. I want more!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Left hand is a beer that Iíve really enjoyed. Hope this one lives up to the others that preceeded this one. Nice hoppy, malty beer. Tea leaf undertone. Left hand makes great beer, this one is good but its not the style of beer I normally consume. Good effort for this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Copper colored, small diminishing head. Light nose with appricots, some grassy hops, light butter. Medium sweet flavor, some peach/apricot, fairly bitter. Middle of the road session stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Clear coppery appearance, good head formation. Grapefruit juice aroma, mild malt and grain. Lightly biscuity malt paalate, slight grain, plenty of hops, lemon, grapefruit finish, fairly strong bite. Smooth balance in the aftertaste against the emphasised citric finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Watery, slightly hoppy. Bitter. Some yeast, malt flavors. Unexciting. Not a very good ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Pretty good beer. Darker amber appearance, with a good size white head. Good hoppy aroma. Flavor stands out very well, although not too much like an ESB. A slight yeasty flavor. Good.


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