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RATINGS: 1184   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle: Dark amber/brown, mostly translucent with only a little haze. Dense, off-white head that mellows out quickly. Aroma has notes of sweet fruits, citrus, mild tartness, grains, & a little caramelized sugar. Flavor has more of the caramel, toffee, & sugary (malty) sweetness up front with a mid-palate rush of borderline-tart apple skins & citric fruits. A finish with a little hemp oil on the palate. Not sure if the (almost) sourness is intentional in an ESB, but it actually wasn’t bad. A little boring, but certainly not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (102) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
very different taste...super dry....definitely better as it warms....way drinkable....

3.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Azhawki (1) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
Nicely balanced. Good flavor throughout. Crisp and very enjoyable. Not the same complexity as an English ESB, but an enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
(Bottle). I think ESB is an under appreciated style. This follows true to style with copper complexion and fluffy white head and lacing. Mild malt and bready aroma. Mild, malty with some hop balance and subtlely sweet. Easy to session. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaygrant1387 (10) - - FEB 22, 2014
Had the nitro version, very smooth and a great balanced beer, would recommend trying the nitro

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerd16 (131) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Pours copper orange with residual white head. Spicy citrus dominates bouquet. Some herbal and floral notes discernible. A sugary sweetness leads the palate before some earthy hops and malt overwhelms it. Light tingling & spicy bitter tail. Palate is light without being thin but unfortunately lacks the permanence of better ESB’s.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jayzz (198) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Maybe ESBs aren’t for me... This seemed watery, malty aroma, nice color and head. But boring....

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
EyeAmBaldman (122) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours dark amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is very hoppy like a pale ale. Taste is bitter but the metallic aftertaste did me in.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5513) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popkow (273) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Nitro bottle had nice cooper color with quickly evaporating tan head. Malt flavor with hops in the background. Taste is well rounded and easy drinking ale.


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