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RATINGS: 1294   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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Brilliant amber with super fine 5mm of cream head. moderate rate of decay. Aroma is biscuit and light strawberry, hint of peach, touch of raspberry cobbler in there too as I inhale deeply. Body is medium weight up front to a medium-light watery finish. Very watery feel in general. Very fine, very light tingly carbonation, but mostly dead. Flavor is slightly bitter grass, slight hint of raspberry in the distance (not enough to be yummy). Some sap/ bitter grass in the finish. A very bland flavor, in my opinion... come on Left Hand, you can do better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (912) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Caramel malt, nuts, and a little metallic funk in the aroma. Mild malty flavor, with some hop bitterness in a somewhat watery finish. Decent, but nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8637) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Golden brown with an off white foam. Aromas are dry, spicy black tea with grain and tinny lemon. Dusty yeast with biscuit. Flavours are cardboard grain with chemical lemon and earthy, leafy aspects. Some sweet malts with low tropical fruit. Dry on the finish. Average.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ericular (725) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Sampled at Northgate Liquors tasting. As Iíve come to expect from this style - weak aroma, thin, and fleeting taste.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmanigold (67) - - JAN 28, 2015
A great malty flavor. Very well balanced. It is not as bitter as you would think. Had this brew pushed with nitro instead of CO2. So it didnít have the bubbles and ting of a normal ale. Would drink think again in a heartbeat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopwine (479) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Nitro bottle. Floral, honey, biscuity, toasty grain, touch of herbal bitterness. Body is pretty thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (831) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Amber pour with off white head. Tangerines, citrus, grass, caramel, honey. Moderately sweet. Light bitterness. Lightly crisp, medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (534) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Nitro version. Pours golden with a lasting head. Light aroma, some grass and hops. Taste is smooth with grass, citrus and honey. Smooth palate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jado (614) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2015
On tap. Dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Both the nose and taste are malt heavy with caramel and some dark fruit. Lot of sweetness with a nutty edge. Gentle grassy hop note. Not too bad but not overly exciting either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz nitro-bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head isnít that high for a nitro-beer - at less than a finger high - and is colored white. However, the texture and softness of the head is incredible. S: Smells rather dull, expected given the serving method. When it warms up, though, it picks up notes of apricot, caramel, toffee, butter/diacetyl, and maybe a touch of vanilla. For a nitroíd ESB, the nose could have been far worse. T: Toasted caramel malts start things off, giving way to a mildly fruited finish. There are some touches of vanilla flavor I enjoy. I also like how the blandness covers up the less desirable ESB notes...wait, what? Sorry. Letís just say itís a boring beer thatís at least easy to down. M: This actually has a nice feel. It starts off relatively full-bodied, before immediately turning bone-dry - it stops just short of being watery, however. No real carbonation, but thankfully the dryness renders the need for the former void. O: Itís a decent party beer, no more, no less. If someone buys a case of this - other than me, for obvious reasons (bland, ESB) - for a celebration and itís the only thing available, damn right Iíll kill a few of these in a night.


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