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RATINGS: 1296   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


beerskinner's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerskinner (24) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 14, 2011
From the bottles. Great ale or ESB as they say. Had some not so long ago. It was gone in no time and a trip to Longmont is top priority. Must be some biscuit malt in the mix somewhere. A long list of adjectives to describe how good it is and the answer is to have some more.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartzluke (96) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 26, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into pint glass. Only a hint a head. Moderately opaque and brown in color. Nose is malty and dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin and very dry. Taste is very bitter, fairly malty. Kind of nutty. Like a really bitter brown ale. Super bitter. A little metallicy.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2015
better as it warms,,, caramel, bread, toast, resin, dough, leather, amber, clear, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, soft carbonation,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2015
Tap at Kalahana. Malty, caramel, light hoppiness, light citrus, biscuity. Nice enough but low on interest. Not much aroma at all.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ANZUShophunter (33) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
Pours clear, pale copper with a bit of yeasty nose. Toffee and a bit of liquorice from malt against moderate hop bitterness. Not a bad beer but not the best ESB I’ve had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (492) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 12, 2015
Bottle from Mitsuya’s. Poured into an English tulip. Clear amber with a nice light tan head. Aromas of toffee, caramel and apricot-like fruit. Slight floral hops as well. Taste is more of the same. Well-balanced. Smooth and crisp finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabah (145) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
This beer was ok, but I’m just not a big fan of extra bitters, so trying to be unbiased here. Taste is very bitter..maybe even moreso than a barelywine. Flavors of caramel and hops on steroids. Very hoppy like a double IPA, but with half the alcohol content. Has a amber brown color. A better than average all around beer, but not one of my favorites in the Left Hand family.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoneagedinosaur (4) - Verwood, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015 does not count
A superb ESB - full of hoppy overtones. A nice malty taste and pours clear with a tight head in a chalice. Really enjoyable - will buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4374) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle. Thick looking amber beer with a strong white head. The aroma is well hopped with oaty and yeastiness, and the flavour is dry with heavy hopped'ness and some maltiness. Overall a nice strongly flavoured bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raoul_duke (128) - - MAR 29, 2015
On nitro at fountainhead. Aroma is muted, malty. Appearance is foamy (nitro) and then a copper tan color. Taste is enjoyable. A good esb.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonnyMadison (68) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. Poured semi-cloudy amber with white head. Good carbonation. Flavor is not very gripping but still pleasant. Muted toffee and maltiness -- very smooth. Good but not memorable.


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