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RATINGS: 1235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOne (215) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours amber orange, moderate fluffy white head, recedes quickly. Modest nose of yeast, malt and a tiny hint of hops. First contact on the tongue is sweet and creamy, odd for a bitter. Mellows to a moderate malt and sweet dough center, and a slight bitter finish. Flat but slightly chewy. Drinkable, enjoyable beer, but oddly classified as a bitter. Reminds me more of a Heller Bock (a lager) I had a while ago. Could be a freshness issue (the date says it was bottled this coming November, go figure) - source is known for freshness issues.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bellco33 (305) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap in a pint glass: Pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, very light citrus, and grains. Taste is cereal malts with very little hop and a little bit of lemon. Light body, medium carbonation. Kind of disappointing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. No label taken. Pours copper amber. Nose/taste of bread malt, light toast and touch of fruit. Lighter medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltman53 (313) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours copper w/ small head retention. Malty aroma w/ caramel notes. Little hop aroma and little hop taste on the palate. Fruity ale esters coming through on the finish. Overall, I could use more bittering hop framework in the structure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tnkw01 (1087) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Copper,amber color. Medium head. Aroma was rich and well balanced. Taste was really good. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (1755) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Botle poured into glass...clear red pour wi4h white thin head.. fruity aroma...taste is light hopps..good..

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
epeter85 (28) - - AUG 7, 2014
Nitro pour from draft, creamy head and burnt orange color. Maltiness prevails over hops. Very drinkable beer smooth but not much taste for my palette. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adasko (278) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 7, 2014
I was so disappointed by this beer. I was expected that it will feels amazing, but it just wasn’t. In aroma there are some hops and hard candy notes. Color is copper, perfectly clear with small head. In taste mostly high quality bitterness, quite small and short but hyper plain and smooth. And that’s all. There is nothing else going on in this beer unfortunately.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (179) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
****NITRO CAN * * * * Pours mostly clear orange, big cascading nitro head falls to finger thick creamy off white head with nice lacing. Aroma floral hops, bready malt, slight citrus and caramel malt. Taste slightly bitter floral and citrus hop up front, fresh dough and slight sweet caramel mid mouth, creamy and hoppy on the finish. Mouthfeel creamy, medium body and carbonation, finish on the dry side. Overall good beer, nitro adds complexity and pleasant mouth feel, well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (203) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
pours copper and looks like air is being blown into the glass when its poured. white head with minimal lacing. aroma is bready with floral hops. just as the description says, the flavor goes from a floral hoppy to malty as it warms. medium body and the mouth feel is super creamy. finishes dry and progresses into a slight bitterness. I have had the sawtooth and now the sawtooth nitro, and I prefer the nitro by far.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2572) - Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/26/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes or orange zest, pear, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.


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