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RATINGS: 1221   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

MaltOne's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOne (199) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdhittel (43) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Very malty with not a lot of bright hop notes... On nitro and almost devoid of carbonation... A slight aroma - Cascade? - as it warmed...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (657) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Pint pour from bottle. Decent amber with full off white nitro head. Aroma is malted biscuit notes and dry bread. Mild hops, but nothing bitter. Flavor again is smooth malted caramel notes and biscuit. Really enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (400) - Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours crystal clear amber. Nose is malty and oats. Flavor is mildly bitter and some caramel. Not a big ESB fan but this a good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (167) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
BBD 6/4/14. Pours a clear amber with a good head. Lacing and retention are normal. Nice subtle nose of orange, caramel malt and spice over a nice subdued mineral note. Magnificent heavy medium body that is creamy and better than many stouts. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. Well balanced and somewhat complex flavor profile. It begins with an orange and spice note which then flows into a moderate bitterness. Towards the end, the sweet caramel malt shines. It finishes with an effervescent burst that is slightly citric and tart, leaving you with a nice lingering low level bitterness over a mineral note. Not as bitter as I expected, it is; however, quite outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinator (847) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
This was the nitro version on tap, which is the one I recommend. The aroma was faint and malty with just a touch of floral hops. The appearance was light copper with the cascading effect, which is cool. The palate was smooth and light. Flavors were balanced but not overly exciting, which I attribute to the style. Malty but with a hint of bitterness. Not bland though. Good example and would be easy to drink a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
John25 (352) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Nitro bottle poured hard into a pub glass. Awesome nitro effect. Glowing brown gold with a thick creamy head after the nitro faded. Aroma is pine with sugary malt. The taste adds sweet cream and nutty flavors. The finish and aftertaste are bad - musty basement. Thin and watery on the palate. Basically a cool looking beer but thatís it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnomungus (40) - - JUL 1, 2014
Beautiful, creamy beer. Let it sit a while and warm up and youíll get nice malt and Birch flavors. The creamy body yields to a subtle bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (553) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2014
12 oz bottle from The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. My bottle reads Sawtooth Nitro All American Ale. Some bitterness but still smooth. A nice balance of ingredients with just enough alcoho to be different from the restl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mtdewa1 (264) - rome, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is candi sugar and malt. Faint. Taste is malted barley, hay and some sugar water. Maybe a bit of caramel. Thin watery taste. Not alot going on. Ok at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcclainc50 (164) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a light amber color with a moderate head leaving a little lacing. This is the Nitro Sawtooth. Aromas of malt and apple. Very mild flavor with a little maltiness to it, notes of apple and a touch of hops. Very smooth light mouthfeel. Easy to drink but nothing of note to really stand out.

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