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RATINGS: 1263   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tapped (6) - - JAN 16, 2012 does not count
On nitro tap. Nose like a classic ESB. Head white and thick color red amber. Initial taste is clean slighlty hoppy building on a more hoppy note on the end. Easy drinking I could drink this all day. Well balanced not overpowering in any aspect.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Very satisfying. Yeasty and balanced. Malty and dry. Delicious. Love it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Awesome. This beer is quite tasty. Nice molasses nose. Huge notes of bread, oats, walnuts, honey, bread and dough. Slight hoppiness. Beautiful apperance, creamy head good lacing, great color of reddish brown. This is one of the best beers of this type I have tasted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Pours a copper/caramel color with a nice white head. Musty aroma on first pour, but as the beer warmed slightly, the floral hop notes became more pronounced and wonderful. Tasty bitterness rolling across my palate. Bitterness was pleasant and not overdone. I enjoyed this beer tremendously and was shocked to see it scoring so poorly in here. This is a complex brew that I thought was fabulous.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slatermcs (61) - - FEB 13, 2013
12 ounce bottle to glass. Excellent profile, with slight hop bitterness. Very smooth going down. Definitely one of the best ESBs that I have ever tried. Not available in my area, but I will be going back to it anytime that I can find it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnurda (1156) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
A great tasting beer. Just bitter enough. Just enough hops. Just enough carbonation. Wish we could get it here.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2008
This caught me off guard as I was expecting grapefruit rind style bitter but was very satisfied with the smooth mild I’d say sweetness over bitter. The maltiness iS spot on and iS carbonated well. The head iS small and the color when poured iS a nice red hue. The aroma iS mellow and sweet pretty much like the brew itself. Overall this iS what I was looking for and not an over bitter brew. On the side this brew iS good cold but iS better half way through as it warms up slightly.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badmansam (58) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
330ml Bottle No Dates 5.3% @ Earl of Essex 2013/4/17 Very impressive for the style. Crystal caramel malts balanced perfectly with the hops. Good body and carbonation. I could drink this forever. Others weren’t quite so convinced so will have to try again to make sure!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gtreptow99 (15) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2001
This is a very solid ale. Can only recommend it. Hard to find in liquor stores in the midwest if not impossible.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (261) - 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.


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