Lefty’s Brewing Company Reviews

Lefty’s India Pale Ale 2.8
Disappointing offering from Lefty’s poured into an English pub glass. Weak flavored, mild tasting, not overly malty and certainly not bitter or especially hoppy, I find little to recommend in this one. Once again, I find myself questioning whether I’m rating the style,rather than the brew. This may be a more accurate representation of an English IPA than so many other stronger and hoppier brews, but I just don’t find it very interesting at all.
Monday, November 16, 2015

Lefty’s India Pale Ale 2.9
Hazy orange-brown. Ok but somewhat weak aroma of pine. Medium body, lightly carbonated. Flavor is on the sweet side, there is some piney and citrusy hops. It’s on the sweet side, balance is decent but perhaps because neither the hops or malt stand out much. Still, drinkable with nothing particularly offensive about it.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lefty’s Maple Ale 3
Cloudy dark wood-like brown. Aroma is kind of bland. Medium full body with syrupy texture. Not much alcohol. Flavor is sweetness mostly. There is some distinct maple at the finish. It’s reasonable but fairly uninteresting.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lefty’s Wicked Sticky IPA 2.8
Nice aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Unfortunately the flavor does not match up, there’s some generic bitterness but not much in the way of hops, with an off-taste in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Medium body. Hazy brown-orange color. More or less drinkable but that’s about it.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Lefty’s Archie’s Imperial Porter 2
Bottle shared in NH. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is chocolate, earthy, quite a lot of tang, cake and some earthy roast. The taste is really tangy, sour roast, earth, jammy berry, some acidity, lactic twang and green apple with a short, tangy finish. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. Infected. Should be that much tang going on in this sort of beer. Unfortunate.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lefty’s Irish Stout 3.4
Very dark pour, heavy and dry black maltiness, some sweetness followed by a dry finish. Coffee, chocolate, rich tasting brew with a decent ABV. Easy drinking.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lefty’s Archie’s Imperial Porter 2.4
Bottle shared in NH. Infected! Pours clear brown-red with minimal head. The ode has tart berries, prunes, leather. Light sweet flavor, some tart cherries, leather berries, fruits. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Tart finish, some sugary fruits. So so. It shouldn’t be sour, though, so this is a mistake of a beer.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lefty’s Irish Stout 2.3
Bottle shared in Canaan, NH. Pours clear brown with a frothy tan head. The nose has worn out roasted malts, light toasted caramel, slight oxidation. Light sweet flavor, soured, with tart dark berries, mellow cocoa. Light to medium bodied, fizzy. Quite tart and quenching on the finish, a little oily, some vague cocoa. Well, it’s off.
Friday, September 18, 2015

Lefty’s Honey Brown Ale 3.3
Light brown color with aroma of nuts, caramel, and honey. Nut flavor with some roasted malt, and a nice touch of honey. Very nice beer!
Monday, September 07, 2015

Lefty’s Honey Brown Ale 3.1
This is a very easy to drink beer. Nice, light amber apperance, perhaps even reminiscent of a honey color. Vibrant aroma and a very smooth taste with a mild carbonation. Quite a good taste; the honey is mellow but present (I possibly would have enjoyed just a bit more honey flavor). However, the ale is not too sweet, which is definitely a good thing. Certainly worth trying.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Lefty’s Li’l Sticky 2.8
Very light floral aroma with vague hints of citrus. Flavor is similar but astringent and unpleasant. Finish is dry and crisp, vaguely bitter but lacks any real hop flavor or pressence of any kind. Only very slightly better than their standard IPA. I’ll present the following constructive criticism, they make FANTASTIC stouts, but have NO IDEA how to construct a hop forward beer...
Monday, August 31, 2015

Lefty’s Archie’s Imperial Porter - Barrel Aged 4.3
Aroma: bourbon, oak, caramel Appearance: clear dark brow, thin brown head Taste: bourbon, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, vanilla, oak, caramel Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lefty’s Bean’s Brew Imperial Coffee Stout 4.2
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee Appearance: clear black, brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, coffee, chocolate Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lefty’s Imperial Smoked Porter - Barrel Aged 3.8
pours black with a beige head. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, sugar, and smoke. Taste is quite sweet and sticky. Plenty of chocolate. Nice bit of smoke and fire. Sticky mouthfeel. Nice aftertaste. Quite tasty.
Friday, August 07, 2015

Lefty’s Scotch Ale - Barrel Aged 3.9
22 oz. bottle. Dirty copper color with some light head. Aroma is caramel candy, burnt toffee, light oak and a light yeast hint. Flavor is very smooth and the alcohol is completely hidden. The flavor is very well integrated. Sticky toffee, light butterscotch and a nice lingering vanilla finish. Very nicely done and well crafted.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lefty’s Scotch Ale - Barrel Aged 4
Poured from bottle thanks Adrian. Hazy copper color with a thin white head. Aromas of bread caramel and honey. Taste is sweet brown sugar with a nice smooth mouth feel and a nice balanced alcohol finish.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lefty’s Scotch Ale - Barrel Aged 3.4
Hazy dark orange. Nose is sweet, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, honey and some melon. thin mouthfeel, not a lot going on. sugary sweet, great malt backbone. finish is honey, brown sugar and maple syrup. Very sweet but not overly.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 2.9
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is maple and brown sugar. Thin mouth, light maple, bready malt, decent.
Friday, March 06, 2015

Lefty’s English Style Porter 2.2
Bottle from Table and Vine. Brown with eggshell head and a little lace. Cocoa and plummy raisiny fruit aroma. Sweet cocoa plummy fruit raisin with basically no bitterness and lingering mild chocolate and fruit. Medium light body cloying. Weak-ass. Drain pour. Even my unfussy brother rejected it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout 3.8
My buddy Adrien picked this up in a trip to see his folks. Slightly aged bottle. The aroma is really nice. Coffee comes through with roasted malts and a light maple sugar note. The flavor shows me the maple sugar up front with coffee a slightly lingering affect in the finish. The body does have the nice chewy oats that help enhance the stout.

The body is a big positive since I love the chewiness. I don’t find bacon anyplace but the other flavors are pretty well integrated. Slightly above average and I had no problem drinking this stout. Maybe the bottling problem have been corrected by the brewer. This bottle had some time to sit and had no problem whatsoever. I would love to sample on draft to see if bacon can be found.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lefty’s India Pale Ale 2.5
This is a noticeably weak offering even though labelled ’English Style’ IPA. The aroma and flavor are nothing but cereal and caramel malts and the body is overly thin. This is a Golden Ale and a mild one at that...
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lefty’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 3.4
Bomber into a stemmed glass. Pours a dark winter night sky black. Head is tan and strong, engulfs and omits tendered cream like essence. Lacing is mild, clinging, and acknowledged. Aroma of grains, dark malts, chocolate, coffee beans, and sweet fudge. Taste of a dry cocoa/chocolate mixture, slight regular oatmeal, coffee, sticky grains, earthy grains as well. Dry and smooth flowing, carbonation doesn’t offer much resistance, but could be more emphasized to maximize flavor. Abv is not overwhelming but can be noticed. A nice treat on a cold winters night.
Friday, January 16, 2015

Lefty’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 3.2
650ml bottle. Blackish pour. A bit thin but nice flavors of cocoa and a hint of peat.
Saturday, January 03, 2015

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 2.1
Bottle from matt_ducharme. Poured dark brown with off white head. Aroma burnt malt and maple syrup. Alcohol hits the front of the palate alot of roasted barley a little to much, I get a decent amount of maple woodsy flavor as it warms. Over carbonated. More a porter than a stout.
Friday, January 02, 2015

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 2
Bottle shared by duchammer thanks to Matt_Ducharme: Poured a black with chunks of yeast brown, head is tan. Nose is burnt maple tree syrup. Taste is maple sugar, ash tray dust, and finished with me wanting to take sandpaper to my tongue. Next time warn me that this tick will cost me dearly.
Friday, January 02, 2015

Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout 3.9
Bomber into a magic hat coffee glass new year day 2015. Pours a medium black with dark coffee hues. Faint lacing, toasty brown, no real head retention, minimal ring round the glass. Aroma not too over bearing of all the breakfast goodness in this one. Maple is in the front, regular oatmeal, French roast coffee, no bacon. Taste is nicely a smogours board of a bfast brew. Hearty stout appeal, thick yet drinkable, more maple, more coffee , more oats, still trying to find the bacon though. Bitter and dry on the tounge and aftertaste, but a sweet coca lingers in as well. This is a nice imp stout. Easy going down and fun. Emphasis on fun. Beer us good first thing in the morning. Not a case of hair of the dog though. Just a good decision to save this one.
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 3.9
Bomber into a wheat glass. Black mellow pour with slight brown tint. Dark and good. Lacing is thin, as I s head. Brown and creamy. Aroma of dark chocolate nuggets, brown cascade of malts and syrup. Taste of black oatmeal pour with maple syrup. Dark, delightful, easy drinking celebratory brew. Good for Xmas eve 2014.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lefty’s Golden Ale 3.4
Bottle given to me by friends on a trip to Mass, poured very cold into a frozen stein. Poured a hazy gold, with a 1cm white head that disappeared quickly. Little aroma to speak of, perhaps a bit of hay and bread. Round, smooth mouthfeel, not bitter at all, medium carbonation. Taste was unassuming, much like a macro ale with a somewhat fuller body. Sweet for the genre, but not unpleasantly so - notes of fresh dough, yeast, grain. Nithing terribly special, but nothing offensive either - a nice summer beer, would go well with white fish, Mexican food or a good burger.
Friday, October 24, 2014

Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout 3
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is roast and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel light roast, sweet chocolate, decent.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout 3.5
Bottle thanks to Leighton during RBWG. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong chocolate, cocoa, roast. Medium mouth with roasted malt, dark chocolate, toasted cocoa, very good.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lefty’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 3.6
Stealthy is the best way I can think to describe this beer. The aroma is mild cocoa and little else. The flavor is also mild cocoa with some roasted malt notes. Med to lighter body for a stout. Clean light finish with some citrus probably from the hops. Generally very understated in all dimensions which makes me consider... what if this were a cocoa IPA. Amp up the bitterness a bit and crispen up the mouthfeel you’re there.
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lefty’s Coffee Porter 2.3
Nice color upon pouring but underwhelming nose and palate with weak head retention. Uneven balance of malt sweetness and coffee flavors that come across as a bit jarring. Much better coffe porter and stouts available.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lefty’s Honey Brown Ale 4
A honey aroma and medium brown color. Just the right amount of honey, not overly sweet or bitter. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lefty’s Maple Ale 2.7
22oz bottle. Pours a medium burgundy with almost no head. Sweet malty aroma and even sweeter malty taste. Too sweet. Plech. Not doing it for me.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout 4.3
Absolutely delicious. The aroma is big and smoky with subtle hints of coffee and bacon fat. The flavor is similar with added notes of maple. Very smooth and creamy, drinks like a porter.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 1.3
It’s hard to add what Suds McDuff added except to say this is infected as fuck and not particularly pleasant to drink.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 2.2
Bottle sample at RBWG grand tasting. Pours dark brown in color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor had a strange and surprising tart fruity character showcasing red grapes with skins. Some cocoa powder and light roast. Almost no barrel notes were detectable. Not very good.
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 2.8
Bottle at RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours near black with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has earthy grain and roasted malts and some barrel. Flavor has dark grains with a hint of tartness and roasted malts as well as bourbon.
Friday, February 21, 2014

Lefty’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 3.8
Smooth tasting stout... Very drinkable with a hint of cocoa... Nice brew... Very drinkable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lefty’s India Pale Ale 3.3
Not hoppy enough for my tastes... Decent flavor and smooth though... Just needs a hoppier flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, February 14, 2014

Lefty’s Golden Ale 2.7
22oz bottle. Pours a pale golden with a white head. Somewhat on the sweet side for a golden ale and really not that much more flavor than a typical macro. Meh.
Friday, February 14, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 2.5
RBWG14 Trip Rating #157. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy head. Fair head retention. Aroma of earth, roast, chocolate, stone fruit. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, vegetal notes, tart finish. Medium bodied. No detectable barrel aging notes.
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lefty’s Maple Oatmeal Stout 3.1
22oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Tons of carbonation, very thin palate. They must have put a crap ton of maple syrup into this as it dominates both taste and smell.Had I not read the label would have classified this as a winter warmer or a barleywine. Too sweet and too strong.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 2.7
Bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick brownish black with minimal head or lace. Aroma is slight funk, taste is sweet barrel. Meh, definitely infected.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 3.1
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Dark brown red color. Close to black. Thin khaki ring of head. Some loose dots of lace. Moderate sour taste, kind of surprising. Dark fruit, light cocoa notes. Some light coffee. Moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Sooth, soft, ligther carbonation. Slightly chewy texture. Some slickness. Interesting stuff, but definitely seems to have an infection, and that doesn’t seem intentional. Not entirely ruined though. Some red grape type flavors.
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Lefty’s Imperial Chocolate Stout - Barrel Aged 2
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Pours clear brown with a bubbly, off-white head. The nose suggests a mild infection. Sight notes of chocolate and tangy dark fruits. Very tangy flavor, some sugary chocolate, dry burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Tangy berry finish, light charred malts, hints of rubber, dark malts. Unfortunate.
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Lefty’s Smoked Porter 3
22oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Had I not read the label never would have guessed this was a porter. Very thin (a recurring theme with Lefty’s). Notes of chocolate, coffee and smoke though the smoke was very subtle and easily missed if you are not looking for it. Overall a bit dissapointing.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Lefty’s English Style Porter 3.1
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Big malt bomb of sweetness. As with most Lefty’s seemed kind of on the thin side. OK but not quite what I was hoping for,
Sunday, February 02, 2014

Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout 3.1
22oz bottle. Pours black with a thick creamy tan head. Another great looking brew from Lefty’s but like all the other Lefty’s I have tasted it comes off lacking in flavor and on the thin side. Hard to believe that such a great looking brew with such great ingredients can be so average.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lefty’s Irish Stout 3.3
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a nice looking creamy tan head. Thinner palate than expected from the look. Fairly average tasting for the style, somewhat on the sweet side but solid overall. Great stout for the price.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014