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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
IndianaRed (5035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottlepours a slightly hazy light orange/amber witha small quicksandy colored head. Malty woody aroma with some carmel notes as well. Flavor is woody, apple cider and sweet caramel malts. Slight hop bitterness and a soft carbonation witha smooth body. Nice ESB.

3.5
Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2007
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy off-white head leaving lots of lacing. Fruity, slightly malty nose with dried fruit, apricots, toffee and a hint of smoke. Malty taste with dried fruit, apricots, caramel and toffee. Balanced notes of spicy hops in the finish, but not very bitter. Doesn’t really rock my world, but a balanced and very drinkable brew.

3
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Clear, dark golden-amber body with nice carbonation. Small, fluffy, off-white head that settles to a 1mm film. The aroma is very toasty and grainy, with roasted caramel malts in the background. The flavor shows biscuit, toffee, caramel malts, and a decent amount of floral hop bitterness. There’s also a faint spiciness in there, and some mild light fruit. The body is just on the light side of medium. Smooth and easy to drink. Decent brew, but I found it to be a little boring. Nothing special here.

3.2
LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Cold 12 oz bottle: Pours a clear medium to dark orange color with a small amount of alabaster bubbles around the edges. Aroma is of rich malts and honey, with notes of fruit. Taste is of right malts and subtle earthy hops with notes of honey and fruit. Light to medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is clean and lightly sweet.

3.2
bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours nearly clear copper with a thin but lacy off-white head. Fruit and herbal hop aroma with nuts in there somewhere. Body tending to light, with active carbonation. Initial malty sweetness, then a nutty quality which seems to go watery/grainy just before the dry bitter finish.

2
cheap (6089) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2007
OK, I was expecting some kinda APA or IPA when I read the label. Now I see it’s a bitter. Clean yeast beer aroma with a little hop fragrance in there. Looks like iced tea with a little haze, but it is more on the orange side than brown. Initial flavor does have some hops in there but it is well controlled an not overwhelming. I can taste a little hint of chocolate in there. Has decent carbonation that I welcome. Some hop bitterness does begin to build on the back of the throat throughout the session. Not as good as the notoriuos Wychwood Hobgoblin which I gave a 3 or Great Divide HotShot ESB but certainly better than Morland Old Speckled Hen. Slight medicinal lingering bitterness on the finish.

3.7
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Hazy amber going toward orange. Tight honey yellow head. Aroma of an IPA. Head retained and laced all the way down. Bitter, with caramel malts. Low alcohol. This is the biggest tasting small beer I’ve ever had. Flavorful character. Light a maibock with a lot of hops added. Slight conditioning sting; but not bloating. Thin mouthfeel. Leaves a resinous palate. Solid brew.

3.1
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
Bottled. Copper colour, big frothy head. Tea-like hops in aroma. Rounded mouthfeel, with wood, teabags and bit dry with a touch of toffee lurking. Flavouring hops were added generously. Very American.

3.2
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber. Aroma of caramel. Flavor is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Drinkable.

2.6
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/08/1997
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival

amber, whispy head, light body, faint sweet fruity malt aroma, mild sweet malt flavor, touch of bitterness
-------- /> Date: 05/12/2006
Mode: cask
Source: taco mac decatur

hazy orange, headless, light malt aroma with a touch of hops, slightly sweet carmel malt flavor, nice long bitter finish,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4


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