RATINGS: 1351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
A little watery and thin. Lightly hopped. Not good at all when cold, attractive malt flavor begins to show when warm, but just not quite enough ooomph for me.

zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2007
looks great but doesn’t taste that that good. very malty and not enough hop balance. wont drink again

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.

BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Had on tap. Poured a pretty copper color, nice cream head. Taste was pretty much caramel and hops. Too much hops for my liking...But an okay beer.

zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottled on 12.06.06. Pours slightly hazy orange, white head. Aroma is earth, caramel, hops, slight tomato and slight wet barn yard smell. Flavor is caramel, earth, hops, malt, wet barnyard.

FatPhil (16692) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki , American Week 2007). Usual US tasty sweet bitter smell - cascade meets candifloss. Taste has a harsh quality, almost metallic that spoils the rich bitterness. Not worthy of the "ESB" moniker. Do I taste saccharin? Some strawberry sweetness - and that’s not a positive thing in this context.

ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2007
bottle . . pours dark copper with foamy white head . . aroma is slight hops, caramel, slight citrus . . taste is caramel, grassy, slight fruit and slightly bitter . . eh not my thing

TaktikMTL (7879) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Oak Tree Discount (South Plainfield, NJ). Arôme: Odeur de malt torréfié et de caramel avec une pointe de miel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légèrement voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de noix rôtis et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #995)

bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
not a great beer. Decent at best. ESB’s are not my favorite so I can’t really make a good comment. Possibly I should try this at it’s ’proper’ drinking temp.

millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, golden orange with a white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Flavors of grapefruit and caramel malt with a bitter finish.

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