Left Hand Saison aux Baies Ameres

Left-Hand-Saison-Aux-Baies-AmeresThe Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 3 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states.

Pour: A light pinkish hue, with mild carbonation.

Head: Very thin and airy, disappears quickly without leaving anything behind.

Nose: Pretty standard farmhouse aromas, mostly wheat with a little fruit on the end.

Palate: Dry and crisp, lighter than one might expect. Not as much wheat from the nose, there is some hint of cherry on the end but very mild. Finish is clean with some acidity.

Overall: Much lighter than other Saisons I’ve had a lately. Not as much spice and would have enjoyed a little more fruit but still an easy summer sipper. A nice pairing with roasted chicken, Middle Eastern food or creamy style cheeses.

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Left Hand Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

bittersweet-bottle-The Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 3 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states. One of their limited offerings is an Imperial Coffee Milk Stout they lovingly named “Bittersweet.”

The beer pours an opaque deep dark brown that appears almost black in the glass. The one finger mocha colored head shows decent retention. Once the head dissipates a light lacing remains atop the beer.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee leap from the glass. While coffee is definitely the dominate note in the bouquet you’ll also find notes of milk chocolate, malts and roasted nuts. Rounding out the bouquet are notes of dark fruits, black cherry, and a hint of spice.

The palate starts with flavors of rich roasted coffee that presents with a certain bitterness. Next comes a sweet creamy lactose note. Along with the lactose you get notes of sweet dark fruits and chocolate. The sweetness succumbs to the rich, slightly bitter coffee note that lingers on the finish.

The appropriately named “Bittersweet” definitely offers up both bitter and sweet notes. A great beer from the folks at Left Hand that would pair perfectly with an aged cheddar, coffee crusted tenderloin or Tiramisu. 4 Out Of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints

Left Hand Great JuJu

Left Hand Great JuJuThe Left Hand Brewery in Longmont, Colorado opened for business on January 22, 1994. Started by college buddies Dick Doore and Eric Wallace, the idea first came to light when Dick received a home brewing kit from his brother in the early 1990’s. Their first attempt was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become Left Hand’s most popular brew. Today, Doore and Wallace make over 2 dozen beers, distributed in 29 states. One of their latest creations is an Imperial Ginger Pale Ale named Great JuJu.

The beer pours a rich clear gold color with copper hues. The rather thin beige head shows great retention. Once the head dissipates, a light lacing remains.

On the nose, a strong fresh ginger root aroma is met with aromas of lemongrass. Pine, herbal, and floral hop notes are also easy to detect. A sweet malty note cuts the spiciness of the ginger and mellows the bouquet.

The palate offers a plethora of fresh ginger root. In addition to ginger, fresh citrus notes dominated by lemon are present. The hops add notes of pine, grass and white flowers. A caramel malt note adds a strong backbone and balances the beer beautifully. While the ginger is front and center, JuJus is balanced with the malt and hops.

A Great JuJu indeed. This is a very refreshing beer that feels like spring. The alcohol is very well hidden. Try pairing this one with Manchego, spicy Schezuan chicken or lemon bars. 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints

Left Hand Brewery 400 Pound Monkey

400 Pound MonkeyFor all beer lovers who are afraid of drinking IPA’s due to them being “too hoppy,” here’s one for you!

IPA stands for India Pale Ale, a term which was created centuries ago when beer was transported from England to India, which at the time was under English control. In order to have the English beer reach India, brewers had to use an excessive amount of hops as a preservative so the beer would last the journey.

Many IPA’s boast about how many “IBU’s” they have. IBU stand for international bitter units, or how bitter the beer is due to hops. Many hop heads vie for the biggest IBU number…you know who you are. Finding an IPA that showcases the floral aspects of the hops is a rarity but Left Hand Brewery made the 400 Pound Monkey!

When poured into the glass, the beer has a nice amber color making it similar to most other IPA’s. There will be some bitter components to it, that’s just how IPA’s are, but you get a floral sensation as you’re drinking it which makes it stand out from all of the others. When you take a sip and exhale, you can even smell that hops are a flower.

What’s great about this beer is that it’s not one sided, as to malty or hoppy. It’s as well rounded an IPA as one could find. Instead of blasting your palate with hops, the 400 Pound Monkey lets you wanting more. 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5

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