Left Hand Homefront IPA

I’ve been wanting to try this beer for awhile. If you follow the blog at all, you know I love baseball, so even though a beer that’s aged on baseball bats sounds gimmicky, I was all for it. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Burnished copper color with a creamy white head. An aggressive aroma of pine followed by a nice citrus finish reminiscent of lemon curd and orange peel. Biscuit, honey, and grapefruit pith notes play ball on your tongue, followed by a memorable dry bitter finish. Nearing the end of the beer’s fermentation, orange zest and maple bats are added to the tank. Louisville Slugger sends each participating brewery specially engraved bats to add to the aging process. Originally developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Co. and Center of the Universe Brewing Co., Homefront IPA will be released by seven additional breweries this year: Left Hand Brewing Co., Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sly Fox, St. Arnold’s, 21st Amendment, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, and Stone Brewing Co. All sales of Homefront IPA will go towards Operation Homefront, a national non-profit providing emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Left Hand is the only participating Colorado brewery and will contribute 55 barrels to be sold in bottles and on draft nationwide. In 2014, a minimum of $150K from the sale of beer from participating breweries will be donated to Operation Homefront.”

Random: I’m thinking the Phils are going to trade Dom Brown before the deadline. We’ll see if I’m right.

This beer poured with a two finger, relatively thick, cream colored head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark copper color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some light wood with fresh grassy hops and some grapefruit notes as well. The taste was more mellow than the typical IPA. There was grass, grapefruit and some floral hops as well. Orange zest was present as well. It was almost as if the wood from the bats mellowed it. The body was light with high carbonation prickling the tongue. It had a long finish with grapefruit and lightly toasted wood. This brew was decent, but it wasn’t anything mind-blowing, which was really disappointing because I wanted to love it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Left Hand Beer Week Sauce Coffee Porter (2014)

This was the other beer that I had while at Blend. They said that it was a leftover from Philly Beer Week. Since it was one that I never tried, I figured I should give it a shot.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It’s time to hike up your standard for coffee beers. This is a beer for coffee lovers! Our black porter opens with a big coffee aroma which includes caramel, cocoa and hints of blueberry. The flavor starts slightly sweet before quickly fading to roasted grain and coffee notes. The roasted grain and coffee flavors meld beautifully with a slight toffee character before being swept away by an herbal hop kiss and lingering dry bitterness. This medium bodied beer is sure to wake you up and make you wonder if you are drinking beer or coffee.”

Random: I finally got a haircut today. I think I should have gone shorter.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body itself was a dark brown color and clear with no visible carbonation due to the dark color. The nose had lots of coffee and roasted malt and some smoke as well. The taste had really strong dark coffee with dark chocolate and roasted malts. A touch of smoke was present as well. The taste was really, really rich with the coffee and chocolate, to the point of being almost decadent. The thick, velvety body and medium carbonation reminded me more of a stout than a porter. It had a drawn-out finish with strong coffee. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again. This would be a great beer for a coffee lover.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale Nitro

I finally finished season one of “Carnivale.” I still think that I’m going to watch season two in case it gets better, but I wasn’t a huge fan. I’ve now switched to “Big Love.” I watched season one and enjoyed it, so hopefully season two is as good. Anyways, I had this one yesterday and was excited to try one of the nitro offerings from Left Hand.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On the first night of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand changed craft beer history forever with the introduction of Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle. Left Hand is both the first American and the first craft brewery to master the science of bottling a Nitrogen beer without a widget. Two years later, we expanded the bottled Nitro series with Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro. To our fortunate & delight, the beers have met overwhelming excitement and reception, as fans can now enjoy the draft experience of a Nitro beer from home!”

Random: This series is slightly more upbeat than “Carnivale,” and by slightly, I mean really.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was a slightly cloudy burnt copper color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was mild with some caramel malt, vanilla and toffee. The taste was on the lighter side with caramel malts, nuttiness and some biscuit. There was a touch of hops at the end of the sip, but they were generally mild. The body was smooth and medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was quick with caramel malt. The nitro version was very drinkable with decent flavor. I definitely enjoyed this one better than the regular version and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Left Hand Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead

Oh Walking Dead, how we have a love and hate relationship. You started so well, lots of tension and action. You left…crazy. No joke, you were actually crazy. The whole Lori-Rick thing and seeing her ghost? Really? Totally not necessary. You had enough tension without that. This was my “zombie” selection to watch with the show. Kate’s selection was also zombie related.


ABV: 10.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “But don’t be discouraged. You are ripe for a revolution! Just like the Bolsheviks of the early 1900’s, our barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout doesn’t happen overnight. Patience is required. Wake Up dead hibernates in our cellars for over 12 months before being blended to woody perfection. Hints of raisins, cherry, licorice and toffee, followed by earthy, herbal hop notes that rise up, joining you in your fight for a better life. Don’t be afraid of the dark. All power to the stouts!”

Random: I don’t like Daryl being separated from the group. I’m down with the crossbow and general bad assery.

This poured with a hint of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark black color with heavy carbonation visible, despite the color. The nose was a lot of oak with roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate came along for the ride. The taste was really nice. I got coffee, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and a bite at the end that was very reminiscent of bourbon. Booze made an appearance as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with lots of oak. This brew could have been a bit more balanced, but was generally enjoyable.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

As usual, I’m backed up on reviews. So, I figured while I was watching football this weekend, I could update the blog. Unfortunately, I don’t get the Philly game, so I’m relegated to watching the Eagles on gamecast and the Giants on TV. This was a beer that I picked up on a whim. I’ve seen it around, but I can honestly say that I didn’t even know what style this one was. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It’s all you’ll ever need. Sessionable. Unpretentious. Our original flagship. Proof that a beer can be both complex and balanced. Malty chewiness slowly transitioning over to herbal, earthy hops with a dry finish. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends and to stimulate serendipity.”

Random: So, basically my house has the whole division covered. My sister is a Giants fan, I’m an Eagles fan and Kate is a Cowboys fan. Football season is going to be fun.

This brew poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated quickly and left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, burnt orange color with low visible carbonation throughout. The nose presented with some hops and caramel malt. Honestly, I got more hops than I expected. The taste was a lot of malt up front with some bitterness on the end. I got a bit of a mineral quality as well with a hint of smoke. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with some bitterness. This brew was alright, but there are many better examples of the style. One thing that I did find interesting was that a brewery would make an ESB their flagship brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Left Hand Milk Stout

Have you ever picked up one of those beers that you know that you should’ve tried by now, but you just haven’t? Yeah, for me this beer falls into that category. I see this beer constantly at the beer store. For some really odd reason, I’ve just never tried it. It’s not that I don’t like the style…I mean, it’s not my favorite, but I definitely enjoy a good milk stout. I’ve just never gotten it. This version is the regular one, not the nitro bottle one. Although, if I found that, it would be interesting to review both and see a difference. So, time to pour!

ABV: 6%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.” This bad boy also packs about 25 IBUs.

Random: I really do like the label art of Left Hand. It’s definitely both creative and unique.

This beer poured with a one finger tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with moderate visible carbonation. I let this one warm up for about 20 minutes, so that I could get all of the flavors out of this. The nose had some chocolate, roasted malts and pronounced lactose in it. The taste was a bit different than the nose. I definitely got chocolate, but sweet cream took the forefront in the flavor department. Roasted malts pulled up the rear in terms of flavors. The more that I sipped it, the more I got milk chocolate specifically in the flavor. It was almost like thin chocolate milk mixed with seltzer. The body was on the thinner side with decent carbonation, although it was still creamy. The finish was long with a lot of lactose. This was one of the better milk stouts that I’ve had. Grab one!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Left Hand Fade To Black Volume 3 – Pepper Porter

While most people were home today, enjoying their last day of Christmas vacation, I was stuck at work. It was one of those days that just dragged. I did make it to the gym to have my first workout of 2012, which needless to say, I’m going to feel tomorrow. So, now that I’m home and relaxing, I think it’s time to open a brew. I reviewed the Fade To Black – Volume 2 awhile back, so hopefully this one is just as enjoyable.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.”

Random: I really would love to know why Guy Fieri’s goatee is two different colors. Like, seriously? It’s not a good look.

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that dissipated right after I took the picture. Needless to say, it did not leave any lacing on the glass. The nose had coffee and some chocolate and I think I got a mild note of peppers. The porter started with a bit of roasted malts, not as much coffee as I got on the nose. The chocolate was also more muted on the taste than the nose. After the first sip, I couldn’t find any of the pepper. But, on the second sip, right after I swallowed, I got it right on the back of my throat. The body of the beer itself was very low carbonation and pretty thin, much thinner than any porter I’ve ever had. The finish lingers with a bit of heat. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with this beer. I’ve had much better pepper porters. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0