Thursday, August 29, 2013

Left Hand vs. Odell: Sawtooth vs. Levity (amber ales)

I was working my way through the Panda Pat parade of Colorado brews and realized I had the perfect opportunity to test my preconceptions about Left Hand vs Odell: LH beers are slightly overrated, and Odell's are just plain delicious.  A quick note on amber ales (the beers in consideration presently): I find they taste like dank bathwater--metallic and stale.  Needless to say, it's hardly a style I look forward to drinking.

The competitors...

Left Hand's Sawtooth

ABV: 5.3%

Odell's Levity

ABV: 5.0%

There can be only one.  Levity.

Those are some gorgeous looking amber ales, and they both made me surprised to be enjoying an amber ale.  But there must be a winner, and that would be Levity, by far.  There's just something about Levity that makes it much, much better than Sawtooth.  The flavors are brighter, and more punctuated; whereas, Sawtooth makes a good effort but just falls flat under the light of competition.  I should emphasize that both are enjoyable ales, but, as they say, 'to the victor go the spoils'.  The spoils being a stronger selection bias on my behalf.

1-0 Odell.

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