The Stranger Pale Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado pours out golden in color with some orate hues, good clarity and is topped with an almost two finger, white head that slowly reduces down to a film leaving a trail of sticky lacing. On the nose, caramel, orange, grapefruit, grass and a little biscuit. In the mouth, balanced flavors with matching caramel sweetness and citrus, bitter hoppiness and some spice. Light side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Pretty clean mouthfeel with just a little bit of oiliness. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice length on a slightly dry and mostly bitter finish.
A solid pale ale with very good balance and excellent flavor. A good go to year round beer. Light enough for the summer, flavorful enough to go with a bowl of chili watching football in front of the fireplace in January. Recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 5.0% ABV, 36 IBU, Bottled on 6/16/12 20:21
Beer 205 of 366 for 2012