Left Hand is known for making big beers - and even bigger boasts. The Colorado company delights in hyperbole and, in a way, dares you to try its beers.

Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company

Beer: Polestar Pilsner

Beer type: Pilsner lager

ABV: 5.5 percent

Price: $9.50 for a six-pack

Web: lefthandbrewing.com

Grade: 2.5 stars out of four

Why I tried it :

Left Hand is known for making big beers - and even bigger boasts. The Colorado company delights in hyperbole and, in a way, dares you to try its beers. As I searched for something light and smooth to drink during bowl week, I discovered a six-pack of Left Hand's year-round pilsner. It read: "Let Polestar guide you out of the wilderness, just as the North Star has guided explorers to their destinations and back home again."

Pretty hard to pass that up.

What I thought :

After opting for hefty pale ales and pitch-black porters recently, it took me a second to remember how to appreciate a lager, my first love. Once I recalibrated those taste buds to a pilsner's distinct approach and reward, Polestar came through as a solid, refreshing beer.

Served cold and straight from the bottle, it had a bitter, hoppy kick and none of that staleness you associate with your buddy's game-day beer. It might not be as bright or unique as the North Star, but it tops most of the lighter-bodied stuff your friends will be swilling during Monday's BCS title game.

Polestar paired perfectly with chicken gumbo, chips and salsa - so it will come in handy if you're set to eat a hearty, spicy football meal.