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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Amber Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. We live in a world of disposable deities. Someone, somehow has managed to press that big, flashing moronic override button and we’re hard wired straight into the pockets of false idols trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, for a lot of people the same mentality applies to beer. But who’s to know what’s worth worshiping when monolithic advertising budgets have you sucked down the rabbit hole in the blink of an eye? At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many people’s eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back.
Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and Dark Crystal Malts
Hops:Cascade, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Centennial
Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2012
The head is ok, the color brown. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, different hoppy-fruity but everytime the same intensiv. OK 11/10/11/10/-/10

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4415) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Aroma is piney hops and a slight mustiness/earthiness. The flavor is slightly subdued citrus hops and a very solid malt backbone. Well put together and great session ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - AUG 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Limpido color ambra scura con un cappello spesso e persistente di soffice schiuma beige. Al naso sentori di toffee, frutta fresca e pan pepato; gusto amarognolo con note fruttate e debolmente speziate più dolci, finale luppolato. Birra leggera nel corpo e nella struttura, un po’ acquosa ma non scipita, setosa e beverina. Invecchiando emerge un po’ di più il lato speziato.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1215) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2012
A-- Poured a reddish brown with red tints on the side of the glass. Pretty aggressive pour got a good 2 finger light brown head that took a good amount of time to settle down on. Left very thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Shows medium to high carbonation and good head retention. S-- Fresh, crisp hops. Roasted and sweet malt. Would swear this is a Western US Amber Ale and not a UK version. Very nice. Mostly pine and grapefruit in the smell. T-- Fairly large hop bite in the front, grapefruit and pine again, with touches of sweetness and roasted malt. M-- Bitterness stays for a good amount of time. Still pretty clean and finishes on the soft side. Still medium to high carbonation. Gets better as it gets warmer and the hops become aggressive as it warms. D-- Very drinkable. Hops really carry the beer and is well balanced by the right amount of sweetness in this. Not over done one way or another. Really nice example of the better US Amber Ales that are out there. The 5% makes this very drinkable and could have 2-3 of these easily. First Brewdog beer I have liked so far.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaiho (71) - - AUG 7, 2012
I love red ales. Something about them is inherently appetizing and enticing. It’s a shame this one doesn’t quite make it. There is something inherently unpleasant about a bank of the throat bitterness when you swallow. Mind you, I’ll still happily drink it, but I have a sense it’s changed. I swear it didn’t use to be this harsh. Color is excellent, as is the smell. It’s the taste that let’s this beer down.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (12058) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
At home from bottle - 05/08/12. This has always been my favourite BD beer and have drank it many times over the last few years including a good half a dozen cask/gravity dispense pints. Pours an amber russet brown colour with a thin off white head. Hoppy/piney nose with a whiff of toasted caramel at the rear. Big piney hops at the start of the taste but mellows somewhat into a sweet caramel malty goo. Moderate carbonation with a sweet to dry finish and a little bitterness to boot. Always happy to return to this beer!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimjongill (207) - - AUG 4, 2012
Very refreshing amber ale. No off flavors. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing special about this one, and it comes off as a decent fall-back summer beer or party beer in the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerFanatic999 (7) - Cochrane, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2012 does not count
Another great beer from Brewdog. Tried this after the Trashy Blond and found it to be much more enjoyable. Some nice flavor and carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
This type of red ale really works for me: a good combo of citrusy and earthy hops, and a malt character leaning more towards caramel than towards biscuit. I’d definitely have this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_durden (116) - ITALY - JUL 31, 2012
bottle @ eataly bologna. pours amber with a good white head. orange hints and good bitterness. dry and refreshing.


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