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

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RATINGS: 1151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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: Marris Otter, Crystal Malt Hops: Simcoe, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester and hand pulled at the Criterion, Leicester - on the SAME night! Delicious rich hop. Some berry. Deep, crisp, perfect length and balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (3766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle at Patrick’s Irish Pub, Ljubljana.
Poured a lovely red body, slightly tinged with amber. Off white thick head that went away slowly. Intense passionfruit-like and herbal sweet aroma, nice! Candyish dry taste, aroma hop, a bit herbal. Sweet and not really refreshing but definitely enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
12-oz. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy light tan head. Loose stringy lace. Sharp spicy hop nose, garlic, onions, almost like hot swimming pool toys. Maybe a bit phenolic? Something burning out of the yeast? Certainly a lot of hop oil and acid knocking around. Creamy medium body. Toast, caramel, swimming pool toys, and an ashy char on the mid-palate. Lots of garlic and onions. Hot, dry, peppery finish. Having a hard time making sense of this one. Usually I enjoy beers that deliberately throw different styles together, and this one seems like an amber/IPA/saison hybrid in some ways. But it’s hard to get around the garlic/onion thing with this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle: Wow, when BrewDog doesn’t go overboard on cramming a bunch of alcohol in a beer, they can brew some nice drinking stuff. Best amber ale I can remember, with chewy hop flavors, very cohesive brew that is just a cut above the normal flagship amber of most breweries. Huge head, lots of nice lace.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2011
A bottle at Jack Browns in Va Pours amber with a bubbly tan head. It leaves a coat of lacing. A roasted note and citrusy taste underneath.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (2802) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle @ Maltainen Riekko, Helsinki. Poured abmber color with a white head. Aroma is grapefruity, flowery hops. Flavor is fruity as well, very bitter. Finish is very perfumy and dry. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3101) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 Bottle: Aroma is first very fruity, notes of sourly berries, red currants. Then very hoppy, herbs, citrus. Flavor is also very fruity, berries, some malt, well hopped (herbal). Medium bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (969) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Intemsively grapefruity and lemony pale ale with light and dry body. Refreshing, bitter palate. Slick and hoppy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (2747) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - FEB 11, 2011
An amazing orange to red with a decent beige head, aroma of pine needles, lemon grass and a touch of bread and butterscotch, balance of straw to bread maltiness and piney hops with a fairly lemon acidity and low sweetness, finishes with a long tea, tobacco and bitter-sour aftertaste, medium bodied, quaffable great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Medium caramel amber colour, bright cherry hop aroma. Thick with a bitter hit then a long dry building finish of clove and pepper with some citrus balancing it out.


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