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

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RATINGS: 1248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (2975) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2011
Red amber colour. Red berry aroma. Flavour is sweet, juicy at first with some peach syrup in there. Becomes dryer and more bitter in the mouth. Good balance of hop and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (311) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 23, 2011
Bottle, 355ml. Pours a clear amber/copper colour with a reddish hue and a great offwhite head. Aroma is all about the hoppiness. Taste has dry fruits, roasted malts and heavy hop flavour. Great finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2011
bouteille 33cl. batch # 185 ambre avec belle mousse ocre. Pour moi, un arôme qui approche une IPA avec un bon profile citronné et fruité, pin et herbeux qui mettent bien en avant les houblons, laissant juste de quoi au malt pour se faire présent. En bouche, un profile qui donne plus de place au malt dans des tons grillé et torréfié avec un peu de noisette ainsi que du houblon citronné/pin qui tend tjrs à dominer le tout. J’aurai souhaité un peu plus de vivacité du côté du malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1814) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2011
Tap. Fluffy light tan head, coppery brown color. Great lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma; touch of pine, citrus, and a light sweetness. Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and a good deal of hops all feature in the flavor. Touch sweet and bitter at the same time. Little sticky in the body, but lightish. Sessioner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1793) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2011 Made the mistake of drinking this after Hardcore IP and couldn’t taste anything at first! Anyway, pours red, with nice clarity. Smell is citrous and fresh zesty lemons. Flavour is grapefruit and pine with some fruity ale-ness in their somewhere. Palate is quite soft and mellow. Retried at Wholefoods Market Tasting. Rating up from 3.7.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1803) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper to orange-ish colour with a light tan head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a hint of caramel. In the taste, gingerbread and caramel like maltiness and a nice small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel aftertaste. Nice small presence of caramel in a red ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - APR 16, 2011
A very nice looking red amber colour with a finger & a half sized brownish white head. The beer is still and clear, looking excellent with good head retention that eventually settles to a thinnish lacing/head & leaves some lacing on the glass too. A pleasant, fruity combination of grapefruit & pine with maybe a little mango in the middle. Definitely a good smelling, summery beer. Starts off very fruity to begin with a grapefruit dominating along with a citrus flavour before easing out in the middle then finishing with the pine mentioned in the smell. Well balanced overall & finishing with a warm, mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink making this a nice session brew. The carbonation is good too. This is a very pleasant, fruity beer that goes down well & would be perfect on a warm summers day. Not the best Brewdog offering but still a nice brew. - - - - More reviews & 1001 Beer Challenge at:

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market sometime in March, 2011. Colour: Clouded orange with generous heaps of orange-tinged pillowy head. Nose: A dominant blend of hops and Lindt milk chocolate. After some time and swirling, raw mushrooms and fresh lawn clippings appear. The rich milk chocolate stays constant even as it opens up. Taste: Medium light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would have you believe because the chocolote is now bittersweet. Emerging fruits come on, dark cherries and kiwi. Hops act as a blanket around everything though, as they pulsate in all areas of the palate. This is the most extensively hopped amber I have ever tasted, and it works like a young married couple. Brilliant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2011
From bottle @ Beerexpo, Lkpg, Sweden. Pours dark amber. Quite robust. Offers nuts in bouth aroma and flavor. Quite herbal like hoped.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexjucla (20) - - APR 11, 2011
Wow what a beer! This has taken over the top spot on my list for lower ABV beers, surpassing the old number one: San Diego County Session Ale by Stone/Kelsey Mcnair/BP The aroma of hop perfume and caramel starts this beer off right. Not the strongest aroma, but a pleasant one. Look is a orangey-golden hue, with red tones. Dense, tan head. The taste is out of this world. At only 25 IBU, this beer still imparts a strong hop taste. The essential oils of the hops were heavily extracted, but the bittering alpha acids have a much smaller influence. This yeilds a strong hop sensation, without being a resinous palate-buster. The strong hop character balances a caramel sweetness of the malt bill, which is, simply put, out of this world. The Maris Otter variety of pale malt gives this beer a distinctive English ale taste, with a rich mouthfeel and wonderful flavor. There must have been considerable amounts of unfermentable sugars in the mash, because the beer has a noticeable sweetness. This also comes through better because of the low bitterness and low alcohol. I love this beer because the balance between the malty sweetness and bitterness is perfect, but it isn’t a strictly noble hop taste. It’s almost like a cross between an English pale ale and and an American pale ale. It has the American style hop presence, but the English malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was a medium to full feel with a soft carbonation that is certainly enough to give the beer life, but not prickly by any means. Overall it’s pretty much the perfect session ale in my book. This is a winner, and an excellent value. If you find it on the shelf at your local beer store, you absolutely must pick it up.


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