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

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RATINGS: 1688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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


2.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (1573) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2013


330ml bottle bought at Biere von Irene in Yuen Long. Batch No. 566.

Cloudy, hazy dull ruby purplish-red colour; Very thin head and residual beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Minimal lacing with active carbonation; Very fragrant aroma of raisin, floral, plum, dark fruit, light cherry, sparkling wine and sugar; Minimally sweet taste of light malt with light citrus, grapes, cream crackers, pines, herbs and light hops Med to light body, thin but slick palate; Taste profile is initially muted, no taste at all for a couple of seconds, then it hits you with the very light, dry biscuit malt plus light citrus, grapes, spices and herbal hops. All in really light dose. Hoppiness concentrates on aromas, and bitterness is very light, with mild astringency as finish. Pretty dry after taste, very easy to mouth.

Comments: I had high hope for this one before opening it, I wish I didn’t. Its fruity aroma is really nice and attractive, but the taste does not match, very muted and flat, and failed to spark my interest. The use of Simcoe and Chinook hops make some interesting piney hoppiness, but it’s still light. Even Mendocino’s Red Tail Ale tastes more exciting than this one. Its overall impression is underwhelming and disappointing. Would another batch be better? I don’t wanna bet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anfractuosity (318) - - MAR 28, 2013
Tastes malty - wasn’t really to my taste though

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unde (859) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Scent has pine like feel, with some bitterness. Appearance is red with minimalist head. Taste has earth like-qualitys, some pine wood and hints of bitter fruits. Bitterness is in nice balance, not too powerful. Very pleasant red ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 The overriding taste is one of bitterness which may be too much for some people, bit too much for me! A lovely appearance of deep red-Brown with gentle fizzing and a thick cream head. Some toffee in the nose. A slight astringent quality which fades into a pronounced bitter aftertaste. Hoppy, basically tastes like a modern, standard hop laden ipa with an extra tartness. Best slightly warmer than fridge temperature- let it warm up a bit!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hens (736) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2013
0,33L bottle.Rich fruity, vegetables, herbs aroma. Soft start. Wierd turnip flavor jumping for few seconds. Like living beer. Very weird. Finish is bt skunky and very enjoyable bitter. Very nice brewing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Graham77 (422) - SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 330ml bottle. Aroma is piney hops with an underlying sweetness. Lovely creamy head on a dark copper, slightly hazy ale. The taste is hard for me to describe but has sweet and bitter elements, with a viscous mouthfeel. A good robust ale but slightly medicinal tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (187) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Red-brown ale with a thick, pillowy light brown head. Fresh, clean aromas of pine and resin. Smooth on the palate with a hint of fruit (cherry?) at the start, subtle smoky malt flavours, and a dominant dry, hoppy, pine finish. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
11.2oz bottle - pours caramel-scarlet with nice, medium tan head. Sweet caramel notes, cookie, biscuit, touch of orange. Taste is grain, malted citrus, finishes with touch of bitterness. Pretty decent.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zomba (212) - Nokia, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with little head. Aroma has hops, flowers. Taste is sweet and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5968) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
May 2012 - The guy at RealAle Twickenham told me this is his favourite. So expectations high… Verdict: Not amazing, hoppy, little floral. Disappointing. Very good rating on ratebeer though, so I may have to give it a second go just to check.


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