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Style: Amber Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1249   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


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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoFi (1556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 Bottle. Amber to copper with a porous tan head. Aroma: peaches, pineapple, resin, caramel. Taste: fresh hoppiness, pine, citrus, resin, berries, caramel, some grass, medium bitter. Medium-bodied. Very refreshing and drinkable, would be a great summer beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6556) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2011
330 ml bottle. Batch #40. BB 29/03/2011. From bierzwerg.de.
Dark hazy brown colour with small light tan head. Dark bitter woody and piney hops, bready malt and dark fruitiness in aroma. Flavour is fruity bitter hops, wood, bready malt and bitterness. Surprisingly short and mild bitter aftertaste. Soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2059) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2011
cask. Dark amber body, khaki head.Aroma has lots of fruist and sweet malt with apricot and some strawberry combined with grapefruity background. Very dry, lots of grassy, earthy hopiness with smooth bitterness. Some piney flavour. Beer has really nice depth and complexicity with harsh bitterness and balanced fruity and malty notes. Proves a good point - all beers doesn’t have to bo 10 ABV to excel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2011
Amber with a lightly tanned head. Green hops and caramelly aroma. Caramelly but still dry, with a hoppy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - APR 4, 2011
04/04/2011 330ml bottle. Ambrata scura con riflessi rossicci, schiuma bianca sporca, non molto persistente. Al naso è una esplosione di luppolo. L’aroma è intensissimo, fruttato, con note agrumate e floreali. In bocca è un trionfo d’amaro, con note agrumate ed erbacee. Non molto bilanciata, a mio modo di vedere, e un po’ troppo estrema per una amber ale. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Un po’ grezza nel complesso, ma di carattere.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
humlelala (953) - DENMARK - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 Re-rated on November 26th 2011: Girlfriend says: "It’s the perfect beer." App: 5/5 Aroma: 9/10 Pal: 5/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 19/20 April 2nd 2011: (on bottle, 33 cl from SuperBrugsen) Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with long-lasting, tall and frothy off-white head that laces the glass. Intense, complex aroma of floral hops. Taste is rich with what for me is the perfect balance of intense bitterness and a certain malty sweetness. Full-bodied, oily with average carbonation and a long, dry and bitter sweetness. Something close to the perfect beer for me - and at less than two euro it’s a steal. Aroma: 9 App: 5 Taste: 10 Palate: 5 Overall: 20

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - APR 2, 2011
SCHIUMA: non abbondante, bianca, scompare in fretta COLORE: ambrato con riflessi rosso-arancio INTENSITA’ / FINEZZA / AROMA molto intensa, si avverte già al versare la birra nel bicchiere. È una esplosione di note fruttate, dominate da una componente di frutta esotica (direi frutto della passione) che si mescola per bene con note citriche/agrumate e un tocco di vegetale. C’e’ sicuramente spazio per un piccolo contributo dei malti - caramello, tostato - però rimane schiacciato dal profumo fruttato. GUSTO / RETROGUSTO / PERSISTENZA i profumi si convertono in sapori proseguendo per la stessa strada. In tal caso, peró, il frutto esotico tende a convertirsi più che altro in pompelmo rosa, sulla spinta di un amaro consistente dal carattere erbaceo/citrico. I malti fanno fatica a farsi notare, dando qualche nota caramellata e di frutto secco che si mischia con il fruttato iniziale, ma il finale è tutto per i luppoli con un retrogusto erbaceo persistente. CORPO / CARBONATAZIONE / CONSISTENZA corpo medio-basso, carbonatazione media; in bocca da una sensazione di fluidità e freschezza.buona, piacevole e sorprendente - all’nizio - poi, a dire la verità, le note fruttate tropicali stancano un po’ e comunque rendono la birra di difficile abbinamento a tavola (una birra da aperitivo estivo?). Per fortuna gli amaricanti dei luppoli evolvono attenuando i toni piu’ dolciastri del fruttato iniziale. Concludendo, una birra originale, ben fatta e ben costruita su luppoli di prima qualita’; il resto è questione di gusti.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (3025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Unclear orange-red beer with a white foamy head. Extremely hoppy scent of grass and pine. Very bitter taste with sweet malt notes, citrus, grass, pine. Relatively long finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (887) - Viby J, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Huge off-white lasting head and a clear dark amber body. Hops in the nose, aroma of grass, citrus, pine and some caramel as well. Thin texture. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Bitter and dry finish.


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