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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 weíre 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 whoís to know whatís 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 peopleís 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, youíll 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapez (1502) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2010
Bottle. Citrus, hops and vanilla in aroma. Amber colour with a red tone and beige head. Plenty of hops, fruits and some nuts in flavour. Dry, spicy and bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (1863) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Pretty hoppy for an amber. Nice balance, sweet and bitter, with a medium body and smooth finish. Itís excellent for an amber, though it reminds me much more of a pale ale.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2010
Whatís an Amber Ale? Itís a pale ale brewed with a proportion of crystal malt to give the beer an amber colour. The Americans use the term, the French do as well. We used to use the term in the UK, but havenít really done so for many years. None of the beers that are generally termed Amber Ale fit this beer, so Iím not quite sure what the BrewDog guys are thinking of. This is in the American IPA style - itís rather more hoppy than an APA, though the abv is more in keeping with that style. However, the use of crystal malt has given this a certain dryness and a rough edge and a depth of malt character that is interesting. Usually brewers like to balance big hops with a lot of clean, sweet, juicy pale malt, so this is a little different. It is, though, more of a take on IPA than on Amber Ale - perhaps Imperial Amber Ale? Anyway, it often takes me a while to appreciate BrewDog beers and big hoppy beers, so I donít expect to enjoy this on first visit. And my expectation was fulfilled. Itís drinkable, but itís not my thing. Too dry, and too filtered and lifeless, and too much relying on hops. Beer is about the malt - the hops are a flavouring.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (3951) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle.Dark amber colour with small white head.Aroma is fruity and malty with taste of pine and citrus hoppy and floral with slight bitterness,well balanced and crispy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2010
First things first. I love Brew Dog. Seriously. The guys canít make a bad beer. From a Slightly citrussy, toasty nose of grapefruit, honey and figs this moves into an incredibly tasty brew with a rich, round mouthfeel, notes of nutmeg, honey and more citrus, and a long, thirst-quenching, gently bittersweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle. Dark bronze color with light brown head. Aroma really shows the fruity hops they love to use. Still well balanced with a nice caramel malt. Will get it again if I ever find one!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4031) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle: Batch 312: White head on top of a clear dark orange beer. Smell lots of hops, flowers and a slight hint of fruit and malts. Taste is bit watery but a nice mix of fruit and hops: pine, citrus, lemon, grape fruit, flowers, bitter. Mid to full carbo with a tingling mouthfeel, light watery body. Interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattdonders (16) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Smell of yeast, floral and citrus with earth tones. Tastes the same with caramel hints. Good and smooth mouthfeel. Very good amber ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3396) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2010
11.2oz bottle in a shaker. Pours ruby/amber with a cream-colored, lacy head. Aroma strong of hops, floral and citrus, and some earthy notes in addition to caramel malts. Flavor of light malts and earthy yeast has a smooth hop undertone with the bitter notes in the finish. The beer has a slightly better texture than most. Pretty good for the style. Worth trying.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2010
From a 330ml bottle on 15/12/2010. Batch 4D (best before 29/3/2011). Has a pronounced and impressive floral and citric hop aroma. More citrus fruit and floral notes follow when you take a sip, along with some caramel malt. Has a nice long hop finish. Seems more like an APA than an amber ale to me. A well made brew.


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