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

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RATINGS: 1518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5636) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 14, 2012
Amber colour with an off white head. Fruity and hoppy nose. Hoppy grape flavour with a solid malty background.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Light to moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, moderate pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with pepper and hints of dark dried fruit. Head is small, frothy, orange-beige, with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky but eventualy clears, medium orange/red. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A full array of everything that is good in beer, this Amber Ale is on of the best I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vargatul (139) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - APR 11, 2012
Draught at Beer O’Clock 2, in Bucharest. Dark amber colour. Long fine beige head. Aroma has notes of blueberry, cherry and elderflower. Taste is medium bitter. It has an abrupt bitter finish. I’m really impressed by this beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
worldbeertaste (1741) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
Medium amber colour with a lasting creamy white head. Smell of malt, caramel and strong fruity citrus hops. You can smell that this will be sour. Orange peel, grapefrut. Medium thin body. Sweet start of malt with a citrus greapefruit hoppy finish. Lots of dry hops, not too different then other Brewdogs but nice nontheless.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
330ml Bottle, best before 16 Jan 2012, drank and reviewed on 16 Aug 2011. Before I start the proper review: I’m not a fan of the way these brewers seek notice, but I’ve had a few of their beers and although not seeking them out, don’t shy away from them either. I’ll try and be objective, not subjective. This bottle is to be poured into a ’Back Forty Beer Co’ straight sided sleeve glass: got to be fair, it looked good, true amber body, clear and inviting, on top an off-white head that was full and creamy on the mouth. Malty molasses filled the nose when taking in the smells, not roasted or toasted, burnt or otherwise, just an over-riding aroma of semi-sweet molasses. The taste and mouthfeel were/are one of smooth maltiness without the over-sweetness sometimes found in other malty brews. A rich, almost creamy Mild (UK Dark Mild that is) sort of feel to it. Would love to complain or bitch about it, but I enjoyed this beer: I prefer the slightly sweeter, maltier beers to the hoppy bitter ones normally and this slotted into my tastebuds well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1430) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle from Morrisons. On the reddish side of amber. Very hoppy aroma. I like this combo of amber ale malts and aggressive hopping.This is more earthy than fruity to me, bitter, finish perhaps could be bigger. Good. Rerate, keg in Draft House Charlotte. Maybe served over cold but felt a little thin and didn’t have mouthfeel or finish of the best amber ales, still nice enough but taken rating from 3.5 to 3.3.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
Bottle at Illegal Jack’s. Pours pinkish-orange-red, thin bubbly head. Big hop aromas, tropical and herbal. Bready bitter flavours, intensely vegetal. Nice and fizzy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1592) - Herning, DENMARK - APR 7, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours reddish amber with a pretty big white head that quickly disappears leaving a small amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy, grassy, and resiny hops. Flavour is quite hoppy with a bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
parisiona (29) - CYPRUS - APR 6, 2012
Veru nice refreshing amber ale. Light and very easy going down!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - APR 6, 2012
red brownish color. Nose is really really hoppy for a amber, lots and lots of dry hopping going on here. Big malt backbone but really hoppy and bitter. Not your typical amber ale by any means.. More like a really well balanced IPA.. really lovely


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