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

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RATINGS: 1468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2012
I had this in a bottle, but something tells me I need to one day seek it out on tap. As far as amber ales go, I would put this up against some of the best and more complex of its kind. Easy to drink or down quickly, the 5 A.M. Saint has plenty of kick for being such a toned-down-in-potency ale. BrewDog is most famous for its high volume, rare beers, but out of the few that you can find regularly (if you have a decent liquor store nearby) this is one to try out. Not a bad choice for accessibility if you are having a gathering.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenclansman (886) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - FEB 19, 2012
On draft. Nice amber color with a good foam that quickly fades away. Amazing hoppy aromas. Taste is smooth and easy going. Perfect body balance. Nice beer to have on tap. .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2012
botted. sure enough, amber with a lasting thin white head; decent aroma of pine and deodorant; some butterscotch well balanced by a green grassiness and butterscotch. a very good amber ale: not words i usually put together

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yiannnos (1014) - , CYPRUS - FEB 17, 2012
Amber colour. Citrus hops and bread in the aroma. Taste is hoppy caramel. Slight bitterness.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Strong hop character on the nose. Smells like some north west hops, fresh smelling. Plenty of pine almost smells juicy. Off-white head, tan slightly grey color. Cup isn’t clear, can’t comment on the color but pours pretty dark. Mouthfeel is slippery and solid. Taste has plenty of grassy notes, some pine and citrus. Bursting with flavor at 5%. I’m afraid that this bottle is skunked, the aftertaste is quite tangy, I can’t imagine this is what the brewer intended. It originally was cold, it warmed up, and I cooled it down in ice... maybe that ruined it. Solid effort, but ill have to re-rate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a light rust color. Faint aroma of hops, caramel. Flavor was heavy on the malts - toffee, caramel, citrus. All in all, this was good. Perhaps a little watery for my preference. The ridiculous message on the bottle begs for a snotty review, but the beer stands on its own, despite the narsassistic rumblings on the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
Had ad bottle a Bottle Screw Bills in YYC while rushing for a Red Arrow bus. Hazy, medium amber body with a good-sized, off-white, fully lasting head that covers the glass in lacing. Good start! Super fruity aroma that is all hops, for the most part grapefruit, but there might be some pine and resin there as well. Despite the hoppy aroma the taste is initially light sweet, that’s a nice touch! Then the finish comes, and it is of course aggressively bitter and delicious. A subtle sweet malty caramel flavour is followed and partially mixed with a firm grapefruit flavour. Medium body, soft carbonation, quite dry feel. It’s a bit like a more complex, more interesting, beefed-up and hoppy version of an Amber Ale. Fucking doctors strike again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
Bottled. Pours deep amber with a head that goes fast. Immediate release of a pungent, floral, hoppy aroma which is the most striking feature of the beer. Overall the beer has hops in abundance from start to finish, but bitterness balanced by malt sweetness. Yet another good one from the Brew Dog stable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
foxo82 (765) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2012
Half pint at Euston Tap, Euston Road, London. As is typical of the BrewDog range this has a strong, fruity aroma mixed with hops - berries this time as opposed to some of its more tropical fruit-based label mates. It doesn’t smell like you expect beer to smell, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your sensibilities; for me it’s the former. The taste is a big surprise - definite hints of cocoa mixed in with the fruity hops. A little fizzy in the mouth so perhaps not as smooth on the palate as it could be but still rather good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark amber red with a pale sand coloured head. The aroma is clear hoppy with notes of strawberries, sweet pink grapefruit, orange juice and some white flowers. Doughy and bready undertones with a hint of caramel. The flavour is dry, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Metal/copper tones up front with grapefruit citric undertones. The mouthfeel is empty with a soft carbonation. Abrupt finish, only a touch of bitterness lingers. Light to medium bodied.


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