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Spring House Seven Gates Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
The story of the Seven Gates comes from rural Pennsylvania, not far from the Spring House Brewery. According to the legend, a mental asylum for the criminally insane stood in the middle of a dense forest. Surrounding the asylum were seven concentric gates, preventing would-be escapees. One terrifying night, the asylum caught fire, causing the inmates to flee into the menacing forest. As the tale goes, the former asylum residents were trapped by the seven gates, and eventually succumbed to the perils of the forest. The locals swear that the tormented souls of the inmates will torture anyone brave enough to attempt passage through the Seven Gates of the forest.

Spring House Brewing Co. honors the local legend by producing a terrifyingly delicious brew that is as familiar as a friendly forest, yet possesses a mysterious quality that will haunt you from the first taste. The enormous, hopped flavor and the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each bottle will have you believing that the master brewer must be a direct descendant of the former asylum residents.

Note: Formerly contract brewed at Appalachian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6766) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draft at the Tap Room. Poured a clear golden yellow color with a small off-white head. Aroma was a standard pale ale with a notable hoppy pine finish to it. Flavor was about the same. Drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Looks a little dirty yellow on tap @ madmex. Weird leathery appeal to it. Nice lacing. Good co2. Seems to be rather fresh although it leaves a sharper astringent bite at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2468) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Draft at the Irish Pol. Slightly hazy amber pour with a very frothy off-white head. Solid lace. Floral citrus hop flavors. A noticeable Band-Aid note in the nose. Tastes of juicy, watery, pink grapefruit pith, unripe oranges, green tomatoes, clementines and mango sap. Numbing pineapple cores. Watermelon rind. Lemon thyme. Spicy green peppers. Though light, this brew has much sharper hop notes than expected which makes it quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1418) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Can. A bit if a pine aroma. Taste is similar, a decent body, nice bitter hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2196) - - SEP 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades away very fast leaving just a hint of light foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel nature with some notes of some grainy bread smells. Mixed with these aroma is a toffee smell and a very light floral and citrus smell. Taste – the taste begins with a toffee and caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a grainy and bready taste. As the flavors advance, the caramel fades a bit with the buttery toffee flavor increasing slightly. As this transitions occurs, so too comes some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. A little bit of floral hop comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a semi-sweet and decently hopped (for a pale ale) taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The slightly lower carbonation and slightly creamier body were quite nice for the toffee flavors of the brew with them furthermore accentuating the hop flavors, making them stand out more than they typically would have. Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Flavorful and nicely hopped, yet still maintaining a very easy drinking taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dagimp (921) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2014
On tap at McSheas. Decent fluffy white head. Light aroma with some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Taste is kind of muddled. Light hops with some banana and sour grapes. Meh. Not a great Apa at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (1249) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Subtle aroma of hop, spice, caramel , grass and floral. Taste is bold. Strong hop presence. Fruity hops and good bite. A bit earthy. It’s definitely bitter. Thick malty backend. It has a ton of elements to it. Mild strength I would say. Probably an IPA in disguise if not for the abundance of non-hop flavors. Medium body. Quick duration

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11715) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit and cracker malt, earthy, citrus and herbal hops with apple and pear esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
A twist off cap!? Anyway, golden orange in color. Nicely carbonated with an average foam cap. A slight chill haze maybe. Nice aromatics of toffee malt and bouquet of woodsy earthy hops. Sweet malty flavor with some butter. Dry. A slight bitter hop aith a dry finish. I note a metalic off taste. I will disregard the off taste until I have an opportunity to try another beer. A good average ale I deem worthy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joejames (457) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours hazy light amber, two finger head, nice lacing. Aroma pine, grass, light citrus notes. Taste is earthy and floral bitter. Light body, medium carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter that lingers. Average pale ale.

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