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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
On draft at the brewery. Aroma is juicy citrus and melon. Flavor is very nice pale malt and fruity hops with a nice finish. bought a 6er

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2842) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Aroma: Lemon Zest, Mildly Piney, Mildly Grainy Appearance: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Decent Lacing Taste: Grainy Malts, Mildly Piney Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Firkin version with citra and grapefruit zest at Barcade for their Spring House event. Pours clearish golden with small white head, good lace. Notes are insanely grapefruit with some bitter tangerine skin and candy booze. Finishes the same as echto cooler but not as accurate as turbo shandy was years back. Nice one off that seems like it’s much better then the regular version judging by the reviews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours clear golden with an Orange hue and white head. Aroma has light sweet hops and crispy malts. Flavor brings some light bitter hop notes and vague citrus on a crispy body carbonated just right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft at the taproom. Pours very clear gold with a thin white head and decent lacing. Tastes like malt, grains, some dry hop feel, mild bitterness and sweetness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like grains and light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4817) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap at Lancaster Taproom. Pours clear gold with creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, grassy and floral notes, light pineapple, and light lemon zest. Flavor is dry malts forward with strong grassy hop profile and some light citrus and toasted notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
revbarabbas (1) - - NOV 21, 2013 does not count
I got the first can available to the public in a private tasting of the variety that is brewed exclusively at the Spring House Brewery itself instead of the Appalachian contract. This is a completely different beer, The aroma is crisp, citrusy, with piney notes. The appearance is golden with a light colored white head and clean looking. The taste is a lot less malty than the Appalachian variety...hops are in the fore-front, but not overbearingly bitter...refreshing with citrus notes and a floral after taste. Body is light thin texture lively carb and an abrupt finish. This is a return to the original Seven Gates...but in a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3742) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Blonded body topped by a nice cream head. This one straddles the territory between American ESB and APA with a nicely bitter aroma and flavor profile that seems influenced by the addition of Chinook and Cascade hops. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap at tasting. Pours a light golden color with a thick white head with tons of sheet lacing. Aroma is a simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops. Taste is caramel malt with lots of herbal hops and a light citrus as well to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft. Small off-white head with clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some bread, light grapefruit. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

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