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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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 12/20
blutt59 (6264) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle, thanks to machfive in trade, clear golden amber pour with some cottony foam, aroma is faint caramel and lemon, flavors of good malty chocolate, tropical fruit, some banana

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
callmemickey (3760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
A: Crystal clear, pale amber body. Moderate sized off white cap quickly recedes but leaves behind some quality lacing. S: Grassy hops with perhaps a hint of citrus. Bread-like malts make themselves known as well. T: Much like the nose there are two key components: relatively nondeScript grassy hops and bready malts. Lightly bitter. M: Light-medium bodied with good carbonation upfront. Trickles off toward the end and gets a little thin in the back. Clean finish with a light bitterness. O: Overall... an unoffensive, but relatively uninspiring pale ale. Could benefit from an additional hop addition contributing another layer hop character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Served on-tap in the Taproom into a standard pint. A - Pours light amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass. S - Smells of biscuity pale malts and crisp citric hops. A touch of light spice creeps in at the very end of the glass. The nose is quite bready with a touch of light spice. T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of chewy malt and a bit of sweetness. The finish is pretty much the same, a mix of chewy malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time. M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is slightly chewy with a touch of lingering hop bitterness. O - In the long run this one is just OK but if you are at the taproom and are looking for something light to drink with some decent flavor you really can’t go wrong with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirdeye11 (5835) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to Cavie) clear gold with light tan creamy head. Nose of cream, graham cracker, celery, animal crackers and butter. Taste of butter, alcohol, bitter, rhubarb, and rye. Not a good mix of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2011
My kind of APA. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy bright amber color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that left some lacing. The aroma was moderately strong sweet pineapple and grapefruit. The flavor was sweet and tangy caramel with sugar and moderate notes of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of lemon. The finish was long with sugar, caramel and pineapple lingering. Fairly full bodied. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, caramel, and light florals. Flavor of citrus, grass, grain, some pine, and caramel malt with mild bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Light orange pour with a white head. Aroma is earth, grassy hops, and a little bread. Taste is more earth and grass with some caramel and toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle via trade. Pours a clear golden orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma is grass, some hops, and light bread. Flavor is a little old, some sweet hops and light malt. Finishes light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4288) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draft pint at McGrath’s in Harrisburg. Clear, light orange-golden with a small head. Nose is light citrus, resin and caramel. Flavor is a nice blend of the same. Light-medium body has average carbonation, a nice crisp hop tingly finish, and goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep orange with a slight haze ad a small, but dense head of white foam. The nose is a little fruity with slight hop notes. A little cracker and caramel malt. The flavor is smooth and on the sweet side with some bread, honey, light florals, and a touch of pine on the back end. Medium bodied with a lingering sweet finish, but the alcohol dries things out in the end. A decent if someone simple pale ale.

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