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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4394) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37063) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and slight citrusy. Bitter and dry hoppy, citrusy. Dry and citrusy finish. Bitter and dry far finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2011
Bottle from a trade with phillybeer7779. Pours hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of floral hops and biscuity malts. Toasted malt flavor with some sweetness and grassy hops. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
A golden ale with a thick creamy off white head. In aroma, a rather German hops signature, mineral and boring. In mouth, a smooth mineral malt with very British and German hops, not bad, but lacking floral hops. On tap at PA Flavor, April 9th, 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours an orange copper color with a white head. Nose brings some light citrus notes but there really isn’t that much to it. Taste, again, is light citrus. A bit of pale malt is added in. Nice feel with light bitterness. A bit plain, but drinks quite well. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-26-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Mostly toasted malts, caramel, and light herbal notes through this one with light citrus hops at the end. Not bad, but fairly non-deScript.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle from Phillybeer1779, thanks! Pours a hazy gold with some chunky yeast floaties. Nose is some citrus American hops but a little bland and some caramelly malt. Taste is very similar and light on the hops. Good mouthfeel. Bottle is probably no too fresh so I will try it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Pours a pale golden amber with a smaller white head, ok lacing... aroma is a touch on the sweet malty side... A touch malty, not very sweet, some toasted flavors, not a great deal of hoppiness, decent flavor, not hoppy enough for my taste... easy drinking, medium light body...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
adrian910ss (2447) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear liquid orange gold with a small off white head. Aroma of light hops, malt and grain. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Very watery and not much flavor.

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