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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
egajdzis (5650) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
[Draft @ Spring House Brewery] Darker golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, skunk, toast, and citrus. Taste of citrus fruits, toasted malts, some pine, and light skunk with some bitterness in the finish as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nickd717 (3713) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
12oz bottle shared by largadeer. Pours clear golden with a small white head that fades. Smells like caramel and pale malt with slight resinous hops. Tastes a bit faded with caramel and pale malts, apple, and faint floral, earthy, and resinous hops. Boring mouthfeel. Damn it, I hate that this is from the ’burg and sucks. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Draft at CAH Sh event for Philly Beer Week. Pours hazy dark straw w 1f ow head. Nose is big resiny hops, pale malt. Tastes very resiny, hoppy, citric, with tangerine, pale malt, and a smooth, not terribly complex, but eminently quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
Clear copper color with a white fizzy head. Aroma of citrus, grass, hops, and biscuit. Tastes of toasted caramel, citrus, hops, and a touch of lemon. Clean, light and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Copper, white fizzy head. Light toasty citric flavors with a faint swirl of toast. Caramel biscuit flavor rounds with a hint of citrus in the finish. Light bodied, soft carbonation, slightly offensive finish. This needs some serious help...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1481) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
A: Pours a nice light golden hue nice tall egg white head with tons of sheet lacing. S: Simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops. T: Simple flavor as well. Caramel malt with lots of herbal hops. Light citrus as well to round things out. M: Medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish. D: Pretty good. A nicely hopped pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a copper body with a white head. Malty skunk y metallic y tin aroma with some faint floral but more so dust y hop character. Flavor is thin and grain y with some light herbal tones. Thin and quaff-able. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
On tap at the KSBF ’09. Listed as a Double IPA (but at 5.6%?). Poured a deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some citrus, and some toasted caramel. Tastes of the same citrus, floral and some lighter caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Copper pour with a slight offwhite head. Aroma is citrus and a bit of grain. Flavor is mianly a citrus hop, some lemon zest. Malt is light toasted caramel. Pleasant pale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2009
on tap @Stoudts Invitational-pours a thin white head and gold color. Aroma is light/medium malt-caramel, herbal hops. Taste is some off notes, light/medium malt-caramel, herbal hops.

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