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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 13/20
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2009
On draught, pours clear golden into the glass, with a decent pillowy fluff, diminishing but leaving generous lace. Bready nose, with some earthen hops. Slight lemony citrus passes a decent bitter upfront. Some metallic notes integrate nicely, and the finish is a clean, lingering bitter. Mouthfeel is light, with decent carbonation. Good brew for summer. Not much more to say... decently put together, clean and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2009
Courtesy of markwise. Pours copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma is sweet, malty, bread, a touch of butter and some hints of tangelo. The taste is a bit hoppier than the nose with a pulse of spice and some pine hops that quickly mix with grainy malts and bread. It finishes with fading malts and a persistent modest level of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle, courtesy markwise. Clear copper pour, light golden, some thin lacing. Some flowery hops in the nose, sweet malts, and slight caramel. Flavor has some sharp, bitter hops, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a hint of spice. Medium-bodied, drinkable, but fairly tame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
12 oz from BIF and dashirey. Pours yellwo gold with a white head. Nose is caramel, vanilla, malt, and citrus hops. Flavor is water, malt, citrus, orange, and floral hops. Nice and sessionable pale ale. Finishes malty and citrusy. Easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Dashirey thanks for sending this one to me. The bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body was hazy amber in color with some suspended particles (hops) Aromas are nice citric hops with some bready yeast. The flavors of some sweet malt followed by a nice hop bite easily describe this brew. The brew is also light in the mouth with good carbonation for the tongue. Very easy to drink and just as easy to enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Small white head with fair retention and lacing. Light copper color, clear. Nose is lightly spicey hops, light citrus and caramel malts. Body is lightly medium, good carbonation, lightly oily. Decent hop flavors, citrus and faint pine with light caramel malt notes, lightly earthy and grassy. Dry finish with a light bite. A fair APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattShizzle (541) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Light copper color clear. Hop pieces are floating in the beer. Hoppy aroma. Pretty good but not nearly as hoppy/flavorful as they make it sound.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12 oz. bottle via trade - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. Faint lacing. Aroma is herbal hops. Flavor is grainy malt and herbal hops. Light to medium body. A decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltyJoe (3) - york, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008 does not count
I bought this one in a 1/6 keg. Nice color, not overpowering, but with enough bite to please hopheads!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
This is a decent pale ale from a newer brewery here in PA. It kind-of disappoints in the fact that the body is rather light and a little bland. The flavor is certainly there, as this shows quite a bit of promise and potential. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a subtle off-white head. The head left a nice amount of lacing around the glass, as well. There wasn’t much to the nose of this beer, with only small hints of hops, grass and a little caramel. The flavors noted were of spicy and bitter hops, a touch of grass, a hint of orange peel and just enough flavor of caramel malt to add a little backbone to the beer. But the finish lacked a little body and the flavor could have stood out a little better. There also could have been a bit more of a malt character to back everything up. The aftertaste and finish were otherwise pretty flavorful, with more notes of spicy hoppiness. Like I said, this beer poses a big potential to being a lot better. I hope maybe the brewing staff at Spring House decides to tinker with the receipe a little, because this beer could have a real winner.

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