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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.2
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 1, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a pale burnt yellow almost bronze color with a finger and a halfs worth of white foamy head that concaved nicely to leave some messy foamy clingy lace. The aroma had some sweet lemon pulp, sweet pine, bready malts with a touch of floral sweet hop quality at the end. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side enveloping the piney hops and bready malts. Aftertaste was the sweet along with the bitter and having a little bit of toast coming inside. Finishes with a little bit of lemon hop burn which I wasnt entirely fond of. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, for the most part, its a decent APA but the finish I didnt care for.

3.1
katrinaez (1921) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Transfer from the old rating system. I just have it as an average beer. Had on tap.

3.2
jtclockwork (16443) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Draft - pours yellow white head - nose/taste of citrus, lemon, soapy malt - med body

3.6
Ferris (15013) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
Draft - Little skunk with some peel. Clear gold with a small white head. Light skunk and citrus with a bitter peel finish. Decent.

2.8
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ keg ][ 4oz ][ @Spring House Brewery ][ $2 ][ mini tumbler ][ 04.30.16 ]
translucent good. Thin white cap, great lacing. Oily resin body, dry pepper bitterness. Front palate is soft petal and orange, thinly peppery. Mid palate is doughy, light may papery before heavy resin finish. Sticky overall, needs more balance and complexity.

3.3
radagast83 (8011) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draft at the Tap Room. Poured a clear golden yellow color with a small off-white head. Aroma was a standard pale ale with a notable hoppy pine finish to it. Flavor was about the same. Drinkable.

2
cheap (5796) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Looks a little dirty yellow on tap @ madmex. Weird leathery appeal to it. Nice lacing. Good co2. Seems to be rather fresh although it leaves a sharper astringent bite at the finish.

3.7
NikkTwist (3193) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Draft at the Irish Pol. Slightly hazy amber pour with a very frothy off-white head. Solid lace. Floral citrus hop flavors. A noticeable Band-Aid note in the nose. Tastes of juicy, watery, pink grapefruit pith, unripe oranges, green tomatoes, clementines and mango sap. Numbing pineapple cores. Watermelon rind. Lemon thyme. Spicy green peppers. Though light, this brew has much sharper hop notes than expected which makes it quite refreshing.

3.5
Nejhleader (1550) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Can. A bit if a pine aroma. Taste is similar, a decent body, nice bitter hop aftertaste.

3.5
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades away very fast leaving just a hint of light foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel nature with some notes of some grainy bread smells. Mixed with these aroma is a toffee smell and a very light floral and citrus smell. Taste – the taste begins with a toffee and caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a grainy and bready taste. As the flavors advance, the caramel fades a bit with the buttery toffee flavor increasing slightly. As this transitions occurs, so too comes some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. A little bit of floral hop comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a semi-sweet and decently hopped (for a pale ale) taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The slightly lower carbonation and slightly creamier body were quite nice for the toffee flavors of the brew with them furthermore accentuating the hop flavors, making them stand out more than they typically would have. Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Flavorful and nicely hopped, yet still maintaining a very easy drinking taste.


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