RATINGS: 94   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
revbarabbas (1) - - NOV 21, 2013 does not count
I got the first can available to the public in a private tasting of the variety that is brewed exclusively at the Spring House Brewery itself instead of the Appalachian contract. This is a completely different beer, The aroma is crisp, citrusy, with piney notes. The appearance is golden with a light colored white head and clean looking. The taste is a lot less malty than the Appalachian variety...hops are in the fore-front, but not overbearingly bitter...refreshing with citrus notes and a floral after taste. Body is light thin texture lively carb and an abrupt finish. This is a return to the original Seven Gates...but in a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (4020) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Blonded body topped by a nice cream head. This one straddles the territory between American ESB and APA with a nicely bitter aroma and flavor profile that seems influenced by the addition of Chinook and Cascade hops. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap at tasting. Pours a light golden color with a thick white head with tons of sheet lacing. Aroma is a simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops. Taste is caramel malt with lots of herbal hops and a light citrus as well to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14108) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft. Small off-white head with clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some bread, light grapefruit. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnbuck100 (305) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Six pack to go from downtown Lancaster taproom. Seven gates is a good go-to pale ale. not the best, but much better that the middle even. a bit heavy for my taste, a bit too much bread, but nice hoppy pale ale with a good spruce-hop flavor. if youre at a party with bud light, blue moon, yuegling or this, its a no-brainer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (2276) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Pours golden orange with a white head. Aroma is citrus, caramel and hay. Taste is bittersweet with some metallic tartness. medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good session brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Pours a light golden yellow with very active carbonation. Aroma of orange an straw. Lightly malty balanced with a deep bitter that starts floral and finishes peppery long after the taste is done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
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. -Fish!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bad. Just bad. Green peppers in the aroma, watered-down coffee and awful roastyness behind that make me cringe. Yeah, this is terrible. Hopefully my drain accepts the rest of my pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ffaoe (745) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2012
light hoppy aroma, very light amber in color with a nice head. nice hop flavor but not over the top

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