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 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 (1650) - Fishhawk, 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 (12208) - 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 (1358) - 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 (12410) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italianjohn (3094) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Clear copper pour with very little white head some lacing on the glass aroma of sweet caramel and hops ... taste of caramel malt with bitter citrus hop ending well balanced and medium bodied not overly hoppy or malty ... a toned down mild apa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Pours amber with thin white head. Aroma is of hops, caramel, and bread/grain. Flavor has some bitter citrus hop with a nice caramel malt balance. Pretty dry, overall mild and enjoyable APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of caramel, grains, pale malts, and some noble hops. Poured orange/amber in color with a small, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of large particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of pale malts, grains, slight biscuit, hops, light citrus, and some toasting. Medium body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malty, hoppy, grain, and light caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2209) - Swannanoa, 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.

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