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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

5 A.M. Saint5 A.M. Saint

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very good

472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Start the car. The lights are about to turn amber. Buy the ticket, take the ride. Past the alley where thieves and pimps sell corporate brews and good men soak it up like vermin, blissful in their ignorance. Past the jackhammers who want their three and a half percent. Keep going. Towards that golden orb, the size of Zeus’s ass, that hovers over this crazy town. Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink amber, and drive like a bastard towards that saintly light.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 01-03-2010)
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Photo of BEERchitect


4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerfully red but drinkably bright, Brewdog's "Red Ale" acutely captures the essence of the British Isles with its deeply toffen taste along with their brash American influence with a heavy hand of pine.

Rusty-red in its pour, the ale soon layers with a bronze and maroon saturation in body, but a sepia stain in its heady hues. Blanketing the surface with ease, the froth creeps up the glass with a scattering of fingerling lace.

Its sharp and toasted scent kicks off with the heavy aroma of American hops- citrus rind, muddled pine needles and a sappy nose opens the olfactories while a savory undertow of toasted bread, toasted pecan, peanut brittle and maple ground the hops and offer up a savory character that's certain to open up in taste.

And that taste is laden with deeply caramelized flavors- everything from "Cracker Jacks" candy to honey-crusted almonds, burnt toffee and straight-up bread toast all lay on the early palate with a robust sweetness. Its middle waivers just a little in order to offer a hoppy balance that's greeted with white grapefruit and bitter orange peel that trend even more bitter, resinous and decidedly piney in the ales closure.

Its creamy-dry body shows richness early. But after a proper and sweet introduction, the ale shifts gears and trends drying, toasty, and deeply resinous as the sweetness fades, the carbonation recedes and its honeycomb malt structure is left to dry with alcohol warmth and the woodsiness of saw dust.

Where classic Irish Red Ales might approach this measure of savory caramelization and toast; and where American Ambers might attempt such hoppiness- never have both been captured in the same glass... until now. Great job Brewdog! Great job!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 05:25:21 | More by BEERchitect
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BrewDog 5 am Saint has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a very hazy, rust red/brown appearance, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, tea-like malt, hop oil, and a bit of citrus. Taste is of those elements, with an overriding tannic character, bread crust, and a pleasant and noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and BrewDog 5 am Saint finishes semi-dry and easy going.


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 10:43:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Brewhemoth7


4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear dark amber, with a bubbly beige head. The head dissipates reasonably fast, leaving a thick ring around the glass.
S: Cereal grains with some caramel, light nuttiness and a bit of toast/roast. Black licorice. A little bit of dark fruitiness in the background as well.
T: Malty. Definitely some biscuit, also a fair amount of toast/light roast. A bit of caramel. Good aftertaste of biscuit and cereal malts.
M: Feels thin at first, but coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation is good for style, maybe on the high side.

Overall: great beer, always a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 20:14:06 | More by Brewhemoth7
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this Brew Dog staple from the 330 ml bottle into an English pub glass. I was greeted by a nice brick red hue, just short of brown, with around three fingers of tan head. Features a toasted caramel aroma with some citrus rind and hop spice apparent. Stated plainly, I was impressed by the flavor: Malt-forward but provides a decent flavor hops punch. I get raisin biscuits, faint molasses, and lightly toasted cereals providing the scaffolding, while tangerine rind and flesh, tobacco, floral pollen, black tea, pineapple, and maybe a hint of bramble fruit provide the decorations. Tasty. Smooth body is on the thin side perhaps but does coat the mouth a little, oily with a moderate soft carbonation. The fruity flavor notes develop nicely as the beer warms up. Finishes fairly crisp but does leave a malty echo and some earthy hops. One of the better red/amber ales I've tried in recent memory, clean crystal malt flavors and not cloyingly sweet, with a decent hop spice. I will be back.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:50:06 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a copper red with a half finger of bubbly head.

Smell- citrus piney hops, caramel, dark fruits, bready malts.

Taste- Citrus piney hops upfront though not as intense as in the aroma. Balanced by the bready caramel malts. Finishes with the dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nicely balanced american amber ale. For my first crack at Brewdog, this is a pleasant introduction to their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:54:40 | More by leaddog
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in an tapered 8 oz glass.

A- Pours, as expected, a dark reddish amber color with an 1/8 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient drippy lacing.

S- Bold aroma of grassy hops and sugary cereal grain malt.

T- Grassy hop bitterness at first, then the sweet malt comes in and cuts it right in half and you're left with a biscuity aftertaste. Smooth but with lots of flavor.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Drinkable, balanced, different. I really like it. The price may have been a bit steep for an 8 oz pour but I've come to expect that from BrewDog.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 23:07:08 | More by Immortale25
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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, brownish amber with minimal head.

Immediate aromas of pine, with underlying malt and notes of candied apricot. The aroma profile was more reminiscent of an IPA than I was expecting.

A balance of sweet malty caramel and citrusy tangerine notes, with a late nuttiness that developed more as the glass began to drain.

The mouthfeel was a bit narrow and seemingly over-influenced by the hops. The beer seemed to bite on the center of the tongue, and didn't develop fully throughout the mouth. Finished refreshing, with lingering bitters.

Overall a refreshing and pleasant experience from those Brewdog mad scientists.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:59:37 | More by kmw-swirl
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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Brownish red with 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel and biscuit.

Really clean caramel and biscuity malts with a touch of toast. Balanced notes of grapefruit juice and pine with just a hint of pineapple.

Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Extraordinarily balanced and never bitter. Very simple yet very tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 14:48:56 | More by justintcoons
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3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: muddy semi-translucent brown; no head; almost no lacing, just a few short thin runs
S: primarily pine/hops
T: pine, licorice, tar
M: thin, watery, well-carbonated
O: Claims to be an amber/red ale, but is really a watery IPA.

Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia MD

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2013 00:06:26 | More by RandomExile
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch: 202 Best Before: 26-08-14

Unclear cranberry color topped with a frothy, bubbly, milky looking head. Aroma is hoppy, yet with a nice malty balance. Pungent pine, citrus, pineapple, berries, stone fruit, and herbs alongside caramel and chocolate malt. Dank, resinous flavor upfront transitioning to some dry, nutty malts. Pine, grapefruit, berries, and a Nelson Sauvin-like fruity oiliness. Very nice malty balance without becoming sticky sweet. Slightly creamy, fairly low carbonation, a little dryness...very easy to drink. Well done! I haven't had much from BrewDog, maybe that needs to change.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:21:49 | More by wedge
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 202, best before 26-08-14

Pours a very dark ruby red/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, pillowy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks if soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, resinous hop aroma with subtle vinous fruit and a strong dark malt presence. Floral with grassy pine needle and spruce tip followed by prominent caramel malt, toffee, biscuit and subtle dark fruit.

Medium body with dry, earthy hop bitterness up front that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Aggressively hopped with spicy pine needle, soil-y grass and sticky, resinous oils followed by a very strong malt backbone. Slightly toasty with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, hazelnut and cocoa. Complex and well balanced with lots of flavor. It's kind of heavy so I don't think I could drink many of them in one sitting but they managed to pack a lot of flavor into a 5% "session" beer. I'll most likely be picking up more single bottles of this again, especially in the colder winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:58:38 | More by corby112
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Puerto Rico

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cristal-clear amber-brown with an inch of off-white head that fades to a nice ribbon. Thin lacing and little carbonation.

S - Floral hops with some toffee malts.

T - Mild hoppy grapefruit bitterness gracefully balanced by sweet toffee malts.

M - Mild to moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O - I have to say that I’ve yet to try a Scottish beer that has let me down, and this one is not the exception. This is one of those reds that tends towards a pale ale, but isn't quite as bitter, which is what I like about it. Very drinkable and makes for a nice session beer. Would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:00:16 | More by rx-beer
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South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass in front of Jing An Temple in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a murky brown with some carbonation that looks a bit like sediment. Head is light tan, foamy, and stays less than a minute.

S: Some sort of fruit, caramel malts and toast. Light butter character. Not much hop in here.

T: More like a brown ale. Light character. Toast but with a lightly bitter finish. Seems also a bit like a bitter. A good "one more beer" drink. Light but flavorful. Pleasant. Hard to place my finger on the character of this beer.

M: A bit thin

O: Hard to pin down. This is kind of all over the place. Not bad, especially in China, but not my first choice in other settings.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 09:14:58 | More by BucBasil
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber reddish colour with a foamy white head.

The smell is sweet and malty.

The taste is sweet and malty upfront finishing bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A very good representation of the style, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 18:56:48 | More by Dave1999
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Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Hazy copper with yellow tints, off-white head that lasts, pretty tightly packed - not as much as a cream ale, but pretty close. A perfectly okay look, nothing extraordinary, but appetizing.

SMELL : This already gets more interesting. First nose is malt sharpened up by a surprisingly high amount of hop aromas. Second nose releases something more vegetal, with some shy notes reminding me of sauvignon blanc. Third nose definitely gets the malt going up and wild. The hops leave the foreground while still staying very present.

TASTE : Very sharp, very dry. The hops are all around the mouth with some big malt hitting through here and there. The herbal side of hops are definitely the foreground. Lingering taste of thin caramel malt. Firm fruity character backed up by barley sugar.

MOUTHFEEL : The sharpness of the hops give this beer the substance it needs - without the hops, it would've felt thin and watery. Carbonation is well balanced, though a bit too lively for my taste. A few swings around the glass and that's solved.

OVERALL : I'm glad I tried this beer. I had a full 24 bottle case ordered on private import and even though I enjoy it very much, I don't think I'd order another case. Don't think I'd have this beer in a bar either, unless it's the most interesting product. After 3-4 bottles spread over a few days, you've pretty much been around this beer through and through. Not the best BrewDog product I've had, though still a pretty good beer, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:07:36 | More by FrostBlast
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3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I served this beer from the bottle in a pilsener glass.. Good rich foam, nice amber colour.

The smell is spicy with some notes of roasted barley and some sweet fruits in it. Good fresh smell, crisp and delightfull.

Great taste, smooth and totally not strong tastes of beer. Very rich of fine barley and fruitiness. Apricot, oranges with a touch of hot spices.

Another great creation from Scotland from BrewDog, the 5 A.M. Saint.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 14:06:54 | More by Vladimiriuz
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: decent clarity, burnt amber color, very little head

Aroma: citrusy and grapefruit, with darker malt caramel and fruit notes

Taste: exploding with citrus hop flavor from the start, it slowly mellows to a caramelly and malty fruity flavor, butt finishes bitter with grapefruit and tart orange notes

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, slight bite

Overall impression: American style amber ale done by the Brits. Nice citrus flavors complemented by dark caramel and fruit malt flavors

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 00:52:57 | More by dwren89
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United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 22/04/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler. Notes: the front label writes “iconoclastic amber ale”, while the side label gives a long… essay (propaganda-style) on how the general public needs more educating about beers, blah blah blah, the UK beer scene is sick and they’re the doctor…??!! Seriously?

A: pours a clear, dark chestnut brown colour, coming with a thick layer of beige creamy head and moderate flows of carbonation.
S: almost like an ultra-aromatic Premium Bitter, the hoppy Altos sing in front of the deeper toffee-ish Baritones as of caramel-, crystal-, and/or roast-malts, giving a richly fruity and floral performance full of rose petals, longan-fruits, sweet citrus, jammy dark berries/raisins, and sweetened black tea. Weighty and creamy at the same time.
T: lively but not too fizzy, the creamy foretaste is immediately bready+roast-malty, citric-peel-ish, and dark-fruity, with plentiful aromatic notes of toasted nuts, raisins, deepening tannic sprigy and herbal bitterness as of roast malts plus mixed hops, and milder undertones of lightly smoked dark tea. Moderately dry-ish in the finish, where a lively flow of acidity reaches a harmony with the wonderfully attenuated sweetness and bitterness.
M&O: softly carbonated, medium bodied, yet tasting surprisingly light on the palate, this is a balanced, deliciously hoppy and also complex-malty brew very much my choice for a session beer, packing so much good stuff at 5%abv. Recommended (i.e. the beer itself, NOT the manifesto on the beer label…!).

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 20:23:42 | More by wl0307
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with malt and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a much better smell over taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 04:00:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djura


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found it in Romania.

A - Honey color,medium carbonation,excellent thin brown foam.
S - Honey,blueberries,fruits,herbs.
T - Maybe a bit watery, nice bitterness from hops,sweet from honey and fruity. Could not drink it more then 2,but that 2 would be something special.

O - This is how we like it! Unusual taste,but this is way Brewdog is one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 12:41:57 | More by djura
Photo of brureview


3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in pint glass. Cola color with a 2 finger head.

The aroma was hoppy and malty, but neither was prominent.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The taste was too bitter, and lack a hoppy or malty presence.

This seems like an imbalanced Amber ale, on the strange side. Usually an amber ale has a distinct finish- but this beer is unlike others in the style. Too bitter, and lacking other taste and aroma elements usually in an American amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:56:08 | More by brureview
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, pretty funky label too.

Appearance: clear, slightly orange amber in colour with a thick head that drops to rocky off-white.

Aroma: a fair ol' whack of herbal and grass hops, with bread malt backing. Interesting aroma, to say the least.

Taste: the taste follows the aroma, but in a muted fashion. A little disappointing on the taste, actually.

Aftertaste: dissipates rapidly, leaving only a slight taste of the herbal hops.

Mouth feel: a smooth, medium body with a low-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: a somewhat disappointing offering from Brewdog. Most of their beers are at least quite interesting - this one doesn't stand up. If the taste followed the nose verbatim, it would have turned out better. Not a bad beer, but not interesting enough to justify the asking price.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:01:58 | More by SmashPants
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle (batch 023), dated best by 22 Jan. 2013.
Beer is hazy, dark, orange-brown with a moderate head that soon reduces to a durable ring. VERY hoppy aroma for style; more like an IPA or APA ... really. The hops remain in the flavor but in a very subdued and mild form. It seems like I’m drinking a different beer than the one I am smelling. Nice. Beer is just a bit shy of medium bodied and has appropriate medium carbonation, lending a crisp feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:23:15 | More by chinchill
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it fresh on tap in one of the Brewdog bars. Poured a dark amber color with a thin head with short retention.
It had a nice and strong hoppy aroma, resin, perfume and fruity with mangos and passion fruit.
Caramel and biscuit taste with a very, very hoppy flavor, resin like. Dominance of hops over malt.
Bitter and dry aftertaste. And with a medium body and light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 17:00:32 | More by FLima
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours thick and cloudy, dark ruby red in color with one finger of light brown head that clings to the glass.

S: Heavy scent of dark cherries and raisins. Malty, hints of chocolate and caramel in there as well.

T: Up front with heavy malt and dried fruit flavors. Followed quickly by toasted grain and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Some hop balance there as well with underlying tones of grass and earthiness.

M: Lighter than you would think. Slick and finishes clean.

O: Very interesting and different than most amber ales that I have experienced. This one does a good job of delivering heavy hitting (and unique) flavor while maintaining lightness and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 21:33:35 | More by mattsdenney
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5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.