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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

5 A.M. Saint5 A.M. Saint

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very good

474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
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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Reviews by FrostBlast:
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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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5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.