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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
86
very good

622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a taupe head that slowly fades, clings and rings. The most extraordinary fresh hops nose - I've smelled less hops when sniffing actual hops flowers in the bag - with a backing of candied red berry. Toasty malts with strawberry and some peanut followed by orange rind bitterness and orange pekoe tea hops. Clean tight finish. Medium, chewy, creamy, resiny and fizzy.

Their website explains it all: dry hopped with Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial but only 25 IBUs.

Nice for what it is: big malts balanced by orangey hops to make a chunky amber. Others say caramel malts and papaya somewhere - I could see that.

But that monster nose lead me on - I was hoping for something that could tangle with Red Rocket, so in that respect, disappointing.

StJamesGate, Jul 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color forming a medium bubbled beige head. Good retention and some lingering thin lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a delicious grassy, flowery and a bit pinny American style hops. A bit fruity and some notes of caramel

T: Slight sweet upfront. Caramel malts, toffee followed by a mild hoppy bitterness. Again, very flowery, grassy and pinny. Yeasts are also American style, I would dare to say that they've used US-05 American Yeasts

M: Light body and good carbonation. Aftertaste is a mix of caramel malts and grassy hops

O: Great drinkability. Lovely American Pale Ale style made in Scotland! Hooray for Brewdog

eduardolinhalis, May 07, 2014
Photo of MaddestHatter
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second experience with what has certainly come to be a favorite brewery of mine. This is a red ale turned up to 11. It manages to be quite hoppy while at the same time keeping a strong malt flavor as well. It pairs excellently with the assortment of meats and cheeses available as part of the tasty pseudo-ploughman's lunch platter available at their Edinburgh location as well as with their punk IPA (I had both on tap that day for the first time and definitely not the last as rumor has it that they are opening several locations on this side of the pond next year). Altogether an excellent beer which I will be regularly buying in bottled form until such time as I can find it on tap again either in Scotland or the States.

MaddestHatter, May 14, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like a hopped up amber as much as a good IPA and Brewdog did well for themselves here.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber/bronze with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that clung to the glass leaving broken blotches of lace behind as it settles slowly.A mix of caramel,and chocolate malt aromas mixed with a hefty dose of citric hop,very left coast old school amber ale to me.Flavors have the standard caramel malt flavors upfront but a nice shot of citri hop and some earthiness in the finish.I have had mixed feelings about the Brewdog stuff I have had,but this is a very good amber,I love the hop flavored burps!

oberon, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This came out a good-looking brown with orangish hues and a very nice, full fluffy head that left good lacing.

Smell - The malts are heavily-toasted and a bit stale. There's some light raw sugar in there and maybe some orange rind but really the nose is rather clumsy. The hops are leafy but very stiff and I'm also getting some kind of biscuit. This one is hard to classify but there's definitely something a bit off here.

Taste - The beer loses most of its structure at the taste. I still get the toastiness but it is shallow and lacks any real bready punch. The sugars come off as stale and artificial and the only thing left from the hop aroma is a kind of annoying leafy taste.

Mouthfeel - When I think of this style I expect a big mouthfeel and this one just didn't pull it off. It is thin, I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied, with little fizzy carbonation and an annoying bitter finish. I enjoy a big bitter bite so am not averse to the characteristic but here it just fell flat in the cheeks.

Drinkability - I liked smelling this enough before each sip to finish the bottle but this is a clumsy, confusing beer that I won't buy again.

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

tbryan5, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of interistacanadese
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

interistacanadese, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of RoninBirdman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

RoninBirdman, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Satyr179, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
5/5  rDev +30.9%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of tigg924
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, red/brown, clear, medium carbonation, hazy

Smell: toasted malt, floral hops and light toffee

Taste: toasted malt, floral hops, earth, and light toffee

Mouthfeel: slightly watery-light bodied, dry,semi-bitter, medium high carbonation

Drinkability: A below average amber ale. I would like a bit more sweet malt balance to this beer. Not horrible, but nothing I would pick up again.

tigg924, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is toffee and bready malt with some orange hops. There is also some chocolate malt and pine hop notes in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and caramel malts with pine added in. The chocolate malts are faint but are present in the flavor as well. Very little hop bitterness but a good amount of hop flavor. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of jisak74
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

innominat, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 27, 2014
Photo of wer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

wer, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of jondeelee
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually begin with a critique of a beer's label, but I must make an exception for 5 a.m. Saint. A label, of course, has little to do with the actual contents of the bottle, besides being a method of attracting your attention with flashy colors, funny names, and, occasionally, cartoons. Some labels do go so far as to describe the beer in terms familiar to a connoisseur, and others offer a pithy-but-funny story. The Arrogant Bastard series goes so far as to openly state that the drinker is "not worthy" of the bottle's contents, which is slightly off-putting, but does at least go along with the name.

But then we have 5 a.m. Saint, the label of which begins with the line "You probably don't know much about beer," and continues from there into a diatribe against the blandness of most beers, and accuses the drinker of having unwittingly participated in the exaltation of the same, precisely because the drinker doesn't know enough about anything to, well, realize how dumb and inexperienced they are: "You can't help but be sucked down the rabbit hole." Yes, the blame is ultimately laid on beer manufacturers for producing and hyping such blandness, but still, I do have to question the marketing skills that led to the creation of this label: who exactly is this material supposed to attract, and who is the intended audience? Beer connoisseurs already know why they've picked up this bottle, and novices will probably be turned away by the language. Which is all to say, don't judge this one by its cover; let the beer do the talking.

Because if you do, I don't think you'll be sorry. 5 a.m. Saint, for all of its questionable marketing, begins with an immensely fruity, sugary nose, ripe with apricot, nectarine, rose hips and rosewater, brown sugar, and grapefruit, and is truly mouthwatering.

On the tongue, the immediate blush of sugary fruits (carrying all of the above notes onto the tastebuds) is quickly joined by a heavy grapefruit-rind-and-pine hop base, as well as a good handful of toasted almond and pecans. The IBUs only clock in at 25, according to Brewdog's website, but if feels like much more than that, as the hops quickly take over the mouthful and remain in charge even through the aftertaste (the result of massive dry and late-hopping). The result is a brew that is full of wonderful hop notes--resins, citrus, lemon, rosewater--but light on bitterness, making for excellent fare. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is great fare, and might be a good place for people just getting interested into more hoppier brews to start, as it gives an excellent look at potential, without twisting the tongue into bitter knots. Just don't read the label until *after* you've had a sip, and you might make it through...

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of kmw-swirl
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

kmw-swirl, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Given to me as a Christmas present - many thanks! As this is Brewdog, I'm expecting a red ale with some extra hops....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of abundant hops with hints of pine, orange peel, subtle grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Good stuff.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, peel, citrus, caramel malt, subtle yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Quite astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine, bitter stewed hops and mild caramel malt.

Tasty - another satisfying brew from the punk brewers. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a showcase for American hops and the malt stays firmly in the back seat. Body is OK but could be a shade thicker. Goes down a treat; would make a great fridge beer to keep around. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, May 12, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +4.7%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

doremite, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of BranfordBound
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. Best before 19-4-11 on the bottle. Got as an extra from BucketBoy.

Pours a lovely reddish amber. Very frothy off-white head forms and stays around for a long time. Leaves great lacing.

Interesting aroma. A lot of hops lingering in there, but also a lot of caramel sweetness. There's also a berry aroma, too.

The taste is alright, I'm not crazy about this beer. It has a fairly balanced hop note, very leafy and bitter, but is washed away by a strong and sweet malt character, some leathery and fruity undertones. Over all it's fairly sweet, and gets better as it warms. Sweet and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and seems to be just on the dry side. Feels too heavy for 5% ABV, though.

Pretty easy drinking, nice to change things up, but I'm still not crazy about it.

BranfordBound, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of dwren89
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

dwren89, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown crimson amber hue with a huge flowing three finger sized head rising well above the rim of my glass. Nice chunky lacing clings to my tulip glass after the head settles down. Aromatics are piney and citrus alot of C hops going on here, American style amber for sure. Semi sweet caramel malt backings to go with the hop profile. Flavor has a nice acidic citrus tone with hints of tobacco/tea leaf/and earthy bitterness going on. Subtle caramel malt sweetness balances things quite nicely warming especially for only 5% abv. Mouthfeel is sharp with some upfront bitterness but mellows out in the finish, carbonation is sturdy and even body fills out somewhere in the middle. Drinkability overall is very nice, a beer that's expressive balanced and tasty with a reasonable alcohol content, now if we could work on pricing a bit. 3.19 a bottle isn't bad, but if were to buy a case I don't know if this beer would warrent that.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2010
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5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.