Five AM - BrewDog

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PartyBear on 01-03-2010

Formerly 5 A.M. Saint

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
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Photo of Vashtar
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is medium brown with a slight hint of red. Very clear
Two finger head with nice retention and lacing.

The smell is very strong. In the bottle, it was too strong, but in the glass it was better. Lots of hops and some pine hints as well

The taste is just too hoppy. The pine doesn't carry through very well. Nevermind. Yes it does

The mouthfeel is like nothing. Very plain.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to my friend Chris for including this in his Tactical Nuclear Penguin tasting this evening. The typical BrewDog label hubris continues to amuse me.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, though densely foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves a decent swath of layered aging cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of a muddled grapefruit, blood orange, and pineapple fruitiness, caramel malt, a bit of treacly toffee, a mild sugary nuttiness, and further floral, wet leafy hops. The taste is more understated grapefruit and obscured tropical fruit sassiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt, a touch of overripe lemon, and fading earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and almost lazy - if I must say more about it - the body on the low side of medium weight, adequately smooth, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness contending with a diminishing hop bitterness.

A front-loaded PACNW-friendly dose of hops, but one which unfortunately peters out towards the end. Overall, another confusing, if still quite tasty ale from this wannabe sexy brewery. The funny thing is, I'll be up until around 5 a.m. tomorrow morning (by design!) for a software implementation at work - would that I could enjoy a few of these during that time, for their 'iconoclastic' support, at the very least.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of MaddestHatter
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear garnet colour. Smells like sweet malts and cascade hops with citrus notes. Tastes like it smells. A bit malty with citrus hops notes and a subtle bitterness that lingers.

Would I but it again? Sure.

Photo of jondeelee
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
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...

Photo of kmw-swirl
4.05/5  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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of dwren89
3.92/5  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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle (batch 023), dated best by 22 Jan. 2013. (revised with fresh sample from the Aberdeen, Scotland brewpub.)
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.

Photo of richkrull
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in N00b BIF 4 from my buddy Crabbicuss.

Poured a deep amber color with TONS of beige head on it.

Smell is sweet malts up front with quite a bit of hop aroma coming through as well.

Taste is more hop-centric than I was expecting. A little surprising for an amber. Pretty good flavor overall though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth beer.

Overall a really good beer. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Iconoclastic amber ale" says the label. The label also gets into the haughty ego and attitude thing. It's obvious they're taking a page from the Stone book, and say what you will about the chest-beating diatribes on their bottles, but a brewer could have worse heroes than the mighty Stone. And if we're talking purely about the liquid, BrewDog have proven themselves one of the most exciting, innovative breweries in the world right about now. ("Shut up and pour" says my inner self, so I do...)

This thing is beautiful. A mahogany-type reddish brown, with a creamy, 2+ finger toasted tan head that leaves a lot of really sticky, stiff lace on the sides of the glass.

Huzzah! The aroma is a wonderful thing as well. Dark and pungent herbal tea, pepper-infused cocoa powder and brown sugar mingle well with a bright, breezy, super-clean hops, hops that smell like a burning pyre of pine needles and grapefruit rinds.

Flavor is direct and perhaps not very complex, but it's quite good all the same: sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on a slice of grapefruit and bite, and chase with a vanilla-spiked cinnamon/herbal tea. There you have it. Kind of, anyway. It's not as intense as that might sound, having a sort of subdued character, like a beer that really wants to rip your tongue apart, but refrains and instead focuses on drinkability over extremity.

Feels smooth and airy in the mouth, quite slick and even on the thin side, but not at all watery.

A 5% beer with such an attractive personality should be cheaper and absolutely everywhere. I dig the 5 A.M. Saint and would love to have this on hand regularly (not sure why it's called 5 A.M. Saint--perhaps they could have fit an explanation into all that label text?).

Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper color or amber looking. A dense creamy head. Good lacing too.

S - Floral, pine, grass.

T - Nice fresh tasting beer, hop tingling goodness. A bitter hop punch to the tongue.

M - A little light on the body, but the carbonation and the creamy feeling make up for it. Tastes more like a thin IPA.

O - A perfect summertime beer. I will buy this again.

Photo of KenC
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish, cloudy, copper color, with off-white head. The lacing lasted after the liquid was gone. Extreme carbonation, glad I opened the bottle over the sink!

S - Heavy aromas of hops and grapefruit. The malt stands out nicely.

T - Similar to the smell, mildly bitter hops, some grapefruit, some malt. Noted the slightly bitter aftertaste, but not objectionable at all.

M - Medium body, smooth, light carbonation. What happened to the carbonization from the opening?

D - A very drinkable beer. It went well with beef roast. It can stand on its own, I'm sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery. Pours mahogoney coloured body with generous bubbly head bubble. Some lace in glass. Medium moutheel. Taste is very much like a harvest ipa.Good session beer, though nothing exceptional.Grapefruit, pine, strawberry.Piney arom.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Red, opaque body with thick tan head. Magnificent lacing.

Smell - Amber clay aroma with high grassy and grapefruit notes.

Taste - Balanced between high quality toffee/caramel malts and rich finishing (not bittering) hops.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and nice astringency begs for another sip.

Overall - Sessionable guilt-free beer that will not pull you down for the night!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard some good things about this beer so I picked up a 4 pack. Kinda expensive for what it is.

Poured into a shaker pint. Nice orangie amber color. Thin white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a nice malty smell. A bit of hops but not much.

Taste is solid. Nice malt character. Slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel is best described as smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall a very solid beer. I would buy it all the time but at $9 something a 4 pack it's not worth it for just an amber. Anvers are super cheap to make.

Photo of nickd717
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Great appearance: pours a deep translucent reddish-amber color with a fairly thick off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is slightly faded citrusy hops, earthy notes, and caramel malt. A little restrained, but pleasant.

Great flavor. This is somewhere between an American Amber Ale and an ESB if you ask me. Caramel malt is pretty big, with herbal notes, earth, and citrusy (orange/tangerine) hops.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a good carbonation level.

This beer is somewhat of the antithesis of BrewDog Tokyo*. Instead of being a hot mess, it's restrained, balanced, and well-crafted. Drinkability is good. I approve.

Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed ruby, with 2-3 fingers of poofy off-white head. This shrinks down and retains with roughly a ½ finger of smooth creamy froth, drenching the sides of the glass with a latticework of sticky soapy lacing. The aroma smells quite toasty, balanced by some sweeter notes of caramel and fruity citrus. A touch of leafy and earthy hops sits on the edges of the nose.

This tastes of caramel and burnt toast, with green citric hops that seems to clash a bit with the other flavors. Roast and hops finish this dry and resinous with a lingering earthy and pithy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creaminess that keeps this lively yet smooth in the mouth. That 5% feels are right for the flavors here.

This was an overall decent take on an Amber Ale from Brewdog. Like I said, the hop flavors here seemed to clash a bit with the roasted stickiness of the malts but that easygoing body helped keep this one drinking pretty good the whole way through the glass. Nothing offensive here but there are some better examples of the style out on the shelves.

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Five AM from BrewDog
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