5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog
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Reviews by 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...
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2011 02:36:40 | More by jondeelee
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3.71/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had this beer at a hotel bar in Sweden on 6/19/14. The best by date was 6/19/14 (perfect timing, right? wrong). Dense, opaque amber appeareneceand a medium-dark head. Head didn't last long. Taste was good for an amber, but not remarkable. An enjoyable beer that was unfortunately past it's prime. I'd recommend trying 5 A.M. Saint if you can find it fresh or on tap.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 17:42:57 | More by PhigNewtenz
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.