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Five AM - BrewDog

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 756
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 139 | 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 hosehead83
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber in appearance, with a big, rocky head of off-white foam
Aroma-Wonderfully aromatic boquet of piney hops and juicy citrus
Taste-Wow! Big onrush of West Coast hops, well-balanced with orchard citrus and some definite spicy rye notes. This beer reminds me a lot of a Hop Rod Rye fom Bear Republic.
Tasty, snappy,juicy and delicious, this beer rivals any IPA that I have had, and, if not for the rather high price, would definitely be my go-to session beer at "only" 5.0 ABV. Truly a "must-try" for all hop-heads. Get Some!! (589 characters)

Photo of barfootbandit
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a sniffer. Probably my favorite red ale to date. Not a high ABV but loads of malty flavor makes up for it. Notes of carmel, malty sugar, toffee, and fruitless are tasted. There is crisp slightly bitter aftertaste that balances this beer out excellently. Had this beer after about two years of aging as well as new. Both tasted great with the aged one being more malty as expected. Seriously loved this beer and is highly recommended. (461 characters)

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... (2,792 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into a sculpted pint glass a deep ruby amber color, with a generous two finger head. Excellent retention lingers for quite some time, and leave abundant lacing and a substantial foam cap on top of the glass.

S - Wow... I didn't think that an amber could smell this intriguing. Excellent fresh green, citrusy hop presence, backed by some piney hops. Both give way to a mild and well rounded malt aroma profile, with a touch of caramel, crystal malt, and mild sweetness. Extraordinarily clean aroma... it smells like the house on brewday, minus any type of off aroma.

F- Amazingly well balanced. Sweet malt is present up front, with slightly toasted and crystal malt flavors, quickly backed up in the middle by firm; yet never overpowering hop presence. Sweet and dry, malty and hoppy, this beer is just about perfectly balanced.

M - Very good, coating and lingering flavor, but not heavy or out of style. I think it could use just very slightly higher carbonation, but that is a minor complaint.

D - Extremely good, but I find my self thinking too much about the beer. I think of an Amber as just about a perfect session beer, that I shouldn't have to think that much about. This one makes me think TOO much, just because it's so damn good. I had to deduct points for a beer being too delicious, but I have to....

Overall, go look for it, find it, trade for it.... Truly and exceptional amber ale. Well worth the $3.59 I paid for it, and I look forward to having it again! (1,490 characters)

Photo of mirnsd
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a truely great session beer from BrewDog. Recently BrewDog havent exactly been making a name for themselves in the world of session beer but I think this beer is a fantastic sessionable beer.

It pours a nice rusty colour with a great fluffy head of white.

Straight away it smells hoppy but not in your face hoppy. Already from the nose it was evident that this beer was quite balanced and a sessionable beer.

I was really impressed with the taste. There was an explosion of west coast USA hops but for once they didnt try to rip my mouth apart. This beer is balanced very well by the mix of malt used in the background too.

Although this is not the most challenging beer I have had from BrewDog it is one that I constantly return to. At 5% it is definately a session beer (no matter what CAMRA may say).

I say grab one and try it. (848 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brick red, but more plummy - almost a Bordeaux color. The head is there, lacy, frothy, and beige but not tremendous. A swirl uncovers a hoppy and sugary aroma akin to a double IPA, bouncing off the walls with pine resin, maple syrup, wet leaves, alfalfa, yuzu, mango and a touch of cedar. The toasted nut and wholegrain bread character of a good American red is there, too, although it's outshouted by the volatile hops.

Toasty, sweet, and generously hopped without being too bitter - just about exemplary for the style. Toasted seedy bread, apple chutney, radicchio, cherries, and pine needles come to mind; this beer is very American in its ratio of hop-to-malt but the specifics of those hops and malts come through as very British; more spicy and woody than citric, more bready and sweet than biscuity.

The mouthfeel is full, foamy, and clean, just as it should be. In fact, this beer is pretty just as it should be across the board - an excellent entry to an old favorite style. (985 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favourite beer at the Brewdog dinner hosted by James Watt. This really is a superior amber ale and deserves more praise.

Deep amber pour, bordering on ruby, with lots of sticky white head that left sheets of lace on the glass. Big hop nose, with pine resing and grapefruit making you sit up and take notice. Biscuit, caramel, nut and earth provide the depth and balance.

Awesome flavour, with a huge hop punch. Definitely heavy on the pine and grapefruit peel, but with just enough malt character to keep everything in balance and sessionable. Lots of biscuit and caramel, with a pleasing sweetness, but holy crappers, do the hops shine in this one and make themselves felt in the finish. Smooth, medium body with a nice drying finish.

A phenomenal amber. All the press goes to the bigger brews, but I honestly think this may be Brewdog's best! (851 characters)

Photo of Macca
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark tan colour with a beige head. A bit cloudy.

Geez is that pineapple? In an amber? What hops did they use? Some pine resin as well. Love it. Some darker malt aromas as well. I could sniff this all day.

The palate is as good as the nose. Those hops certainly come through on the palate as well. Not a lot of malt but I'm prepared to forgive that.

As you would expect from the huge hop inputs there is some nice bitterness. Not a lot of malt sweetness.

I love this beer. I love this beer. An amber ale that walks on the side of an APA? Great (560 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head; great stickage and clumps of lace

Smell: The hint of caramel malt serves as a nice platform for overwhelming hop aroma and serves notice that this is not your father's amber; the hops are a delight - grapefruit pith, pineapple and a touch of strawberry

Taste: Clean malts, up front, set the stage for the elements of grapefruit pith, lychee and white wine grapes that emerge by mid-palate; an additional hint of toffee malt appears just after the swallow but while this beer may look like an amber, it tastes like an IPA; on the finish, the hint of toffee returns like a lagniappe

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Not being a fan of ambers, I was glad that this is nothing like any amber I have encountered before; don't let the style put you off - this is well worth seeking out (880 characters)

Photo of engagechad
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark - poured into southern tier tulip.

Pours a dark redish orange with amazing head and amazing lacing. Smells hoppy and kind of farmy. Taste is effin awesome, very similar to hopback amber by troegs. This is an AWESOME beer guys. Seek it out and give it a go. (308 characters)

Photo of jspruit
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber burnt orange with a nice 1 finger head that disappeared after a bit and left some nice lacing going down.

Smells very nice-exactly what you'd expect of an American Amber. Strong, but not off-putting, nice hops notes with a bit of maltiness and biscuit too. Looking forward to tasting this.

First sip goes down very well and picks up right where the smell takes off. Hoppy, citrusy, a bit malty, and with the bread/biscuit notes to back it all up. Very nice indeed.

Goes down smooth and balanced. Full of taste, but not heavy and feels good on the tongue/throat.

With a nice balanced ABV of 5% I think that I could drink this all day long. It may not be for some people, but if I could get my hands on this more often I'd drink it regularly. I'd compare this highly to some of the best American Ambers I've tried. (835 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red appearance with a white head. Fruity aroma. Sweet hopy taste with berries, malt and caramel notes. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Very easy drinking. (161 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pretty clear dark copper colour with a frothy off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Nice piney and citrus fruit hop aromas with an underlaying hint of caramel.
T - The caramel comes through more in the taste but the piney & fruity hops are still the show stopper.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a decent carbonation for the style. Bitterness is there but quite well balanced.
D - A 5% Hoppy Amber/Red Ale. Now that's my idea of a session. (475 characters)

Photo of Trizzle
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous Amber red crystal clear body. Good finger of head that laces loads with moderate retention. Sexual.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple hops dominate, peppery notes, pleasant diacetyl, a background hint of cigar tobacco.

T: Generous peppery grapefruit hops on a base of mildy sweet, biscuity and very buttery malt. A hint of candi sugar.

M: Very smooth, very buttery medium-full body. Low carbonation (from the cask).

D: Served too warm unfortunately but still went down well. Even had a 2nd. (502 characters)

Photo of paxton1978
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful little beer. A nice warm amber colour with a good head that leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass. A slightly grassy nose, good carbonation and a more subtle hop profile than you might normally expect from Brewdog's more extreme beers. I could drink a lot OF these in an evening- wish I'd bought more! (316 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. served into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy amber with a 1 finger lightly tan head. Some lacing left

S - Toasted bread, caramel malt, golden biscuit crust, honey, bold bready yeast.

T - Slightly toasted caramel malt, golden biscuit crust. Honey rounds it off with a kiss of sweetness. Bright stone fruit, mint, sweet citrus, and some pineapple.

M - Full lush body with creamy carbonation.

One of the better amber ales I've had. Hits all the marks with flying colors for the style. Yeast is strong but balanced. Excellent malt backbone with a variety of synergized flavors to keep it exciting. I would seek this out for sure. (650 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh

A: Burnt copper with a lots of offwhite head. Lots of a depth in the head causing a rocky features. Lots of nice lacing.

S: For a low ABV amber ale, I was really caught off guard by the hops. Loads of citrus and pine. Caramel hanging out in the background to help balance things. Excellent.

T: BrewDog must have concentrated on floral hops as the taste isn't quite the hop explosion that the nose was, but very good just the same. Caramel, toffee with hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

D: I could drink a bunch of these...and be a better person for it.

5 A.M Saint packs a wallup for being just a 5%ABV ale...loads of a flavor and smells. I hope to run across this again soon. (731 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on cask @ work at the Portcullis Clifton Village - Bristol.

pours a beautiful redish brown with a nice one finger head and plenty of lacing

smell just reminds me of california...i had a half pint and kept savouring the aroma - just pure perfect hop goodness that almost all english beers lack...normal piney citrus character, though this one had a unique strawberry fruityiness that was really nice.

taste is just wonderful for a red, just enough hops to drive this amazing brew, enough malts to carry the profile and compliment the fruit...the alcohol is very nice @ 5%...enough to create a lovely mouthfeel and the right amount of warmth (strong by brit standards! haha) but low enough to be a session ale. It isn't as over the top as american reds often are, still maintains the british balance, and is awesome on cask.

freaking solid on CASK, one of my all time favourite British beers...one of brewdogs best. (925 characters)

Photo of IKHOURY
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber almost rust colored. The beer pours with a nice full head that sticks around for awhile. The smell was hoppier then I expected, with grapefruit aromas dominating and a little hint of red berries in the background. The flavor has grapefruit and pine with a decent amount of malt to balance it out. This beer reminds me a little of Stone's levitation. A great session beer. (377 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice deep mahogany hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head and sticky sporadic lacing,the aroma is beautiful tropical fruit punch with hints of melon,pineapple and passionfruit very enticing indeed,it has an easy light mouthfeel to it with the aromas of tropical fruits coming thru on taste and it finishes with a nice bitter kick but not overly bitter and very moreish,to be honest i could smell and drink this all day probably one of the best brewdog brew's i have sampled so far. (519 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite BrewDog beers and on Cask it is so friggin good! I have never even had it in a bottle.

A - Poured a beautiful red amber with orange hue when held up to light. A cream head that was only thin because they fill your glass here in the UK.

S - Citrus, specifically lemon Lime and an even mixture of grassy hop bitterness.

T - Fantastic blend of Citrus hop bitterness with malty sweatness. a bit of berry fruits and a clean aftertaste. Just a wonderful beer.

MD - Smooth and easy, mild carbonation (on cask) medium to light heavy bodied, but not heavy on the palate.

Everytime I have this I love it more than the last. (654 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with copper highlights. Big dense creamy tan head. Good Retention. Chunky clouds of lace.

Spicy floral, pine, pepper, resins. Toasty rich caramel.

Hop tingling goodness. Spicy floral resins, pine sap, and herbal peppery flavors. Rich sweet toasty caramel. Big resinous bitter punch to the tongue.

Rich, sticky, drying, coating. med+ body. perfectly carbonated.

Yum. A hoppy sessionable red. Wish it wasnt so damn expensive. I would have this all the time. (471 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge, dense, tan head over a burnt orange body, with plenty of carbonation floating up. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas certainly don't indicate a 5% ABV beer... this has tons of piney hop wofting up, along with a bunch of biscuity malt.

Flavors are also quite impressive for the style. Centennial and Simcoe hops? Burnt biscuit shell. Resiny and sharp - sort of IPA like in the flavors, but the mouthfeel says ESB to toasty Porter ... thinner than the aroma and flavor would suggest.

Interesting, and quite tasty - good drinkability overall. Definitely would recommend this! (592 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-red color with a finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet toasted caramel malts and lots of piney/earthy hops. Bit of citrus mixed in there as well.

T - Starts off with some huge piney hops with some strong bitterness. Bit of toasted sweet caramel malts as well. Through the middle, some more bitterness comes through with a bit of bready malt character. The finish is a mix of piney bitterness and some light citrus that ligners.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a strong pine resin feeling left on the tongue. Quite dry as well.

D - Very drinkable. Fairly bold flavors for the 5% abv. The bitterness and hop flavor is nicely balanced by the malt though. (816 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle with freshness date: Poured a hazy, brownish-amber with ruby highlights. The beige head is dense, rocky and long lasting.

There is a good blast of spicy hop aroma as well as some faint malt odor. The longer the ale sits in the pint glass, the more unique the aroma becomes. I cannot quite put my finger on the right adjective to describe it, but it is pleasing.

This is a very balanced ale: the flavor begins with some very nice, restrained hop bitterness and is followed by a faint chocolate taste.

The ale is medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation that keeps it refreshing. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, yet clean.

I noticed that the reviews are all over the place - some, like me, really enjoy the uniqueness of the ale, while others are not so impressed. It is a very complex ale with a low ABV. (831 characters)

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Five AM from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.