5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog
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4.83/5 rDev +26.4%
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!!
03-28-2010 15:02:12 | More by hosehead83
4.7/5 rDev +23%
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...
07-31-2011 02:36:40 | More by jondeelee
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
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!
08-20-2010 01:23:00 | More by phisig137
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
04-07-2010 14:44:30 | More by mirnsd
United Kingdom (England)
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
08-12-2010 16:05:26 | More by soulgrowl
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
10-06-2010 16:02:02 | More by bobsy
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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
07-14-2010 10:22:10 | More by Macca
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
08-01-2011 00:26:32 | More by engagechad
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
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
08-28-2010 20:36:56 | More by brentk56
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.