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Reviews: 241
Hads: 746
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 132 | 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 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. (259 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with malt and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a much better smell over taste in my opinion. (527 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high beige head that quickly died down but left a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops. There are also notes of sweetness and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Grapefruit flavors linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There are lots of hops in this beer, but they are not overpowering in bitterness because they are well balanced by the underlying malts. This is an easy drinking beer that packs in a lot of flavor. (876 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber with some copper highlights. Nice tan head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Smells immediately of hops; definitely some pine and resin. Taste is quite a bit maltier with some dry amber malt going throughout. Mouthfeel is light to medium--definitely toward the hoppy-amber end of the spectrum. Drinkability is nice. Flavorful but not at all overpowering. (387 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 BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerfully red but drinkably bright, Brewdog's "Red Ale" acutely captures the essence of the British Isles with its deeply toffen taste along with their brash American influence with a heavy hand of pine.

Rusty-red in its pour, the ale soon layers with a bronze and maroon saturation in body, but a sepia stain in its heady hues. Blanketing the surface with ease, the froth creeps up the glass with a scattering of fingerling lace.

Its sharp and toasted scent kicks off with the heavy aroma of American hops- citrus rind, muddled pine needles and a sappy nose opens the olfactories while a savory undertow of toasted bread, toasted pecan, peanut brittle and maple ground the hops and offer up a savory character that's certain to open up in taste.

And that taste is laden with deeply caramelized flavors- everything from "Cracker Jacks" candy to honey-crusted almonds, burnt toffee and straight-up bread toast all lay on the early palate with a robust sweetness. Its middle waivers just a little in order to offer a hoppy balance that's greeted with white grapefruit and bitter orange peel that trend even more bitter, resinous and decidedly piney in the ales closure.

Its creamy-dry body shows richness early. But after a proper and sweet introduction, the ale shifts gears and trends drying, toasty, and deeply resinous as the sweetness fades, the carbonation recedes and its honeycomb malt structure is left to dry with alcohol warmth and the woodsiness of saw dust.

Where classic Irish Red Ales might approach this measure of savory caramelization and toast; and where American Ambers might attempt such hoppiness- never have both been captured in the same glass... until now. Great job Brewdog! Great job! (1,715 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a good looking amber color with a pretty good head on top. The lacing was there but nothing too sticky. The smell of the beer had a nice caramel sweetness on the nose and just a bit of hops in there too, The taste was mostly on the malty side with just a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel had some good drinkablity to it. I found this beer to be a good one for a social event or something like that. Straight forward brew worthy of a try. (483 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt notes with some light floral citrus notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light caramel malt notes with some notes of light citrus hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but more bland then what I was expecting considering the brewer isn’t the most conventional one. (431 characters)

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

"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

--Oscar Wilde

Burnt orange that has a candy apple red influence when backlit with 6 A.M. sunshine. The pour produced half a glass of orangish ecru froth that looks outstanding, both initially and as it melts. Since a lovely array of lace is starting to stick, the big score will be granted.

The nose is impressively pungent and smells like a highly-hopped American-style red ale should smell. Moderately dark malts and citrusy hops provide a balanced and appealing experience. Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops are used for flavor and bittering, while dry-hopping is handled by Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin. Whew.

5 A.M. Saint tastes like it smells, which is definitely a good thing. It seems that this beer's success will depend on BrewDog's ability to get it to the states in good, still hoppy shape. A 'best by' date of 1/19/11 (on this bottle at least) is probably too optimistic.

The malt backbone is considerable for a 5.0% ale and the 'caramel on toasted bread' flavor provided by those malts is right where it should be for the style. Plenty of hop flavor is available, especially given 'only' 25 IBUs. This really is well-brewed beer that tastes like it was created in California rather than Scotland. I'm guessing that was the idea.

The mouthfeel is on the big and plush side for the ABV and gains quite a bit of smooth creaminess as the ounces pass. No complaints about the carbonation either.

It looks like the boys at BrewDog have designated 5 A.M. Saint 'iconoclastic amber ale' as one of their core offerings and have dedicated themselves to making it available in all of their markets all the time. Bully for them because this is good beer that is impressively drinkable. (1,835 characters)

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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber with a nice one inch off white head and a good amount of lace. Nice retention on the head as well. Smell was deeply hopped, with a nice pine resin aroma and a hint of light grain. My first impression was a bit light in the carbonation, and a slight slickness or oilyness to it. Big hop profile was very nicely balanced against the malted grain back. Overall this was an easily sessionable and highly enjoyable brew (425 characters)

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! (642 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the contribution, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a rocky off-white head with nice lacing.

S: Smells kind of funky. The hops are very grassy and herbal. There is a sharp citrus acidity to it, like grapefruit juice. Light pineapple notes as well. A slight sourness along with some bready malts.

T: Bready malts with a bit of toffee. Very heavy on the grass with a light tartness of grapefruit juice. A bit more bitter than expected, too. Mild pine flavor on the back end.

M: Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

O: I didn't really like this beer. The hop character was strange and gave it a misplaced tartness. (652 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of brownish-white foam on top of a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace. Not a pretty beer.

S - Spicy, musty hop aromas with some caramel and toffee in the background. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and sweaty-pungent hops.

T - Surprisingly light toffee and toasted malt notes up front. Some light pine hop flavor comes out in the middle. The beer finishes with a balanced toasted gain character and moderate to light bitterness. Some grapefruit hop notes swell on the palate in the aftertaste along with a light tobacco malt flavor.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is something new. The hop aroma is that of a much bigger beer; not surprising considering the brewery. What is surprising is how light and restrained the flavor is. It is kind of like a magic trick; it smells like a high abv west coast red ale and it tastes like the restrained, 5% amber that it is. Some of the grapefruit hop character comes back in the aftertaste, but it is only a shadow of what is present in the aroma. This bait and switch of hop character is somewhat jarring at first, but it actually works in a way because it allows the drinker to enjoy some intense, juicy hop aromas (with appropriate levels of malt to back them up) while leaving the flavor and alcoholic impact of a beer with sessionable alcohol content (by American standards, at least). In the end, this actually works pretty well for me, I can honestly say I could drink a few of these, and I wouldn't even feel that bad about it the next day! (1,607 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I'll admit it: I have no idea what this brew's name means. Irregardless (remember, that word is spoken with a semi-Bostonian accent), it pours a clear amber-copper topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. The smell is of pine, citrus, peach, and caramel apple, complete with plenty o' nuts. The pine and citrus (mainly the peel in this case) run strong in the taste, with greenery, flowers, and a very light bit o' toffee. For me, a bit unbalanced in favor of the hoppier bits. The body is a light medium, making it a bit heavier than it oughta be; the moderately active carbonation and dry finish (combined with an aftertaste of orange peel) round out a feel that does not bring much of a smile to my lips. Still, the finished product is not all that objectionable...just not entirely desirable. Translation: Good for a drink, but not something to be sought out by any stretch of the imagination. (943 characters)

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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

Not bad. Poured from the bottle, brown and clear. Nice thick, distinctive, white head. Smell was on the hoppy side but not too strong. Taste was surprisingly bitter for an amber ale. Mouthfeel was light to medium, and drinkability was sub-moderate considering the surprising bitterness/metallic nature of the beer, as ambers are typically much smoother. (403 characters)

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. (941 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on September 17th, 2010. Pours a dark, clear amber with a three finger head that retains for two and a half minutes. Some cream in the moderately thick head. Looks mildly inviting.

Smell: A strong berry, fruity smell. Maybe raspberry? Hard to detect individual flavours, indicative of good balance. Definitely ester.

Taste: Two notes of compatible berry flavours, followed by a lackluster finish. There is a rather nice sweet berry undertone that holds throughout, which is the best part of this beer. Up to the finish, the beer is built fairly well but the finish destroys the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Awkward movement from wet in the body to dry on the finish, neither of which is refreshing. The cream of the head never comes through, which is disappointing.

Drinkability: This is an ambitious amber ale, but its biggest failing is the dry, contrasting mouthfeel of the finish. (1,002 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome tight-domed head that leaves chunky blanket lace. Dark amber color, muddy.

Very pleasant combination of strong crystal malt with an equally strong, fresh floral hop. Superb.

Plenty of yeast in this beer. Again, the malt-hop blend is superior. Reminds me of a great homebrew. Rich body and high carbonation. The aftertaste is mostly yeast flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. (386 characters)

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

Beer on draft. Beer is clear and reddish with a broken head of medium bubbles with no lacing and low carbonation. Looks interesting.

Aroma is sweet and pretty hoppy, earthy with some sulfur in there.

Beer is medium bodied and kind of apple-y. Earthy, sulfury finish with a clean back palate with some moderate bitterness. No aftertaste, does not finish dry. Overall pretty enjoyable. (386 characters)

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. (524 characters)

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. (433 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent amber with a fizzy white head with very spotty lace.

S: Sweet malt with some nice earthy hops.

T: Good crystal style malt flavour with a good biiter hop backing. Very American style with bitter melon, honeydew and grapefruit.

M: Spritzy carbonation, light-bodied, fizzy.

O: A good amber ale, I've had it before and remember it being a bit better, but this bottle is certainly not bad. (427 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, best before 16 Jan 2012, drank and reviewed on-line 16 Aug 2011.

Before I start the proper review: I'm not a fan of the way these brewers seek notice, but I've had a few of their beers and although not seeking them out, don't shy away from them either. I'll try and be objective, not subjective.

This bottle is to be poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' straight sided sleeve glass: got to be fair, it looked good, true amber body, clear and inviting, on top an off-white head that was full and creamy on the mouth.

Malty molasses filled the nose when taking in the smells, not roasted or toasted, burnt or otherwise, just an over-riding aroma of semi-sweet molasses.

The taste and mouthfeel were/are one of smooth maltiness without the over-sweetness sometimes found in other malty brews. A rich, almost creamy Mild (UK Dark Mild that is) sort of feel to it.

Would love to complain or bitch about it, but I enjoyed this beer: I prefer the slightly sweeter, maltier beers to the hoppy bitter ones normally and this slotted into my tastebuds well. (1,063 characters)

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Five AM from BrewDog
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