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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 01-03-2010)
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Photo of deapokid


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a desert clay red with heavy carbonation and a lacy white head. Coloration is quite distinct, reminding me of a freshly poured glass of ruby red grapefruit juice. Visually appealing.

Aroma packs a surprising amount of hop character, backed by the slightest tart fruit scent and rich, buttery malt.

Taste is very doughy, like an ESB, but with some slight fruit notes (think cherry and orange) and a generous dollop of bitter malt. Differs greatly from the American Amber, due to the lack of hop flavor and the unusually liberal amount of spicing, which leaves a cinnamon sting on the tongue.

Liquid is uniform from start to finish, without any heavy sweetness or dryness. Conclusion is smooth and satisfying.

This unique variation on the Amber ale is super drinkable and endlessly complex. This may be the best effort in Brewdog's catalog.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 16:33:07 | More by deapokid
Photo of titosupertramp


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:56:18 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of danieelol


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: attractive beer, almost the appearance of a barleywine. Reddish amber/copper, good head. Pretty excellent lacing, and the head lasts. 4.5

S: Caramel malt and citric hop. A bit like little creatures pale ale. Also some really rich wafts of honey which remind me of their DIPA, Hardcore. 4

T: Honey malt and some floral notes. Lingering bitterness. A really well balanced beer. Reminds me of Hardcore with less malt and less hops. Complex. I think it could do with some more bitterness to bring it in line with an IPA, which it already otherwise tastes like (I'm not sure if this is a freshness issue but is use by date is still more than 6 months into the future).

M: Watery, but appropriate for the style. 4

D: A really tasty moderate alcohol amber ale. Blows something like James Squire's Amber Ale off the planet. 4

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:08:55 | More by danieelol
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very burnt orange copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of silky lacing. Smells of grapefruit/citrus hops with a ton of pine notes. Tastes of piny hops, toasted bread, caramel malts, with some grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:17:10 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011, BBE Jan 2012.

A - Reddish copper body with a finger of decent off-white head that hangs around for a long time.

S - Sweet aromas of hops and grapefruit with some background malt balance.

T - Similar to the aromas, citrus zesty hops, some grapefruit, some malt for balance, nice amount of bitterness. Ends with a lingering, lightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body, smooth with light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer either on its own, or at 5% ABV, for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:53:31 | More by Wattsox
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

props to andrenaline for making a lunch time beer run and grabbing me a couple of these
A - slightly hazy very bubbly burnt orange, mountain or tan head that never ends and coned up above the rim in the middle
S - hopped up with pine, citrus, and somewhat spicy aromas along with toasted grains
T - piney and oily hops up front give way to citrus zest, then malt comes through with toasted grains and sunflower seeds, all robust flavours
M - thin medium body, with bitterness but lighter than the flavour suggests, and finishing just a little dry
D - the flavours are strong and sharp, but it goes down easy, and I always enjoy a strong hop infusion in an ale, generally impressed

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:41:31 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan29 2011

A clear reddish copper with a shitload of bubbles that feed a large 3 finger beige head that has great retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S herbal and citric hops, grapefruit and faint pine with some toffee

T not far from the smell with more malt, pretty hoppy and thats just fine with me

M less bubbles then I could see but still plenty of life in the glass, medium bodied and pretty smooth

D pretty solid brew all around and it still had a nice cap of foam at the bottom of the glass to give you an idea how fast it went down

this 4pack wont last long and at 12$ its not overly expensive and worth picking up

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 06:50:23 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber with a nice tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, and other sweet spices. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some good amount of hops, some light fruitiness. Palate is nice medium body, with very good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt followed by some hints of corriander and slight citrus notes and a good amount of bitter hops to add balance. Overall a very nicely balanced and drinkable amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 20:48:10 | More by Samp01
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber colour, finger of soapy off-white head, solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Leafy green citrus hops, sour lemon and some caramel undertones.

T - Much like the scent. Leafy green hops, though slightly metallic, off the top with caramel malts on the finish. A bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M - Quite light, bubbling largely on the tongue and comes as a bit of a turnoff. The bitterness on the finish does not leave your palette overly dry.

D - Tasty and much better than I had expected. Definitely a hopped up amber ale, making for a delicious ale and one to be appreciated by any hop fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 18:24:47 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2011 18:19:48 | More by Trizzle
Photo of NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep Amber colour, thick head which clings to the glass and hangs around

Malty smell with fruity notes

Strong, Pronounced malt taste, some sweetness with a balanced bitterness on the finish.

Well carbonated, coats the mouth, leaves the flavour lingering.

Could definitely sink a number of these in an evening. I'm a fan of strong tasting beer and this is a big hit.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 19:08:17 | More by NATOuk
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-21-2011 22:42:37 | More by thepeter
Photo of BranfordBound


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:17:09 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of PicoPapa


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a Best Before Date of 19-04-11. Pours a super-carbonated dark amber color with a huge head. Good amount of lacing. Big aroma of citrus hops. Some malt and sweetness as well. Taste is slightly bitter with a nice bite of hops to it. Somewhat sweet and bready. Good amount of hop flavor for a beer that has a ABV of only 5%. This is a really solid hoppy Red Ale and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 07:26:49 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Suds


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with a 'Bastard-esque' label, this beer is a very pale, golden-amber color. The head is brilliantly white. Very citric, pine-like, and herbal aroma. All hops. The taste is more balanced. Respectable amounts of palt counter the hops, along with a soft and flowery fresh hop flavor. Some subtle fruit notes. Clean, with a firm bitterness. Satisfying and firm body, medium in heft, but still substantial. Lingering finish with lots of hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:19:46 | More by Suds
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very dark and cloudy amber...nearly brown. One finger offwhite head. Lacing is nice, but the beer itself looks ugly.

S- citrus hops, but not particularly strong ones...what little aroma I'm getting is nice, though.

T- slight piney hops with a little bit of a citrus aftertaste...it's not as vibrant as I'd really like

M- feel is fine. Nothing to add or detract to the score here

D- again, its fine. Totally drinkable amber, though not nearly the best I've had

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 23:05:19 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copperish auburn brown w/ one-finger head that left patches on top of a decently balanced but bland citric hop and caramel/bready malt aroma. A citric and bitter hoppy bite in a lighter body that has a dry edge thanks to a husky and chewey breadiness derived from chunk of malts. A mild caramel sweetness is prevelant as well and overall I'd say this beer is balanced. A good beer but a couple of minor setbacks as I found it to be a little slick and watery and the malts give off a buttery edge and then a real crisp, apple or pear like and dry finish (one could even say tart as the carbonation makes itself felt on the backend).

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 17:48:06 | More by clayrock81
Photo of tigg924


2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:36:27 | More by tigg924
Photo of SteveO1231


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, red label with white block type. freshness date: 25B 17 - 09 - 11???

Pours a copper with some bright amber highlights, nice white foamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is pretty funky. Gym socks, pungent, cheesy hops, earthy. Burnt sugars and roasted malt.

Medium bodied brew, fluffy, with a thirst quenching texture.

Light malt sweetness up front. Grain husk, roasted malt, caramel and cardboard. Finishes with an earthy and herbal bitterness.

This is a pretty interesting and complex amber. Favors really meld together nicely as it warms.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:41:27 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of kindacold


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with a foamy head that dissipates in about 2 minutes.

Smells deliciously hoppy, but doesn't deliver with the taste. Hoppy, but not as much as one would think when smelling it.

Very crisp in the mouth, and very light. Definitely drinkable...didn't even realize that I had finished mine when I did.

Not a bad beer, but nothing to go out of your way to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 07:33:40 | More by kindacold
Photo of stcules


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance, clean, few bubbles. One finger of light brown foam.
In the smell earthly and resinous hop.
Same notes in the taste. Definitely resolute, even some tangerine flavour.
Probably a mix of english and american hops.
Even some malt, tending to caramel, but the hop is dominant.
Still, not unbalanced, even if maybe a bit boring on the long distance.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:25:28 | More by stcules
Photo of laituegonflable


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber colour, clear, but with a slight cloud. Head is beige, sinks to a modest crown with nice lace left behind. Looks pretty good.

Good American character on the nose, lots of nutty malt with marzipany bitterness and lots of pineapple and passionfruit from the hops. Fruity and bitter. Quite pleasant.

Taste is malty with lots of American hop, nutty on the front with fruity notes, lots of passionfruit and spicy bitterness. Some notes of oatmeal on the mid-palate and the first touches of a brown sugar flavour. But quite bitter on the back with that nelson sauvin-esque heat, quite an astringent bitterness. Nice spicy heat to balance it but slightly acerbic with a slight flaxy character. Decent flavours, just a bit unbalanced and hot in places.

Drinks with a good texture. Lots of carb but not over blown. Goes down pretty smooth.

Yeah, fairly tasty beer. Good hoppy finish makes for challenging, but rewarding drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 00:38:22 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 330mL bottle for $3.39 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Batch 153, best before 23-06-11. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy reddish amber/ copper brew has robust carbonation that supports a thick bubbly 1.5" of tan head. The smell has a thin dry sweetness and fairly hoppy- lemon Pez candy with a sharp litsea edge. Some roasty malt appears after the initial lemony stuff mellows out a bit. Amazing smell for an amber... smells almost like a malty IPA. The taste is a huge letdown... thin and dry, very shallow, just a moderate dose of murky lemon-ish hop and a little dry caramel stuff lingering in the background. Feels moderately thick with a fizzy carbonation. The head, which has settled to a thick layer, left a good amount of lace throughout the session.

It'd be a good brew if the taste was half as good as the smell. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:42:32 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch: 258
BBF: 17-09-11
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Dark copper body with two fingers of off white head. Retention is fair and leaves nice lacing.

S: Caramel, some fruits and solid backbone of hopes.

T: Good amount of bitter hops mixed with the right amount of caramel malts.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Texture is nice and chewy with a good amount of bitterness.

D: Pleasant brew and a well made red ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:13:07 | More by Long813
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse, Sydney.

Pours a mean and lean bright red colour, touched with burnished amber. Head is like whipped orange cream. Minimal lacing and apparently no carbonation. Haziness in the body, could almost be mistaken for a fruit beer.

Nose is crazy with fruity hops, but with a strangely compelling underlying hint of chocolate. Together, it gives a sweet caramel character, or something akin to squashed overripe fruit. It fits the American style, but has that odd BrewDog twist to it.

Taste, however, gets oddly skewed between the two. There's not nearly enough hop bite to cut through the sweet chocolate and malty caramel character. Gives it a slightly mental peach twang, and a light butterscotch character, although I don't attribute it to diacetyl - just the oddly clanging mixture of hops and malt. Back is nutty with a hint of marzipan, feel is sparkling.

Decent, and reminiscent of the great west coast styles, although oddly skewed in a way that makes it both more interesting and less enjoyable. Very drinkable though, and I liked it well enough.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 02:47:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.