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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

ngeunit1, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

pwsoldier, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

trixdout, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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

mikesgroove, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle. Poured an amber color with a bit of haziness to it. Nice, large head that retained well and left a good bit of lacing. Aroma is that of sweet malts and earthy hops. Well-balanced, but certainly not complex. Taste is slightly bitter, with a sweeter finish. Smooth, but overall pretty bland. I actually tasted a hint of caramel, which may have just been from the malty flavors. Piney.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. A good beer, but nothing special. I probably wouldn't have it again, but it's worth trying once.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy Red Amber colour with a nice two fingerd off White head that retains well.

S - Mostly piney hops and a little malt background.

T - Up front some nice bitterness. The hop is a littele faded with the finish being a little bitter. Lacks the real substance expected from the aroma.

M - A little watery, light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - A solid sessionable beer.

eric5bellies, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of bornridiculous
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gusher. Poured with a nice 2 finger head that subsided in a couple of minutes. The color is a darkish red, that is slightly cloudy. Smells of hops and caramel malts, however not overpowering, I would describe it as "lightly scented." The taste is a well balanced hoppy malty flavor characteristic. Has a medium effervescence. The finish is clean with a light hop aroma. Overall a good but not complex example of the amber style. The lowish abv makes this an acceptable session beer as well. While somewhat praiseworthy as an american amber, the price associated with this beer in the states is worth a once off try, but there are better and more inexpensive examples out there.

bornridiculous, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of maxk
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Great Grog in Edinburgh, UK in a 33cL bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A deep, robust ruby color with a tan, 1 finger head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thin layer coating the top.

S: Hops and citrus.

T: Tastes very similar to how it smells. Hops are the most prominent flavor, with a bit of citrus in there as well. There's a little sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Watery, not overly carbonated

Overall, this is a decent beer, nothing spectacular however. I will admit it went pretty nicely with a burger, but when sipped on it's own it's not as great.

maxk, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A huge soapy head crowns a dark amber coloured body. Clear. Minimal spits of lace.

S - Hops up front, grapefruit and pine. Caramel malt pokes through as it warms.

T - Sweet malt, caramel and toffee, then citrusy hops finish with a mild bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated, yet smooth moderate body.

O - A well balanced session beer. Better options around for the same price though.

dansmcd, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of patobandito
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a huuuge head. Took forever for the head to die down. Smell is mediocre, not much there that stands out. The taste is fairly weak, with a bitter, almost sour taste at the end. Dont really know what I think of this beer. I thought I was getting something new and exciting, being the first beer from Brew Dog that i've found here in NM, but it just turned out kind of meh.

patobandito, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark orange color with a giant head (this bottle is being drank after the best before date, but only by a few months) Head takes forever to die down. Oddly for an amber beer i'm getting lots of oily hop scents and also some roasted malt scents.

Taste is strange, i'm having some trouble with it, definitely not what I expected. theres really not much flavor up front, just a tiny bit of unidentifiable malt, and then it ends with some soapy hops. It's very strange for an amber ale, smooth and light body, highly carbonated, almost no malt and some hops.

Not much here really, maybe cause it's a bit too old? idk

Not a huge fan though

jtierney89, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Got this in jmarsh123's Music LIF. Big thanks! My first beer from BrewDog.

A: Dark amber color, with nice bright highlights when held to the light. An immeasurable head since it kept growing out of the glass and I was unable to pour the whole bottle in at once. Super rocky with a slightly yellow tint to it. Takes forever to die down. Super sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee malts. Slight citrus hops, with light grapefruit, and very slight hints of apricot and pineapple. Slightly funky with a touch of alcohol coming through.

T: Bready malts and toffee. Huge grassy notes through out. A sour bitter citrus flavor from middle to finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Like chewing on wet grass.

M: Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Pretty sticky.

O: Not a fan of the huge grass profile of this one. I can get that from the bag on my lawnmower. Not bad flavors, just not for me.

doughanson78, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz (or possibly 330 mL) bottle tried 5 Oct 2010. Batch #185. Courtesy of L&D, thanks! Served in the (512) Two glass.

Large thick orangey brown head. Well carbonated. Clear mahogany/cedar color. Quite fragrant, resiny and toffeeish. Starts with some moderate bitterness. Earthy resin quickly overtakes it and dominates. Medium body, ethanol is somewhat warming for 5%. Finishes a bit sweeter with buttery toffee notes. Lingering mild bitter aftertaste.

Seems like somewhere inbetween a pale ale and an amber.

htomsirveaux, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchassed from V&B Nantes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : caramel, fruity and flowery hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity flavoured, with bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style amber red ale.

thierrynantes, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't pour this aggressively, but I was left with a five-inch foamy head that eventually faded into a one-inch head. The smell was strong, with pear notes followed by the stronger-than-expected aroma of hops.

The taste was...interesting. It begins with a typical fruity ale taste (I'll stick with pear as a description) before the grassy, grapefruit-y hops take over. It's quite hoppy for the style.

This is a good beer, but I'm probably not completing giving its due just because I was expecting/hoping for something maltier. I probably wouldn't session this one.

airforbes1, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Mit
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a private order.

Pours a deep ruby red colour with decent lasting head.

Malty and slightly hoppy....nice balance...very delicious smell.

Malty and grapefruite hoppy in the taste...mild yeast flavour in the backround.

Mouthfeel is solid for the abv

Very solid beer overall. I wasn't sad i ordered this one.

Mit, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Pub Hub in Houston, TX

A - Poured a copper/amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on top of sweet caramel malt

T - Like the nose good bit of citrus and pine hops with a good malt backbone

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is definitely one of the better beers I've had from Brewdog I love hoppy reds and this one didn't disappoint pretty damn good beer all around worth getting to try if you see it around

armock, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottle labeled best before 22 Dec, 2011.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a rich copper/cherry wood color with a ¾” white head that soon recedes to a layer of foam with a ring and patches lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a pattern of scattered speckles of lacing that also cling to the glass.

Smell: The aroma is mostly caramel malt laced with some fruity notes that include both apricot and grapefruit.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavor is dominated by the caramel and bready malt with the fruity notes of apricot and grapefruit zest weaving in and out.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with persistent carbonation. The medium to long finish is crisp and clean and fades out with some pine resin bitterness showing.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The drinkability is quite good and this amber ale is much more like an IPA than it is like other amber ales I’ve had. I am pleased to have tried this one and would be willing to have a second. My overall impression is that this is a reasonably well made beer that demonstrates some of the potential of this brewery.

drtth, Aug 17, 2011
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.