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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 10
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 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
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of September 22, 2011

Pours a reddish brown color with a finger of solid white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Scent is more hoppy than malty, but both are quite faint. Slightly spicy hop aroma with slightly earthy malt background.

While the nose might have been more hoppy, the opposite is true for the taste. Earthy malt flavor comes through with a subtle side of pine. Some hop bitterness at the end. Bitterness lingers along with a slightly nutty flavor.

Aftertaste seems odd to me and the whole thing seems off-style (which should be expected from the name). Overall, it is an enjoyable beverage. Not quite my mug of beer for long term drinking though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 22:55:30 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great nose and look that screams hops but the taste is not really that hoppy and has a soft finish that is in contrast to the huge nose. Very drinkable but not really a balanced beer and not really fitting the style. More like an IPA that has a easy finish

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 21:46:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of BMoney575


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-25-10
Batch 483
Best before 1-19-11

Pours a cloudy amber/brown color, with a big off white head that slowly gives way to big, side-covering lacing.

Smell is light at fruity at first, then deep more sweat-sock as the hops come through. The malt adds a pleasant earthy edge, with strong caramel aromas at the very end.

Taste is milder than the smell, not as sweet. The hops are bitter and earthy, but fade quickly, leaving a bitter but underwhelming finish.

Mouthfeel could really be thicker, which would really help the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavor and mouthfeel just don't get the job done.

Overall, a good effort at a more subtle beer, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:52:27 | More by BMoney575
Photo of jkrich


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:12:02 | More by jkrich
Photo of mithrascruor


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brownish-amber color with a huge thick, rocky, tan head. Good retention.

Smell: Heavy aroma with some toasted malts and sugars. Similar to what I've found in some of the maltier DIPAs.

Taste: Flavor-wise this is something I'd expect from a double/imperial ale with the strong toasted malts and somewhat unique caramel sweetness. But it is nice experiencing this flavor without the usual overwhelming alcohol kick. Plenty of hops in there too, and a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth. Only very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong flavor so you might not want to drink too many, but definitely drinkable, particularly with the low-ish ABV.

Tasty, but pricey. Not your typical Amber ale, but a nice and unique beer. Would get again for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 03:52:08 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of mralphabet


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours ruby with amber highlights, two fingers of orange like head. Settles to a nice solid layer... with great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Very hoppy smelling !!! very piney with hint of citrus... there is a slight hint of sweet malt, little caramel and toast. Not very Red Ale like ??

T: Wow just a hoppy as it smells. The malt is pushed out ot the way, very piney with a tart grapefruit mixed in. Just a touch of caramel in the middle, finishing with a dry hoppy bitterness. Again not very Red Ale like..

M: Medium body and a little oil on the tongue... Carbonation is a little prickly to start with but gets milder as it warms up.i

D: A very drinkable, flavorful brew at a low ABV but I was expecting Red Ale, this is more of a IPA (to me). All in all not what I was expecting but a good brew none the less....

My First BrewDog and I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:07:09 | More by mralphabet
Photo of megahurts4


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

Brewdog 5am Saint

Appearance: Amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and dark fruit.

Taste: Hops, dark fruits, slight citrus, and a vegetable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

This brew has a loud bark, but not much of a bite -of course I'm referring to smell and taste. 5am is very interesting and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:59:29 | More by megahurts4
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.