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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | 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

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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan coloured head over cloudy reddish amber liquid.

S: Sweet malt, floral and perfumy hops.

T: Grapefruit, orange, grassy hops over a sweet biscuity malt backbone.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Somewhat tart and drying.

O: Tasty for the style and well hopped.

Photo of jisak74
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of AltimusPrime
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of bark
2.41/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is dark amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is airy and beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is rich and hoppy. Resin, sour citric fruits, caramel and exotic fruits like pineapple and apricots. Robust bitterness with some unclean notes of dried flowers and detergents. Some alcohol.

The taste got notes of hay, old flowers and American hops. Golden syrup and overripe fruits. Quite a lot of bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, fermenting hay/grass and citric flavouring. Sour fruit drops in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-dry.

I have tried this one before, but always as a part of a BrewDog tasting. At those times, it was always the least favoured beer. When I now drink it on its own, I still think it is an odd beer with notes of dusty malts and rotten grass.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a bottle, but something tells me I need to one day seek it out on tap. As far as amber ales go, I would put this up against some of the best and more complex of its kind.

Easy to drink or down quickly, the 5 A.M. Saint has plenty of kick for being such a toned-down-in-potency ale. BrewDog is most famous for its high volume, rare beers, but out of the few that you can find regularly (if you have a decent liquor store nearby) this is one to try out.

Not a bad choice for accessibility if you are having a gathering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Appearance: Hazy amber color. No sheen. Thin white head with big bubbles.

Smell: Nice aroma. A wide bouquet of fruits, especially peach, plum and fruit punch. Roasted malts provide light chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors. Traces of cinnamon. Hops are relatively muted.

Taste: On the sweet side. Fruity and nice lightly roasted caramel malts. Piney northwest hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and mild. Malts dominate. Mild hop tingle on the finish.

Overall: Scottish brewery making a northwest session ale. Count me in. I liked this.

Photo of eriktoyra
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The colour is dark amber and the liquid is clear. Fairly light and fluffy head that leaves very little lacings.

S: Lots of red fruits; lingonberries, raspberries and red currant. I can also find hints of celery and wet leather. Caramel malts.

T: Surprisingly neutral compared to the rather complex smell. I can find hints of cocoa and biscuits. Some caramel malts which finishes of with dry, yet sweet citrus tones.

M: Medium to strong carbonation. Light to medium body.

O: Very drinkable. I really liked the smell of this one. Will definately buy it again if I get the opportunity.

Photo of hiku7
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque amber orange, with some rust hues. Moderately thick creamy head with residual lacing. Shouldn't be this cloudy. Looks like mud.

Caramel malt aroma dominates, with strong orange citrus hop aroma. Slight alcohol aroma. Clean yeast character. Pretty standard west coast u.s. amber ale aroma, yet coming all the way from Scotland.

Fairly strong bitterness, which lingers a bit. The flavor starts sweet caramel, but finishes drier than expected. Grassy citrusy hop flavor.

A bit thin on the body, especially considering the cloudy appearance. Medium full carbonation. Some slick hop resin feel.

Pretty decent Scottish interpretation of American amber ale. One issue is the hop and malt disconnect. Seems like two separate tastes entirely and not very integrated. With all the great California amber ales, probably won't buy this again, though I appreciate the effort.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark orange with a short one-finger off-white head. Minimal lacing is left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: It's very malty. A bit of hops detected, but mainly buscuity malts, raisins, slight earthy tone.

Taste: Mainly just neutral tasting buscuit malts. Extremely mild bitterness, and an almost cocoa-esque flavor. Watery.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body, high carbonation. Easy as hell to drink.

Overall: I've had much better examples of American Amber Ales. While I wouldn't call this horrible, but I also wouldn't purchase it again. I would recommend you to try it once, though, as it's far from a bad beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper color or amber looking. A dense creamy head. Good lacing too.

S - Floral, pine, grass.

T - Nice fresh tasting beer, hop tingling goodness. A bitter hop punch to the tongue.

M - A little light on the body, but the carbonation and the creamy feeling make up for it. Tastes more like a thin IPA.

O - A perfect summertime beer. I will buy this again.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.