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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 patra7


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Deep amber / red colors with a huge, beige, foamy head that lingers for quite a while. Bulges of it stayed hanging at the rim of the glass even after I’d finished it.
Smell: Impressive strong smells of fruity, toasty, caramel malt from the moment I opened the glass. It’s worth noting that I drank this 1 day after the “best before” date!
Taste: Same as the smell but somehow less pronounced and complex. A pinch of bitterness at the start but the sweetness gradually takes over for a more balanced effect.
Mouthfeel: A siropy feel throughout. Medium to full body with a slick texture that stays on as an after-“taste”. Besides the huge head the carbonation is remarkably soft.
Drinkability: Easily drinkable; remarkable smell. I could have a few of those…

06-17-2011 15:40:29 | More by patra7
Photo of ExplosivoSR


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

A - Deep orange/amber color with about a finger's worth of head. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus.

T - The first thing I got from this was an almost espresso-like bitterness, with grapefruit notes coming through a bit. The bitterness stays with it 100%.

M - Sticky sweetness with a medium amount of carbonation.

O - Id like to try this again, because I honestly don't quite know how I feel about this.

06-15-2011 19:31:15 | More by ExplosivoSR
Photo of Sneevel


3.78/5  rDev -1%

Hmmm... Nice beer. Especially the Nice hoppy nose. Lots of citrus and herbs. It's a lovely amber colour in the glass as well. The taste is nice and dry, but a bit metallic and llacking in concentration. The mouthfeel is also a bit thin. Overall a good beer with a nice refreshing hoppiness. Great served nice and cold.

06-15-2011 18:51:24 | More by Sneevel
Photo of treehugger02010


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

I had this at the Grilled cheese and craft beer presented by world cafe live.
A: The body is dark tan/amber. The head is 2 fingers fingers tall, off white, medium bubbles, great lacing.4
S: The aroma are sweet syrup, caramel malt, and pine hops. 4
T: The taste are pine hops dominate, underscored sugar, and yeast. 4
M: The body is thin with a crisp finish. 3.5
D: This beer is great. 4
Don't drink and review.

06-12-2011 20:06:34 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

06-04-2011 02:55:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Rossi

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

I liked the colour of beer, much darker than the light amber I was expecting, it has a very pleasant fragrant smell, reminded me of jasmine, malts and honey. The head on the beer was solid, a good 3/4inch. So far so good. The taste was quite a shock, very clear, very metallic with and with a strong alcohol note throughout. Years ago in my school days a teacher once made the class taste ethanol (100% alcohol) for some reason. Those memories came flooding back. The character of the beer is all back lost in the metal and alcohol. I did not find it smooth particularly, more like licking a smooth metal pole. Overall I was disappointed.

06-02-2011 15:04:36 | More by Rossi
Photo of richkrull


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Got this one in N00b BIF 4 from my buddy Crabbicuss.

Poured a deep amber color with TONS of beige head on it.

Smell is sweet malts up front with quite a bit of hop aroma coming through as well.

Taste is more hop-centric than I was expecting. A little surprising for an amber. Pretty good flavor overall though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth beer.

Overall a really good beer. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

06-02-2011 02:36:00 | More by richkrull
Photo of JLeege


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle- into a pint

Appearance- Pours a deep amber with a nice thick white head. Nice retention, a little lace.

Smell- A nice blend of fairly sweet malt, and floral hops.

Taste- Sweeter malts up front, somewhat bready, somewhat earthy. Leathery is probably a good term, a slight toffee sweetness. A nice balance of surprisingly noticeable hops, a little citrus fruit, some pine, and floral again; everything comes together quite nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body and carbonation. A wee bit on the watery side, the only real ding on this beer.

Overall- You can love ‘em or hate ‘em, but Brewdog had made a very solid amber ale here. Good balance throughout, and you could drink a few of them without getting sick of it or too drunk.

06-02-2011 01:51:02 | More by JLeege
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: deep ruby/brown amber, 2 finger fluffy tan head, fine lacing!

S: pineapple, peach, fresh pine

T: sweet peach/pineapple, light pine, malt, light bitter finish

M: med/light body, light oily mouth

O: OH MY WORD! Thank you Scotland. Been reading
and hearing so much about this brewery, so thought
I would give it a go. Usually not a huge fan of Amber Ales,
but this was delightful. Very flavorful session brew.


05-24-2011 17:41:55 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +4.7%

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium sized and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some citrus aromas followed by a big earthy, citrus, and floral hop aroma that finishes it off.
T: Tastes much like the nose with sweet roasted malts as a base, some caramelized malts, citrus flavors, and then a nice big earthy, citrus, floral aroma that is pretty refreshing.
M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, nice mix of flavors and nice abv level make this a pretty decent beer.
D: Very drinkable, nice overall flavor, and feel to it.

05-09-2011 10:57:09 | More by erosier
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

05-08-2011 18:20:29 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

05-06-2011 03:19:55 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of salvo


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Red highlights in a nut-brown beer. The head swells to three full inches of off-white fluff and then dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lace all the way down the goblet.

Nose is earthy, worn-leathery, grassy. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops, with a mild astringent finish with some chocolate notes.

The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than full-bodied, but certainly more there than a northeast nut-brown, with none of that style's cloying sweetness. Certainly a successful beer, and the cost comes from trans-Atlantic travel and a miserable currency exchange rate.

05-03-2011 02:38:53 | More by salvo
Photo of Rifugium


3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

04-29-2011 17:00:13 | More by Rifugium
Photo of tubacharlie


4/5  rDev +4.7%

A massive head nearly overflows the half liter glass mug, poured down the side. The light tan-colored head slowly recedes, leaving some lacing stuck to the sides.

Citrus aromas mix with fresh hops in the nose. The brew is a hazy copper-amber, with rapidly rising carbonation fueling the head.

Grapefruit flavors dominate the front of the palate, mellowing somewhat in the middle as the lightly malted grain mingles in the frothy mix before the swallow. More citrus notes follow in a bittersweet aftertaste that tips its hat to the big hop presence.

Sort of an amber IPA, and worthy of washing down a well-spiced meal like pepperoni pizza with crushed red peppers.

04-29-2011 00:52:01 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4/5  rDev +4.7%

Heard some good things about this beer so I picked up a 4 pack. Kinda expensive for what it is.

Poured into a shaker pint. Nice orangie amber color. Thin white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a nice malty smell. A bit of hops but not much.

Taste is solid. Nice malt character. Slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel is best described as smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall a very solid beer. I would buy it all the time but at $9 something a 4 pack it's not worth it for just an amber. Anvers are super cheap to make.

04-25-2011 06:30:49 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

A very nice looking red amber colour with a finger & a half sized brownish white head. The beer is still and clear, looking excellent with good head retention that eventually settles to a thinnish lacing/head & leaves some lacing on the glass too.

A pleasant, fruity combination of grapefruit & pine with maybe a little mango in the middle. Definitely a good smelling, summery beer.

Starts off very fruity to begin with a grapefruit dominating along with a citrus flavour before easing out in the middle then finishing with the pine mentioned in the smell. Well balanced overall & finishing with a warm, mildly bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink making this a nice session brew. The carbonation is good too.

This is a very pleasant, fruity beer that goes down well & would be perfect on a warm summers day. Not the best Brewdog offering but still a nice brew.

More reviews & 1001 Beer Challenge at:

04-16-2011 21:25:49 | More by flyingpig
Photo of rarbring


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

A clear red/brownish amber, a dark off-white head, leaving rather little lacing.

The smell is very citric, grape-fruit juice and peel, sun-warm pines and some pine soap.

Initially a toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit and lemon sour- and some bitterness.

Medium carbonation, rather soft, somewhat oily, a light dry finish.

A tiny bit too much soap, but really a good solid amber.

04-12-2011 18:27:20 | More by rarbring
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

I have been pretty happy with Brew Dog products, and especially like their Tokyo* beer. I know that they brew good big beers, but I thought that I would give one of their session beers a try. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep orange color with a solid 2" of head on top that is maintained by lots of bubbles rising. A couple minutes after the pour there is still at least 1/2" of foam and there is some solid lacing left on the glass as it has fallen...overall a very nicely presented beer.

Aroma: The American hops are the key player in the initial parts of the aroma with some sweet and slightly toasty caramel making up the malt part of the profile.

Taste: The flavor is also very hop oriented, but there is some pretty significant malt left on the palate for a 5%ABV beer, which is a good thing in this case as it makes the beer seem more substantial. This along with the high carbonation neutralize each other out to bring you pretty quickly to the finish which is pretty well balanced, but tipped slightly toward the hops. There is no alcohol noticeable anywhere, so if it weren't for the high carbonation, you could really slam this beer.

Opinion: I must say that this is one of the better examples of this style that I have tried. I like the balance. The hops are a big player here, but they don't completely run the show. It is an American style beer, no doubt. I would recommend that you try this beer, especially if you lean more toward hoppy styles. That said, I don't know how much I will be going back to this one as I lean more toward the maltier side of things.

04-09-2011 01:49:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of BarrelO


4/5  rDev +4.7%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 153, best before June 28, 2011.

A: Copper-colored body with a nice white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Citrusy and slightly soapy hops with a bit of caramel. Kind of like a mini-barleywine.

T: Starts off with intense citrus hoppiness which recedes to reveal notes of caramel and toffee. Pretty well balanced overall.

M: Medium-bodied. Juicy, like biting into an orange. Good carbonation.

D: An enjoyable session beer.

04-08-2011 23:29:27 | More by BarrelO
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a hazy copper to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a hint of caramel. In the taste, gingerbread and caramel like maltiness and a nice small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel aftertaste. Nice small presence of caramel in a red ale.

04-05-2011 18:15:13 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Autumnal red coloured beer with an off white creamy head.

S. Hoppy beer with a hint of red fruits

T. Again the grainy hop dominates. Possibly some red fruitiness in there too.

M. Medium bodied

D. Can Brewdog create any beer that does not taste like their other beers? 5.A.M. All their beers taste the same to me.

03-26-2011 19:40:17 | More by AEK
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

03-25-2011 19:28:08 | More by Kegatron
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance - Red, opaque body with thick tan head. Magnificent lacing.

Smell - Amber clay aroma with high grassy and grapefruit notes.

Taste - Balanced between high quality toffee/caramel malts and rich finishing (not bittering) hops.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and nice astringency begs for another sip.

Overall - Sessionable guilt-free beer that will not pull you down for the night!

03-23-2011 01:30:12 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of KenC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6%

A - Reddish, cloudy, copper color, with off-white head. The lacing lasted after the liquid was gone. Extreme carbonation, glad I opened the bottle over the sink!

S - Heavy aromas of hops and grapefruit. The malt stands out nicely.

T - Similar to the smell, mildly bitter hops, some grapefruit, some malt. Noted the slightly bitter aftertaste, but not objectionable at all.

M - Medium body, smooth, light carbonation. What happened to the carbonization from the opening?

D - A very drinkable beer. It went well with beef roast. It can stand on its own, I'm sure.

03-13-2011 18:08:54 | More by KenC
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.