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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

5 A.M. Saint5 A.M. Saint

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%

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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 Gobzilla


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a reddish brown in color with yellow highlights and a thin head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of sweetness from the malts were very noticeable with citrus piney hop notes and a hint of caramel.

T: had a very mild hop bite alongside caramel, citrus, and nuttiness but with plenty of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had piney, mild hopppy, and sweet finish.

D: this beer was very drinkable and a nice amber if your into the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 19:14:35 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best before: 05-08-12

pours a clear dark copper/amber colour. inch of off-white head, nice lacing afterwards.

smell had nice bitter hops, sweet malts, caramel.

taste - sweet malts, good amount of hopiness with caramel and a nice bitterness. really well balanced and great drinkability.

overall probably one of the better red ales i've had. i found it followed the style really well and enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:32:40 | More by fostachild
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 06:10:22 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:31:33 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MsRif


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 16:29:13 | More by MsRif
Photo of eric5bellies


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 14:37:45 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 17:31:55 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bornridiculous


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:49:23 | More by bornridiculous
Photo of maxk


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 17:36:11 | More by maxk
Photo of dansmcd


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:57:26 | More by dansmcd
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:05:12 | More by patobandito
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -66.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 20:21:19 | More by jtierney89
Photo of doughanson78


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 19:31:49 | More by doughanson78
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 04:29:36 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of thierrynantes


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 17:03:30 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of airforbes1

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:08:17 | More by airforbes1
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 03:20:17 | More by Mit
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:46:24 | More by armock
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:39:54 | More by drtth
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, best before 16 Jan 2012, drank and reviewed on-line 16 Aug 2011.

Before I start the proper review: I'm not a fan of the way these brewers seek notice, but I've had a few of their beers and although not seeking them out, don't shy away from them either. I'll try and be objective, not subjective.

This bottle is to be poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' straight sided sleeve glass: got to be fair, it looked good, true amber body, clear and inviting, on top an off-white head that was full and creamy on the mouth.

Malty molasses filled the nose when taking in the smells, not roasted or toasted, burnt or otherwise, just an over-riding aroma of semi-sweet molasses.

The taste and mouthfeel were/are one of smooth maltiness without the over-sweetness sometimes found in other malty brews. A rich, almost creamy Mild (UK Dark Mild that is) sort of feel to it.

Would love to complain or bitch about it, but I enjoyed this beer: I prefer the slightly sweeter, maltier beers to the hoppy bitter ones normally and this slotted into my tastebuds well.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 20:48:29 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Rickythejeweler


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy reddish-orange, massive 5 finger head, thick and fluffy, somewhat obnoxious.

S - Light tropical fruits, citrus, pine.

T - Rind-like bitterness, citrus, mild fruitiness.

M - Thick, heavy, but also juicy.

O - Middle of the pack, I am somewhere between loving and hating this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:32:46 | More by Rickythejeweler
Photo of womencantsail


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the contribution, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a rocky off-white head with nice lacing.

S: Smells kind of funky. The hops are very grassy and herbal. There is a sharp citrus acidity to it, like grapefruit juice. Light pineapple notes as well. A slight sourness along with some bready malts.

T: Bready malts with a bit of toffee. Very heavy on the grass with a light tartness of grapefruit juice. A bit more bitter than expected, too. Mild pine flavor on the back end.

M: Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

O: I didn't really like this beer. The hop character was strange and gave it a misplaced tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:10:08 | More by womencantsail
Photo of engagechad


4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark - poured into southern tier tulip.

Pours a dark redish orange with amazing head and amazing lacing. Smells hoppy and kind of farmy. Taste is effin awesome, very similar to hopback amber by troegs. This is an AWESOME beer guys. Seek it out and give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:26:32 | More by engagechad
Photo of jondeelee


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually begin with a critique of a beer's label, but I must make an exception for 5 a.m. Saint. A label, of course, has little to do with the actual contents of the bottle, besides being a method of attracting your attention with flashy colors, funny names, and, occasionally, cartoons. Some labels do go so far as to describe the beer in terms familiar to a connoisseur, and others offer a pithy-but-funny story. The Arrogant Bastard series goes so far as to openly state that the drinker is "not worthy" of the bottle's contents, which is slightly off-putting, but does at least go along with the name.

But then we have 5 a.m. Saint, the label of which begins with the line "You probably don't know much about beer," and continues from there into a diatribe against the blandness of most beers, and accuses the drinker of having unwittingly participated in the exaltation of the same, precisely because the drinker doesn't know enough about anything to, well, realize how dumb and inexperienced they are: "You can't help but be sucked down the rabbit hole." Yes, the blame is ultimately laid on beer manufacturers for producing and hyping such blandness, but still, I do have to question the marketing skills that led to the creation of this label: who exactly is this material supposed to attract, and who is the intended audience? Beer connoisseurs already know why they've picked up this bottle, and novices will probably be turned away by the language. Which is all to say, don't judge this one by its cover; let the beer do the talking.

Because if you do, I don't think you'll be sorry. 5 a.m. Saint, for all of its questionable marketing, begins with an immensely fruity, sugary nose, ripe with apricot, nectarine, rose hips and rosewater, brown sugar, and grapefruit, and is truly mouthwatering.

On the tongue, the immediate blush of sugary fruits (carrying all of the above notes onto the tastebuds) is quickly joined by a heavy grapefruit-rind-and-pine hop base, as well as a good handful of toasted almond and pecans. The IBUs only clock in at 25, according to Brewdog's website, but if feels like much more than that, as the hops quickly take over the mouthful and remain in charge even through the aftertaste (the result of massive dry and late-hopping). The result is a brew that is full of wonderful hop notes--resins, citrus, lemon, rosewater--but light on bitterness, making for excellent fare. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is great fare, and might be a good place for people just getting interested into more hoppier brews to start, as it gives an excellent look at potential, without twisting the tongue into bitter knots. Just don't read the label until *after* you've had a sip, and you might make it through...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:36:40 | More by jondeelee
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

comes out a nice lighter brown with a twinge of orange in there. big billowy head thats off white sticks majestically and laces all the way down. oily resiny hops seem to await based on the nose of this thing. a grain malt backbone is suggested by the nose. very inviting. crackers and sweet malts give way to a nice hop finish thats not overbearing but has a good umpfh to it. the hop bitterness definitely sticks with the back of your mouth for a good bit after you swallow. carbonation is moderate in this medium bodied brew. this is overall a damn fine hop focused amber ale. glad i picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:58:38 | More by celticfutblclub
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.