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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
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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 Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

11-25-2010 03:13:07 | More by Long813
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

11-25-2010 02:47:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-18-2010 22:55:30 | More by Seanstoppable
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

10-25-2010 21:52:27 | More by BMoney575
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

10-17-2010 23:12:02 | More by jkrich
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-14-2010 03:52:08 | More by mithrascruor
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

10-10-2010 03:59:29 | More by megahurts4
Photo of RoyalT


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

Appearance - This came out a good-looking brown with orangish hues and a very nice, full fluffy head that left good lacing.

Smell - The malts are heavily-toasted and a bit stale. There's some light raw sugar in there and maybe some orange rind but really the nose is rather clumsy. The hops are leafy but very stiff and I'm also getting some kind of biscuit. This one is hard to classify but there's definitely something a bit off here.

Taste - The beer loses most of its structure at the taste. I still get the toastiness but it is shallow and lacks any real bready punch. The sugars come off as stale and artificial and the only thing left from the hop aroma is a kind of annoying leafy taste.

Mouthfeel - When I think of this style I expect a big mouthfeel and this one just didn't pull it off. It is thin, I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied, with little fizzy carbonation and an annoying bitter finish. I enjoy a big bitter bite so am not averse to the characteristic but here it just fell flat in the cheeks.

Drinkability - I liked smelling this enough before each sip to finish the bottle but this is a clumsy, confusing beer that I won't buy again.

10-10-2010 00:35:50 | More by RoyalT
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Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%

My favourite beer at the Brewdog dinner hosted by James Watt. This really is a superior amber ale and deserves more praise.

Deep amber pour, bordering on ruby, with lots of sticky white head that left sheets of lace on the glass. Big hop nose, with pine resing and grapefruit making you sit up and take notice. Biscuit, caramel, nut and earth provide the depth and balance.

Awesome flavour, with a huge hop punch. Definitely heavy on the pine and grapefruit peel, but with just enough malt character to keep everything in balance and sessionable. Lots of biscuit and caramel, with a pleasing sweetness, but holy crappers, do the hops shine in this one and make themselves felt in the finish. Smooth, medium body with a nice drying finish.

A phenomenal amber. All the press goes to the bigger brews, but I honestly think this may be Brewdog's best!

10-06-2010 16:02:02 | More by bobsy
Photo of AgentMunky


3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Good two and a half fingers of head. Rich, transparent amber brown with a voluptuous quality. Very nice.

S: Unmistakeable cascade hops (it smells like a Sierra Nevada). There are lots of hops in the nose. It's very pleasant, but rather one-sided.

T: Yummy hops, bland flavour. Yes, it is very hoppy, and yes, these hops are nice (if you like that sort of thing -- I do), but there is nothing supporting it. There is no beer, only hops. Aftertaste is bitter and slightly soapy.

M: Nice enough. Carbonation and hops.

D: Too much hops, not enough of anything else. Too lopsided to be very drinkable, at least for me. A good beer, I guess, but I wouldn't recommend it.

09-29-2010 10:33:26 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of DeadGuyRyan


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

I poured this from an 11.2 ounce into a belgian styled goblet.This is my first brewdog and its pretty much what I expected hoppy with a nice bite but not overwhelming. It definitely has a pine smell but I mostly pick up on the hops. This is a beer I would drink often but not alot of in one sitting . Its not very high in alcohol which surprised me. The color of the beer is great its a deep brown with hints of gold and amber thus the name. This will not be my last brewdog, Im not a huge fan of ipa but I look forward to trying theirs and seeing if they change my mind.

09-28-2010 02:50:40 | More by DeadGuyRyan
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

"Iconoclastic amber ale" says the label. The label also gets into the haughty ego and attitude thing. It's obvious they're taking a page from the Stone book, and say what you will about the chest-beating diatribes on their bottles, but a brewer could have worse heroes than the mighty Stone. And if we're talking purely about the liquid, BrewDog have proven themselves one of the most exciting, innovative breweries in the world right about now. ("Shut up and pour" says my inner self, so I do...)

This thing is beautiful. A mahogany-type reddish brown, with a creamy, 2+ finger toasted tan head that leaves a lot of really sticky, stiff lace on the sides of the glass.

Huzzah! The aroma is a wonderful thing as well. Dark and pungent herbal tea, pepper-infused cocoa powder and brown sugar mingle well with a bright, breezy, super-clean hops, hops that smell like a burning pyre of pine needles and grapefruit rinds.

Flavor is direct and perhaps not very complex, but it's quite good all the same: sprinkle a bit of brown sugar on a slice of grapefruit and bite, and chase with a vanilla-spiked cinnamon/herbal tea. There you have it. Kind of, anyway. It's not as intense as that might sound, having a sort of subdued character, like a beer that really wants to rip your tongue apart, but refrains and instead focuses on drinkability over extremity.

Feels smooth and airy in the mouth, quite slick and even on the thin side, but not at all watery.

A 5% beer with such an attractive personality should be cheaper and absolutely everywhere. I dig the 5 A.M. Saint and would love to have this on hand regularly (not sure why it's called 5 A.M. Saint--perhaps they could have fit an explanation into all that label text?).

09-27-2010 21:58:14 | More by Metalmonk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

330ml bottle at the BrewDog Beer Dinner at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: deep copper red, one finger of cream white head, some sticky lace on the tulip.
S: pine, citrus, resinous hops, white grapefruit, caramel, toast, orange peel, bready biscuit, a little nutty as well.
T: follows the nose exactly with a very light malt base. I also get a touch of toffee sweetness, bitter and citric hops, pink grapefruit, mild spiciness on the tongue, and a lasting pithy aftertaste with a high level of IBUs.
M: thinner than medium, moderate carbonation, a bit foamy, nice hop punch through the middle, bitter and drying finish.
D: a hoppy and flavourful amber ale. Not as complex as the top examples of the style, but highly drinkable nonetheless. My second favourite beer of the night.

09-23-2010 19:49:51 | More by cratez
Photo of Thorpe429


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a reddish-amber with some copper highlights. Nice tan head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Smells immediately of hops; definitely some pine and resin. Taste is quite a bit maltier with some dry amber malt going throughout. Mouthfeel is light to medium--definitely toward the hoppy-amber end of the spectrum. Drinkability is nice. Flavorful but not at all overpowering.

09-18-2010 22:42:05 | More by Thorpe429
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on September 17th, 2010. Pours a dark, clear amber with a three finger head that retains for two and a half minutes. Some cream in the moderately thick head. Looks mildly inviting.

Smell: A strong berry, fruity smell. Maybe raspberry? Hard to detect individual flavours, indicative of good balance. Definitely ester.

Taste: Two notes of compatible berry flavours, followed by a lackluster finish. There is a rather nice sweet berry undertone that holds throughout, which is the best part of this beer. Up to the finish, the beer is built fairly well but the finish destroys the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Awkward movement from wet in the body to dry on the finish, neither of which is refreshing. The cream of the head never comes through, which is disappointing.

Drinkability: This is an ambitious amber ale, but its biggest failing is the dry, contrasting mouthfeel of the finish.

09-17-2010 18:45:31 | More by kojevergas
Photo of kylehayworth


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

I broke my Sunking pint glass pouring this beer, so I hope it makes up for the broken glassware. Let's try it in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass instead...

A: A deep rich copper/amber color, with a really nice forming head, dirty white in color. The retention is solid, it passed the ol' bottle cap test.

S: A mild/moderate citrus nose, mostly grapefruit and oranges. Maybe a hint of lemon/lime.

T: Has some nice herbal/citrus notes, with a pleasing mild bitter after taste. Very mildly bitter, not overbearing or long lasting.

M/D: Medium/moderate body, pretty smooth/creamy in texture.

Overall it was a nice beer. It seemed a little flat, maybe somewhat watery, I prefer Nugget Nectar in this category, but this is more easily attainable around here. Also, 3.99 for a 12oz was a little high. I would rather have hardcore or punk ipa...still worth picking up though.

09-15-2010 21:59:42 | More by kylehayworth
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours a rich copper color into my pint glass with two fingers of rapid forming head, that dissipates almost as rapidly into a splotchy layer of top with some lacing.

S - Great balance of hops and caramel malts, little bit of citrus. Nice bold aroma.

T - Follows the nice rather well. Has nice hop to malt ratio that is just fantastic. You get the aroma and bite from the hops without the bitterness. Very dry and crisp.

M - I would say it's a hefty medium, good carbonation, just don't really care for the dryness, I prefer juicy beers that make my mouth water.

D - Aside from the dryness, this is very drinkable and really delicious. I have yet to be disappointed by Brewdog and their creations!

09-12-2010 21:56:27 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -29.3%

Wow, a session strength beer from Brewdog.

11.2 ounce bottle into a 20 ounce pub glass. Best before 19/01/2011 (or 01/19/2011 for us stateside)

A - Very nice look. Deep ruby red (approcaching brown, think cherrywood) with a nice sized tan head that hangs around. Great looking beer.

S - Caramelly, dark crystal malts with some sugariness. Nice hop in there, just hard to disinguish.

T - Taste has some hop but lacks balance to a degree. Not bad for a hoppy red that goes down easy but missing malt that would back it up.

M - Medium bodied.

D - The lack of malt depth really turns me off here. I love ambers, and I love hoppy brews, but it's as if theyt just forgot anything other than the hops in the boil.

Notes: I can drink it, but see my drinkability notes. It's almost like a brand new homebrewers first try (we've all been there) where you just throw more hops into the ketlle and think everything's ok.

09-11-2010 03:40:33 | More by EStreet20


3.63/5  rDev -5%

11.2oz bottle to pint glass. Bacth-040 with a best before date of 19-04-11.

A: An enormous 4 finger, light brown colored frothy/creamy head is produced on the first pour. Rocky on the second. Multiple air pockets eventually grow large enough to connect and leave a very uneven, lopsided head with excellent retention. The body is a medium dark amber and shows ruby tints when held in front of light. Lightly hazy. Remnants of the head stick to the glass in chunky sea foam splotches. The body leaves concentric rings of lace all the way down. This is gorgeous in a glass.

S & T: Lots of malts, somewhere in between heavily toasted and lightly roasted. Caramel and nuts stand out. Hop intensity matches up nicely with big pine resin notes. The yeast adds a different dimension to the amber/red ale style. Aromas of leaves and leather with a certain damp basement component. The nose is delightfully intriguing but the flavors don't come together as harmoniously on the tongue. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter.

M: Medium-light body and perhaps a touch thin. The fine fizzy carbonation is enlivening and enhances the structure of the mouthfeel. Bitter on the finish.

D: A good beer that I would revisit from time to time. Amber ales tend to be more drinkable than the 5 A.M. Saint has managed to be. So I can appreciate BrewDog's creative take on the style, just not for long term imbibing.

09-05-2010 12:40:34 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Czech Republic

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Dark amber look with small but foamy yellow head.

S: Citrus smell with hops, apples, brown sugar.

T: Full of hops, giving you the full bitterness. Caramel with marzipan.

M: Very heavy body with resistant bitter after taste.

D: Good to try, but nothing exceptional here.

08-30-2010 15:58:18 | More by mmahut
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

300ml bottle into a beer mug. Best before 19/01/11.

I must admit, I was very hesitant to purchase another Brewdog product after being underwhelmed by their Paradox Isle of Arran and Rip Tide Stout, and thoroughly disgusted by their Storm IIPA. Still, a single purchase couldn't hurt, and I'd heard good things about 5A.M.

The Saint pours well, with a towering head of beady tan bubbles that slowly settle and stick webs of lace along the inside of the mug. The blood orange body is clear and brilliant in its hue, with visible trails of carbonation seeping upwards. The aroma is pungent with tropical fruit, floral clover, and pine from the hops. A big, beautiful backdrop of toffee & brown sugar sweetness adds the perfect amount of balance to this Amber. Props so far...

The flavor doesn't really go where the aroma suggested it would. Not at all, really. Malts taste hollow and grainy, with toasted bread crust, mineral, and graham cracker. The hops are stale and supply little in the way of flavor, but do contribute a grassy, floral bitterness to the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is solid, though...good body and carbonation. I really had my hopes up for this one. But there's just such an abrupt and ultimately off-putting discord between the aroma and flavor of 5A.M. Saint. Well, at least BrewDog is consistent in their disappointment...maybe their stuff tastes better fresh in the UK, but I've yet to find a single beer they produce solo (thus excluding Bashah) that's enjoyable.

08-29-2010 21:40:27 | More by wagenvolks
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head; great stickage and clumps of lace

Smell: The hint of caramel malt serves as a nice platform for overwhelming hop aroma and serves notice that this is not your father's amber; the hops are a delight - grapefruit pith, pineapple and a touch of strawberry

Taste: Clean malts, up front, set the stage for the elements of grapefruit pith, lychee and white wine grapes that emerge by mid-palate; an additional hint of toffee malt appears just after the swallow but while this beer may look like an amber, it tastes like an IPA; on the finish, the hint of toffee returns like a lagniappe

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Not being a fan of ambers, I was glad that this is nothing like any amber I have encountered before; don't let the style put you off - this is well worth seeking out

08-28-2010 20:36:56 | More by brentk56
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

I've had a fair amount of this early morning holy brew lately and though I've noticed some slight bottle variation this is basically how it see it.

Served slightly chilled, there's lots of beige coloured head here to compliment a very delicious looking full red chesnut appearance. I caught waves of ripe kiwi on the nose and it started hard before leading to some smoothness followed by a flashing almost flat middle. This was quickly followed by a long chocolate nuttiness mixed with load of ripe mango and papaya. Interesting but not exactly joyful. Predatory burly body and excellent clinging head retention which lined the side of the glass. Seemingly well made. Potent too. Can't see it being only 5%v really. Lots of character and individuality here athough it comes at the expense of complexity and development.
I really wouldn't class it an amber despite the bottle's claims. Too bitter for that. But it is definitely a lone wolf.

08-21-2010 21:40:01 | More by Zimbo
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.