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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 57 | 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 salvo
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

salvo, May 03, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tubacharlie, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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flyingpig, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rarbring, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BarrelO, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of AEK
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AEK, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

TheSupremeAJ, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of KenC
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

KenC, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of brownish-white foam on top of a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace. Not a pretty beer.

S - Spicy, musty hop aromas with some caramel and toffee in the background. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and sweaty-pungent hops.

T - Surprisingly light toffee and toasted malt notes up front. Some light pine hop flavor comes out in the middle. The beer finishes with a balanced toasted gain character and moderate to light bitterness. Some grapefruit hop notes swell on the palate in the aftertaste along with a light tobacco malt flavor.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is something new. The hop aroma is that of a much bigger beer; not surprising considering the brewery. What is surprising is how light and restrained the flavor is. It is kind of like a magic trick; it smells like a high abv west coast red ale and it tastes like the restrained, 5% amber that it is. Some of the grapefruit hop character comes back in the aftertaste, but it is only a shadow of what is present in the aroma. This bait and switch of hop character is somewhat jarring at first, but it actually works in a way because it allows the drinker to enjoy some intense, juicy hop aromas (with appropriate levels of malt to back them up) while leaving the flavor and alcoholic impact of a beer with sessionable alcohol content (by American standards, at least). In the end, this actually works pretty well for me, I can honestly say I could drink a few of these, and I wouldn't even feel that bad about it the next day!

nickfl, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Duckmancgy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass

Pours nice dark amber almost red with about 1 finger of creamy tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell reminds me more of a pale with floury hop up front. Tastes nicely bitter, and yet balanced sweetness. Flavour reminded me of Tree's Cutthroat Pale Ale, but since I love that beer this isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit high in carbonation for my taste, even if they are prickly tiny bubbles. On the other hand it is very drinkable, even with the 5% abv.

Duckmancgy, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of deapokid
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a desert clay red with heavy carbonation and a lacy white head. Coloration is quite distinct, reminding me of a freshly poured glass of ruby red grapefruit juice. Visually appealing.

Aroma packs a surprising amount of hop character, backed by the slightest tart fruit scent and rich, buttery malt.

Taste is very doughy, like an ESB, but with some slight fruit notes (think cherry and orange) and a generous dollop of bitter malt. Differs greatly from the American Amber, due to the lack of hop flavor and the unusually liberal amount of spicing, which leaves a cinnamon sting on the tongue.

Liquid is uniform from start to finish, without any heavy sweetness or dryness. Conclusion is smooth and satisfying.

This unique variation on the Amber ale is super drinkable and endlessly complex. This may be the best effort in Brewdog's catalog.

deapokid, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh

A: Burnt copper with a lots of offwhite head. Lots of a depth in the head causing a rocky features. Lots of nice lacing.

S: For a low ABV amber ale, I was really caught off guard by the hops. Loads of citrus and pine. Caramel hanging out in the background to help balance things. Excellent.

T: BrewDog must have concentrated on floral hops as the taste isn't quite the hop explosion that the nose was, but very good just the same. Caramel, toffee with hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

D: I could drink a bunch of these...and be a better person for it.

5 A.M Saint packs a wallup for being just a 5%ABV ale...loads of a flavor and smells. I hope to run across this again soon.

titosupertramp, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: attractive beer, almost the appearance of a barleywine. Reddish amber/copper, good head. Pretty excellent lacing, and the head lasts. 4.5

S: Caramel malt and citric hop. A bit like little creatures pale ale. Also some really rich wafts of honey which remind me of their DIPA, Hardcore. 4

T: Honey malt and some floral notes. Lingering bitterness. A really well balanced beer. Reminds me of Hardcore with less malt and less hops. Complex. I think it could do with some more bitterness to bring it in line with an IPA, which it already otherwise tastes like (I'm not sure if this is a freshness issue but is use by date is still more than 6 months into the future).

M: Watery, but appropriate for the style. 4

D: A really tasty moderate alcohol amber ale. Blows something like James Squire's Amber Ale off the planet. 4

danieelol, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very burnt orange copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of silky lacing. Smells of grapefruit/citrus hops with a ton of pine notes. Tastes of piny hops, toasted bread, caramel malts, with some grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011, BBE Jan 2012.

A - Reddish copper body with a finger of decent off-white head that hangs around for a long time.

S - Sweet aromas of hops and grapefruit with some background malt balance.

T - Similar to the aromas, citrus zesty hops, some grapefruit, some malt for balance, nice amount of bitterness. Ends with a lingering, lightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body, smooth with light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer either on its own, or at 5% ABV, for a session beer.

Wattsox, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

props to andrenaline for making a lunch time beer run and grabbing me a couple of these
A - slightly hazy very bubbly burnt orange, mountain or tan head that never ends and coned up above the rim in the middle
S - hopped up with pine, citrus, and somewhat spicy aromas along with toasted grains
T - piney and oily hops up front give way to citrus zest, then malt comes through with toasted grains and sunflower seeds, all robust flavours
M - thin medium body, with bitterness but lighter than the flavour suggests, and finishing just a little dry
D - the flavours are strong and sharp, but it goes down easy, and I always enjoy a strong hop infusion in an ale, generally impressed

joemcgrath27, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan29 2011

A clear reddish copper with a shitload of bubbles that feed a large 3 finger beige head that has great retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S herbal and citric hops, grapefruit and faint pine with some toffee

T not far from the smell with more malt, pretty hoppy and thats just fine with me

M less bubbles then I could see but still plenty of life in the glass, medium bodied and pretty smooth

D pretty solid brew all around and it still had a nice cap of foam at the bottom of the glass to give you an idea how fast it went down

this 4pack wont last long and at 12$ its not overly expensive and worth picking up

wordemupg, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Samp01
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.

Samp01, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
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.

andrenaline, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Trizzle
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.

Trizzle, Jan 27, 2011
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.