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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
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 thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my favorite BrewDog beers and on Cask it is so friggin good! I have never even had it in a bottle.

A - Poured a beautiful red amber with orange hue when held up to light. A cream head that was only thin because they fill your glass here in the UK.

S - Citrus, specifically lemon Lime and an even mixture of grassy hop bitterness.

T - Fantastic blend of Citrus hop bitterness with malty sweatness. a bit of berry fruits and a clean aftertaste. Just a wonderful beer.

MD - Smooth and easy, mild carbonation (on cask) medium to light heavy bodied, but not heavy on the palate.

Everytime I have this I love it more than the last.

thepeter, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter. Best before 19-4-11 on the bottle. Got as an extra from BucketBoy.

Pours a lovely reddish amber. Very frothy off-white head forms and stays around for a long time. Leaves great lacing.

Interesting aroma. A lot of hops lingering in there, but also a lot of caramel sweetness. There's also a berry aroma, too.

The taste is alright, I'm not crazy about this beer. It has a fairly balanced hop note, very leafy and bitter, but is washed away by a strong and sweet malt character, some leathery and fruity undertones. Over all it's fairly sweet, and gets better as it warms. Sweet and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and seems to be just on the dry side. Feels too heavy for 5% ABV, though.

Pretty easy drinking, nice to change things up, but I'm still not crazy about it.

BranfordBound, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a Best Before Date of 19-04-11. Pours a super-carbonated dark amber color with a huge head. Good amount of lacing. Big aroma of citrus hops. Some malt and sweetness as well. Taste is slightly bitter with a nice bite of hops to it. Somewhat sweet and bready. Good amount of hop flavor for a beer that has a ABV of only 5%. This is a really solid hoppy Red Ale and worth seeking out.

PicoPapa, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with a 'Bastard-esque' label, this beer is a very pale, golden-amber color. The head is brilliantly white. Very citric, pine-like, and herbal aroma. All hops. The taste is more balanced. Respectable amounts of palt counter the hops, along with a soft and flowery fresh hop flavor. Some subtle fruit notes. Clean, with a firm bitterness. Satisfying and firm body, medium in heft, but still substantial. Lingering finish with lots of hop flavor.

Suds, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very dark and cloudy amber...nearly brown. One finger offwhite head. Lacing is nice, but the beer itself looks ugly.

S- citrus hops, but not particularly strong ones...what little aroma I'm getting is nice, though.

T- slight piney hops with a little bit of a citrus aftertaste...it's not as vibrant as I'd really like

M- feel is fine. Nothing to add or detract to the score here

D- again, its fine. Totally drinkable amber, though not nearly the best I've had

bigfnjoe, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copperish auburn brown w/ one-finger head that left patches on top of a decently balanced but bland citric hop and caramel/bready malt aroma. A citric and bitter hoppy bite in a lighter body that has a dry edge thanks to a husky and chewey breadiness derived from chunk of malts. A mild caramel sweetness is prevelant as well and overall I'd say this beer is balanced. A good beer but a couple of minor setbacks as I found it to be a little slick and watery and the malts give off a buttery edge and then a real crisp, apple or pear like and dry finish (one could even say tart as the carbonation makes itself felt on the backend).

clayrock81, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of tigg924
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, red/brown, clear, medium carbonation, hazy

Smell: toasted malt, floral hops and light toffee

Taste: toasted malt, floral hops, earth, and light toffee

Mouthfeel: slightly watery-light bodied, dry,semi-bitter, medium high carbonation

Drinkability: A below average amber ale. I would like a bit more sweet malt balance to this beer. Not horrible, but nothing I would pick up again.

tigg924, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of SteveO1231
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, red label with white block type. freshness date: 25B 17 - 09 - 11???

Pours a copper with some bright amber highlights, nice white foamy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is pretty funky. Gym socks, pungent, cheesy hops, earthy. Burnt sugars and roasted malt.

Medium bodied brew, fluffy, with a thirst quenching texture.

Light malt sweetness up front. Grain husk, roasted malt, caramel and cardboard. Finishes with an earthy and herbal bitterness.

This is a pretty interesting and complex amber. Favors really meld together nicely as it warms.


SteveO1231, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of kindacold
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with a foamy head that dissipates in about 2 minutes.

Smells deliciously hoppy, but doesn't deliver with the taste. Hoppy, but not as much as one would think when smelling it.

Very crisp in the mouth, and very light. Definitely drinkable...didn't even realize that I had finished mine when I did.

Not a bad beer, but nothing to go out of your way to try.

kindacold, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance, clean, few bubbles. One finger of light brown foam.
In the smell earthly and resinous hop.
Same notes in the taste. Definitely resolute, even some tangerine flavour.
Probably a mix of english and american hops.
Even some malt, tending to caramel, but the hop is dominant.
Still, not unbalanced, even if maybe a bit boring on the long distance.

stcules, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red amber colour, clear, but with a slight cloud. Head is beige, sinks to a modest crown with nice lace left behind. Looks pretty good.

Good American character on the nose, lots of nutty malt with marzipany bitterness and lots of pineapple and passionfruit from the hops. Fruity and bitter. Quite pleasant.

Taste is malty with lots of American hop, nutty on the front with fruity notes, lots of passionfruit and spicy bitterness. Some notes of oatmeal on the mid-palate and the first touches of a brown sugar flavour. But quite bitter on the back with that nelson sauvin-esque heat, quite an astringent bitterness. Nice spicy heat to balance it but slightly acerbic with a slight flaxy character. Decent flavours, just a bit unbalanced and hot in places.

Drinks with a good texture. Lots of carb but not over blown. Goes down pretty smooth.

Yeah, fairly tasty beer. Good hoppy finish makes for challenging, but rewarding drinking.

laituegonflable, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 330mL bottle for $3.39 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Batch 153, best before 23-06-11. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy reddish amber/ copper brew has robust carbonation that supports a thick bubbly 1.5" of tan head. The smell has a thin dry sweetness and fairly hoppy- lemon Pez candy with a sharp litsea edge. Some roasty malt appears after the initial lemony stuff mellows out a bit. Amazing smell for an amber... smells almost like a malty IPA. The taste is a huge letdown... thin and dry, very shallow, just a moderate dose of murky lemon-ish hop and a little dry caramel stuff lingering in the background. Feels moderately thick with a fizzy carbonation. The head, which has settled to a thick layer, left a good amount of lace throughout the session.

It'd be a good brew if the taste was half as good as the smell. Very disappointing.

BeerNinja007, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Long813
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Long813, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Seanstoppable, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

canucklehead, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BMoney575, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jkrich, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mithrascruor, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mralphabet, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

bobsy, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

AgentMunky, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of DeadGuyRyan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DeadGuyRyan, Sep 28, 2010
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.