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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | 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 jspruit


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber burnt orange with a nice 1 finger head that disappeared after a bit and left some nice lacing going down.

Smells very nice-exactly what you'd expect of an American Amber. Strong, but not off-putting, nice hops notes with a bit of maltiness and biscuit too. Looking forward to tasting this.

First sip goes down very well and picks up right where the smell takes off. Hoppy, citrusy, a bit malty, and with the bread/biscuit notes to back it all up. Very nice indeed.

Goes down smooth and balanced. Full of taste, but not heavy and feels good on the tongue/throat.

With a nice balanced ABV of 5% I think that I could drink this all day long. It may not be for some people, but if I could get my hands on this more often I'd drink it regularly. I'd compare this highly to some of the best American Ambers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 08:31:58 | More by jspruit
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brick red, but more plummy - almost a Bordeaux color. The head is there, lacy, frothy, and beige but not tremendous. A swirl uncovers a hoppy and sugary aroma akin to a double IPA, bouncing off the walls with pine resin, maple syrup, wet leaves, alfalfa, yuzu, mango and a touch of cedar. The toasted nut and wholegrain bread character of a good American red is there, too, although it's outshouted by the volatile hops.

Toasty, sweet, and generously hopped without being too bitter - just about exemplary for the style. Toasted seedy bread, apple chutney, radicchio, cherries, and pine needles come to mind; this beer is very American in its ratio of hop-to-malt but the specifics of those hops and malts come through as very British; more spicy and woody than citric, more bready and sweet than biscuity.

The mouthfeel is full, foamy, and clean, just as it should be. In fact, this beer is pretty just as it should be across the board - an excellent entry to an old favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 16:05:26 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of scruffwhor


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty ruby red with a craggy, thick, and sturdy head with great retention and lots of stickage and good carbonation.

Bitter rye bread crust aroma. You can really smell the earthy and somewhat citric hops taht quickly overwhlmes the malt aromas in this beer.

Bitter bread dipped in some musk of orange zest. Add a little green grass juice to the mix and your good.

This is a bitter amber ale, good but not in my flavor range of perfection for this style. Drinks more like an IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:16:32 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of beerdrifter


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Bright, clear, copper pour with Big fluffy caramel-colored head and great lacing. Buscuity, malty nose with burnt sugar, caramel, nuts and a subtle citrus, hoppiness. Lots of roasty, malty caramel and maple in the taste with hints of butterscotch and tea and a nice bitter bite on the finish. Definitely gets better and more complex as it warms. Nice subtle resiny mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess also. At first I thought it was very drinkable for a higher alcohol beer, then I saw that it was only 5%. Still drinkable, but the alcohol was always there for such a mild beer. A bit too pricey to have all that often.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 16:42:42 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of John_M


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, and is quite perfumy and peppery (white pepper). The beer smells as if it will be pretty dry, and while the beer is hardly what I would call sweet on the palate, there's more of a malt presence than I was expecting. So along with the noticeable hoppy bitterness, there's a touch of butterscotch and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly light and even a bit thin, though this beer doesn't lack for flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but there's no denying that this is a well made, well crafted beer from Brewdog.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 19:39:57 | More by John_M
Photo of Foxtrot


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My very first beer from the guys across the pond at Brewdog.

5 AM Saint pours a nice burgundy amber with an abundance of cream colored foam. Lacing was the high point of the appearance with gobs of it stuck to the sides of my glass. A feast for the eyes.

Aroma was also very pleasant, notes of light citrus and dark orange are among the first, with subtle nuances of darker malts creeping in. Aroma reminds me of a light barleywine; nice sweetness from the barley and bitter herbal hops. Lookin good so far.

I wasn't expecting much in this beer, but it sure did treat me right. Began with modest hops and prickly carbonation at the front, then slowly relented to sweetness of caramel and biscuit. Finish was very smooth with residual bitterness. I will echo what some others have said; its dry on the back end. Almost crisp.

Mouthfeel is a good medium. I liked how the mouthfeel changes toward the finish. Begins nice and full and finishes light and dry.

Drinkability gets good marks due to its lightness at the finish. Big session potential. I would love to make a cheese pairing for this.

A good solid offering from Brewdog. I gotta get this one more often.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 04:54:34 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

--Oscar Wilde

Burnt orange that has a candy apple red influence when backlit with 6 A.M. sunshine. The pour produced half a glass of orangish ecru froth that looks outstanding, both initially and as it melts. Since a lovely array of lace is starting to stick, the big score will be granted.

The nose is impressively pungent and smells like a highly-hopped American-style red ale should smell. Moderately dark malts and citrusy hops provide a balanced and appealing experience. Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops are used for flavor and bittering, while dry-hopping is handled by Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin. Whew.

5 A.M. Saint tastes like it smells, which is definitely a good thing. It seems that this beer's success will depend on BrewDog's ability to get it to the states in good, still hoppy shape. A 'best by' date of 1/19/11 (on this bottle at least) is probably too optimistic.

The malt backbone is considerable for a 5.0% ale and the 'caramel on toasted bread' flavor provided by those malts is right where it should be for the style. Plenty of hop flavor is available, especially given 'only' 25 IBUs. This really is well-brewed beer that tastes like it was created in California rather than Scotland. I'm guessing that was the idea.

The mouthfeel is on the big and plush side for the ABV and gains quite a bit of smooth creaminess as the ounces pass. No complaints about the carbonation either.

It looks like the boys at BrewDog have designated 5 A.M. Saint 'iconoclastic amber ale' as one of their core offerings and have dedicated themselves to making it available in all of their markets all the time. Bully for them because this is good beer that is impressively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 11:54:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a bright ruby with amber highlights, a solid two fingers of craggy, STIFF beige head. Lacing is prominent and equally craggy.

Smell -- Far more aromatic than I was expecting: citrus and pine hop aromas are prominent, along with mild malt sweetness evoking caramel and burnt sugar.

Taste -- Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Resinous hop bitterness abounds with grapefruit, burnt biscuit bottoms, and very faint apricot sweetness. Finish is grapefruit rind and roast malt. Overall, dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Somehow I was expecting this to have more malt sweetness, but for a dry red ale, it's pretty solid. Might not be a bad idea if you're desperate for a Furious fix!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:35:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of aasher


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a cloudy medium amber with a creme colored head. Well carbonated. The smell was very malty and slightly hoppy. Slight sweetness. The taste was overly malty with a little hoppiness on the backend. The flavor wasn't anything too special. It was very fresh and crisp, well carbonated. It's not great, not even special so it's a little pricey for the product. Is just moderately drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 21:31:29 | More by aasher
Photo of juju7


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Favourite Brewdog so far. Murky red, light head that was gone all too soon. But wow, smells great. The hops are quite easy to identify- nelson, cascade, showcasing them nicely. The malt is playing a bit of a backseat but it's there and supporting well. Low in bitterness and pleasantly smooth. This is a really good red ale and I'm glad to see a well structured, balanced, fault-free, approachable beer from these guys. And they didn't even have to stick it in a squirrel to get my attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 09:34:30 | More by juju7
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a taupe head that slowly fades, clings and rings. The most extraordinary fresh hops nose - I've smelled less hops when sniffing actual hops flowers in the bag - with a backing of candied red berry. Toasty malts with strawberry and some peanut followed by orange rind bitterness and orange pekoe tea hops. Clean tight finish. Medium, chewy, creamy, resiny and fizzy.

Their website explains it all: dry hopped with Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial but only 25 IBUs.

Nice for what it is: big malts balanced by orangey hops to make a chunky amber. Others say caramel malts and papaya somewhere - I could see that.

But that monster nose lead me on - I was hoping for something that could tangle with Red Rocket, so in that respect, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:41:00 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge, dense, tan head over a burnt orange body, with plenty of carbonation floating up. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas certainly don't indicate a 5% ABV beer... this has tons of piney hop wofting up, along with a bunch of biscuity malt.

Flavors are also quite impressive for the style. Centennial and Simcoe hops? Burnt biscuit shell. Resiny and sharp - sort of IPA like in the flavors, but the mouthfeel says ESB to toasty Porter ... thinner than the aroma and flavor would suggest.

Interesting, and quite tasty - good drinkability overall. Definitely would recommend this!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:04:08 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of TheHoppiest


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a weizen glass (where's my other .8 oz?). Pours a pumpkin orange with a rothy, creamy tan head. Nice retention down the sides as it reduces.

Very citrusy smell, with grapefruit and limes, with undernotes of malt and caramel.

Taste is slightly bitter, with tobacco, grass and pith, with an overlayment of crisp apple. Pleasant, but not nearly the red ale I had last night in Bear Republic's Rocket Red ale.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp from the bitter, but rolls off smooth as it finishes. Leaves a white grapefruit taste on the tongue, with a slight lemon flavor as it is swallowed.

Overall, a fairly drinkable beer for those of you into bitter beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:55:19 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of rtepiak


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice a hoppy red with a rather woody amber color. dark... big and sticky head. quite a fresh hop quality and a good malt to carry it out... quite a fresh pine on the palate too. centennial hoppy grapefruit but not excessively so. at five percent i would like to see this one after a year of sitting someplace dark and cool.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:20:02 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Macca


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark tan colour with a beige head. A bit cloudy.

Geez is that pineapple? In an amber? What hops did they use? Some pine resin as well. Love it. Some darker malt aromas as well. I could sniff this all day.

The palate is as good as the nose. Those hops certainly come through on the palate as well. Not a lot of malt but I'm prepared to forgive that.

As you would expect from the huge hop inputs there is some nice bitterness. Not a lot of malt sweetness.

I love this beer. I love this beer. An amber ale that walks on the side of an APA? Great

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 10:22:10 | More by Macca
Photo of nickd717


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Great appearance: pours a deep translucent reddish-amber color with a fairly thick off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is slightly faded citrusy hops, earthy notes, and caramel malt. A little restrained, but pleasant.

Great flavor. This is somewhere between an American Amber Ale and an ESB if you ask me. Caramel malt is pretty big, with herbal notes, earth, and citrusy (orange/tangerine) hops.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a good carbonation level.

This beer is somewhat of the antithesis of BrewDog Tokyo*. Instead of being a hot mess, it's restrained, balanced, and well-crafted. Drinkability is good. I approve.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 22:28:48 | More by nickd717
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a half inch, creamy, off-white head that remains. Thick lacing.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some bitter, piney malts. Notes of citrus and pineapple.
Taste is bready, crackery malts with some ample, piney hops. Subtle notes of citrus and pineapple. A tiny bit of orange peel. Good malt backbone; finish is malty, with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a clean finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Excellent amber ale. Would definitely pick this one up in a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:23:14 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of Sigmund


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 5% ABV, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Orange to amber colour, moderate head. Intense and lovely aroma of American hops (Amarillo?* nope, actually: Simcoe, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Centennial), notes of peaches, apricots and tropical fruits. The flavour is somewhat less impressive than the aroma, but still good. Notes of peaches, but quite dry. Decent hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin though.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 20:35:55 | More by Sigmund
Photo of popery


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good looking beer. It's a deep, translucent amber with a foamy, ecru head. Lots of lacing. I'm a fan of the BrewDog labels, too, so that's a nice a bonus. This is a nicely hoppy beer with good British malt flavor. The aroma from the hops is floral, pine and citric, in that order, while the malt contributes lots of biscuity, doughy caramel goodness. The malt aroma holds its own against the hops with a luxurious depth, differentiating the beer from most American ambers and such. This is a hoppy ESB. The flavor is rich and full. There's a lot of good British beer flavor. It's not quite as bursting at the seams of its size but close. Mouthfeel is a tad slick. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter. It's a very good beer, easily one of my favorites from BrewDog.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:25:48 | More by popery
Photo of ClydeBarrow


2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer in a Mix-a-six, as part of a very small selection of beers that I had not yet sampled at my local beer barn. The label says "iconoclastic amber ale, Product of Scotland," which intrigued me. As soon as I popped this bitch open, I was overwhelmed with the smell of hops. As primarily a darker beer kinda guy, I wasn't too sure I was gonna enjoy this brew. After one sip, my first thought was "this tastes like a weak IPA." I, for one, am not a fan of IPAs. But the more I sit here and sip this beverage, the more I can appreciate the smoothness. It's a drinkable beer by my taste buds, but it was a random purchase that I probably won't make again. This is not to say this is bad beer...I could see some folks really enjoying this beer. It's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 02:44:49 | More by ClydeBarrow
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this may be the best beer i've ever had from BrewDog. nonic of course here. dark amber with an eggshell head that holds forever and leaves really pretty lace. woah, nose!! it seems like recently the "true" american amber/red style of beer has been revived a bit, and these hop-forward cara-crystal laden beers are being produced again, but this time with really high quality ingredients. great nose. well defined and well-balanced hop/malt character that follows through to the taste. i mean, this style is supposed to be hop forward like a hoppy pale ale or ipa, but the malt should be crystal and definitely stand out more than the typical apa or ipa if im not mistaken, so it seems like it's pretty much balanced like it's style guidelines suggest, which is cool to see brew dog do. basically, soft caramel, a touch of slightly chocolatey roast and a west coast hop flavor full of pine, citrus and tropical fruits rule this beer. medium body, medium carbonation, nice bitter finish. pretty straight forward here. price tag hurts a bit, but the deliciousness and low abv render it pretty damn schwillable. can't wait to try this on tap/cask. i guess this is nothing special if you don't like hoppy beers that have an interesting/super-tasty malt backbone, pair well with spicy food and have a low enough abv to still drink a few after you've had one...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:01:57 | More by timtim
Photo of TMoney2591


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I'll admit it: I have no idea what this brew's name means. Irregardless (remember, that word is spoken with a semi-Bostonian accent), it pours a clear amber-copper topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. The smell is of pine, citrus, peach, and caramel apple, complete with plenty o' nuts. The pine and citrus (mainly the peel in this case) run strong in the taste, with greenery, flowers, and a very light bit o' toffee. For me, a bit unbalanced in favor of the hoppier bits. The body is a light medium, making it a bit heavier than it oughta be; the moderately active carbonation and dry finish (combined with an aftertaste of orange peel) round out a feel that does not bring much of a smile to my lips. Still, the finished product is not all that objectionable...just not entirely desirable. Translation: Good for a drink, but not something to be sought out by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 04:57:33 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like a hopped up amber as much as a good IPA and Brewdog did well for themselves here.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber/bronze with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that clung to the glass leaving broken blotches of lace behind as it settles slowly.A mix of caramel,and chocolate malt aromas mixed with a hefty dose of citric hop,very left coast old school amber ale to me.Flavors have the standard caramel malt flavors upfront but a nice shot of citri hop and some earthiness in the finish.I have had mixed feelings about the Brewdog stuff I have had,but this is a very good amber,I love the hop flavored burps!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:27:09 | More by oberon
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft. Beer is clear and reddish with a broken head of medium bubbles with no lacing and low carbonation. Looks interesting.

Aroma is sweet and pretty hoppy, earthy with some sulfur in there.

Beer is medium bodied and kind of apple-y. Earthy, sulfury finish with a clean back palate with some moderate bitterness. No aftertaste, does not finish dry. Overall pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:34:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of MrTopher


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into an oversize red wine glass

A - Warm copper color, with an off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Head leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S - Rich maple/caramel tones with some hops in the background, there is a good tone of malt mixed into the maple and hops. The hop adds a pine smell to the bouquet that is exceptional.

T - Nice roasted flavor that isn't overpower, but also helps expose the flavors of the beer. A good citrus flavor that balances with the malts, the hops help to add a dominate bitterness to the beer. It's very complex but also very easy on the pallet. Bitterness tones down as the beer warms and adds a good balance to the malts.

M - Smooth, not to thick or thin, but a good crisp freshness that is refreshing. The carbonation helps and adds to the smoothness of the beer.

D - Drinks like a blend of an IPA and an Amber, maybe better yet an Imperial Amber (it that is possible). Ideal to drink 2 , 1 just isn't enough for the pallet, it needs the 2nd to truly invigorate the senses.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:09:53 | More by MrTopher
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.