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5 A.M. Saint - BrewDog

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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 armock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

armock, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

drtth, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Rickythejeweler, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

engagechad, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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...

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
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 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.

celticfutblclub, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a medium reddish-amber color with a smallish beige head. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt and light citrus. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel, sweet malt and light citrus.

emmasdad, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mahogany color with a thin layer of head that dissipated to just a couple puddles rather quickly. Caramel and some tangy roasted malts are a big part of the nose with small amounts of fruity citrus. Flavor is bready and just like the nose contains a lot of the caramel and toasted malts. Hops play a bigger roll than in the nose. A big punch at the end of fruity citrus, almost like a well balanced IPA. Body is creamy and malty with a subtle metallic and citrus bitter finish.

DrinkingDrake, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 AM Saint

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours clear amber with considerable white head that sticks around for a moment before receding and leaving behind some decent lacing. Medium effervescence. 

S: Moderate citrusy hoppy note shows right away, followed by malts, which are expressed by caramel, toast and a light nuttiness. 

T: Not especially sweet initially. Malts and hops rush in at same time: caramel, citrus, some toast and tea. These elements linger across the whole palate. Medium-high bitterness. Finish is residual caramel and tea. Well attenuated. 

M: Medium body and carbonation. A somewhat silky mouthfeel. A bit drying. 

O: I have sampled relatively few amber ales since beer geekery took me in its wicked clutches a few years ago. 5 AM Saint rates well in drinkability as it is a low abv beer that offers quite a bit of interest. Based on this experience I'm going to pursue the style more methodically in the near future. 

Wadsey, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of BeerFan95
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice medium amber body, clear with a slightly off white head that had good retention.

S: Good caramel malts and good citrus, floral, and pine hops.

T: Initial taste had a sweetness to it, hops slowly took over finish with an assertive but not overpowering hop bite. Each hops characteristic from the aroma was present and just enough to balance out the other.

M: It certainly had good body to it. Carbonation was decent. A very crisp and refreshing finish.

O: A very good beer. The contrast between the hops and malts seemed almost perfect.

BeerFan95, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper pour with a small off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Sweet malt, caramell. Floral hops; citric and piny: manily pineapple and grapefruit. Bitterness as well. Then there is a strange yeasty smell; almost like wild yeast (not brett, but something similar) - reminds of a Flanders Red Ale... Not a bad thing in this beer, only peculiar.

T: Like the smell; sweet malt with loads of citric and piney notes; lots of grapefruit and lemon sezt in the taste. The wild yeast (described in the smell) makes it som much more interesting. The bitterhops are a little stronger compared to the smell.

M: Meduim body with strong carbonation, still smooth though. Aftertaste stays for a while and is both sweet and bitter.

O: A very interesting American Amber/Red Ale where the yeast really stands out and makes the whole difference.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bottle of BrewDog's 5 A.M. Saint for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. Been eyeing this one up for a while and decided to finally give BrewDog a try and see what all the talk is about, hope this beer was worth the price. It had a drink by date of September 17th, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain looking but the bright red color makes it stick out, the paragraph on the side of the bottle is a cocky rant about how shitty mainstream beer is, but I guess that fits BrewDog's edgy attitude. I opened the cap and got one of the loudest sounds that I have ever got from opening a beer bottle and their was lots of visible gas escaping, it instantly gushed out of the bottle leaving about a half ounce of liquid on my desk. It poured a a nice looking deep red copper color with a huge five fingers plus worth of fluffy off white head that made this beer a bitch to pour. It died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing behind.

S- This smells like it is going to be one hoppy red ale. The first thing I am hit with is the abundance of hops in the aroma, it goes from strong citrus grapefruit aroma to some piney and resiny hops, and a little bit of floral hops, all those hops kind of give it a weed like smell. The caramel malts are slightly sweet and barely detectable in the aroma, the caramel malts base takes a backseat to all the hops.

T- The aroma gives you a pretty good idea as to what the taste is like, it's all about the hops in this brew. All the hops I detected in the aroma show in the taste with grapefruit and pine sticking out the most, the combination of hops gives it a spicy herb like aroma that is similar to average marijuana. There's a little bit of caramel malt base but it is quickly overpowered by the hops. It has a pretty prominent bitterness to it that is on the high side, especially for a red ale.

M- Sticky and medium bodied with a huge amount of carbonation that was way too much, it was hard to get a good pour due to all that carbonation.

Overall I think I set my expectations a little too high but in the end I have no problem drinking this beer and actually enjoy the flavor and aroma. This is a pretty hard beer to rate, ambers and reds should be well balanced and this was not, if it was an IPA that wouldn't be a problem and if I didn't know this was a Red Ale I would have been pretty sure I was drinking an IPA. I thought the flavor and aroma were pretty nice but this beer was too over carbonated, at first I thought it might be infected since just about every gusher I have had was infected, but this one wasn't, it just had way too much carbonation. Drinkability wasn't that great either, it was too hoppy and bitter for me to have more then one. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it was just to expensive for what I got, if I wanted a beer that was like this one I would rather grab Lagunitas Lucky 13, it is better beer at a better price. I can't say I would recommend this to people looking for a good Amber Ale, it just doesn't do a good job at representing what that style is all about, but if hop heavy brews are your thing you might like it. This wasn't the best first impression with BrewDog, but I admire the fact that they don't care what people think and just do what they want, so I would like to try more of their brews but if the price point is similar to this beer it might be a while before I get to trying them.

StoutHunter, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Pumphouse.

Pours a copper/brown colour, with a one finger head. Lots of bubbles. Lacing is good

Aromas of apricot, grapefruit, honey and treacle.

Taste is much more hop/citrus than the aromas would suggest. Bitterness is high, a la standard Brewdog.

Mouthfeel is zingy, hi-carbonation.

Overall - OK... hmmm, a bit 'move along, nothing to see here' kind of thing... nice to see on tap, tho

heygeebee, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of MammothBrew
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 6/19/11.

A: Pours a deep amber/caramel color with a one finger head.

S: Slightly sweet malt/caramel with a noticeable hop scent.

T: Sweet malt upfront, citrus bite, with a pine/hop finish.

M: Medium body, sticky, with a sweet pine aftertaste.

O: Not my first choice for an ale but I was pleasantly surprised. I would drink again for sure.

MammothBrew, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-pint goblet at the Albany.

A: Clear ruby-red body under a finger of fine off-white head. Decent retention and great lacing. Solid.

S: Fresh, powerful, pungent, spicy hops along with some sweet caramel malt. This smells like weed drenched with caramel. Wow.

T: Follows the nose: strongly herbal + spicy hops (with definite hints of cannabis), along with a solid dose of sweetly caramelized malts. The hops win out in the end though, closing things out with strong, biting bitterness. Delicious.

M: Highly carbonated medium body. A little diffuse, but nicely creamy.

O: Very tasty beer. A trifle harsh, to be sure, but I like how it embraces the hoppy end of the style's spectrum. Good stuff.


woosterbill, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of patra7
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber / red colors with a huge, beige, foamy head that lingers for quite a while. Bulges of it stayed hanging at the rim of the glass even after I’d finished it.
Smell: Impressive strong smells of fruity, toasty, caramel malt from the moment I opened the glass. It’s worth noting that I drank this 1 day after the “best before” date!
Taste: Same as the smell but somehow less pronounced and complex. A pinch of bitterness at the start but the sweetness gradually takes over for a more balanced effect.
Mouthfeel: A siropy feel throughout. Medium to full body with a slick texture that stays on as an after-“taste”. Besides the huge head the carbonation is remarkably soft.
Drinkability: Easily drinkable; remarkable smell. I could have a few of those…

patra7, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ExplosivoSR
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep orange/amber color with about a finger's worth of head. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus.

T - The first thing I got from this was an almost espresso-like bitterness, with grapefruit notes coming through a bit. The bitterness stays with it 100%.

M - Sticky sweetness with a medium amount of carbonation.

O - Id like to try this again, because I honestly don't quite know how I feel about this.

ExplosivoSR, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Sneevel
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Nice beer. Especially the Nice hoppy nose. Lots of citrus and herbs. It's a lovely amber colour in the glass as well. The taste is nice and dry, but a bit metallic and llacking in concentration. The mouthfeel is also a bit thin. Overall a good beer with a nice refreshing hoppiness. Great served nice and cold.

Sneevel, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Grilled cheese and craft beer presented by world cafe live.
A: The body is dark tan/amber. The head is 2 fingers fingers tall, off white, medium bubbles, great lacing.4
S: The aroma are sweet syrup, caramel malt, and pine hops. 4
T: The taste are pine hops dominate, underscored sugar, and yeast. 4
M: The body is thin with a crisp finish. 3.5
D: This beer is great. 4
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a good looking amber color with a pretty good head on top. The lacing was there but nothing too sticky. The smell of the beer had a nice caramel sweetness on the nose and just a bit of hops in there too, The taste was mostly on the malty side with just a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel had some good drinkablity to it. I found this beer to be a good one for a social event or something like that. Straight forward brew worthy of a try.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Rossi
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I liked the colour of beer, much darker than the light amber I was expecting, it has a very pleasant fragrant smell, reminded me of jasmine, malts and honey. The head on the beer was solid, a good 3/4inch. So far so good. The taste was quite a shock, very clear, very metallic with and with a strong alcohol note throughout. Years ago in my school days a teacher once made the class taste ethanol (100% alcohol) for some reason. Those memories came flooding back. The character of the beer is all back lost in the metal and alcohol. I did not find it smooth particularly, more like licking a smooth metal pole. Overall I was disappointed.

Rossi, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in N00b BIF 4 from my buddy Crabbicuss.

Poured a deep amber color with TONS of beige head on it.

Smell is sweet malts up front with quite a bit of hop aroma coming through as well.

Taste is more hop-centric than I was expecting. A little surprising for an amber. Pretty good flavor overall though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth beer.

Overall a really good beer. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

richkrull, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle- into a pint

Appearance- Pours a deep amber with a nice thick white head. Nice retention, a little lace.

Smell- A nice blend of fairly sweet malt, and floral hops.

Taste- Sweeter malts up front, somewhat bready, somewhat earthy. Leathery is probably a good term, a slight toffee sweetness. A nice balance of surprisingly noticeable hops, a little citrus fruit, some pine, and floral again; everything comes together quite nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium/light body and carbonation. A wee bit on the watery side, the only real ding on this beer.

Overall- You can love ‘em or hate ‘em, but Brewdog had made a very solid amber ale here. Good balance throughout, and you could drink a few of them without getting sick of it or too drunk.

JLeege, Jun 02, 2011
5 A.M. Saint from BrewDog
86 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.