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Seven Gates Pale Ale - Spring House Brewing Company

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Seven Gates Pale AleSeven Gates Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2008

The story of the Seven Gates comes from rural Pennsylvania, not far from the Spring House Brewery. According to the legend, a mental asylum for the criminally insane stood in the middle of a dense forest. Surrounding the asylum were seven concentric gates, preventing would-be escapees. One terrifying night, the asylum caught fire, causing the inmates to flee into the menacing forest. As the tale goes, the former asylum residents were trapped by the seven gates and eventually succumbed to the perils of the forest. The locals swear that the tormented souls of the inmates will torture anyone brave enough to attempt passage through the Seven Gates of the forest. Spring House Brewing Co. honors the local legend by producing a terrifyingly delicious brew that is as familiar as a friendly forest, yet possesses a mysterious quality that will haunt you from the first taste. The enormous, hopped flavor and the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each bottle will have you believing that the master brewer must be a direct descendant of the former asylum residents.
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 86
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too many good pale ales out there to settle for this one.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (no canning date)

A: Dirty blonde with a copper tinge. Poured with a nice thick 2-finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Nice even hop smell that is very well blended and polished. I get a hint of yeasty-ness to it that goes well with the overall light pine notes.
T: Hoppy, smooth and just a tinge of water that lets you know it is a pale ale. Mostly comes across as an IPA or a session one at that. I'm pleasantly surprised by this. The hops in this are delicious. This is a great APA.
M: Smooth with very mild carbonation that is soft and billowing.
O: I don't know the freshness but my friend picked these up a little over two weeks ago up at the brewery, so that might explain why this pale ale is so good. It is also out of a continually refrigerated can, so that helps as well.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
looks identical to robot surf factory with a transparent orange look and nice lace. this beer had some nice head.
fairly standard fare for a pale ale, lite citrus punch and extremely easy drinking...otherwise, nothing all that special.

Photo of Omnium
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can > mason Pint

A - Clouded orange gold with a finger of soapy white head, medium on lacing.
S - It has that weird aroma that most other spring house beers have. Kind of offensive malt, weird sweetness, caramel, some grapefruit, decaying fruit? Meh
T - Flavor is just as odd, tart grape, tangerine, bread malt, caramel, some odd earthy hints, a little nuttiness too.
M - Just average, baking flour dryness kinda hanging on.
O - Really disappointed in this beer, this is like halfway between an amber and an APA and its not good for either side.

Photo of Tucquan
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decided to revisit my first review. Had this from a can on 2014-05-28 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Light grass, pale malt, touch of pine and hop floral. Mild.

T - Nice amount of sweet, lightly toasted bread at first; quickly followed by a burst of citrus, pine and a good blast of bitterness. The malt sweetness lingers for a bit; gradually subsuming to the longer lasting bitterness. It's a pleasant aftertaste when you're in the mood for an IPA-like bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial feel; perhaps due to some oats? Lots to like about this mouthfeel.

O - As good as ever. I made a couple minor tweaks to the original rating scores. I've reviewed over 1,000 beers since my first review of Seven Gates and I can report; it's still a good 'un.

First reviewed on 2008-03-27

I had this on tap this evening at Bully's in Columbia, PA. I hadn't seen this ale before but noticed the unique tap pull and decided to give it a go on the bartender's recommendation.

It was delicious. I enjoyed the fruity, hop aroma. The bitterness seemed very well balanced by the malt with a citrus overtone and the medium plus carbonation was just right.

I was surprised to learn that it is made right here in Lancaster County in the small hamlet of Conestoga. I hope Matt the brewer (found his name on their website) keeps up the good work.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of course it falls to The CANQuest (TM) to be the first to review this long-time local favorite in/from a CAN! It has been my honor to be the first CAN reviewer of many a beer, but none this close to home.

The Crack! was loud and both revealed another brimful craft CAN as well as giving me a little knuckle spritz. The inverted Glug was picture perfect, creating a pseudo-cascade that resulted in two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a crystal clear deep-amber and I peered into it to see if there might be any embedded prehistoric bugs from which I could extract some DNA and clone them as I digress, yet again. No such bugs, but a lovely minty hoppiness with a peppery spiciness on the nose. At this point, the head had begun to fall, leaving behind some lovely sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops tang was beautiful on the tongue, nicely restrained to create a wintergreen taste without being overwhelming. Finish was semi-dry, cool in a fresh, minty way. This was probably one of the best iterations of this beer that I have had in a while. I liked it even more than I usually do having it on-tap at the Taproom. I will definitely be putting it in my cooler for outings and if anyone would like to trade for CANs of this, just let me know.

My original, on-tap review dtd 13 Dec 2009 (Scores = all 4s) follows:

This was presented with relatively no head. There was a good happiness on the nose. Color was a bright copper with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of hops washing across my tongue. Finish was hoppy. Good for an APA. Not such a great review. I have better notes and will re-review later.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades away very fast leaving just a hint of light foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel nature with some notes of some grainy bread smells. Mixed with these aroma is a toffee smell and a very light floral and citrus smell.

Taste – the taste begins with a toffee and caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a grainy and bready taste. As the flavors advance, the caramel fades a bit with the buttery toffee flavor increasing slightly. As this transitions occurs, so too comes some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. A little bit of floral hop comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a semi-sweet and decently hopped (for a pale ale) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The slightly lower carbonation and slightly creamier body were quite nice for the toffee flavors of the brew with them furthermore accentuating the hop flavors, making them stand out more than they typically would have.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Flavorful and nicely hopped, yet still maintaining a very easy drinking taste.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting up try something from Spring House for a while and this is my first. Kind of a thick grainy tone to this one. Mild hop spice thing going on. Could use much less of the grain and much more of the hops. Carbonation is really nipping at my tongue too. It's...okay. Nothing really blowing me away here.

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the taproom by springhouse. The brew appear a clear straw yellow with a white cap and stringy lace. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film across the top throughout the entire duration.

The aroma includes a note of biscuit grains contrasted by mild citrus hops smelling like lemon zest with an herbal and grassy aspect. Overall very clean just surprising the grain is the first scent noted.

The flavor is grassy with a noble punch of clean hops. Some mild bready grain character provides a hint of sweetness like cereal grains.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and hands down one of the better springhouse beers that you can count on seemingly always being available and thirst quenching.

Photo of SeamusDoyle
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light golden hue nice tall egg white head with tons of sheet lacing. Aroma is a simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops. Taste is a simple flavor as well, caramel malt with lots of herbal hops and a light citrus as well to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish. Overall a nice pale ale.

Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice thin white head. Slow moving bubbles.

S-smells more like a herbal/floral/hoppy lager, so more like a pilsner than a pale ale. Doesn't smell bad though.

T-tastes of grains and biscuits. Fairly hoppy and floral as well. Tastes like a good American pilsner.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-not much of a pale ale. Tastes way too much like a pilsner. Has that hoppy grainy feel to it. Not really to adjunct. Just very biscuity. It's a good drinker if you're not left with many options.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is gold, nice off white head that sits dense and laces very well.

Smell is grainy with feint hop bitterness, rather mild.

taste is grainy, slight adjunct flavor with malt, bitterness is clean and solid - very straightforward brew thats pretty big on hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, solid carbonation a slightly strong bitterness but thirst quenching.

Overall, very tasty brew, straightforward flavors and solid hops, aroma is underdone and slightly grainy.

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber color with less then a fingers worth of head. Dissipates to a patchy veil of lace all around with some on the edges.

S: Nice floral and citrus aromas from the hops. Get some other sweet fruit flavors, some apple and maybe very faint cherry.

T: Nice malt flavor, tastes like its toasted every so slightly. Earthy flavors of grain and grass lead way to the light bitterness of the hops with some citrus tones mixed in there as well. Alcohol taste is very noticeable at the end.

M: Mild carbonation and left with a dry feeling in the mouth. Crisp and clean on the tongue.

O: Not a bad pale ale but it doesn't stand out very well either. Would be interested in trying on tap to compare.

Photo of FosterJM
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1206th Review
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352

App- super clear light orange. Very fizzy white head good cling. Looked good in the glass.

Smell- Really a strange smell to it. Had a very vegetal, malty and pretty off smell. Wasnt excited about tasting it.

Taste- Corn, malt. Had profile before. Dont like it. Band aid flavors between smell and flavors just make this one pretty in drinkable. I poured it.

Mouth- A light body with a light- medium carbonation. Fairly grainy and residual malts.

Drink- Pretty off on the nose and the taste. Just didnt like it

Photo of cps98
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting to try this and the distributer finally got a couple cases in. A buddy and I split a case and it was not a disappointment.

A – Really nice orange yellow color, super clear. Pours with a nice 2 finger white head which dissipates rather quickly. There was some lacing present.

S – Light citrus of the hops and very light malt.

T – Had a really nice not overpowering hop bitterness. Very light on the malt.

M – Light to medium bodied and pretty smooth. Had decent carbonation just no head retention.

O – Overall a good drinking beer. Price was decent so I’d probably drink it again.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stormking47 for tossing a bottle of this into a recent trade. I had no idea that Spring House had begun bottling any of its brews, & a pale ale seemed a good warm-up for the main event tonight.

Pour is pale orange, with a miniature whirlwind in the center. Swirl the beer & the tornado rotates, as if you're in the Science Museum. Cool. Smell is torrential pale malts, bit of wet grass & damp hops.

Seven Gates Pale walks a path well-worn by thousands before it. Pale malts, spent floral hops, bakery before dawn, fields right afterwards.

Routinely routine. This is an 84 MPH Klingenbeck fastball right down the middle of the style. Mediocre.

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Taproom into a standard pint.

A - Pours light amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of biscuity pale malts and crisp citric hops. A touch of light spice creeps in at the very end of the glass. The nose is quite bready with a touch of light spice.

T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of chewy malt and a bit of sweetness. The finish is pretty much the same, a mix of chewy malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is slightly chewy with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

O - In the long run this one is just OK but if you are at the taproom and are looking for something light to drink with some decent flavor you really can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of powellmg
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy and gold with a white, dense head. Earthy, vegetal hops aroma with a hint of orange. Taste is slightly metallic, sort of a basic bitterness without much complexity.

Overall, it's decent, but given the level of competition out there, it is just average for me.

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a half finger of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malt with some mildly fruity sweetness and some citrus notes.

Taste: As in the smell, bready malt is the dominant flavor. There is a fruity note and some yeast that reminds me of a German beer. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, fluffy head and a dry finish.

Overall: Light and quite easy to drink. Not very interesting and I don't think I would have another one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small cascade hops and a light maltiness. In the taste, lightly hopped with some small and faint citrus and a balanced gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cascade hop aftertaste. Decent pale, quite a nice flavor, although, really light in color.

Photo of therica
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A bit of a disappointment.

A= light gold, only a modest head fading to rimming.

S= somewhat light, some hops and sweet malts evident, nothing remarkable.

T= watery finish after a somewhat disjointed modest-hops and sweet malts presentation that just didn't seem to come together.

M= a little watery, some malts and hints of hops bitters and florals.

O= overall a somewhat modest and weak offering.

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say, it's was better than some beers I've had it wasn't much of anything special but a pretty generic Pale Ale. Had some pretty nice hops on the nose. The color was golden yellow with some haze to it. The mouthfeel was decent with some good bubbles. This is a decent beer for social gatherings and such.

Photo of haazer
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Blue Dog in Lansdale. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours one finger of pourage looking head. Dissapates to a thin layer atop a nice, cloudy apple cider brew. Hints of copper, amber, apricot, yellow and orange. Poor carbonation though.

S- Good balance of pale malts and citrusy hops.

T- I think I may have picked up an old bottle. This has somewhat of a stale taste to it. The malt bill is faint and the hops are almost non existant. Aftertaste is hardly bitter, but this is not a good pale ale by normal standards.

M- Mouthfeel is better than the taste. Feels smooth. But pale ale's usually have at least a little bit of prickly sensations, this doesn't appear to. This is more towards medium in the feel, but would classify as light. I like the added viscosity though, gives it a sloshy feel across the tongue.

D- I was very intrigued when I first looked at Spring House on BA. Another PA brewery I had not heard of and was eager to discover. But was let down with this first offering. Couldn't find a bottle date anhwyere only see a "copyright " of 2009. Also it says brewed and bottled by Spring House Brewing Company Harrisburg PA, yet I thought this was in Conestoga? Oh well. Hope the smoked porter I have of theirs is more pleasing.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly picturesque pour... Two fingers worth of rocky batter-like off white head... Excellent retention... A mild haze permeates... The color is a unique mix that is a golden straw towards the bottom glass and more of a burnt orange towards the top of the glass... Loads of lacing cling to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Bready malts... Toffee... Some earthy hop notes... A bit of wet cardboard... Slightly musky... A bit of nuttiness...

T - Bready malts and toffee are at the forefront... A slight hint of sweet citrus and honey... A vague nuttiness... The hops are much more pronounced on the palette and linger through the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Starts lush and creamy... Perfect level of brisk carbonation... The finish is a bit dry and puckering...

D - A highly quaffable easy drinker... At 5.6% ABV I could drink a couple of these without issue... Simple, straight forward, and effective... An above average American Pale Ale form a nifty local brewer has lots of character...

Photo of micromaniac129
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A twist off cap!?
Anyway, golden orange in color. Nicely carbonated with an average foam cap. A slight chill haze maybe.
Nice aromatics of toffee malt and bouquet of woodsy earthy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with some butter. Dry.
A slight bitter hop aith a dry finish.
I note a metalic off taste.
I will disregard the off taste until I have an opportunity to try another beer.
A good average ale I deem worthy.
Drink well my friends.

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.