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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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82
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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-02-2008)
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Reviews by cps98:
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

cps98, Jan 10, 2012
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A: Pours a golden yellow with very little head and very little lacing.

S: Upfront it is sweet and slightly floral, and then on the back there is a nutty/malt kick.

T: Sweet upfront. A nice little floral hop kick in the middle. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, seemed a bit lacking in carbonation. Overall, not a bad APA. Drank it while playing some video games with no problem.

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appearance: interesting haunted house label - poured into a tyranena pint glass - murky copper body with a nice beige cream head and pretty decent lacing, pretty nice looking

smell: bready and sweet, light citrus hopping but not potent as many APA's have become in recent years, light caramel

taste: not as hoppy as i like my APA's but well balanced and tasty - sweet and bready, caramel, sweet citrus, buttery, toasted grain and malt

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Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2. It's always fun trying a new session beer from a local brewery. This reminded me a bit of Summit's Extra Pale Ale, but a little stronger. It had the same woody-citrus combination of hop character with a mellow, bready backbone. It's not the most complex, but it's certainly tasty and drinkable. Crack one open at your next BBQ.

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Not much aroma. Little bit of malt. Not much hops.

Taste is pretty good. Nice and hoppy with malt background. Balanced pretty well but not much that makes it stand out.

Mouthfeel is good. No problems.

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Pours a fairly clear coppery orange with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thin foamy covering that leaves some decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is a lively smelling mix of floral hops, light citrus, and some toasty biscuits in the back. Very nice.

The taste is similar, with a moderate biting hop bitterness up front that is well backed by a smack of citrus and bready feeling malts. Light dry lingering bitterness in the finish that sticks to the palette. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a firm carbonation that carries a bit of slickness in it.

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First of all, a huge thanks to ShadesOfGray for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a dark golden color with about two fingers of white fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly but leaves great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hopes, bitterness, grainy, bready, and caramel.

Taste - Flavor is similar to the nose. Floral hops, slight hoppy and citrus bitterness. There is an odd metallic aftertaste to be honest, however. A slight malty backbone..

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Ehh...The odd aftertaste (metallic) makes this less enjoyable than if it were not there. Overall a decent APA but nothing I'd seek out.

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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.
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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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