Seven Gates Pale Ale - Spring House Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev +18%
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.
Serving type: can
02-08-2014 22:12:43 | More by woodychandler
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 01:19:31 | More by Darkmagus82
3.39/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
09-30-2013 08:49:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3.76/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-14-2013 14:55:10 | More by stakem
Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.