Seven Gates Pale Ale - Spring House Brewing Company

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Seven Gates Pale AleSeven Gates Pale Ale

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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: 227 | Reviews: 86
Reviews by goatgoat:
Photo of goatgoat
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lightly orange amber. No head to speak of.
Aroma is light. Sweet malts and a gentle citrus, orange.
Flavor leans to hop bitterness. The malts are light and difficult to discern under a clean bitterness that lingers pleasantly.
Medium body but a very dry finish, almost tart in the feel.

For the most part a very well done but non-descript APA. A good bit dryer than others, which I enjoy. A very easy to drink APA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

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.

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

12oz stubby bottle, i believe from the preseason BIF

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

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: good

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

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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden. Head formed but dissapated to nothing.

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.

Overall if I lived where this was distributed I would buy a 6er every once in a while. No reason to seek it out though.

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

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.

Very solid APA that is well flavored, crisp, refreshing, and most of all, quite drinkable! It's nice to see this being produced locally and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit hoppy, of the piney variety, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good quality pale ale.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 29-Nov-08.

A: The pale ale is appropriately named, a light amber color that is several shades shy of a glass bottle. The ale is translucent, rather brilliant as it sits on my table. A small head on pour is lacing in thin patches around the mouth of the glass.

S: The ale is a balanced blend of biscuity pale malts and crisp citrus hops. The nose is quite bready.

T: The pale ale is very bready, loaded with pale biscuity malts that have a sweet touch. Citrus hops lie just below the surface, adding a pleasant bitterness to the ale. As the ale warms, fuller caramel malts emerge. The growler has lost some carbonation and the ale suffers for it.

M: The pale ale is well balanced, even with its decided focus on the malts. The ale doesn't break new ground but it satisfies.

D: Under 6%, this is a quaffable ale. A nice offering in, and welcome addition to, the central PA scene.

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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle to chalice. No date on bottle but the case was purchased at the brewery. I can only assume it is at the peak of freshness.

A: This APA pours a yellow-orange with a 1 finger white head on a very gentle pour. (More on that later.) The head diminishes within a few minutes and the bubbles race furiously from the bottom to the top where a thin film rests.

S & T: The aroma and flavors are pretty average, light grainy malts, light herbal hops, and for lack of a better word, very beer-y. No distinct or dominant flavors pull through for me. (More on this later.)

M: Medium mouthfeel and lively carbonation that kind of renders the palate useless.

D: Nothing to start the night with. Grab something with more flavor first, then maybe fall back on this one later. *SEE NOTES*

Notes: I will be re-reviewing this beer. This particular review was from the last beer of the case and I found that about half of the bottles were very good; much more flavor and much more aroma. The other half was a much more flavor-less version. I was hoping to review while enjoying the better example. From my experience, every aspect of this brew is significantly enhanced when it is served at close to room termperature and the mouthfeel, in particular, is much better on a very gentle pour. It is very finnicky in this regard. I've got confidence that this brewery can make good beer, however, the case I bought had an inconsistency issue.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra recently. Something I had never heard of before which to me is always a treat. I decided to dive into this with dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/27/2009.



The pour was the best part. Nice amber color with a good bit of carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass, Nice presentation with a two inch head of white foam on top that really settled quite nicely offering up loads of nice lacing down the glass. The aroma was light, some nice muted hop notes and a touch of light grain coming across. As it warmed became a bit more balanced than, still not as nice as I would have liked to have seen. The flavor was more of the same, average pale ale here with nothing really driving it in one direction or another, rather just a light mix of piney hops and off center grains. Light carbonation and an even, light body left it drinkable, albeit forgettable.



Overall not my favorite I have had, serviceable, sure, but utterly forgettable in the end. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Photo of Krishob
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a nice honey color once poured out of the bottle. It has a hoppy aroma that can be noticed right up front. Hoppy & bitter, but still rather smooth. It is also dry as well & I will leave a nice hoppy taste in your mouth. I feel it is is a nice for all occasions due to the clean hoppy taste that is left in your mouth.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard, thanks man. Pours a mildly hazed, dark gold color with a dense cap of tan foam. Retention is mighty fine and leaves plenty of lace.

Nose is a well balanced blend of grainy, slightly caramelized malts and grassy hops. Pretty faint, but fresh smelling brew.

Flavor has an earthy quality to it along with a sweet malt presence. Not much in the way of hop flavor, maybe a touch of citrus pith, and just has a dose of lingering bitterness to finish semi-dry. Body is full and this beer actually seems to straddle the line between amber and pale ale for me. Has a decent creamy mouthfeel too. Not bad, a fairly well crafted ale here.

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 drtth
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is honey bronze color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a thin layer with an irregularly shaped island of large bubbled foam off center. Sipping leaves some fine and interesting lacing that either turns in to fine speckles of lacing or a tightly woven spider web of foam.

Smell: The aroma is soft and faint but earthy and musty with some floral, grassy character. There is also some biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: The flavors start with a bit of sweetness from the malt but then quickly transition to a bitter hop character that has earthy, floral and grapefruit zest components to it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a faint prickly character from the fine, moderate carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly bitter and dry in the back of the palate.

Drinkability: For me this is pretty much just an OK pale ale for drinkability. I was able to finish it but there are a number of other pale ales I enjoy more and so I'll not go out of my way to have this one again.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several 16oz. drafts at Bully's in Columbia

Nice, light amber color with a small white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balance of citrus and floral hops on top of a fresh, grainy malt base.

Tastes just as it smells. A crisp, grainy caramel malt base with a nice blend of citrus and floral hop flavors.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing APA with nice balance. I could have easily gone for a 3rd and 4th pint if the situatiuon would have allowed. Happy to see that these guys really hit the gorund running.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as an extra via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head recedes at an average pace, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced, pale malts and citrus. Taste follows the nose, with the citrus hoppiness taking charge towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite easy. Nice brew.

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

On-tap at Cork & Cap in Lancaster.
Straw-orange in color with a good sized soapy head. Smell is of cracker malts and a mild floral hop bouquet. Taste is balanced nicely between bready and caramel malts and a floral/earthy hop flavor. I also noticed a little lemon zest on the finish. Mild bitterness and carbonation make it easy to drink and the balanced palate make it sessionable. Every once in awhile, it's nice to have a pale ale that doesn't strive to be an IPA. Check it out.

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden straw color with adequate fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of pale malts with hints of grass, light citrus. Taste is pale, grassy with a hint of citrus, slight off flavor akin to a light struck lager noted that holds this beer back big time. Decent light body, nice prickly carbonation. Ok brewin most aspects... the off flavor on a pale beer was just too much to overcome.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange copper color with a white head. Nose brings some light citrus notes but there really isn't that much to it. Taste, again, is light citrus. A bit of pale malt is added in. Nice feel with light bitterness. A bit plain, but drinks quite well.

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Two finger width of foam with a small amount of lacing. Color is a deep gold and when it's held up to a light it gets more towards the pink side.

S- The smell was rather faint, but what i did pick up was the citrus from the hops and a toast/bread smell.

T- A mild hop taste comes through, not as much as i was hoping for. The malt does come through with this beer making it pretty well balanced.

M/D- Very light and crisp making it go down smoothly. This is a good beer to have after mowing the lawn.

Photo of gratefulbrewski
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Pours a cloudy amber/golden yellow hue. Nice malty smell and a bit of citrus. Not alot bitterness or hops tho. But overall a nice sessionable ale.Its hard to believe but sometimes I need a break from the IPA's and this seems to hit the spot.

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.