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Seven Gates Pale Ale - Spring House Brewing Company

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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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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Beerme09, Apr 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

BMart, Dec 21, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

nosavingsaccount, Jul 08, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

haazer, Jan 04, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

markcp, May 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

brez8791, May 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 15, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

johng90, Jul 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

sbart518, Sep 30, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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

FosterJM, Apr 07, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass for best effect, my 1st from this brewery.

A- Spring House pale ale looks like a pale ale. A mix of gold and orange with a fluffy off white head that looks quite full until it breaks down completely. pokeadot spots of lace very minimal.

S- Freshly cut lawn trimmings, some bready malts, caramel, earthy hops and some metal, uh oh.

T- The stainless steel does come through, it is pretty apparent but there is a decent pale ale under it that's ruined by the metal. Terminator 1000 metal with some earthy hops and some bisquit malt in the middle ended by more metal.

M- Less than medium in build with light but noticeable carb going for it. The hop taste does stick around the palate for a few which is needed and welcomed.

D- I'm glad i bought a single. Perhaps a mishap in the brewing process with the metal. Either way Spring House should not have released it like this. A major pet peeve of mine is brewery's that release product that has a obvious flaw, it infuriates me. either way i'll try this on tap to see any difference and revise if I see necessary.

BARFLYB, Jan 28, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass at Carr's Restaurant in Lancaster, PA - 2008 - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange with a 1" off-white head. Good retention and no apparent lacing.

Smell: Minimal aroma of piney hops. Otherwise there isn't much to savor.

Taste: Pine, some grapefruit, burning bitterness. Malt background that ends piney and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with pine, medium body. Warming alcohol.

Drinkability: Bitter from start to finish. I expected bitter aroma and more grapefruit to make a more diverse beer. Decent brew. Needs some tweaking.

Risser09, May 27, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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