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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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Reviews: 85
Hads: 233
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of haazer
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.76/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,430 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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 (569 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.91/5  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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.94/5  rDev -19%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an extra from someone in PA, but I can't remember whom. Thanks to whomever it was! Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - A finger of quick dissolving eggshell foam that leaves a ring and a splotchy cap. Not much in the way of lacing while consuming or when swished. Unfiltered murky dark apricot color with tons of suspended sediment. This is not the most attractive brew.

S - Floral and perfume hop character, with some light citrus zest. Strong toffee malt character and a backbone of barley/grain. Pretty tame (compared to the crazy-ass MTH pale ales, anyway), but offensive or anything.

T - Taste is pretty mild, some bready malts, a touch of orange, and a slightly unpleasant grain aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is too lively for my liking - burns the upper lip. The brew is medium in viscosity, with a slightly grainy texture. Not generally what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

D - Other than the mildly bloaty carbonation and slightly odd aftertaste this is a pretty average pale ale and would be decent enough if I was camping and didn't have anything else to drink. (1,082 characters)

Photo of powellmg
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of praufs01
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy copper color with a creamy off white head. There were lots of little yeast particles floating around in the glass.

Aroma - Mild aroma of sour yeast and light orange zest.

Taste - Smooth light orange flavor up front that quickly moves to slightly bitter unsweetened Tea middle. The finish is earthy and dry.

Overall - An easy drinking ale that is decent but unremarkable. (393 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, pale amber body. Moderate sized off white cap quickly recedes but leaves behind some quality lacing.

S: Grassy hops with perhaps a hint of citrus. Bread-like malts make themselves known as well.

T: Much like the nose there are two key components: relatively nondescript grassy hops and bready malts. Lightly bitter.

M: Light-medium bodied with good carbonation upfront. Trickles off toward the end and gets a little thin in the back. Clean finish with a light bitterness.

D: Overall... an unoffensive, but relatively uninspiring pale ale. Could benefit from an additional hop addition contributing another layer hop character. (648 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, some amber, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks a little muddy.

Smell is neat, very floral, roses, sugar and caramel, some orange peel, grapefruit, lemon tea, lightly fruity, a bit muddled but nice fresh and hoppy character.

Taste is similar, almost a lemon iced tea like flavour, some sugar, biscuits, floral, grapefruit, a bit of an herbal bitterness but the flavour is pretty weak.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, feels pretty dead. Nice aroma but lacks in other departments. Thanks Russ! (660 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rocky head; the persistence was good and it left a few shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity and floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath

Taste: Biscuity, with caramel and lemon elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel moves up a notch and is joined in the finish by a grainy edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a very different APA; I would like it much better if it had the hop bill to go with the malt

Thanks, bjspicer, for the opportunity (559 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden coloring, one plus fingers creamy head with nice ring and lacing.

s- nutty nose, brown sugar sweetness with maybe a touch of vanilla, earthy hops mix in there.

t- taste echos the nose, this is shaping up to be a balanced apa, hop presence - earthy, minimal bitterness.

m- medium body, smooth.

d- okay, i was glad to try this but it didn't really wow me. i would drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out. (444 characters)

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.