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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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (277 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 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 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 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 Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's I was interested in comparing the bottled version against my previous draft review. I poured this chilled from the stubby brown 12oz er into a half pint glass.

A - A medium amber shade w/ faint haziness and a thick band of off white that hangs around for awhile. The lace that sticks is thick and holds the glass well. There is a nice shade to this and plenty of bubbles showing excellent carbonation and the bead is tight

S - Very mild yet fruity w/ a subtle citrus aroma w/ a nice lemony and pine tinged odor characteristic of cascade. When swirled this gives off a nice sweet ester w/ oily thick hop echoes

M - The feel is very crisp and clean - highly carbonated, yet slightly sweet up front. The secondary texture is gentle woody and slightly bitter and resinous hop notes. The beer is mild and medium bodied w/ a mostly dry finish

T - A slightly more piney hop flavor than I remember the draft version having. The flavor is still tasty and fresh w/ mild bitterness and a crisp wood and cherry like fruitiness from the yeast. The sweetness the malt provides is mild and balanced providing support w/ only the slightest flavor of alcohol. There is plenty of malt to support the bitter West coast the hops' citrus notes. I enjoy the mellow earthy and subtle resinous quality in the background. The flavor is well balanced and relaxed

D - A very refreshing, albeit standard take on the style made for quaffability. I might get bored if this was the only beer available fro the evenings enjoyment, but this does what it is meant to do and for that I give it -Very Good. The review may be slightly tilted toward the fresh draft I remmber, but I found this to be very drinkable and would not hestiate to pick this up if I am in the mood for an APA (1,781 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 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 orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Taproom into a standard pint.

A - Pours light amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of biscuity pale malts and crisp citric hops. A touch of light spice creeps in at the very end of the glass. The nose is quite bready with a touch of light spice.

T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of chewy malt and a bit of sweetness. The finish is pretty much the same, a mix of chewy malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is slightly chewy with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

O - In the long run this one is just OK but if you are at the taproom and are looking for something light to drink with some decent flavor you really can't go wrong with this one. (882 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 stakem
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,670 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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (255 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 dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (543 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small cascade hops and a light maltiness. In the taste, lightly hopped with some small and faint citrus and a balanced gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cascade hop aftertaste. Decent pale, quite a nice flavor, although, really light in color. (354 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,375 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)

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
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