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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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BA SCORE
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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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FosterJM

California

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 21:02:26 | More by FosterJM
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.8%

04-06-2012 21:08:31 | More by Beerme09
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-25-2012 16:51:38 | More by Ecolello87
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sneth019

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-10-2012 01:21:51 | More by sneth019
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

01-29-2012 06:30:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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MalReever

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-23-2012 13:18:15 | More by MalReever
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Blackmajic

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-13-2012 22:40:04 | More by Blackmajic
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting to try this and the distributer finally got a couple cases in. A buddy and I split a case and it was not a disappointment.

A – Really nice orange yellow color, super clear. Pours with a nice 2 finger white head which dissipates rather quickly. There was some lacing present.

S – Light citrus of the hops and very light malt.

T – Had a really nice not overpowering hop bitterness. Very light on the malt.

M – Light to medium bodied and pretty smooth. Had decent carbonation just no head retention.

O – Overall a good drinking beer. Price was decent so I’d probably drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 16:50:00 | More by cps98
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-31-2011 03:27:12 | More by jpd7374
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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:06:01 | More by maximum12
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BMart

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-21-2011 02:43:17 | More by BMart
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-20-2011 20:13:00 | More by weaselchew
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-11-2011 14:33:55 | More by jenray
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-03-2011 04:27:50 | More by DaveHack
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-01-2011 22:34:24 | More by TheNightwatchman
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-25-2011 22:01:53 | More by whallgren
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-22-2011 01:43:42 | More by VikeMan
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billzee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-20-2011 00:48:24 | More by billzee
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 21:22:58 | More by orangesol
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powellmg

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:15:46 | More by powellmg
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oline73

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 18:02:42 | More by oline73
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:50:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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therica

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A bit of a disappointment.

A= light gold, only a modest head fading to rimming.

S= somewhat light, some hops and sweet malts evident, nothing remarkable.

T= watery finish after a somewhat disjointed modest-hops and sweet malts presentation that just didn't seem to come together.

M= a little watery, some malts and hints of hops bitters and florals.

O= overall a somewhat modest and weak offering.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 11:57:17 | More by therica
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 02:32:34 | More by Knapp85
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haazer

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:14:06 | More by haazer
Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.