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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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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Krishob
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Krishob, Aug 22, 2010
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.

drtth, Aug 22, 2010
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.

SpdKilz, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey color with a small amount of head that is retained well. Lacing is good in the glass, showing each gulp.

Has a floral smell with some caramel and maybe a small amount of spice.

Taste is very good for a Pale Ale. Good amount of hops are present, and there is a nice caramel taste on the back end.

This could be my new session beer if I could find it close by. Has a nice light body, but still packs a little bit of a punch.

BeerThursdays, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is bready malts.Taste is caramel,bread,citrus and hoppy florals.It goes down relatively smooth.Overall a decent beer not great by any means but drinkable and enjoyable.I would recommend and probably would purchase again.

matty, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

JunkYardJake, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was the first beer that really pushed me into craft brews. definitely my go to beer when i just want to relax and toss back a sixer or two, or three, or four... na mean? pours a copper orange cloudy color with average white fluffy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. floral hints in the smell with a lemon citrus buttered bread like taste. light bodied and a thin slick texture. average flavor duration with a light bitter bread flavor finish. delcious in a bottle but about 2o times better on tap. haven't tried one of Matts brews yet that wasn't fantastic.

berpwillie, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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

brentk56, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright, amber body with a soapy, white head...showed decent retention finally settling into a spotty cap...decent lacing as well

S - The nose wasn't very big...faint malts, bread, and the faintest citrus hops

T - The pale malts stand out through the entire beer...they aren't really sweet but rather grassy/grainy...there is a buttery biscuit flavor in the middle of the beer...the hops again are very faint at the very end

M - Light bodied...crisp but could have had more carbonation and more of a lingering hop bite

D - This pale ale tasted more like a lager to me...I would probably not go in search of this one but I could drink it if it was the best thing available

thain709, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's for around $2 Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a mildly hazed pale amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and taste consists of bread, caramel malt, citrus, biscuits. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall, a clean, good drinking pale ale.

ClockworkOrange, Apr 15, 2010
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.

tempest, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - clear golden in color with about a half inch of foamy dish soapy white head. Looks like a solid pale ale, no real surprises.

Aroma - caramel, Pepperidge Farm Gingermen Cookies, slight citrus, biscuit mix and some yeasty smells.

Taste - sweet and malty, much more so than hoppy. There is the taste gingerbread as well. I thought I was crazy when I smelled it, guess not. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with hints of fresh grass and lemon zest. A little sharp and dry in the finish.

Overall - despite a real lack of hop "oomph" this is a very tasty pale ale. The hop flavor may just be the bite in the finish, which I really enjoy.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd probably do this on tap if I saw it. Its very drinkable and oddly enough I've come full circle to really enjoying a well balanced (or even malty) pale ale over an absurdly hoppy IPA a lot of the time. I guess I am getting old or maybe my tongue is just worn out!

indiapaleale, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of BeerSquid
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.
A good beer, very flowery, I honestly feel like it just lacks a good strong kick of hops.

A- Pours a copper with a hint of orange. A bit cloudy, but mostly clear. Decent head that settles out after a few minutes. No lacing

S- Strong floral notes, hint of hops and pine.

T- The flowery sent is carried through in the taste as are the touch of hops. The hops linger nicely and are not overpowering but really lack a substantial kick at the finish.

M- Nice light carbonation. Smooth finish.

D- Very drinkable. I could sit down and drink a lot of these. Its light enough to not fill you up too much and the alcohol is hidden well.

Seven Gates is pretty good, not my favorite Pale simply because of the lack of hoppy kick. I also think im generally more of a fan of the citrus in Pales rather than the flowers in this one. But its not bad, can't wait for the new Pale from Spring House.

BeerSquid, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and competent Pale Ale, which is a good thing in a crowded genre.

Pours clearish amber with dense fluffy head. Aroma is grainy, bready. The flavor is solid, bready with pleasant floral hops and a long citrus bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little clingy.

Seanibus, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

callmemickey, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light golden hue nice tall egg white head with tons of sheet lacing.

S: Simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops.

T: Simple flavor as well. Caramel malt with lots of herbal hops. Light citrus as well to round things out.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish.

D: Pretty good. A nicely hopped pale ale.

tpd975, Feb 13, 2010
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.

tone77, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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
Photo of Nezzy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tasting then decided to go for a full bottle.

Appearance: color is a mix of a really warm orange with some brown. Can tell it won't be too carbonated, had a small beige head which dissipated fast and had some lacing.

Smell: it's surprisingly not quite as hoppy as I expected but still has some. It's more malt based with some fruit scents.

Taste: the hops are subdued giving way to more of a taste of toasted malts and some fruit. Having a hard time figuring out which though. For a pale ale its much more subdued and mild which I'm actually finding to be a nice balance. I can definitely taste some wheat and a bit of flower scent overall.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice and light with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a good beer for those getting into pale ales as its mild and easy to drink a few in a night. Overall good beer.

Nezzy, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New release to distribution from Spring House. Picked up a case and had to dive right in. Pours an amber clear color with nice initial size head. Head dissapates quickly to a bubbly ring and leaves mild thin lacing. Aroma is a tad stronger than I thought it would be...slight hops, overall a pretty average yet pleasant APA scent. A little citrus.
Very crisp and yummy. Thin, citrus, a little hoppy back side. Mild carbonation. Very easy to drink and a great staple beer!

ShadesOfGray, Dec 19, 2009
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from mday for winning SNF - Week 13, Thanks Mike!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Chill hazed brassy color with a white head that thinned down to a layer and left a few bits of lacing.
Smell has some earthiness to it along with malt and floral/grassy hops.
Taste is balanced, sweet malt upfront with bitter, floral hop taste on the back end.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 12, 2009
Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.