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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: 205
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 Viggo
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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!

Viggo, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

MasterSki, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of y2jrock60
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

A- Light orange in color with a frothy head.

S- It smells really sweet with a light hop aroma.

T- Very sweet, malty, and hoppy. The beer had a hint of maple syrup. The flavor was very balanced and unique.

M- Medium-bodied, tasted great on tap.

D- I would recommend a try on tap, very unique, one of the best beers from the Lancaster Area.

y2jrock60, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of praufs01
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

praufs01, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

mikesgroove, May 29, 2009
Photo of Bobbydigi
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a pint glass

A- Two finger width of foam with a small amount of lacing. Color is a deep gold and when it's held up to a light it gets more towards the pink side.

S- The smell was rather faint, but what i did pick up was the citrus from the hops and a toast/bread smell.

T- A mild hop taste comes through, not as much as i was hoping for. The malt does come through with this beer making it pretty well balanced.

M/D- Very light and crisp making it go down smoothly. This is a good beer to have after mowing the lawn.

Bobbydigi, May 27, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a hazy lightly orange amber. No head to speak of.
Aroma is light. Sweet malts and a gentle citrus, orange.
Flavor leans to hop bitterness. The malts are light and difficult to discern under a clean bitterness that lingers pleasantly.
Medium body but a very dry finish, almost tart in the feel.

For the most part a very well done but non-descript APA. A good bit dryer than others, which I enjoy. A very easy to drink APA.

goatgoat, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

A - pours an almost clear copper color with 1/4 inch of foam on top

S - earthy hops, slight citrus aromas, light caramel notes

T - nicely balanced taste with a bit of a hop bite to it

M/D - smooth and easy drinking and pretty tasty. Its definitely one that I would rely on as my go to drinking brew.

mikereaser, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Dashirey thanks for sending this one to me.
The bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body was hazy amber in color with some suspended particles (hops)
Aromas are nice citric hops with some bready yeast. The flavors of some sweet malt followed by a nice hop bite easily describe this brew. The brew is also light in the mouth with good carbonation for the tongue. Very easy to drink and just as easy to enjoy

joepais, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with thin eggshell colored head. OK retention leaves good lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, dry grass, honey, and biscuits. Tastes of tea leafs and lemon up front with some toasted malt and honey in the middle with a dry grassy finish. Medium-light in body with good carbonation. Smooth and somewhat fruity with a nice crisp and gentle bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink, refreshing, flavorful, and very pleasant to drink. Can easily make this a local favorite pale ale.

HopDerek, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of pvsob
3.58/5  rDev 0%

A- Light gold color with a half inch head that fades quickly leaving some lacing. Is somewhat cloudy with lots of suspended matter in the glass.

S- Pungent citrus, earthy hops, toasted/bready malt, and some diacetyl.

T- It pretty much follows the aroma traits to a T. Not as hoppy as the aroma would lead you to believe.

M- Light to medium with very little carbonation.

D- A pretty good Pale Ale from a new brewery. If this is the only beer I could drink for the night, I would probably get tired of it after about three pints. All in all this is a decent beer and I'm looking forward to trying some of Spring House's other brews. Cheers!

pvsob, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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

dirtylou, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of thartman
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Spooky looking label with a burning house and woods with an interesting story printed on the back. Poured goldish-copper,somewhat cloudy.Thin opaque head with decent retention, some noticeable floaties suspended in the glass. Balanced nose of malts, hay, grains, some oranges. Citrus tart mixed with some malt, nice bitterness, well balanced with a dry finish. New Brewery from Conestoga,PA? I'm not sure, but this is definitely worth a try.

thartman, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of gratefulbrewski
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Pours a cloudy amber/golden yellow hue. Nice malty smell and a bit of citrus. Not alot bitterness or hops tho. But overall a nice sessionable ale.Its hard to believe but sometimes I need a break from the IPA's and this seems to hit the spot.

gratefulbrewski, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Clear, light amber amber gold, one and a half finger rocky head.

S- Quite mello hop aroma with some slight malt aromas as well.

T- Citrus and earthy hop bitterness gently take center stage in the begining. At about mid point some malt complexity comes through. The finish was balanced and smooth, howeversome diacetyl became evident as it warmed up.

M- Light-medium bodied, relatively smooth carbonation.

D- I'd look for it in Pennsylvania

A rather enjoyable pale ale that leans a little brittish in terms of the malt profile.

Pauly2X, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Slightly hazy caramel brown color with a thick two finger dirty white head. Big foamy bubbles in the head and excellent retention. Leaves chunky lace as it recedes.

S - Strong caramel malt aroma dominates the nose. A light piney and floral hop aroma lingers underneath. More malty than I look for in a Pale Ale, but still an very nice nose.

T - Crisp and sweet initially. Primarily caramel sweetness, much like the nose. An earty hoppiness comes through mid-drink but does not have much staying power. Finishes with a light sweetness. There are some very light toasted bread characteristics throughout the drink as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very crisp feel. A little too much carbonation. Still, a very drinkable pale ale.

ckeegan04, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

akorsak, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +14%

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.

Kegatron, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +11.7%

A: snifter. nice slightly opaque copper color. big orange hues. atop is a nice light khaki colored head. mild retention rate and fair ringlike lacing.

S: aromas of apples, light butterscotch, and mostly a mild malt aroma. hint of hops.

T: nice flavor for an APA. good sweet malt backbone, some fruit flavors, like apples and cherries, very faint. good pine and citrus hop flavors in this one. some caramel as well.

M: medium bodied, mild carbonation level, actually spot on. very clean and smooth.

D: very nice APA and well worth getting if you dig the style. I got this from a BIF and it was a great get, wish these guys were available where I am.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

excite to have another local brewery near me. the more the merrier. drank on 6.22.08 at home.

nice color, golden orange/golden copper. almost no head after an aggressive pour. there was also a good bit of sediment in the glass as well.

not much nose. minor malt smell, a little hops but that was about it. smooth taste at first, then crispness and hops hit roof of mouth and throughout. decent hop flavor. not the most flavorful IPA, but definitely has a good bit of drinkability.

Hophead101, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
4.08/5  rDev +14%

Body was a hazed dark golden color. Half an inch of white colored head left a slick rather quickly. Several streams of large carbonation bubbles rising around the outside. Watery lace runs away quickly.

A big hops citrus aroma hit the nose first. A nice strong malt body quickly followed the hops aroma. A great balance with plenty of strength.

A nice malty flavor is the major presence on the tongue. A slight bit of butterscotch in the back. Hops are diminished in the flavor, but still citric.

A bit watered on the tongue, but the flavors hold. Carbonation burst quite strongly against the surfaces.

A very good brew. Great with a fajita dinner. Definitely a good go to brew if you see it. Well worth the choice off the shelf.

RedChrome, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

ppoitras, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%

a: This was a moderately cloudy, ruddy, amber color; pretty dark for an APA. It was wserved to me with a thin head.

s: As it warmed sweet aromas of caramel and brown sugar emerged. The hops smelled of pineapple and lemon.

t: Very full flavored for an APA! Leans to the sweet side a bit which is okay with me. The finish is somewhat dry and tastes of floral, mildly citric hops.

m: Very good body for the style, well carbonated.

d: This a great addition to the local scene. I'm glad I finally got to try it. This will be my small, hoppy beer of choice whenever I find it.

DIM, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +7%

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

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%

I am glad to see that they are bottling this beer.

Poured a very deep amber color with moderate off-white head.

Smell shows strong notes a malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is truly extraordinary. Too many times a beer doesn't taste quite as good in the bottle as on-tap. But this one is just as good. The strong rich malt meets the plentiful hops to present a delicious beer.

Taste retention is perfect. Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.

Great drinkability. I would love to try this beer on cask.

tgbljb, Jun 09, 2008
Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.