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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: 222
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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 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

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of BeerSquid
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of Nezzy
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nicely hazy amber with a little bit of off white head and no real lacing.

S-Malty with some light hop bitterness.

T-Biscuit malt with a heavy dose of orange rind bitterness and some earthy hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a lingering puckery bitter note.

D-Very nice. A flavorful pale ale.


Photo of Viggo
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of praufs01
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goatgoat
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.