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Beyond The Gates AKA Seven Gates On Skates - Spring House Brewing Company

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Beyond The Gates AKA Seven Gates On Skates
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86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Beyond the Gates Double IPA is for those of you who have been enjoying Seven Gates Pale Ale, and are ready for that next step. It's brewed with a generous dose of Citra and Simcoe hops that mingle with the sweetness of Belgian caramel malts to yield a full-bodied ale. This assertive ale balances a rich malt flavor with a pronounced hop character. Beyond the Gates is finished with a generous dry-hopping of Citra hops resulting in a very aromatic and flavorful DIPA.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 02-07-2009)
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass

Appearance – Poured a deep amber color with a medium off-white head. The head faded fast to leave a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was a good dose of pine and some earthy hops. There was also, mixed with these, some aromas of light citrus hop and small amounts of caramel and biscuit.

Taste – The taste started out on the sweeter and creamier side with some caramel and a light molasses sweetness mixing with a bready base. These however were not alone and there was a nice piney and earthy hop flavor initially present that grew stronger toward the middle of the taste. The pine and earthy flavors reached an apex at the middle of the taste and with the sweeter caramel, began to fade as the taste moved toward the end. While these flavors faded, other flavors of grapefruit hop and a light tropical fruit flavor came to the tongue, which in the end after all were mixed together created a rather tasty and complex aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body as well as the carbonation level were above average. The creaminess of the body was slightly lost with the extra carbonation and the flavor profile would have likely done better with a slightly lower level of carbonation.

Overall – A nice IPA with a rather complex yet pleasing flavor. Not the best out there but one to try if you get a chance.

Darkmagus82, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a growler that I had for a few weeks, boy it held up great!

A - Copper colored with some hints of amber in there for good measure. A pillowy off-white head that was a solid two fingers (sorry fluffy had been said tons of times).

S - I do have a stuffed sniffer right now but I could get some malty sweetness and some very faint citrus scents coming through. The aroma is nice from what I get - not sure if that is because I'm stuffed up or that is the way the beer is...

T - Great stuff. Not crazy hopped, but they let you know that they are there. In addition there is a strong malt push from the start. Generally balanced but the hops do win out!! Yeah hops!!

M/D - Medium mouthfeel with definite stinging on the tongue. Pretty easy drinking stuff another great offering from Spring House. I will definitely look for this when it is brewed again.

dashirey, Mar 26, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Lancaster Iron Hill location on 9/18/09, during a special promo night with Spring House. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Sturdy layer of rich fizz leaves a big cascade back, that slowly recedes down the sides of the mug. The aroma is a floral and a touch spicy, with some citric tones and a good bit of beefy bread that adds a layer of sweetness to the nose.

The taste has a relatively assertive hop bite up front to it, but it makes way fairly quickly for a mix of tropical fruits and toasted bread. Big spicy finish on this, that lingers dryly well past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice mouthfilling prickly nature to it. Luckily, there is also a softer and slick undercurrent to it, which lets this ride very easily for nearly 8%. The alcohol is deceptively hid here.

This was decent. Plently of citrus and spice, but this just lacked a certain "pop" to the hop presence. The drinkibility of this was pretty darn good though. A servicable hoppy fix, just don't expect to have your tastebuds blown away.

Kegatron, Sep 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL purchased at the brewery one month ago. My first bottled offering from Spring House's B-Sides collection.

A: The DIPA is a coppery orange color, full enough to be opaque but light enough to allow for a nice shine. The last pour of the bottle yielded a lot of suspended sediment.

S: The nose is very resiny, a concentrated amalgum of pine and citrus. Both are in ample supply, as are caramel malts.

T: The ale throws both hops and malts at you in the first sip. Hops are green and vegetal, masking some of the bitterness in the nose. As the greenness passes, spicy heat appears with a peppery flourish. Along with the heat, citrus hops propel the flavor. The alcohol is not intense, allowing the spicy hops to drive the body without impediment. Grapefruit hops linger long after the sit is gone. A moderate DIPA, nice for sipping on a hot day.

M: The mouthfeel is very hot, peppery and sharp. I like the heat over sheer, blinding bitterness.

D: The ale isn't as heavy as you'd expect, with a decent hop profile behind the heat. A commendable DIPA from Matt & crew.

akorsak, Jun 13, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a generous growler from Deuane with the Hop River Homebrew club during the Rich Rosen tribute brew day at Willibrew.

For a double IPA this is pretty light in the hop aroma and in the body. My first impression was that this could be an extra pale ale, not so much a DIPA.
That does make for an easy drinking hoppy delight however. The hops do come through in the palate, grassy and a touch of citrus, and the bitterness really comes through. The color is a a slightly dark gold with the slightest reddish hue. It is much lighter in color and body than one would expect. Thanks Deuane for the chance to try and share this with some really appreciative beer enthusiasts.

naproxen, Mar 01, 2009
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london1o1, Feb 01, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mendvicdog, Jan 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jjd315, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Spring House Taproom in Lancaster, PA. Poured into a 10 ounce miniature nonic pint glass.

A: Dark amber colored body with some orange hues around the top edges. A small soapy off-white head forms but leaves just as quickly. Minor lace is left behind with almost no retention at all. Typical looking in an "East Coast" Imperial IPA, darker in color than one would generally expect.

S: Earthy hops aromas - pine, sap, grass all come through boldly. There's certainly a bitter aspect to the beer, along with touches of black pepper and spice. Darker roasted malts come in towards the back end, giving this a very rich, roasted and piney nature. Perhaps I just don't care for these hop varieties but it's not necessarily a bad smelling beer.

T: Bold bitter earthy hop notes with touches of sap, pine needles, caramel malts and roasted dark malts. The malt profile is a nice balance to the hop flavors; however I can't help but feel it's very one-dimensional. Back palate into the finish has a bit of alcohol and a dry nutty note.

M: Lively carbonation, medium body with tiny bubbles across the palate giving it a smoothness. It does finish a touch dry and sticky.

While I do tend to prefer "West Coast" style IPAs with their juicy, citrusy nature, I do appreciate a well crafted East Coast style IPA. This, however, has quite an unbalance in its flavor profile as well as some disconnect in the overall big picture. Fairly enjoyable but I would definitely pass on this next time.

ShanePB, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the taproom. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a half finger of off white head. Leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some citrus and pine hop notes with a small amount of malt in the background.

Taste: Not very good. Super fruity up front, that goes away quickly and leads to an extremely bitter finish. There is a yogurt like weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a very good beer. Really didn't like the aftertaste. Wouldn't have this again.

oline73, Oct 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Yellolab2010, May 11, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny...
Appears an orange toned copper with a rocky, off white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, spicy hops, along with some traces of bold grapefruit. There is a touch of malty caramel found during the inhales but they are heavily outweighed.
Taste is of hops galore...believe it, or not...too much for me. It's an over-abundance of herbal, and spicy hops without the much needed malty balance that I appreciate ever so much. There are some caramel notes, don't get me wrong but they come at a price of sacrifice that we've laid our tastebuds on the line for the three headed hop monster that arises in this brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, overly bitter, and herbal. They could've gotten away with this if a different hop choice were used. It's just too assertive IMHO.

weeare138, Jun 09, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jholland, Nov 14, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is slightly hazy, but a nice bright orange/copper color with a ½" off-white head that recedes slowly, eventually leaving a thin ring around the goblet and a patch of foam in the middle. For a fairly long time sipping results in a nice lacing on the side

Smell: The aroma contains pine and citrus from the hops as well as caramel malt. None of these really dominate the aroma, rather they share the stage, sometimes taking turns sometimes in concert with each other.

Taste: The flavor is a simple but quite nice mixture of citrus (grapefruit) and spicy hops with the malt well integrated throughout. However, the malt never really kicks in to alternate with the hops and give you a break from them. There no real alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation that persists for quite a while. The finish is fairly long, dry and bitter with grapefruit and spicy hop flavor.

Drinkability: I thought this was well made and well worth trying. While it won't become my favorite DIPA I found it nicely drinkable and so I could have had a second one with no hesitation.

drtth, Jun 20, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Beyond The Gates AKA Seven Gates On Skates from Spring House Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.