Seven Gates Of Hops - Gate 3 - Spring House Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
4.85/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
On tap at Spring House Taproom on 5/17/11. Brewed with Nugget hops.
A - Appeared as a slightly hazy, copper-toned reddish/orange liquid with a thin but creamy head that yielded lots of sticky lace around the perimeter of the glass. Head retained quite well, considering its diminutive stature.
S - Whoa! Super fresh nose reeking of citrus fruit, especially pineapple, as well as grapefruit and orange pulp. Amazing aroma for a straight up pale ale. Malt character is grainy and sweet, although the hops really push through in the aroma. A hint of mild alcohol developed as it warmed up a bit.
T - Juicy pineapple and citrus fruit really comes to life, giving the flavor a very tropical character. While there is a hint of sweet and grainy malt notes, this is one really fresh, juicy pale ale... almost like a West Coast IPA-lite. I can't believe there is a 5% ABV pale ale with this much hop flavor and virtually no alcohol presence!
M - Medium bodied with lots of hop oils, giving the ale a fairly slick texture. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness, although the finish is extremely balanced and thus not assertively bitter at all.
D - Um, hey Matt... Seven Gates is great and all, but you should seriously think about making THIS the recipe for your flagship pale ale. Wow! This one blew me away!
Serving type: on-tap
05-18-2011 12:44:04 | More by ffejherb
4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Served with a deeper shade of copper body that had some clarity to it...the head was white and creamy and showed some nice retention along with some nice lacing left behind
S - Fresh citrus all around...grapefruit, orange, pineapple all play a part in the aroma...there is a light malt backbone coming through
T - Citrus reigns supreme throughout the entire beer...they leave a slight bitterness behind on the palate but their sweetness cuts through just a little...the grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are all there along with other citrus flavors coming out...the malt comes through as bready and it only sticks around for a brief moment
M - Medium bodied...there is a bit of creaminess with some nice carbonation showing through...great sweet citrus bitterness
O - This is way better than the normal Seven Gates and it almost reminded me a little bit of Nugget Nectar...the Nugget hops were a great single hop addition
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2011 19:34:04 | More by thain709
4/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at the Taproom 2 nights ago and thought it was pretty tasty, so brought home a growler.
Pours an amber color, a bit darker than that even - leaning toward copper - with a finger of beige head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves some decent stick on the sides.
Smell has nice, fresh hoppy aromas of grapefruit, orange and even some pineapple. The nugget hops play very nicely on the nose for sure, although I recall liking it more on tap than I am right now from this growler (that was 2 nights ago, but also about 4 beers deep, so who knows). There is a bready, lightly sweet malt aroma here too.
Taste has more subtle hop flavors, again citrus primarily although they're slightly earthy too. It's not super hoppy, but it's certainly hoppy enough for a rather light pale ale. Malt base is bready with some sweet caramel; slightly biscuity too. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, creamy and smooth. It's clean and crisp.
This is a tasty pale ale and I like the single, nugget hop much more than the regular Seven Gates. This growler is only 2 days old but I didn't quite get the same hop flavor and aroma that it had on tap; as I said earlier maybe that was a factor of what else I had and how many I had. Still, it's drinking quite nicely and is flavorful and quite drinkable.
Serving type: growler
06-03-2011 01:10:26 | More by number1bum
Seven Gates Of Hops - Gate 3 from Spring House Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.