5AM Saint

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #68
Ranked #23,626
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly 5 A.M. Saint + Five AM

Start the car. The lights are about to turn amber. Buy the ticket, take the ride. Past the alley where thieves and pimps sell corporate brews and good men soak it up like vermin, blissful in their ignorance. Past the jackhammers who want their three and a half percent. Keep going. Towards that golden orb, the size of Zeus’s ass, that hovers over this crazy town. Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink amber, and drive like a bastard towards that saintly light.

25 IBU
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tawny, burgundy amber, attractive and clean with nice fuzzy off-white head. Lovely web of lace.

Aroma: Fruity, hops accounted for! Unusual for an amber but certainly nice. “21st century red ale” indeed!

Taste: Ideal balance between toasty, biscuity malts and crisp citrus and fruity hops. Very enjoyable.

Feb 15, 2020
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Odysseas1989 from Cyprus

4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber glass, with a small head of foam that dissipates quite quickly. Lacy foam clings to the side of the glass as you drink.

The smell is great. Roasted malts, toasted peanuts, caramel are the first scents that hit your nose, followed by faint coffee and herbal notes.

The taste is very moreish. Those roasty sweet smells are present in the flavor, and balanced by a gentle fresh tang.

Feels smooth on the tongue, with a dry finish.

Overall, a very moreish beer, whose balance of flavors makes it easy to drink more than one bottle.

Jan 13, 2020
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izraelc from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber. Smells malty. Not much character with this one slightly malty with a light hop finish. Very smooth but a little weak. Could be better.

Jun 08, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, pine and citrus. Sweet caramel malt and toffee with some subtle roasty notes and piney bitterness.

Apr 07, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. A clear copper-ruby color with a medium sized tan head. The foam retreated a bit faster than expected. Aroma was soft malt with caramel, brown bread, a hint of toffee, and stone fruit. The taste was a bit underwhelming for me. Less malty flavor than I expected with more of a floral hop bitterness that dominated the palate. Feel was slightly watery.

Feb 25, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Quite a rich chestnut colour. Crystal clear. Pours with off-white large-bubble 5mm head. Ongoing rising carbonation.
S- Pretty striking and clear. Rich citrus fruit smell, into puddingy sour cherries.
T- It's dryer than the colour and smell suggested, BUT mercifully it's not a contemporarily fashionable hop-bomb. Baked stone-fruit, plums, cherries.
F- It's feels perhaps lower ABV% than it looks. It comes over as balanced, clean and refreshing.
O- I like it, it's sessionable, slightly different, refreshing, and well-balanced, no aspects shout and dominate here. Now reading the lable I see it's 5%, hmm I'd guessed it as say 4.5%, it comes over as quite light to me. Would I buy it again, yes.
330ml bottle bought today from Sainsbury's, London, for £1.85. BB: 22/08/19

Oct 20, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Dark malts, caramel, herbal, earthy, oak notes. Same with the nose. Copper hue, mostly clear, thin tan head with not much lace. medium body. Robust and malt forward.

Aug 04, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild caramel aroma, pours a dark amber with red highlights and a dusting of tan head. Clean mild flavor, with hints of caramel and toffee. Just a hint of earthy hops, and a mild bitterness. Overall, a solid Irish red.

Mar 27, 2018
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herrklemann from Austria

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear red with a nice head. Very malty in aroma and taste. Medium body and carbonation. A very good Red Ale, heavy on the malt but still balanced. A nice beer to go with red meat. Bottle bought at Interspar Wienerstraße, Graz.

Mar 08, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, dated stamped 01/11/18. I had this one time many years ago, but I'm glad to see it back in a new format and brewed in Ohio. Pours reddish-brown with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is minimal until it warms, then caramel malt, brown sugar, toasted grain, and citric hops come out. Excellent balance of malt & hops with notes or caramel, burnt caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, a hint of spicy rye along with some fruity and citric bitter hops. Medium body, resinous hops, ample carbonation, finishes well balanced. I always love a well hopped red ale, so this is right down my alley. I'll buy this again periodically.

Feb 26, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great, interesting red, but it is not truly outstanding. I enjoy drinking this, but ...

It pours not nearly as red as many reds. There isn't much fizz. The aroma is a complex mix - plus a funky skunky that to me is one of the (unwanted) signatures of BrewDog, preceding their coming to the buckeye state.

The taste is also pretty complex - a mix of bitter plus sweet, with lots going on. The mouthfeel is about right, and does not linger beyond its welcome.

Recommended as a unique red.

Jan 07, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/6/17. CBF Tulip.

A: pours a dark amber, really red/burgundy with 1 finger of sandy beige head that fades quickly. Streams of visible carbonation. No lacing and lackluster retention.

S: has a very similar smell to the new generation of APAs: tropical, floral, resinous. What's different is a lightly toasted malt sweetness behind it. Similar to Ridge Trail or even as a way, way, way toned-down version of Alpha King. The can says berry and chocolate, and I do get those. Kind of red wine-like, to tell you the truth.

T: immediate hoppy arrival, followed by a light malty toastiness, then a floral note - almost soapy, but not quite.

M: lighter end of midweight, pretty high carbonation for the style, very, very clean finish.

O: I could drink this till the cows come home. Not as thick or as sweet as I might like my amber ales, this is perfect borderline beer - on the cusp between pale and amber. Too dark to be a pale ale, but kind of hoppy and refreshing to be an amber ale. I love it and plan on drinking lots more. I like Ridge Trail better, but get the feeling that will be harder to find.

Dec 30, 2017
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review: 330ml Bottle of BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint: ABV: 5%

This is what is said in their description of this beer

“5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many people’s eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back”
That’s a load of bollix, isn’t it!!

Comes in a typical BrewDog design. The label decked out in a strong red, with usual style of distinctive lettering and logo. I do like their labels and bottle layout, its eye catching and colourful.

On pour got a nice big decent sized frothy head, pouring a deep ruby reddish coloured beer, dark red/purple, Not much carbonation, very slight amount. Head dies a little but maintains throughout which is good. Some good lacing present. Looks ok, nothing special.

Loved the smell, a really nice aroma. Got a hint of fruit…..grapefruits and blackberries. Lovely,, lovely smell. Malty and fruity aromas but not overpowering, just right.

So what about the taste, any good?

Well certainly very hoppy and strong in taste, a lot of flavours on the old taste buds, but nothing that would be extraordinary

Very typical of the craft beer style beers, overloaded with hops. Also got a lot of the sweet malts.

Can taste the fruits, grapefruits and berries

Is a slow burner and was slowly getting to appreciate it in the end. It certainly is a very tasty beer and its ok if this is your kind of thing, but I like my traditional red ales, and I do drink them a lot when I’m home in the old country, but this is no where that level. Also nothing to compete with Sierra Nevada efforts. A tad bit disappointing truth be told considering how much hype surrounds their beers.

A bit of a dry bitter finish to the beer. Definitely wasn’t sessionable for me. Ok, if you like this sort of shite, I don’t!! Truth be told it is very bland and nothing new or exciting.

Jul 29, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a rustic dark red color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dies off at a decent pace. Moderate lacing. The aroma had some caramel/toffee malts up front with a touch of grassy to resinous bitter hoppiness. Touch of earthiness. Subtle chocolate. The flavor yields to the sweetness initially through the malts. Resin bitterness touches gracefully in the background. Slightly crisp malty to bitter hoppy aftertaste. Quick malty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate crisp carbonation feels it’s way out over my tongue. ABV feels appropriate. Overall, nicely done amber ale that I would have again.

Jun 11, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour at the taproom

It is a beautiful beer. A crystal clear, deep crimson red with a pillowing beige head that has incredible retention.

The aroma is a bit on the hoppier side. Some floral and grapefruit notes with some toffee and nutty aromas too. The malts are noticeable, but moreso in flavor where the bready toasted grains balance the hop profile a little. There is a nice rich toffee taste along with a little tea flavor.

Crisp body. Well carbonated. Very solid amber ale overall

May 08, 2017
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DJ-Hophead from England

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear dark amber with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Citrus at the front - grapefruit, light resin notes. Taste - Citrus as well, light malts, light resin in the middle leading to a light bitter finish. Solid enough but not a big hitter.

May 07, 2017
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Spike from England

2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 330ml bottle.

This is red, red, red. No copper, no burnt orange. The head recedes to an off-white cap but persists. Some lacing. Clear. Many individual streams of tiny bubbles.

A bit of sweet malt.

The label states "bitter sweet chaos". Some bitter, a little sweet, not much chaos. In truth, I would have preferred more chaos. Or more of anything really. This verging on bland.

Thin. Seems a little stale (despite 7 months of shelf life remaining).

Looks great. But everything was downhill after that. The marketing blurb states "berry and caramel riding alongside marmalade and chocolate - spice and toast jostle with lychee and biscuit". Hmm. Biscuit? Yes. Caramel? A little. The rest? Not so much. Brewdog guys totally focused now on marketing over brewing.

Mar 20, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy dark amber color, one finger off white head, superb lacing, plenty of carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hops, malts.

F: Easily drinkable, refreshing.

O: Decent beer but not a standout by any means.

Feb 05, 2017
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AleSan from Italy

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap last summer... Amber color with ruby light reflects, fine and medium clearly beige head... Aroma: grapefruit, caramel some pine's resins... Taste: resins, citrus, caramel, light red fruit, medium body, strong carbonation, nice balance between hops and malts...

Jan 08, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown with smallish head that leaves spotty lace. Nose is malty and marmalade, kind of earthy and herbal as well, but doesn't really pop from the hops like you'd hope. Taste is well rounded between malt and hops, although is a bit soft on the IBUs. Seems to alternate between malty and a pale ale between sips. Overall, a very likable and drinkable beer, but doesn't excite me.

Jan 07, 2017
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opieo from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful copper transparent color. Slight floral smell. Tastes like your basic pale ale. Expected a bit more flavor and complexity. I guess a IBU of around 50 to 60. A nice easy drinking brew with a meal or refreshing on a warm day.

Dec 27, 2016
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DypsoBubble from England

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste just like punk to me. Nothing new about this. Ok it is nice but so is punk. I'm starting to think that Brewdog are just a big bag of tartan flatus.

Dec 02, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours clear red/amber with thick golden head, good retention.
Smell - biscuity malts, american hops - citrus, pine, tropical fruits.
Taste - caramel malts, fruits and moderately bitter hops.
Light, well-balanced, vivid.

Oct 07, 2016
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daydesiang from Malaysia

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Smell fruity. Taste of some citrus and very little bitter. Medium to full bodied. Mix feeling about this however this is my first red ale, so maybe I don’t know wat to expect from it. Somehow refreshing.. Hmm maybe 3.5?

Sep 14, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer a great mix of an Irish red and an American amber. From the first you've got the sweet toffee and light roastiness. From the second you have the hoppiness mostly on the pine and on the citrus (white grapefruit). Very drinkable

Jun 12, 2016
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