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5AM Saint | BrewDog

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3.83/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,304
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
883
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
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Ratings: 883 |  Reviews: 278
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to my friend Chris for including this in his Tactical Nuclear Penguin tasting this evening. The typical BrewDog label hubris continues to amuse me.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, though densely foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves a decent swath of layered aging cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of a muddled grapefruit, blood orange, and pineapple fruitiness, caramel malt, a bit of treacly toffee, a mild sugary nuttiness, and further floral, wet leafy hops. The taste is more understated grapefruit and obscured tropical fruit sassiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt, a touch of overripe lemon, and fading earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and almost lazy - if I must say more about it - the body on the low side of medium weight, adequately smooth, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness contending with a diminishing hop bitterness.

A front-loaded PACNW-friendly dose of hops, but one which unfortunately peters out towards the end. Overall, another confusing, if still quite tasty ale from this wannabe sexy brewery. The funny thing is, I'll be up until around 5 a.m. tomorrow morning (by design!) for a software implementation at work - would that I could enjoy a few of these during that time, for their 'iconoclastic' support, at the very least.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second experience with what has certainly come to be a favorite brewery of mine. This is a red ale turned up to 11. It manages to be quite hoppy while at the same time keeping a strong malt flavor as well. It pairs excellently with the assortment of meats and cheeses available as part of the tasty pseudo-ploughman's lunch platter available at their Edinburgh location as well as with their punk IPA (I had both on tap that day for the first time and definitely not the last as rumor has it that they are opening several locations on this side of the pond next year). Altogether an excellent beer which I will be regularly buying in bottled form until such time as I can find it on tap again either in Scotland or the States.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber color forming a medium bubbled beige head. Good retention and some lingering thin lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a delicious grassy, flowery and a bit pinny American style hops. A bit fruity and some notes of caramel

T: Slight sweet upfront. Caramel malts, toffee followed by a mild hoppy bitterness. Again, very flowery, grassy and pinny. Yeasts are also American style, I would dare to say that they've used US-05 American Yeasts

M: Light body and good carbonation. Aftertaste is a mix of caramel malts and grassy hops

O: Great drinkability. Lovely American Pale Ale style made in Scotland! Hooray for Brewdog

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Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This came out a good-looking brown with orangish hues and a very nice, full fluffy head that left good lacing.

Smell - The malts are heavily-toasted and a bit stale. There's some light raw sugar in there and maybe some orange rind but really the nose is rather clumsy. The hops are leafy but very stiff and I'm also getting some kind of biscuit. This one is hard to classify but there's definitely something a bit off here.

Taste - The beer loses most of its structure at the taste. I still get the toastiness but it is shallow and lacks any real bready punch. The sugars come off as stale and artificial and the only thing left from the hop aroma is a kind of annoying leafy taste.

Mouthfeel - When I think of this style I expect a big mouthfeel and this one just didn't pull it off. It is thin, I wouldn't even call it medium-bodied, with little fizzy carbonation and an annoying bitter finish. I enjoy a big bitter bite so am not averse to the characteristic but here it just fell flat in the cheeks.

Drinkability - I liked smelling this enough before each sip to finish the bottle but this is a clumsy, confusing beer that I won't buy again.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

comes out a nice lighter brown with a twinge of orange in there. big billowy head thats off white sticks majestically and laces all the way down. oily resiny hops seem to await based on the nose of this thing. a grain malt backbone is suggested by the nose. very inviting. crackers and sweet malts give way to a nice hop finish thats not overbearing but has a good umpfh to it. the hop bitterness definitely sticks with the back of your mouth for a good bit after you swallow. carbonation is moderate in this medium bodied brew. this is overall a damn fine hop focused amber ale. glad i picked it up.

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Photo of Rohkey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy reddish copper color with a moderate amount of activity. Light creamy half a finger head, lasting around 5 to 10 minutes, with average legs. Flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted sweet grains, caramel, butterscotch, tropical fruits, faint molasses, and herbal spices. Bready with a faint grassiness. Slick medium body with almost perfect crispy carbonation. Light to medium finish that lingers with burnt caramel sweetness, faint ginger and a grassy end. Lots of sweetness but with a nice bitter sharpness that makes it very fresh. A complex mix of malty, grassy, and roasted flavors that is simply delicious and highly accessible. Overall I find this one of the best BrewDog craft. You could almost drink this in the morning...like I did.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, and is quite perfumy and peppery (white pepper). The beer smells as if it will be pretty dry, and while the beer is hardly what I would call sweet on the palate, there's more of a malt presence than I was expecting. So along with the noticeable hoppy bitterness, there's a touch of butterscotch and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly light and even a bit thin, though this beer doesn't lack for flavor. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but there's no denying that this is a well made, well crafted beer from Brewdog.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on September 17th, 2010. Pours a dark, clear amber with a three finger head that retains for two and a half minutes. Some cream in the moderately thick head. Looks mildly inviting.

Smell: A strong berry, fruity smell. Maybe raspberry? Hard to detect individual flavours, indicative of good balance. Definitely ester.

Taste: Two notes of compatible berry flavours, followed by a lackluster finish. There is a rather nice sweet berry undertone that holds throughout, which is the best part of this beer. Up to the finish, the beer is built fairly well but the finish destroys the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Awkward movement from wet in the body to dry on the finish, neither of which is refreshing. The cream of the head never comes through, which is disappointing.

Drinkability: This is an ambitious amber ale, but its biggest failing is the dry, contrasting mouthfeel of the finish.

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Photo of Hultkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

--Oscar Wilde

Burnt orange that has a candy apple red influence when backlit with 6 A.M. sunshine. The pour produced half a glass of orangish ecru froth that looks outstanding, both initially and as it melts. Since a lovely array of lace is starting to stick, the big score will be granted.

The nose is impressively pungent and smells like a highly-hopped American-style red ale should smell. Moderately dark malts and citrusy hops provide a balanced and appealing experience. Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops are used for flavor and bittering, while dry-hopping is handled by Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin. Whew.

5 A.M. Saint tastes like it smells, which is definitely a good thing. It seems that this beer's success will depend on BrewDog's ability to get it to the states in good, still hoppy shape. A 'best by' date of 1/19/11 (on this bottle at least) is probably too optimistic.

The malt backbone is considerable for a 5.0% ale and the 'caramel on toasted bread' flavor provided by those malts is right where it should be for the style. Plenty of hop flavor is available, especially given 'only' 25 IBUs. This really is well-brewed beer that tastes like it was created in California rather than Scotland. I'm guessing that was the idea.

The mouthfeel is on the big and plush side for the ABV and gains quite a bit of smooth creaminess as the ounces pass. No complaints about the carbonation either.

It looks like the boys at BrewDog have designated 5 A.M. Saint 'iconoclastic amber ale' as one of their core offerings and have dedicated themselves to making it available in all of their markets all the time. Bully for them because this is good beer that is impressively drinkable.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very burnt orange copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of silky lacing. Smells of grapefruit/citrus hops with a ton of pine notes. Tastes of piny hops, toasted bread, caramel malts, with some grapefruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

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Photo of instinct2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery. Pours mahogoney coloured body with generous bubbly head bubble. Some lace in glass. Medium moutheel. Taste is very much like a harvest ipa.Good session beer, though nothing exceptional.Grapefruit, pine, strawberry.Piney arom.

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Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gnikola
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Fabianno
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bark
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is dark amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head is airy and beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is rich and hoppy. Resin, sour citric fruits, caramel and exotic fruits like pineapple and apricots. Robust bitterness with some unclean notes of dried flowers and detergents. Some alcohol.

The taste got notes of hay, old flowers and American hops. Golden syrup and overripe fruits. Quite a lot of bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, fermenting hay/grass and citric flavouring. Sour fruit drops in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-dry.

I have tried this one before, but always as a part of a BrewDog tasting. At those times, it was always the least favoured beer. When I now drink it on its own, I still think it is an odd beer with notes of dusty malts and rotten grass.

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Photo of fostachild
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best before: 05-08-12

pours a clear dark copper/amber colour. inch of off-white head, nice lacing afterwards.

smell had nice bitter hops, sweet malts, caramel.

taste - sweet malts, good amount of hopiness with caramel and a nice bitterness. really well balanced and great drinkability.

overall probably one of the better red ales i've had. i found it followed the style really well and enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Beautiful Reddish Amber colour topped by an off-white head that doesn't stick around long. A light coating of lacing clings to the glassware.

S- Sweet Malt and a citrus hoppiness.

T- Bitter citrus paired well with a sweet berry note.

M- Medium-Light body and Moderate carbonation. Top notch drinkability.

O- An incredibly well balanced, beautifully crafted Red Ale. Easily my new favourite in the "American Amber/ Red Ale" Style!

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Photo of kamilgracki
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch: 202 Best Before: 26-08-14

Unclear cranberry color topped with a frothy, bubbly, milky looking head. Aroma is hoppy, yet with a nice malty balance. Pungent pine, citrus, pineapple, berries, stone fruit, and herbs alongside caramel and chocolate malt. Dank, resinous flavor upfront transitioning to some dry, nutty malts. Pine, grapefruit, berries, and a Nelson Sauvin-like fruity oiliness. Very nice malty balance without becoming sticky sweet. Slightly creamy, fairly low carbonation, a little dryness...very easy to drink. Well done! I haven't had much from BrewDog, maybe that needs to change.

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