5AM Saint | BrewDog

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5AM Saint5AM Saint

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Scotland, United Kingdom

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

Added by PartyBear on 01-03-2010

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 831
Photo of Spike
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. Dark amber is what it is. 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 totally focused now on volume over quality.

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Photo of rex_4539
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.

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Photo of AleSan
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...

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Photo of captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of opieo
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.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
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.

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Photo of daydesiang
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?

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Photo of Bruno74200
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

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a nice orange/red brown with an ok head which lasted a while and left a film. Lots of lacing.

Nose is very malty with a biscuity/roasted aroma coming through the hops - very nice.

Palate is also very malty with a perfectly balanced bitterness. Mouth feel is medium and perfect for the style.

Another great beer from Brew Dog - say what you like about these guys but this is another winner from them. The second one I tried today and it's great.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having this Scottish IPA tonight, bitter sweet chaos as read the bottles label. True! It's pretty good and enjoyable. Taste mostly berries, so the combination bitter/sweet. Cheers

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Photo of JoeBowles
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been my favorite beer ever since I tried is years ago, nothing in it's field has beat it yet. Bitter yet still light. no over powering aspects. It's a red ale I'vé managed to convert many non likers of the style to!

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

Cherry red colour with a decent head of beige foam. A full nose of fruity aroma hops with notes of strawberry, tangerine and lychee. Taste is also very full of fruity flavours, together with a typical amber beer malt profile. A very rich taste for a beer with only 5.0 abv, nice. The insane amount of hop used here does some damage to the balance though. Mouth feel is a bit watery, but also very refreshing.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure red with a half-finger beige head that has very low retention.
S: The aroma is great with hints of strawberry and redberries. Looking very good.
T: The taste is purely redberries with some hoppy profile and a bit of alcohol. Actually, I was not expecting to find alcohol in here which is kinda disappointing but everything else is acceptable.
M: The carbonation is very good and the smoothness of the beer feels very interesting indeed.
O: This might be the best fruit beer I've had. It's more conventional in the way of having red fruits but it's indeed great.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coppery orange colour with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly. The nose leads with sweet malt, caramel and citrus hop finish. The taste has much of the same but with a more piney note and earthy bitterness. The carbonation is quite active and slightly overpowering. The taste started off balanced but then the bitterness took over. Would have been a better beer had the maltiness lasted a bit longer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Upfront coffee and cream with a strong,piney hop bitterniss
-caramel and juniper berries
-well carbonated
Finish is bitter and fairly thin.
Good Red Ale

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Photo of aleigator
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Medium, foamy beige head with an amber, cherry color. Surprisingly intense hoppy aromas, containing orange, peach, apricot, hints of fig and malt undertones. Very refreshing, bitter, fruity hops from the beginning, going along with a high, metallic carbonation. Malt plays only a secondary role, aggressive, edgy hops define this ale. Nevertheless the malts belt both, hop and flashy carbonation, together. The end is a bit too watery, with no bitter-, nor fruitiness left, just the metallic taste of the carbonation is still on the palate. A light-bodied beer with a chewy, sparkling mouthfeel, and just a short moment, of warm, earthy amber ale feeling, after the first impression is settled. This adds a pleasant complexity to the beer and lets it stand out from a usual IPA.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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 PorterPro125
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 janubio
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red colour with a off white head that does not hold, leaving some lace. Aroma of tropical fruits, dark fruits and chocolate. MEdium to light body, rough palate, fizzy carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, malts, caramel, bit thin.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear red color, almost crimson, with little head. Aroma smacks of malt, a little citrus, and sweetness. Taste features a lot of sweet, caramel malt, some citrus fruit, and a nice crisp bitterness. Wish the hops would shine through more as the sweet malt is a bit overpowering. Overall, nice beer for a summer evening manning the grill.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice colour of red, Beige head.
Distinct smell of lemon peel.
Taste is well balanced. Bittersweet, with a hint of tartness.
Very smooth and easy down.
Defenately an enjoyable drink. Light and crisp.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber red, with low clarity. 1 finger head with some nice retention and lacing

S - Strong citrus notes, hoppy, sweet

T - Citrus, berries, well balanced. Not too sweet. Perfect "light" red ale. Hopped up enough to taste excellent.

F - Well carbonated, oily and slick

O - Considering I don't like Amber Ale's, but love this hoppy red. Well done!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red appearance with a white head. Fruity aroma. Sweet hopy taste with berries, malt and caramel notes. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear garnet colour. Smells like sweet malts and cascade hops with citrus notes. Tastes like it smells. A bit malty with citrus hops notes and a subtle bitterness that lingers.

Would I but it again? Sure.

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