5AM Saint | BrewDog

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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

Added by PartyBear on 01-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
836
Reviews:
266
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
190
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0
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Ratings: 836 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with malt and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a much better smell over taste in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a good looking amber color with a pretty good head on top. The lacing was there but nothing too sticky. The smell of the beer had a nice caramel sweetness on the nose and just a bit of hops in there too, The taste was mostly on the malty side with just a bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel had some good drinkablity to it. I found this beer to be a good one for a social event or something like that. Straight forward brew worthy of a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high beige head that quickly died down but left a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and citrusy hops. There are also notes of sweetness and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Grapefruit flavors linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There are lots of hops in this beer, but they are not overpowering in bitterness because they are well balanced by the underlying malts. This is an easy drinking beer that packs in a lot of flavor.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerfully red but drinkably bright, Brewdog's "Red Ale" acutely captures the essence of the British Isles with its deeply toffen taste along with their brash American influence with a heavy hand of pine.

Rusty-red in its pour, the ale soon layers with a bronze and maroon saturation in body, but a sepia stain in its heady hues. Blanketing the surface with ease, the froth creeps up the glass with a scattering of fingerling lace.

Its sharp and toasted scent kicks off with the heavy aroma of American hops- citrus rind, muddled pine needles and a sappy nose opens the olfactories while a savory undertow of toasted bread, toasted pecan, peanut brittle and maple ground the hops and offer up a savory character that's certain to open up in taste.

And that taste is laden with deeply caramelized flavors- everything from "Cracker Jacks" candy to honey-crusted almonds, burnt toffee and straight-up bread toast all lay on the early palate with a robust sweetness. Its middle waivers just a little in order to offer a hoppy balance that's greeted with white grapefruit and bitter orange peel that trend even more bitter, resinous and decidedly piney in the ales closure.

Its creamy-dry body shows richness early. But after a proper and sweet introduction, the ale shifts gears and trends drying, toasty, and deeply resinous as the sweetness fades, the carbonation recedes and its honeycomb malt structure is left to dry with alcohol warmth and the woodsiness of saw dust.

Where classic Irish Red Ales might approach this measure of savory caramelization and toast; and where American Ambers might attempt such hoppiness- never have both been captured in the same glass... until now. Great job Brewdog! Great job!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -33.1%
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 brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head; great stickage and clumps of lace

Smell: The hint of caramel malt serves as a nice platform for overwhelming hop aroma and serves notice that this is not your father's amber; the hops are a delight - grapefruit pith, pineapple and a touch of strawberry

Taste: Clean malts, up front, set the stage for the elements of grapefruit pith, lychee and white wine grapes that emerge by mid-palate; an additional hint of toffee malt appears just after the swallow but while this beer may look like an amber, it tastes like an IPA; on the finish, the hint of toffee returns like a lagniappe

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Not being a fan of ambers, I was glad that this is nothing like any amber I have encountered before; don't let the style put you off - this is well worth seeking out

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt notes with some light floral citrus notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some light caramel malt notes with some notes of light citrus hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but more bland then what I was expecting considering the brewer isn’t the most conventional one.

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Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber with some copper highlights. Nice tan head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down. Smells immediately of hops; definitely some pine and resin. Taste is quite a bit maltier with some dry amber malt going throughout. Mouthfeel is light to medium--definitely toward the hoppy-amber end of the spectrum. Drinkability is nice. Flavorful but not at all overpowering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of brownish-white foam on top of a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace. Not a pretty beer.

S - Spicy, musty hop aromas with some caramel and toffee in the background. Notes of grapefruit, pine, and sweaty-pungent hops.

T - Surprisingly light toffee and toasted malt notes up front. Some light pine hop flavor comes out in the middle. The beer finishes with a balanced toasted gain character and moderate to light bitterness. Some grapefruit hop notes swell on the palate in the aftertaste along with a light tobacco malt flavor.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well, this is something new. The hop aroma is that of a much bigger beer; not surprising considering the brewery. What is surprising is how light and restrained the flavor is. It is kind of like a magic trick; it smells like a high abv west coast red ale and it tastes like the restrained, 5% amber that it is. Some of the grapefruit hop character comes back in the aftertaste, but it is only a shadow of what is present in the aroma. This bait and switch of hop character is somewhat jarring at first, but it actually works in a way because it allows the drinker to enjoy some intense, juicy hop aromas (with appropriate levels of malt to back them up) while leaving the flavor and alcoholic impact of a beer with sessionable alcohol content (by American standards, at least). In the end, this actually works pretty well for me, I can honestly say I could drink a few of these, and I wouldn't even feel that bad about it the next day!

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