Five AM | BrewDog

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Five AMFive AM

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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

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

Beer of a dark red/copper color and an ok beige foam.
Hoppy aroma in the head, full of caramel and malty notesin the smell and in the taste.
Beer is balanced, but I thought it would be more bitter. Maltiness fills the mouth but body is also somewhat light nevertheless.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nutty with a tinge of maple this leads one down a path of traditional Irish Reds. Some tea leaf, biscuit, light barley, grain, toast and pecan it ends with a dry, hoppy bitter pine.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some place between average and better than average. It is labeled as bittersweet and it is indeed but I'm not such a fan of the bitter in general.

If bittersweet is your thing I would think this would get an all round 4 or 4.5.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse brewing co pint glass

A: Pours beautiful slightly hazy deep reddish amber with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Fruity, floral, light citrus, some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Light citrus hops, some fruity maybe even berry notes, a little pine, backed with bready and toffee malt sweetness,

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not as hoppy as I was expecting, but not bad.

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a sniffer, oneif my favorure red ales. Notes of carmel, malty sugar, toffee, and fruitless are tasted. There is crisp slightly bitter aftertaste that balances this beer out excellently. Had this beer after about two years of aging as well as new. Both tasted great with the aged one being more malty as expected.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as a integral part of a mix and match six pack. Very intrigued, since the brewery is in Scotland and I like all things Scottish. Not a huge red ale fan, but we will see. Side poured with standard aggression from the bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, beautiful amber color with a small, half finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Very impressive appearance.

Smell - Malts, hops, pine resin, fruity beer amazng-ness. This thing has a Xbawks Hueg nose to it! Best part of the beer, closely edges out the taste.

Taste - This is truly an excellent beer. One of the better reds I have ever had before. Rich sweet malts, caramel, wicked balance with the hops and bitterness. Piney, woody, earthy, delicious.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth and refreshing. A great finish to an excellent beer.

Overall - This is an excellent beer. A very pleasant surprise from a previously unknown brewery in a beer style that I typically don't prefer. All the more surprising given all of that. Condor recommended and approved, you gotta check this beer out!

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Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balance is the keyword here; Case in point: The gorgeous caramel, tropical fruit, pine and nutty aromatics interplay - on both nose and mouth - is exceptionally well done. The palate is smooth with a tepid but delightful sweet-ish finish.

One of the finer Amber Ales I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of interzen
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Pours a coppery red with a thinnish pale brown/beige head. Not much in the way of head retention.

Smell: Wow! This one's a bit different - there's definitely a floral vibe to this one, with hints of citrus and a large dose of pine resin. Extremely 'fresh' smelling and definitely different.

Taste: Bitter hops up front with a caramel-ish aftertaste. The hints of pine resin are definitely noticeable too. Given how nice it smells, the taste is a bit of a comedown.

Feel: A bit anaemic for what is ostensibly a dark ale - quite fizzy, too, despite the lack of head retention. Disappointing.

Overall: Brewdog have managed to get themselves a reputation for being 'edgy' (or, as some would have it, 'full of shit' - I have no firm feelings either way) but despite this their beers tend to be well regarded. 5am Saint manages to be neither bad nor good, merely ... average; it doesn't do a lot for me, at least out of the bottle. Maybe it's better on tap - hopefully I'll find out when I visit the Brewdog pub in Leeds early next year.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%

Drinking this on 11-1-14 but has a best buy date on bottle of 8-4-14. Tastes slightly stale, but otherwise drinkable and ok. Sorry my local bottle shops stink with freshness issues on shelves.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Deep amber even leaning towards reddish with deep head of off white foam that is long lived and leaves some pretty decent lace. There is also a good amount of busy CO2 activity in the glass.

Smell – Very leafy aroma of coriander mint and some fruit salad. There is also floral notes in here and heavy pine notes of American hops.

Taste – The taste follows the nose pretty well. Great minty and herbal hops, rich sweet malted grains with caramel flavour and a final deep hoppy flourish at the finish that like the smell is very pinney.

Mouthfeel – A little Cloying in the finish but very smooth and creamy at the front. Mild body.

Overall – A very good red ale that is very easy going down and has a decent finish. Like all of BrewDog's I have had this one has very heavy pine hops. The hops are nice but to be honest it tends to make all their beers taste very similar

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazed deep ruddy amber with a light tan head that doesn't last long but leaves a small amount of soapy lacing. The aroma is a mild blend of grain, fruit, and earthy hops. The taste is a little more robust, but follows in suit. The body has a pleasant thickness to it and and a good smooth finish. A tasty red ale.

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass Aroma- Has a sugary smell with some citrus Appearance- This is a cloudy amber beer with a thick tannish colored head. Taste- Has a hoppy citrus flavor Palate-. Medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste bite. Overall- Not a bad American Amber/Red Ale, I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BrewDog is brewing 1000% as far as I am concerned. Red Tail (Mendicino) was my first craft back in the early 90s and this beer out performs my fond memory of that beer.
Burnt orange mahogany, khaki head. A bit of lace.
S: Real beer pungency. Massive nose, with dark malts, hops, balance, and a late night, beer hall, deep dark wood finish.
T: Follows smell, and builds with more complex hops flavors. Bitter and dark, and wine like.
MF: Just right. Classic EURO feel. Like beer used to taste in Germany, British Isles, and Ireland.
A must try.

Core offering. Love the red hoppy style.

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Photo of PhigNewtenz
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at a hotel bar in Sweden on 6/19/14. The best by date was 6/19/14 (perfect timing, right? wrong). Dense, opaque amber appeareneceand a medium-dark head. Head didn't last long. Taste was good for an amber, but not remarkable. An enjoyable beer that was unfortunately past it's prime. I'd recommend trying 5 A.M. Saint if you can find it fresh or on tap.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this strange looking beer that I could not figure out who brewed, Anchor or Brewdog? I guess nobody wants to claim it. The beer poured a dark amber beer with a tan head that lasted all of a minute. The beer is a hop bomb so I did not like it. It also tasted like grass to me. I will not buy again but if you like grassy beer go for it.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Given to me as a Christmas present - many thanks! As this is Brewdog, I'm expecting a red ale with some extra hops....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of abundant hops with hints of pine, orange peel, subtle grapefruit, citrus, caramel malt, stewed hops and earthy yeast. Good stuff.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, peel, citrus, caramel malt, subtle yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body. Quite astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine, bitter stewed hops and mild caramel malt.

Tasty - another satisfying brew from the punk brewers. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are a showcase for American hops and the malt stays firmly in the back seat. Body is OK but could be a shade thicker. Goes down a treat; would make a great fridge beer to keep around. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a mountainous khaki head that recedes rather slowly.

S: Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, grass, bitter herbs, blood orange, lemon, lime, and kumquats fill the nose.

T: Notes of blood orange, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit pith, grass, bitter herbs, spruce, brown sugar, biscuit, and caramel coat the palate. The finish delivers a sharp contrast between bitter citrus and sweet, rich caramel malt flavors with a hint of a metallic tang.

M: On the lighter side of medium and slick. Carbonation is a little too intense and prickly for my liking.

O: For me, the best American amber/red ales deliver an initial separation of bitter hops and sweet malts before presenting something of an integration of flavors on the finish. With this beer, however, once the flavors separate (and they do so immediately), they never come together. This gives the beer a crude, rough feel and makes it seem a bit sloppy, unrefined, and simplistic. Couple this lack of depth, subtlety, and complexity with a thinner-than-average mouthfeel, and one is left with a beer that is less an American amber/red ale and more of a thin, low-strength IPA. All the aromas and flavors one would expect to find in a beer of this style are here in one form or another, but the package, as a whole, never really comes together.

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

Copper red. Nice frothy head.
Citrus fruit and freshly mown grass.
Taste reflects the aroma with a bit of earthiness. Mild bitter-sweet flavour.
Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into 330ml goblet

A - A dark ruby colour with a tan coloured head. Leaves dotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin cap.

S - Caramel, burnt sugar, piny hops some citrus. Very inviting

T - starts with sweet malt with caramel, piny hops with some citrus. Finishes with a burnt sugar bitterness with more citrus lingering on the tongue

M - very smooth with light carbonation. Finishes medium sweet.

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

BrewDog 5 am Saint has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a very hazy, rust red/brown appearance, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, tea-like malt, hop oil, and a bit of citrus. Taste is of those elements, with an overriding tannic character, bread crust, and a pleasant and noticeable, but not harsh, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and BrewDog 5 am Saint finishes semi-dry and easy going.


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Photo of schavuytje
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an amber ale with red tinted zeepig foam suit smelling grapefruit pineapple caramel malt toffee and candied nuts than I taste grapefruit and tropical fruit soft caramel malt flavor and character hopblad

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Photo of Brewhemoth
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a clear dark amber, with a bubbly beige head. The head dissipates reasonably fast, leaving a thick ring around the glass.
S: Cereal grains with some caramel, light nuttiness and a bit of toast/roast. Black licorice. A little bit of dark fruitiness in the background as well.
T: Malty. Definitely some biscuit, also a fair amount of toast/light roast. A bit of caramel. Good aftertaste of biscuit and cereal malts.
M: Feels thin at first, but coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation is good for style, maybe on the high side.

Overall: great beer, always a joy to drink.

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