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
For Trade:
0
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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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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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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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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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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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5AM Saint from BrewDog
3.84 out of 5 based on 836 ratings.
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