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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this Brew Dog staple from the 330 ml bottle into an English pub glass. I was greeted by a nice brick red hue, just short of brown, with around three fingers of tan head. Features a toasted caramel aroma with some citrus rind and hop spice apparent. Stated plainly, I was impressed by the flavor: Malt-forward but provides a decent flavor hops punch. I get raisin biscuits, faint molasses, and lightly toasted cereals providing the scaffolding, while tangerine rind and flesh, tobacco, floral pollen, black tea, pineapple, and maybe a hint of bramble fruit provide the decorations. Tasty. Smooth body is on the thin side perhaps but does coat the mouth a little, oily with a moderate soft carbonation. The fruity flavor notes develop nicely as the beer warms up. Finishes fairly crisp but does leave a malty echo and some earthy hops. One of the better red/amber ales I've tried in recent memory, clean crystal malt flavors and not cloyingly sweet, with a decent hop spice. I will be back.

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Photo of leaddog
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a copper red with a half finger of bubbly head.

Smell- citrus piney hops, caramel, dark fruits, bready malts.

Taste- Citrus piney hops upfront though not as intense as in the aroma. Balanced by the bready caramel malts. Finishes with the dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nicely balanced american amber ale. For my first crack at Brewdog, this is a pleasant introduction to their offerings.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in an tapered 8 oz glass.

A- Pours, as expected, a dark reddish amber color with an 1/8 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient drippy lacing.

S- Bold aroma of grassy hops and sugary cereal grain malt.

T- Grassy hop bitterness at first, then the sweet malt comes in and cuts it right in half and you're left with a biscuity aftertaste. Smooth but with lots of flavor.

M- Oily with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Drinkable, balanced, different. I really like it. The price may have been a bit steep for an 8 oz pour but I've come to expect that from BrewDog.

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Photo of kmw-swirl
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, brownish amber with minimal head.

Immediate aromas of pine, with underlying malt and notes of candied apricot. The aroma profile was more reminiscent of an IPA than I was expecting.

A balance of sweet malty caramel and citrusy tangerine notes, with a late nuttiness that developed more as the glass began to drain.

The mouthfeel was a bit narrow and seemingly over-influenced by the hops. The beer seemed to bite on the center of the tongue, and didn't develop fully throughout the mouth. Finished refreshing, with lingering bitters.

Overall a refreshing and pleasant experience from those Brewdog mad scientists.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Brownish red with 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel and biscuit.

Really clean caramel and biscuity malts with a touch of toast. Balanced notes of grapefruit juice and pine with just a hint of pineapple.

Medium bodied, juicy, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Extraordinarily balanced and never bitter. Very simple yet very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: muddy semi-translucent brown; no head; almost no lacing, just a few short thin runs
S: primarily pine/hops
T: pine, licorice, tar
M: thin, watery, well-carbonated
O: Claims to be an amber/red ale, but is really a watery IPA.

Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia MD

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Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 202, best before 26-08-14

Pours a very dark ruby red/copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, pillowy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks if soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, resinous hop aroma with subtle vinous fruit and a strong dark malt presence. Floral with grassy pine needle and spruce tip followed by prominent caramel malt, toffee, biscuit and subtle dark fruit.

Medium body with dry, earthy hop bitterness up front that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a dry finish. Aggressively hopped with spicy pine needle, soil-y grass and sticky, resinous oils followed by a very strong malt backbone. Slightly toasty with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, hazelnut and cocoa. Complex and well balanced with lots of flavor. It's kind of heavy so I don't think I could drink many of them in one sitting but they managed to pack a lot of flavor into a 5% "session" beer. I'll most likely be picking up more single bottles of this again, especially in the colder winter months.

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

A - Cristal-clear amber-brown with an inch of off-white head that fades to a nice ribbon. Thin lacing and little carbonation.

S - Floral hops with some toffee malts.

T - Mild hoppy grapefruit bitterness gracefully balanced by sweet toffee malts.

M - Mild to moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O - I have to say that I’ve yet to try a Scottish beer that has let me down, and this one is not the exception. This is one of those reds that tends towards a pale ale, but isn't quite as bitter, which is what I like about it. Very drinkable and makes for a nice session beer. Would have this one again.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass in front of Jing An Temple in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a murky brown with some carbonation that looks a bit like sediment. Head is light tan, foamy, and stays less than a minute.

S: Some sort of fruit, caramel malts and toast. Light butter character. Not much hop in here.

T: More like a brown ale. Light character. Toast but with a lightly bitter finish. Seems also a bit like a bitter. A good "one more beer" drink. Light but flavorful. Pleasant. Hard to place my finger on the character of this beer.

M: A bit thin

O: Hard to pin down. This is kind of all over the place. Not bad, especially in China, but not my first choice in other settings.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber reddish colour with a foamy white head.

The smell is sweet and malty.

The taste is sweet and malty upfront finishing bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A very good representation of the style, very tasty.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Hazy copper with yellow tints, off-white head that lasts, pretty tightly packed - not as much as a cream ale, but pretty close. A perfectly okay look, nothing extraordinary, but appetizing.

SMELL : This already gets more interesting. First nose is malt sharpened up by a surprisingly high amount of hop aromas. Second nose releases something more vegetal, with some shy notes reminding me of sauvignon blanc. Third nose definitely gets the malt going up and wild. The hops leave the foreground while still staying very present.

TASTE : Very sharp, very dry. The hops are all around the mouth with some big malt hitting through here and there. The herbal side of hops are definitely the foreground. Lingering taste of thin caramel malt. Firm fruity character backed up by barley sugar.

MOUTHFEEL : The sharpness of the hops give this beer the substance it needs - without the hops, it would've felt thin and watery. Carbonation is well balanced, though a bit too lively for my taste. A few swings around the glass and that's solved.

OVERALL : I'm glad I tried this beer. I had a full 24 bottle case ordered on private import and even though I enjoy it very much, I don't think I'd order another case. Don't think I'd have this beer in a bar either, unless it's the most interesting product. After 3-4 bottles spread over a few days, you've pretty much been around this beer through and through. Not the best BrewDog product I've had, though still a pretty good beer, worth trying.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I served this beer from the bottle in a pilsener glass.. Good rich foam, nice amber colour.

The smell is spicy with some notes of roasted barley and some sweet fruits in it. Good fresh smell, crisp and delightfull.

Great taste, smooth and totally not strong tastes of beer. Very rich of fine barley and fruitiness. Apricot, oranges with a touch of hot spices.

Another great creation from Scotland from BrewDog, the 5 A.M. Saint.

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Photo of dwren89
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: decent clarity, burnt amber color, very little head

Aroma: citrusy and grapefruit, with darker malt caramel and fruit notes

Taste: exploding with citrus hop flavor from the start, it slowly mellows to a caramelly and malty fruity flavor, butt finishes bitter with grapefruit and tart orange notes

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, slight bite

Overall impression: American style amber ale done by the Brits. Nice citrus flavors complemented by dark caramel and fruit malt flavors

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Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 22/04/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler. Notes: the front label writes “iconoclastic amber ale”, while the side label gives a long… essay (propaganda-style) on how the general public needs more educating about beers, blah blah blah, the UK beer scene is sick and they’re the doctor…??!! Seriously?

A: pours a clear, dark chestnut brown colour, coming with a thick layer of beige creamy head and moderate flows of carbonation.
S: almost like an ultra-aromatic Premium Bitter, the hoppy Altos sing in front of the deeper toffee-ish Baritones as of caramel-, crystal-, and/or roast-malts, giving a richly fruity and floral performance full of rose petals, longan-fruits, sweet citrus, jammy dark berries/raisins, and sweetened black tea. Weighty and creamy at the same time.
T: lively but not too fizzy, the creamy foretaste is immediately bready+roast-malty, citric-peel-ish, and dark-fruity, with plentiful aromatic notes of toasted nuts, raisins, deepening tannic sprigy and herbal bitterness as of roast malts plus mixed hops, and milder undertones of lightly smoked dark tea. Moderately dry-ish in the finish, where a lively flow of acidity reaches a harmony with the wonderfully attenuated sweetness and bitterness.
M&O: softly carbonated, medium bodied, yet tasting surprisingly light on the palate, this is a balanced, deliciously hoppy and also complex-malty brew very much my choice for a session beer, packing so much good stuff at 5%abv. Recommended (i.e. the beer itself, NOT the manifesto on the beer label…!).

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

A - Honey color,medium carbonation,excellent thin brown foam.
S - Honey,blueberries,fruits,herbs, fresh hops.
T - Nice bitterness from hops,sweet from honey and fruity.

O - This is how we like it! Unusual taste,but this is way Brewdog is one of the best!

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Photo of brureview
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in pint glass. Cola color with a 2 finger head.

The aroma was hoppy and malty, but neither was prominent.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The taste was too bitter, and lack a hoppy or malty presence.

This seems like an imbalanced Amber ale, on the strange side. Usually an amber ale has a distinct finish- but this beer is unlike others in the style. Too bitter, and lacking other taste and aroma elements usually in an American amber ale.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, pretty funky label too.

Appearance: clear, slightly orange amber in colour with a thick head that drops to rocky off-white.

Aroma: a fair ol' whack of herbal and grass hops, with bread malt backing. Interesting aroma, to say the least.

Taste: the taste follows the aroma, but in a muted fashion. A little disappointing on the taste, actually.

Aftertaste: dissipates rapidly, leaving only a slight taste of the herbal hops.

Mouth feel: a smooth, medium body with a low-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: a somewhat disappointing offering from Brewdog. Most of their beers are at least quite interesting - this one doesn't stand up. If the taste followed the nose verbatim, it would have turned out better. Not a bad beer, but not interesting enough to justify the asking price.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle (batch 023), dated best by 22 Jan. 2013. (revised with fresh sample from the Aberdeen, Scotland brewpub.)
Beer is hazy, dark, orange-brown with a moderate head that soon reduces to a durable ring. VERY hoppy aroma for style; more like an IPA or APA ... really. The hops remain in the flavor but in a very subdued and mild form. It seems like I’m drinking a different beer than the one I am smelling. Nice. Beer is just a bit shy of medium bodied and has appropriate medium carbonation, lending a crisp feel.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it fresh on tap in one of the Brewdog bars. Poured a dark amber color with a thin head with short retention.
It had a nice and strong hoppy aroma, resin, perfume and fruity with mangos and passion fruit.
Caramel and biscuit taste with a very, very hoppy flavor, resin like. Dominance of hops over malt.
Bitter and dry aftertaste. And with a medium body and light carbonation.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours thick and cloudy, dark ruby red in color with one finger of light brown head that clings to the glass.

S: Heavy scent of dark cherries and raisins. Malty, hints of chocolate and caramel in there as well.

T: Up front with heavy malt and dried fruit flavors. Followed quickly by toasted grain and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Some hop balance there as well with underlying tones of grass and earthiness.

M: Lighter than you would think. Slick and finishes clean.

O: Very interesting and different than most amber ales that I have experienced. This one does a good job of delivering heavy hitting (and unique) flavor while maintaining lightness and drinkability.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, citrus hops, sweet malt, wet hop, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is very sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of hops, slight grass, slight wet hop, and sweet malt. Overall, decent aroma and blend.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of deep reddish, orange. It holds a two and a half finger head of a creamy, cakey off-white bubbles. Retention is superior, with eventual sticky, patterned lacing left all down the glass. There is no haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appears light, but bubbles cling to the walls of the glass, submerged in beer. The malts are deep, sweet with caramel, and slightly roasted in the nose. There is a soy sauce saltiness and an herbal quality to back this up. There is a “roasted beef stew with gravy” quality to it, with light metallics from the yeast with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is a bit metallic, and sometimes on the thin side, but relatively robust in flavoring. As we sip, herbal hops, pale and caramel malts, and bready yeastiness start things off. The salty and gravy qualities add in here to the peak, which gives more washed grain, and light sweetness of toffee and caramel. The finish comes with toasted malts, light rye grain spiciness, dilly hops, lemon rind bitterness, and more of those paler malts. The aftertaste breathes of tin, faint plastic phenols, light booze, chalky grain, pumpernickel bread, and distant mint bitterness. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium. There is decent slurp, smack, and cream to each sip, but it is not truly satisfying. The mouth is left slightly puckered with a cooling, metallic bite, but little astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is even.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. The head was glorious, and even now, at the bottom of the glass, it still remains. This added nicely to a mouthfeel that was otherwise on the watery and weak side. While BrewDog certainly hit what they were going for here, with a no-nonsense red ale, the flavors were a bit muted and seemingly underdeveloped, making us want to reach for something else next.

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

There's been a lot of Brewdog hitting my market recently, guess the distributor is pushing them. This isn't nearly as fresh as the sub-one month old Hardcore I had the other day, but less than 3 months isn't that bad. It pours out a hazy deep red color with a finger of off-white head. The aroma is very nice, it's got earthy hops over a solid caramel malt. On the tongue, this unfolds as an aggressive ale. It comes on strong with citrus hops and sweet caramel malts that have just a touch of a roasty flavor. More pine and earthy hop flavors make themselves known on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and thirst-quenching. Overall, this is a great ale. It's not a mind-blower, but I'll pick this up next time I see it fresh for sure. Just a solid, aggressive beer.

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