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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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Ratings: 857 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft. Beer is clear and reddish with a broken head of medium bubbles with no lacing and low carbonation. Looks interesting.

Aroma is sweet and pretty hoppy, earthy with some sulfur in there.

Beer is medium bodied and kind of apple-y. Earthy, sulfury finish with a clean back palate with some moderate bitterness. No aftertaste, does not finish dry. Overall pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into an oversize red wine glass

A - Warm copper color, with an off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Head leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S - Rich maple/caramel tones with some hops in the background, there is a good tone of malt mixed into the maple and hops. The hop adds a pine smell to the bouquet that is exceptional.

T - Nice roasted flavor that isn't overpower, but also helps expose the flavors of the beer. A good citrus flavor that balances with the malts, the hops help to add a dominate bitterness to the beer. It's very complex but also very easy on the pallet. Bitterness tones down as the beer warms and adds a good balance to the malts.

M - Smooth, not to thick or thin, but a good crisp freshness that is refreshing. The carbonation helps and adds to the smoothness of the beer.

D - Drinks like a blend of an IPA and an Amber, maybe better yet an Imperial Amber (it that is possible). Ideal to drink 2 , 1 just isn't enough for the pallet, it needs the 2nd to truly invigorate the senses.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a coppery-amber with a 2 finger, foamy buff colored head that was well lasting. A medium effervesce of perhaps a dozen or so jet streams composed of microbubbles rise steadfast. The lacing was composed of spongey patches.

S: A malty depth is first appreciated, filled with dry toasty grains complimented by dry pine and underbrush. The strength is medium, but continues to trail off quickly thereafter. A quick swirl revealed dried grapefruit peels but not for long.

T: Spritzy in nature from the carbonation with a malt dominate presence. Dry toasted munich malt with a dry hopping of pine and grapefruit. The front is loaded with a malty dry character while the backend showcases an anbundance of dry citrus hops. Overall a nice balance of flavor and transition.

M: Strong spritzy like carbonation with a creamy and malty fullness. Edgy with a playful tingle followed by a dry hopping that parches the tongue upon the swallow leaving a residual coating.

D: A real malt bomb but still manages to go down nicely for fans of big ambers. I could easily go for 2-3 of these. A solid example that was very good.

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Photo of dgilks
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially I got some good NZ hop character which disappeared quickly. Moderate toffee malt character. Moderate cardboard.

Clear, deep copper colour with a small but very creamy tan head.

Big, resinous hop character with a solid backing of biscuity malt. Moderately strong bitterness. Tasty.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation.

A tasty, amber ale with lots going on. Enough here to make me drink more than one.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 01/18/11) poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Dark amber-red - clear, with plenty of bubbles coming up. Light tan 1/8: persistent head - with huge amounts of lacing all over the glass. Very persistent lacing as well.

Smell: When first poured - nothing but floral hops. As it warms up, the hops mellow out and I found grapefruit and piney hop smells. Towards the end of the inhale I get some sweetness - brown sugar-like.

Taste: This beer is nothing but a bitterness wallop when drank cold - definitely let it warm up and it becomes so much better. The bitterness is still there, but it's mellowed out greatly and is balanced by a mild malt finish. Still, hop bitterness is the primary flavor with this beer, and that hop flavor is strong in grapefruit/citrus flavors. Pretty good, but I think a bit too strong on the bitterness for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Despite seeing the carbonation, the carbonation is very mild on the tongue. Otherwise the beer is a little bit thick, but does leave some oily film on the teeth. It's okay.

Drinkability: Quite good with a meal (Welsh Rabbit in this case) and I could have one alone, but it's one alone. The bitterness and hoppiness of this brew is more than I want in an amber ale - a bit more malt balance and I would be very happy with this one. Still - good overall.

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Photo of zhooker
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle to pilsener glass. Pours a dark but translucent and relatively clear amber. Two fingers worth of a nice billowy head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell is bitter and hoppy with a less-pronounced mild maltiness. The dry-hopping emphasized on the label is no joke!

Overall is this is a mild amber. Malts and light hops on the front of the tongue, strong hop-bitterness as you swallow. That back-end hop flavor grows as you move through the glass.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied, and there is a crispness on the tongue. Substantial enough for a cold fall night, but would also fit with some freshly grilled meats and veggies on a summer afternoon.

Overall, I'm recalling something like Troeg's HopBack Amber as a comparable, maybe slightly more complex brew. I enjoyed this beer, but given that it will generally be a bit pricier (as an import), I don't think it justifies the price. Comparable domestic ambers will do just as good, if not better.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, Batch 483, best before January 19, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher when I opened it, but it didn't take long to settle down and make a decent pour. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, along with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, but the citrusy hops come out stronger in the taste compared to the other flavors. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, this is quite a sessionable brew! This is a good overall brew, it's one of the best amber ales I've had in a while.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is toffee and bready malt with some orange hops. There is also some chocolate malt and pine hop notes in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and caramel malts with pine added in. The chocolate malts are faint but are present in the flavor as well. Very little hop bitterness but a good amount of hop flavor. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown crimson amber hue with a huge flowing three finger sized head rising well above the rim of my glass. Nice chunky lacing clings to my tulip glass after the head settles down. Aromatics are piney and citrus alot of C hops going on here, American style amber for sure. Semi sweet caramel malt backings to go with the hop profile. Flavor has a nice acidic citrus tone with hints of tobacco/tea leaf/and earthy bitterness going on. Subtle caramel malt sweetness balances things quite nicely warming especially for only 5% abv. Mouthfeel is sharp with some upfront bitterness but mellows out in the finish, carbonation is sturdy and even body fills out somewhere in the middle. Drinkability overall is very nice, a beer that's expressive balanced and tasty with a reasonable alcohol content, now if we could work on pricing a bit. 3.19 a bottle isn't bad, but if were to buy a case I don't know if this beer would warrent that.

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Photo of paxton1978
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful little beer. A nice warm amber colour with a good head that leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass. A slightly grassy nose, good carbonation and a more subtle hop profile than you might normally expect from Brewdog's more extreme beers. I could drink a lot OF these in an evening- wish I'd bought more!

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Photo of al3
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber..go figure. Looks like a kick steppin', high-top fade (1991 anyone??) Good retention and lacing.


T&M - Slight malt, followed by bitter hops, a faint salt/smokey note and a dry finish. Med to med/light feel.

D - I could put back a few, no problem.

Overall a good beer, great looking, but nothing exceptional in terms of taste. Check it out if you find it for a good price.

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Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow. nice purple-ish amber with a huge frothy off-white head that dissipates relatively quick to leave behind chunks of foam on the tulip glass.

good amount of malt is backed up by some pine and grapefruit hops. brown sugar and caramel.

lots of pine and bitter hops hit you upfront. malt is sweet and toasty. grapefruit lingers long on the tongue.

light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. bitter and oily on the finish that lingers long after you swallow.

quite a sipper for a 5% beer. very strong flavors keep this from going down as smooth as your typical amber, but that is welcomed.

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Photo of pastradul
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ambers are normally the beer that I order when there is no other craft brew on tap. but my normal brew shop got this in and I love trying BrewDog stuff.

Pours Deep red, with some f*ing amazing head on it. It just stays around forever. Leavs a ton of lacing on the walls of the glass!

For a light beer like an amber it has some great mouthfeel on it. Not thin by any means.

Taste is of sweet caramel or maybe butterscotch? very very tasty, just enough hops to satisfy my west coast palate.

for sure a brew that I will keep stocked when ever I can!

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Photo of Liverpool08
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Brewdog. Although a little exspensive, a really nice beer. It doesn't have
the nice hop kick of a NN, but still a nice Amber. Good bitter hops, with a nice malt finish. A great session beer at only 5%. Which makes this worth the price.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of 19/01/11 (batch 483). This is my first Brewdog experience, as I have shied away from them for the most part due to price, this one was not much of an exception at $10 a 4-pack, but the beer dude at the store claimed to really like this one. Pours a light crimson color with a pretty impressive 3-finger topping of tan head. Fades slowly and leaves all kinds of topography as the foam recedes. Lacing is pretty impressive too. One of the best looking Ambers I have seen.

Nose is nice as well - pine needle and grapefruit hops are very prevalent, especially for the style. Some sweet, cola-like malts come through as well with a slight bready yeast.

There have been a few beers of late venturing into the realm of Amber IPA; NN, Lucky 13 and Stone 13 to name a few. Reminds me of the newfound 'Black IPA' beers that are popping up all over. This one falls into the same categorization as those while still managing to be unique tasting. Toasty malts give way to a big grassy hop flavor and a long, lingering bitterness on the finish. Im glad the ABV is kept low, keeps it drinkable and allows more of the hoppy goodness to shine through. Touch of sourness that, strangely enough, compliments the hops quite nicely. After shelling out the cash for this one, I found this plenty good enough to go try a couple more of B-dawgs offerings. This one is definitely worth giving a try.

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Photo of brendan13
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pretty clear dark copper colour with a frothy off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Nice piney and citrus fruit hop aromas with an underlaying hint of caramel.
T - The caramel comes through more in the taste but the piney & fruity hops are still the show stopper.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a decent carbonation for the style. Bitterness is there but quite well balanced.
D - A 5% Hoppy Amber/Red Ale. Now that's my idea of a session.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber in color, fairly clear and super effervescent looking with tons of bubbles rushing to the top. Huge three finger rocky off white head that has real nice nice staying power. Lots of chunky lacing left behind from a head that never really dies down to less than a finger's worth.

Smells of caramel malts with a lot of hops. The hops come through as citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and pine.

Tastes of light caramel and brown sugar. Bitter resin, a peppery spice, dankness, some herbal and floral hops, and a slight citrus.

Medium bodied with really high carbonation, very assertive bubbles.

Pretty drinkable. The smell made promises that the taste couldn't keep.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ML poured into a Great Divide glass

A-- Poured a reddish brown with red tints on the side of the glass. Pretty aggressive pour got a good 2 finger light brown head that took a good amount of time to settle down on. Left very thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Shows medium to high carbonation and good head retention.

S-- Fresh, crisp hops. Roasted and sweet malt. Would swear this is a Western US Amber Ale and not a UK version. Very nice. Mostly pine and grapefruit in the smell.

T-- Fairly large hop bite in the front, grapefruit and pine again, with touches of sweetness and roasted malt.

M-- Bitterness stays for a good amount of time. Still pretty clean and finishes on the soft side. Still medium to high carbonation. Gets better as it gets warmer and the hops become aggressive as it warms.

D-- Very drinkable. Hops really carry the beer and is well balanced by the right amount of sweetness in this. Not over done one way or another. Really nice example of the better US Amber Ales that are out there. The 5% makes this very drinkable and could have 2-3 of these easily. First Brewdog beer I have liked so far.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber/ruby with a large, lasting off-white head.
Nose shows loads of peach, passionfruit, orange blossom, lemon, green apples, etc, etc. Incredibly fruity. Later on pine, grapefruit and grassy notes become more prominent. Restrained clean malt underneath. This aroma was dangerously close to getting full marks.
Malt is more noticeable as a flavour, with nutty and caramel hints. More pin, grapefruit, peach and passionfruit are also present. Bitterness is quite prominent in a very green, hoppy finish of significant duration.
Carbonation is on the high side in my opinion, apart from that this was great.

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Photo of ADZA
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice deep mahogany hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head and sticky sporadic lacing,the aroma is beautiful tropical fruit punch with hints of melon,pineapple and passionfruit very enticing indeed,it has an easy light mouthfeel to it with the aromas of tropical fruits coming thru on taste and it finishes with a nice bitter kick but not overly bitter and very moreish,to be honest i could smell and drink this all day probably one of the best brewdog brew's i have sampled so far.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This must be new to the US market. The blurb on the label looks like it was written by Stone; "you don't know anything about beer". 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Shimmering amber orange color, with a big, healthy head on top. thick head retention stay on top all the way, and it leaves healthy rings of lacing. The aroma has a very American edge to it, but a good one at that. Tropical smelling hops, pine, fruity esters, toffee as well.

If I were to taste it blindfolded, I would have say product of California. Hoppy from the get go. Leafy hops, pine, fruity esters, dry bread crust...it's good. There's still a little malt in the base to keep things from being unbalanced. The beer has a light feel without much carbonation getting in the way, and it goes down really easy.

Here's a BrewDog beer worth looking for that won't break the bank. Very American in character, and a delight to the taste buds. Recommended.

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Photo of IKHOURY
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber almost rust colored. The beer pours with a nice full head that sticks around for awhile. The smell was hoppier then I expected, with grapefruit aromas dominating and a little hint of red berries in the background. The flavor has grapefruit and pine with a decent amount of malt to balance it out. This beer reminds me a little of Stone's levitation. A great session beer.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a dark amber/mahogany. A creamy, beige head that lingers. Aroma is assertive and hoppy with a little bit of oak and grapefruit. Taste is complex. Some red-ale rye(?) flavor with a balanced and bitter hop kick at the end. Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated and not too much alcohol. Very drinkable. Refreshing, crisp with considerable depth. This is a winner. I hope it sticks around. I like this beer a lot. It's an interesting hybrid style and is just plain good.

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Photo of JBogan
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep and clear amber color with a huge off white rocky head which remained for the duration. A good amount of suds were left sticking to the glass. A beautiful beer.

The nose is full of hops, with grapefruit the predominant scent. There's also caramel and a bit of grassiness as well.

Hops are also the main taste, with a smaller caramel presence. There's no sign of alcohol, and the aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

The mouthfeel was somewhat on the lighter side, with a dry finish thanks to a fair amount of carbonation.

This beer goes down easy, and was fairly enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of mirnsd
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a truely great session beer from BrewDog. Recently BrewDog havent exactly been making a name for themselves in the world of session beer but I think this beer is a fantastic sessionable beer.

It pours a nice rusty colour with a great fluffy head of white.

Straight away it smells hoppy but not in your face hoppy. Already from the nose it was evident that this beer was quite balanced and a sessionable beer.

I was really impressed with the taste. There was an explosion of west coast USA hops but for once they didnt try to rip my mouth apart. This beer is balanced very well by the mix of malt used in the background too.

Although this is not the most challenging beer I have had from BrewDog it is one that I constantly return to. At 5% it is definately a session beer (no matter what CAMRA may say).

I say grab one and try it.

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