5AM Saint | BrewDog

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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: 870 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany with a taupe head that slowly fades, clings and rings. The most extraordinary fresh hops nose - I've smelled less hops when sniffing actual hops flowers in the bag - with a backing of candied red berry. Toasty malts with strawberry and some peanut followed by orange rind bitterness and orange pekoe tea hops. Clean tight finish. Medium, chewy, creamy, resiny and fizzy.

Their website explains it all: dry hopped with Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial but only 25 IBUs.

Nice for what it is: big malts balanced by orangey hops to make a chunky amber. Others say caramel malts and papaya somewhere - I could see that.

But that monster nose lead me on - I was hoping for something that could tangle with Red Rocket, so in that respect, disappointing.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge, dense, tan head over a burnt orange body, with plenty of carbonation floating up. Tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas certainly don't indicate a 5% ABV beer... this has tons of piney hop wofting up, along with a bunch of biscuity malt.

Flavors are also quite impressive for the style. Centennial and Simcoe hops? Burnt biscuit shell. Resiny and sharp - sort of IPA like in the flavors, but the mouthfeel says ESB to toasty Porter ... thinner than the aroma and flavor would suggest.

Interesting, and quite tasty - good drinkability overall. Definitely would recommend this!

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a weizen glass (where's my other .8 oz?). Pours a pumpkin orange with a rothy, creamy tan head. Nice retention down the sides as it reduces.

Very citrusy smell, with grapefruit and limes, with undernotes of malt and caramel.

Taste is slightly bitter, with tobacco, grass and pith, with an overlayment of crisp apple. Pleasant, but not nearly the red ale I had last night in Bear Republic's Rocket Red ale.

Mouthfeel is slightly sharp from the bitter, but rolls off smooth as it finishes. Leaves a white grapefruit taste on the tongue, with a slight lemon flavor as it is swallowed.

Overall, a fairly drinkable beer for those of you into bitter beers.

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

nice a hoppy red with a rather woody amber color. dark... big and sticky head. quite a fresh hop quality and a good malt to carry it out... quite a fresh pine on the palate too. centennial hoppy grapefruit but not excessively so. at five percent i would like to see this one after a year of sitting someplace dark and cool.

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Photo of Macca
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark tan colour with a beige head. A bit cloudy.

Geez is that pineapple? In an amber? What hops did they use? Some pine resin as well. Love it. Some darker malt aromas as well. I could sniff this all day.

The palate is as good as the nose. Those hops certainly come through on the palate as well. Not a lot of malt but I'm prepared to forgive that.

As you would expect from the huge hop inputs there is some nice bitterness. Not a lot of malt sweetness.

I love this beer. I love this beer. An amber ale that walks on the side of an APA? Great

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Photo of nickd717
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Great appearance: pours a deep translucent reddish-amber color with a fairly thick off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is slightly faded citrusy hops, earthy notes, and caramel malt. A little restrained, but pleasant.

Great flavor. This is somewhere between an American Amber Ale and an ESB if you ask me. Caramel malt is pretty big, with herbal notes, earth, and citrusy (orange/tangerine) hops.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a good carbonation level.

This beer is somewhat of the antithesis of BrewDog Tokyo*. Instead of being a hot mess, it's restrained, balanced, and well-crafted. Drinkability is good. I approve.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a half inch, creamy, off-white head that remains. Thick lacing.
Smell is bready, crackery malts with some bitter, piney malts. Notes of citrus and pineapple.
Taste is bready, crackery malts with some ample, piney hops. Subtle notes of citrus and pineapple. A tiny bit of orange peel. Good malt backbone; finish is malty, with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a clean finish. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Excellent amber ale. Would definitely pick this one up in a six-pack.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 5% ABV, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Orange to amber colour, moderate head. Intense and lovely aroma of American hops (Amarillo?* nope, actually: Simcoe, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Centennial), notes of peaches, apricots and tropical fruits. The flavour is somewhat less impressive than the aroma, but still good. Notes of peaches, but quite dry. Decent hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin though.

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

This is a good looking beer. It's a deep, translucent amber with a foamy, ecru head. Lots of lacing. I'm a fan of the BrewDog labels, too, so that's a nice a bonus. This is a nicely hoppy beer with good British malt flavor. The aroma from the hops is floral, pine and citric, in that order, while the malt contributes lots of biscuity, doughy caramel goodness. The malt aroma holds its own against the hops with a luxurious depth, differentiating the beer from most American ambers and such. This is a hoppy ESB. The flavor is rich and full. There's a lot of good British beer flavor. It's not quite as bursting at the seams of its size but close. Mouthfeel is a tad slick. The aftertaste is hoppy and bitter. It's a very good beer, easily one of my favorites from BrewDog.

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Photo of ClydeBarrow
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer in a Mix-a-six, as part of a very small selection of beers that I had not yet sampled at my local beer barn. The label says "iconoclastic amber ale, Product of Scotland," which intrigued me. As soon as I popped this bitch open, I was overwhelmed with the smell of hops. As primarily a darker beer kinda guy, I wasn't too sure I was gonna enjoy this brew. After one sip, my first thought was "this tastes like a weak IPA." I, for one, am not a fan of IPAs. But the more I sit here and sip this beverage, the more I can appreciate the smoothness. It's a drinkable beer by my taste buds, but it was a random purchase that I probably won't make again. This is not to say this is bad beer...I could see some folks really enjoying this beer. It's just not for me.

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

i'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this may be the best beer i've ever had from BrewDog. nonic of course here. dark amber with an eggshell head that holds forever and leaves really pretty lace. woah, nose!! it seems like recently the "true" american amber/red style of beer has been revived a bit, and these hop-forward cara-crystal laden beers are being produced again, but this time with really high quality ingredients. great nose. well defined and well-balanced hop/malt character that follows through to the taste. i mean, this style is supposed to be hop forward like a hoppy pale ale or ipa, but the malt should be crystal and definitely stand out more than the typical apa or ipa if im not mistaken, so it seems like it's pretty much balanced like it's style guidelines suggest, which is cool to see brew dog do. basically, soft caramel, a touch of slightly chocolatey roast and a west coast hop flavor full of pine, citrus and tropical fruits rule this beer. medium body, medium carbonation, nice bitter finish. pretty straight forward here. price tag hurts a bit, but the deliciousness and low abv render it pretty damn schwillable. can't wait to try this on tap/cask. i guess this is nothing special if you don't like hoppy beers that have an interesting/super-tasty malt backbone, pair well with spicy food and have a low enough abv to still drink a few after you've had one...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I'll admit it: I have no idea what this brew's name means. Irregardless (remember, that word is spoken with a semi-Bostonian accent), it pours a clear amber-copper topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. The smell is of pine, citrus, peach, and caramel apple, complete with plenty o' nuts. The pine and citrus (mainly the peel in this case) run strong in the taste, with greenery, flowers, and a very light bit o' toffee. For me, a bit unbalanced in favor of the hoppier bits. The body is a light medium, making it a bit heavier than it oughta be; the moderately active carbonation and dry finish (combined with an aftertaste of orange peel) round out a feel that does not bring much of a smile to my lips. Still, the finished product is not all that objectionable...just not entirely desirable. Translation: Good for a drink, but not something to be sought out by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like a hopped up amber as much as a good IPA and Brewdog did well for themselves here.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich amber/bronze with a fluffy one finger slight off white head that clung to the glass leaving broken blotches of lace behind as it settles slowly.A mix of caramel,and chocolate malt aromas mixed with a hefty dose of citric hop,very left coast old school amber ale to me.Flavors have the standard caramel malt flavors upfront but a nice shot of citri hop and some earthiness in the finish.I have had mixed feelings about the Brewdog stuff I have had,but this is a very good amber,I love the hop flavored burps!

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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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