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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: 848 |  Reviews: 269
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery. Pours mahogoney coloured body with generous bubbly head bubble. Some lace in glass. Medium moutheel. Taste is very much like a harvest ipa.Good session beer, though nothing exceptional.Grapefruit, pine, strawberry.Piney arom.

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

Poured a very nice deep copper color with excellent head and lacing. Had a very hop-centric aroma, very citrusy like an American pale ale rather than a red; undertones of deep malt and slight chocolate saved it and kept it near the red ale style. Nice taste, but again it would have scored higher had it been less hoppy; very citrus hops in the taste, and in the aftertaste along with a slight floral; there were tones of chocolate and some nice burnished malt, however, that helped. Goes down well, if slightly hop-rough. Very nice beer, even though I would've classified it as an IPA/APA if the label hadn't said otherwise.

(Had it with some excellent Scottish cheddar; was hoping for more Scottish tones, but should've known better from BrewDog. Don't get me wrong, I love the brewery, but they are more American than traditional Scottish.)

EDIT -- only for Beer Spy

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Photo of hosehead83
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber in appearance, with a big, rocky head of off-white foam
Aroma-Wonderfully aromatic boquet of piney hops and juicy citrus
Taste-Wow! Big onrush of West Coast hops, well-balanced with orchard citrus and some definite spicy rye notes. This beer reminds me a lot of a Hop Rod Rye fom Bear Republic.
Tasty, snappy,juicy and delicious, this beer rivals any IPA that I have had, and, if not for the rather high price, would definitely be my go-to session beer at "only" 5.0 ABV. Truly a "must-try" for all hop-heads. Get Some!!

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

This is made with Simcoe, Chinook, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops. This poured a bright copper red with a good, thick head. On the nose you get tons of passionfruit, pineapple and grapefruit pineyness. It tasted incredibly smooth with some light bitterness, a ton of pine and citrus. It was very forestry tasting- in a good way. It was a good beer to start off the tasting with.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on cask @ work at the Portcullis Clifton Village - Bristol.

pours a beautiful redish brown with a nice one finger head and plenty of lacing

smell just reminds me of california...i had a half pint and kept savouring the aroma - just pure perfect hop goodness that almost all english beers lack...normal piney citrus character, though this one had a unique strawberry fruityiness that was really nice.

taste is just wonderful for a red, just enough hops to drive this amazing brew, enough malts to carry the profile and compliment the fruit...the alcohol is very nice @ 5%...enough to create a lovely mouthfeel and the right amount of warmth (strong by brit standards! haha) but low enough to be a session ale. It isn't as over the top as american reds often are, still maintains the british balance, and is awesome on cask.

freaking solid on CASK, one of my all time favourite British beers...one of brewdogs best.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, thanks to my friend Chris for including this in his Tactical Nuclear Penguin tasting this evening. The typical BrewDog label hubris continues to amuse me.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, though densely foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves a decent swath of layered aging cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of a muddled grapefruit, blood orange, and pineapple fruitiness, caramel malt, a bit of treacly toffee, a mild sugary nuttiness, and further floral, wet leafy hops. The taste is more understated grapefruit and obscured tropical fruit sassiness, a sturdy bready caramel malt, a touch of overripe lemon, and fading earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and almost lazy - if I must say more about it - the body on the low side of medium weight, adequately smooth, and perhaps a touch creamy. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt sweetness contending with a diminishing hop bitterness.

A front-loaded PACNW-friendly dose of hops, but one which unfortunately peters out towards the end. Overall, another confusing, if still quite tasty ale from this wannabe sexy brewery. The funny thing is, I'll be up until around 5 a.m. tomorrow morning (by design!) for a software implementation at work - would that I could enjoy a few of these during that time, for their 'iconoclastic' support, at the very least.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours as a quite dark amber colour with a small creamy off-white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is laced with the unmistakable scent of North American hops, pine, lots of citrus and fruit (grapefruit, apricot, oranges). There is lots of grapefruit and hops, alongside a caramel malty backbone. Lots of carbonation in the palete, with a clean and fresh feel. A decent beer, and a good addition to their range. Will definitely be getting some more of this

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