Seven Gates
Spring House Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,421
Ranked #41,651
3.63 | pDev: 11.85%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: The story of the Seven Gates comes from rural Pennsylvania, not far from the Spring House Brewery. According to the legend, a mental asylum for the criminally insane stood in the middle of a dense forest. Surrounding the asylum were seven concentric gates, preventing would-be escapees. One terrifying night, the asylum caught fire, causing the inmates to flee into the menacing forest. As the tale goes, the former asylum residents were trapped by the seven gates and eventually succumbed to the perils of the forest. The locals swear that the tormented souls of the inmates will torture anyone brave enough to attempt passage through the Seven Gates of the forest. Spring House Brewing Co. honors the local legend by producing a terrifyingly delicious brew that is as familiar as a friendly forest, yet possesses a mysterious quality that will haunt you from the first taste. The enormous, hopped flavor and the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each bottle will have you believing that the master brewer must be a direct descendant of the former asylum residents.
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, this beer was old when I cracked it open tonight as the date on the bottom of the can read 3/21/17. No, this wasn't a malt bomb but it was just unimpressive in a category with so many better offerings. It was drinkable and nothing terrible but when I finished this off, I needed a chaser of water to get everything down...

The pour to this was this beer's best attribute as it was blonde, bright, and topped off with plenty of foam. Like many other aspects of this, it resembled a Lager as it looked crisp and light. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose with a lot of earthiness to it underneath that. The taste followed suit as the beer was quite acrid, sharp, and dry on the palate. Some floral notes kicked in as I worked my way through this but it wasn't enough to save this beer from mediocrity, as the lack of sediment of the bottom served as proof of how much this reminded me of a Lager.

Not a lot of booze to this as this nearly felt like a session beer. I wouldn't consider this to be a lawnmower beer but on a hot summer day, I wouldn't mind having a few of these around, as long as I was able to chew on some ice in between cans. A typical take on the style with basic malt and an unmemorable range of flavors...

Aug 29, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from can ( 02.09.17) to spiegelau ipa glass (06.22.17).

A: Hazy lemon skin coloring has a strong and vibrant nature of carbonation rush to the surface. A two finger size ivory-milk toned head is firm in its stance, with a cushy foam appeal, refusing to fall in the short term. Massive dabs of spongy foam deposits are left behind on the vessel.

S: Spicy lemon, and fresh grapefruit pulp reign supreme, juicy, wet and tart in nature. Wet citrus with some hints of sour orange adds to the delight. Some dry hay and fresh barley stalks add backing with a moderate amount of awareness and longevity.

T: Fresh wet citrusy lemon hops are stressed in the beginning as juicy today as when they were first canned. No apparent signs of aging here, grapefruit citrus twang adds some old country time lemonade feel, tart and very thirst quenching. Some dry grains and lightly dry orange peel like flowery hops rounds things out.

M: Crisp delivery on the mouthful, like a good pale should, bubbly and active for the hot summer day that brings out the lively hops here. A solid show of grainy pale malts adds to the base.

O: Overall wet citrusy tart start with some dry'n citrus hop finish. A pale ale, crisp and tart, with cascade like citrus flavor, provides for a tart and thirst quenching summer time slamming session. Open up the seven gates and your wallet for this one, a classic pale ale appeal that is sharp in carbonation and flavor with a high rate of drink-ability.

Jun 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a pale burnt yellow almost bronze color with a finger and a halfs worth of white foamy head that concaved nicely to leave some messy foamy clingy lace. The aroma had some sweet lemon pulp, sweet pine, bready malts with a touch of floral sweet hop quality at the end. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side enveloping the piney hops and bready malts. Aftertaste was the sweet along with the bitter and having a little bit of toast coming inside. Finishes with a little bit of lemon hop burn which I wasnt entirely fond of. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, for the most part, its a decent APA but the finish I didnt care for.

Jun 24, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light steam yello with a bright white head. Nose is of light citrus, grass and light sulfer. Taste of cracker, grasses, citrus and a tiny bit of sulfer(egg whites). Light body with a grainy semi dry finish. Very lager like in appearance, taste and smell with the small amount of sulfer coming through.

Mar 22, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with decent head. Smells of apple and nonspecific citrus hops. Taste is same with hint of bread and pine. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonated but not bad. Not bad overall. Was greedy when I first got into craft beer. Now it's marginally above average- but marginally above average for a pale ale in today's world still is something to be proud of for a brewery 15 minutes from my home.

Feb 21, 2017
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (no canning date)

A: Dirty blonde with a copper tinge. Poured with a nice thick 2-finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Nice even hop smell that is very well blended and polished. I get a hint of yeasty-ness to it that goes well with the overall light pine notes.
T: Hoppy, smooth and just a tinge of water that lets you know it is a pale ale. Mostly comes across as an IPA or a session one at that. I'm pleasantly surprised by this. The hops in this are delicious. This is a great APA.
M: Smooth with very mild carbonation that is soft and billowing.
O: I don't know the freshness but my friend picked these up a little over two weeks ago up at the brewery, so that might explain why this pale ale is so good. It is also out of a continually refrigerated can, so that helps as well.

Nov 12, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

notes from 6/18/2014 visit to the tasting room...
looks identical to robot surf factory with a transparent orange look and nice lace. this beer had some nice head.
fairly standard fare for a pale ale, lite citrus punch and extremely easy drinking...otherwise, nothing all that special.

Oct 10, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can > mason Pint

A - Clouded orange gold with a finger of soapy white head, medium on lacing.
S - It has that weird aroma that most other spring house beers have. Kind of offensive malt, weird sweetness, caramel, some grapefruit, decaying fruit? Meh
T - Flavor is just as odd, tart grape, tangerine, bread malt, caramel, some odd earthy hints, a little nuttiness too.
M - Just average, baking flour dryness kinda hanging on.
O - Really disappointed in this beer, this is like halfway between an amber and an APA and its not good for either side.

Jun 29, 2014
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decided to revisit my first review. Had this from a can on 2014-05-28 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear gold with a 1.5-finger white head and decent lace.

S - Light grass, pale malt, touch of pine and hop floral. Mild.

T - Nice amount of sweet, lightly toasted bread at first; quickly followed by a burst of citrus, pine and a good blast of bitterness. The malt sweetness lingers for a bit; gradually subsuming to the longer lasting bitterness. It's a pleasant aftertaste when you're in the mood for an IPA-like bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial feel; perhaps due to some oats? Lots to like about this mouthfeel.

O - As good as ever. I made a couple minor tweaks to the original rating scores. I've reviewed over 1,000 beers since my first review of Seven Gates and I can report; it's still a good 'un.

First reviewed on 2008-03-27

I had this on tap this evening at Bully's in Columbia, PA. I hadn't seen this ale before but noticed the unique tap pull and decided to give it a go on the bartender's recommendation.

It was delicious. I enjoyed the fruity, hop aroma. The bitterness seemed very well balanced by the malt with a citrus overtone and the medium plus carbonation was just right.

I was surprised to learn that it is made right here in Lancaster County in the small hamlet of Conestoga. I hope Matt the brewer (found his name on their website) keeps up the good work.

May 28, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of course it falls to The CANQuest (TM) to be the first to review this long-time local favorite in/from a CAN! It has been my honor to be the first CAN reviewer of many a beer, but none this close to home.

The Crack! was loud and both revealed another brimful craft CAN as well as giving me a little knuckle spritz. The inverted Glug was picture perfect, creating a pseudo-cascade that resulted in two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a crystal clear deep-amber and I peered into it to see if there might be any embedded prehistoric bugs from which I could extract some DNA and clone them as I digress, yet again. No such bugs, but a lovely minty hoppiness with a peppery spiciness on the nose. At this point, the head had begun to fall, leaving behind some lovely sticky lacing. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops tang was beautiful on the tongue, nicely restrained to create a wintergreen taste without being overwhelming. Finish was semi-dry, cool in a fresh, minty way. This was probably one of the best iterations of this beer that I have had in a while. I liked it even more than I usually do having it on-tap at the Taproom. I will definitely be putting it in my cooler for outings and if anyone would like to trade for CANs of this, just let me know.

My original, on-tap review dtd 13 Dec 2009 (Scores = all 4s) follows:

This was presented with relatively no head. There was a good happiness on the nose. Color was a bright copper with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of hops washing across my tongue. Finish was hoppy. Good for an APA. Not such a great review. I have better notes and will re-review later.

Feb 08, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades away very fast leaving just a hint of light foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel nature with some notes of some grainy bread smells. Mixed with these aroma is a toffee smell and a very light floral and citrus smell.

Taste – the taste begins with a toffee and caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a grainy and bready taste. As the flavors advance, the caramel fades a bit with the buttery toffee flavor increasing slightly. As this transitions occurs, so too comes some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. A little bit of floral hop comes to the tongue at the end, leaving a semi-sweet and decently hopped (for a pale ale) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower side. The slightly lower carbonation and slightly creamier body were quite nice for the toffee flavors of the brew with them furthermore accentuating the hop flavors, making them stand out more than they typically would have.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall. Flavorful and nicely hopped, yet still maintaining a very easy drinking taste.

Oct 13, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting up try something from Spring House for a while and this is my first. Kind of a thick grainy tone to this one. Mild hop spice thing going on. Could use much less of the grain and much more of the hops. Carbonation is really nipping at my tongue too. It's...okay. Nothing really blowing me away here.

Sep 30, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the taproom by springhouse. The brew appear a clear straw yellow with a white cap and stringy lace. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film across the top throughout the entire duration.

The aroma includes a note of biscuit grains contrasted by mild citrus hops smelling like lemon zest with an herbal and grassy aspect. Overall very clean just surprising the grain is the first scent noted.

The flavor is grassy with a noble punch of clean hops. Some mild bready grain character provides a hint of sweetness like cereal grains.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and hands down one of the better springhouse beers that you can count on seemingly always being available and thirst quenching.

Aug 14, 2013
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SeamusDoyle from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light golden hue nice tall egg white head with tons of sheet lacing. Aroma is a simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops. Taste is a simple flavor as well, caramel malt with lots of herbal hops and a light citrus as well to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish. Overall a nice pale ale.

Jan 25, 2013
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice thin white head. Slow moving bubbles.

S-smells more like a herbal/floral/hoppy lager, so more like a pilsner than a pale ale. Doesn't smell bad though.

T-tastes of grains and biscuits. Fairly hoppy and floral as well. Tastes like a good American pilsner.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-not much of a pale ale. Tastes way too much like a pilsner. Has that hoppy grainy feel to it. Not really to adjunct. Just very biscuity. It's a good drinker if you're not left with many options.

Oct 12, 2012
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color is gold, nice off white head that sits dense and laces very well.

Smell is grainy with feint hop bitterness, rather mild.

taste is grainy, slight adjunct flavor with malt, bitterness is clean and solid - very straightforward brew thats pretty big on hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, solid carbonation a slightly strong bitterness but thirst quenching.

Overall, very tasty brew, straightforward flavors and solid hops, aroma is underdone and slightly grainy.

Jun 08, 2012
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ChrisPratz from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden amber color with less then a fingers worth of head. Dissipates to a patchy veil of lace all around with some on the edges.

S: Nice floral and citrus aromas from the hops. Get some other sweet fruit flavors, some apple and maybe very faint cherry.

T: Nice malt flavor, tastes like its toasted every so slightly. Earthy flavors of grain and grass lead way to the light bitterness of the hops with some citrus tones mixed in there as well. Alcohol taste is very noticeable at the end.

M: Mild carbonation and left with a dry feeling in the mouth. Crisp and clean on the tongue.

O: Not a bad pale ale but it doesn't stand out very well either. Would be interested in trying on tap to compare.

May 04, 2012
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FosterJM from California

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1206th Review
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352

App- super clear light orange. Very fizzy white head good cling. Looked good in the glass.

Smell- Really a strange smell to it. Had a very vegetal, malty and pretty off smell. Wasnt excited about tasting it.

Taste- Corn, malt. Had profile before. Dont like it. Band aid flavors between smell and flavors just make this one pretty in drinkable. I poured it.

Mouth- A light body with a light- medium carbonation. Fairly grainy and residual malts.

Drink- Pretty off on the nose and the taste. Just didnt like it

Apr 07, 2012
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cps98 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting to try this and the distributer finally got a couple cases in. A buddy and I split a case and it was not a disappointment.

A – Really nice orange yellow color, super clear. Pours with a nice 2 finger white head which dissipates rather quickly. There was some lacing present.

S – Light citrus of the hops and very light malt.

T – Had a really nice not overpowering hop bitterness. Very light on the malt.

M – Light to medium bodied and pretty smooth. Had decent carbonation just no head retention.

O – Overall a good drinking beer. Price was decent so I’d probably drink it again.

Jan 10, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stormking47 for tossing a bottle of this into a recent trade. I had no idea that Spring House had begun bottling any of its brews, & a pale ale seemed a good warm-up for the main event tonight.

Pour is pale orange, with a miniature whirlwind in the center. Swirl the beer & the tornado rotates, as if you're in the Science Museum. Cool. Smell is torrential pale malts, bit of wet grass & damp hops.

Seven Gates Pale walks a path well-worn by thousands before it. Pale malts, spent floral hops, bakery before dawn, fields right afterwards.

Routinely routine. This is an 84 MPH Klingenbeck fastball right down the middle of the style. Mediocre.

Dec 23, 2011
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in the Taproom into a standard pint.

A - Pours light amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of biscuity pale malts and crisp citric hops. A touch of light spice creeps in at the very end of the glass. The nose is quite bready with a touch of light spice.

T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of chewy malt and a bit of sweetness. The finish is pretty much the same, a mix of chewy malt and light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is slightly chewy with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

O - In the long run this one is just OK but if you are at the taproom and are looking for something light to drink with some decent flavor you really can't go wrong with this one.

Nov 08, 2011
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powellmg from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy and gold with a white, dense head. Earthy, vegetal hops aroma with a hint of orange. Taste is slightly metallic, sort of a basic bitterness without much complexity.

Overall, it's decent, but given the level of competition out there, it is just average for me.

Oct 23, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a half finger of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malt with some mildly fruity sweetness and some citrus notes.

Taste: As in the smell, bready malt is the dominant flavor. There is a fruity note and some yeast that reminds me of a German beer. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, fluffy head and a dry finish.

Overall: Light and quite easy to drink. Not very interesting and I don't think I would have another one.

Oct 01, 2011
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small cascade hops and a light maltiness. In the taste, lightly hopped with some small and faint citrus and a balanced gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cascade hop aftertaste. Decent pale, quite a nice flavor, although, really light in color.

Jun 12, 2011
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therica from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flannery's, Mercersburg PA

A bit of a disappointment.

A= light gold, only a modest head fading to rimming.

S= somewhat light, some hops and sweet malts evident, nothing remarkable.

T= watery finish after a somewhat disjointed modest-hops and sweet malts presentation that just didn't seem to come together.

M= a little watery, some malts and hints of hops bitters and florals.

O= overall a somewhat modest and weak offering.

May 31, 2011
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