Seven Gates
Spring House Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,421
Ranked #41,636
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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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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Bobbydigi from Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Two finger width of foam with a small amount of lacing. Color is a deep gold and when it's held up to a light it gets more towards the pink side.

S- The smell was rather faint, but what i did pick up was the citrus from the hops and a toast/bread smell.

T- A mild hop taste comes through, not as much as i was hoping for. The malt does come through with this beer making it pretty well balanced.

M/D- Very light and crisp making it go down smoothly. This is a good beer to have after mowing the lawn.

May 28, 2009
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hurshybear from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Sep 26, 2014
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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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2dogbrew from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 25, 2014
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pgb22 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Aug 11, 2014
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Sipchue from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Dec 31, 2012
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thecarster1 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden coloring, one plus fingers creamy head with nice ring and lacing.

s- nutty nose, brown sugar sweetness with maybe a touch of vanilla, earthy hops mix in there.

t- taste echos the nose, this is shaping up to be a balanced apa, hop presence - earthy, minimal bitterness.

m- medium body, smooth.

d- okay, i was glad to try this but it didn't really wow me. i would drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Sep 12, 2010
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TheNightwatchman from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Dec 01, 2011
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sneth019 from Maryland

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Feb 10, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit hoppy, of the piney variety, a touch of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good quality pale ale.

Jan 30, 2010
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jun 25, 2013
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Nov 14, 2013
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JohnK17 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Jul 18, 2014
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ShadesOfGray from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New release to distribution from Spring House. Picked up a case and had to dive right in. Pours an amber clear color with nice initial size head. Head dissapates quickly to a bubbly ring and leaves mild thin lacing. Aroma is a tad stronger than I thought it would be...slight hops, overall a pretty average yet pleasant APA scent. A little citrus.
Very crisp and yummy. Thin, citrus, a little hoppy back side. Mild carbonation. Very easy to drink and a great staple beer!

Dec 19, 2009
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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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Nezzy from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tasting then decided to go for a full bottle.

Appearance: color is a mix of a really warm orange with some brown. Can tell it won't be too carbonated, had a small beige head which dissipated fast and had some lacing.

Smell: it's surprisingly not quite as hoppy as I expected but still has some. It's more malt based with some fruit scents.

Taste: the hops are subdued giving way to more of a taste of toasted malts and some fruit. Having a hard time figuring out which though. For a pale ale its much more subdued and mild which I'm actually finding to be a nice balance. I can definitely taste some wheat and a bit of flower scent overall.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice and light with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a good beer for those getting into pale ales as its mild and easy to drink a few in a night. Overall good beer.

Jan 24, 2010
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billzee from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Nov 20, 2011
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hoppymcgee from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Jun 04, 2013
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Rojada1988 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Mar 22, 2013
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle to chalice. No date on bottle but the case was purchased at the brewery. I can only assume it is at the peak of freshness.

A: This APA pours a yellow-orange with a 1 finger white head on a very gentle pour. (More on that later.) The head diminishes within a few minutes and the bubbles race furiously from the bottom to the top where a thin film rests.

S & T: The aroma and flavors are pretty average, light grainy malts, light herbal hops, and for lack of a better word, very beer-y. No distinct or dominant flavors pull through for me. (More on this later.)

M: Medium mouthfeel and lively carbonation that kind of renders the palate useless.

D: Nothing to start the night with. Grab something with more flavor first, then maybe fall back on this one later. *SEE NOTES*

Notes: I will be re-reviewing this beer. This particular review was from the last beer of the case and I found that about half of the bottles were very good; much more flavor and much more aroma. The other half was a much more flavor-less version. I was hoping to review while enjoying the better example. From my experience, every aspect of this brew is significantly enhanced when it is served at close to room termperature and the mouthfeel, in particular, is much better on a very gentle pour. It is very finnicky in this regard. I've got confidence that this brewery can make good beer, however, the case I bought had an inconsistency issue.

Dec 15, 2009
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A twist off cap!?
Anyway, golden orange in color. Nicely carbonated with an average foam cap. A slight chill haze maybe.
Nice aromatics of toffee malt and bouquet of woodsy earthy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with some butter. Dry.
A slight bitter hop aith a dry finish.
I note a metalic off taste.
I will disregard the off taste until I have an opportunity to try another beer.
A good average ale I deem worthy.
Drink well my friends.

Nov 06, 2010
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Feb 01, 2015
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Krishob from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a nice honey color once poured out of the bottle. It has a hoppy aroma that can be noticed right up front. Hoppy & bitter, but still rather smooth. It is also dry as well & I will leave a nice hoppy taste in your mouth. I feel it is is a nice for all occasions due to the clean hoppy taste that is left in your mouth.

Aug 22, 2010
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sbart518 from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Sep 30, 2013
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