Seven Gates Pale Ale | Spring House Brewing Company

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Seven Gates Pale AleSeven Gates Pale Ale
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Seven Gates Pale AleSeven Gates Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 01-02-2008

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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of curmudgeon236
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of mbender92
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.62/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Haven't reviewed a beer here in a year probably, but had to put in a good word for this one. Had 3 of these bad boys on tap at the Lancaster DipCo, and was blown away at the quality of this brew. Super complex fruity aroma with a nice hoppy undercurrent.

Flavor is dynamite. Ultra complex but still drinkable, this APA is loaded with notes of peach, lavender and honey, all with a solid malt backbone and a well balanced hop blast on the finish.

Might be a bit heavy for me as a sesher,but will definitely be getting this again in the near future. Best of all-It's made right here in The Lanc! Can't wait to see what else this great new brewery is gonna produce.

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Photo of mickeyartery
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am glad to see that they are bottling this beer.

Poured a very deep amber color with moderate off-white head.

Smell shows strong notes a malt and citrusy hops.

Taste is truly extraordinary. Too many times a beer doesn't taste quite as good in the bottle as on-tap. But this one is just as good. The strong rich malt meets the plentiful hops to present a delicious beer.

Taste retention is perfect. Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.

Great drinkability. I would love to try this beer on cask.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BravoTwo
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at McCleary's Pub, on the recommendation of the bartender who knows I enjoy the hops.

A - Good solid amber color with nice light white head and good retention.

S - Nice citrusy hops smell. Very aromatic and inviting. Clean, unmuddled nose to this beer.

T - On the verge of greatness here. I was in the mood for very flavorful, nicely hopped beer and this one delivered. Clean hops taste with great crispness and nice bite without being over the top.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp, clean mouthfeel very appropriate for the style.

D - Again, very nicely done here. For those who enjoy the hops character, this beer is a really nice choice.

Almost reminiscent IMO of Victory's HopDevil. I had a HopDevil immediately after this beer and a lot of similiarities shone through. Great choice and a neat addition to the local scene.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of WallstreetB
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gillagorilla
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Durandal777
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer from Spring House, in the tiny town of Conestoga, Pa., and it's a very solid effort.

Had it on tap at Lancaster Dispensing Co.

A: Nice pale ale color. Golden/amber, with a good, somewhat lacy head.

S: Really nice. A mix of citrus and hops that's very appealing.

T: Quite nicely balanced. The hops are there, but not in IPA strengths, which allows the malt to have some presence as well. A bit of citrus in there, too.

M: Great. Crisp and clean.

D: Not bad. I only had one, but I can imagine this being a reasonable choice for a session beer.

All in all, a good APA, and definitely got me excited to see what Spring House does next.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was the first beer that really pushed me into craft brews. definitely my go to beer when i just want to relax and toss back a sixer or two, or three, or four... na mean? pours a copper orange cloudy color with average white fluffy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. floral hints in the smell with a lemon citrus buttered bread like taste. light bodied and a thin slick texture. average flavor duration with a light bitter bread flavor finish. delcious in a bottle but about 2o times better on tap. haven't tried one of Matts brews yet that wasn't fantastic.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Several 16oz. drafts at Bully's in Columbia

Nice, light amber color with a small white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice balance of citrus and floral hops on top of a fresh, grainy malt base.

Tastes just as it smells. A crisp, grainy caramel malt base with a nice blend of citrus and floral hop flavors.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing APA with nice balance. I could have easily gone for a 3rd and 4th pint if the situatiuon would have allowed. Happy to see that these guys really hit the gorund running.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: This was a moderately cloudy, ruddy, amber color; pretty dark for an APA. It was wserved to me with a thin head.

s: As it warmed sweet aromas of caramel and brown sugar emerged. The hops smelled of pineapple and lemon.

t: Very full flavored for an APA! Leans to the sweet side a bit which is okay with me. The finish is somewhat dry and tastes of floral, mildly citric hops.

m: Very good body for the style, well carbonated.

d: This a great addition to the local scene. I'm glad I finally got to try it. This will be my small, hoppy beer of choice whenever I find it.

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 254 ratings