Seven Gates Pale Ale | Spring House Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
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 tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 BravoTwo
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of gillagorilla
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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 +15.5%
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 +15.2%
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 +14.6%
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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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +13.3%
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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Photo of RedChrome
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body was a hazed dark golden color. Half an inch of white colored head left a slick rather quickly. Several streams of large carbonation bubbles rising around the outside. Watery lace runs away quickly.

A big hops citrus aroma hit the nose first. A nice strong malt body quickly followed the hops aroma. A great balance with plenty of strength.

A nice malty flavor is the major presence on the tongue. A slight bit of butterscotch in the back. Hops are diminished in the flavor, but still citric.

A bit watered on the tongue, but the flavors hold. Carbonation burst quite strongly against the surfaces.

A very good brew. Great with a fajita dinner. Definitely a good go to brew if you see it. Well worth the choice off the shelf.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear coppery orange with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. Retains with a thin foamy covering that leaves some decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is a lively smelling mix of floral hops, light citrus, and some toasty biscuits in the back. Very nice.

The taste is similar, with a moderate biting hop bitterness up front that is well backed by a smack of citrus and bready feeling malts. Light dry lingering bitterness in the finish that sticks to the palette. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a firm carbonation that carries a bit of slickness in it.

Very solid APA that is well flavored, crisp, refreshing, and most of all, quite drinkable! It's nice to see this being produced locally and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange in color with a frothy head.

S- It smells really sweet with a light hop aroma.

T- Very sweet, malty, and hoppy. The beer had a hint of maple syrup. The flavor was very balanced and unique.

M- Medium-bodied, tasted great on tap.

D- I would recommend a try on tap, very unique, one of the best beers from the Lancaster Area.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of HopDerek
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with thin eggshell colored head. OK retention leaves good lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, dry grass, honey, and biscuits. Tastes of tea leafs and lemon up front with some toasted malt and honey in the middle with a dry grassy finish. Medium-light in body with good carbonation. Smooth and somewhat fruity with a nice crisp and gentle bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink, refreshing, flavorful, and very pleasant to drink. Can easily make this a local favorite pale ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as an extra via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head recedes at an average pace, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced, pale malts and citrus. Taste follows the nose, with the citrus hoppiness taking charge towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite easy. Nice brew.

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Photo of thartman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spooky looking label with a burning house and woods with an interesting story printed on the back. Poured goldish-copper,somewhat cloudy.Thin opaque head with decent retention, some noticeable floaties suspended in the glass. Balanced nose of malts, hay, grains, some oranges. Citrus tart mixed with some malt, nice bitterness, well balanced with a dry finish. New Brewery from Conestoga,PA? I'm not sure, but this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. nice slightly opaque copper color. big orange hues. atop is a nice light khaki colored head. mild retention rate and fair ringlike lacing.

S: aromas of apples, light butterscotch, and mostly a mild malt aroma. hint of hops.

T: nice flavor for an APA. good sweet malt backbone, some fruit flavors, like apples and cherries, very faint. good pine and citrus hop flavors in this one. some caramel as well.

M: medium bodied, mild carbonation level, actually spot on. very clean and smooth.

D: very nice APA and well worth getting if you dig the style. I got this from a BIF and it was a great get, wish these guys were available where I am.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey color with a small amount of head that is retained well. Lacing is good in the glass, showing each gulp.

Has a floral smell with some caramel and maybe a small amount of spice.

Taste is very good for a Pale Ale. Good amount of hops are present, and there is a nice caramel taste on the back end.

This could be my new session beer if I could find it close by. Has a nice light body, but still packs a little bit of a punch.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from mday for winning SNF - Week 13, Thanks Mike!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Chill hazed brassy color with a white head that thinned down to a layer and left a few bits of lacing.
Smell has some earthiness to it along with malt and floral/grassy hops.
Taste is balanced, sweet malt upfront with bitter, floral hop taste on the back end.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nicely hazy amber with a little bit of off white head and no real lacing.

S-Malty with some light hop bitterness.

T-Biscuit malt with a heavy dose of orange rind bitterness and some earthy hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a lingering puckery bitter note.

D-Very nice. A flavorful pale ale.


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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 29-Nov-08.

A: The pale ale is appropriately named, a light amber color that is several shades shy of a glass bottle. The ale is translucent, rather brilliant as it sits on my table. A small head on pour is lacing in thin patches around the mouth of the glass.

S: The ale is a balanced blend of biscuity pale malts and crisp citrus hops. The nose is quite bready.

T: The pale ale is very bready, loaded with pale biscuity malts that have a sweet touch. Citrus hops lie just below the surface, adding a pleasant bitterness to the ale. As the ale warms, fuller caramel malts emerge. The growler has lost some carbonation and the ale suffers for it.

M: The pale ale is well balanced, even with its decided focus on the malts. The ale doesn't break new ground but it satisfies.

D: Under 6%, this is a quaffable ale. A nice offering in, and welcome addition to, the central PA scene.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an almost clear copper color with 1/4 inch of foam on top

S - earthy hops, slight citrus aromas, light caramel notes

T - nicely balanced taste with a bit of a hop bite to it

M/D - smooth and easy drinking and pretty tasty. Its definitely one that I would rely on as my go to drinking brew.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden. Head formed but dissapated to nothing.

Not much aroma. Little bit of malt. Not much hops.

Taste is pretty good. Nice and hoppy with malt background. Balanced pretty well but not much that makes it stand out.

Mouthfeel is good. No problems.

Overall if I lived where this was distributed I would buy a 6er every once in a while. No reason to seek it out though.

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Photo of Krishob
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of gratefulbrewski
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Pours a cloudy amber/golden yellow hue. Nice malty smell and a bit of citrus. Not alot bitterness or hops tho. But overall a nice sessionable ale.Its hard to believe but sometimes I need a break from the IPA's and this seems to hit the spot.

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