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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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of billzee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of powellmg
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say, it's was better than some beers I've had it wasn't much of anything special but a pretty generic Pale Ale. Had some pretty nice hops on the nose. The color was golden yellow with some haze to it. The mouthfeel was decent with some good bubbles. This is a decent beer for social gatherings and such.

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Photo of haazer
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Blue Dog in Lansdale. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours one finger of pourage looking head. Dissapates to a thin layer atop a nice, cloudy apple cider brew. Hints of copper, amber, apricot, yellow and orange. Poor carbonation though.

S- Good balance of pale malts and citrusy hops.

T- I think I may have picked up an old bottle. This has somewhat of a stale taste to it. The malt bill is faint and the hops are almost non existant. Aftertaste is hardly bitter, but this is not a good pale ale by normal standards.

M- Mouthfeel is better than the taste. Feels smooth. But pale ale's usually have at least a little bit of prickly sensations, this doesn't appear to. This is more towards medium in the feel, but would classify as light. I like the added viscosity though, gives it a sloshy feel across the tongue.

D- I was very intrigued when I first looked at Spring House on BA. Another PA brewery I had not heard of and was eager to discover. But was let down with this first offering. Couldn't find a bottle date anhwyere only see a "copyright " of 2009. Also it says brewed and bottled by Spring House Brewing Company Harrisburg PA, yet I thought this was in Conestoga? Oh well. Hope the smoked porter I have of theirs is more pleasing.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly picturesque pour... Two fingers worth of rocky batter-like off white head... Excellent retention... A mild haze permeates... The color is a unique mix that is a golden straw towards the bottom glass and more of a burnt orange towards the top of the glass... Loads of lacing cling to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Bready malts... Toffee... Some earthy hop notes... A bit of wet cardboard... Slightly musky... A bit of nuttiness...

T - Bready malts and toffee are at the forefront... A slight hint of sweet citrus and honey... A vague nuttiness... The hops are much more pronounced on the palette and linger through the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Starts lush and creamy... Perfect level of brisk carbonation... The finish is a bit dry and puckering...

D - A highly quaffable easy drinker... At 5.6% ABV I could drink a couple of these without issue... Simple, straight forward, and effective... An above average American Pale Ale form a nifty local brewer has lots of character...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one!

A: Pours a golden yellow with very little head and very little lacing.

S: Upfront it is sweet and slightly floral, and then on the back there is a nutty/malt kick.

T: Sweet upfront. A nice little floral hop kick in the middle. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, seemed a bit lacking in carbonation. Overall, not a bad APA. Drank it while playing some video games with no problem.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange copper color with a white head. Nose brings some light citrus notes but there really isn't that much to it. Taste, again, is light citrus. A bit of pale malt is added in. Nice feel with light bitterness. A bit plain, but drinks quite well.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra received from bjspicer! Thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a ever-so-slightly cloudy dark orange with a thin off-white head on top. This becomes a small white cap that stays for the entire drink. Leaves some nice sticky globs of lace all over the glass. The nose is pretty basic. Grains, mild floral notes, and some sweet maltiness.

Good moderate mouthfeel. Carbonation level is decent. Finishes smooth and clean. Well-balanced beer with plenty of malty goodness, and a slight bitter finish. Hops are noticeable, but not overly so. This really is the epitome of a drinkable PA. Very easily quaff-able. Hit the spot this afternoon. Not bad at all.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served - poured from bottle into snifter.

a - very rich amber color, no lacing, very little head at all

s - very sweet and citrusy
t - taste was average, no prominent flavor, a little sweet, a little citrus, nothing that stands up and says "pow"
m - goes a long with the taste, nothing that stands out completely. not bad, not great.
d - an average beer, nothing wrong per say, nothing great as well. would be easy to drink for one or two, couldnt drink a six pack.
over all a decent beer with good not great characteristics

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Photo of thecarster1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 drtth
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is honey bronze color with a ½" white head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a thin layer with an irregularly shaped island of large bubbled foam off center. Sipping leaves some fine and interesting lacing that either turns in to fine speckles of lacing or a tightly woven spider web of foam.

Smell: The aroma is soft and faint but earthy and musty with some floral, grassy character. There is also some biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: The flavors start with a bit of sweetness from the malt but then quickly transition to a bitter hop character that has earthy, floral and grapefruit zest components to it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a faint prickly character from the fine, moderate carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly bitter and dry in the back of the palate.

Drinkability: For me this is pretty much just an OK pale ale for drinkability. I was able to finish it but there are a number of other pale ales I enjoy more and so I'll not go out of my way to have this one again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, a huge thanks to ShadesOfGray for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a dark golden color with about two fingers of white fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly but leaves great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hopes, bitterness, grainy, bready, and caramel.

Taste - Flavor is similar to the nose. Floral hops, slight hoppy and citrus bitterness. There is an odd metallic aftertaste to be honest, however. A slight malty backbone..

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Ehh...The odd aftertaste (metallic) makes this less enjoyable than if it were not there. Overall a decent APA but nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard, thanks man. Pours a mildly hazed, dark gold color with a dense cap of tan foam. Retention is mighty fine and leaves plenty of lace.

Nose is a well balanced blend of grainy, slightly caramelized malts and grassy hops. Pretty faint, but fresh smelling brew.

Flavor has an earthy quality to it along with a sweet malt presence. Not much in the way of hop flavor, maybe a touch of citrus pith, and just has a dose of lingering bitterness to finish semi-dry. Body is full and this beer actually seems to straddle the line between amber and pale ale for me. Has a decent creamy mouthfeel too. Not bad, a fairly well crafted ale here.

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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 matty
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is bready malts.Taste is caramel,bread,citrus and hoppy florals.It goes down relatively smooth.Overall a decent beer not great by any means but drinkable and enjoyable.I would recommend and probably would purchase again.

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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