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 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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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cork & Cap in Lancaster.
Straw-orange in color with a good sized soapy head. Smell is of cracker malts and a mild floral hop bouquet. Taste is balanced nicely between bready and caramel malts and a floral/earthy hop flavor. I also noticed a little lemon zest on the finish. Mild bitterness and carbonation make it easy to drink and the balanced palate make it sessionable. Every once in awhile, it's nice to have a pale ale that doesn't strive to be an IPA. Check it out.

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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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rocky head; the persistence was good and it left a few shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity and floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath

Taste: Biscuity, with caramel and lemon elements developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the caramel moves up a notch and is joined in the finish by a grainy edge

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a very different APA; I would like it much better if it had the hop bill to go with the malt

Thanks, bjspicer, for the opportunity

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Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bright, amber body with a soapy, white head...showed decent retention finally settling into a spotty cap...decent lacing as well

S - The nose wasn't very big...faint malts, bread, and the faintest citrus hops

T - The pale malts stand out through the entire beer...they aren't really sweet but rather grassy/grainy...there is a buttery biscuit flavor in the middle of the beer...the hops again are very faint at the very end

M - Light bodied...crisp but could have had more carbonation and more of a lingering hop bite

D - This pale ale tasted more like a lager to me...I would probably not go in search of this one but I could drink it if it was the best thing available

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's for around $2 Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a mildly hazed pale amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and taste consists of bread, caramel malt, citrus, biscuits. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall, a clean, good drinking pale ale.

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

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2. It's always fun trying a new session beer from a local brewery. This reminded me a bit of Summit's Extra Pale Ale, but a little stronger. It had the same woody-citrus combination of hop character with a mellow, bready backbone. It's not the most complex, but it's certainly tasty and drinkable. Crack one open at your next BBQ.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - clear golden in color with about a half inch of foamy dish soapy white head. Looks like a solid pale ale, no real surprises.

Aroma - caramel, Pepperidge Farm Gingermen Cookies, slight citrus, biscuit mix and some yeasty smells.

Taste - sweet and malty, much more so than hoppy. There is the taste gingerbread as well. I thought I was crazy when I smelled it, guess not. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with hints of fresh grass and lemon zest. A little sharp and dry in the finish.

Overall - despite a real lack of hop "oomph" this is a very tasty pale ale. The hop flavor may just be the bite in the finish, which I really enjoy.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd probably do this on tap if I saw it. Its very drinkable and oddly enough I've come full circle to really enjoying a well balanced (or even malty) pale ale over an absurdly hoppy IPA a lot of the time. I guess I am getting old or maybe my tongue is just worn out!

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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 BeerSquid
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.
A good beer, very flowery, I honestly feel like it just lacks a good strong kick of hops.

A- Pours a copper with a hint of orange. A bit cloudy, but mostly clear. Decent head that settles out after a few minutes. No lacing

S- Strong floral notes, hint of hops and pine.

T- The flowery sent is carried through in the taste as are the touch of hops. The hops linger nicely and are not overpowering but really lack a substantial kick at the finish.

M- Nice light carbonation. Smooth finish.

D- Very drinkable. I could sit down and drink a lot of these. Its light enough to not fill you up too much and the alcohol is hidden well.

Seven Gates is pretty good, not my favorite Pale simply because of the lack of hoppy kick. I also think im generally more of a fan of the citrus in Pales rather than the flowers in this one. But its not bad, can't wait for the new Pale from Spring House.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and competent Pale Ale, which is a good thing in a crowded genre.

Pours clearish amber with dense fluffy head. Aroma is grainy, bready. The flavor is solid, bready with pleasant floral hops and a long citrus bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little clingy.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, pale amber body. Moderate sized off white cap quickly recedes but leaves behind some quality lacing.

S: Grassy hops with perhaps a hint of citrus. Bread-like malts make themselves known as well.

T: Much like the nose there are two key components: relatively nondescript grassy hops and bready malts. Lightly bitter.

M: Light-medium bodied with good carbonation upfront. Trickles off toward the end and gets a little thin in the back. Clean finish with a light bitterness.

D: Overall... an unoffensive, but relatively uninspiring pale ale. Could benefit from an additional hop addition contributing another layer hop character.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden straw color with adequate fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is of pale malts with hints of grass, light citrus. Taste is pale, grassy with a hint of citrus, slight off flavor akin to a light struck lager noted that holds this beer back big time. Decent light body, nice prickly carbonation. Ok brewin most aspects... the off flavor on a pale beer was just too much to overcome.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light golden hue nice tall egg white head with tons of sheet lacing.

S: Simple biscuit aroma with hints of caramel, and grassy herbal hops.

T: Simple flavor as well. Caramel malt with lots of herbal hops. Light citrus as well to round things out.

M: Medium in body, good carbonation, hoppy bite in the finish.

D: Pretty good. A nicely hopped pale ale.

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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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