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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass for best effect, my 1st from this brewery.

A- Spring House pale ale looks like a pale ale. A mix of gold and orange with a fluffy off white head that looks quite full until it breaks down completely. pokeadot spots of lace very minimal.

S- Freshly cut lawn trimmings, some bready malts, caramel, earthy hops and some metal, uh oh.

T- The stainless steel does come through, it is pretty apparent but there is a decent pale ale under it that's ruined by the metal. Terminator 1000 metal with some earthy hops and some bisquit malt in the middle ended by more metal.

M- Less than medium in build with light but noticeable carb going for it. The hop taste does stick around the palate for a few which is needed and welcomed.

D- I'm glad i bought a single. Perhaps a mishap in the brewing process with the metal. Either way Spring House should not have released it like this. A major pet peeve of mine is brewery's that release product that has a obvious flaw, it infuriates me. either way i'll try this on tap to see any difference and revise if I see necessary.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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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2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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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 Viggo
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, some amber, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks a little muddy.

Smell is neat, very floral, roses, sugar and caramel, some orange peel, grapefruit, lemon tea, lightly fruity, a bit muddled but nice fresh and hoppy character.

Taste is similar, almost a lemon iced tea like flavour, some sugar, biscuits, floral, grapefruit, a bit of an herbal bitterness but the flavour is pretty weak.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, feels pretty dead. Nice aroma but lacks in other departments. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an extra from someone in PA, but I can't remember whom. Thanks to whomever it was! Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - A finger of quick dissolving eggshell foam that leaves a ring and a splotchy cap. Not much in the way of lacing while consuming or when swished. Unfiltered murky dark apricot color with tons of suspended sediment. This is not the most attractive brew.

S - Floral and perfume hop character, with some light citrus zest. Strong toffee malt character and a backbone of barley/grain. Pretty tame (compared to the crazy-ass MTH pale ales, anyway), but offensive or anything.

T - Taste is pretty mild, some bready malts, a touch of orange, and a slightly unpleasant grain aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is too lively for my liking - burns the upper lip. The brew is medium in viscosity, with a slightly grainy texture. Not generally what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

D - Other than the mildly bloaty carbonation and slightly odd aftertaste this is a pretty average pale ale and would be decent enough if I was camping and didn't have anything else to drink.

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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 praufs01
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy copper color with a creamy off white head. There were lots of little yeast particles floating around in the glass.

Aroma - Mild aroma of sour yeast and light orange zest.

Taste - Smooth light orange flavor up front that quickly moves to slightly bitter unsweetened Tea middle. The finish is earthy and dry.

Overall - An easy drinking ale that is decent but unremarkable.

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

Got this one as an extra recently. Something I had never heard of before which to me is always a treat. I decided to dive into this with dinner last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/27/2009.

The pour was the best part. Nice amber color with a good bit of carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass, Nice presentation with a two inch head of white foam on top that really settled quite nicely offering up loads of nice lacing down the glass. The aroma was light, some nice muted hop notes and a touch of light grain coming across. As it warmed became a bit more balanced than, still not as nice as I would have liked to have seen. The flavor was more of the same, average pale ale here with nothing really driving it in one direction or another, rather just a light mix of piney hops and off center grains. Light carbonation and an even, light body left it drinkable, albeit forgettable.

Overall not my favorite I have had, serviceable, sure, but utterly forgettable in the end. Not bad, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lightly orange amber. No head to speak of.
Aroma is light. Sweet malts and a gentle citrus, orange.
Flavor leans to hop bitterness. The malts are light and difficult to discern under a clean bitterness that lingers pleasantly.
Medium body but a very dry finish, almost tart in the feel.

For the most part a very well done but non-descript APA. A good bit dryer than others, which I enjoy. A very easy to drink APA.

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

Dashirey thanks for sending this one to me.
The bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body was hazy amber in color with some suspended particles (hops)
Aromas are nice citric hops with some bready yeast. The flavors of some sweet malt followed by a nice hop bite easily describe this brew. The brew is also light in the mouth with good carbonation for the tongue. Very easy to drink and just as easy to enjoy

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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 pvsob
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold color with a half inch head that fades quickly leaving some lacing. Is somewhat cloudy with lots of suspended matter in the glass.

S- Pungent citrus, earthy hops, toasted/bready malt, and some diacetyl.

T- It pretty much follows the aroma traits to a T. Not as hoppy as the aroma would lead you to believe.

M- Light to medium with very little carbonation.

D- A pretty good Pale Ale from a new brewery. If this is the only beer I could drink for the night, I would probably get tired of it after about three pints. All in all this is a decent beer and I'm looking forward to trying some of Spring House's other brews. Cheers!

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

12oz stubby bottle, i believe from the preseason BIF

appearance: interesting haunted house label - poured into a tyranena pint glass - murky copper body with a nice beige cream head and pretty decent lacing, pretty nice looking

smell: bready and sweet, light citrus hopping but not potent as many APA's have become in recent years, light caramel

taste: not as hoppy as i like my APA's but well balanced and tasty - sweet and bready, caramel, sweet citrus, buttery, toasted grain and malt

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth

drinkability: good

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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 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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Photo of Pauly2X
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Clear, light amber amber gold, one and a half finger rocky head.

S- Quite mello hop aroma with some slight malt aromas as well.

T- Citrus and earthy hop bitterness gently take center stage in the begining. At about mid point some malt complexity comes through. The finish was balanced and smooth, howeversome diacetyl became evident as it warmed up.

M- Light-medium bodied, relatively smooth carbonation.

D- I'd look for it in Pennsylvania

A rather enjoyable pale ale that leans a little brittish in terms of the malt profile.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy caramel brown color with a thick two finger dirty white head. Big foamy bubbles in the head and excellent retention. Leaves chunky lace as it recedes.

S - Strong caramel malt aroma dominates the nose. A light piney and floral hop aroma lingers underneath. More malty than I look for in a Pale Ale, but still an very nice nose.

T - Crisp and sweet initially. Primarily caramel sweetness, much like the nose. An earty hoppiness comes through mid-drink but does not have much staying power. Finishes with a light sweetness. There are some very light toasted bread characteristics throughout the drink as well.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very crisp feel. A little too much carbonation. Still, a very drinkable 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 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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Seven Gates Pale Ale from Spring House Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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