Seven Gates Of Hops - Gate 2 | Spring House Brewing Company

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 02-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
4
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
4.22%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing on 2/13/11.

From a growler into my glass, this brew appears a color of amber that is very clear. A white cap forms above the brew about a finger strong and laces all over the glassware in nearly a complete wall.

The aroma of this brew is quite grassy and herbal. The hop character here takes over the entire aroma without much indication of the grain. For being described as a sorachi offering, I'm not really getting that from this brew's nose.

The taste is herbal and modestly bitter. The hops present themselves with a grassy and herbal aspect that clings in the mouth coupled with a freshness of light grain that does not provide any residual sweetness. It does however provide a toasted quality. The finish includes a light mineral character coupled with notes of sulfur.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable overall the alcohol does not come forward really. It is a fairly decent offering but not quite readily identifiable as sorachi in my opinion.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for bringing this growler to my wild ale tasting -it was good to sample between sour beers -poured chilled from the growler into a tulip.

A deep caramel color of amber with golden hues and thick pale tan cap w/ lace stickage that holds on well- the retention is very good with rocky topography. I enjoy the smell -more floral/noble aroma than anything from the Sorachi- there is a nice citrus more in the lemongrass range w/ strong biscuit presenc from the malt and mild tinge of caramel. The feel has light tangy hop without any astringency - very herbal and mild which is not unusual given the hop choice - sometimes very lemony sometimes floral as noted here from Sorachi Ace. The bitterness is on the low end of medium with light sweetness and moderate carbonation.

This tastes more english than American with the subtlety from the hops giving smooth herbal flavor and more balance between malt and hop than the original, but slight tropical fruit goes well with the biscuit notes an mild lemony Sorachi ace hints w/ herbal qualities and creamy caramel malt in the finish. A very well made pale, very tasty and enjoyable if a little timid usage of Sorachi Ace -I could drink a lot of this since it is not overly high in alcohol and exhibits a smooth bitterness with slight tanginess which doesn't seem sour at all -more floral and juicy from the Sorachi Ace. I was surprised at how Noble the hop taste is and it just shows how one element can change the overall beer greatly

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday. Shared with Alex, Matt, Tim, and Adam.

A: The APA is cuprous orange hue, translucent. The relaxed color reminds me of a glass of tea. A finger of white head had left plenty of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: Lemony zest is present, however it isn't the concentrated in-your-face version of Sorachi. Here, the pungent lemon hides behind caramel, lots and lots of caramel.

T: The lemon emerges here in a way that it didn't do at the taproom. Allowed to warm up, the hops are much more assertive. That being said, this is a pale ale and balance is the key. Caramel and biscuit flavors are in strong supply, carrying most of the flavor. A nice beer when allowed to fully enjoy it. And yes, it is definitely Sorachi Ace.

M: The mouthfeel is a strong blend of caramel and hops. The Sorachi nneds plenty of time to come out of its shell. When it does, the lemony zest is a nice pairing with the biscuits.

D: Very quaffable. The hop variant makes a huge difference, imparting a more fragrant flavor. A good beer to slowly work through.

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Seven Gates Of Hops - Gate 2 from Spring House Brewing Company
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