Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint

I’m not usually a fan of red ales because they tend to be essentially red-colored IPAs but drier. BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint definitely does not meet that description, thankfully. It’s significantly malty while still retaining a strong hoppy presence. Not an amazing beer by any means, but not the same old red ale, either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (806) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2013
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. It cost $4.49 ($0.40 per ounce).

Appearance: Murky cranberry/mahogany hue. Forms a fairly large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Slight pine sap and caramel candy, but with a slightly fusel scent.

Taste: While the palate to BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint may not be absolutely delicious, it does have almost perfect balance. Even though my bottle was a little old it still had plenty of hops throughout. Earthy, herbal and grassy hop character is the best way to describe the bitterness here. Pine needles, tree bark and citrus peel might be even more apt descriptors. Caramel maltiness through the middle imparts a mildly sweet, somewhat confectionery taste. Lemon lollipop also seems to be a flavor, though this is more likely an off-flavor than something deliberate (and one I dislike in beer across the board).

It finishes with a big, dry hop bite and more earthy character as it goes down. The aftertaste is mostly clean, though there is a subtle drying sensation. In the end it’s a good, satisfying beer but nothing more than that.

Drinkability: What’s most impressive about BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint is the fact it’s remarkably robust for a 5% ABV beer. It has the full body of something bigger, though it is not a challenge to drink at all. Plenty of carbonation, energy and weight in the mouth followed by an easy finish. This is an ideal companion to food, but one on its own is good too.
 Grade: 7/10