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.
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