BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint Amber Ale

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Beer Profile

  • Brewery: BrewDog Ltd.
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  • Country: Scotland
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  • Style: American Amber / Red Ale
  • Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal, dark crystal
  • Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Ahtanum
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 25
  • Tasting Notes: Citrusy, grassy, caramel
  • Preferred Glass: Pint
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  • PHM Grade: A-

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint Amber Ale

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BrewDog … batty Scottish brewers that boil beer to buck trends in Britain. They have remained true to their approach with this ridiculous Amber Ale, if you could even call it that. It’s more like an Amber Ale that has been nuked by hops. It certainly lives up to its “iconoclast” nickname. This is a beer that BrewDog wants fans of Amber Ale to buy at the store or order at a restaurant. They want them to innocently, unknowingly attempt it, and die.

Thankfully, I was on to BrewDog before I bought 5 A.M. Saint. I’d seen the Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink the Bismarck videos. I knew what they were capable of.

I poured this rather expensive single bottle ($3.19, really?) into a regular pint glass. It was nice and red, with a foamy head, and a sucker punch of hops, right to the nose. They added a lot of finishing hops to this beer: Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, and Ahtanum to be precise. Since finishing hops lend to the aroma of a beer, the nose on this one is particularly huge.

As for taste … it is surprisingly more balanced than expected. Without knowing the manner in which this beer was hopped, I would think that most people would expect it to be very hoppy based on the nose alone. But really, the taste is balanced and closer to the classic Amber/Red Ale style. It is malty and crisp, with a twang of hops in the finish that leaves you thirsty for more. I found this beer to be very unique, but also close enough to its style category to merit a higher grade despite the nuance.

At 5.0% ABV, here is a bright, unique Amber Ale that really does buck trends by means of the way it is hopped, but doesn’t sacrifice the style. It seems like BrewDog isn’t just throwing loads of hops into the mix just for the hell of it … perhaps they know a thing or two about the brewing process and are indeed trying to lead people towards a true expansion of the palate. I say, well done.

BrewDog 5 A.M. Saint Amber Ale, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
  1. Yup, it’s a great beer.

    Shame about their hugely irritating PR approach, but then, maybe they just don’t realise how good their beers really are…

    They should have more faith in their unquestionable brewing skills, and less faith in their highly questionable ‘image’.

    It sucks and it just ain’t needed.

    Love the website!

    Hearty Goodfellow — August 3rd, 2011, 7:42 AM
  2. Boohoo! While they cannot even attempt to compete head-on with the macro-breweries, their PR method is to grab cheap headlines because let’s face it craft brewers cannot sponsor sports tournaments or have expensive ad campaigns. Brewdog make great beer and they want people to wake up and try it, and low-brow attention-grabbing antics are the best way to go about it… imho.

    Anyway, 5am Saint. What a great beer, goes splendidly well with Christmas cake… hmmm lovely.

    Fiachra Ó Braoin — December 12th, 2011, 6:12 AM
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