Red Ale - 5.0% ABV
A Popular choice from Brewdog's Core Range of Beers. The question is though, is this Red Ale a Saint or a Sinner?
So, to start the weekend here is another beer from of Brewdog's Core Range and supermarket selection.
This changes the style up a bit from Punk IPA which we reviewed earlier in the week. With 5AM Saint, we can experience an altogether different beer with the emphasis more on malt flavours but no doubt, some of Brewdog's usual share of bitter hops in the equation as well.
It's been a while since I tried 5AM, so I'm looking forward to it.
Let's get stuck in...
In The Glass:
It's actually a very beautiful looking Red Ale with a dissipating foamy white head. The usual filtered body gives a clean and relatively clear orange/ red brew with good levels of carbonation bubbling away inside the glass.
On The Nose:
Big Spicy, Malt notes come floating out of the glass combined with perhaps a slight marmalade aroma.
The initial tastes are quite pleasant.
There are some really nice spicy flavours. Caramel and berries form the backbone but there is also a brash hoppy hit at the back end. The sweeter flavours that come from the malts are really quite nice and should be the star of the show but it's like they are being upstaged by the bitter blast from the back which feels quite harsh for this style of beer.
Brewdog got to where they are by being unconventional and there are no rules in this game so fair play but as far as I'm concerned, the hoppy bitterness just dominates this Ale a little too much.
Apart from that the mouthfeel is medium and refreshing and the ABV is low enough to allow this beer to be enjoyed multiple times as part of a session.
Overall, it's a nice enough brew but personally, I'd prefer this Saint to be a little bit less bitter and more of a sweetheart.
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