Brew Dog 5am Saint – Guest Review

Brew Dog 5am Saint
Today I’m hosting a guest review, courtesy my friend Tyler of Foodmented fame. Tyler has made a couple of previous appearances on LIBA; he and I did beer brainstorms of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Avery IPA. Tonight he reviews a beer from Brew Dog – a brewery I have yet to try a single thing from!

I’ve been impressed with all of the Brewdog stuff. I reviewed the Punk IPA (one of my favorites), the Hardcore IPA (not hardcore but good), the collab beer with Stone Bashah (ehh), and I have the Riptide Stout, in my fridge, but I wasn’t real impressed with this one. I don’t really know why. High expectations? The owner of The Haven in Orange praised it to our table on draft AND I’ve had it in bottle but it was just, ehh.

If I took a semi-decent IPA and a half-way respectable amber ale and poured them both into the same glass I think I would have a pretty good approximation of this beer. A little toasty, a little bitter, a little too much alcohol bite for a 5%ABV beer.

Iconoclastic(large word for attacking beliefs or religion)? Definitely not. I’ve had better. Don’t sleep on Brew Dog though because they DO have some iconoclastic beers, just not this one.

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

1 thought on “Brew Dog 5am Saint – Guest Review”

  1. You know when I had this beer a few weeks ago I had almost exactly the same reaction as you. Your line "If I took a semi-decent IPA and a half-way respectable amber ale and poured them both into the same glass" summarizes this beer perfectly, in my opinion.

    My style in beers and especially amber ales is to enjoy smoothness and richness of flavor. This beer has a lot of flavor but it totally lacks smoothness in my opinion. What flavor is there wasn't particularly inviting to me, although it was somewhat interesting.

    I am a fan of Brewdog generally, but not this beer.

    Let me know what you think of the Rip Tide Stout, I had that one recently also. And I just picked up a really interesting team-up barley wine between Brewdog and Mikkeller, very interested to try that.

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