Brew dog ‘5am saint’ iconoclastic amber ale


image“Start the car. The lights are about to turn amber. Buy the ticket, take the ride. Past the alley where thieves and pimps sell corporate brews and good men soak it up like vermin, blissful in their ignorance. Past the jackhammers who want their three and a half percent. Keep going. Towards that golden orb, the size of Zeus’s ass, that hovers over this crazy town. Sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink amber, and drive like a bastard towards that saintly light”.

Served in a shaker glass the gorgeous amber/mahogany pour whips up a tightly held finger and a half of off-white foam. Good head retention, shedding off some decent patchy lacing that trails the liquid all the way down. The aroma is largely dominated by a tropical fruity character. Big juicy overtones of lychee, peach and mango are all well balanced on a deep, yet subtle biscuity malt base. And with some lovely herbal undertones to boot we have here a delightful aroma. Moderate carbonation and good body accompanies a pleasantly dry mouth feel. The assertive hop bitterness upfront is compensated with a slightly rich caramel, honey and biscuit malt that develops through the mid. The finish leaves a tasty mix of herbs, pine resins and soft red fruits with a lingering hop dryness. At only 5% ABV there is a lot to like about this beer. Almost sessional but more importantly a very enjoyable autumnal beer. Big ups to the Scottish lads for this tasty brew.