I’m a big fan of Brewdog and have reviewed its Punk IPA and Hardcore IPA (half way through the video) before. This week I had the good fortune of being in one of my favourite cities in the world – Edinburgh – where Fraserburgh-based Brewdog has opened its second bar. There I treated myself to a pint of the 5am Saint.
The 5am Saint mixes malts including Maris Otter and Caramalt with an “über-hoppy” mix of exotic hops. It’s a wonderful deep-red ale and comes with floral, aromatic notes. You can tell already that you’re in for a taste sensation.
The company’s notes are pretty bang on when it says that its mix creates “an all out riot of citrus, orange and lychee flavours”. The lychee flavour is a particularly cheeky finish.
I love it. It’s available in supermarkets, but it was just extra special to have drunk the 5am Saint in one of Brewdog’s own bars.
Colour: Deep red
Nose: Floral, aromatic notes
Taste: Lychees and citrus
Our verdict: Eminently quaffable but take your time on this.