Friday, 11 March 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: 5am Saint
The basics: It’s a 330ml bottle weighing in at 5%. It boasts no less than five varieties of malts, including Caramalt (a very pale Crystal Malt) and Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops. For good measure it’s dry hopped with Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial. Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin.
It poured a deep amber colour with very good carbonation and a healthy looking frothy head. Aroma was zesty citrus and some tropical fruit.
Taste: This one tends to wash over you as the Nelson Sauvin battles for dominance on your tongue. The malts give it some depth but it’s the tart hops that really linger.
Finish: Short and tart.
Conclusion: A pleasing little diversion for hopheads, but it lacks the complexity of some of its rivals. Personally I think it’s better on draught. One for your hophead friend.