5 Seasons North The Great Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
Pumpkin beers are a complete pain in the ass to brew - but also a lot of fun I have to admit. I got almost 100 lbs of fresh pumpkins from a local, organic farm. I cut them up, baked them off, and then scooped their flesh directly in the mash tun to a base of Maris Otter and 5 different specialty malts to give the beer a sturdy malt backbone. Traditional pumpkin pie spices were added in the kettle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Nice spicy aroma. Flavor of pumkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Like drinking a glass of spice cake. Good for one beer but not all night. Good seasonal ale. Pass the pecan pie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Sampler. Pours a dark amber. Small, off white head. Aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon. Flavor is really well balanced. Pumpkin flavors are nice and subtle. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices come through near the end. The finish is slightly bitter. One of the better pumpkin beers I tried this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel-colored body with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Smell: Aroma of spiced caramel and fresh pumpkin innards. Taste: Rich, sweet caramel malts with a touch of breadiness. Very fresh-tasting pumpkin flavor with a blip of tart fruitiness. Subdued cinnamon spice character and a touch of earthy bitterness. The sweetness gets a second wind and picks back up for the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very mild carbonation. Drinkability: A very nice pumpkin ale full of flavor and good, wholesome fun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010
Name: Pumpkin Spice Ale
Brewery: 5 Seasons Westside
Date: January 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet pumpkin aroma, light spices
Flavor: sweet pumpkin flavor, touch of spices add depth
Overall: great pumpkin character with the spices playing a supporting role

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Date: October 25, 2007
Mode: Pumpkin Cask
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: cloudy orange, frothy dirty white head, specks of lace
Aroma: rich pumpkin aroma with cinamon and other spices
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of pumpkin character, light spices complement rather then overwhelm, nice sweetness comes in and brings out the cinamon

Date: November 15, 2007
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy white head
Aroma: sweet pumpkin and cinamon aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of rich pumpkin character, spices are strong but well balanced with the pumpkin

Date: December 13, 2007
Mode: draft
Vintage: 2007

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

Date: November 13, 2008
Mode: Pumpkin Cask
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: opaque orange, scant head
Aroma: sweet pumpkin aroma
Body: big body with low carbonation
Flavor: lots of pumpkin flavor, light spicyness, cinamon and other spices come out stronger towards the end

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
I enjoyed this on on Halloween. Aroma of pumpkin spice & yummy pumpkin pie. Color is deep copper. Thin amber head. Flavor is good pumpkin (ususally hard to detect), squash flavor in a medium creaminess. Medium bodied. Very flavorful, enjoyable, chewy, and fun.

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