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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
Golden amber. No head. Pumpkin nose with nice spiciness. Smooth body. Good balance. Fresh cinnamon, clove and a nice gourd character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Deep warm amber, not much head. Mild spicy aroma. Nice notes of nutmeg, not vegetal at all but the body has some of the pumpkin squash character. Low carbonation, rather thin in finish. Spice flavors are all up front and then vanish out at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5122) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear coppery orange with a thick, pale orange-beige head that hangs around for a bit. Aroma is spicy and has a decided overtone of pumpkin. Flavor is richly of pumpkin and malt with hints of cloves and cinnamon and a hoppy undertone. Smooth texture makes this beer refreshing and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
draft at west side. pours hazy gold with white head. nose has pumpkin, vanilla, and nutmeg. flavors are loaded with nutmeg and pumpkin. dry finish, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
I had the Westside edition. Hazy amber body. Spicing here is perfect. It’s evident enough to immediately bring to mind pumpkin pie without any of the harshness that often comes from spices in beer. This is fairly light in body and flavor but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On tap at the westside location. I was a day or two late to get this straight outa the pumpkin but it was a decent mostly pumpkin version of the beer. Only complain was the lack of carbonation. It just fell a little flat. There is a good, well balanced, bit of spice, cinnamon but mostly clove. The pumpkin presence is definitely there and working all through the background and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Hazy orange, white froth. Nice allspice, pumpkin pie spicing. Taste is clove, a bit of spice, heavy with sweet malty base to hold it up.

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