hopsdiva (13) Atlanta, Georgia | June 12, 2011| Updated July 25, 2011
While all three 5 Seasons have the same Executive Chef, in David Larkworthy, this location is set apart due to Brewmaster Kevin McNerney. Formerly Head Brewer at Avery Brewing Company in Bolder and Co-founder of SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, Kevin moved to 5 Season in 2008 to spend more time with his family. It was then that I experienced my first of many Hopgasams - his inaugural release with 5 different hops including Simcoe and Amarillo. If IPAís arenít your thing, the Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale is also a favorite.
I visited the Prado location on September 24th after a business meeting. After reading great reviews of the place, I have to admit that I was less than impressed overall.
First, I found the most lacking element was courteous service. When I enter a pub, especially one not overly busy, I expect to be greeted and asked my pleasure. I found my own way to the bar where there were only 3 or 4 other patrons, yet it took me 10 minutes to get a notice from the lady tending bar. She seemed unable to answer many questions about the beer but did give me a beer menu and a regular menu. Her replies seemed grudging and perfunctory, usually replying over her shoulder while walking away. It left me feeling unwelcome. I finally gave up trying to either ask her questions or give her orders.
But I came for the beer, and this is what the review is about, right? They have 5 beers on the menu, but one was not available and one extra was still around. Here are my impressions:
Copperhead ESB: Not an ESB. Lacking in almost every English character. Overly hopped with Cascade and so stuffed with caramel malts that it tasted like a Sugar Daddy dipped in pine tar.
Festbier: Their Oktoberfest offering was lacking in any melanoidin richness and had a strong soapy character and evident dicetyl notes. Perhaps it was forced and hasnít lagered long enough or maybe I just got a glass that hadnít had the dish soap rinsed off.
Helles: Finally a beer to style with strong Tettanang hop bite and just the right low malt breadiness and a slight melanoidin richness. Slight astringency in the finish. Their most mainstream beer, but a nice example.
Tripel: Not on the menu, never offered to me, but she poured it from a secondary set of taps and I spotted her doing it, so asked for a sample. 15 minutes later I got one. I shouldnít have bothered. It had a strong orange aroma, like Tang, and the flavor was of sour honey with distinct fusel high alcohols. Dark and still too sweet for the style. I didnít even finish my 1 ounce taster.
I also had the calamari appetizer. The food is not cheap here. A cereal bowl of calamari was $10 and 75% of the bowl is filled with fried onion bits. I had been planning on eating dinner here, but bailed after just the appetizer. It would have cost me at least $50 to eat here if I had a salad and an entree.
Place kicks ass. Food was unreal. Try the Buffalo Quail appetizer, had the Filet au Poivre for dinner. Did a sampler and a few pints. All the beers were very good, but the Coffee Imperial Stout was the brew to steal the show. One of the best coffee stouts I have tried. Anyway, get to this place if in ATL. You canít go wrong!
Went their with Kleyland and ran in to fellow ratebeer member skaughty. We found the ambience pretty nice. Food was a little weird for my taste. Would have liked a few more beers on tap and maybe some higher gravity offerings. Still enjoyed the place. Staff was good. Didnt hit up the bar.
Beers are usually very good according to my palate. Food is pretty decent but not incredible nor unique, although service and staff have never given me a bad experience. Not a high selection of beers, but the quality keeps me coming back when Iím in the craving for their brews. This is a great place to go with friends to talk and kill off a few pints and a few hours.
The beer here is excellent and so is the food. On my last visit I tried a Belgian Alle that was so good I continued to order it instead of trying others. I think you can also get hard liquor drinks but I was here for their brews. Much of the food is organic and heart healthy. The Ahi Tuna lunch salad is actually better than the more expensive dinner offering but both are recommended. Service is spotty, a bartender who ignored me most of the night to chat with the locals turned up the level of service and bought me a round at the end of my visit to save their tip .
RateBeer Tour Guideís Comments were not dated but the review made it sound like they had a lot of beers. Personally, I was disappointed. Nothing Hoppy. Bartender said one of the brewerís left to open his own brewery?? 5 Seasons might be an above average place for food but itís well below average for beer selection. Fortunately, I was able to make it to the Brick House. Brick House is right up there with Concordia Portland, Toronado SF, Flying Saucer Ft. Worth and Duck Island Seattle as an over-the-top venue for great beer.
My trip to 5 Seasons Brewing Co. was to try their beers. The place was packed when we got there at 9, but we had reservations and were seated immediately. Service was somewhat slow, but once I had a beer in my hand I didnít care. 5 Seasons is loaded with atmosphere especially if you are a home brewer. You can see the grain storage, the brewing tanks and in another room 7 conical fermenters. How about that, 7 fermenters and 7 taps. We also noted that there was no music playing in the place. We were kind of undecided it that was a good thing or not. They do not have bottled beer here and who needs it with the good variety of brews they have on tap. So, of the seven beers they had on tap we had six of them. The only one we did not try was the Copperhead ESB. Weíll have to go back and correct that. (We did 2 days later!)
Outstanding food, and great beer. What more could you want? The food is truly outstanding, albeit pricey. With a dedication to high quality LOCAL organic food, this place is not only committed to great beer, but also commited to local sustainable agriculture and delicous food. The beers are all good. My only complaint is the noise level is VERY high on a busy evening. You have to yell to hear someone 2 seats away.
Probably the best brewpub in Atlanta. Unfortunately for Atlanta (and Georgia), brewpub law is very very restrictive, and brewpubs can usually only survive when they are first great restaraunts, and secondly brew good beer. Fortunately, 5 Seasons does both. Food is gourmet quality stuff, but unfortunately comes with a gourmet quality price tag. Meaning I canít frequent here too often. For the most part, the staff is excellent, and yesterday when I was there peppering my waiter with beer questions, he stepped in back and got Spike (brewer) to come out for a chat. Thatís class in my book.