Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced AleCottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: tdm168 on 01-24-2012

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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear copper color, produced a very thin white head, poor retention and it left no lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Medium in body, the ale is a little off balance in my opinion, watery- thinness that gives way to pumpkin spice. With the amount of spice, I would like to have seen a heavier dose of malted grain to balance. Overall, poor example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was alsways a fall staple for me when I first moved to NC.,I had it for the first time this year on tap at MCcoul's in Greensboro this weekend.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep copper/bronze with a thinner white head atop.Mild spiced notes in the nose,mainly nutmeg and cinnamon.A well rounded palate with the spice not being over the top,cinnamon stands out mainly,not overly sweet wich is a good thing.An easy going but flavorful pumpkin,again a regular for me in the fall here in NC.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle but very good reason to believe this is a 2013 vintage. ABV listed as 5.3% with IBU at 5.2. Pours with a decent head, excellent clarity and a fine orange-amber color. The head is rather short-lived and lacing soon becomes minimal too. The aroma has a nice spice mix with nutmeg and connamon most prominent. Plenty of pumpkin pie spicing in the taste, but not quite overdone, featuring nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon. Some bisquitly malts and winter squash (pumpkin?) in the mix too. Near medium body with medium+ carbonation.

O: Lower ABV and flavor strength than the Terrapin Pumpkinfest that proceeded it, but it has very similar spicing. Very drinkable for a spciy ale.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/29/11

Pours a dark, brownish amber with ¼” of bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin. The taste is caramel, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and a hint of ginger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, balanced, drinkable pumpkin. It’s nice to have a pumpkin ale that’s not overly spiced.

Photo of thagr81us
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured copper with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I have always been a fan of this brew back when Cottonwood brewed it and was glad to see that Foothills is continuing to brew it. Same flavors and aromas going on as the one that I used to drink last year, but everything is a little kicked up in intensity. Pretty nice balance going on that keeps your palate on its toes. Definitely worth trying if you have not done so with the old one or the new one.

Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours clear and amber with a nice off-white foamy/creamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- nice bouquet of typical pumpkin spice aroma of nutmeg and clove with more of an emphasis on the cinnamon. There's also a nice earthy/woodsy aroma, overall more aromatic than most pumpkin ales

T- the cinnamon emphasis follows in the flavor as well, as it is immediately noticed with some baked cinnamon apple flavor. Clove and pumpkin spice comes through mid-palate wi a nice malty finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly slick mouthfeel with just a bit of foam on the finish

O- this is a solid pumpkin ale, it definitely emphasizes the pumpkin spices more than pumpkin itself, which some may not like. But overall worth a try.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light copper colored beer with a momentary white head. Little to no lacing.

A nice spice blend in the aroma, with a sweet, malty backbone. Nice aroma.

Decent flavor. Sweeter than most pumpkin ales I've tried.

Medium-thin bodied beer with a crisp, dry finish.

This is an above-average pumpkin ale. No complaints here. It was much better than I anticipated.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this pumpkin ale yet ever still never even seen a Foothills beer so this is kind of exciting.
A - Bright clear orange brown tint beer with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring
S - Strong nutmeg and cinnamon with a mild vegital tone and some brown sugar. Hope it taste balanced.
T - Kind of oak flavors off the bat then strong spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg with no noticeable hops just some vegital green followed by some brown sugar sweetness.
M - Drinks well mostly medium bodied and slick. Very good.

Overall first beer by this company and they got there own interpretation of the style down pretty well. Tasty stuff.

Photo of rxhunt
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer for the first time this weekend at the Durham, NC BeerFest. It was the only beer that had me go back for seconds. The beer is smooth tasting, refreshing and not heavy tasting. I am very glad this is a "North Carolina" product.

Photo of majinsnake
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle I got looks completely different than what is listed in the picture on this page.

Anyway, the one I bought was good and worth trying. It's that first sip that caught my attention.

The other bottles I bought were not all that (I got it in a 6-pck case), but this first bottle I drank hit the spot.

I could smell the pumpkin scent and it smelled fine.

It may not be the greatest pumpkin ale that I have had, but certainly worth trying.

Photo of lillitnn92
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in typical Pint glass. Not huge fan of the Food and Spiced beers, but this was really good. I would definitely get this again. Has lots of Pumpkin Spice taste, but not overbearing. Very drinkable, great Fall beer. Would be a perfect choice of Turkey Day for sure.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out). There are some lighter notes of caramel malts with some brown sugar/molasses sweetness present.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of the beer are exactly what I would expect for the style - upfront there is a moderate amount of caramel malts with some brown sugar/molasses sweetness. There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Very little bitterness in this beer.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp yet slightly prickly.

O: Overall a pretty enjoyable pumpkin beer and one I think got improved after the purchase of Cottonwood/Carolina by Foothills. Easy to drink with well hidden ABV, good balance of the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, and not too intense flavors/smells.

Photo of JayQue
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A fairly typical pumpkin ale. Christmas/potpourrie spicing in a malty beer.

Nice deep amber color, clear. Head is minimal with a bit of lacing.

Aroma is the Christmas thing, cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin spices, not overdone but not my thing either.

Flavor is fairly mild, a slightly sweet, malty beer with the Christmas spices.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. A lot of Pumpkin Ales are watery.

Not bad if you are into this sort of beer.

Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice transparent dark bronze and orange body with a fizzy and foamy off-white fluffy head. The head dies down pretty fast and doesn't leaving lacing. It still looks great.

S: It smells heavily of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg comes to mind first as it seems to be the heaviest scent. Then there is some light cinnamon and gingerbread cookie. It smells very nice. I don't pick up any hop character.

T: The spices are there, but there doesn't seem to be much character to the beer other than the spices. I get cinnamon mostly up front, then the flavor of clove comes in like a freight train. Still there is no real beer flavor to this. It tastes like spiced water.

M: The mouthfeel feels very watery and way too thin. There is literally no body to the beer.

O: Overall I thought the beer started out really nice visually, then I was fooled by the scent. It gave the impression that it would be a really nice beer but it was nearly flavorless with the exception of spices and had absolutely no body to speak of. A beer like this really needs a good foundation to set itself on. Without a good foundation the spices are worthless.

Photo of avalon07
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brilliant copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of pumpkin, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of pumpkin (of course), spices (cinnamon especially), and malt in the finish. A very well-balanced flavor that's just complex enough and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: One the better pumpkin ales I've tried. This - for some reason - isn't a style that a lot of breweries get right, but this one does the trick.

Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Something is up with this beer in reference with BA. It is now being brewed by Foothills but under the Cottonwood name. They have made this beer forever it seems. I have drank it when it was brewed in several other locales, I think now that Foothills has control of the operation it will be a much more solid and consistent beer.

Pours an orange pumpkin-like color. A lot of head at first but settles well into a fair amount of lacing.

Aromas of fall, malty, sweet, lots of spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice and maybe some ginger. It has a very pumpkin spice aroma going on.

Taste: Sweet, pumpkin pie in a bottle. Its very strong on the spices, if there is any pumpkin in this beer, I doubt they use much. The spices overpower the pumpkin. I don't really have a problem with the fact that there is little pumpkin in there, I kind of like the spice component about these pumpkin beers.

Overall: Its not a lot different than others, I will say the mouthfeel and thickness of it makes it a better one than others, but they all taste pretty much the same, at least the better ones. Where we live its usually on sale at least once in the season and its totally worth the $8 or $9 a six pack.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger cream-colored bubbly head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Clear with not many carbonation bubbles.

S – Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a little bit of bready malt. Smells just like pumpkin pie.

T – Follows the nose to a T. Sweet all the way through with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and a little bit of bready malt. Pumpkin pie in a glass.

F – Medium-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. The taste of the spices lingers for a few seconds.

O – This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. To me, it’s more on the side of pumpkin pie side of the spectrum rather than the purely pumpkin side due to the strong presence of the spices. The mouthfeel is a little light for the big pumpkin pie aroma and taste, but the bottom line is that this is a drinkable and tasty brew that’s well-suited for the fall. Pumpkin beer lovers should check it out.

Photo of mattkoon
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a good pumpkin beer. is a clean brownish amber. the smell is filled with spices- cinnamon and nutmeg, also there are hints of vanilla. there taste starts off spicy but quickly fades to a watery finish. over all this cottonwood pumpkin is drinkable, I have had a few weak pumpkin beers this year. this one definitely brings it up front, but it falls short on the back end. not too shabby.

Photo of Onenote81
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewpub for $3 pints, and started out with this one. My first (and probably only) Pumpkin Ale of the season. Came out a deep dark orange, with a nice frothy cap. The nose is sweet with pumkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon - not surprising. Slick feel. Sweet pumpkin, that isn't as artificial-tasting as I remember. The pumpkin is also a little more subtle, but in its place there is an overwhelming spice profile, that isn't all that refreshing. All-in-all though, it's not a bad autumn drink, but I couldn't see myself having any more than 1 of these at a time, or even more than 1 in a season for that matter.

Photo of Fergyx825
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Exactly what i'd expect out of a Pumpkin Ale. A little bit of head, and there is some residual bubbles on the surface of the beer. Nice amber to light color, see through.

Smell: I smell spices, and then i smell the pumpkin. Sort of has that pumpkin out of a can comes to mind, not that this is a bad thing. I really enjoy the smell of the beer.

Taste: Not as flavorful as i was expecting based on the smell. Not bitter, but not sweet. More of a middle ground taste. I can taste the spices, not so much the pumpkin. Aftertaste is more pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Thicker beer, but lots of carbonation. Not so drinkable in high quantities.

Overall: Wasn't expecting much out of this beer. Not that bad, but not something i'd brag about. Lookwise, it was what i expected. It smells great. But the taste is a let down. I'm not a fan of thick high carbonated beer.

Photo of Bernoulli
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orangish red. Modest head.

Subdued but pleasant odor

Definite pumpkin taste - in the ballpark with the Lakefront pumpkin-wise. Unlike the Lakefront (granted that was a lager) this definitely has a solid and appropriate beer taste as well.

A solid fall beer that we'd order again.

Photo of kneeland
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you love pumpkin beers, than this one won't disappoint. The color is a beautiful amber orange, but almost no head. It stays carbonated enough throughout, but I would prefer a little more foam. You can almost pick out the nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. They blended it all very nicely with real pumpkin flavor. I'm really liking what Cottonwood is doing. Go North Carolina!

Photo of jpro
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a snifter...

A: light copper bronze; about an eighth of an inch of light beige foam; not much retention or lace.

S: allspice; ginger; nutmeg; clove; a lot of pumpkin spice going on here; maybe some graham cracker crust.

T: most of the spices mentioned above, but things get real clove-y towards the end and it gets pretty sweet; foundation of this brew could use some extra malt; not bitter at all.

M: A touch thin; low carbonation; pretty plain mouthfeel.

O: An OK pumpkin ale. Not bad, but not really anything special.

Photo of Ac2013
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Good pumpkin color with a nice head. Smells of cinnamon and cloves. Initial tastes bring about pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, but the spice is not over powering. Not a lot of carbonation, very drinkable though. Overall, this beer seems to be a sessionable option for a pumpkin ale. Would buy again.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that since Foothills bought out Cottonwood a while back, that this beer would improve. It has, but not dramatically enough to make a huge difference. This one pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter type glass. The beer emerges clear and dark amber in color with kind of a small, wispy head. The head recedes into a small ring around the edges of the beer.

Aroma on this one is still nice, as it was in the olden days. Loaded with pumpkin-pie spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. A good dose of caramel malt adds some sweet aromas as well as some variety. There is a bit of sourness present but I dont think this really detracts from anything overall.

The flavor, although improved, is still not quite there. The spices are a little overwhelming in the flavor. I feel like I have a potpourri bag in my mouth. The aftertaste is long a kind of cloying. The thin body is by far the biggest disappointment in this one. Quite watery and dry.

I think this one has improved since Foothills has put its stamp on it, but this is not near the top of the list of pumpkin beers out there. I say pass this one by.

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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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