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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced AleCottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tdm168 on 01-24-2012)
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Gery285, Feb 17, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

flyersfan900, Aug 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Illmaticzx, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

GossageBrewery, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of StoutSlut
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

StoutSlut, Aug 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

DWheeler379, Feb 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

M_Burkey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Fergyx825
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Fergyx825, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

teromous, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jacwomyn, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jerefreakinmiah, Aug 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Canti4341, Nov 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

ncstateplaya, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

ironchefmiyagi13, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

tommyguz, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jpro
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

jpro, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mjenkins5, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ygtbsm94, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

bcoutu, Sep 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

irish01980, Oct 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

OldSmaug, Oct 18, 2013
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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.