Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-25-2012 22:37:38 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-02-2012 22:51:25 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-24-2012 02:09:56 | More by tdm168
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
08-30-2013 02:41:20 | More by chinchill
4.18/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
09-15-2012 12:11:48 | More by avalon07
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-27-2012 13:38:06 | More by thagr81us
3.99/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-29-2013 03:06:00 | More by DrDemento456
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-03-2013 20:30:03 | More by JayQue
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
10-09-2012 14:02:50 | More by Onenote81
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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