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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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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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 Fergyx825
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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 Roland45s
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber colored with a very small head, less than 1"

S: spices gallore, nutmeg, maybe some cloves, ginger, and pumpkin

T: a prety clovey/nutmeg heavy beer. If your grandmas pumpkin pie had a lot of spice this is the beer for you.

M: typical mouth feel

O: I'm up to my 16th pumpkin ale for the 2013 season, I'd say this rates in the middle. Better than the blue moons and shock tops, so far nothing better than schlafly and Pumking.

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Craigory
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of StoutSlut
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Brewski
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of flyersfan900
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Integritous
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jpro
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 BradShook
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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 jerefreakinmiah
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BCash
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Evoforen
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of SMKilp
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pauldave1976
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The BEST Pumpkin Beer I have ever had. Hands Down. I actually tried this on tap as well at a beer show and it was fantastic. The bottle was just as good. I would recommend anyone in the N.C. area to get their hands on this as soon as it comes out. I don't know what else to say there than give a try!! I'm really glad Foothills has taken over this brewery.

Photo of PattyLeit
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of mjenkins5
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.