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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
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 Onenote81
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 rxhunt
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 VncentLIFE
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I do believe this is the same as the Double Pumpkin that used to be on draft at the Foothills taproom.

Bright orange body with an initially powdery white head on top.

The smell is loaded with cinnamon and allspice, but theres a good bit of caramel sweetness to back it up. I do get some sweetened pumpkin scents as well.

I really like this beer. Its definitely a really balanced pumpkin. Inititally caramelly sweet pumpkin flavors come out, but then I get some spicy cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. Some allspice comes in, but its an afterthought, as is clove. Not to say that those spices arent there (because they definitely are), they just almost get lost. The body is light, and it tastes like a well balanced pumpkin pie to me. Not to sweet, not too spicy, not too pumpkin-y, just right.

Photo of kneeland
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BlackBelt5112203
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.