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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
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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Photo of Zraly
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Zraly, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of ZAN
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

ZAN, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

chinchill, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
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 Roland45s
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Roland45s, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

st9647v3, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Craigory
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Craigory, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of StoutSlut
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

StoutSlut, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Brewski
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Brewski, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of flyersfan900
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

flyersfan900, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Integritous
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Integritous, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of jpro
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

jpro, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of BradShook
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BradShook, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Damian74Shensky, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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%

jerefreakinmiah, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of BCash
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BCash, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Evoforen
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Evoforen, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of SMKilp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bigfnjoe, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mikeincharleston, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of pauldave1976
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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.

pauldave1976, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of PattyLeit
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

PattyLeit, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of mjenkins5
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

mjenkins5, Feb 20, 2013
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.