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Cottonwood Frostbite - Foothills Brewing Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Embrace the long winter nights in the company of Frostbite Black IPA. A careful blend of barley and roasted wheat malts deliver a clean finish, backed up by a big blast of Pacific North West aroma hops.

(Beer added by: nUgZ on 11-17-2012)
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Tarheel219, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

EasyReader, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Stargazer2892, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ncstateplaya, Jun 16, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours near black with a decent head that has some legs and leaves bands of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: as expected hops, an an IPA level, with some sweet and dark malts.
Flavor: about equal mix of dark and very dark roasted grains and earthy/herbal hops. Medium bitterness. Both hops anddark roast linger on and on in the aftertaste.

O: fairly easy drinking and tame black IPA, yet flavorful, as the malts and hops partly neutralize each other.

chinchill, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

JohnParadee, May 24, 2014
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briandaube, May 24, 2014
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atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mattsmith413, Apr 24, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown, not quite black. Reddish around the edges. Poured a 1 finger head that has pretty good retention. Good lacing

S - Piney hops, with roasted malts. The hops come through up front though. Also an underlying booziness. little bit of a funk in there too that I'm not sure how to describe, i think its due to the mending of smells between the strong hops and malts together.

T - Very good. The hop bitterness hits up front but the malts quickly fall in. Like the smell the hop presence is mostly pine notes, with some citrus notes to boot. The malts offer roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Somewhat boozy finish.

M - full with excellent carbonation level. Somewhat resinous. Much like a good IPA.

O - Very good overall and somewhat unique. Almost reminds me of a blend between a porter and an IPA.

cottonkoozie, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jak, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JakeTheDuck, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

JCam9981, Mar 06, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

An American Black Ale, that some people also call a Black IPA, although how an ale can be "black" and "pale" at the same time eludes me. Well this one is black … with some hints of dark red at the edges … topped with a 1/2 inch tan head that hangs around for a while.

The aroma is very hop forward, fresh pine resin and citrus, with a mild roasted malt background. The taste follows, with initial hops and then moderate bitterness (mid-70s IBU) and mild chocolate, molasses malt with a very slight hint of ethanol. The body is light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty tasty. It doesn't really strike me as a typical winter brew because of relatively light body, low alcohol, and lack of a large malt structure but it's a nice beer anyway. In fact if blindfolded I would have thought this was an IPA.

myelo, Feb 17, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler.

Pours a very deep, dark brown with a one finger light tan head. The head retention is better than average with pretty decent lacing as well.

Aroma is a nearly perfect example of what an American Black Ale should be. Toasted malt and dark roasted coffee mixed with pine with along with just the slightest touch of citrus. Very nice.

The hops become more readily apparent in the flavor compared to the aroma. Lots of pine and earth with just the slightest hint of orange peel. Some minty notes too but all quickly overtaken by a very high bitterness. The pine lingers through the bitterness as does the roast and coffee which is constantly present in the background. Just a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, this is a really good beer and much better than I thought it would be. I am really a fan of this style and this is one of the better examples I have had.

rangerred, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

skelton00, Feb 12, 2014
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Cottonwood Frostbite from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.