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Cottonwood Frostbite - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%


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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Reviews by Onenote81:
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on-tap at the brewpub. Light ruby edges make this one just less-than-black. A nice small cap of foam on top leaves perfect sip rings on the glass edge. Excellent nose bursting with notes of pine scent, citrus, fresh crushed hop pellets. Great inviting hoppy scent!

Good body. Not too thick, easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. Well-balanced. Juicy, flavorful hops make up the bulk of this one. Nice bitter pop to it, but great citrusy flavor. Some mild cocoa-like sweetness noted, a little dry character on the finish. A good dark bitter beer. I like this one better than their standard IPA I think. Nice work retooling this one, Foothills.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 01:02:45 | More by Onenote81
More User Reviews:
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cottonkoozie

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:20:59 | More by cottonkoozie
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-18-2014 16:01:04 | More by jak
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JakeTheDuck

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2014 01:40:34 | More by JakeTheDuck
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BeerBeast

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-14-2014 02:40:42 | More by BeerBeast
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-08-2014 02:11:33 | More by AngusOg
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McBraniel

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-08-2014 00:35:44 | More by McBraniel
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JCam9981

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-06-2014 18:04:28 | More by JCam9981
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myelo

Tennessee

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 18:53:16 | More by myelo
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2014 21:55:04 | More by rangerred
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skelton00

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-12-2014 20:24:45 | More by skelton00
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shawn at Libation Station for the recommendation. I went in looking for a stout but when I tried this one I changed my mind and I'm glad I did. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Black like a stout but with a towering beige head that lingers. Great lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell is different and really nice. Definitely piney but with some malt sweetness. If you took away the hops it would probably have a stout aroma.

Taste is great. Mild hops to start. Super balanced in the middle with hop/malt finish. There is a mild lingering hoppy finish that is really good. Mouthfeel is like an ipa. Good carbonation with slightly smooth finish.

Overall a really good and different beer. Like a hopped stout. I've had similar beers but this one is a keeper. Will definitely buy again, hopefully next weekend.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2014 02:51:01 | More by dbell23
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Belekinbeer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2014 02:21:06 | More by Belekinbeer
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-27-2014 02:24:37 | More by carrollmel7
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RochefortChris

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-19-2014 21:48:45 | More by RochefortChris
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tdatt43

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

01-14-2014 01:06:21 | More by tdatt43
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-13-2014 23:59:29 | More by brauseboof
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ben4unc

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-13-2014 00:25:45 | More by ben4unc
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-07-2014 06:57:48 | More by ygtbsm94
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baklo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-06-2014 22:16:30 | More by baklo
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-05-2014 04:33:19 | More by Falcone
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Mojo

Alabama

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> tulip glass

A - deep opaque black, as black as a moonless night, as black as my ex-girlfriend's cold, cold heart. Small one inch khaki colored head, with awesome retention, and awesome lacing.

S - interesting nose, not overpowering at all but I get roasted nuts, pine , bread, and floral

T - There is a subtle molasses like tangy sweetness present. The finish is roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate, and a nice bitterness that slowly materializes.

M - pretty thick. Moderate carbonation, small aftertaste, though not unpleasant.

O - A pleasant surprise. I loved this far more than I anticipated. My biggest regret was that I only bought a single bottle last time I was in NC.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:39:46 | More by Mojo
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Evoforen

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-01-2014 02:02:18 | More by Evoforen
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Chandler_R

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-27-2013 07:22:21 | More by Chandler_R
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

12-27-2013 01:22:25 | More by AlexFields
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Cottonwood Frostbite from Foothills Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.