Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Carolina Beer Company
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3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Found a 6 pack of this on clearance in February, score! I've never had pumpkin ale this time of year, it actually makes me think it's autumn.
I'm not picking up on the spices, but yet the flavor is almost overbearing. The added pumpkin taste is nice though, not too much, not too little. So in other words, this isn't my favorite pumpkin ale, but it's in the top few.
The pour is a nice golden orangey color. The head works well enough. Overall, a pretty good little beer.
02-19-2011 00:01:18 | More by kneeland
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
A tired horse trots up the dusty lane, an empty saddle hanging cockeyed on his back. The orange sunset glows behind him and creates a thick haze, a turbid orange/brown through the plumes of dust. His muscles are quaking and a sheen sits atop his skin, with just the slightest bit of foam at the mouth left over from his hard run.
The rider left this morning, and was planning to return before nightfall, but that was before the messenger had arrived shortly thereafter, with word of a thunder moving across the plains, a stampede such as the area had not known in many a year.
Brows furrow with the obvious assumption, what with the horse returning all alone and the state of the saddle. The pumpkin-carving party has been suspended in preparation for the onslaught that can just now be felt in the vibration of the ground. The aroma hangs in the dead air, of pumpkins and spices, cider and biscuits all baking in the warm sun.
Dry, the cider is, almost tart, with the spice elements and faint honey blending but finishing with a nutmeg and lemon. A medium body, but the carbonation and tartness all lending a dry, please-have-another-sip finish.
All of the streets have had to be cleared, nothing left in the open. Their sides will press along the buildings as they part like so many sea-waves around the buildings, we hope. The porches will cave as their pillars are crushed in the onslaught. Sit still on the other end of the house and sip and enjoy, and hope for the best. The glasses are clinking on the tables and the pictures are falling from the walls. They're closing in...
12-06-2010 20:04:18 | More by khiasmus
2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
Pours a dark russet brown color with a thick tannish white head and tons of lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg + some booze. Tastes very mediocre. Like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc, but just too boozy. Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is high.
11-21-2010 23:45:39 | More by TheKingofWichita
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.
Thanks to Onenote81 for sending this in a big surprise box!
A - Completely hazed over, this amber-orange beer had a moderately retained off-white head that ended in a lace-less thin pile.
S - The twist of the cap and following gun smoke wafting into the air released a burst of spicy pumpkin ale aroma. Ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice combine for a pleasurable pumpkin pie aroma. Bready caramel malts make up a good crusty-like base for the pumpkin.
T - Heavy on the spice as the aroma suggested, it's got a great conglomerate of spice dashed in. Nice pumpkin flavor and smooth maltiness. Never overwhelming.
M - A little on the carbonated side, this pumpkin has a medium-light body, smooth entry, and a sharp finish.
D - This is a good pumpkin worthy of drinking all fall long. Enjoyable and tasty! Thanks Jon!
11-21-2010 19:45:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip. Color is orange-caramel with a slight head. Nose is pmpkin spicing, sweet pumpkin, and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is pumpkiny with a bit of spice. Feel is medium and a bit creamy. Love the low ABV and mild flavors. This is a fairly sessionable pumpkin brew.
11-04-2010 15:24:01 | More by Thorpe429
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
I had very low expectations for this beer--not a big fan of the flavored stuff. But I have to say that they managed to make a beer that taste just like pumpkin pie and yet is still a tasty beer (perhaps some magic was involved here.)
Strong notes of coriander and cinnamon here. This beer has a very attractive caramel color. Full, nicely-carbonated mouth feel.
The taste, as you would expect, is of caramel, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Yet this is such that the beer flavor still comes through and indeed complements the other flavors.
As to drinkability....maybe one a year.
10-30-2010 21:23:48 | More by ClarkPinnock
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Carolina Beer Company
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