Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Carolina Beer Company
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4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz bottle, picked up a 6 pack in Raleigh
appearance: a nice rich orange/copper mix with a fluffy tan head and nice lacing. Compared to the last few pumpkin beers I have had this thing looks like a winner
smell: mmm, pumpkin pie, all sorts of traces of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. brown sugar aromas add a nice touch....wonderful
taste: well, this thing owns new holland ichabod, no question about it. it actually tastes like pumpkin pie with great hints of spices that came through in the nose coming through in the taste as well. The pumpkin and spice is balanced well in comparison to some other pumpkin ales. the pumpkin really gets to shine in this beer. bravo
mouthfeel: definately not too thin which was my beef with some others, nice carbonation, medium bodied, tickles the tongue
drinkability: just like i remembered, i can drink these all day long
congratulations cottonwood, while the brewery has changed greatly over the past years, this brew remains top notch for a pumpkin ale.
09-10-2005 20:08:35 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Very rich amber color and a light tan thin lace for a head. The aroma is like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, pumpkin seed, with sweet malts. The flavor is about the same. Sweet malts and pumpkin pie spice. A perfect balance of maltiness and spice. Goes down easy and taste great. This is a brew that I look forward to every fall.
09-09-2005 07:03:10 | More by Luigi
4.22/5 rDev +9%
My first Carolina Beer & Beverage purchase since the boycott ended a few weeks ago. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with an almost pumpkin colored tint and a nice tan head that dissapates very quickly. Smell is of sweet pumpkin pie with hints of spices and vanilla, an incredible aroma for a pumpkin beer, bar none the best smelling pumpkin beer ive had. Flavor is similar to the smell: sweet pumpkin pie with hints of spices and vanilla and almost no detectable hops presence , almost like pumpkin pie a la mode...very nice but the sweetness detracts from the character slightly i think. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation and a medium body. An excellent pumpkin ale, with extremely good drinkability...a tad on the sweet side but great regardless. I was worried about this one as the quality of the other cottonwood beers has definately declined in the past year but they seem to have at least gotten this one right.
09-03-2005 04:56:14 | More by silver0rlead
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Dark orange like a warm spiced tea. Decent head that discipated to a slight cover in about 30 sec. Excellent lacing covers the glass for the entire duriation of the beer.
S: Smells like a warm spiced tea of my wifes scented candles. I don't know if that description does it justice though.
T: Very unusual. I've never had another beer that taste like it. The spices really jump out at you, but I don't know what they are. Gets stronger and slightly metallic as beer warms.
M: Very thin. Carbonation bubbles in mouth. Fizzes like a soda.
D: Enough variance in taste to be a good beer, but as drinkable as a mainstream macro. I could drink a bunch of these really quick.
09-02-2005 20:27:12 | More by wcudwight
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
This is one of my favorite fruit/ veg beers. I havent had too many but this is one of my faves. Pours a cloudy amber with very little head and very little retention with no lacing. The smell is great; lots of spice aroma with cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice. Tastes like pumpkin pie, which is a real treat. A very drinkable beer. I always enjoy many sessions of this beer around the holidays while hanging out with my family. Nice beer.
04-09-2005 03:33:59 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
A ruddy and hazy pour with a medium white head that fades after a few minutes. Spices are easily evident in the aroma, smells like Thanksgiving: cranberry, allspice, some sweet malts and syrup.
Taste is dryer than the scent gives off. Mildly malted but without the bitterness of the hop bite; instead, it is replaced with a lingering spiciness of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and cloves with a very, very faint lemon. Some caramel and berry elements but not enough to turn it cloying -- surprisingly dry and reserved while remaining flavorful. Flavor triggers a memory of supermarket-brand generic cherry cola.
Mouthfeel is light and clean, well-carbonated. Smooth, no detectable alcohol taste, very drinkable. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.
02-26-2005 03:47:51 | More by assurbanipaul
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with an orangish tint. A tan head on top with decent retention.
Smell: Big, spicy, fruity smell. Notes of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, pumpkin pie, and pine/evergreen.
Taste: This beer starts out surprisingly roasty in flavor. I did not expect that, but I liked it. Most pumpkin ales focus on the pumpkin and forget the good malty base. In this case I think they exhibit soem good creativity using a darker malt for the base of this pumpkin ale. The beer is sweet with a soft malt profile, notes of apple and spice. The flavor is not as enticing or bold as the aroma though. It's a bit watery at the end. Good flavor up front but hte ending is just empty of flavor. Still, this is a very well done and creative beer.
Mouthfeel: Good feel on the palate, mice coating without being syrupy or uncomfortable, clean after taste since the ending is so watery.
Drinkability: This beer really tastes like a spiced brown ale to me, which is a good thing. Good malty and roasty base makes it a good beer overall, not just a good pumpkin ale.
02-12-2005 00:45:34 | More by BrewMaster
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a nice deep magenta color with hints of orange and a two finger head. I'm picking up a nice pumpkin pie nose with cinammon and nutmeg. Pumpkin cider....damn this smells good...brings me back to the holidays!
Pumpkin puree mashed up with a heaping helping of cinnamon, nutmeg and a sweet maltiness. All of the spices work well and don't overpower the pumpkin flavor...a delicate balance is achieved that is not often found in pumpkin ales. Damn good.
Mouthfeel is creamy and goes down easy. A smidge more body would kick this up a notch...but I can't complain. If I had access to this brew I'd have at least a sixer on every Turkey Day. Just a tasty, easy drinking brew....yummy. Many thanks to merlin48 for being nice and sharing :-)
01-11-2005 02:36:08 | More by orbitalr0x
2.6/5 rDev -32.8%
courtesy of clvand0
poured a deep red/orange and an off white head that faded to a rim around the glass. cinnamon and mutmeg in the aroma with some butter and hints of squash. prickly carbonation followed by a muted a weak mouthfeel, bit on the thin side with some cinnamon and nutmeg aftertaste. no that bad but there are other better pumpkin beers out there.
01-10-2005 14:59:22 | More by shippos
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Draft pour produces a rich, lightly clouded sunset- orange brew with a creamy beige head that leaves some lace patchwork on the glass.
Sweet spicy aromas of warm pumpkin pie, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove, along with vanilla, mild piney hops, and caramel.
Flavor is rich and desert-like, with a well rounded malt entry, developed pumpkin tones shadowed by warm and sweet spices. Authentic tasting. Enough hops in the finish to provide roundness. Pleasantly sweet without being sugary. Very natural tasting and surprisingly easy to drink.
Like most of the Cottonwood brews, it is a bit light in body, not chewey enough. Finished like a slice o'pie, making me wish I had some good vanilla ice-cream to go with it. I like this better than most of the pumpkin beers I've had so far.
12-31-2004 16:36:21 | More by AlexJ
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Bottle: Poured a orangey color ale with a medium head that disappeared way too fast. Aroma is clearly dominated by some cinnamon. Taste is quite particular with a mix of cinnamon, what I think is pumpkins and some nice malt. Very warm feeling after a couple of sip, which I did, enjoyed during a cold winter night. Overall, considering this is my first pumpkin beer, I was enough enamoured that I wouldnt mind trying some other ones.
12-13-2004 20:06:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Thanks to merlin48 for giving me this beer. Pours a dark amber color with a moderate head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Lots of pumpkin in the aroma - well balanced with the spice and the actual pumpkin. The flavor is very nice with a lot of pumpkin. I was pleased that the spices were much weaker than the actual pumpkin flavor. Very nice pumpkin ale. Right on par with my top pumpkin ale - Dogfish Head Punkin (2003 version).
11-24-2004 14:47:21 | More by clvand0
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
This beer is dark for a pumpkin in my mind. The beer pours a amber ruby color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is full of pumpkin. Not a lot of spices, just enough to balance it out. As it sits, the spices come out more, but give it a swirl, and the pumpkin takes over again. The flavor is really heavy on the pumpkin and lighter on the spice. A nice nice beer. The feel is maybe a touch thin...just a touch though. Drinkability is very good on this beer. I could sit down to a few of these, and thats a lot to say for a pumpkin ale.
11-24-2004 00:35:16 | More by kmpitz2
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours dark redish orange, nice off white head, good carbonation. No smell at all, disapointing. Taste is very subtle, little spice, but raw pumpkin flavor is different from other pumpkin ales i've had. This one focuses on the pumpkin flavor and not the spice or a pumpkin pie flavor. A little fruity too.
11-18-2004 18:47:46 | More by danadeny
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Creamy crimson coloration, full haze, 1/2" cap of eggnog-hued head.
Aroma: soft, sensuous, spicy...like putting your nose right up to a pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon, bright and pleasant, a little hot.
Light on the palate, very mellow, rich with malty flavor. Brisk, tiny hop bite greets the lips and fades fast, just enough to tickle the tongue. Body's about medium, finish is sweet, if slight.
A decent brew, I can stand a few of these.
10-29-2004 09:37:23 | More by feloniousmonk
1.83/5 rDev -52.7%
Brown long-neck twist off bottle.
Based on the other reviews, I must have gotten a bad bottle (or six pack). This beer was bad from the get go. Could it have been left over from last year??
The beer poured a cloudy (chill haze) almost murky amber with a small quickly disappearing head.
Aroma was rotting vegetable -- sauerkraut...some vinegar. If you search past that, you can get some cinnamon and malt.
This beer was sour with some pumpkin and vegetable. Seemed infected.
While it was a drinkable beer, why? Life is too short to drink bad beer. I poured it out after tasting enough to make a thorough review.
(I have had this beer in previous years and it was much better. As bad as this beer was, I'm hesitant to try another.)
10-25-2004 02:06:09 | More by ncbrewerbun
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this treat!
Pours out a foggy orange brown and sits a cloudy caramel brown in the glass with a small light tan head.
Aroma is highly penetrating. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice line up and march in. Good backing of toasted pie crust and really makes you feel like you've got a big slice of grandma's pumpkin pie right there in front of you, hold the ice cream.
Tastes lightly sweet up front and then enters a mild arrangement of spices. Allspice, cloves and nutmeg make their way into you mouth on a butter coated slip and slide, then after they run and slide, they hit the bump of malt and hops and take a dive into the pool of icy cold water from the garden hose. Caramel, light hoppy spiciness and possibly a hint of vanilla soak in the malts and lead you into the lightly bitter finish.
Nice and creamy in the mouth with easy handling carbonation. Medium bodied.
This beer hit a home run for Aroma City, then switched teams, but only hit a double for Flavor Country (baseball....eh...too much). Still, a great pumpkin beer all around.
10-21-2004 01:33:40 | More by Skidz
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
One of the top three pumpkin beers I've had (DFH, CBC). Definitely tastes like a pumpkin pie, without the overwhelming nutmeg of some. I think I've noticed that the better of this style emphasize cinnamon to round things out instead of the overly nutmeggy of the variety. There's something nicely vegetal and round about this one in the mouth. Becomes . . . more as it warms. Not precisely sure if that's good or bad, but definitely "more." I'm very glad I finally got to try this one, but I'm also glad I don't have to drink two.
Thanks AKSP for the appropriately-timed treat!
10-15-2004 03:41:16 | More by rabidawg
2.98/5 rDev -23%
Hazy beer, which is fine, with a copper-brown color and a tan head that is rocky and very appealing. The aroma is spicy, bready, clovey, very pumpkin pie oriented and nice but it would beneft from more complimentary malty notes - it seems kind of one-dimensional. The flavor is a bit odd - slightly sweet, a bit tangy (wheat malt?), but overall it seems a bit astringent and overly dry - again, it lacks the complimentary malt notes that I'd like to see for a more harmonius brew; a more "pie-like" presentation would be better. Still, I'm glad I tried it.
10-12-2004 22:13:07 | More by KroMagnon
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with no bottling date on the label.
Appearance: Hazed orangey brown with a decent thin lacing.
Smell: Spices and some cooked pumpkin in the nose, slight fermented twang and toasted malt in the aroma.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Ample crispness with a wet malty palate, most of the balancing flavor comes from the spices with a faint backup of hops. Ghost like pumpkin flavor becomes hidden by the toasted malt character throughout. Light twang in the dry finish.
Drinkability & Notes: Most spiced beers have that quality of only being able to drink one, this one actually is good enough to where I wanted more. Excellent balance between the spices and malt.
09-21-2004 21:07:45 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Draught @ the Brewery: The beer pours a rich coppery color that was somewhat clear. There was a bit of head on it. The aroma was completely that of pumpkin pie spices. The taste was really good. There was a fairly full malt body behind the spices. The spices could have been a hair less. Overall this was a good pumpkin beer!
09-18-2004 21:54:31 | More by Boto
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Bartender suggested I taste the Pumpkin Ale before ordering a glass but I boldly declined and went straight for the pint. Surprisingly impressed. The smell, of course, was like cinnamon pumpkin pie with the taste to match (although at first the after taste is what impressed me the most). Enjoyed the flavor and aroma the entire time and so did my wife. However, this is not a beer I could enjoy all evening.
09-13-2004 04:12:31 | More by Backer2004
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
This beer is a very deep dark orange in colour and a little cloudy
accompanied by a very short tan crown leading to a tiny lace and thin ring.
The body is full and the carbonation is very lively.The aroma is very fragrant of a multitude of spices and pumpkin.
The taste is very rich and seems a minced pumpkin.
One of these beers will stay with you for a long time. Not a session beer but may be okay for fall dinning.
09-07-2004 20:07:09 | More by Shiloh
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
This is one of my favorite beers. Had it at a fall rennaisaunce festival locally. 2 years running now. Couldn't get enough of it last year. Cleared the shelves at the grocery stores. Hate that it's seasonal. Even my "No Thank you, I don't like beer" friends loved this one! The color was a nice reddish/brownish/and yes, orange. Frothing with a pumpkin smell, my friends were a bit offended by the odor, til they tasted it too. You just don't expect pumpkin pie in a beer, yet there it is. We all just kept saying, wow! It was light, and very refreshing on a hot autumn day in the south, and yet warm and comforting on the cool ones. I can't wait for the fall, to get my paws on it again!
Had this again in '05, what a let down. '04 has been the best so far, sad that it hasn't been matched since. Maybe '06 will make a difference.
05-22-2004 04:57:37 | More by finepaws
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Wow! Stunning! This beer actually smells and tastes like pumpkin pie. I've never had a pumpkin beer that could actually do that. It pours a clear, crimson-tinted mahogany with orange and ruby highlights beneath a creamy head of light-tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it holds a short while before dropping to an average collar (no lacing). The nose is exactly like pumpkin pie with notes of sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice. The body is medium-full; and it's lightly zesty on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The flavor, of course, is not nearly as sweet as real pumpkin pie, but the spices are present in just the right proportions. The maltiness beneath is sweet, and a touch caramelish; and its sublime bitterness acts only as a secondary to the spice in balancing the malt. It finishes with some residual sweetness that lingers stronger than the spice does; although the spice outlasts the malty sweetness. Still, it's not overpowering at all, and would make a satisfying addition to many dishes. A Thanksgiving dinner seems the most appropriate (whether with the meal or at dessert), but I think this could actually serve quite well in several other situations (Indian cuisine, for example). Really interesting, quite enjoyable, and surprisingly drinkable given the style!
03-09-2004 22:43:42 | More by NeroFiddled
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Carolina Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.