Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Carolina Beer Company
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4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
I look forward to Cottonwood's arrival each fall here in NC, kinda lets me know Fall's arrived...finally getting around to reviewing this one so here it goes:
Pours out as a darker orange with lots of carbonation and a nice fluffy white head that recedes fairly quickly down to some minimal lacing on top. Smell consists of a blast of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some raw pumpkin, not quite as intense as some others out there on the "pumpkin pie" spices, but definitely smells delicious. Next comes the taste, which along with the drinkability, are the key elements of this brew. What I enjoy about this beer is the fact that there is a slight pumpkin bitterness that hangs around with your standard run of the mill holiday spicing, nothing too overwhelming going on here, light on the malt side with a spice note similar to that of a rye beer. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an abundance of carbonation and sort of a slick aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Drinkability is extremely high, unlike other bold tasting pumpkins out around this time. This would be a great beer for the cool fall evenings, but at the same time, it is light enough to enjoy on a hot summer day out in the yard...might go ahead and grab a case to test that theory out next summer
10-28-2010 23:34:57 | More by jsdunlop
2.93/5 rDev -24.3%
12oz bottle, part of an autumn-themed mixed sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very thick, cloudy dark rusty amber. The thinnest of heads rests atop. Disappears quickly. Not even a ring around the edge. No lace. The nose is weak and underwhelming. The spices are muted, pumpkin is absent. I'm finding sour fruits, and syrup. Not what I expected.
The mouth is decent. Good carbonation play, and a slightly heavy finish. I don't know. This has some mild pumpkin in the flavor, but it's pretty weak. It's more cider-y, with notes of apples and light spices. I'm not sure I would or could have another one of these. I expected more, but it was found lacking. Too bad. I wanted to like this.
10-27-2010 15:17:51 | More by Onenote81
District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev -17.3%
A twist-off cap huh? Stupid, idiotic, asinine, etc.
A: Pours a dark cloudy orange ....about the color of toasted caramel pumpkin. The carbonation is a bit low and the head, while pouring an inch thick, didn't keep very long.
S: The usual band of pumpkin ale spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, etc. The cinnamon dominates somewhat, which is kind of pleasant.
T: Flat as a pancake! The carbonation needs a real face lift on this one. However, the brew finishes okay, and the taste is full enough, but dang... me.wants.more.bubbles!
M: Carbonation! The ABV is undetectable, but at only 4.5%, it's pretty much non-existent anyway.
D: I guess because of it's sessionability, one could make the case for its drinkability, but as for me.... I don't want another.
10-25-2010 22:37:24 | More by Chaney
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
I tried this one during a layover at Charlotte Int'l Airport and was very satisfied by it.
It's a dark orange/tan color and very hazy. The body is on the heavy side of medium for thickness and is not watery at all. The aroma has some cinnamon and malt. The taste was a combination on cinnamon, nutmeg, and just the right amount of pumpkin. It goes down the gullet rather smoothly. After wards some of the spice and hops linger. This is definitely a repeat if I'm ever in that area again, or if they start distributing in the Midwest.
10-19-2010 23:28:02 | More by DesMoinesMike
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Served from tap into a SweetWater IPA shaker. Poured murky dark orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, and graham cracker. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, and pie crust. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent for its style. Basically tasted like pumpkin pie without a doubt. I understand that this could be a love/hate brew, but I am on the love side. My idea of these styles of brew is: dessert in a glass... Yes please!
10-18-2010 18:13:04 | More by thagr81us
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
My favorite type of beer and my favorite time of year.
A- Great orange color but super hazy and no head to speak of. This is pretty typical of the mediocre Knoxville bar I frequent.
S- Lovely aroma of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Nice malty sweet smells as well.
T- As good as it smells. Sweet malt and spice. Nice and bready. A little dryer than expected. I like these beers a little sweet and heavy, but this one is lighter and cleaner than most. To each their own I suppose.
M- Lighter than you'd expect. Medium-light.
D- I had two back to back and could have kept going. More quaffable than one would expect.
09-27-2010 00:04:29 | More by knoxtennessee
3.03/5 rDev -21.7%
Then I moved onto this one. I love pumpkin ales, always have and I always jump at the chance to try new ones. Well I wish this one lived up to my expectations. Very light pour, nearly pale with a one finger head of white that was soon to fade off and leave nothing in its wake.
Aroma is lightly spiced but seems to be dominated by more grains and bready notes then are really needed. This carries over well into the flavor as the spices and pumpkin like notes are there, but are either too light or totally dominated by this grainy malt flavor. A slight bitterness in the finish and a very light body do not help the cause here at all for me.
Overall when compared to some of the others I have had recently it really did not hold up well for me at all.
09-22-2010 00:18:10 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
On tap @ the Charlotte airport Carolina Beer Company restaurant. We were flying back from our honeymoon in Jamaica and were thrilled to have this oasis in the airport to relax during our layover. This was my first taste of real American beer in a week, so I was just happy to not be drinking Red Stripe.
Brought to the table in an oversized pint glass, this looks average at best. Muddy and brown with no head. Unfiltered and cloudy, it almost looks like, well, I'm not going there.
Smells decent, with nutmeg, allspice, and clove setting the stage and asserting that this is a fall beer. Also has an unfortunate "cooked veggie" smell, perhaps pumpkin, but perhaps a touch of sulfur/DMS. But overall, this isn't bad smelling by any means, and the spices all but mask what could be an imperfection.
After a mixed nose, I'm happy that the taste was really quite refreshing and well balanced. Cinnamon is the dominant flavor, alongside a touch of sweet caramel malt and some lingering spices. It's pleasant and comes together well, but it's not the most flavorful beer I've had. Still quite decent, even above average.
Average light to medium body is supported by average carbonation and a refreshing aftertaste with mild spices lingers. Overall, this was a good beer and hit the spot after a week of Caribbean lagers.
09-21-2010 13:45:34 | More by jampics2
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
Pours little head. Color is a ruby rust.
Aroma: Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, cloves, and more. Malty.
Taste: More pumpkins and spice. Just like the nose. Earthy hops here though. Nutmeg.
Mouthfeel: Spiced, crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more spices. Dry.
Overall, a fairly typical pumpkin beer. Nothing out of the ordinary. Average. Okay drinkability.
09-12-2010 01:37:47 | More by mothman
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
Bottle. Pours an opaque reddish brown rust color with minimal head. Wow, lots of pumpkin spice abound in the nose on this one with some notes of cinnamon as well. Sweet pumpkin taste along with allspice and nutmeg. If this is what pumpkin ale tastes like then I guess it's ok but I'mnot a huge fan in the end. Medium mouthfeel.
09-08-2010 17:51:11 | More by kbutler1
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
Received this as an extra in a recent trade. The review is from notes taken on 8/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pour is a cidery/coppery color; starts with a 1/4 finger light tan creamy head that fades to a thin cap; body is very cloudy and shows some orange/blonde highlights around the edges; only a few spots of lacing are left behind.
Smell: Smell of pumpkin mash, nutmeg and even a bit of cinnamon; slight caramel maltiness and a faint crackery breadiness.
Taste: Starts out matching the nose -- lots of the pumpkin and accompanying spices, but then it becomes a little buttery and finishes a little thin and watery -- overall, it starts out great finishes a little weak.
Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light and the carbonation is spot on -- strong, but not overly so; a mostly dry thin coating is left on the roof of the mouth.
Drinkability: Not the worst pumpkin ale I've ever tried, but certainly not the best. I'd definitely drink it again, and really, with an ABV of 4.5%, it'd be easy enough to get through a couple with no problem at all.
08-10-2010 01:40:18 | More by bamadog
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
12 oz twist off bottle-- cmon guys, a twist?
Appearance: I feel strongly that a pumpkin beer should be orangey. This one is a dark orange, just slightly hazy beer. with a little head that immediately disappears. Looks OK, not great.
Smell: This is very pumpkin-pie like. Which is good. It is also very un-beer like. I like the pumpkiny smell, but it doesnt smell that much like beer. I like it though.
Taste: OK. This tastes like you think its going to. Very pumpkin-pie-y, too sweet. Not great for a good pumpkin beer, but not too bad if you're in the mood for it. It does have a little hoppiness that attempts to balance things, but the malt that attempts to build the body is caramelly sweet. Bah-- I like it in spite of myself.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good actually. Surprisingly big for the low ABV actually. Carbonation is appropriate, but not instrusive and contributes some foamy, full feel in the mouth.
Drinkability: I did not want to like this, but its pretty good. I would not want another, but I never do with pumpkin beer. Worth a try.
01-20-2010 02:44:51 | More by rapidsequence
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
This brew pours a hazy copper to brown with an off white head that quickly dissolves to leave just a thin layer to sit atop the beer with almost no lacing.
Appetizing aroma of allspice & cinnamon highlights this traditional autumn pleaser.
The palate is surprisingly sweet, but not too much so and also featuring the traditional allspice & cinnamon highlighted in the aroma. A second visit seems to offer a touch of ginger, but also sweet malt.
Medium to light in body and carbonation with a very pleasant and palatable spice presence.
This is a good pumpkin ale that does not overwhelm the senses or approach the "imperial" category that others may. Have a try.
01-16-2010 03:16:16 | More by CHADMC3
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Deep orange in pint glass. Small head and slight lacing.
smells just like a pumpkin pie. Great. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and nice malt.
Taste is great as well. The best pumpkin I have tried. Excellent!
mouth is medium bodied. Great spice taste.
Very drinkable but usually stop at two. Great around Halloween/Thanksgiving.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2009 03:34:08 | More by slickmick22
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
A - Cloudy, honey colored brew with a dense off-white head. It fades quickly to a thin cap with no lacing.
S - Very pleasant spicy aroma. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin with a gentle caramel sweetness and a touch of earthy hops. Not really very beer like, but nice.
T - Cinnamon and ginger up front, with a mild pumpkin flavor following. Fairly sweet but with ginger bite that balances things out at the finish.
M - Fairly thin with moderate carbonation.
D - This is a unique take on the style, and one that I'll try again. The spices are a bit strong and linger on the tongue, so I doubt that I'd ever drink more than a couple at a time.
11-18-2009 01:27:22 | More by gabe23
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Pours an opaque slightly cloudy orange with a quickly disappearing head.
Smell: An overly sweet pumpkin smell with a slight hint of spices. Smells like Thanksgiving.
Taste: Way more pumpkin (possibly from a puree) than needed with little or no spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that's easy to down with a slightly under-carbonated feel.
Drinkability: This is balanced well enough for me to reach for it again next year but I may find it hard to finish multiples of these because of the strong pumpkin puree taste.
11-05-2009 06:41:40 | More by towersfall
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours a orangy copper color with a decent fluffy white head, minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinamon, clove), brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is spice forward with a muted blend of pumpkin puree, vanilla and brown sugar. Body is leight to medium, somewhat over carbonated and semi-dry. good but not great with the spice forward and muted background tatstes.
10-22-2009 15:57:49 | More by rfgetz
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
A - A finger of creamy and even, but fizzy, slight tan head... The head recedes slightly leaving a thick lacing much the same... Loads of moderate pace carbonation dance and rise throughout... A deep orangish bronze color which is slightly lighter at the bottom or the glass and much darker towards the top...
S - Highly spiced... Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate... Ginger snaps... Pumpkin... Pie crust... A wonderful autumn scent...
T - The taste is very similar to the nose... The spices dominate... Burnt pumpkin pie crust... However there is also a very strong malt backbone comprised of caramel and bread notes... Unfortunately, the actual pumpkin flavor seems very artificial...
M - Slight bite of carbonation on the tongue... Slightly creamy to start, but quickly give way to an odd slightly tart and unpleasant coating on the tongue... Medium bodied...
D - A respectable Pumpkin Ale with some definite positive attributes, namely appearance and scent. However, something is slightly "off" and the whole doesn't equal the sum of its parts... The mouthfeel is a real detractor...
10-18-2009 01:15:51 | More by philbe311
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
Getting down to the last of my pumpkin stash...
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber color with about an inch worth of head that fades a bit too quickly leaving behind a slight amount of soapy lacing.
Smell: A subdued, sweet, pumpkin smell with a small amount of spice. A bit lacking here.
Taste: More sweet pumpkin than spice, which is a good thing...however nothing really stands out. I would like to have the pumpkin stand out a bit more.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent, if not slightly under, carbonation, and smooth going down.
Drinkability: Not bad for a pumpkin brew. Fairly well balanced, and easy drinking. I can see myself drinking this one again, but there are better pumpkin brews out there.
10-17-2009 02:16:46 | More by krisandajt
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
A little too much of the gourd to go back for a second helping
Appearance: Opague, cloudy; minimal orange-amber head
Smell: Pumpkin pie
Taste: Faint spicy, pumpkin bread
Mouthfeel: Bitter with CO2 up front, a bit sour
Drinkability: It has a touch of rotten at the end making this a once-and-done beer. It looks better than it tastes.
10-16-2009 21:07:50 | More by Norfawkers
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
New label on the bottle this year.
Dull orange color with fizzy one and a half finger head. Decent retention.
Very strong, bold nose. Lots of spice (nutmeg and pumpkin).
Flavor much less than expected based on the aroma. Picking up some floral esters but not much else. A little malt sweetness way back in the finish.
Very thin mouthfeel. Disappointing.
Easy to drink once you start, but not the best pumpkin this season.
10-10-2009 00:26:03 | More by beer2day
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Pours a dark copper with a white head that lingers for very little. Recedes to a layer of film at the top. Plenty of carbonation
Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice..and there is something sweet lingering in the background. I don't quite know what it is. Pleasant though. I like it
Taste of the spices come through with that sweetness. Balance is okay....the spices aren't that intense and that sweet flavor profile kind of takes over and mutes everything else out. With all this being said, this is still a good beer
Mouthfeel is carbonated with a light to medium body. Not an overpowering beer, and it delivers on the basic aspects of a pumpkin ale, so I wouldn't mind a couple. Try it out
10-09-2009 04:42:50 | More by kshankar
2.4/5 rDev -38%
Pours a 3 finger yellowed fizzy head over a clear amber liquid. Smells spicey zing, cherry sour, and mildly of oranges. Pumpkin underneath, but the nose is mostly spice (nutmeg, allspice, clove, and a little ginger).
Spice presents at the lips and holds throughout, persisting even into the somewhat tart sour to finish. Some esters and a suttle pumpkin present. Something is not right about the malt, it's both wet and sour. Add on a drying spice and the beer is out of whack. Comes across as a bit medicinal. Md-thick body and too strong carbonation.
10-07-2009 07:03:09 | More by mentor
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
This beer pours an amber copper color with a very active off white head that never quite goes away.
A very unique sweet aroma. I couldn't place any real pumpkin but very pumpkinish? definately hints of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Gets me ready for Thanksgiving dinner
Sweet, very noticable pumpkin flavor, smooth, very nice...complex
Good enough to add to my regular seasonal rotation.
09-30-2009 02:38:14 | More by CBlack85
3.83/5 rDev -1%
Very active and frothy head or cream white, the bubbles pop at such a rapid rate that it fizzes down to the surface in no time, no lacing. Deep amber red color, filmy sort of translucency but you can still see through it decently, more copper orange around the rims. The nose is crisp, however, light, the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg spices jump out at you, the pumpkin isn't too sweet, mild citrus touch as well, throws in a pinch of brown sugar on top. In the mouth it's medium-bodied with broad and fluffy carbonation, the orange and lemon citrus more present and you get edgier clove and ginger notes alongside sweeter cinnamon and allspice. As in the nose, not too much sugar or caramel dolloped on the pumpkin, retains a natural freshness. Once the fizz subsides, and that's pretty much at the finish, it displays a more creamy mouth feel. Avoiding excess sweetness good but the carbonation gets a little annoying.
09-11-2009 02:25:28 | More by farrago
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Carolina Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.