Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale - Carolina Beer Company
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4.75/5 rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I love this beer. I went to Appalachian State, which is where this beer began. Cottonwood Brewery was the best, and it was very sad to see Boone lose it. Especially to Carolina Beer Company!
The flavor of this pumpkin ale is very different than any others out there. They truly have figured out how to create a liquid, alcoholic pumpkin pie! The only pumpkin ale I've had that is close to this flavor is Dogfish Head Punkin'.
Give this beer a try. I don't recommend any food with it, because the flavor is so complex you really should devote your entire palate to it.
This beer is fall only, not year round as stated above.
Serving type: on-tap
10-06-2008 20:01:35 | More by LiveaHoppyLife
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I'm a big fan of fruit/spiced beers, and this is without a doubt the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. I'm in NC, so mine is always fresh. I think the bad reviews might be the result of people getting year-old bottles from shady sellers.
Appearance - Hazy burnt orange with about a quarter-inch head that dissipates quickly. I've not seen another pumpkin ale quite this color before.
Smell - Just like pumpkin pie! It's very strange, but in a good way.
Taste - Sweet, yet very fresh-tasting. The spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger) come through stronger than the pumpkin, in contrast to the aroma, which is much more pumpkin-heavy.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation (more than I'd prefer, to be honest). Tickles the throat on the way down.
Drinkability - Quite good. As much as I love fall seasonals, especially pumpkin ales, I'm generally tired of them by December. This, however, I could drink year-round.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2008 23:19:35 | More by kaleidoskope
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Carolina Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.