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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tdm168 on 01-24-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
178
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
35.18%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
20
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 178
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
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2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear copper color, produced a very thin white head, poor retention and it left no lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Medium in body, the ale is a little off balance in my opinion, watery- thinness that gives way to pumpkin spice. With the amount of spice, I would like to have seen a heavier dose of malted grain to balance. Overall, poor example of the style.

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Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice transparent dark bronze and orange body with a fizzy and foamy off-white fluffy head. The head dies down pretty fast and doesn't leaving lacing. It still looks great.

S: It smells heavily of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg comes to mind first as it seems to be the heaviest scent. Then there is some light cinnamon and gingerbread cookie. It smells very nice. I don't pick up any hop character.

T: The spices are there, but there doesn't seem to be much character to the beer other than the spices. I get cinnamon mostly up front, then the flavor of clove comes in like a freight train. Still there is no real beer flavor to this. It tastes like spiced water.

M: The mouthfeel feels very watery and way too thin. There is literally no body to the beer.

O: Overall I thought the beer started out really nice visually, then I was fooled by the scent. It gave the impression that it would be a really nice beer but it was nearly flavorless with the exception of spices and had absolutely no body to speak of. A beer like this really needs a good foundation to set itself on. Without a good foundation the spices are worthless.

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Photo of avalon07
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brilliant copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A big, enticing aroma of pumpkin, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of pumpkin (of course), spices (cinnamon especially), and malt in the finish. A very well-balanced flavor that's just complex enough and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: One the better pumpkin ales I've tried. This - for some reason - isn't a style that a lot of breweries get right, but this one does the trick.

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Photo of jpro
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a snifter...

A: light copper bronze; about an eighth of an inch of light beige foam; not much retention or lace.

S: allspice; ginger; nutmeg; clove; a lot of pumpkin spice going on here; maybe some graham cracker crust.

T: most of the spices mentioned above, but things get real clove-y towards the end and it gets pretty sweet; foundation of this brew could use some extra malt; not bitter at all.

M: A touch thin; low carbonation; pretty plain mouthfeel.

O: An OK pumpkin ale. Not bad, but not really anything special.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was alsways a fall staple for me when I first moved to NC.,I had it for the first time this year on tap at MCcoul's in Greensboro this weekend.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep copper/bronze with a thinner white head atop.Mild spiced notes in the nose,mainly nutmeg and cinnamon.A well rounded palate with the spice not being over the top,cinnamon stands out mainly,not overly sweet wich is a good thing.An easy going but flavorful pumpkin,again a regular for me in the fall here in NC.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle but very good reason to believe this is a 2013 vintage. ABV listed as 5.3% with IBU at 5.2. Pours with a decent head, excellent clarity and a fine orange-amber color. The head is rather short-lived and lacing soon becomes minimal too. The aroma has a nice spice mix with nutmeg and connamon most prominent. Plenty of pumpkin pie spicing in the taste, but not quite overdone, featuring nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon. Some bisquitly malts and winter squash (pumpkin?) in the mix too. Near medium body with medium+ carbonation.

O: Lower ABV and flavor strength than the Terrapin Pumpkinfest that proceeded it, but it has very similar spicing. Very drinkable for a spciy ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/29/11

Pours a dark, brownish amber with ¼” of bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin. The taste is caramel, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and a hint of ginger. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, a nice, balanced, drinkable pumpkin. It’s nice to have a pumpkin ale that’s not overly spiced.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of thagr81us
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured copper with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I have always been a fan of this brew back when Cottonwood brewed it and was glad to see that Foothills is continuing to brew it. Same flavors and aromas going on as the one that I used to drink last year, but everything is a little kicked up in intensity. Pretty nice balance going on that keeps your palate on its toes. Definitely worth trying if you have not done so with the old one or the new one.

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Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours clear and amber with a nice off-white foamy/creamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- nice bouquet of typical pumpkin spice aroma of nutmeg and clove with more of an emphasis on the cinnamon. There's also a nice earthy/woodsy aroma, overall more aromatic than most pumpkin ales

T- the cinnamon emphasis follows in the flavor as well, as it is immediately noticed with some baked cinnamon apple flavor. Clove and pumpkin spice comes through mid-palate wi a nice malty finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly slick mouthfeel with just a bit of foam on the finish

O- this is a solid pumpkin ale, it definitely emphasizes the pumpkin spices more than pumpkin itself, which some may not like. But overall worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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