Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

BA SCORE
82
good
179 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced AleCottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale
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:
This crisp, dry ale uses organic cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger brewed with real pumpkin and a blend of North American and British malts to give Mom’s pumpkin pie some serious competition. A fall favorite skillfully brewed by Foothills.

Added by tdm168 on 01-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.96%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Sebas
1/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of Gery285
1/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of flyersfan900
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Illmaticzx
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of GossageBrewery
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.

 477 characters

Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StoutSlut
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of DWheeler379
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of M_Burkey
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of jessealmlie
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of PGVG
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Fergyx825
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Exactly what i'd expect out of a Pumpkin Ale. A little bit of head, and there is some residual bubbles on the surface of the beer. Nice amber to light color, see through.

Smell: I smell spices, and then i smell the pumpkin. Sort of has that pumpkin out of a can comes to mind, not that this is a bad thing. I really enjoy the smell of the beer.

Taste: Not as flavorful as i was expecting based on the smell. Not bitter, but not sweet. More of a middle ground taste. I can taste the spices, not so much the pumpkin. Aftertaste is more pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Thicker beer, but lots of carbonation. Not so drinkable in high quantities.

Overall: Wasn't expecting much out of this beer. Not that bad, but not something i'd brag about. Lookwise, it was what i expected. It smells great. But the taste is a let down. I'm not a fan of thick high carbonated beer.

 867 characters

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.

 1,130 characters

Photo of jacwomyn
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of EinFesteBurg
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Canti4341
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MJHolsey
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Frankenstein897
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping that since Foothills bought out Cottonwood a while back, that this beer would improve. It has, but not dramatically enough to make a huge difference. This one pours from a 12oz bottle into a snifter type glass. The beer emerges clear and dark amber in color with kind of a small, wispy head. The head recedes into a small ring around the edges of the beer.

Aroma on this one is still nice, as it was in the olden days. Loaded with pumpkin-pie spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. A good dose of caramel malt adds some sweet aromas as well as some variety. There is a bit of sourness present but I dont think this really detracts from anything overall.

The flavor, although improved, is still not quite there. The spices are a little overwhelming in the flavor. I feel like I have a potpourri bag in my mouth. The aftertaste is long a kind of cloying. The thin body is by far the biggest disappointment in this one. Quite watery and dry.

I think this one has improved since Foothills has put its stamp on it, but this is not near the top of the list of pumpkin beers out there. I say pass this one by.

 1,117 characters

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.

 535 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.61 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe