Cottonwood Frostbite | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Cottonwood FrostbiteCottonwood Frostbite
BA SCORE
3.84/5
139 Ratings
Cottonwood FrostbiteCottonwood Frostbite
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Embrace the long winter nights in the company of Frostbite Black IPA. A careful blend of barley and roasted wheat malts deliver a clean finish, backed up by a big blast of Pacific North West aroma hops.

Added by nUgZ on 11-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,118
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
139
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 16
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours near black with a decent head that has some legs and leaves bands of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: as expected hops, an an IPA level, with some sweet and dark malts.
Flavor: about equal mix of dark and very dark roasted grains and earthy/herbal hops. Medium bitterness. Both hops anddark roast linger on and on in the aftertaste.

O: fairly easy drinking and tame black IPA, yet flavorful, as the malts and hops partly neutralize each other.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that barely reduces at all leaving a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts and citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts upfront with some lighter notes of chocolate and coffee. Following that is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops with a lighter amount of pine hops. Light bitterness which does not linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. There is a good balance between the roasty malt flavors and the citrus hops - kind of like a porter and an IPA which is what I expect for this style. Much better than the spicy winter warmer that was under the same name before Foothills acquired the Cottonwood brand.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new updated Frostbite from Foothills.Poured a deep dark chocolate with ruby highlights,a thinner light tan colored head atop.Earthy and piney hops stand out most in the nose,a bit raw wich isn't a bad thing.Dark roast coffee and eathy tones up front on the palate with piney hops coming into play late along with some raw woodiness.This is a solid ABA that's pretty dry and raw wich again isn't a bad thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a little lacing of brown head

S - huge citrus notes, piny, roasted malts, faint chocolate

T - earthy, spicy hops, piny, chocolate, faintly roasty finish

M - medium bodied, a bit thin, smooth, well carbonated

This was a nice beer, but it didn't have great balance. The hops and malts at times were a bit at odds. The malt was overly chocolaty while the hops were spicy and bitter. It was also a tad thin for my liking. With just a few minor tweaks this would have been a really solid offering. It's worth trying though if you're in NC and enjoy Black IPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Foothills Brewpub, the beer is a dark brown coloring, with mahogany highlights, and a foamy, filmy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of grapefruit, hops resin and alpha acids, pine notes, and a roasted backbone. Flavors are tart and dry grapefruit, lime, hops bitterness, and pin pitch forward, with a roasted and subtle coffee bitter backbone. Hop heavy, with a citrus and resinous aftertaste. Slick, dry bodied, with a bitter, resinous, dry finish. Very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Freshness date is smudged.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- The somewhat pungent hop aroma is earthy yet floral and there's a sturdy malt backbone.

T- Great balance of hop character and bitterness along with the roastiness and slight sweetness of the malt. Tangy, even a bit bright and just the slightest trace of smoke.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely one of the best Black IPAs I've ever had. The balance is the key here with no one element overriding the other and every one working in harmony. Excellent hop character with the malt complementing every step of the way. Kickass.

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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a lush, stick-y looking head. The aroma is very oily upfront...green hops, grapefruit juice, and pine resin over a smooth, not-so-roasted chocolate and coffee malt base. Big, delicious hoppy flavor. I don't remember the old recipe tasting anything like this. Spicy, piney, and green...almost minty. A little rough in the attack, taking over most of the flavor and not leaving much room for the malt to come through. Good stuff though! Medium bodied and bitter. It doesn't scream "winter" to me, but that's cool. This will be in my fridge again soon.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Cottonwood Frostbite from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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