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Cottonwood Low Down Brown AleCottonwood Low Down Brown Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dbrauneis on 03-29-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 64
Photo of Mojo
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - mahogany brown (not opaque) with a one finger khaki head, decent retention and decent lacing.

S - the nose is mostly bread and some pine.

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, caramel, cola, and molasses

M - a little thin with a coffee aftertaste

O - as brown ales go this one is pretty good, a bit more robust than most.

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - brown with red edges; thin, soft, off white, brownish head

S - caramel, piny hops, faint coffee

T - nutty, caramel, piny hops, some roasted malts

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a solid brown ale. It's very traditional but with a bolder than expected hop character. It's not very robust, but it is refreshing and easily drinkable. A nice offering from Foothills.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a clear though almost opaque deep reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduce to a couple of smal thin patches with a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruit malty sweetness with apple and pear standing out along with some earthy hops and just a touch of nuts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some light fruit sweetness, specifically red delicious apple stands out. Following the malts there are some light hints of nuts and brown sugar. Finally, there is a moderate amount of earthy hops in the finish that lend a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but nothing like it was before the Foothills reformulation.

O: Enjoyable but not anything I would go out of my way to find - relatively easy to drink and close to being sessionable. Much better than the previous incarnation, I'm glad the recipe was tweaked as it improved the beer significantly.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at fridge temp; bottle date 3/12/14.

Look: Pours the color of very strong tea (or very weak coffee) with a decided red tinge. Decent 1" head that quickly resolves to a persistent 1/4".

Smell: If I were blindfolded, I'd guess this was a wee heavy. Not picking up any hop character. As it warms, more of the brown ale shines through—dirt, nuts, cardboard (don't think it's oxidized, just the closest scent I can conjure). Then, hints of stale coffee, mild medicinal cherry.

Taste: Tastes... brown. Again, dirt, a little coffee, very mild bitterness. Fairly pleasant dark fruit and cherry aftertaste. Basically, mix 70% wee heavy, 20% American black ale, and 10% Guinness and you'll get the idea.

Feel: Inoffensive. Medium, bubbly but slick. Certainly the best part of the brew.

Overall: This was okay, but they sure talked up the hops a lot. Granted, I'm assuming the date is a bottled-on, not best-by, so maybe I've just got it wrong and the hops have all gone. As it stands, probably not something I'd bother with again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Deep brown with amber hues. White soapy head leaves lacing down the glass after every sip. There is a murk to the beer, which is allowable in the brown ale style. Free of sediment.

SMELL: Iron well water in the smell, very strong mineral, seems to be hard water and hops in the aroma. Im a bit sensitive because of a lake house in Michigan growing up. Warming up there is a considerable amount of malty caramel.

TASTE: Mildy nutty, with some grassy, earthy hop character. Malt and hops work together here and the mineral element in the smell is less so in the taste. Just a hint of toast or roasted malt smokiness. Delicate bitterness and finishes with a hint of sweetness. Agreeable and in line with the style.

FEEL: Full bodied without being too heavy, spot on medium to high carbonation. The nutty little finish makes the beer very moreish and drinkable.

OVERALL: A drinkable beer for sure. The taste is good and its smooth. I could easily drink a few of these while conducting outdoor activities.

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Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It has a fairly plain metallic malt taste. Carbonated and refreshing, kind of light. There's a bit of a grape fruitiness to it. It just tastes fairly plain. It's not bad at all, but it doesn't carry much flavor.

It has a nice brown color, basically completely see-through. It's very bubbly throughout. It has a foamy white head, tannish, with some lacing. Not much of a scent to it. Kind of metallic.

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Photo of Omnium
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

This thing was super lame, very dry, biscuity, lots of burnt traits in here, not like a smokey kind, but more like bitter, acrid flavors. Aroma doesnt present anything particularly special. I was really hoping for a mildly sweet roasty brown, but this is just like an amber ale really.
Its got plenty of bitterness thats for sure, but its missing the malt balanced that it needs.

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Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.56 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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