Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA
Haw River Farmhouse Ales

Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPACotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,062
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.6%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
48
From:
Haw River Farmhouse Ales
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPACotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fills a tulip glass dark honey amber that is clear beneath a three-inch, faintly orange, creamy head that lasts an eternity as it knits a patchwork of sticky lace.

The aroma is sweet and funky with special distinction given to pine and citrus. Generally speaking it is juicy, sappy, earthy, and flowery. Warmth brings out fresh-squeezed tangerines.

The bitterness is just short of enamel peeling. First flavors include flowers and orange pith. Later it becomes earthy and most definitely picks up farmhouse qualities. The finish is modest and quickly mellows before lingering. Warmth reveals strong mango flavors.

Alcohol is as expected without being hot. The body is full with a woolen texture and a touch metallic. Carbonation is less than expected from the pour. Fine abrasiveness reveals this beer is two-faced -- simultaneously super dry and juicy.

I enjoyed this beer on a cool overcast afternoon with occasional snow showers. Fellow beer geeks might want to try this with a sharp cheddar cheese.

Aug 05, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear copper color with nice thick fluffy white head excellent lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - The brett really stands out in this lots of light fruit and farmhouse funk. I get plenty of hay just a hint of oak and floral notes as well.

Taste - The taste follows the aroma lots of peach and funk a barnyard in a bottle in a good way. It also has a nice hoppiness that is balanced with the funk.

Feel - The feel is pretty light and crisp the funk hits your mouth with a pow no sign of the 8.5% ABV.

Overall - I am very impressed with this beer, great flavors and a very balanced well done beer.

Dec 29, 2016
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Big thanks goes out to Wil for the first Thanksgiving beer of 2015! Cotton Pickin' is muddy orange with ruby highlights when backlit. There's enough haze that it's impossible to see through the body. The foam rises like a saison should, a couple fingers in height of bubbly, tight knit head. Left behind after each drink is sheets of lacing covering the glass.

The nose is brett-tasticly salivating. You get those standard, yet delicious, orchard fruits that are expected from saisons; pear and peach mostly. The brett adds a musty sensation to the fruit along with a mouthwatering wildflower pollen liveliness. There's a little horsey, farmhouse funk in there as well. The dry hopping brings orange juice, floral notes, and a little grapefruit zest. There is a soft pineapple note that I'm not sure of the origin, either the brett strain or the dry hopping, either way I like it. I like it a lot.

The flavor is much like the aroma and that's a good thing. It's complex and well rounded. Orchard fruits again kick things off and lead the way. Musty, pollen-y, and funky brett add depth to the fruit. It's floral in the middle, even softly perfume forward before that pineapple I mentioned above shows up on the finish. There's a little bubblegum here and there but not every drink. This beer morphs and changes, evolving constantly. Very good indeed!

The mouthfeel fits the style very well. It's light and effervescent with a snappy, yet soft, carbonation. It finishes juicy but dries up quickly leaving me wanting more. There's not a hint of the 8%+. As a matter of fact this beer drinks like a 5%er. The phrase "dangerously drinkable" gets thrown around often. This beer falls squarely into that category.

Cotton Pickin' is an excellent beer. Haw River did a really great job. The brett compliments instead of dominates. The dry hopping adds a ton of depth in the nose. It's an all around delicious, complex yet highly drinkable beverine that I can't wait to get my hands on more of. Yes please! Thanks, Wil!

Nov 26, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep hazy orange with yellow highlights.

Aroma is herbal and farmhouse funky makes me think of wet straw that has been redried.

Taste is slightly sour and very dry with an herbal hop note at the end that brings everything together.

Very balanced beer with a lot going on smooth and crisp.

Nov 01, 2015
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. no date code I can find.

A: pours a very hazy pale amber hue. head is massively cloudy. great retention and lacing.

S: definitely a lot of floral, potpourri hop aroma, but there is an even bigger brett character. huge in fact. barnyard for days.

T: flavor follows the aroma pretty spot on. fairly hoppy. flavor is fruity but there remains a barny character throughout. there is a slight green apple flavor in the finish that is a bit unappealing but otherwise really solid. complexity is great. you can taste the oak.

M: a medium or even full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carb. bottle conditioning is obvious and done right.

D: Haw River was recommended to me as a brewery while visiting Wilmington, NC as a brewery I needed to try. glad I did as this is an exceptional brew. hop complexity with Brett out the ass.

Oct 23, 2015
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is fantastic. It's fruity, funky, hoppy, and even a little tart. Grapefruit pith and floral notes are prominent, with some tartness on the back end.

Oct 17, 2015
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Lawl3ss from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm generally not much for sours, brett aged, or funky anything. It's fine, but not my cup of tea. This is a whole 'nother shebang. It was something of a roller coaster when I got it as a present - "woo! an out-of state Imperial IPA, they make some good stuff in the southeast", to "oh, it's an oaked brett, they probably made a mess of it."

Anyways, I was completely wrong - it's fantastic. A little light in color, honey amber. Nice dense head that sticks around and coats the glass, smell is powdery and tropical, just a little dusty and funky but pleasant and not misplaced. Exotic spice. Taste is more of the same, and I've never been this impressed by a brett or oaked IPA, they're usually a hot mess as I noted, or at best along the lines of "well, yeah, tastes like an oaky IPA and it's a bit stale seeming". This is spot-on, great IPA base that reminds me of Jai Alai, still feels fresh and pungent coupled with an interesting leathery-herbal finish. Full feel but not heavy or sticky, ends pretty dry but maintains a faint nectar-y sweetness that's an order of magnitude below most DIPAs but still asserts itself and suits it perfectly. Bravo.

Oct 06, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color; the head is impressive and leaves splotches of lacing as the beer is consumed

Smell: Leathery and funky, with a pithy aspect

Taste: The biscuity malt provides a hint of sweetness that is quickly subsumed by the funky, leathery tone with the pithy bitterness building through the middle; very dry in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The best beer I have tried from Haw River; like the impact of the Brett here and, particularly, the dry finish

Sep 27, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper-gold color under a nice, densely creamy head that sticks well to the surface. Funky, somewhat hoppy nose – spicy, oaky aromas from that young foeder, earth, grapefruit, leather, and some pale malts. Flavor is woody and tart upfront leading into more interesting flowery Brett notes after swallowing, with some lingering citrus and oak wrapping it up. Hops are restrained to more of a floral/earthy bitterness that blends with the wood. Medium bodied and quite dry. I predict future batches to improve greatly as the foeders “break in” a little more.

Sep 27, 2015
Cotton Blossom Farmhouse IPA from Haw River Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 48 ratings