Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale | Carolina Beer Company

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Cottonwood Low Down Brown AleCottonwood Low Down Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Carolina Beer Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 07-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sponberg
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium dark reddish coppery brown with a creamy tan'cream colored head - nice lookin' brew. A sweet, tealike earthiness is apparent in the nose - this baby uses Fuggles or some sort of variant.

Very smooth - starts out with an earthy, tealike maltiness (not all that dissimilar to some Weyerbacher brews) with some nuttiness (for some reason I get coconut) in mid sip, very restrained bitterness and hoppiness, somewhat steel-like in the finish - starts out better than it finishes, but still a very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of aaronh
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a tan head that fills my pint glass. The head slowly fades to a rocky layer of foam that produces a nice lacing. The aroma is molasses and brown sugar atop a touch of earthy, woody notes, presumably from the hops. The taste is dominated by the woody notes, but a bit of malt sweetness and a good dose of dark molasses flavors push their way thorugh. Also a nice dark chocolate note that appears later. Decent bitterness on the finish as well. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than many brown ales, but it holds it's own. The drinkability is decent, but not great. I would drink another of these, and easily could, but I don't know that I'd seek it out specifically. A decent beer that every BA should try if given the chance, and one NC natives are probably happy to have around as one of their regular beers.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium brown color with minimal head, aroma was very earth like a good brown ale should be.Malty sweet and earthy with a little chocolate tinge in the taste.Never got to watery on the tongue.I think a pretty good brown ale from down here in NC,I like everything I have had from Cottonwood.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a light ot medium brown with an immediate nutty aroma and flavor. chocolate is also prevelant as well as a hint of caramel. pretty smooth feel to it as well. overall, a pretty average brown ale, but not a bad first experience with this company's brews. i'd be inclined to try some more of their stuff.

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Photo of marc77
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown / deep garnet hue with good clarity. The head settles into a tight layer that leaves respectable lace. Light chocolate, toasty malt & dark caramel sweetness in aroma, accompanied by an understated, but lightly earthy Fuggles hop nose. Roasted grain bitterness hits the palette upfront, but clean hop bitterness and crystal malt sweetness ensues. Hop bitterness is secondary to the toasty, chocolately malt flavors, but when coupled w/ malt sweetness lends a semisweet chocolate overall flavor. A bit light in body, but not thin. Any hop flavor is overshadowed by the assertive roasted grain flavors. An odd brown ale-- it's got the roasted flavors of a porter, but the body of a brown. A better than decent brown, nonetheless.

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Photo of Murph
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice brownish color with a decent tan head that fades quickly and leaves absolutely no lace. A bit of caramel malts in the nose but also a slightly sour smell that sits in the background. Starts off with some decent malty sweetness and has some hops in the background but again there is that sourish taste that is hovering over everything. Slick and not very drinkable are the only ways that I can describe this brew. I really hope that this was just a bad bottle that I got. Freshness dating on the label was not used by brewery?? Had the months listed but none of them had a notch in it. Not having tasted this before I can't really tell you if this was a bad bottle or night, but I hope it was.

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Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale from Carolina Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 131 ratings
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