Cottonwood Low Down Brown Ale | Carolina Beer Company

Cottonwood Low Down Brown AleCottonwood Low Down Brown Ale
131 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 07-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured brown with medium head, light lacing. The smell was mostly coffee to me.. Tasted of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel and drinkablity realy smooth. I like to build my own six pack of what ever catches my fancy or something I heard good reviews of in search of new and tasty brews. The name caught my eye the first time. After that the brewers work spoke for itself. I was very impressed and immediatly went to get some more of this one!

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Photo of Risser09
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a guinness pint - fridge - 2009

Appearance: A twist off cap whispers as I crack it. The beer pours a brown color with red highlights. A 1/2" light yellow/ivory head surfaces and shows a little bit of retention. Not much lace left behind.

Smell: Cereal grains, sweet brown sugar, nougat and toffee are all heavy aromas. Creme brulee would be the best way to describe the aroma, to a "T".

Taste: Barley malt that is sweet and sugary meets brown sugar. This is what true barley that is malted tastes like. I can't describe a shred of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, brown, ale-like without and hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden, and this is a smooth mouthfeel with no harsh aftertastes.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor and sweetness with a great, clean finish. A winner for sure.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark brown with some red highlights. Small head, little lacing. Odd sweet and tar dark fruit smell overpowers any roasted grain scent. Taste is an off-tasting combination of tart fruit that once again overpowers a decent roasted malt profile that appears at the end. Medium bodied, unpleasant aftertaste - almost sour and tart. Maybe something is off, maybe just not my blend of flavors.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Found this one passing through Charlotte airport. Pours clear, medium brown, red highlights when backlit. Moderate head fades fast but leaves some lacing. SMELL is vaguely roasty, almost sweet. Not complex, no legs. TASTE dominated by sour/astringent flavor, perhaps an "off" flavor? infected? dirty lines? Roasted grains barely poke through. FEEL thin side of medium body, benign texture, lingering sourness. OVERALL sour astringent flavor dominates. As noted above, perhaps a bad sample.

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Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger of tan foam on a clear, amber brown body. Settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Light caramel malt and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Otherwise clean.

T - Malty, with lots of light caramel and a bit of roast character towards the finish. A little bit of citrus hop flavor in the finish and just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A pretty nice, malty brown ale. The carbonation is way excessive, but not all that off-putting. The aroma is quite weak but the flavor is solid. Drinkable at an airport bar, but I wouldn't buy a sixpack of it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best beer I've had by Carolina Beer Company, but that's not saying much. This brown is OK. There were hints of roasted malts, the appearance was dark, on the border between brown and black, and the taste was palatable. I was able to drink it and I'm not a fan of dark beers. There was steady carbonation and nice head retention, some lacing on the glass (although I don't care about that, thought I would mention it). Overall, an OK beer.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice dark brown with red highlights. About 1 fingers worth of head, wonderful lacing and a thin head that stays during the entire session.

S: A Nuttiness with some malt and a touch of hops.

T: All the smells are in the taste.... the nuttiness is roasted with some toffee flavor, the malt is very roasted also and finishes with a touch of hops.... Aftertaste is a nice all around roasted malt.

M: Med bodied.... not a thick as I thought it should be... Little more carbonation than I'm used to. Still very pleasant.

D: Very smooth and very drinkable... not quite session but 2 with dinner would be very nice.

This is my first Cottonwood beer, I will look into their other brews.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a small head that didn't last long. The smell was mostly toasted malts and some nuttiness. The taste was similar to the smell, starting off with some sweet toasted malt that give way to a bit of roasted hazelnut in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some moderate carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable beer, a bit of a one-note beer, but it helps that the one note is pretty tasty.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Appears a clear medium chestnut color with about two fingers of fluffy light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of hazelnuts, cocoa powder, mildly bitter hops, sweet caramel. About medium in both body and carbonation. Quite the drinkable English brown.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A--Saddle brown with considerable red highlighting, which is weird. Head is about a finger and a half of off-white foam that retains decently but doesn't lace much.

S--Pretty good in this department, I felt. You get some faint cocoa powder underneath clear walnut and hazelnut tones, and even a faint whiff of like prunes or figs or some dark sweet fruit that's novel and intriguing. Let's taste this...

T--Not as interesting as the nose, mainly because most of the fruitiness that made the nose so interesting has been substituted with a sourness that's vinegary and kinda gross, in all honesty. That doesn't come on until the end, though. Up until then it's your solid brown profile of straightforward sweet caramel flavors backed by nutty bitterness, mostly walnuts but a little darker, more almondy type flavors, too. But that finish, man--just a buzzkill.

M&D--Mouthfeel's the typical thin, on the verge of being watery until the carbonation saves it. Overall they handle it well, I feel. Drinkability's not all that great as I don't want another.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted scent that boasts of crystal, and special roast malts. It's quite dry with a metallic aroma. The taste is average. It has a dry, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes sour with some lingering caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty average brown ale. I'm not overly impressed with this one.

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Photo of nfr5069
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club. 12 oz bottle.

A: Twist cap, no freshness date. Pourd a nice dark brown, as would be expected. Light head that diminished quickly.

S: Maltiness, some sweet notes. Nothing overpowering or prnounced.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Strong malt character with some sweetness in the middle. Very tasty beer.

Mf: This beer was strong up front but then diminished quickly. There was no finish. Dropped right off. The start left me wanting more, but I was disappointed.

D: Beer is smooth, could definitely drink more. Perhaps a good session beer.

Not a bad beer, but not the best brown ale I have had. I would rank it overall good.

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Photo of skinny0ne
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just find this to be a very odd ale. It looks great with a deep brown color and creamy head. The aroma is fantastic with sweet malt, ripe red fruit, and hints of chocolate. The first sip hits with a lot of sweet malt. Chocolate starts to kick in the middle. And then, out of nowhere, sweet ripened fruit blooms in the mouth at the end. Plums and red grapes mostly. On the breath is a hint of chocolate and roasted grains. I'm just not expecting so much fruit in a brown ale. It's not bad. It's just too odd to recommend.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with CaptainCougar (thanks!).

This one poured a medium brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of toasted nuttiness, caramel, and chocolate.

Notes from: 03/24/08.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish brown, small bone white head that resolves quickly into a simply small foam layer on the surface, light lacing.

S = Light cocoa, maple, brown sugar, good sweet brown ale smells.

T = The tastes follow the smell very closely, light flavors of cocoa, brown sugar, but all with a good balancing light bitterness.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, carbonation stung a little too much at first but mellowed out after a few minutes.

D = Easy drinking beer, definitely worth a revisit.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It pours a rich looking dark brown. The head was a tannish-white, medium density, and about a ΒΌ inch thick. The head faded rapidly and did leave some lacing as it was consumed. The aroma was of cereal grains and a bit of caramel, not bold but a light nose. A decently rich flavor of grain and caramel, not bad. A bit of a toasty flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel was a bit slick with low carbonation. Overall not a bad brown ale.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Light brown with an off white head that stays for a while.

S - Light and smooth with some chocolate hints.

T - Smooth rich flavor. Good strong malt flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer.

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Photo of jraycee
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

A- Poured dark brown with small head that turned to a ring through first half then disappeared completely.

Sm- Roasted malts, slight coffee/chocolate

T-Biscuit, Roasted malts, slight coffee/choc. Finish is empty.

Mf- light, slick, low carbonation

Dr- had this as my shift beer last week. nothing great going on here, but not bad either. I've had better from this brewery, but that was years ago.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Very dark brown. Small head with poor retention and little lacing.

3.0 S: Grains and caramel. Smell barely present.

3.5 T: Some nutiness, but mainly grains and caramel.

3.5 M: Medium carbonation, but not as smooth as expected.

3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing special.

The last bottle of this I had I remembered enjoying a hell of a lot more. Maybe I'll review a fresher bottle sometime in the future.

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Photo of DrJay
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from mikesgroove recently. Thanks!
This beer poured a clear, deep brown with a bronze hue and short-lived cap of light tan foam that settled into a collar and smattering of fine bubbles. Minimal lacing, but what was present stuck around for a while. Aromas of roast and brown sugar were in the forefront, backed by a little breadiness. Bitterness was light, but made its presence known throughout. Definitely balanced to sugary sweetness, light roast and caramel with a hint of chocolate. It was a little thin and the carbonation was on the high side for the style, making for a less than optimal texture. Still, it was an easy drinking beer and had some decent malt character - too bad there wasn't just a bit more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a mahogany ruby brown hue with a large thicket of light tan head, after dwindling down forms sporadic uneven thin specks of lacing. Aromatics offer a semi sweet milk chocolate note with toasted nuts and herbal hop qualities. Fresh baked cookies with a faint air of black licorice. Flavor has some rough tobacco leafiness in the finish but upfront it comes off with sweet roasted malts a touch of caramel and dry chocolate. Also a strange mineral character rolling around my pint as well with a tart dark fruit finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied in that range with a soft carbonation, nothing remarkable or cloying going on. Drinkability I grade this as an average brown that does nothing special for my palate, bare minimum palate pleaser. Definitely something I could drink a couple of without getting tired of but nothing I feel like I need to have again.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle over-aggressively poured into my DFH pint glass yields a brown garnet-colored body and a monstrous tower of fine-bubbled, pale beige foam with stubborn retention and thick-banded lacing.

Smell is a little hoppy and brown-sugar sweet. A nice toasty note emerges as the drink warms.

Taste is toasty brown-sugar caramelly with a kiss of dark chocolate and a light spicy character. A twist of lemon rind and a solid mineral element decorate the finish, along with a note of earthy hops and just a tinge of dry bitterness.

Excellent drinkability and a clean finish.

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

Appearance: Pours a clearish, brown body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted nuts and dry dark caramel with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Brown malts with flavors of caramel and nuts with a medium sweetness. Malts gloss over a very mild bitterness. A sip of spring water. Sweetish, malty finish lightly taste of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a slightly watery texture. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant lil' brown ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nicely dark brown color and fairly thick consistency. Didn't pour a huge head, but did have some good lacing.

There was a very nutty aroma, along with hops and some sweets.

The taste, as it is with most browns, was dominated by nuts. There was also a mild caramel tinge to it, as well as hops.

This had a solid amount of carbonation and a somewhat slick finish. Pretty good mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable beer. Granted, it didn't blow me away, but it was still a well made brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, nuts and caramelized malts with a touch of hops and some smokiness.

T: The taste is smoky and malty up front with flavors of maple, caramel and roasted nuts. There's a good hops presence that comes in and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, there may be a few better brown ales out there but this is still a good beer to drink for a while.

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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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