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Carolina Beer Co. Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Brewed with pale and crystal malts, a touch of hops and a special blend of spices to produce a subtle spicy character.


3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (638) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Spicy cinnamon type flavor...but after that its pretty watery...spices are good but nothing besides that

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TimsRatings (404) - - OCT 23, 2013
From 12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with little head. Cinnamon and slight nutmeg aroma. Touch-o-hops basically waters down the spiciness of the beer. Kinda weak. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a much better example of a spiced pumpkin ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (635) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Poured from the bottle. Aroma is full of nutmeg, with some hints of clove. No real sweetness or hop presence to speak of. Color is a nice orange-amber hue, with small white head. Flavor is strong clove, with just enough malt sweetness to balance the spices. Again, not much from the hops. Overall, this is not my favorite style, but this is a nice pumpkin beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Usually the one I reach for at a party, when itís down to this or non-local pumpkins. Like most, this oneís basically a perfunctory amber ale with just enough hop bite in there to provide some relief from the overwhelmingly sweet additions. Just never a style Iíve warmed to, but this oneís better than some.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maxwelldeux (3500) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours an amber color with almost no head. A fair amount of clove smell to this. Not as heavy on the spices as many other pumpkin beers, but still not great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle from foothills. Copper with head that vanishes quickly. Tastes is spice and pumpkin. Nutmeg is prevalent over any cinnamon. Not bad but I like more cinnamon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 10/27/10. This is the old version, pre-Foothills takeover. 12oz bottle, part of an autumn-themed mixed sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very thick, cloudy dark rusty amber. The thinnest of heads rests atop. Disappears quickly. Not even a ring around the edge. No lace. The nose is weak and underwhelming. The spices are muted, pumpkin is absent. Iím finding sour fruits, and syrup. Not what I expected. The mouth is decent. Good carbonation play, and a slightly heavy finish. I donít know. This has some mild pumpkin in the flavor, but itís pretty weak. Itís more cider-y, with notes of apples and light spices. Iím not sure I would or could have another one of these. I expected more, but it was found lacking. Too bad. I wanted to like this.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3380) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours a turgid orange with half an inch of khaki foam. Nice pumpkin spice on the nose. Has a nice sweetness on the tongue without it becoming too cloying. Fairly one note taste.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a dark golden orange color thatís almost brown with a half finger off-white head that quickly fades. Not much in the way of lacing. Tart, vinous aroma with earthy spice and an odd vegetal presence. Iím not sure if this is really old but it smells sour. Not much pumpkin or traditional autumnal characteristics. Medium bodied with a tart, vinegar like presence up front followed by an earthy vegetal presence and zesty spice. Tastes like rotted pumpkin with more of dark fruit presence than anything. Not much pumpkin flavor or spices of a traditional beer in this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of allspice, ginger, cinnamon, carmel and light pie crust. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cvarmel and light pie crust with a smooth lingering spiced finish.


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