TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a bottle of this last week and didnít realize it was separated from the pre-6% stuff, I just wanted to try the new beer. At any rate.... Bottle. Pours a deep copper with a tall foamy tan head. Nose is spicy hops, creamy malts and caramel. Light tangerine and a bit of alcohol as well. Taste is a hop bomb but is so much better than I remember the old version being. This is more balanced. Chewy malts, nice caramel notes, spicy hops, light pine, and tangerine. Bit of grapefruit as well. Very nice! Body is medium-full with some carbonation fullness. Finishes much the same way it began - big, spicy hoppiness, caramel, citrus fruit, bit of pecan pie and malt. Nice upgrade from the previous version!
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2004 Total Score: 3
Pours a deep red with a small tan head. Strongly hopped aroma. It is dominant and I can't smell anything else. The taste is dominant hops also. The hops are citrus - orange and grapefruit. This is all the flavor is made up of. I can pick up little else. VERY faint malt chracter. This seems one dimensional or at least "one sided". Decent IPA but nothing I haven't seen before.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not as bad as I was told to expect. A nice off color pale ale. Thin body, a little sweet. The hop profile is really nice both in flavor and aroma, spicey and fresh. Color is deep amber with tan head that lingers a bit. A real smooth drink. Hope to see more beer like this from cottonwood.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Jonathan3584. Pours transparent mahogany with decent tan head that dissapears in no time. Aromas of musty pine with malt background, some alcohol present as well. Initial flavor is all sweet malt, that fades to hops, again somewhat musty, cardboard like character. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear borwniah copper, beige head. Serious grapefruit / pine aroma. Really nice earthy, pine flavor with looooong sticky, resiny aftertaste. Like Endo on steriods.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
just saw this beer was changed to another category.... brown color, strong, rich, pretty good. taste like the old frostbite but its stronger and better.
Earlier Rating: 7/17/2004 Total Score: 3.1
ipa? i dont think so. this is an american strong if its anything. pours red with a tan head. smells hoppy and sweet. taste is similar. something about this beer didnt work with me, it was good, but it wasnt as good as i was thinking it was going to be. still, im glad i got to get a single of it instead of having to buy a 6 pack. not bad, something good to try once.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown body, semi-hazy, with a medium white head. Aroma is hops and malt, mostly hops. Flavor is nutty, slight caramel, with very hoppy flavor up front and in aftertaste. Alcohol is prevalent, especially after you have had three...., but not overpowering.
Earlier Rating: 4/1/2004 Total Score: 3.4
Brownish, clear body with creamy off-white head. Piney hop aroma with some malt. Decent maltiness up front and finishes with strong hop flavor and aftertaste. Kind of like a mix between brown ale and IPA. Interesting, but not the best in the world.
12/10/2005--The bottle says 8.5% and I know that before 8/2005 this beer was not "lawfully" allowed to have more than 6% ABV, so something is really wrong with the descriptions. Anyway, after the 2.5% ABV increase, I see the following changes--Not a brown ale, more of an IPA, and really not too different from the previous one except that there is more alcohol and hops and less flavor in this version.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan - pours brown with a creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces down the sides of the glass. Aroma is pine, some nutty notes, and a touch of roasted malts. Flavor starts out with caramel sweetness, and some roasty notes. Soon pine and citrus flavor come in from the hops. The palate is smooth creamy and medium bodied, and I didnít notice the alcohol that the previous rater did. I found this pretty tasty.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled version. Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aroma is full of piney hops with some spice and lingering alcohol. Flavor starts out dominated by a good resinous pine flavor but the beer seems to be way too young. Alcohol dominates the finish and is unpleasant going down. Smooth mouthfeel and lingering spices keep this beer from being a waste. This one will probably be better a few months down the line.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) After drinking a few dozen standard brown ales in a row, it sure is nice to taste a beer with plentiful hops in it for a change. Aromas of strong, dominating hops, sweet malts, and tea really set the stage. Flavors of very bitter and piney hops, winter spices, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malts, roast, alcohol and tea, but itís lacking the dark, chocolaty malts of a "brown ale" to me, and seems rather more like a hoppy strong ale. Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky, and well-carbonated, the strong spice and hoppy bitterness sit on the palate long after each sip. Very ruddy light brown color shows a fair amount of haze, and is topped by a smallish tan head that settles out to a ring. Some small patches of lace remain on the glass. Odd that the brewery considers this a brown ale, but whatever the style, itís very hoppy and very tasty. If I didnít know better, Iíd say this is a beer from the West Coast. Well done!
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. New (I think) high gravity variety. Pours translucent amber with a very generous tan head. Aromas of Pine, grapefruit. Flavors of caramel, grapefruit, carnations. Finishes with clean but strong hoppiness. Very nice, and hides the high gravity very well.