Carolina Beer Co. Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale

RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Brewed with pale and crystal malts, a touch of hops and a special blend of spices to produce a subtle spicy character.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (1024) - 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.

aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Medium appearance and light head. Smooth taste and pumpkin aroma. Good taste for the fall.

Xenon (143) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Tastes more like a pumpkin spice cake than a beer. That being said it tastes like a good pumpkin spice cake haha. A bit of yeasty breafiness but not Mich else besides the pumpkin. Succeed s at least in that regard

GnarlyGnome (673) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Draft: This is good, but nothing spectacular... lots spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, very pumpkin pie-like. Body is lacking a bit, it’s a bit thin.

geologyguy (1686) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Spicy cinnamon type flavor...but after that its pretty watery...spices are good but nothing besides that

TimsRatings (421) - - 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.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Usually the one I reach for at a party, when it’s down to this or non-local pumpkins. Like most, this one’s 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 I’ve warmed to, but this one’s better than some.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, 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.

Rrauth (1196) - 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

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. I’m finding sour fruits, and syrup. Not what I expected. The mouth is decent. Good carbonation play, and a slightly heavy finish. I don’t know. This has some mild pumpkin in the flavor, but it’s pretty weak. It’s more cider-y, with notes of apples and light spices. I’m 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.

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