Saturday, 24 February 2007

Review: Cottonwood Frostbite

Cottonwood Frostbite from Carolina Beer Company
Rating: A-

Thanks to ipa2xs for getting this one to me in a BIF.

Appearance: Poured an orangey dark amber with a two finger off-white head that exhibited good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Hoppy (grapefruit character), with underlying caramel malts. Some fruitiness, the general profile is a bit reminiscent of a DIPA.

Taste: Wow, very interesting and hard to categorize. Nowhere near as sweet as a DIPA, but with a complex malt character. A bit of brown sugar compliments the malts, but the finish is acidic and bitter so it doesn't get cloying. Very good, very interesting. Resiny and grapefruit are the hop notes at play here.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not what I expected - and certainly much better. I saw it was their winter ale and assumed it would be a spiced beer of some kind, not a hoppy strong ale. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-24-2007 01:24:38

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