Cottonwood Frostbite Winter Ale

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Type: American Strong Ale
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  • 3.9/5 
  • 08.50% 
  • 1889/3686 
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From the breweries of Colorado and the Pacific Northwest comes the winter tradition of a hearty brown ale that finishes with a strong hoppy taste. Made with a blend of Crystal Malts, and balanced with Centennial and Columbus hops, the frostbite was aggressively brewed to warm the beer drinkers in the southern Appalachian Mountains. First brewed as part of our new "HIGH COTTON" line in 2006, the Frostbite shows its true colors- brewed as a High Gravity beer under the new NC law- this fine ale tops out just under 9% ABV.

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  • May 30, 2011
    ABanerjee (29)Rank: Beer AficionadoGroup: Blueberry Lovers
    3
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    This beer was also part of my Craft Beer Club shipment. I thought that I would enjoy this brewery since it is from NC (and I tend to love craft brews from NC). Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with my beer.

    Although the look of Frostbite was very appealing, the taste did not come through. Perhaps it was a bad box of beer that came my way - but the aftertaste of the beer was very sour and incredibly unappealing. The sheer fact that it got worse and worse as the beer warmed up made people around me cringe when they sampled the beer. (I also don't credit the pour taste to the high ABV - as other ale's i've had do not have this same residual flavor on my palate).

    Overall, it's a beer worth trying once, but that's about it.
  • Apr 26, 2011
    RedneckRinpoche (29)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: IPA Lovers
    3.8
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    Received as a part of my Craft Beer Club monthly shipment. Lovely amber pour into my Bell's snifter with a full, dense 2-finger head. The aroma isn't bad, just incredibly faint and somewhat indistinct. The flavor is a great deal more complex: white grapes and dates, a sharpness that doesn't bite too hard, a clear layer of Crystal malt and a piney hop finish. All that, and the brew is balanced and smooth with a slick texture. All-around delicious, and not even so boozy that you need cold weather to enjoy it. I'll have this a few more times, for sure.