Cottonwood Endo India Pale AleNovember 1, 2002 Mooresville, NC
Carolina Beer and Beverage Co.
Available: NC, SC, GA, TN, VA
An American style IPA brewed with pale and crystal malts and Chinook and Cascade hops. “Brewed for the true southern hopheads!”
Alcohol by weight: 4.4
King Gambrinus, toasting with a mug of Cottonwood, holding some barley corn and wearing a bike helmet. It's a wonderful label—the beer's even better, especially if you love hops. A fluffy, creamy cloud sits atop a lovely orange colored beer, cloudy from lack of filtration. The nose is rich, exotic, and inviting. An incredible volume of herb dominates the flavor, yet the fine malt base holds its own.
- Charles Finkel
A big aroma of malt and complexity of hop character: flowers and citrus character that swirl and entice. Quite an aggressive hop flavor that is appropriate for this type of beer. A great India pale ale for those who seek hop character and lots of it. Of course, you get drinkability with this balanced ale that should be considered by any IPAficionado. Quite nice
- Charlie Papazian
Gold to pale copper color, with an entrancing aroma of resiny hops, rich malt and tart fruit. A mouth-filling hop bitterness with deep, almost roasty malt notes—I suspect a touch of crystal malt or something similar. The finish is quenching, bursting with hop bitternes, tart fruit and ripe malt. A superb beer: could I appeal to brewers to give more label information. I’d love to know the grains and hops used.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.