Social Lube for Anyone and Everyone
A Review of Cottonwood Carolina Strawberry by Foothills Brewing Co.
Posted on 10/25/2012 by Chops
                   
Good
The Foothills Brewery out of Winston-Salem, NC is a regional champion. Their brews can be found all over the state and for good reason: they're amazingly delicious. Foothills is well known for big bold beers. Their Seeing Double IPA is a monster of the NC brew scene. Their Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout is a highly coveted seasonal. But, those wacky brewers know that they can't just cater to one portion of the drinking market. The do have a softer side, and it is found in the Carolina Strawberry Cream Ale. On a recent trip to the brewery, I ordered one up to round out the visit.

In the glass, this beer has a clear light golden coloration with a salmon pink hue. It comes with a sudsy white head that has good retention. On the nose, that signature rich creamy aroma fills the air around the glass. I was able to find some faint fruity notes, but the strawberry influence is minimal at best. Going into that first taste, I was expecting a solid cream ale with hints of fruitiness.

The mouthfeel threw me for a loop because I was expecting thick and creamy. Not even close, this beer is very crisp and tangy. It's surprisingly light for the style, but this isn't a bad thing. It actually has a noticeable hop sting, which I found to be really cool. A tangy cream ale is somewhat of an oxymoron, but I really enjoyed the interpretation. The core flavor is an interesting mishmash between cream ale and fruit beer. On one end you have that savory cream soda flavor, then on the other end you have a sweet malty character with wisps of berry. I doesn't taste like you think it should, but that's okay because it's still a tasty beer. It finishes lightly sticky with an aftertaste that resembles a really sweet pale ale.

Overall, Foothills' Carolina Strawberry Cream Ale is tasty brew with a quirky personality. It's certainly an oddball for the cream ale style, but not in a detrimental way. It has plenty of good flavor, plus it's easy drinking and very refreshing. It's one of the very few beers that Foothills makes that is accessible across the beer drinker spectrum. Novices can appreciate it as a easy drinker with a savory twist. Seasoned drinkers can appreciate this brew as an amusing interpretation of a lighter style. Carolina Strawberry won't knock your socks off, but it's not really meant to. It's just good social lubrication for anyone and everyone.

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