Brew Review-Swamphead Cottonmouth
On a recent trip to Gainesville, Florida, I happened to find a decent beer bar with some locals on tap. Previously, I had tried Swamphead’s IPA, Big Nose, and thought it was fairly decent. Well, the bar, The Top, had two of Swamphead’s other beers on draft, so without consulting the menu, I settled in and ordered the one with the flashiest name, Cottonmouth.
When my beer arrived, I instantly knew I made a mistake as the bartender had placed an orange slice on the rim. Shit. If a beer is served with fruit, it means the beer is not good by itself, which in turn means — it’s not good. Just for thoroughness’s sake here’s the low-down:
Type: Belgian Wheat Bier NOTE: SHINTERN IS BIASED AGAINST BELGIAN WHEATS — IT’S LIKE THE FRENCH TRIED TO MAKE A BEER.
Pours with a very thin white head and is quite golden-yellow in color with a lot of carbonation (it looked like a brighter shade of ginger ale).
The aroma comes off as a very fruit-zesty and reminded me of Blue Moon (another clue I was not going to be impressed by this beer).
The body was extremely light with less carbonation than I was expecting. It had coriander and orange in the taste, but I’ve had better beers with those two flavors present.
As I was drinking it, some guy ordered an Oskar Blues Gubna and received a Cottonmouth but said it was no big deal that the bartender messed up the order — Dude couldn’t have been more wrong; I haven’t had the Gubna, but it’s hard to imagine that it’s worse than the Cottonmouth.