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IPA Of The Month : July 2014 (Yankee Doodle Dani) - Foothills Brewing Company

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IPA Of The Month : July 2014 (Yankee Doodle Dani)
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 07-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We salute the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere with a lighter, crisper IPA of the Month. We started July with four different malts, then spiced her up with additions of fresh ground coriander and fresh grated ginger. A lemony tang from Citra™ hops in the flavoring and aroma stages provides perfect balance and a refreshing finish to this sweet, dry summer beer.
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 5
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Another big ol' thanks to Wil for the bottle! Keeping the fridge stocked, mang! The cartoon girl on the label is nearly as hot as Jessica Rabbit. Pale golden is the liquid that glugs from the bottle. A slight haze is all that keeps the clarity from being crystal. Carbonation races up the glass to the majestically white head, keeping it well stocked. The foam is creamy, leaving chunky drink lines down the glass. She's a pretty beer, that's no lie.

The nose is dripping with Citra which would be pretty standard these days but what's unique is the bright ginger that supplements all those tropical notes Citra provides. Lactic pineapple, papaya, mango, and apricot all play their parts. Coriander adds a quick dusting of citrus that coriander usually provides, orange and a squeeze of lime.The malt base is neutral and merely an addition of sugar to balance the hop profile.

Ginger stands out much more on the palate. It brings with it a bright, refreshing quality that manages to walk the line between just right and overdone. Ginger hits first while the Citra actually takes a back seat with the previously mentioned tropical and apricot notes. The coriander picks up on the swallow and adds to the already citric heavy beer. The ginger really pops on the finish and lingers. Crackery malt lays a foundation.

This IPA weighs in with a body right in the middle of the spectrum and carbonation lively enough to add some zip. The finish dries up nicely and while the bitterness is low there still is some present and the ginger lingers. Drinkability is up there.

Foothills June IPA surprised the hell out of me last night and the July IPA is doing the same tonight. I can't say I'm usually a fan of spices or adjuncts added to my beer, especially IPAs, but the ginger is unique and refreshing in this case. It works incredibly well. All the citric qualities pop. This is a delicious, expertly crafted IPA. Would love to see this brewed again. Thanks, Wil!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I have said, I like the idea of this but price is always an issue. Not that it has stopped me, but for symmetry sake I will be off by one month because I missed March, dammit! Anyway, I have enjoyed this beer series. However as this is my 100th review, I am going to take a different approach!

Does anyone find this beer series a bit sexist? Not that I am opposed to beautiful women selling my beer or being on my beer labels but is IPA an feminine style? Not really. But, I digress, this is an enjoyable beer. Maybe the best of the bunch thus far.

Appearance: Bronze golden, with some head retention that breaks into a lacing pattern.

Smell: Very nice hop aroma. This beer really reminds me of Stone Go To.

Taste: Very much the same, a very light IPA, but a nice balance. Very crisp! I truly have enjoyed this one as much as any that I have tried since the series has begun.

Overall: Not as potent as others, but very drinkable and I would buy more of these, unfortunately there are so many others in the same vein that save me money. Nevertheless, I will continue to support this "local" endeavor.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives clear amber without much of a head at all; the foam quickly fades to a ringlet and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Cracker malt, tropical fruit, pith and a hint of coriander

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with tropical fruit tones taking over, bringing pineapple and a bit of peach as well as the usual citrus; coriander is also in the mix with all the flavor lingering; the finish adds just a hint of ginger in the bite

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My second favorite in the series thus far and it gets style points for creativity

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IPA Of The Month : July 2014 (Yankee Doodle Dani) from Foothills Brewing Company
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