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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%


Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper coloring with steady carbonation and a thin, low profile, off-white head. Nose of caramel and a subtle hops bitterness, with spicy and floral highlights. Flavors are more hop forward, with resinous and bitter notes, hints of grapefruit, and a sweet, roasted caramel backbone. Well balanced, and very drinkable. Smooth, light bodied. The aftertaste is peppery and bitter, with a slightly dry finish. Tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 01:48:01 | More by GarthDanielson
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose-orange seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of crispness.
O: This is a nice easy drinking APA that is filled with aromas and flavors of citrus. It is a good choice if you are looking a flavorful beer that's very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 14:29:55 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops with a lighter amount of pine/resin and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale and caramel malts with very little sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops. Just a touch of some earthy hops in there are well. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink - sessionable due to the moderate amounts of bitterness and low ABV. Definitely one to get again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 01:45:57 | More by dbrauneis
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ont tap at the brewery.

Pours and amber/orange with a small white head that rings. Smell is light grapefruit hops and the unmistakeable crystal malt. Lots of pale/crystal type malt in the taste, med-light body and med carb.

Very similar to the SN Pale Ale but fresher tasting . This isn't too surprising as SN pretty much invented the style.

From notes, March 19, 2012

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 16:15:47 | More by VaterRoss
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - copper with a thin lacing of white, soft head

S - piny, earthy, toasty, bready

T - toasty, bready, citrus, pine, bitter finish

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I'm a bit disappointed in the malt character here. The toasty notes were note welcomed, but the hop character was solid. I would probably avoid this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 00:51:50 | More by tdm168
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Arborescence

Finland

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, pours an airy head.

Aroma: Fresh citrus, but also malt, interesting and delicate combination.

Taste: Great combination of malt and hops! Very robust flavour, quite strong. Not as refreshing as you might think because of that, but very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid pale ale with some sweetness and bitterness, nicely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 20:15:53 | More by Arborescence
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Foothills.

A: It poured a very hazy orange which was on the darker side of the orange spectrum. The head was about 1/2 finger and retained itself throughout.

S: Not much on the nose at all.... maybe some muted citrus and fresh H2O.

T: Despite what I got on the nose, this one had a substantial citrus bite with lots of orange peel. Very fresh!

M: Not uber sweet, but quite bitter, especially for a Pale Ale. There was a slight bit of lace left on the glass.

O: This was a nice, bitter American Pale Ale that was definitely up to par with their other yummy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 19:55:34 | More by Chaney
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a growler into a 1L glass mug.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium copper with a very tiny head.

Nose has plenty of earthy hops along with some caramel and toffee notes from the malt.

Flavor is a bit watery from the start with a quick shot of hoppy bitterness. Some earthyness from the hops quickly follows along with some caramel and biscuit. A pleasant maltyness lingers through the finish.

Overall this isn't a bad beer but the body is lacking. I also feel it is a little more hoppy than it should be and the malt kind of gets buried.

Serving type: growler

03-23-2012 00:49:03 | More by rangerred
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with a white head that stays around for a decent amount of time. Not much lacing.

S-Hop forward with what I believe to be cascade. Not much malt presence.

T-Like the nose as it is really hoppy and bitter with not much malt backbone. What little malt there is provides a nice caramel finish.

M-Pretty thick for the style.

D-It is drinkable and refreshing, but there are other versions of the style I would much rather have.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 13:18:48 | More by thegodfather2701
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured copper color with an off-white one finger head that dissipated to a ring. Small amount of lacing.

Smells of hops mostly floral and citrusy.

Taste like a typical overly hopped (IMO) pale ale with very little malt character. A little out of balance.

Medium body with a dry finish. Not bad mouthfeel, just wish I liked the flavor a little more.

Overall a very average session pale ale. Forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 02:04:43 | More by dmbsteve
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills paired with my chicken sandwich. This is your classic American Pale ale, moderately hopped, medium body, go to beer for your everyday drinker, and it's a decent one.

Beer is orangish with a soft white head of small and tiny bubbles, lacing is a plus and carbonation is steady. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly piny but mostly earthy hops.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice hop presence, not overly bitter, not at all. Beer is "well balanced" between the light malt backbone and the presence of the hop flavors and bitterness. This would be a good football beer to have around on the weekends. Although there is nothing too special about it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 15:47:33 | More by drabmuh
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kinged8th

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a growler of this hoping to have a relaxing night watching football. Pours a nice copper color with a decent head. Smell is somewhat deceptive. It comes across as floral, citrus hop, but is nothing like the taste. I has a good mouthfeel and starts off nice until it rolls off the tongue and down the throat. Then it turns into a stringent, dry after taste. This was a tough one to finish and Ill have to admit, I was only able to put two pints away. The next day I poured the rest of the growler down the drain.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2010 15:27:34 | More by kinged8th
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. Nose is light citrus and herbal hops. The taste brings some pale malt as well as a slight bit of citrus. A light bitterness in the feel. Easy drinking but somewhat lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 13:01:53 | More by Thorpe429
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callisbeers

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at home, trying something lighter for the summer months. Appearance is a nice amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell is pretty much non-existant. Taste is slightly better than the smell, with a little bit of hops and malt taste. I will say that this one has more taste once it warms up a good bit, 10-15 minutes of sitting. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability if fine, would be better with just some defining taste characteristics. I will probably not be putting this one back on the keg rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 21:00:50 | More by callisbeers
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argock

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Light amber with cap of off-white head with skimpy lace at the top of the glass.

S: Herbal, earthy hops and some light pale malts, but the aroma is way light and not distinctive.

T: The flavor is a big let-down, as I enjoyed FOothills' Hoppyum IPA a lot. THis brew is like a glorified homebrew but after you've just tasted a really good homebrew or craft beer. Hops are flat and herbal with no brightness and the malt load is far below the necessary level. A messy brew that doesn't really push any flavor forward and thus is left with a lot of low-impact flavors.

M: Feel is thin and subpar for the style. Aftertaste is cardboardy and not pleasant.

D: Skip this one and buy pretty much any other ale on the menu. This brew is unrefined and needs more finishing to recommend as too many messy flavors and off-flavors are present with no dominant flavor taking charge. Maybe it's the draft lines, and since their other brews are good, I will give this another try elsewhere and see if there is a difference.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 04:19:31 | More by argock
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with 1/2-finger of head. No retention. Not much lacing, but nice carbonation and an attractive coloring bring the score up.

Where is the nose here? Maybe I'm losing my sense of smell, but the current crop of pales haven't done much for me (amarillo hopped beers not included).

Huge citrus hit. Estery. Citrus absolutely explodes on your tastebuds. Slightly slick and oily, but fits the style.

Great drinker for a hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 17:15:15 | More by beer2day
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nickd717

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Copper color with a nice lasting one-finger white head.

S - Caramel malt and citrusy hops with a little resin detectable.

T - Well-balanced and pretty good with caramel malt, bread, earth, and citrusy/piney C-hops. A good, but not great, example of the APA style.

M - Body medium for the style with medium carbonation.

D - Above average for a pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 18:41:11 | More by nickd717
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A filtered clear amber bodied pale ale with plenty of strong cascade aroma in the nose. Some caramel malt hits first with a strong hop piney bitterness from the Cascade hops coming on quickly imparting grapefruit like qualities. Light mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation. A good sessionable hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 19:33:53 | More by rtratzlaff
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caban

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be drinking this Excelent Pale Ale. Found it on Tap at Liberty Tap House in Columbia SC.
Head:alittle light in the head,

Apperaence: good color and slightly hazy

Aroma: Fresh Fruit, nice touch of Green
Grass/hops

Taste: Flavors abound,from Malty to a lingering hop finish

Finish: Hops dominate, left me wanting another sip.

This is one of my favorties when at Southern Beer Fest: The guys have a great thing going.

Go Foothills!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 21:22:11 | More by caban
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: A sharp hoppy smell, along with malt.

T: Tasted of malt and bitter hops. Neither overwhelms the other. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A very easy to drink beer. Definitely one that wouldn't leave you with much of a hangover.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2009 14:01:07 | More by avalon07
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on Tap at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Greensboro NC on a day trip from VA....

A: Auburn in color... very little white head with very little lacing.

S: Very nice hop aromas.... with a little sweet malt back ground.

T: Little more hoppy than other APA's I've had.... The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the bitterness of the hops.... Just a little bitterness in the aftertaste but has an overall pleasant finish.

M: I'd say the body is a little lighter than medium and the carbonation is just right for this type of brew.

D: Pretty easy to drink and went pretty well with my Americo Pizza...

My first Foothills brew.... Now I'm curious about their other brews, but nothing comes in a bottle... only on tap... I may have to come back to NC and go to Foothills BrewPub to try the rest...

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 01:48:07 | More by mralphabet
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the brewery itself for lunch and had this brew. Came out a light copper/orange color with about a half-inch head. Pretty good retention with some spotty lacing.

Smell the hops right away. This beer smells good. Some citrus scents in there as well.

First thing I notice about this beer is the nice crisp hop bitterness. A little more bitter than most APAs, but very good nonetheless. Some caramel malt taste tries to balance this one out, but the hop is king here.

This had a good amount of carbonation that gave it a nice crisp feeling. This was a good APA, but not my favorite of their offerings for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 18:00:54 | More by Onenote81
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Surprisingly deep amber with minimal head.

Floral and grapefruit hoppy smell, but not strong. Something else in the mix too, dark bread I guess.

Taste is solid. Favors drinkability over a huge hop punch, but it's nice. A solid grapefruit hop base, and then a toasted bready flavor. Tends towards the English side of things, I get a bit of an ESB note, really.

A bit on the watery side for me, but all right.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, fairly basic, but I'd have this again. It wasn't particularly memorable, but went well with a dog and the game.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 03:23:06 | More by Strix
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Clear, deep copper with a loose finger of foam with wimpy retention leaves wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is faintly malty.

Taste is dry, biscuity malt with a sting of bitter hops. Caramel flavors emerge as the drink warms.

Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 00:45:25 | More by cvstrickland
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled today at the brewery after hiking all day in Pilot Mountain State Park so it seemed appropriate. Arrived at my bar stool with a bright orange/amber color and clear as a bell to peer through. Almost no head at all, just a few bubbles. The smell was just some light hop aromas, nothing strong or particularly interesting.

The taste is solid, with a nice round flavor, supported entirely by hops. Not aggressive or piney but more the gentle bitterness of an English pale or an ESB. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste but also some undesirable astringency.

This is definitely a decent beer but I feel it's just a bit off. A little disappointing for Foothills but still above average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 02:59:07 | More by daliandragon
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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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