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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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82
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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

VaterRoss, Oct 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice bead with a rather thin head,nice mingling of aromas of biscuit malt and a little caramel with some herbal/grassiness really showing thru as it warms a little.Extremely well balanced biscuit malt and a touch of caramel up front finishing with nice spruce,pine flavor rounding this one out nicely.A real sociable pint to be had if with friends this is the one to order I think.

oberon, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of blitz134
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice transparent orange/amber color with a single finger off white head which disappeared rather quickly to a thin layer. Nose was filled with floral and grassy hops with a good malt sweetness to tone it all down. Taste was slightly hoppy with a nice bitter finish. Hops were mainly grassy and pine. This was subsequently balanced well with a good dose of sweet malts, all reminicent of the aroma. A light flavor overall, but good nonetheless. Mouthfeel was the only downer for me as this was barely above feeling thin to me. Drinkability was amazing though due to the nice refreshing flavor and light feel on the stomach.

blitz134, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

williamjbauer, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of jgrachen
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jgrachen, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Adkins1203, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +7.8%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

tdm168, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of jaredtp
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jaredtp, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

pjkelley82, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

robebo44, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's and Must say a very fine ale indeed. Poured a deep orange amber with a white frothy head with great retention and a sticky layer of lace to follow. The smell was huge, big hop profile. Lots of citrus hops with a deep resin vibrant aroma, Cascade are very evident here. The flavor is a huge hop bomb, and coming from Foothills you know its good. Very big dry bitter finish and damned if that sweet orange blossom flavor did not hang around forever. I could swear this was 8%abv or more, realy quite a strong brew I was feeling afterward. Overall hell yeah, this was awesome. I would drink this anyday, absolutly wonderful and a great addition to any bar!

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice 1 finger sticky head with good retention.
Smell is a good combination of sweet and piney hops.
The taste is a well balanced hoppy taste. The hops are more floral in nature.
Sticky and oily in the mouth but somewhat thin.
This is a very drinkable session brew.

wcudwight, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer is golden in color with a white head of which a small amount remains throughout the experience.

smell: Crisp, herbal American hop aromas with a light, balancing sweetness of pale malt. Nothing special, but easily "good."

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just over medium, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Nice blend of fresh hop flavors and pale malts. The hops taste pretty green and give a great bitterness level that cleans up the finish.

drinkability: easy...great balance of character and drinkability

Sampled at Foothills on my way back from Linville

blackie, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

rtratzlaff, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Arborescence
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Arborescence, May 09, 2012
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SourinQns, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of MythicHillbilly
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MythicHillbilly, Nov 22, 2013
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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.