Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 143
Photo of Enola
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was darker than many of the style. The hops were well presented. There was a decent head. The smell was hoppy. The taste was fairly smooth. This beer had a sticky mouthfeel. I could drink this beer again, in fact probably could session it. A good effort from Foothills. (279 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber with a fluffy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring, no lace.

Aroma is quite mild, hints of soft caramel and honey with very grassy and floral hops.

Flavor is much the same, clean golden roasted malts accented by floral, herbal, and light notes of citrus hops.

Body is just above light, could use some more oomph. Slick mouthfeel with a light, airey texture. A decent APA. (403 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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... (804 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of methtlcai
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber color with above average head- although there was absolutely zero lacing to be seen. Faint hop aroma (cascade I believe) that was fresh and crisp but no "wow" factor. Herbal, almost grassy taste with medium/strong hop bitterness, but with enough malt presence to balance the beer, making a great candidate for top NC session beer. (347 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Foothills not 50 yards from where it was brewed.

A. Pale copper, 2cm white head, fizzy. Swirling the glass produces a bit of life.

S. I get some hop notes and a decidedly "English" smell, some mild sourness and a whiff of caramel malt.

T. Pilot Mountain is a light, well balanced, and mild all-around pale ale. Some grapefruit hops and toasty malt are about all I'm getting. Simple, but quite sessionable.

M / D. No complaints here. This is a basic and tasty Pale ale, and I suspect brewed more to the English style than not. Recommended if you like this sort of thing. (591 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid APA. True to the style but I thought it leaned more towards an English style than an American due to lower hops than I am accustomed. Poured a dark wood brown and slightly translucent. The bar was dark so I was not able to tell just how much. Nose was earthy malts. Flavor waas heavy on the malts with just some slight spruce hops coming out. A bit overly carbonated but that may be the bar's fault more than the brewer's error. Medium to lighter body too. Nice APA that I would get again. (495 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC. It was a clear copper color with solid head and good lace. The aroma is weak, but shows wheat and grapefruit hops. The flavor brings out more of the malt mixed with the hops bite, but it is a very mild blend. Pretty drinkable. It is a tad watery but there is a nice charcoal finish. I would like to try this again as it got mixed results as I made my way through the glass. Definitely worth a try no matter what. (456 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Foothills for the opportunity. Entered as category #37 (American Pale Ale).

Pours a massive tan head. I won't hold against the beer, as I suspect this one is normally not bottled. Crystal clear amber rust with very tiny particulates. Fairly attractive. Smells grassy pine and oranges. Flat. Musty and earthy.

Tastes brutal rough grassy hops. Not co-humulone, but earthy gritty. Oranges. Dry. Sort of toffee mixed in with the oranges. very earthy hops. Floral, but not overly bitter. Drying caramel from malt. Also some darker malt that comes across almost as an iron character.

Md body and overly carbonated. Too hoppy and not the right kind for the style. (789 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of callisbeers
3.09/5  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. (509 characters)

Photo of dmbsteve
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foothills Brewery is arguably best known for their India Pale Ales, and in this instance they have taken a similar heavy-bittering-hops approach to their APA. At a reported 52 IBU, it is definitely on the bitter end of the scale for the style. It looks and feels the part: 5.5% ABV, hazy deep gold color, thick creamy head, and a thinnish texture with sharp carbonation that attacks the tongue in concert with the bitterness. Where it falls down is the flavoring hops, which, not having nearly as strong a presence as do the bittering hops, get buried under the bitterness. What there is of the flavoring hops expresses itself in a fairly straightforward manner with citrus and floral notes; my favorite characteristic of the APA style is complex, prominent flavoring hops, and you just don't get that with this beer- you could just as easily be drinking one of a number of craft IPAs. (885 characters)

Photo of argock
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of kinged8th
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
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. (521 characters)

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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.