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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -46.2%

02-27-2012 15:17:03 | More by Lob
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South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

11-14-2010 15:27:34 | More by kinged8th
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

07-24-2013 17:21:14 | More by DuffDaddy
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

04-10-2013 02:30:41 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

07-18-2013 01:29:58 | More by mwbrady12
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2.8/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

04-03-2010 04:19:31 | More by argock
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2.95/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

04-23-2011 02:04:43 | More by dmbsteve
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.4%

05-20-2014 15:29:29 | More by jaswilson2
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

04-07-2010 21:00:50 | More by callisbeers
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-06-2014 19:56:32 | More by Adkins1203
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-14-2014 01:38:33 | More by mattmarka1
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-12-2012 00:50:44 | More by UltimateLivewire
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-08-2013 05:10:17 | More by allbrigs
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-15-2012 17:14:53 | More by jak
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

02-06-2014 03:15:57 | More by edhizdeid
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

11-11-2010 13:01:53 | More by Thorpe429
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

12-26-2006 04:51:42 | More by mentor
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

03-23-2012 00:49:03 | More by rangerred
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District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

04-29-2012 19:55:34 | More by Chaney
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-07-2013 22:55:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-14-2014 17:35:35 | More by bcp5296d
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-08-2012 22:29:49 | More by Lantern
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-30-2012 17:07:15 | More by DrunkinYogi
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-31-2012 14:09:11 | More by Brewsed
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-30-2013 14:50:55 | More by themanilow
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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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