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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005)
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Photo of kjkinsey


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-03-2014 16:14:19 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Durge


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

10-01-2007 01:41:54 | More by Durge
Photo of FilumDee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-15-2014 00:50:33 | More by FilumDee
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

10-16-2008 18:00:54 | More by Onenote81
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

07-01-2007 11:52:05 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of zestar


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-01-2014 07:44:35 | More by zestar
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-17-2012 14:15:11 | More by mklinger
Photo of schwee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-19-2012 15:41:09 | More by schwee
Photo of brauseboof

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-13-2013 16:29:15 | More by brauseboof
Photo of swgwilt


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-19-2012 02:34:08 | More by swgwilt
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2012 04:38:00 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

06-10-2007 00:56:53 | More by kkipple
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

06-06-2012 00:51:50 | More by tdm168
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

08-21-2011 13:18:48 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of mralphabet


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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...

05-10-2009 01:48:07 | More by mralphabet
Photo of methtlcai


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

08-04-2005 00:16:22 | More by methtlcai
Photo of nickd717


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

09-24-2009 18:41:11 | More by nickd717
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-01-2011 15:47:33 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

07-04-2006 07:07:59 | More by Enola
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

02-03-2014 01:48:01 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-03-2008 02:59:07 | More by daliandragon
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-02-2006 14:04:18 | More by AlexJ
Photo of jgrachen

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-29-2014 17:31:15 | More by jgrachen
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-22-2014 21:34:19 | More by robebo44
Photo of SourinQns

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-17-2013 00:48:38 | More by SourinQns
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