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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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84
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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 Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Brewsed, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of themanilow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

themanilow, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Durge, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

FilumDee, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Onenote81, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

MuddyFeet, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of mklinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of schwee
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

schwee, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

siege06nd, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of brauseboof
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

brauseboof, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Daniellobo, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

kkipple, Jun 10, 2007
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 thegodfather2701
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

thegodfather2701, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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...

mralphabet, May 10, 2009
Photo of methtlcai
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

methtlcai, Aug 04, 2005
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 drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Enola
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Enola, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

daliandragon, May 03, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

AlexJ, Feb 02, 2006
Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.