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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%


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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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 02:59:07 | More by daliandragon
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard Pale Ale. Little to fault, but tough to celebrate. Opens with a more amber-malt character, but still highly attenuated for clean malt aromas and flavors. Hopped for balance, but allowing the citrus, pine character to shine over the malts at times. Hops come across with a metalic bite and is noticed because of a body that is a bit lighter than prefered. Finishes quite clean are refreshing, but with a mild huskiness and bite in the end. A good standard Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 21:26:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Durge

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 01:41:54 | More by Durge
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rodrot

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very pretty dark amber/orange color with a 1 finger head that stuck around. Aroma was quite hoppy at first whiff, and then a good bit of caramelly malts started showing up in the nose. Taste was a nice blend of citrusy hops and sweet, sugary malts. I could taste lots of citrus as well as ripe peach and apricot in each swallow. Very tasty! Mouthfeel was medium in the palate and very easy to drink. As a side note, I had this on tap at Canyons in Blowing Rock and the board above the bar stated this beer's ABV as 6.2-6.5 percent. Regardless, this is a very nice example of an APA and worth seeking out for the hopheads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 16:19:11 | More by rodrot
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2007 11:52:05 | More by MuddyFeet
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2007 00:56:53 | More by kkipple
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is dominated by earthy hops. The taste is a wonderful balance of earthy pine hops and rich caramel malts. A smooth well balanced flavor lingers very well into the aftertaste. The beer is light and crisp with just a slight stickiness. This is an extremely enjoyable pale ale.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2007 00:56:36 | More by atsprings
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2007 23:32:11 | More by mikesgroove
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Cindirene

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the tap it poured nicely with a nice tight head which dissipated slightly - The nose is hoppy kinda citrusy as in maybe a northwestern hops - A little malt balance is detectable - The taste is excellent with some malt background but nice grassy piney hops in the foreground - Has a nice medium body that invites another - Altogether a very good session beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 02:05:15 | More by Cindirene
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 22:34:00 | More by blackie
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Enola

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2006 07:07:59 | More by Enola
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2006 21:58:04 | More by wcudwight
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2006 14:04:18 | More by AlexJ
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methtlcai

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 00:16:22 | More by methtlcai
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2005 20:18:23 | More by oberon
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blitz134

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 02:10:45 | More by blitz134
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Fitzy

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brand new brewery in Winston-Salem is going to go far. Everything I tried, I loved. The food rocks too! Although they didn't have the Kind IPA on tap, I didn't mind. The Stout was nice and smoky and a bit higher in alcohol content than I'm used to. Try this place out and you'll be hoppy!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2005 12:09:09 | More by Fitzy
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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
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