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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose-orange seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of crispness.
O: This is a nice easy drinking APA that is filled with aromas and flavors of citrus. It is a good choice if you are looking a flavorful beer that's very easy to drink.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 30, 2005
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 DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops with a lighter amount of pine/resin and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale and caramel malts with very little sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops. Just a touch of some earthy hops in there are well. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink - sessionable due to the moderate amounts of bitterness and low ABV. Definitely one to get again.

dbrauneis, Dec 28, 2012
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

harpus, Jul 22, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Rhettroactive, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: A sharp hoppy smell, along with malt.

T: Tasted of malt and bitter hops. Neither overwhelms the other. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A very easy to drink beer. Definitely one that wouldn't leave you with much of a hangover.

avalon07, May 14, 2009
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Oct 29, 2013
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 pathman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

blackie, Nov 13, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

williamjbauer, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of argock
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

argock, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

smithj4, May 27, 2013
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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.