Pilot Mountain Pale Ale - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  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. (473 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +25%
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! (672 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fresh 12 oz bottle.
Very hoppy for style, but with typical moderate bitterness.
Aroma: very attractive with a fine blend of bready malts and citrus/herbal hops.
Herbal and citrus notes from the hops. (201 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (594 characters)

Photo of argock
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 020315

Slightly hazed golden color beneath a compact, lumpy head. Fresh Cascade-like hop nose, flowers and grapefruit, with an underlying pale malt sweetness. Crisp, simple, old school pale ale flavor: floral hops and zesty citrus with a touch of piney greenness, some biscuit malt tucked neatly into the background. Snappy and pretty light on the palate. Tasty and mighty drinkable. (402 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (588 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.07/5  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. (343 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (789 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (557 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  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. (692 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Clear, deep copper with a loose finger of foam with wimpy retention leaves wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is faintly malty.

Taste is dry, biscuity malt with a sting of bitter hops. Caramel flavors emerge as the drink warms.

Easy to drink. (272 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with 1/2-finger of head. No retention. Not much lacing, but nice carbonation and an attractive coloring bring the score up.

Where is the nose here? Maybe I'm losing my sense of smell, but the current crop of pales haven't done much for me (amarillo hopped beers not included).

Huge citrus hit. Estery. Citrus absolutely explodes on your tastebuds. Slightly slick and oily, but fits the style.

Great drinker for a hoppy pale ale. (448 characters)

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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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