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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: 47
Hads: 144
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 144
Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Surprisingly deep amber with minimal head.

Floral and grapefruit hoppy smell, but not strong. Something else in the mix too, dark bread I guess.

Taste is solid. Favors drinkability over a huge hop punch, but it's nice. A solid grapefruit hop base, and then a toasted bready flavor. Tends towards the English side of things, I get a bit of an ESB note, really.

A bit on the watery side for me, but all right.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, fairly basic, but I'd have this again. It wasn't particularly memorable, but went well with a dog and the game.

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Photo of Enola
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of blitz134
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A filtered clear amber bodied pale ale with plenty of strong cascade aroma in the nose. Some caramel malt hits first with a strong hop piney bitterness from the Cascade hops coming on quickly imparting grapefruit like qualities. Light mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation. A good sessionable hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, pours an airy head.

Aroma: Fresh citrus, but also malt, interesting and delicate combination.

Taste: Great combination of malt and hops! Very robust flavour, quite strong. Not as refreshing as you might think because of that, but very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid pale ale with some sweetness and bitterness, nicely balanced.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ont tap at the brewery.

Pours and amber/orange with a small white head that rings. Smell is light grapefruit hops and the unmistakeable crystal malt. Lots of pale/crystal type malt in the taste, med-light body and med carb.

Very similar to the SN Pale Ale but fresher tasting . This isn't too surprising as SN pretty much invented the style.

From notes, March 19, 2012

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a dark orange golden copper color, fine bubble white foam head that fades to the outer rim, stringy legs of lacing
S: orange, papaya, citrus, cracker, malt
M: medium creamy body, resin on tongue
T: grape fruit rind, orange, hop bitterness, cracker, hay, earthiness
O: good brew, great aroma, the flavor is a little to earthy for me, maybe my bottle is old? Drank on 5-22-15

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Photo of rodrot
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a haze golden with a decent off white head.

S: Balance of floral hops and light caramel malt. Biscuity aromas with some pleasant floral and pine.

T: Nice balance with a decent bitterness. Nice malt flavor with some pilsner malt flavors. Pine dominates the hop profile with a light but of citrus. Finishes a bit dry.

F: Medium light body with moderate high carbonation.

O: Nice pale ale. I like the mild pilsner character and has a good balance. Nice session ale.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foothills Brewery is arguably best known for their India Pale Ales, and in this instance they have taken a similar heavy-bittering-hops approach to their APA. At a reported 52 IBU, it is definitely on the bitter end of the scale for the style. It looks and feels the part: 5.5% ABV, hazy deep gold color, thick creamy head, and a thinnish texture with sharp carbonation that attacks the tongue in concert with the bitterness. Where it falls down is the flavoring hops, which, not having nearly as strong a presence as do the bittering hops, get buried under the bitterness. What there is of the flavoring hops expresses itself in a fairly straightforward manner with citrus and floral notes; my favorite characteristic of the APA style is complex, prominent flavoring hops, and you just don't get that with this beer- you could just as easily be drinking one of a number of craft IPAs.

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Photo of methtlcai
3.58/5  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.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at home, trying something lighter for the summer months. Appearance is a nice amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell is pretty much non-existant. Taste is slightly better than the smell, with a little bit of hops and malt taste. I will say that this one has more taste once it warms up a good bit, 10-15 minutes of sitting. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability if fine, would be better with just some defining taste characteristics. I will probably not be putting this one back on the keg rotation.

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Photo of dmbsteve
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured copper color with an off-white one finger head that dissipated to a ring. Small amount of lacing.

Smells of hops mostly floral and citrusy.

Taste like a typical overly hopped (IMO) pale ale with very little malt character. A little out of balance.

Medium body with a dry finish. Not bad mouthfeel, just wish I liked the flavor a little more.

Overall a very average session pale ale. Forgettable.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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

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Photo of kinged8th
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a growler of this hoping to have a relaxing night watching football. Pours a nice copper color with a decent head. Smell is somewhat deceptive. It comes across as floral, citrus hop, but is nothing like the taste. I has a good mouthfeel and starts off nice until it rolls off the tongue and down the throat. Then it turns into a stringent, dry after taste. This was a tough one to finish and Ill have to admit, I was only able to put two pints away. The next day I poured the rest of the growler down the drain.

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Photo of Fitzy
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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Photo of caban
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be drinking this Excelent Pale Ale. Found it on Tap at Liberty Tap House in Columbia SC.
Head:alittle light in the head,

Apperaence: good color and slightly hazy

Aroma: Fresh Fruit, nice touch of Green

Taste: Flavors abound,from Malty to a lingering hop finish

Finish: Hops dominate, left me wanting another sip.

This is one of my favorties when at Southern Beer Fest: The guys have a great thing going.

Go Foothills!!!

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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.