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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 144
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 Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.48/5  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.

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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 MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 atsprings
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +26%
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!

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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 mentor
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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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 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 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 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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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 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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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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