Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 616
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Bilco for this beer

Consumed 7/15/15

A: Medium orange with some copper and honey highlights - the first half of the bomber pours mostly clear, and the second half pours mostly cloudy, so overall I guess it's a medium level of haze - pours with a medium sized white head, leaves some nice lacing

S: This bottle may be past its prime, but it still has a fruity, juicy, hoppy aroma - orange and grapefruit juice with some pith - some juicy tropical fruit aromas, pineapple - decidedly sweet overall, so it's reminiscent of a tropical fruit juice - some pine and resinous hops - big malts, with caramel malts, as well as straight-up caramel and molasses - decidedly sweet with a hint of booze

T: Surprisingly good, despite the abundance of sweetness - very juicy, with orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit juice - almost reminds me of a hoppy, bitter Hawaiian Punch (almost) - moderate bitterness with some lingering citrus oil, citrus pith - some pine and hop resin, herbal notes - sweet, with caramel malts, caramel syrup, molasses, burnt sugar, toffee - finishes lightly oily with some dryness, lingering sweetness and a touch of booze

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied, medium level of carbonation, smooth but a little sticky, sweet finish

O: Don't be afraid if it's a little bit close
I built a kingdom of your throes
I'm seeing double

In general, I do not like this approach to the double IPA. It's overly sweet. But I like this beer; it's not boozy enough to actually be problematic. If this were pushing 11%, the booze plus sweetness would be a problem. At 9.5%, it's on the fence, and it's not a big issue. it's not mind-blowing, but it's worth a try for sure. (1,691 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear light orange amber color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-caramel malt, tropical fruits, and citrus

T-caramel malt backbone with tropical fruits and citrus

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall highly drinkable, really nice blend of malt and hops, highly recommend getting this (345 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So right out of the gate this one excited me. Well, judging a book by it's cover is what happened. Looked simply stunning with a stark white foamy head with outstanding lacing. Aroma was the beginning of my let down as I didn't detect a whole lot. Resiny? Touch earthy maybe? Taste was hot, slightly vinous, bitter but without a particular hop signature (not piney, citrusy, etc.,.) and almost tasted like an imperial lager upon finish. After enjoying Jade, I had set myself up for something more prolific than what I got in this bottle. I'd almost say it was an old bottle but the bottles aren't' dated so I have to assume it was still within reasonable drinking time. Bought at a busy TW off a display where all the bombers were. No dust or anything on the bottle. (767 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't be looking for no fruity or florally IPA here! Pretty big hoppy, alcoholly beer. High ibu and it has a bitter bite but nothing too killer. Hops control but a definite malt presence. High ABV is always present and even tingles the tongue but again, not overwhelming for the experienced hop drinker. The hoppy hints are of a grapefruit, lemon but again nothing sweet. A good drink for those willing and able. (412 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold, crystal clear with ample head and tremendous lacing. Aroma is a little lighter than I expected but nonetheless, still nice and pleasant. Taste is awesome, with heavy IBUS, lots of grapefruit, citrus peel and resiny hops. This is a hop bomb !!!!!!!!. Mouthfeel is great with lots of stickiness, bitterness and such that balances quite well for a 126 IBU beer....Great job, Foothills !!! (404 characters)

Photo of handcrafty
2.94/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated 11/2014; consumed a few days ago.
Second time I've given Seeing Double a try, and the second time I was under impressed.
Reminds me of an English IPA, which are generally too malty for me. (201 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Clear light amber with a generous and thick foamy off-white head; corresponding lacing.
S - Appealing, for sure, but less hoppy than expected.
T - too sweet and short on hops, if judged by style. Ignoring that, this is a bold, well balanced APA with well-hidden ABV, although the alcohol adds complexity.
M - near medium body with medium+ carbonation. The higher ABV adds some warmth
O - this surprising "double IPA" is balanced and easy drinking. (463 characters)

Photo of fredmugs
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this. It's very evenly balanced which is something that I usually do not care for but this has a back end sweetness (very slight) that really makes everything come together nicely. I could crush these even at 9.5% (241 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Bow Tie Glass

A - Clear light amber with two fingers of thick foamy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of floral notes, big hop resin, a little grape, sour grapefruit, and then a wave of sweet malt, orange jam, sunny d kinda stuff.
T - Excessive sweetness up front then the bitterness hits you big time, then followed by a wave of heat. Its massive in all its forms.
M - Cloying sticky chewy sweetness, alcohol burn.
O - Just average kinda "ohh hey I can make an obscenely retarded beer that everyone else does" kinda double ipa' (543 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe

A-Pour is clear orange with a big white head and good lacing.

S-Great aromas of orange, tangerines, biscuit, pineapple, straw, and peaches in the aroma.

T-Taste is oranges, light vanilla, mango, grass, lemons, and dough with a light bitter finish.

M-Medium body with high carbonation.

O-Overall a very excellent sweet DIPA. Nice job Foothills. (388 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that blends citric hops with bit of oiliness and possible grape. Dry beer but it retains a smoothness that is pleasant and the dominant flavor is citric hops. Other notable flavors include touches of grapefruit and a little bit of caramel sweetness for balance. Not a beer that stands out but a beer that is very enjoyable and pleasant to have. (407 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly clear deep golden with a lingering frothy ivory head.

Aroma is resin, citrus, lightly floral, and malty.

Flavor has a strong, slightly sweet malty base, with notes of resin throughout. Citrus and bitterness are secondary.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not as hoppy as I expected. Fairly sweet, and I hoped for more character. (379 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber golden hued with a bit of haziness. A quarter inch of white head covers most of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. Aroma of piney hops and biscuity malt is prevalent. The front of the palate is bitter piney hops which fades into biscuity malt and then back to a more subtle bitter piney hop fade. The mouth is bit chalky and bone dry. (343 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seeing Double makes good use of the debut of a Spiegelau Double IPA tulip. A rich amber (SRM 10-12), chill-hazed with occasional carbonation. The long-lasting head is one and one-half inches creamy off-white and leaves a coating of lace.

Fresh citrus rind and pine resin open, shortly followed by pineapple and caramel. Warmth brings out a hint of mint and ginger powder.

As expected from a Double IPA, this one is quite bitter, front to back. Pine sap and light sweetness are throughout with muted grapefruit, orange rind and a touch of mango. The long finish is modest in comparison to the opening.

Surprisingly modest carbonation within a full-bodied beer. The alcohol is as anticipated. A satin texture and light metallic astringency make this quite dry.

Foothills has stepped up to the Double IPA hype, however the hop flavors could be accentuated. Bitterness will easily match wings on Superbowl Sunday. (913 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 01302014.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various thicknesses of surface foam. Sudsy non-resilient lacing.

S- Pungent and grassy hop aroma that also brings citrus notes like pineapple and grapefruit.

T- The citrus flavors come through in the flavor well coupled with a firm but controlled bitterness. Very drinkable for the ABV and the grass notes linger on the tongue for a bit. Juicy and tangy.

M- Vibrant and sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I really dig how fruit-forward this DIPA is while having a solid bitterness that's not overbearing. Foothills knows their hops. (794 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring with a fluffy, tight bubbled, white head. Aromas of spice and resinous hops, with grapefruit and tropical fruits abound. Flavors are roast forward, with a toffee and roasted backbone supporting a blending of tropical fruit rich sweetness and peppery spiced notes. Balanced and smooth. The aftertaste is resinous and tangy sweet, with a smooth, clean finish. Tasty and surprisingly drinkable. (477 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to CincyTrigger. Orange body with sticky white ring lacing. First thing that comes out is malts so that was a bit of a letdown. There is definitely some hop profile though, not sure how fresh it is.

Taste is much better. Lots of floral hops up front, followed by some citrus, and some hefty caramel malt. This is a pretty unique DIPA, and one that puts emphasis on the floral hops and malt finish.

Medium bodied and no boozy taste. Quality. (457 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured an absolutely thin complexion with all too much clarity. The color was light orange and the head was fizzy with little retention.

Lots going on in the nose with some strong malt character but then a sweet citrusy lemon and grapefruit scent. The end is a little piney with a touch of floral hop notes.

The flavors hold a lot of bitterness between the sweet lemon rind and piney hops. A sprig of citrus is abolished by a earthy, leafy cannabis flavor. All melded together it's rather tasty.

The feel is bitter, not too astringent though. The carbonation is reasonably smooth and it's not heavy on the alcohol feel. (627 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange hue with a small, off white head

S - Caramel, piney hops, resin

T - Citrusey all the way through with caramel undertones and a sharp bitterness on the back end

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a resiney quality

D- Extremely drinkable DIPA. Perfect for a hop head (293 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured amber/light maple in color with a beautiful, lasting, frothy head. Quite clear. Brilliant in the light. Big notes of pale malt, touch of caramel and brown sugar, and nice blend of citrus and pine. Grapefruit mixed with spruce, although the hops seem to be less pronounced than expected. Boozy in the finish with a kick of alcoholic heat. Pretty decent. (359 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep murky copper with very small head. Decent lacing, with sweet grapefruit aroma. Maltyness here as well. Taste is very malt forward with a lingering pine. Lasting grapefruit, orange, lemon peel. Bit of booze warmth. Interesting contrast with the citrus and caramel here. Pretty sweet. Something else I can't put my finger on. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, but with solid carbonation. Interesting and complex beer here. (424 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a thin half finger off white head that has decent retention.

Smell is hop foreword however not that aggressive for a double ipa. Notes of herbal hops a very slight citrus presence. There is also a good surprisingly rich doughy malt backbone.

Taste is great. Follows the nose and is hop foreword however there is a really great big citrus hop presence unlike the nose along with some mild piney bitterness. Yeast has a really clean flavor and there is some more doughy malt near the back end along with hefty alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is good. Mild bitterness a medium to light body a mild to light carbonation all keep this very drinkable. (676 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, earthy, pine

T-caramel malt, citrus, orange, light pine, earthy, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, little unbalanced on earthy flavor (279 characters)

Photo of rpandre2
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tasted. Of course I jump right into an imperial IPA. I loved it though. Couldn't figure out exactly what hops they used in the beer but it was certainly bitter enough for my liking. The brewery is one of the most prominent up and coming breweries in NC and I look forward to trying more from them! (342 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dense caramel brown…I can see tons of bubbles bubbling up in the middle…head is off white and a solid thin layer…it’s like a cloud up there…thins out somewhat quickly to a whispy layer…(3.5/5)

Smell: Piney hops and a musky yeast aroma right off the bat…malts are caramel and earthy…there’s a real earthiness to this brew with a mild peppery bite the deeper I inhale…also picking up a subtle sweetness…fairly straight forward…(3.25/5)

Taste: Piney, earthiness and a noticeable yeast flavor up front…much like the nose…malts are very much apart of the overall makeup, I’m getting earthy, caramel, lightly sweet malts fully balancing out the flavor…a light citrus hops bitterness shows in the third phase…it’s got a musky, organic, mildly peppery quality happening here…it’s got a mild robustness…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation…it fluffs up bringing tons of creamy, robust hops (earthy, piney, mild citrus) to the palate followed by tons of earthy, caramel malts…very heavy on the palate…mildly chewy…earthy, piney bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew, but it’s earthy tones and musky taste dominate too much for my liking…it’s very drinkable, but nothing I would place near the upper tier of this class…for the higher ABV that Seeing Double packs, I don’t feel it yet…this brew isn’t bad, but it’s not my favorite…maybe I expect more citrus hops from double IPA’s, but the earthy, musky flavor thing is not typically my bag…eh…(3.25/5)

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.