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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 67
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005)
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Reviews by Chadpaq:
Photo of Chadpaq
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a four-beer sampler over at Duckworth's. Kicked things off with Foothills' Hoppyum IPA, then stepped my game up by over three percent alcohol content with this Double.

It's a good Double, for sure; but I am a little partial to standard IPAs. I'll try to not let my bias affect this review too much.

Pretty appearance. Didn't look to be any more menacing than the Hoppyum, or the Dale's Pale Ale that was also part of the four-pack. Oh, but my parents taught me well: Never judge a book by its cover. And ladies and gentlemen, the same must be said for beers: Never judge a brew by its shade.

As soon as I took a whiff of this baby, I knew I was in a different league. Huge floral, hoppy tones that made the back of my throat tingle with anticipation. It smelled SWEET. The maltiness was poking its head through. I could tell through my nostrils that this beer packed a punch.

It tasted...good. I can't say great, because it was really just too malty and sweet for me. Again, that's probably my bias. Very thick and syrupy in my mouth.

Honestly, the 4.5 ounce portion I got of this beer was enough for me. I'd certainly enjoy a full pint of the stuff; I'd just be spinning after a couple of them. But, this beer is very good for what it is. Perhaps as I get a little more hardcore in my beer consumption, I'll rate this beer considerably higher.

Chadpaq, Nov 26, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy light amber with quite a thiiner white head but nice lacing was left behind,whoo the citrus aromas are big and fresh really jump out at ya with a punch of pine and alcohol as well big and bold thats for sure.As big as this beer is hop wise there a big enough lightly sweet doughy malt base not only to hold up but to show thru,big pine,citrus,resin attack is the show stopper though just beautiful.It didnt take long for a NC brewer to to craft a top notch DIPA excellelant in every sense.

oberon, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, shiny dark orange in color with some light brownish hues. The head was gianormous even on an easy pour from the growler. This is one nice-lookin’ ale.

Smell –The aroma here is awesome. The malts are lightly toasted yet very bready with some good, baked yeast notes. The hops are strong yet extremely well-balanced. This is just easy enough to relax the nasal passageways and allow for a long, luscious breath of fresh hops. I’m not the greatest at identifying hops smells but this is very complex, filled with all different variances of smell.

Taste – Oh, this has some incredible flavor. It’s one of the rare beers where the taste comes in exactly as it showed up at the smell. The toasty malts, light yeast, and even but powerful hops all mesh together just right. Drinking this semi-warm I find myself wondering what it would be like on cask. Hmmm.

Mouthfeel – This was my favorite part of the ale. It somehow manages to be brutally bitter yet smooth as silk and wonderfully balanced. The body is medium and the carbonation in laid back. This ale just melts on your tongue.

Drinkability – This is a session DIPA if ever there was one. It is probably one of the most drinkable examples of the style that I’ve ever had.

Comments – How do you thank a BA who surprises you with a growler of one of the best DIPAs that you’ve ever had. It’s just a marvelous example of the style and an amazingly thoughtful gift from the one and only AKSmokedPorter.

RoyalT, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -1.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back by a friend of mine. When I heard he was going to Winston I gave him my growler and told him specifically what to get. He came through flawlessly. Foothills was a common stop of mine last summer, just before the cap popped. It was a thrill to have this and I was really looking forward to it since all of their other IPAs have been top notch.

Hazy caramel color. Thin offwhite head on the pour, reduced to a thin ring around the glass. Color is spot on for how I like my DIPAs, just a bit hazy.

Beautiful aroma on this. Has a bit of everything. Overall quite sweet but loaded with floral and citrus hop aromas. touch of pine rounds it out.

Taste is sweet again but well balance. Overall a mix of a west and east coast DIPA in my opinion. It has the load of pine hops with some citrus undertones which I find in west coast DIPAs, but finishes with some earthy hops and some pine resin which I find more in the east coast brews. No hints of alcohol at all. I really liked this.

Mouthfeel is solid medium bodied, but still with a crisp feeling with it first hits the tongue which I think is saying a lot for a growler'd beer.

Drinkability is extremely good. Aweseome flavor, well balanced, sits fairly lightly in my stomach: All these add up to a super drinkable brew.

This is a must have if you can get this, outstanding job by Jamie with this.

blitz134, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Shagator
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker amber, just a moderate head, then a tiny bubble film. The nose here is bold and big, thoroughly hoppy. Thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nice malt under coating smooths things out for the major resiny and citic hop assault that quickly arrives. Big bold and crunching. Fine brew. Hop lovers rejoice and please begin distribution of this stuff to NY state ASAP, please.

Billolick, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for a fill of this one...
A bright yet cloudy mahogany color with less than a finger of bright white head...disappears quite rapidly and leaves very little lace.
Sweet malt up front in the nose with a fruity hop balancing it out...some alcohol in there along with cherries, citrus, and even a bit of spice.
The taste is real solid...very reminiscent of Opa Opa's Warthog IIPA for me.
Again, the sweetness wins out over the bitterness, making this one have some barleywine characteristics that I enjoy. Juicy-fruit hops make this double quite hoppy, but not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation is a touch low...maybe due to the fact that the growler is over a week old. Either way, it is very enjoyable to consume...not one to quaff too quickly, but not a sipper either.
My first taste of an offering from Foothills and has left a positive first impression.

warriorsoul, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of cbradio
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%

cbradio, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz. growler courtesy of the esteemed AKSmokedPorter. I love the fact that we can ship growlers to each other essentially overnight for dirt cheap! Gotta love that UPS Ground delivery that occurs next day just over the border!

Satisfying "pfft!" is heard when I crack the top of the Foothills growler containing what I hope to be a wonderful DIPA. On the pour into my CAH '03 O-Fest glass, the color is a cloudy fiery copper in color with some orange highlights. Thick and densely creamy light tan head boils up to a good 2-3 finger height before settling down to a more paper-thinnish level. Thick patches of lace slowly drift down the glass after each sip, some deciding to stick up high on the glass.

Aromas are a 1-2 punch to the face of citrus and pine. Crushed citrus fruit slathered on pine cones. Just a hint of malt sweetness and a sweet bread dough note. Maybe a brief scent of medicinal alcohol. Everything is overwehlemed by the hop waves.

Flavor is big. Beefy honey-glazed malt backbone supports the tandem of hoppy citrus and oily pine notes. Middle sees the honey notes peak, only to be slapped away by the lingering hop bitterness. Juicy, resonating, house-shaking burps with this one.

Creamy mouthfeel. The "growlering" takes the bite off some of the intenseness. Very drinkable. Barely noticed ABV of around 10%. I'll seek this one again.

Huge thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sending me this.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -25.9%

dankjohn, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Franziskaner, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bpfrush, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mantooth, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of dmk91
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

dmk91, May 03, 2013
Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy tangerine orange with a giant foamy head. Lacing all over the glass. Very attractive. 

Smells of citrus hops with a balance of light sweetness. 

Very well balanced taste. Bitter, but not overly so. This might be the most well structured citrus leaning IPAs I've had. 

Mouth is medium, but coating. Drinks very very well. 

mondegreen, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

williamjbauer, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jtladner, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Trashcat, Friday at 09:15 PM
Photo of jbphoto88
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a foothills pint glass. A deep amber reddish beer with a mother of pearl head. The head on this brew is large fluffy, lasting and pungent.

Scent is citrusy, fruity hoppy but smooth. Its raw nose is balanced with sweet malts and has an excellent complimentary notes.

Taste is initially hoppy, hearty bitterness with a sweet malt backbone. There is a lovely citrus fruitiness that is reminiscent of all the best IPA's out there. A firm astringency first puckers with its bitterness but then yields to a sweet smooth tang.

This is an exceptional IPA. Not the best, but definitely one in the top 10. My favorite part of this brew is the malty hop bitter aftertaste. It leaves you slightly dry, with a warm palate yearning to drink more.

jbphoto88, May 04, 2008
Photo of Brenden
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heady thick but opaque coppery orange that, despite its thickness shows a brilliant clarity, this already has a certain beauty about it. Add to that a thick tan head just over a finger tall with a heavy, dense thickness that fades to a craggy foam and leaves sticky rings and patches of lacing, and it's a beauty.
Resin with some sweetness to it comes off the nose. I have to let it sit to see if it will come out more strongly and what else I might find. Floral bitterness continues to pour out, coupled by citrus rind and balanced by caramel. Very nice, and even more so as balance is further improved by a light, chalky dryness from a not-too-pithy element.
This is certainly a tasty, hoppy IPA with excellent balance. The interplay between hops bitterness and malty sweetness is where you want to be with this style, allowing for malt flavors to complement and keep raw bitterness from going overboard while letting hops take over and shine. This is a very well-brewed beer.
A bit of dryness pulls through with each sip underneath a solid medium, almost full body. It's got a nice smoothness and doesn't give up crispness to get it.
This beer makes me want to try more from Foothills, and I have to thank JCam9981 for the chance to try it.

Brenden, May 31, 2013
Photo of ChadA83
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ChadA83, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of dashirey
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I visited Foothills last year with my wife and some friends who live in Winston-Salem. We had a great time so when I got this growler from khiasmus in the Growling at the Moon - Santa edition I was pretty excited. Thanks so much!

A - Copper colored with some amber hues in there too. The growler pours a good one finger of off white head. Lots of lacing left behind from this one.

S/T - Smell is dominated by sweetness from the malts. There is plenty of hops coming from this one too, specifically some citrus and pine. Lastly there is a hint of alcohol in the background too. Very good flavors that fall in line with the smell. Pine - citrus - then some alcohol with a strong malts beneath it all. I really liked the flavor overall.

M - Medium to full bodied mouth feel. As it warms the mouth feel becomes almost sticky.

D - Fairly easy drinking but gets more difficult as is really warms up, the alcohol after a few could become too much. My wife had one glass of the growler. I guess we'll see if I'll be "seeing-double" when I finish the growler later!!

dashirey, Jan 21, 2009
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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.