Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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Foothills Brewing Company 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 oberon
4.32/5  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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of blitz134
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of hotpauko
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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. 

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of dashirey
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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!!

Photo of dbhall
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid double ipa. poured from a growler. the smell is as an iipa should be. there are hops, and also some citrus. it tastes incredible. with some sweetness all the way through with hops at the finish. I do with the hops had been a little more pronounced, but this is ok because it had a good amount of hoppiness. mouthfeel was a little syrupy, but good overall. easily drinkable for alcohol content.

good beer. foothills is a great brewery

Photo of Metalmonk
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-rust color, burnt orange highlights, with a super-creamy head of small, tight bubbles. Damn good lookin', uh huh.

Nose isn't as vibrant as I remember from previous meetings, and this is brewery-fresh, right from the growler. Maybe it needs to warm a little...but I am getting mostly citrus from the hops, and just a smidgen of toasty/biscuit-y malt.

On the tongue, a strong pine essence muscles in and knocks down those citrus fruits that I caught in the aroma...although there's some of that too, mostly in the form of grapefruit rind bitterness. A super-hopped beer with good caramel-y malt backup, wonderful when fresh like this. Cinnamon, honey and light alcohol warming come through strongest in the finish.

Round and buttery smooth, although not as creamy as most great DIPAs. Fairly healthy carbonation, a little more than expected considering the style and serving type, but it's doing its job just fine.

I've had even better experiences with this, all three times fresh on tap...I might just revise this review as this glass warms, or with the second glass from the growler, already on deck for later in the afternoon...but still a completely wonderful creation that shows Foothills' big beer muscle holds just as much brain as brawn.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived a hazy orange with a thin lacing of head. Smell is floral hops and fruity alcohol esters. Taste is an initial mild, sweet maltiness followed by good amount of floral, fruity hops. Very well balanced. As the beer warms the alcohol adds warmth to the finish and is a nice compliment to the malts and hops. Mild carbonation; medium to full bodied. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 9.5%.

One of my favorite DIPAs especially within NC. I really look forward to the day that Foothills begins to bottle regularly and expand their distribution. Any IPA fan needs to try this.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap, mellow mushroom asheville

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, for a non-standard $4. body is a rather dark amber tone, light tan cap with light retention

smell: very nice - tropical fruit, juicy citrus hops, light caramel malt

taste: this was a very good DIPA - juicy and full of grapefruit hop flavor, tropical notes provide a great hop taste. decent balance of caramel malts and no alcohol detected

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, abv hidden well, light-moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of hooliganlife
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden orange, fairly clear. Little head.

Fruit and juicy, sweet and ripe. Faint caramel.

Very and sweet and juicy. Bitter hops in the back with a sweet fruity and juicy citrus blast. Malt is faint, hops are dominant.

Mild carbonation, wet and juicy body.

This is good and finished quick, no trace of alcohol.

Photo of nickd717
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub. This is review #200 on BA for me - all right!

A - Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with a large, lasting off-white head.

S - Aroma is citrus/pine hops and caramel malt.

T - Fairly sweet caramel malt, earth, fruity notes, and loads of citrusy/piney/resiny hops. Really well-balanced. Best beer I had at Foothills (no Sexual Chocolate available unfortunately) and pretty damn good overall.

M - Palate medium-full and chewy with some hoppy oiliness.

D - Drinkability really high for the ABV and IBUs.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Hazy and doesn't produce much of a head even with a vigorous pour. Builds at the very end. It even gets darker as more sediment flows in. Orange body with chunks of white residue floating about.

Smell - Citrus and some tropical fruits. Lots of sweet malts. Equally dominant as the hops, or perhaps the tropical fruits and sweet malts just enhance each other.

Taste - As malty as it is hoppy. Lots of residual sugars. Same citrus hop, less of the tropical fruits. Malts dominate immediately after the initial flavor. Bitterness builds and even turns grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, too heavy for me. Overly sweet. Medium carbonation and moderate bitterness.

Overall - Just too sugary for my tastes. "Balanced" doesn't really apply. Run-of-the-mill east coast IPA.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a cute little logoed 10 oz glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a nice looking dollop of creamy off-white head on top. Retains very nicely from this and laces well too. The aroma is a mix of citrus notes and piney malts that are enveloped in a hefty malt sweetness. Just a a smidge of heat is present as well.

The taste is a nice piney hop bite up front leading into a grainy feeling malty sweetness and prominant twang of citrus character. Fininshes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good beefy feel from all the thick malts and heat.

A solid DIPA from Foothills. Maybe a bit more malt heavy than I usually like in the style but it still posessed a nice amount of hops and citrus character mixed in. Drinkibility was good as well, although I think that a 10 oz serving of this was about perfect.

Photo of Backer2004
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Exciting Double IPA, poured byt the Foothills brewers themselves at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Biggest problem was I wish i could take this home and let it sit six months. Very fresh and a bit hot on the alcohol side. Fantastic hoppy taste and smell, one of the best for this style.

Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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 !!!

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap from the brewpub into a small shaker as a sample from the bartender. Poured a light red orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the sample. The aroma was comprised of grapefruit, hops, malt, and pine. The flavor was of grapefruit and hops. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IIPA. It was extremely smooth as it had a very nice hop bitterness that was present when swallowed but very sweet upfront with the grapefruit notes taking the show. The aroma was quite nice as well, but not as robust as I would have hoped. Definitely a great IIPA and I am glad I got the chance to try this one.

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
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