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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 66
Gots: 39 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Sammy, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

djrn2, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a burnt orange-copper color with a white head that starts out at about two fingers and sticks around for a while. Good nose with some citrus rind and a bit of tropical fruit. Taste brings more sweet malt to the fore with a tad of citrus. Sweet and bitter in the feel; not a bad combo but definitely toward the East Coast end of the spectrum.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: A blend of aromas of citrus hops, tropical fruit hops and caramel malts are present in the nose. The tropical fruits become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. Bits of sweetness are noticeable from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hos and also hides its alcohol very well.

metter98, May 26, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Presents at the bar with a cloudy amber body and a decent little head that hangs around and keeps the lacing going

Smell: Pineapples, grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt

Taste: Clearly the best part - excellent flavors of pineapple and grapefruit combined with a nice sweet malt balance; the alcohol is well-disguised

Mouthfeel: Fill bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What an excellent example of the style; glad to hear it is becoming part of the regular rotation

brentk56, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After just drinking their HoppyYum IPA, I really didn't know how they could have improved upon that. Apparently with more malt and more hops! Yep that'll do it. Very malty. Verry hoppy. The malts stay caramelly and bready, but the hops blend well into the sweetness with a highly pronounced blend of grapefruit, oranges, pine cones, grassiness and spiciness. Again a firm base, but forgiving only to the hops. Moderately alcoholic and dry in the finish with a lingering hop flavor. Simply a delicious beer.

BEERchitect, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in a chalice, o hell yeah, and brought to me on the patio at the ba sc release, this gem of a double ipa was consumed on 08/27/2010.

the pour is a deep, deep, orange color with a nice and smooth round head of white on top and very hazy and cloudy body, awesome.

aroma is a deep resin filled hops and a wonderfully sweet candied sugar nose that just hits you perfectly. so thick and really full, this easily had the most perfect feel for a big double i have ever seen. one of the standouts for sure. deep resin filled flavor as each sip starts with a rush of pine sap and orange and finishes with a blinding amount of beautiful candied sugar. super dry finish and a warmth from the alcohol make the whole trip worth it.

one of the best regional ipas out there, no questions ask. go try this immediatly, do not pass go and go get it!

mikesgroove, Aug 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a highly appealing, radiant golden-orange color. The bulky, creamy white head leaves plenty of lace on the way down.

Smell: The pungent smell of this brew really packs a wallop! The aroma is quite fragrant, showcasing a juicy endless array of zesty citrus and pine scents.

Taste: The colossal malt base is more than a match for the monster hop flavors. It's like Malthra and Hopzilla duking it out in my mouth for palate supremacy. I dare say this one's a tie!

The rich caramal malt flavor is splendid, as is the robust lemon and pineapple hop flavor it balances.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a mild carbonation and oh-so creamy.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. I went back for seconds! No joke!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

nickfl, Sep 30, 2012
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.

Kegatron, Jul 10, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear half gallon growler, courtesy of AKSmoked Porter, that upstanding gent...

Once poured into the pint glass, the aroma escapes and pervades the environment....I could drink it in from a foot away....very nice, but a closer inspection is required....ah, spank me! Fresh, vibrant hops, juicy fruit, melon and berry more than citrus as usual, brilliant bitterness, but not raw, ...very potent...beautiful.

I did this backwards, for I usually begin by describing the appearance, but the aroma grabbed me first, so here's that, then....hazed vermilllion, nearing orange, edging magenta...good head, that stays awhile before dissipating.

Taste...I got a sneak peek as it soaked into my mustache while I snorted up the aroma, and, alas, I had no recourse, but to drink it, and I think I liked it okay, but here's the sippin' for real...
Big, brash, and bitter, a bold mammajamma. Quickly establishes dominance of the palate, takes hold of the senses and never lets go. Dark fruits aplenty, but also an excellent ballast of sweet malt, doing it's job well.

Very sweet, and utterly substantial, with profoundly candyish elements to the taste, matching the bitterness well. This is a big flavored beer, in hops and in general tastiness, as well as the booze factor, and the raises it's hand to be heard also...Really edgy this, ....I'm getting the name now, as my grip on my own senses seems likely to falter if I partake in too much this night... Great Googly Moogly, this is a barnburner of a barleywinish IPA...supremely delicious, and devilishly drinkable.

Full bodied, almost thick, sturdy, hangs in there with aplomb, and the finish is interminable, fruity, bitter, tasty...for those who demands performance in their IPAs...dang if this don't do the job!

I could keep on drinking it...to a point. The fullness and extremeness and the alcohol volume are enought to dissuade over-imbibement. Beyond that, though, I can't think of a good reason to put down this growler...except that I won't have such a tip-top morning.

I do believe that this is the first North Carolina beer I've had since the Cap was Popped, and did this brewer ever take advantage of the opportunity! A righteous slam against the nay-sayers is encapsulated here in this glass of hearty brew! And why not? What else is life for? ...oh, there are other things, I am sure, but they can wait...

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Foothills, served in a weighted becher glass. Neat. Beer is hazy and orange with a thin off white head of small bubbles, leaves lacing on the glass and carbonation is low.

Aroma is resiny, piny, earthy, it has that hop bite but not much of a malt backbone, this is the way an IPA should smell.

Beer is thick and chewy, a mildly dry finish, not much sweetness on the lead off. The hop bitterness is high and lasting, it doesn't linger, fortunately this IPA isn't so dry that you get that cotton hop mouth. I killed this beer quickly and would drink more and more of it. I regret not buying a growler.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

oline73, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of hop presence here. Caramel, citrus, and some pine rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of orange and pineapple citrus. Bitterness is very bold but not overpowering at all. Alcohol is very well hidden here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting bitterness here.

Overall: this was very easy to quaff despite the high alcohol level. Nicely refreshing for any hophead looking for double IPA fix. Great beer.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy citrus hop aroma with dank buds, resinous, grassy pine needle and tropical fruit notes.  Floral grass notes and pine needle followed by hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel.  Surprising citrus/tropical fruit character countered by subtle bread and biscuit malt.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish.  Sticky, dry and bitter with grassy, piney hops followed by grapefruit sweetness, pineapple and orang zest.  Malt backbone is a touch stronger than expected balancing things out but doesn't  interfere with the hop flavor.  Some toffee, biscuit, bread and graham cracker flavor in the finish.  Well balanced and  easy to drink with subtle alcohol heat in the finish yet the abv is well masked.  Nice beer from foothills.

corby112, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.