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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Reviews: 189 | Hads: 616
Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (502 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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! (841 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (738 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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... (2,382 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (612 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 dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a mostly clear bright golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with big flavors of citrus/grapefruit/orange and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A little too big of a DIPA to really be easily drank - there were some hints of the alcohol in the mouthfeel and just a touch in the taste. The beer was very enjoyable with really nice flavors and aromas. (935 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy amber with a good and lacing. A promising start. The smell is grainy with tobacco, swwet malt, and spicy hops. Not bad, definitely a big beer. The taste is a little disappointing. Too sweet, and with a slight sourness that seems out of place.Hoppy finish is nice but a little overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is too grainy and slippery- there needs to be an edge here. Too out of whack for me to drink much of, unbalanced. I had this at the Hickory Hops fest from the brewer, so I doubt I had a bad batch, but from the other glowing reviews I hope so. I expected more. (574 characters)

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,068 characters)

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

A: Poured a cloudy orangish amber color with a large, lasting off-white head, leaving behind some pretty good lacing

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

T : Fairly sweet caramel malt, earth, fruity notes, and loads of citrusy/piney/resiny hops. This beer also has a very prominent husky, grainy presence from start to finish.

M: Medium bodied, sticky, lots of IBUs, plenty of hop oils and flavor stick to the mouth

O: Very nice IIPA. (448 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom

The beer pours an attractive orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IPA goodnes with considerable orange citrus and lemon zest. Considering how great this beer smells, the flavor profile was all the more disappointing. Initially I get the same honey orange bitter citrus on the palate, but then the alcohol and sweet malt come on strong. IMHO, this beer completely falls apart on the finish, with the alcohol burn making this beer all but undrinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but this beer exemplifies the term heavy and tiring on the palate.

Wow. This beer smells so good, I was excited to drink it. However, the finish is so hot, and has so much of a pronounced alcohol bite, I found myself thanking my lucky stars I only bought a half pint. Uggghhh... (818 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 plaid75
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of balmy resinous citric hops atop a sweet pale malt.

The mouthfeel ws typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well done DIPA. (342 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by AKSmokedPorter. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Head holds steady, and lacing is plentiful and lasting. Aroma is sweet maltiness and juicy fruity hops. Taste follows the nose, with maybe not as much fruitiness as I anticipated. Warmth on swallow, accompanied with lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice for the style. Worth the trouble to find.

<Revisited via GATM/greenvilleguitar 3/09, still as good as it ever was, yum> (593 characters)

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

Big thanks to grub for cracking open this one, and the excellent kkipple for sending it his way!!

Pours a hazed orange/red, thin white head forms, some solid lacing on the glass, retains a thin collar. Smell is oranges, pine, caramel, grapefruit, alcohol, lots of fruit, solid hops, quite nice. Taste is similar, heavy orange/tangerine, some pine, alcohol, bread, caramel, tangy bitter finish, lot of fruit, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, lots of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth for the ABV. Thanks Russ! (554 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with good ertention to a thinck cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Nice blend of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Sugary sweet malt character.

T: Grapefruit sweet caramel and residual sugar. Really well balanced for a DIPA. Resiny magnums for considerable bitter finish. Disguises the alcohol well.

M: Mediuim body. Ample carbonation. Resiny bitter lingers; but good it was there form balance.

D: Flavorful, balanced and very drinkable for a beer this big. ABV a little daunting. (523 characters)

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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