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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 192
Hads: 628
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 72
Gots: 76 | 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: 192 | Hads: 628
Photo of drunkmonk
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Cask at Tylers in Durham.

Appearance- Cloudy reddish orange, two finger thick creamy head. Nice lacing and impressive stick all the way down to my last sip.

Smell- Nice array of tropical fruits. Pineapple,papaya,and grapefruit. Sweet malts also making thier presence known. Spicy ethanol also in the background. Makes me immediatly want to consume this beer.

Taste- Caramel,juicy resenous grapefruit hops. Bitterness follows thru, but not overbearing. Finishes with some sweet malt flavors and lingering fruity hop flavors. So complex it feels like it's not far from barleywine territory.

Mouthfeel- Might be the cask, but this is ultra creamy. As expected with cask, the carbonation is on the lower side. This stuff is sublime on my palate.

Drinkability- This is way too easy to drink period. The strength of this beer is extremely well hidden, letting the complexity of the Hops and Malts take center stage. If planning on consuming more than two of these, one should plan on spending the rest of the night in a recumbent position at home. Yeah seeing double, yup.-Sorry

Another great beer by Foothills brewing. This one is shouldn't be overshadowed by it's Sexual Chocolate counterpart.

Highly recommended.

*This would be an interesting beer to cellar for a few years. Foothills please start bottling this stuff!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler in the Growling at the Moon GIF.

A-Deep orange copper with a medium light tan head

S-Citrus and piney hoppy goodness with a bit of sweet maltiness in the background.

T-Hop forward with grapefruit / tang flavors meeting and melding into a malty sweetness. Not quite a west coast DIPA but close.

M-Resinous and substantial with plenty of body. Lovely hop bite in aftertaste.

D-Excellent. One step below the world class DIPA's like Pliny the Elder. It certainly is in school with them...a fine example of style. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby-brown which surprised me, with almsot no head ot speak of.
Aroma was piney hops, but balanced with dark fruits, caramel malt and alcohol. Very pleasant.
The taste was a little on the sweet side; sweet malts and dar fruits, but lots of floral and piney hops. Also very good.
The feel was bittersweet up front due to the interplay between the malt and hops, but finished very sweet; almost too much, like a syrup. Medium to full-boried.
Overall very drinkable and a great brew by Foothills.

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Photo of bboven
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One hell of a double. The alcohol is there to let you know it’s high gravity but doesn’t overpower. The malt/hop balance is fantastic. The dark, cloudy color almost made it look like a dunkel, but that's the only downside to the beer. Could be a little thinner to aid in drinkability, I felt very full after one pint.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark orange rust colored pint glass from a torpedo keg. HEAVY Heavy lacing. Strong hoppy smell with citrus being the second dominate oder.

Tastes less hoppy than I thought it would considering it is a Double IPA. Conclusion…this is very balanced brew for this style. The high gravity is somewhat hidden in the taste but I really feel two beers.

Drinkability is high for a beer this strong…I went thru a sixtel in 14 days.

Life is good.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC. Didn't realize I had reviewed this before, so I have a coaster of notes... It's pretty different from the first one, so it may be indicative of the differences you may find depending on age, pour, etc.

A- Slightly cloudy... ok, it's translucent dark orange or "burnt sienna"(crayola). You can get a little light through it, but not high in clarity. Poured with three fingers of rich head that settled to a layer and laces beautifully.

S- Tons of sprucey hops, and very caramelly malt. Well balanced but strong. Sweet malt and lots of hops, and nothing else.

T-Ridiculously sweet and caramelly, with hints of molasses, nuts, alcohol and cane sugar up front, then the hops come with intensity and tons of flavor, but not much bitterness. Finish is like the nose- a balance of caramel and piney hops.

M- Smooth, full, thick. Carbonation doesn't balance the body enough.

D- Very good, but it's too intense and thick to drink much of.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several pints of this on tap Sunday afternoon at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh and was highly impressed. I have had had good beer from Foothills before but this one is spectacular, and to top it off, they cost only $2.50 each.

Nice cloudy reddish tan color with a wet but reasonably stable head. The nose wasn't overly aggressive, just a touch of fresh citrus hops.

Many DIPAs can blow you away with bitter hops but this one can do it and still keep you coming back for more. Some citrus and pine notes, with just a hint of alcohol. Texture is crisp and refreshing and a little oily in the finish for a longer, stronger aftertaste. For me this was a close to perfect example of the style and a great afternoon at the bar.

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Photo of Neehan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brixx.

Ruby red appearance with slight lacing that retains well. This is a very pleasant beer, depending on your mood as it is a huge smack in the face with very citrusy hops that carry through the aroma and taste. Nowhere near balanced, but still a very nice DIPA that any hophead or any big beer fan will enjoy.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A - Cloudby, deep amber, good head, lots of lacing.

S - Not a whole lot, slight sweetness and some hops

T - Lots of floral hops with moderate sweetness. Good, if not overly complex.

M - Smooth, alcohol is present but a good reminder that you're not drinking a normal brew.

D - Decent, alcohol hurts it a little bit, but otherwise goes down easy.

Great brew, would definitely try again.

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the last of the growler into a Duvel chalice:

Ruddy red complexion topped by a scant head of foam. Nose of caramel-scented pine mixed with cherry cola. Prickly, resiny hop bite undergirded by substantial malt. Lingering pine sap residue on my tongue. Big bitterness and big malt flavor. Some heat and taste of alcohol makes this a sipping beer. I had to stretch the growler over several nights.

A bodacious, ballsy version of an Imperial IPA from the South. It tends more towards an Imperial Red due to the substantial malt character.

Cheers to mjgardner for giving me a taste of the Foothills!

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a growler of this delicious brew was provided to me by my good friend, Dan (goindownsouth), which I stored in the fridge for four to six weeks before enjoying with 15 friends last nite. Out of 17 brews sampled last nite, this one was the hit of the session.

When the beer was poured, it had a copper-like appearance with a small amout of lacing that disappeared. The aroma of this beer was very noticable....a combination of pine needle and citrus with a slight grassy fragrance. The nose and palate were in harmony in terms of the intial hop taste sensation. The flavor suggested to me that the right amount of Amarillo hops were used for bittering. As the glass warmed, the caramel malt provided the backbone to this brew and the excellent balanced taste.

The mouthfeel gave an indication of a slightly undercarbonated brew, but this is not unusual for a DIPA, especially one that saw some travel and storage time. For a 9.5% abv, it is surprisingly drinkable.

I look forward to drinking it again and sharing it again with friends.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served a nice hazy deep orange with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was dominated by earthy pine hops and dark caramel malts. The taste had LOADS of hops with a decent caramel malt backbone. The beer was slightly syrupy with a medium to heavy feel to it. The alcohol was somewhat present, but tolerable. This is definitely a sipper, but a very enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Barley's in Asheville. Nice medium sized head and an orange tint. Some citrus and floral aromas as well with strong hops evident. The taste was smoother than I expected. Quite refreshing and easier to drink than one would imagine. I'm thinking that I'll be back to Asheville in the near future.

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Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at CW's Tap room during their Meet the Brewer promotion, and again a few days later, I liked it so much.

This beer arrived with little head, it coulda been the pour, hard to tell really... it's a cloudy, rust-orange color and rather thick looking.

Smells quite juicy, lots of citrus, grapefruit-like hops, but I'm also getting orange peel and a leafy, earthy smell that's quite refreshing. Clean. Hops dominate, as they should.

This is a basic, well balanced Double IPA. It's perhaps a bit overboard on the citrus hop flavor, but it's not harsh and all the flavors are very good. A resiny, grapefruit flavor fills the mouth and a warming, bitter hop finish mingles with some malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is great, full and rich and smooth. Finishes slightly dry but asks me nicely to drink more. I obliged.

This was a steal at $3.75 a pint. Fresh from Foothills, too! A solid, clean DIPA and well worth your time if you are lucky to find it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber rbonze in color. Thick and spngey head resting on top. Receded down to a thinner film but left a lacquered lace on the far side of the glass. Nose is full of light grapefruit like hops.

Not a whole lot of out-of-thw-way harsh flavors some DIPAs tend to possess. Malts are ever present and provide a nice sweet base. Also, for the life of me I cannot shake this wheat flavor as well. Piney hops rise out of the flavor and predominate over the sweeter citrus flavors. Full body. Wish I could try this beer out of an ale engine. Uh-oh. Sinfully easy to drink and dangerous if you are not wary.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew just made it on tap the day I went to Mellow Mushroom pizza house. Ordered it, impressed with the appearance. A clouded, semi-opaque earthy amber brew with a cream colored head, left a good amount of lacing around the pint glass. The aroma was subtle, masking the 9.5% abv well. Hops slightly prevalent, with fruity notes of apricot and apple.

The taste was hops all the way, with slight hints of nut and berry. Again, the alcoholic content was well hidden. The mouthfeel was pleasant and smooth at first, but the hoppy aftertaste was strong and lingered a bit too long for my liking. The beer was very drinkable alongside my pizza, although I couldn't imagine having more than two of these double IPA's.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Greenville Pop The Cap SC gathering on 12.09.06 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Thick, pillowy head sat firmly atop this beauty. Good, legit lacing along the sides of the glass, all the way through this pint. Great esthers of citrus, piney goodness and freshly milled grains. The balance is the crucial part of this brew, for sure. The aromas were so enticing, to be sure. Big and luscious on the tongue. The balance, again with the balance, with this brew on the palate is amazing. Fantastic hop profile. The hops linger for a good while, which is not a derrogatory comment, as some DIPAs can be almost annoying in their mouthfeel. Not so here. Almost perfectly clean on the finish.

The drinkability and overall enjoyability of this brew are incredible. I am very anxious to visit Foothills in Winston-Salem and consume this one vom Fass...

Well done.

Leben ist gut.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - deep amber color with a slight reddish tint, pretty hazy, one-inch head with great retention and good lacing

s - piney and citrusy hops, not an overly strong aroma though

t - a very well-balanced beer for a DIPA, lots of citrusy and piney hops, but also a good amount of maltiness, finish is long and bitter, alcohol not very evident

m - lots of hop oil in this one, coats the mouth very well, medium carbonation, not overly dry

d - quite drinkable, alcohol is masked very well, I could certainly have a few of these no problem, more than a few, however, would be a problem with the high abv

I found this to be much more balanced than the Hoppyum IPA, which is more of a hop bomb. Very good brew that I can't wait to enjoy again.

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Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured @ Tyler's in Carrboro. Deep, slightly hazed reddish orange (at least in the dim incandescent lighting of the bar). Smells of fruity hops, tropical fruits even...sweet citrus hop resin. One sip and I knew this was a rock-solid brew. Big, bold, oily fruity hops well blended with malts ...just very solid and satisfying all around. Not extremely edgy, but there is a heavy bitterness that fits perfectly with the flavor. I could not tell this was up over the 9% mark (until after the glass was empty). Dangerously drinkable to say the least. I'm going to need to make a trip to Winston Salem to get a big ol' growler of this stuff. Fantastic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of veech
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a srong beer that would appeal to those who are much bigger hop heads than myself. A: amber with considerable carbonation S: very hoppy grasslike aromas T: The hops are extreme and there is a profound alcohol presence to finish the taste M: It was thick enough to provide flavor without being too much. D: The beer was a nice version of a double IPA, but a little too hopped for my taste. The acidity was harsh enough to really hurt the drinkability. Not a bad beer just not my favorite style.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the growler picked up in Winston-Salem on the way home to Clemson after my Tigers pulled out a big one over the Demon Decons.

This beer pours a hazy amber orange with a frothy white head that holds a nice film for a good amount of time and leaves a little lace. The aroma is up front with a major amount of maltiness but has a lingering aroma of both citrusy and floral hops. The taste is malty as well. The bitterness is on par with a single IPA even though the maltiness and ABV is on par with a double IPA. The hop flavor is quite strong as well, certainly stronger than the hop aroma It is full of Piney hops but also Citrus and floral. The beer has a full mouthfeel and a nice carbonation from the keg. Overall a fantasic IPA. This is certainly not a traditional IPA but wonderfully drinkable all the same.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thin eggshell white with very tight carbonation bubbles. Very thin spotty lacing. Dark orange liquid with a countable number of bubbles rising from the bottle of the glass.

HUGE sweet malty nose that smells like caramel and toasty toffee scent. There's a slight alcohol hint but it's covered very well by the very large malty backbone.

Thin but very toasty malt taste. Lots of toffee notes with some with some sweet hops coming through later but a little under pronounced.

This one is really a bit thin and not hoppy enough for a DIPA but a beer that I could easily drink all the time. It has good flavor but lacks some overall hoppiness.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.