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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 61
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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Photo of LittleDon


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a filmy head and average amount of lace. Very muted aroma, some caramel, some pine. Medium-high amount of carbonation and medium body. Earthy front, some caramel sweetness middle, and earthy hop finish. An interesting contrast to the piney/citrusy hopped DIPAs. Some of the alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but generally well disguised.

Update: 3/21/13
From a bottle purchased 1/30/13. Consistent with draft with less carbonation and no pine aroma. Definitely a more herbal/earth hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 21:11:28 | More by LittleDon
Photo of blackie


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of those "how haven't I reviewed this before" ratings - had this one many times over the years, was somewhat surprised to find it where I did...

a: served in a standard pint glass, Seeing Double is a sunny orange-amber in color, sporting a full khaki head with good retention and light lacing

s: big aromas of juicy citrus on a body of pale and caramel malts, full and slightly sweet, orange, grapefruit, young pine, the hops are vivid and the malts just right, great start

m: carbonation moderate, the body medium with a sugary malt weight

t: loads of juicy citrus hop flavors - orange and grapefruit, fresh and flavorful with a strong bittering component that's slightly piney, riding a full pale malt body with a distinct caramel sweetness, lightly toasted malt, love the hop flavors here and the malts provide a great structure, nicely sweet to start but cleaning well before becoming a hindrance

o: a great dipa that's big, but not overdone, really liked this one, it's about as balanced as the style comes, fantastic on a warm spring day in the Virginia mountains

draft at Beer Run, Charlottesville

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:32:56 | More by blackie
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, hazy orange with a finger of dense white head that sticks around for the haul. It leaves a solid sheet of white lacing down the sides.

S: smells surprisingly light, with light citrus notes and some grassy aromas.

T: taste is similar to the aroma with a lot of light citrus and pine notes with a light bitter finish. Nothing in your face and an overall very light DIPA.

M: medium-light body and carbonation.

D: goes down pretty smooth with its light characters.

Overall a decent DIPA, but a bit too light for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 22:31:17 | More by n2185
Photo of mondegreen


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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. 

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 01:32:00 | More by mondegreen
Photo of SteveGNC

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cloudy dark orange. Typical IPA aroma of citrus and pine. Great lacing on the glass., Very good flavor, quite bitter as expected. Hides the abv well. I have had this one bottled before and as is almost always the case the draft version is superior. Good overall representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 22:12:31 | More by SteveGNC
Photo of krausenman

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a Foothills shaker pint glass from Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro NC.

A-The beer was a cloudy orange color and had only a slight head of foam clinging around the edges of the glass.

S-Initially, there was a burst of candy-like citrus aroma similar to orange or tangerine. This was backed up by a piney/pungent aroma that had some vegetal and herbal notes. Finally, as the beer warmed you could pick up some alcohol aromas that were faint in the background. The overall aroma was good but it seemed controlled and/or limited for the Double IPA Style.

T-There was an initial malt sweetness that changed into a smooth but distinct bitterness. The hops were not harsh and there was an herbal grassy taste that accompanied the hops. The bitterness did not linger as the beer was swallowed. There also was a slight fruity taste to the beer that was enjoyable.

M-The beer had a medium body with a low level of carbonation.

D-Overall, this beer didn't drink like a 9% abv beer. While the body was squarely in the "medium" range it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the pint. The level of hop aroma and the light carbonation made for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 14:02:49 | More by krausenman
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 15:27:18 | More by drabmuh
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Grapevine in Ft. Mill, SC
Cloudy, murky orange
Aroma is toned down and citrus + Malt
Taste: upfront sweet and malty but the hops stick around throughout, slight boozy aftertaste
Mouthfeel: very flat due to obvious low carbination
Drinkability: sweet brew, good for after dinner.
Overall a very good brew, I will pick this up again.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2011 03:10:40 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery on Sexual Chocolate Day 2011.

A: Very murky, yet with an extremely bright orange color. I could look down into the glass and almost see solid hop and crystalized sugar formations. Thick, thick, thick!

S: Very citrusy, yet is had a bit of that doughy quality that Hoppyum also had. Very dense hoppy aroma and sweet as hell!

T: A sipper for sure... but the sugar content was not nearly as overpowering as I thought it was going to be. Dry on the finish, but not in a bad way. Grapefruit, orange, maybe a hint of peach, all wrapped up in a croissant!

M: Very thick, under carbonated, and candy-like. No real complaints here. However, you must love sugar and hops to appreciate this beer.

D: Despite the octane, I found myself drinking this one fairly fast. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 12:31:03 | More by Chaney
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brent for this one.
Poured a hazed orange cooper brew with a thick white head that faded down to a dense film.
Smelled of sweet resin, a very citrus laden pine tree...
Taste wow that just exploded into my mouth take that sweet resin and amp it up 10x, pine becomes much more prominent in the mouth and lingers, I'm not putting this one down
Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and chewy... wonderful
Drinkability yet another tasty tasty high abv brew that I would have no issue sitting down and not being able to stand back up because I'd enjoy it so much.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2011 22:33:55 | More by sliverX
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Growler split with, and courtesy of, milwaukeeclassic during a boring Monday Night Football game. Way to suck, Colston.

Cloudy dark reddish orange with decent retention.

Sweet, malty, and resinous. Barleywine-esque? Not very lively.

Very resinous and sticky sweet. Malt is the showman here as he repeatedly beats down the hops with wave after wave sweet caramel. Pine sol and citric hops are subdued and swallowed up repeatedly. I really wish the bill hosted two co-stars here.

9.5% drinks much bigger as there doesn't seem to be much effort in repelling this demon. Milwaukeeclassic states this growler is becoming a chore. I concur.

Thanks for knocking off a want Duane, but this beer needs some tweaking.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 16:20:41 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint, a hazy dark honey colored brew. Light scattered lacing is left from the finger's worth of foamy head.

Lots of citrusy hops and caramel in the nose. Smells like it's gonna be one of those big hearty and juicy DIPAs, and that's what it proves to be. The caramel sweetness seems to snowball throughout the consumption of the pint. A little thickish and coating as well. Too malty, but there's plenty of citric hop flavor. Bitterness somewhat lacking (or unable to cut through the sweetness), but it's tasty. A bit of burn in the finish. No grit, no dryness. Rather boozy finish.

Overall impression: Another 'overmalted' east coast (D)IPA. Foothills makes some fine brews, but this one's forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 16:09:40 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Smith1473

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this beer blew me away especially from being brewed right down the road from me. it has an amazing mouthfeel with a sweet start and a strong hoppy finish with is exactly what im looking for from a DIPA. the pour is a really rich orange gold color with good carbonation and a good head that will stick around for a few. this beer for me has been kinda touchy being maltier one week at the pour house to beings a little hoppy the next week but either way i think it is something everyone should try and in my opinion the best beer brewed in NC.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 10:26:15 | More by Smith1473
Photo of Chadpaq

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 01:40:39 | More by Chadpaq
Photo of kinged8th

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took a growler with me to an oyster roast. Pours a nice thick head with a orange, copper color. Nice aroma. Tastes great of citrus and grapefruit. Sweet and not too bitter for an DIPA. This is the second time having this one and its still superb as I remember.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2010 15:18:04 | More by kinged8th
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 13:07:33 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of dbhall

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: growler

10-18-2010 18:47:35 | More by dbhall
Photo of elflake

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Brixx in Chapel Hill.

I want to give this an A+, it was so close.... the smell was perfectly citrusy-piney, first swallow seems perfect, but I would have preferred more carbonation, and then the finish has much too pronounced alcohol, and the malt lingers.... so close, but still excellent, as everything that I have had from Foothills is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 07:15:18 | More by elflake
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 11:28:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:54:47 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kels


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brennan & Jeff for roadtripping to Foothills with me this weekend! This one was "dessert" after lunch.

Pours a hazy, caramelly, toasted golden beer with a short 1-finger fizzy, bubbly white head. Plenty of sticky white lacing hangs around long into the drink.

Very light aroma. Just some bitter, piney hops and a little grapefruit pith.

Full of a great mash up of bitter, piney hops and bright bitter grapefruit pith. heavy graininess borders on spiciness, and rich hearty rye. Highly carbonated and very mouthfilling which is good because it counteracts the super stickiness.

Moderate drinkability at best. It is tasty and full-flavored, but the stickiness and ABV definitely keep it slow.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 01:36:08 | More by kels
Photo of sitarist


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LOKI for this one.

Pours a nice copper color, the head is about two inches thick, its off white / almost tan in color, it falls to a ring and top coating that leaves moderate lacing. I thought Id see some floaties in this but its pretty clear, there is a steady stream of small lazy bubbles rising up.

The aroma is hop forward, there are scents of orange, lemon, pine forest, pineapple, and hints of burnt caramel.

The first thing I taste is lemon drops, there are flavors of lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, and pepper.

The medium body supports the flavor. There is a large dose of fizzy carbonation. It is warm and slightly sticky on my tongue.

Very drunkable! They need to bottle and distribute this shit. What a hidden gem. A near perfect beer.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2010 00:06:14 | More by sitarist
Photo of xpimptastikx


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome growler version of this beer forced through whole centennial provided by Gyle41836 for GatM.

A - You can see hop particles in the growler, sweet. Pours hazy burnt orange with 2 fingers of off white head that leave excellent lacing. This is an attractive beer.

S - Slightly let down by the lack of hops in the nose. Mainly sweet malts, oranges, pineapple, and a little floral hops.

T - Hops are more present in the taste, more floral and grassy notes at least. Sweet citrus rounds it out with a moderate bitter aftertaste as well.

M/D - This is probably one of the best mouthfeels I've ever had with a growler. Carbonation is great and makes this beer ridiculously drinkable considering the abv. In fact, that's the only thing keeping me from killing this whole growler by myself. Thanks again Kyle!

Serving type: growler

06-17-2010 21:22:49 | More by xpimptastikx
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South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OKAY! This may be deleted, but it is a NEW and DIFFERENT growler tasting from a Grandall infused growler with Centennial Hops from Greens at Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber with a light tan head that remains for a good while. Moderate lacing this time.

S: Mostly sweet malts. Some ever so mild citrus, maybe pineaple.

T&M: Floral hops are fluffy up front with a more balanced malt character than my previous review. Still sweet throughout, but incredibally hoppy all the way through as well. Alcohol is well masked throughout! Medium to heavy bodied that still has semi-dry finish with an oily hop feel.

THIS STUFF IS INCREDIBLE. Compared to my first review, this is a totally different beer with the infusion of Centennial Hops. NOW THIS IS A DIPA!!!!

Great job to Joseph at Green's for thinking this thing through!

Serving type: growler

06-11-2010 22:37:17 | More by cdizinno
Photo of John_M


3.33/5  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...

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 11:21:17 | More by John_M
Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.