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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
90
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537 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 66
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

BarrytheBear, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

PDXHops, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Smith1473
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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.

Smith1473, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Chadpaq
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Chadpaq, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of kinged8th
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

kinged8th, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dbhall
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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

dbhall, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of elflake
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

elflake, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of kels
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

kels, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

sitarist, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

xpimptastikx, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

cdizinno, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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...

John_M, May 31, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange-copper color with a fluffy but sticky head. The aroma is dense with a fresh and juicy combination of citrus (mostly orange) and grassy hops that carries through into the flavor. The flavor is not purely driven by bitterness, though, with a prominent candy sweetness providing a nice balance that is prominent but stops well short of cloying. Texturally, it is resinous but smooth, helping the beer go down easy but leaving a lingering trail of bitter and sweet after the swallow. It is definitely boozy, but not overwhelming.

Overall, Seeing Double is like spending an early spring day in an orange grove. It's not perfectly comfortable due to a slight chill in the air and a small (but harmless) ant hill nearby, but those small drawbacks are easily overlooked in favor of the overall experience that is quite enjoyable.

devilben02, May 24, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Haybeerman, May 15, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at the brew pub last night after sampling a few others.

Pours with a short, off-white head over a hazy iced-tea colored body with plenty of carbonation present. Good sticky lacing.

Sweetness in the aroma was the surprisingly dominant quality - butterscotch. Pine needles come thru next and are faint for the style.

Thick body is the first thing you notice - goes in slow and glides across the palate. Resiny hop bite attacks you right away, reminding you of the style. Bitter grapefruit rind battles it out with a heavy dose of caramel malt sweetness. Pineapple as it warms, and honey, too. Cloying, but tasty.

Filling, no doubt. Drinkability is below the "great ones" but with the good flavors and nice balance, it's a DIPA I'll definitely seek out again when in NC.

BeerImmediately, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a deep orange color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A surprisingly subtle aroma of hops, citrus, and a sugary sweetness.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, hops, caramel, and a little malt. Well balanced and not particularly boozy considering the alcohol content.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable IPA.

avalon07, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler on Sunday (2/28) at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber brown with a hint of orange and a 1 finger white foamy head. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus with subtle hints of caramel.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus rind flavor mixed with pine up front. Nice sweet caramel malt flavor in the middle followed by a nice hoppy bitterness that finishes very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability for a beer with 9.5% ABV. This is a beer that will sneak up on you because the flavor doesn't give much indication that the ABV is high.

Overall: Excellent double IPA. It's one of my new favorites. I will definitely be making the drive to get a refill sometime in the near future.

adam42381, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of bosox941827
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. standard pint glass, on tap at Tyler's Tap Room, Durham, NC.

A - Cloudy, amber-y orange/brown color, with just a hint of lace at the top of the glass.
S - Malt and citrus-y
T & M - Wow, first sip get a tremendous hit of citrus, specifically lemon, from the hops. It's almost astringent, but it blends quickly with the background sweetness before resolving into a hoppy, tongue-drying finish. You can tell that the alcohol is there, but it is fairly well-hidden (if I didn't know it was 9.5%, I would have guessed it was ~ 7%). Carbonation on this one is low, and it goes down pretty smoothly. This is a heavy beer though, and it thick and almost syrupy. Had it with Tyler's great blackened crab cake and have to say it was a perfect match.
D - Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV, but I suspect that would sneak up on you pretty quickly.

This is good, but not *great* imperial IPA; would prefer the hops to be a bit more prominent throughout the taste. Would definitely order it again though.

bosox941827, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC during the 2010 Sexual Chocolate release into a Foothills Brewing Signature glass at the appropriate temperature (02/05/10).

A: Pours a hazy and glowing, dark, golden, amber with a beautiful rich, orange hue. Capped with 1.5 fingers of an off-white with decent retention leaving patchy lace.

S: Fresh aroma of grapefruit and pine with note of citrus and some tropical fruit. Really intense hop profile quite similar to very fresh Weyerbacher Double Simcoe.

T: The taste follows the nose with some intense pine and citrus hops with a wonderful degree of bitterness that coats the entire palate without be overly harsh. The malt backbone is quite rich as will with layers of caramel and toffee.

M: Full-bodied with moderate creamy carbonation and slight slick characteristic. I really enjoyed the bitterness from this one.

D: Extremely drinkable and if it were available locally I would drink this frequently.

Overall I must say that is an exceptional DIPA from Foothills and one that deserves great praise. Highly Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange-tan color with a pretty good head.
S: caramel malt and pine. Just a little citrus. Pleasant but not all that strong.
T: honey, grapefruit, pine, and sweet caramel malt. Biscuity malt flavors jump out more as the beer warms. The finish is long and bitter.
M: medium bodied, light on the carbonation

Seeing Double is aptly named as this beer definitely packs a punch. A little too hot and sweet for me to be having more than a few, but I did enjoy a good 30 oz of the growler. Would rate this below the People's Porter, Total Eclipse, and Hoppyum if you have your choice at Foothills, although all four are well-made beers.

GeezLynn, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured into what I would probably categorize as an oddly shaped flute.

Appearance: Pours a decent looking a coppery-amber color with a fluffy but fairly thin head that leaves only tinges of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a really nice, sweet aroma that consists predominantly of noble hops. It also has a bit of a honey-like scent about it, but the floral hops are definitely the most discernible things in the nose.

Taste: Really good DIPA. It has a strong, sweet hop taste to start out, then the hops get put back in their place by the malts before the bittering hops win out in the end. Most DIPA's can become too malt-centric because of the need to balance the huge amount of hops in them, but this one still brings the hops to the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Very thick for a DIPA with a nice amount of carbonation. Pretty satisfying and crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is a pretty drinkable brew, but with all the hops and at 9.50% you couldn't have a hell of a lot of these.

Overall, this is a really good DIPA. Despite the big presence of malts, it still manages to keep the hops as the central focus of the beer, while being smooth all the time. If you make your way to Foothills Brewery, this is a must-try beer.

zoso493, Feb 10, 2010
Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.