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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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585 Ratings
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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 68
Gots: 57 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mentor
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of light-tan head over a nearly clear dark orange-rust liquid. Smells pine, orange, pith, lemons, green onion, and clean alcohol. Mild cream corn (ie, DMS). Aromas required searching; this was not the blast of hop aroma I would expect from a DIPA.

Tastes silky malt with moderate hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Not at all to style (which will be a big hit on my scoring), but may still be a wonderful beer anyway. Hop flavor is pine, oranges, tangerine, candied rosebuds, and pith. Esters are canned apricot syrup, pear syrup, and tamarind. Waxy hop bitterness does not cut the malt sweet as it ought to for the style. A touch thicker than it should be and moderate carbonation.

Photo of danoeltico
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass

White head, slightly off copper and slightly hazy, beautiful lacing with rings all of the way down the glass for each sip

Deep pine aroma

Little bitter at first with a nice pine finish

Mouthful you get a little alcohol at the end on the way down, but very well balanced for a double IPA.

Photo of barleyPops
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a mostly clear, orangey-dark amber with a one finger white head leaving a great looking silky lace on the sides of the glass. aroma was slightly floral, but had plenty of citrus and pine notes and a touch of earthy grain. flavor was a well balanced mix of citrus sweetness up front, followed by the caramel sweetness and finishing with lingering pine resin bitterness. this was not the hop bomb of a IIPA which have become so common. if not for the 9.5% abv, which was well hidden btw, this would be very sessionable. a very enjoyable beer!

Photo of Cavery
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an Over-sized Wine glass. Shared with Klym before he left to Norcal for law school. This was all made possible by the very generous BA KingKong. Cheers man, enjoy your package!

Review from notes, drank Monday afternoon.

Twist-cap growler about a week old. Review was from first crack.

A: Rusty orange body with coppers and golds shining through the edges of the glass. Creamy pumice formation of white to slightly off white almost grey bubbles. The copper body is very photo-esque. 

S: A very spicy hop nose gives into light corn syrup notes. Really deep concentrated scents of cane sugar sweetness that certainly gave a corn like note in the end. This isn't like your cheap addictive Popsicle, this is a candy caramel malt bomb with a refined sweetness and deeply embedded kettle hops. Light carmel corns fuse with latent alcohols.

T: Up front light herbal tea hop with Candy corn middle. Very clean refined malt sweetness that never comes off cheap or artificial. Orange I fused caramels with a parsley hop garnish.  There is s light flavor transition from candied to citrus zests of lemon and oranges, but not much else. A good tasting three tone beer. Hazelnut orange hop linger.

M: A flavor matching light medium body with a light carbonation that I can best describe as sugars dissolving. No syrupy coating sensation or grainy sugar presence. This is the proper mouth for a sugary malt centric brew. 

O: This is a good brew for what it is: a sweet malt with inclusions of herbal hop teas. This really is a sweet tea dipa. Comfort food dipa with a theme of sweetness. What is to be found in the beer is quality, but I can't help but long for a more dynamic brew. I can appreciate this beer for what it is, and it is very drinkable. However, a heavier contrast from a greater hop presence would have done well. No complaints, but I think this is a good beer with potential for significant improvement. Points for having crazy invisible alcohol despite ABV.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of hmph
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A - beautiful dark orange yellow color, nice head that leaves a thin layer even after settling

S - citrus and floral hops, very robust , malt is evident but definitely plays a secondary role,

T - Light, breakfast grapefruit, lots of hops with minimal bitterness, very fruity, light malt taste as well no distinct flavor for me but a good addition. It finishes very refreshing.

O - Really like this, it hides its 9.5ABV very well, could easily drink a few of these, tried it on tap at brewery and growler is just as good almost a month later, super delicious

Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  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

Photo of n2185
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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. 

Photo of SteveGNC
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of krausenman
3.97/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of sliverX
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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.

Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.