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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
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537 Ratings
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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 inspektor
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with no head, so it's not surprising that it leaves no lacing.

Smells fruity, mainly grapefruit.

Taste is fruity, piney and hoppy. There is also a trace of caramel as well. More malty upfront than hoppy.

Full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Overall, a high quality NC brew, not on the level of the de facto DIPA's but good all the same.

inspektor, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[edit: second review]

had at foundation again. also, had hoppyum on draft/tap/whatever with one beer between it and this.

deep amber in appearance. foundation has pretty dim lighting, but even taking that into account, this seemed darker than amber. amber plus a bit of brown. head falls quickly.

smell is grapefruit immediately. an exaggeration of hoppyum which is outstandingly hoppy for an ipa. grapefruit aspect is pungent with some sugar and spiciness.

taste follows with strong grapefruit juice presence and strong grapefruit rind undertones. sweetness to balance.

mouthfeel is pleasant, medium to high carbonation, despite the minimal head. prickly. body has a thickness which i think is expected from a dipa. not quite an oily thickness, but above medium-bodied for sure.

quite drinkable. fruity, citrusy burps. yummy.

much different than my previous experience. both times id had a few other beers. im glad the second experience confirmed the original expectations. an incredibly drinkable beer. not sure of the alcohol, but i was not aware of it [and i didnt notice it as i finished it, a definite plus].

hopefully the statements from my previous review of this beer will be made clear[er] with -[clarifications]- below.

original below 4, 3, 3, 3.5, 3

had on draft at foundation in raleigh

deep cloudy copper head, disappears quickly, nice lacing

homebrewed hoppy smell -[by this i meant to express that the beer was reminiscent of a recent homebrewed ipa i had tasted. it lacked a pungent hoppy character that i expect from ipas, and was surprisingly malty. that said, it was difficult to let this slide for a double ipa from a reputable brewery]-, a little thick but ambiguous, i have yet to have a brewery-made ipa [im pretty sure] that eludes a hoppy character.

a little malty and strange for a dipa. the hops are not in your face by any means. dont know what to think.

carbonation is a bit much. thick. average-ish.

its a little too heavy without the dipa reward of hops. malt character is a bit much. maybe "balancing" too much in a way that throws off any balance?

Crittervision, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. The appearance is a murky dark chestnut color, thick and chewy looking. It has a very nice off-white (almost oatmeal) head with notable rings of lacing. The nose picks up surprisingly very little, just a dull wheat and maybe a vague whisp of woodsy hop. Upon the first taste I detect a very different blend of herbal/floral hops and toffee malt. It's relatively mild in a medium (+) bodied brew with well carbonated slightly resinous feel. The flavor is not in my wheelhouse but is interesting enough to avoid too much disappointment. The hops grow on you as it warms and you start to pick up a fair intensity of bitterness. There's a little cotton candy at times but hops begin to prevail, a bit sharp but still sort of floral and peachy. I'd say this improves with time and is worth a try. Funny that the aroma is so absent but it does a decent job for the hop lover and is pretty drinkable although this does not seem like a double ipa to me, a bit too tame.

Durge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of gatorbreath
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Duvel Tulip glass

App: Darker than average amber/copper/rusty color pillowy head that lasts for a bit with some solid lacing

Smell: Citrusy hop smell with some pine notes

Taste/MF: Piny and citrusy hop notes with some malty undertones. The mouthfeel is kind of medium-bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability: the 9.5% is noticeable after the first glass and the burn is prevalent in the tasting. I could probably down a few of these but this is a strong brew.

Overall: Not the biggest DIPA I've had by any means, not my favorite, and the burn is very real on this one. I like it but it will be a rare selection for me in the future.

gatorbreath, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub. This is review #200 on BA for me - all right!

A - Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with a large, lasting off-white head.

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

T - Fairly sweet caramel malt, earth, fruity notes, and loads of citrusy/piney/resiny hops. Really well-balanced. Best beer I had at Foothills (no Sexual Chocolate available unfortunately) and pretty damn good overall.

M - Palate medium-full and chewy with some hoppy oiliness.

D - Drinkability really high for the ABV and IBUs.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" head with a peachy copper body

S: Plenty of grapefruit hop aroma with a good amount of malty sweetness. Maybe some pineapple aromas as well.

T: Sweet up front then overload of hops hit about 3 seconds into the sip washing the sweetness.

M: Decent carbonation and a full body.

D: I wish this had more drinkability (lower abv.) since I love this beer.

rtratzlaff, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of ncbeermonger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great BIG Beer from right here in NC. Had it on cask at the Summertime Brewsfest here in Greensboro

-Good head, to be admired, smells a little sweet, and floers are present.
-Taste more sweet than normal, must be because of the cask
-the mouthfeel is light, and good
-A very drinkable beer. Not easy to find on cask, but a great find if you hear about it!

ncbeermonger, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Billolick, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of JWD
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the flying saucer in Raleigh NC on a recent trip.

A- Darker than usual, looks very thick and chewy

S- OK, very boozy and barleywine smell

T- Once again BW here, Huge malt backbone sweet and then a bitter finish.

M- THICK AND CHEWY

D- this suffered a little due to the boozy BW taste, still OK and a hell of a start to a long day of tasting.

JWD, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a local Irish pub in Charleston called The Giffon.
Nice, heady pour. Well presented with one finger off white head thinck lacing and sips were taken.
Smell mixes nicely of malts...thick and sweet with the heavy hop bite that tickles the nnose with fruity citrus and spices.
Taste was full on the palate.Big malt of thick caramel malts and juicy hoppiness.
Full feel made this beer seem almost 'chewy'

dmamiano, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit apprehensive about reviewing this. Had it on tap immediately after having the glorious Canadian Breakfast Stout on tap at the Charlotte Saucer. Although they contrast enough that I think my palate is ok to review honestly.

A = Nice orange honey color with a light white head. Seemed a bit cloudy.

S = Nice obvious citrus hop. Big grapefruit and tropical hop notes.

T = Gushing citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness. I always prefer the citrus hop bombs to the the piny or floral ones. This is right up my alley. This one has a big caramel malt backing that is very sweet. The malt holds up a bit stronger than most DIPA's. If they backed down on the sweet malts just a bit, this might be perfect.

M = Good oily mouthfeel. Pretty standard for these types of beers.

D = Huge sweet maltiness detracts from the drinkability a bit, but the wonderful citrus hop combo helps make up for it.

Very, very good DIPA from a great local brewery. Viva Foothills.

JonMich13, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap, mellow mushroom asheville

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, for a non-standard $4. body is a rather dark amber tone, light tan cap with light retention

smell: very nice - tropical fruit, juicy citrus hops, light caramel malt

taste: this was a very good DIPA - juicy and full of grapefruit hop flavor, tropical notes provide a great hop taste. decent balance of caramel malts and no alcohol detected

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, abv hidden well, light-moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One very nice DIPA , had it on tap at Foothills and at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro. Nice head decent nose, a predictable solid hop hit on the palate. Nice finish, clean, the hop bitterness sticks around a while. Not world class but one very solid and very drinkable DIPA. If this comes around in Growlers locally I'll be standing in line, but WS is about 120 mile round trip for me..

nc41, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is the weakest part of this beer, and its still nice and pretty. Pours a nice orange-gold, light on the head and lacing.

The smell and taste are both as expected, c hops dominate, I love dipas...always predictably nice.

The mouth is a bit heavy, but does not hinder the drinkability in the least, just enough carbonation. Very nice.

grayburn, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jimmyjames8
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an IPA fanboy. This is my current premium fave. This is beautiful beer with a wonderful deep honey color and white foamy head. There is a hoppy, mashy smell to it. The taste is strong and hoppy with citrus undertones and a honey sweetness but just a hint and a high alcohol tinge. The mouthfeel is warm, full bodied, thick (honey and clover again) and there is to me a slight but good burn to it. The drinkability is good but not great. I love drinking this beer but it is STRONG and will mess you up. I try to save this one for the last of the night and not have more than 2. I have tried a million IPA's and most all are good. This is great. There is supposedly a limited run of this beer put up in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon casks. If that beer was a guitar amp, it would go to 11.

jimmyjames8, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub. Came out a hazy deep gold with a big frothy white head on top. Retention was superb, and there was perfect rings around the glass for every sip. Beautiful. Smells of grapefruity citrus, floral tones, and warm bread. This is very inviting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and firm for this style. This is a total citrusy hop bomb! Huge grapefruit bitterness followed by a mellow sweetness that is absolutely wonderful. Nice tart zest in there as well. This is not boozy in the least. Perfectly sweet with no harshness present at all. Freaking excellent. Drinkability is very high, which is dangerous at this ABV. This is one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Absolutely recommend.

Onenote81, May 20, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into nonic pint glass.

My first growler experience!

A - Hazy amber with about 2-3 fingers of off white head. Moderate retention with decent lacing.

S - Lots of pine here, with a bready, almost caramel-like backbone. Salty grapefruit peel creeps in on the corners. A little muted.

T - A good deal of pine hits upfront mingled with sweetish malt with touches of caramel and small hints of fruit. Mid palate the sweetness takes a quick dive and gives way to moderate/strong notes of grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Some saltiness hits as the brew dries out and bitterness grows to a moderate to high level. Earthy undertones with lingering grapefruit wrap up the finish and carry for several minutes into the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied with a bit of chewiness. Carbonation is moderate to low. Standard and solid for the style.

D - A decent DIPA but in the realm of standard fare. Always good to drink local though! Certainly worth a try for anyone in the area.

PatrickJR, May 07, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at DLD '09 thanks to a growler brought by ROBORB and his friend Trevor, whom I'm not sure whether he has a BA username. 3-4oz poured into a plastic cup.

A - amber color with a slight pillowy head.

S - grapefruit, pineapple, piney hops. I didn't notice any of the malt flavor that was to come, but given my experiences with DIPAs, I wasn't expecting any.

T - whoa. that's a lot of hops. this is also the very first time EVER that I have been able to taste malt in a DIPA. caramel malt followed by a very hoppy finish (citrus and pine) with a very, very bitter finish. it seemed more bitter than Arrogant Bastard. very, very good.

M - medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy feel. it coats the mouth and beauty of the flavor reaches every crevice, nook and cranny of the mouth.

D - I do not like DIPAs, but THIS is a good beer. I would love to have some more of this.

bowersdm, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via growler into Imperial pint on 4/22/09. Thanks to dashirey for producing this for me during a recent trip to the south.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with mammoth cap of beige foam that stood three fingers tall that settled to about a quarter inch of retention and left swatches of thick lacing. Additionally, a nice cascade of tiny carbonation bubbles is present.

S - Citrusy and spicy nose with hints of pepper. The aroma actually becomes a veritable potpourri of hops after it warms up a bit and expands to include herbal, piney and earthy notes as well. A waft of alcohol mingles with the assertive hop character. Some sweet caramel malt offers a touch of balance to this hop-forward DIPA.

T - Quite a complex hop profile with spicy, peppery notes, plenty of citrus character and some grassy, leafy qualities as well. Definitely lots going on here. Some sweet caramel malt pushes its way through, as does a mild alcohol presence. Finishes with a grainy malt aspect and a tinge of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied for a DIPA with a pretty sticky, syrupy texture and some residual hop oils. Moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering bitterness and some alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - This one took a while, but it grew on me with each passing sip. Seeing Double features a complex hop profile with a bold hop character that should keep the hopheads coming back for more.

ffejherb, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of d0ggnate
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just received a fresh growler of Seeing Double IPA today from dashirey in the most recent round of GatM. Couldn't be a better day to drink a nice IIPA.

A: Poured a rich copper/amber/orange with an overflowing head layer. My glass is topped with this off-white two-finger foam that fades to patch thick lacing in just a minute or two.
S: Floral hops, but nose is subtle.
T: Malty, but continued hops are present. A citrus flavor comes through mid to end of drink. Almost taste a bit of apples.
M: Great balance. Smooth and delicious. Richness usually found in better stouts.
D: Mmmm! Highly drinkable. Delicious East Coast IIPA. I am more used to the West Coast style, but definately appreciate the point of view from across the country.

d0ggnate, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this on tap at Foothills in Winston Salem, NC.

A - A deep golden with a haze and a small beige head. Some lacing.

S - An even balance of citrusy hops and toasted malt.

T - Very rich with a firm balance of alcohol, hops and malt. Not as much flavor as I'd expected but that may have been due to the temperature. They served it too cold for such a quality ale.

M - Thick and creamy with a low carbonation. Very nice.

D - I was really looking forward to this and while it was good, it was a bit tame given the name. Serving it a bit warmer might just be all it needs.

GJ40, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz Foothills glass, at Foothills.

Appearance: A hazy orange-amber, with a thin layer of white head that subsided fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Intensely strong grassy and pine notes. Fairly one-dimensional in terms of smell, but in a good way.

Taste: Intensely bitter from the hops. Grass and pine dominate, and linger throughout the entire sip. There is a noticeable bready/honey sweetness from the malt in the background, but it is just present enough to provide a backbone for the hops, without taking command. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, and well after each sip is complete. The malt is definitely there, but to the point where it just complements the hop bitterness. One of the more bitter DIPAs I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, which provides a nice bite. Decently thick.

Drinkability: Despite the extreme bitterness, it's so good that it's very easy to drink. One of my favorite IPAs, where the hops dominate and the malt is just noticeable enough to prevent the beer from coming hop-flavored water. Excellent beer.

StarlightSeraph, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Loki for the opportunity.

Pours hazy coppery amber. A thick off-white head billows up and falls over a minute or two into a thick cap. Prominent sheets of lace.
Aroma is heavy hops, citrus, pine. A bit of floral and sweetness behind there.
Flavor is again, big hops, citrus and pine. A hefty malt backbone supports the bitterness, sweet honey/caramel, with a bit of burnt sugar. The finish has a lasting crisp bitterness, but is also a bit sweeter than I expect from a DIPA, but I like it!
Medium body with an resinous feel. A nice moderate amount of carbonation.

This is a very tasty DIPA. Huge hop presence, but suitably balanced by the malt. Some folks might find it too sweet but I find it delicious.

goatgoat, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one is amber, almost copper, colored, with a decent sized head that fades quickly. Very little lacing at all. Quite a bit dark for a DIPA, looks a lot more like a barleywine, and it comes through a bit like a barleywine throughout, which affects my thoughts about the rest. I suppose I'll voice my expectations for a DIPA mainly on appearance, because the rest was nice, just not the right color for a DIPA at all. The smell is very nice. A tiny bit of sweetness underlies pungent, resinous hops. You can tell that these are all high alpha acid. There could be a touch more of the citrus hop presence and a bit more tropical fruitiness, but its all there. The taste is nice. One of the most successfully balanced DIPAs I've encountered, even at well over 100 IBUs. There's a sticky resinous quality which is subdued under malty sweetness (dare I suggest a bready taste with a chocolatey sweetness in a traditionally dry and unbalanced style?) and a bit of hop fruitiness. There's even a hint of citrus peel in there, with a bit of a lemon-lime taste. The alcohol is present and warming, but doesn't burn. The mouthfeel is nice. Very full, and not just of hops. The alcohol interrupts just enough to knock it back from a 5. And it drinks well. It's not the easiest, though it goes quickly easrly, but I enjoyed it. A very interesting take on the style.

taylorhamrick, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased at the Sexual Chocolate release. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tuilp glass. Split with my friend.

A: Pours a light copper color with a HUGE pillowy off-white head that was more than 3 or 4 fingers. Excellent retention throughout with very good lacing. One of the best overall presentations I have seen in the style.

S: Surprisingly a nice caramel malt aroma seems to be the most prevalent in the nose. Piney hop aroma mixed in with it makes for a nice blended aroma.

T: The initial flavor is sweet and matches the aroma. However, the finish is very hoppy and bitter. The main hop flavor for me is a load of pine flavor. A little bit of a grassy hop flavor mixed in with good measure. This is one of the hoppiest DIPAs I have had that could still be called balanced due to the excellent malt backbone. I would give it a 5 here, but I have had citrus hop flavored IPAs in the style that I prefer.

M: Nice and thick for an IPA. The in mouth carbonation level is perfection. I could sit and roll it around in my mouth for minutes before swallowing. However, you want to swallow it too since it tastes so good and the hops are really dominate in the finish.

D: I have used balanced for DIPAs before. This one is so smooth and easy drinking for the ABV it is scary. I am glad I split the growler with my friend, or I might not be able to go to work in the morning.

I was lucky enough to drink the 2008 version of Sexual Chocolate while at the release and it was very very good. I have to say, I like this beer more. It is a truly fantastic DIPA.

GatorBeerNerd, Feb 18, 2009
Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.