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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 68
Gots: 54 | 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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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
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.28/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.