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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 33 | 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:
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Photo of CrellMoset


4/5  rDev -1.2%

Seeing Double IPA, on tap at the Flying Saucer, Charlotte, NC. Served in a traditional American pint.

Appearance: Very slow effervescence floats up through the deep copper body of this one, eventually joining the one-finger of white, fluffy head. It has the opportunity to do this for quite some time, as the retention of the head is very nice, finally leaving big sticky sheets of lace after it departs this world, fine-bubbled, even, delicate.

Aroma: This one's very fruity, leaning more towards the tropical fruit end of the hop aroma spectrum rather than the citrus end, though these are accompanied by a handful of pleasant, slightly minty herbal notes and a fair amount of sweet, roasted malts that meld well with the various other aromas.

Taste: Moderate bitterness, and, similar to the aroma, lots of tropical fruit notes - pineapple comes to mind, and strawberry is definitely present high up on the spectrum. You also get the aforementioned mint, and - though its definitely secondary - more of that sweet, doughy, caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even, with a body of medium to above-medium thickness. It's both creamy but still crisp, and does a good job of balancing these characteristics.

Drinkability: My favorite style, and this is a solid interpretation. The alcohol, though high, is not prohibitively so, and well-hidden. On the other hand, though the flavors and aromas are pleasant and well-balanced, I didn't find them to be too well-rounded - perhaps I just prefer the citrusy/piney West Coast DIPAs. Regardless, it's still a very good beer, and comes recommended.

01-08-2009 21:50:08 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Serving type- From tap poured into a pint glass. Had this on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.

A- Pours a beautiful murky amber color with a small white lace that was present throughout the beer.

S- An aroma of caramel and malt that is followed by a citrus type hoppy finish. Strong presence of alcohol present as well, potnet but not overwhelming.

T- Beautiful tastes of bold and bitter hops and a very strong alcohol presence. This mellows out a little near the end when it finishes a little dry. Hints of caramle malt, and the citrus from the hops is in perfect balance.

I had the pleasure of originally tasting this beer at the local brews fest but since I only was able to obtain 4 ounce samples at a time I felt compelled to have this in a pint before reviewing it. I am not a big bar patron so when I can go to a eatery that serves great beer then I make it a point to get there. My only regret is that this beer is not available in bottles at my local beer shop. I love this beer and I am very happy with the fact that it is a local offering. My only hesitation with this beer is that because of its combination of flavor and strength this beer can be a deadly one. I had 2 last night during dinner and felt very good afterwards. This beer definately needs to be respected and appreciated. Please start bottling this stuff because I will be the first one in line.

01-06-2009 16:38:44 | More by cbros
Photo of ruck304


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Decided to go to Foothills Brewing Company for a Sunday afternoon of football and sat right by the bar. Looked at the menu and saw this 9.5 ABV and wanted to give it a try.

Appearance: not super dark, but dark, typical of a DIPA. It was served in a small "double ipa glass" said Foothills and looked great in the small glass with an amber-brown color filled to the brim. Not a significant head.

Smell: It smelled heavy. Like dark malt and a bit of citrus.

Taste: Very good DIPA. Taste like the smell with a nice aftertaste of malt after the initial citrusy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer with a bite at the first tasting and then a smooth finish from the malt. Veyr good beer.

Drinkability: Just like ncbeermonger I had to switch it up to something less intense because I knew that I woul dbe feeling that ABV after two or more. Very good beer and I was somewhat suprised to see this at Foothills. I came in for the Sexual Chocolate and believe I got more than I expected for. The Sexual Chocolate wasn't on tap but this beer was a gem during a nice little football session!

11-26-2008 23:08:11 | More by ruck304
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Mega-thanks to Broha drunkmonk for this one!!!

Pours an ever so slightly hazy rich amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that resists fading...spotty patterns of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell, scoring points for complexity, is aggressive and unique. The nose immediately suggests a strong grassy pine hop character with significant grainy roasted malt notes. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and over the top tangy. The piny resin taste is complimented by roasted malt and fruity orange-tangerine background flavors; once again..not your father's DIPA. The hop resin character is strong and lingers well into the aftertaste. There is no way you're going to sense the 9.5% ABV over the nose and pronounced flavors...but it will kick @$$!!! Exactly what the doctor ordered!!

11-14-2008 01:08:03 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of kirok1999


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to Deuane for this Howlin at the Moon October growler!
Pours a nice rich amber/brown. Very dark with just a bit of off white head that leaves just a little lace.
Smells of lush citrus hops and some nice dark malt.
Taste is very smooth and rich. Lots of malt sweetness at first followed by a lingering slightly tingly hop finish. This changes drastically as it warms. It becomes much darker and almost choclatey. There's some mild spice hops too. Mild carbonation level with a dense mouthfeel.
Very nice to sip slowly.

09-27-2008 01:44:34 | More by kirok1999
Photo of HopDerek


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured a deep orange amber with a pinky of foamy off-white head. Great sticky lacing from a good bit of retention. Smells a little weaker than some other DIPAs, but you can note the citrus, pine, and caramel. Tastes of pineapple and grapefruit up front, followed by caramel, biscuit, and toasted grains. Finishes with a good burst of pine and grassy notes along with just a bit of alcohol. Medium in body with nice full carbonation, very sweet and malty, but still bitter and sticky. Packed with flavor and easy to drink, I wouldn't mind having this as a staple DIPA.

09-04-2008 21:36:02 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Kegatron


4.05/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a cute little logoed 10 oz glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a nice looking dollop of creamy off-white head on top. Retains very nicely from this and laces well too. The aroma is a mix of citrus notes and piney malts that are enveloped in a hefty malt sweetness. Just a a smidge of heat is present as well.

The taste is a nice piney hop bite up front leading into a grainy feeling malty sweetness and prominant twang of citrus character. Fininshes bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good beefy feel from all the thick malts and heat.

A solid DIPA from Foothills. Maybe a bit more malt heavy than I usually like in the style but it still posessed a nice amount of hops and citrus character mixed in. Drinkibility was good as well, although I think that a 10 oz serving of this was about perfect.

07-10-2008 16:52:54 | More by Kegatron
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Foothills DIPA arrives in a shaker pint with a deep red-copper body capped with a thin finger of foam that leaves thin patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy, ripping fresh and resinous.

Taste is... is... well where did all the hops in the nose go? This thing is a caramel-coated, lightly spicy malt missile. Honey and molasses with brown sugar flavors are unchallenged by a wimpy whiff of pine that contributes bitterness, but not much flavor. A bit of grapefruit appears late in the drink.

Way too sweet, thick, virtually uncarbonated and syrupy.

Edit: Had this fresher at Tyler's in Carrboro, and the hops really shone brightly! Orange, lemon, grapefruit... kicking ass on that same caramel/silk backbone...Awesome, and worth a Taste score boost!

06-30-2008 11:06:16 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of DavidEddie


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Growler was courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel!

A good looking copper appearance with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma consists of soft pine, white grapefruit, and sweet malt. Real solid in taste. A nice balance of semi sweet carmel and slightly bitter grapefruit. The flavor is lasting, coats your mouth, hangs around a bit. Mouth feel is smooth and resiny. This is one easy drinking DIPA! I found this growler very enjoyable from start to finish. The high ABV is hidden too well, barely noticeable. Extremely glad I had the opportunity. Recommended!

06-15-2008 03:09:05 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of mntlover


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a amber color nice rd highlights with small off white head no doubt do to bar pour to minimize head.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus dominates a nice malty sweet base.

Taste is wow big citrus bites your taste buds nice bitter fruitiness puckers your mouth. Not to worry a big malt base kicks in providing a sweet flavor to bring your tongue back around. Some alcohol becomes evident as it warms but nothing to distract from this wonderful brew.

Mouthfeel is nice big almost full very nice body with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good if I could get this on tap at home it would be a regular choice.

05-25-2008 02:10:13 | More by mntlover
Photo of drinksandeats


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh NC, on 18 May 2008.

Appearance: Solid amber base color with a cherry hue throughout. No head.

Aroma: The strong grapefruit scent and citrus accents from this brew prepares the palate and mind for a great double IPA.

Taste: Upon the first sip my mouth was overwhelmed by a tidal wave of hops, beginning with great bitter, earthy hops and finishing with the citrus hops found in the aroma. A big bitter lemony thick malty brew. Burns the mouth with hops...in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, as expected. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this from start to finish.

05-21-2008 22:09:43 | More by drinksandeats
Photo of jbphoto88


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a foothills pint glass. A deep amber reddish beer with a mother of pearl head. The head on this brew is large fluffy, lasting and pungent.

Scent is citrusy, fruity hoppy but smooth. Its raw nose is balanced with sweet malts and has an excellent complimentary notes.

Taste is initially hoppy, hearty bitterness with a sweet malt backbone. There is a lovely citrus fruitiness that is reminiscent of all the best IPA's out there. A firm astringency first puckers with its bitterness but then yields to a sweet smooth tang.

This is an exceptional IPA. Not the best, but definitely one in the top 10. My favorite part of this brew is the malty hop bitter aftertaste. It leaves you slightly dry, with a warm palate yearning to drink more.

05-04-2008 22:04:44 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Big thanks to grub for cracking open this one, and the excellent kkipple for sending it his way!!

Pours a hazed orange/red, thin white head forms, some solid lacing on the glass, retains a thin collar. Smell is oranges, pine, caramel, grapefruit, alcohol, lots of fruit, solid hops, quite nice. Taste is similar, heavy orange/tangerine, some pine, alcohol, bread, caramel, tangy bitter finish, lot of fruit, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, lots of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth for the ABV. Thanks Russ!

05-04-2008 00:32:02 | More by Viggo
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

got this one in a DLD growler swap with kkipple. thanks!

64oz growler. sampled may 3/08.

pours deep reddish-orange with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big bread and biscuit malt. grapefruit. bit of alcohol. resiny hop presence. touch of pine. bit of caramel.

taste is great. big bread and biscuit malt. caramel. bit of alcohol. lots of hops - grapefruit, bit of orange. bit of alcohol. medium-high bitterness level. touch of fruit, almost apple.

mouthfeel is good. medium well-integrated carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is dangerously good. this one goes down way too easy, with the alcohol only showing itself as as a bit of warmth. great balance, nice malt depth, and a good hop character. this one is definitely a winner. thanks!

05-03-2008 23:51:01 | More by grub
Photo of SierraGS


4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

This arrived in a 10 oz glass, and the deep copper color is just beautiful - deep golden orange with a bit of cloudiness. The aroma is sweet and strong with citrus (grapefruit, specifically!), and the flavor is a warm, sweet nectar. There is a small hint of carmel and alcohol-soaked fruit, but piney hops overpower and fill the mouth. I absolutely love this exemplary double IPA.

02-27-2008 04:32:30 | More by SierraGS
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Tyler's Taproom this past Wednesday and inquired about the featured pint. The 'tender said it would be a cask-aged version of Foothills Seeing Double IPA. That was all I needed to hear! Unfortunately, I was there at 2pm! (Pint night doesn't begin until 5pm.) So, I had a beer or two, and lunch, and then read the local paper and drank water until the cask arrived and the pints were poured. It was worth the wait!

I ordered a half-pint and asked about the maturation time. Jamie, Foothills brewmaster, said that it had been in the cask for six weeks. It poured a dark cloudy orange with a lean off-white head. Citrus dominated the nose (mainly a grapefruit-like scent), while light malts and hops filled in the background. It has a thick, creamy texture-certainly something to behold. Flavors of medium-dark malts and vanilla swirl around the tongue, while a bright citrus essence makes itself known in the center. It's a mildly hoppy brew-I wouldn't describe it as a hop-bomb-and yet it has many of the best characteristics of many American DIPAs. This is a great brew, and I feel privileged to have sampled this cask version.

02-22-2008 01:57:32 | More by CWiggins
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

On Cask at Tylers in Durham.

Appearance- Cloudy reddish orange, two finger thick creamy head. Nice lacing and impressive stick all the way down to my last sip.

Smell- Nice array of tropical fruits. Pineapple,papaya,and grapefruit. Sweet malts also making thier presence known. Spicy ethanol also in the background. Makes me immediatly want to consume this beer.

Taste- Caramel,juicy resenous grapefruit hops. Bitterness follows thru, but not overbearing. Finishes with some sweet malt flavors and lingering fruity hop flavors. So complex it feels like it's not far from barleywine territory.

Mouthfeel- Might be the cask, but this is ultra creamy. As expected with cask, the carbonation is on the lower side. This stuff is sublime on my palate.

Drinkability- This is way too easy to drink period. The strength of this beer is extremely well hidden, letting the complexity of the Hops and Malts take center stage. If planning on consuming more than two of these, one should plan on spending the rest of the night in a recumbent position at home. Yeah seeing double, yup.-Sorry

Another great beer by Foothills brewing. This one is shouldn't be overshadowed by it's Sexual Chocolate counterpart.

Highly recommended.

*This would be an interesting beer to cellar for a few years. Foothills please start bottling this stuff!

02-21-2008 02:56:44 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of Deuane


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

From a growler in the Growling at the Moon GIF.

A-Deep orange copper with a medium light tan head

S-Citrus and piney hoppy goodness with a bit of sweet maltiness in the background.

T-Hop forward with grapefruit / tang flavors meeting and melding into a malty sweetness. Not quite a west coast DIPA but close.

M-Resinous and substantial with plenty of body. Lovely hop bite in aftertaste.

D-Excellent. One step below the world class DIPA's like Pliny the Elder. It certainly is in school with them...a fine example of style. I really enjoy this beer.

01-17-2008 22:49:50 | More by Deuane
Photo of sinistrsam


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured a ruby-brown which surprised me, with almsot no head ot speak of.
Aroma was piney hops, but balanced with dark fruits, caramel malt and alcohol. Very pleasant.
The taste was a little on the sweet side; sweet malts and dar fruits, but lots of floral and piney hops. Also very good.
The feel was bittersweet up front due to the interplay between the malt and hops, but finished very sweet; almost too much, like a syrup. Medium to full-boried.
Overall very drinkable and a great brew by Foothills.

10-18-2007 17:19:03 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of bboven


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

One hell of a double. The alcohol is there to let you know it’s high gravity but doesn’t overpower. The malt/hop balance is fantastic. The dark, cloudy color almost made it look like a dunkel, but that's the only downside to the beer. Could be a little thinner to aid in drinkability, I felt very full after one pint.

07-25-2007 01:21:15 | More by bboven
Photo of ATLbeerDog


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured a beautiful dark orange rust colored pint glass from a torpedo keg. HEAVY Heavy lacing. Strong hoppy smell with citrus being the second dominate oder.

Tastes less hoppy than I thought it would considering it is a Double IPA. Conclusion…this is very balanced brew for this style. The high gravity is somewhat hidden in the taste but I really feel two beers.

Drinkability is high for a beer this strong…I went thru a sixtel in 14 days.

Life is good.

07-09-2007 01:20:24 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.05/5  rDev -24.7%

Poured a cloudy amber with a good and lacing. A promising start. The smell is grainy with tobacco, swwet malt, and spicy hops. Not bad, definitely a big beer. The taste is a little disappointing. Too sweet, and with a slight sourness that seems out of place.Hoppy finish is nice but a little overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is too grainy and slippery- there needs to be an edge here. Too out of whack for me to drink much of, unbalanced. I had this at the Hickory Hops fest from the brewer, so I doubt I had a bad batch, but from the other glowing reviews I hope so. I expected more.

07-06-2007 03:05:05 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC. Didn't realize I had reviewed this before, so I have a coaster of notes... It's pretty different from the first one, so it may be indicative of the differences you may find depending on age, pour, etc.

A- Slightly cloudy... ok, it's translucent dark orange or "burnt sienna"(crayola). You can get a little light through it, but not high in clarity. Poured with three fingers of rich head that settled to a layer and laces beautifully.

S- Tons of sprucey hops, and very caramelly malt. Well balanced but strong. Sweet malt and lots of hops, and nothing else.

T-Ridiculously sweet and caramelly, with hints of molasses, nuts, alcohol and cane sugar up front, then the hops come with intensity and tons of flavor, but not much bitterness. Finish is like the nose- a balance of caramel and piney hops.

M- Smooth, full, thick. Carbonation doesn't balance the body enough.

D- Very good, but it's too intense and thick to drink much of.

07-06-2007 00:56:41 | More by khiasmus
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Enjoyed several pints of this on tap Sunday afternoon at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh and was highly impressed. I have had had good beer from Foothills before but this one is spectacular, and to top it off, they cost only $2.50 each.

Nice cloudy reddish tan color with a wet but reasonably stable head. The nose wasn't overly aggressive, just a touch of fresh citrus hops.

Many DIPAs can blow you away with bitter hops but this one can do it and still keep you coming back for more. Some citrus and pine notes, with just a hint of alcohol. Texture is crisp and refreshing and a little oily in the finish for a longer, stronger aftertaste. For me this was a close to perfect example of the style and a great afternoon at the bar.

05-30-2007 01:35:02 | More by daliandragon
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

On-tap @ Brixx.

Ruby red appearance with slight lacing that retains well. This is a very pleasant beer, depending on your mood as it is a huge smack in the face with very citrusy hops that carry through the aroma and taste. Nowhere near balanced, but still a very nice DIPA that any hophead or any big beer fan will enjoy.

05-29-2007 02:56:44 | More by Neehan
Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.