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Seeing Double IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 624
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 71
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub 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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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 624
Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to kingkong for this one!

A: Slightly hazed pale amber body under a finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and some nice lace. Not spectacular, but above average.

S: Tropical and citrus hoppiness melded with caramel malt. Balanced and aromatic. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose - bright fruity hops, solid malt sweetness, and a cleanly bitter finish. Really rich, really tasty. Well done.

M: Creamy carbonation in a medium-to-full body. Substantial without being too heavy. Good.

O: This one had the unenviable position of following Heady Topper, and while it clearly wasn't in the same class as that beer it was still a terrific DIPA. Good balance, tasty flavors, and an impressively restrained alcohol bite. Great beer.

Cheers! (775 characters)

Photo of Daktah
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely pumped to try this. Got a bomber on 10/23 and drank that night.

Burnt orange color and slightly hazy with a white head that lingered. The smell is almost all pine, with a touch of citrus in there. Even though I prefer citrus-heavy IPAs, the smell of this one was awesome - just an incredibly fresh pine resin scent. Taste shifts a little to the citrus side and then at the end there is something like vanilla. Very sweet, but not overly so. Slight oily mouthfeel which seems just right for a DIPA. I took my time drinking this one, and as it warmed the alcohol burn became a little more pronounced - not too much, but noticeable.

Overall a great DIPA and something that will clearly be in the rotation now that it's more widely available. (752 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No bottling or freshness dating visible on the bottle, but the first bottling run for this beer was just on October 12, making this bottle 11 days old AT THE MOST on the date of consumption. Or, opening. Because I will probably drink about 2/3 of this tonight and drink the rest tomorrow.

Appearance (4.0): Solid two fingers of off-white foam, bubbling down slowly to a hazy film on the surface of the beer. The body is a moderately hazy reddish-amber color, very rich-looking and attractive. Some modest lacing as the head recedes, along with a couple of thick collars of foam on the side of the glass. This is a pretty good-looking beer, no question there.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mixture of juicy-sweet citrus (pineapple, mostly) and some light pine mixing with a rich, moderately sweet caramel / bran muffin kind of malt tone. Nice finishing note of dank, resinous hop oil.

Taste (4.0): Starts out with a light, citrus-pithy bitterness followed by a nice combination of rich, deep, toasted, bready malt character (like a rich, toasted, rustic, multigrain bread) with some strong, piny bitterness that carries through to the finish. There is some fruity character in the hop profile, too, which shows some banana and pineapple undertones. The hop oils finish with a moderate harshness, like a strong, concentrated citrus peel bitterness stopping just short of medicinal. The bitter finish hangs on and unfolds, thanks to the alcohol character, which shows no heat but instead turns that pith bitterness into a resinous flavor that feels almost vaporous in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Modest carbonation that tingles modestly and foams lightly going down, paired with a chewy, medium-full body. The hop oils and alcohol lend it a very dry finish, in spite of the rich malt character. This has a really, really nice mouthfeel, actually.

Overall (4.0): This is a fair amount different than what I remember it being like on tap, so I’ll have to revisit that one when I can. But they packed a lot of flavor into this beer, without a doubt. This is a very good DIPA that pairs a rich malt body with a pretty intense piny-resinous bitterness, so if you like DIPAs along that kind of “east coast” profile, this is a very good pick. (2,311 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times in the past on tap, but now available in bombers. Very fresh bombers. As in bottled 5 days ago.

Gold pour with just a hint of orange. Frothy 1-finger off white head. No retention and thin lace.

Nose is dark earth hops and syrupy malt. The two flavors combine well. Strong hop oil and a thick bread flavor.

Fresh makes a huge difference here. Hop oil and esters combine. Gets a bit floral, but not too much so. Just a hint of pine. Lots of malt backbone, but the hops come out on top. Light pepper in the finish. Strong hop oil aftertaste. Just delicious. But sneaky ... hides the abv very well.

Feel is spot on. Thick, syrupy body stands up well to the oily hop flavor.

Overall, I'll be back quick to get a few more before this batch is gone. (768 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of hop presence here. Caramel, citrus, and some pine rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of orange and pineapple citrus. Bitterness is very bold but not overpowering at all. Alcohol is very well hidden here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting bitterness here.

Overall: this was very easy to quaff despite the high alcohol level. Nicely refreshing for any hophead looking for double IPA fix. Great beer. (622 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a wonderful orange hued honey with an outstanding white head leaving sheets of lace down glass.

Malty grainy goodness here with the american hop standing tall dilivering a strong balanced bittering. Piney tropical grapefruitiness seems at play.

Nice big bitter hopping that plays well with the BIG grain bill. Again american C hops reign supreme, grapefruit pine tropical fruit.

Very much creamy medium full mouth feel that even on a 100+ degree day is not out of place. Very refreshing for such a monster brew,though it will take it's toll in the heat.

I am always pleased with the stuff these folk put out, and the head brewer was here in columbia for a time before starting up foothills. (701 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pleasantly dark gold, almost light amber, hew. It's topped off with an amiable half inch snow white head that makes a rather abrupt departure.

S: Delectable hop notes are the first to make an appearance, followed by a profuse candy like sweetness from the malts. The hops provide an excellent citrusy scent, but almost appear infused into the sweetness rather than vice versa as anticipated.

T: Truly unique hop characteristic. The hops are present from the second it touches the palate. The malts appear towards the beginning to alleviate the bitter bite of the hops and the burn of the alcohol. Highly complex and does well at disguising the alcohol.

M: Astounding carbonation serves as an excellent catalyst distributing the flavors perfectly. A powerful stickiness laces the mouth in a distinguishably pleasant way.

O: An exquisite brew that is almost spot-on with the style. The hops play very well with the malty sweetness providing a must try beer. (971 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy somewhat vibrant orange with a nice inch of near white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Sweet and malty, like most robust dipa's. Nice citrus flavors, some bitters and a mild alcohol type aroma. Aroma is a little weak.

T - Nice malty/honey and dry citrusy bitterness up front. The dryness from the hops lingers well after the sweeter and citrusy qualities. Slight alcoholic burn, but very tolerable.

M - Medium to fuller bodied, appropriate carbonation. Mildly drinkable at best at close to and room temperatures.

O - Very tasty bitter dipa. Nothing really stands out about it, just a good representative of the style. I have been pouring into my 8oz Allagash cup as this needs to be at least mildly cold for me to enjoy it best. (760 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clemedlars orange color with a thin, but generous head and light carbonation.

S - A lot of honey and caramel malt aroma and light citrus. Nose is O.K., but nothing special but partially could be due to sitting in the growler for a few days.

T - Malt is prevelant up front with some earthy caramel/honey character that lays a nice foundation before the piney, citrus, and slightly floral bitterness digs in and takes hold. The bitterness really comes on at the end and leaves a healthy coating of faint tropical fruit and floral pine. The earthy malt portion of this beer reminds me of a pilsner.

M - Thick, full bodied, and smooth with nice texture and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - The first sip did nothing for me but as I get a few sips in it really starts to appeal to my "inner hop". What really impresses me is the minimal alcohol burn coming from a 9.5% bruiser, it's there, but not much. Where it falls flat is in the aroma, again, I attribute some of that to sitting in the growler for a few days...I'll give it the benefit of a doubt. A solid DIPA. East Coast malt meets some West Coast bitterness. (1,133 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Pandora's Pies

Appearance is a slightly cloudy amber/orange. Head was small (bartender's pour?) and white and receded into a ring. Some lacing at the top. Smell, oh my the smell, is primarily of citrusy orange hops but also features some nice floral hops. Malt sweetness also makes an appearance in the nose. Taste is of strong yet refreshing tangerine/orange citrus hops and a hint of floral hops backed by a sweet malt strong enough for the hops yet surprisingly mellow. Finishes with some moderate IPA bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium weight and body with a slight alcohol burn and some mouth coating hop oils.

Very good DIPA that is remarkably similar to 90min. Hides its alcohol quite well, only Hopslam defeats it in that regard. Best NC DIPA I've had and something I would order again in a heartbeat. (818 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, NC. Served in a goblet. 

Pours deep amber with half finger pale white head. Very little lacing. 

Fairly subtle nose. Citrisy hops with some sweet bread too. 

Big bitter hops of all kinds- citris, piney & floral. There's enough malt to keep them under control. 

Nice full thick, near syrupy. Leaves a pleasant bitter hoppy coating after each sip. Mildly carbonated. 

A well done double IPA. Great body with a quite nice hop complexity. I'll definately have this again.  (522 characters)

Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I payed a visit to the brewery thinking that it was the tapping of Sexual Chocolate. I received some bad info, and was a couple weeks off. I noticed the Seeing Double on the board and figured it was worth trying. The color was a dark burnt orange, very thin head disapearing fairly quickly. The aroma, OH THE AROMA. Pungent with mango or papaya very floral.
The ABV was very present in the smell, however not in the taste. Very rich, very complex. I enjoyed every sip from the first. The addition of malts really calms the massive amount of hops. Genius. Best DIPA I've had to date, hands down. Prost! (601 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC for $5. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (sitting @ a table) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Lightest mango, malty and hoppy aroma hits the nose first. Light all around and VERY tough to find any attributes out.

Appearance- Received with a 1 Finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange body and leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- A mango hop flavor starts this guy off. A bit of citrus also hits the palate and a medium-full bitterness level is present. Nothing overpowering though!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and beautiful! Tastes continue on the palate with full flavor and fruit.

Overall Impression- This was one of my favorite IPA's I've had in a LONG while but not a 2X IPA! Not enough strength and bitterness to be this style. Still would recommend enjoying this if you have a chance or if in the East. The only way you would be "seeing double" is if you would drink more than one... Didn't even notice the ABV's. (1,025 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of danoeltico
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of barleyPops
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (547 characters)

Photo of Cavery
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,999 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of hmph
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (1,114 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.  (339 characters)

Photo of SteveGNC
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of krausenman
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,181 characters)

Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.