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India Style Brown Ale - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2005

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 81
Photo of kkipple
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap during a Foothills session night in my hometown. Quite the enjoyable evening.

Foothills Festive is a clear, red-rust ale with an everlasting tight tan head that leaves generous amounts of lacing as the beer goes down my gullet.

Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus notes and sweet malts fighting for dominance. I don't know what "style" this is supposed to be, but for a brown ale it's heavily hopped....

Taste is a wild mix of nutty malts, citrus hops, and possibly some spice thrown into the mix. The hops eventually beat the sweet malt into submission. I'm pretty sure I tasted some cherry in there amidst the melee... Is this a winter warmer? A well hopped American Brown ale? Who knows. Even the name hints at three different styles. While the hops are a bit stronger than I'd like, overall this is a good, if tough to define, beer.

Mouthfeel is mildly dry and clean with a citrus hoppy aftertaste. Cascade? It's drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

In sum, Foothills Festive is a lot like that cute, yet utterly mental redhead you dated for 5 months back in college -- fun and unpredictable, but the multiple personalities may grate on you if you keep going back to it. (or her.)

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - deep brown color with a one-finger head, hazy, nice head retention with a little lacing

s - big hop aroma along with a nice backbone of roasted malt and nuts, sweetness is evident, no alcohol in the nose

t - starts out a lot like an IPA with lots of hops, then the malty body makes itself known, finish has a unique nuttiness and sweetness that is followed by a lasting bitterness

m - medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation, but not too much, moderately dry finish

d - very drinkable, alcohol not evident when drinking, the sweetness might limit drinkability somewhat

Great brown ale overall. Foothills has another winner here. I can't wait until they start bottling their brews!

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Photo of CWiggins
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. Intrigued by its description on the menu, I decided to begin my evening with this offering. The menu discussed the beer's affinity for both IPA and Brown Ale styles; not the sort of thing one easily imagines.

It was served in a Foothills pint glass. (Apparently, Tyler's serves each beer in a signature glass by the maker!) The color was dark brown with golden highlights. The off-white head was substantial, and had enough stamina to last throughout the time in its glass. I detected strong hops in the nose with some notes of toasted nuts and sugary malts. The flavor threw me for a bit of a loop: I wasn't expecting such a pronounced hop bitterness. It's called "brown ale," so I thought it should have more characteristics of that style. It seems to be closer to the American IPA with some dark sugary sweetness that's akin to Brown Ale. I'm not quite sure what to make of this. It's certainly good; there's nothing here to be offensive. And it's very refreshing!

There's a nice, dry finish with lingering notes of bitterness and a dark nuttiness as well. The texture is normal for IPAs.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Brixx last night at the Triad gathering. The tap did not say it was an India Brown, just " Festive ". Presents a very nice dark brown but the light at Brixx is low. Sinuses are bad so I was unable to get any serious aromas.
Mouthfell starts with a nice malt flavor with mild sweetness and some dark roasted flavors but the hops come in and set up camp and stay to the finish. Very tasty, a little complex with the malt coming first then exiting as a nice hoppy bitterness becomes the dominant flavor. Very nice mouthfeel and I had two pints. Went down very nice, a sessionable winter warmer perhaps? I am always pleased with Foothills offerings and this is a great brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights; the firm ecru head left shards of lace around the pint glass

Smell: After it warmed, it provided a black cherry aroma

Taste: Spicy black cherry and roasted malt flavors dominate up front but are joined, mid-palate by earthy bitterness that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting and complex flavor profile makes this one an unusual treat; makes up for the draining of the last of the Baltic Porter

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Photo of blackie
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearane: The beer is a deep, rich brown in color. The tan colored head has great retention and light lacing.

smell: Green American hops at the forefront with notes of a lighter malt sweetness and touches of toasted and roasted malt.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high end of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: The delicious blend of American hops and pale malts I find at first are gradually joined by toasted and then roasted malt flavors. After the swallow a wonderful, big bitterness joins the other flavors. The bitterness lingers long into the dry finish with roasted notes.

drinkability: a pleasure

Sampled during lunch at Foothills on my way back from Linville

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, great brown ale. Very sweet in the nose. Almost maple-syrup like scent.

The taste is superbly balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Both tastes are very noticeable. The sweetness hits your tongue at first, and then the bitter hops finish.

Very well-rounded, flavorful beer. I would have liked to have another. I believe this is a seasonal-only.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice new offering from Foothills,pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin but well sustained off white head,called India brown for a reason a healthy dose of hops in the nose earthy and roasty I picked up a light herbal note in there as well.Wow the hops really shine in this brown,very earthy and dry quite roasted but not much sweetness its a earthy hop driven brown I picked up a touch of menthol in the finish wich was nice.It seems that Jamie over at Foothils is a good utelizer of hops,this really shows it well done.

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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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