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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 212 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Ratings: 1,222 | Reviews: 330
Reviews by donmonkey1:
Photo of donmonkey1
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, nice carbonation, nice two finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity, hoppy, mango-like smell.

Taste: Fruity, I can't pinpoint the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation.

This is a great beer. I'm completely screwed up on describing it, but it's awesome. It reminds me of Dig beer from New Belgium. It's very similar.

More User Reviews:
Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%

Grapefruit, resin, pine, tangerine, lightly catty notes, and a hint of caramel malt form the aroma. Tropical fruit notes of mango emerge. Fairly complex hop character. Flavor reveals more resin dominance at the base, with pine carrying into the bitter finish. Toasted malt serves only to tie the hop flavor together. Grapefruit pith and tangerine are far overpowered by the resiny hop onslaught. It's more bitter than I prefer, with a bit of harshness at the finish. Loved the aroma, but wish the fruit had carried through more prominently. The finish kills it for me.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle as a trade extra. Thanks! Pours clear golden orange with a big fluffy and creamy white head. Very pretty. Nice floral aroma that had some hay, lots of sweet mango, light grapefruit, citrus peel, nice lightly sweet malts in the backdrop. Flavor is grass, a hint of mango, sweet generic malts, a bit of funky hop presence, and a slightly off finish. Medium plus bitterness. Medium light bodied, plus carbonation, dry of the finish. Overall a perfectly pleasant IPA that would be very very good if not for the tinge of off flavor in the finish. Worth drinking.

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new and improved IPA from Foothills no name given yet but from the sever says a good chance it will be called hoppieum (spelled correctly),poured a brilliant clear bronze with a thinner white head.A hop attack on the nose grapefruit and pine dominate a mild caramel malt aroma underneath as well,very resiney,piney flavors up front the lightly sweet malt base is there just enough for those who might not like their stuff overly bitter as I drank more I picked up of an herbal finish.Quite dry and immensly quaffable for my money the best standard NC brewed IPA out there a notch above Shiva brewed in Asheville.I had to bring a growler home with me.

Photo of rwinzing
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jackthebear for this 650ml bottle. Poured it into my Odell's IPA flute glass. Poured a very nice light amber color with a off=white head. My impressions were it was a very clean a pretty looking beer.

Smell - Was wonderful floral grapefruit notes. My favorite aspects of this beer.

Taste - Nice smooth start and middle to this beer not overly bitter and was pleasing. Had a bit of an after taste that I was not fond of. This is why it brought my score down.

Mouthfeel - was a bit thin

Overall not a bad drinker and will have no problem finishing the bottle but not one I am in love with either.

Photo of Guden
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A- cloudy, with a beautiful burnt orange color, tons of pieces of hops and yeast chunks despite only pouring 3/4 of the bottle. Just a few off white bubbles in place of a head. I'm fine with not filtering but give me a warning and don't carry over the hops!

S- pungent, resinous, and dank with blackberry, raspberry and kiwi. Strong caramel sweetness and a touch of herbal also in the mix.

T- relatively light, citrusy flavors. Middle is a biscuity malt which fades to fairly high, astringent bitterness. Columbus hops seem to dominate with a Simcoe pine character also present but little citrus or juicy character.

M- thin, lightly carbonated. The thinness seems to accentuate the bitter finish but does little else for the beer.

O- this one was a disappointment. A few muddled, stale malt flavors and a bunch of bitter, astringent, medicinal pine is all that really comes through. Oh, and it's ugly.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical honey amber, fairly calm under a light khaki head, leaving copious amounts of sheeting a streaked lacing. Resiny hop nose. This is a full flavor and quite tasty IPA. Quality evident, easy drinking. Wish I could get this locally. Nice job Foot Hills

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to khiasmus for a growler of this brew in a trade. Pours dark amber with a nice head. Smells mostly of citrus hops. Taste is mostly citrus hops but very smooth. ABV is reasonable & the beer is very drinkable so this would be a great session IPA. Recommended.

Photo of hotpauko
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems each time I get Hoppyum every 4-6 months or so, I expect more hops. Nice look and foam, good approachable piney hop smell, but this beer is very much an even malt and hop balance with a bit of bite from both. The hops are on the organic, bitter side, so don't expect a smooth hop taste. Even with the bite, settles evenly and nicely on the tongue. Bought a six pack, but if this isn't your style, try one first.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber colored with decent clarity and a minuscule bit of foam covering part of the top of the beer. Faint piney hop aroma. The taste is much more bitter than the aroma implies. Deep pine hop flavor that definitely grows in intensity throughout the fade. The bitterness from the hops definitely pricks the tongue.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding extra from kflack! thanks kevin

22oz bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness date.

pours out a huge fluffy 3 fingers of white head. very nice retention with lots of sticky lace. a clear amberish orange color. looks like an ideal IPA.

the intial aroma is piney with earthy and metallic notes. it improves much more as it warms up introducing some dank almost resinous hops. lots of green grassy notes. under that there is some citrus with quite a bit of bready, sticky caramel malt. maybe a touch of tropical fruits way back there.

a hoppy taste, but it has a very nice balance. pine and grapefruit citrus are cut nicely by a biscuity, bready, sticky caramel malt. a nice grassy bitter finish.

a very smooth and clean feel to this beer. crisp bitterness. medium bodied, maybe just slightly too much carbonation for the style. but overall i enjoyed the way this beer felt on my palate.

a very sessionable hoppy ipa yet still with a nice balance, i could see buying this if it was available to me. very happy i got the chance to enjoy this.

Photo of headaches
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is real beer. It is authentic. One of a kind, but easy to find. My new favorite go-to beer. Refreshing crisp taste. Always tastes fresh and not like it has been sitting on a shelf for a year. As far as IPAs go it isn't bitter or biting. It is balanced, smooth, and has great flavors. Goes well with most foods but also great on it's own.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper bodied crystal clear hue with ample off colore white head. Lacing forms in thick and even bands of lace after each sip. Aromatics offers up a crisp citrus nose with herbal tones chiming in as well. I can tell that they use hop pellets, but I compared this one and Seeing Double IPA and decied it would be safer to vacation in Myrtle Beach with a single IPA in a growler format. Flavor had a pleasant malt backbone with a touch of caramel biscuit malt sweetness juicy hop bursts with citrus and pine flavors arising it really hit with the hop bitterness you almost have to scrape your tongue off between each sip. Mouthfeel was resinous medium bodied but quality in carbonation levels straight from the source at Foothills brewpub. Drinkability a solid all around complex IPA that I had to snag on my way to the beach, also grabbed the People's Porter which was equally enjoyable in it's own right.

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a sudsy bone head. Modearate retention and lacing from this head.

Aroma: a nice complex hop aroma, clearly reflecting multiple varieties. Citrus and earthy/English (hops) notes.

Taste: like the aroma, there's a nice mix of several hop varieties here giving this more depth and complexity that many Amer. IPAs. No shortage of malt either, there being enough to really hold the bitterness in check despite the 75 IBUs indicated on the label. The flavor starts very juicy, then more bread, herbal and earthy notes appear. The finish is again nicely citrusy, with some lingering toasted malt.

M: medium body with an exceptionally (for style) dry finish. Also quite smooth with no tongue burn.

O: A special IPA that is flavorful and satisfying. Well crafted although the substantial malt load makes this less aggressively hoppy than some may prefer. One of the best I've had in this style, particularly if used as a session brew.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to try the cask last summer. Now for the regular draft. Aroma-nice bountiful hop aroma, citrusy, pungent and some floral.
Nice medium bitterness then this IPA just blooms in your mouth.
Citrus flavors and a little bit of hop bite. Nice sweet malt flavor mixes well with the bitterness. This is a great IPA.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ucusty for this extra.

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy off white head that fades quickly to some lacing and spotting.

Smells like cascade hops all over. Tangerine and lemon citrus. Grassy and herbal.

Tastes are pine and sticky grass. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is good and very drinkable. I am liking some Foothills right about now.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Pisgah brewery.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with a good amount of sweet malt aromas in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hop flavors aren't as intense as the smell led me to believe they would be. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by bright citrus and mild pine flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could certainly have a few more.

Overall this is a well-flavored easy-drinking beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of lanamj
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stone pint glass.

A- Poison very nice copper gold brown color, with a nice quarter inch white foamy head that reduces to minimal lace that resides on edge of the class.

S- Nice hop aroma that is a good sweet malt backbone. I get both bitter and aroma hops.

T- a very well balanced beer what's a smooth malt and bitter hops. I get a lot a grapefruit on the back end.

M- Nice smooth crisp ipa that is easy drinking. It goes down easy probably good for any occasion.

O- A great american ipa from foothills brewery. The hop and malt balance is very well presented in this beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber beer mostly clear with an all white fluffy head. Honestly it could be slightly tan or khaki but its hard to see the actual colors in dim bar light.

Smell is citrusy with a fine piney malt background. Very appealing, its got a little floral grapefruit/ citric hoppiness.

The taste is initially hop citrus and light malts coming through the twang. The flavors seem like they are slightly thinned compared to other IPA's, almost watered down. Despite that there is still a good balance between the citrus, malts and bitterness. The malt flavor is slightly more dominate in the aftertaste.

A nice medium bodied beverage that is easy to drink and is interesting on the flavor front. Nothing too complex but also nothing horribly wrong with this beer. It has all the key scents, flavors and mouthfeel in an IPA. Quite refreshing.

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a dank, thick, burnt orange color with moderate opacity. A lightly yellow-tinted head is an initial height of one finger and retention is good. It remains tight and creamy, even after it's receded to a strong foam. That remaining head never diminishes and leaves patching in good quantity.
The smell that first comes out of the glass is dank and herbal, and reminds me of a certain illicit substance to which hops are related. As it sits, more floral and pithy notes come out. Malts do a good job of balancing with some caramel and toast. It alternates in strength with each sniff I take.
Hops are in the forefront, a bit of juicy citrus alongside some pine. There's definitely some bitter citrus zest also, and a little pith rides into the finish.
There's a crispness that starts off with a little bit of a bite but fades off as it goes. The body is medium but thins out a little. A touch of a metallic note, not dissimilar from what might be found in an English style, lies underneath.

Photo of CoalPorter
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a Bella Mia coal fired pizza in Raleigh.

A - warm golden color, quite clear with off-white head and little to no lacing

S - forefront is citrus hopiness with a light caramel undertone to it, some whiff of alcohol warmth

T - opens quite dry and moves into distinct bitterness and strong hop character. The finish is dry again and lingering.

M - effervescent and light bodied

Overall a solid IPA, perhaps a bit on the dry side for me, not quite balanced enough.

Photo of SlamKing
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a nice IPA that is easy to drink (for an IPA that is). I really enjoyed it as a quick beer, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who was in want of something more complex. Tastes great without being bland.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this bottle, really like the art on this one.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with no head or lacing. To say that this was disappointing would be an understatement.

S: Some bright citrus fruit, mostly orange, with a hint of pine and pineapple. There is a little bit of bready malt to balance it out.

T: Similar to the aroma, but less pine and more citrus. Lots of oranges and lemons as well as their zest. Light pale malt on the back end before a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: Was amazed at how easy drinking this one was. Nice flavor profile, just a solid IPA. Definitely Yum.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They were out of the Double IPA, so this was the next best thing to match the mood and the food. Turned out to be a great discovery.

Appearance offered a small head that diminished to nothing quickly, but the bright copper/orange was beautiful.

The aromas are fresh fresh fresh hops, piney, citrusy, I sat there taking in the fragrance as much as I could.

Flavor was equally fresh and alive. Big juicy piney hops with plenty of citrus too. Good balance from the malt. A simple IPA, but one that gets in there and does the trick. No real complaints. A very good offering from this increasingly impressive brewpub.

[addendum: 4 years later and Hoppyum is now available in bottles. And it seems to lose something in the translation, as I don't get the depth here as I do with the on-tap version. Still a good IPA though.]

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden coloured with a nice soapy head. Lots of lace. High IBU, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Many citrus hops: Simcoe and the 3 c-hops. OK drinkable.Average IPA.I was expecting better, and I do appreciate you bringing back fresh and sharing the bottle, Doug.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.