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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of jamesfrazer


5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this growler on the way home to VA from a Sexual Chocolate release in 2011. It was gon in 30 minutes.It was the best frinkin beer ever....i drank it right from the jug, it was bitter but not bitter enough to ut hair on your tounge...MY FAVORITE AIPA EVER!!!!

Serving type: growler

04-20-2011 23:01:47 | More by jamesfrazer
Photo of jbjohnso

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep Yellowish-Orange with a sustantial head.
S: They either used Cascade or Simcoe hops and for that reason, it smells great.
T: It reminded me of the Celebration Ale by Sierra Neveda; it was absolutely bitter, yet was delicious; a real pucker.
M: A tad bit thick, but this didn't bother me.
D: Although it doesn't fit the traditional definition of the session beer, I would easily make one of it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 17:30:18 | More by jbjohnso
Photo of gigaknight


4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to BA kevingordon for furnishing this killer IPA for review!

A- Pours a lovely honey hue with a bit of orange when backlit. A finger of somewhat soapy off-white head dissipates within a few minutes to a halo around the edge of the glass. I love seeing particles floating around in an otherwise nice clear beer. Unfiltered beer builds character. Almost no lacing has stuck around, and there's barely a wisp of head left around the edges. Don't be discouraged by the less-than-impressive appearance, you won't be drinking this with your eyeballs.

S- The first thing I notice is the smell of canned peaches, but it's not syrupy or artificial. Notes of dried apricots follow, with a hint of honey in the background. No alcohol detected in the nose, and the light sweetness is lively and fresh. A pinch of caramel malt comes forth as the beer warms, filling out the peachiness and forming a smell reminiscent of cobbler. Yum.

T- A light malty sweetness greets the palate, branching off into those drupe fruit notes, apricot being more prevalent in the palate than peach, and that same old hint of honey. Wonderful citrus rind tones emerge, bitter orange being the foremost. Floral elements and a light grassiness round out the already broad complexity of the palate, and meld nicely with the resinous bitterness which emerges at the same point. An interesting mineral character hangs off in the background, providing interesting contrast with the sweeter elements. A flash of alcohol serves the bitterness, and the palate lingers with fairly aggressive resin and citrus zest.

M- On the heavy end of medium-bodied, but making this any lighter or heavier would be a mistake. The mouthfeel is right where it needs to be, lending a pleasant bit of chew to the juicy notes and keeping the wonderful aftertaste around for ages. The finish is sticky and lingering, offering a distinctly different flavor from the onset of the palate, making each subsequent sip and pleasant reminder of how the flavors evolved.

O- This is a refreshingly balanced IPA for those who love aggressive bitterness with loads of complexity to match. Sweet fruity aromatics combine well with the resinous bitterness, and I'm glad they didn't wimp out on the mouthfeel, as too much carbonation would have detracted from the overall richness of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 21:30:45 | More by gigaknight
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a wondeful dark amber color, with little to know head, but mice lacing. This smelled wondeful, I mean just really nice. Pine and citrus freshness! Taste was just as great, hops right up front and very pronounced. Again full on citrus and hops attack. Very smooth going down and could seriously drink this all night, Imean really just YUM!!! Awesome brew from foothills.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2006 12:04:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours well and drinks even better. Big hoppy, fruity nose, but not much sweetness in the taste. The hops last in your mouth well after you have finished your sip. The only downside to me is the lack of head. I've had this beer at least 200 times the last few years and never once have seen a head on it. A really outstanding beer and served even better at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 21:55:17 | More by beer2day
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy copper color with a thin head and not much lacing.

S - Heavy hop aroma of grapefruit, pine, and fresh grass. Others at the table who weren't even drinking it remarked on how distinctive the aroma was.

T - Surprisingly, this is a very balanced IPA despite the aroma. The citrus hops are at the forefront, but the caramel malt balances things nicely and keeps the bitterness from dominating. Very clean and dry finish.

M - Soft and creamy, but with enough carbonation that things don't seem too heavy.

D - Fantastic example of an east coast IPA, and one that is very drinkable. If you like a well balanced IPA, do yourself a favor and seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 02:10:08 | More by gabe23
Photo of callisbeers

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First keg on my new kegarator at home. Kegged on 11/02/09, can't beat that for freshness. Pours a nice copper color with a full inch of head. Excellent lacing that lasts the entire beer. Not an overpowering hoppy taste but good enough to let you know it is an IPA. And one that you could have several during the night. Temperature on the kegarator is around 45 degrees but the beer was better after it warmed up a bit. I have had this on tap at the brewpub, and in growlers, having it on tap at home is the way to go. Great first beer to have as I will only have NC beers in my man cave. One of the best IPAs in NC.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 03:29:46 | More by callisbeers
Photo of donmonkey1


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 06:09:23 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden honey color that is slightly cloudy. Pours a nice head that sticks around for a couple of minutes before dissipating to a lacy head. Leaves moderate lacing down the sides.

S - Balanced. Citrus notes, piney notes, and earthy malt undertones.

T - Lives up nicely to the smell. Nice hops, not overpowering, and a nice malt backbone to balance.

M - Very good, perfect about of carbonation to give this a really nice feel.

Overall I've had this one tons of times but this is my first time from a bottle. I have to admit I was a little excited to see that I could enjoy this one at home now, even though I can get this at most bars nearby here in the Raleigh, NC area. It does loose a little in the bottle, maybe not as fresh as what I'm used to on draft around here, but still fresh and a great beer. One of the more balanced IPAs out there to me. This has what an IPA should, strong hops character with a nice malt balance, and what makes the balance better is that to my taste, one particular hops flavor does not stand out, rather nice combination. Great beer and a good example of what the North Carolina craft scene has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:08:41 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light copper hue with scone finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citric hop atop a light grainy malt.

The taste was likewise characterized by a punchy grapefruit hop that was slightly mellowed bug the grainy ple malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice hop forward ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 00:12:21 | More by plaid75
Photo of goindownsouth


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic find, compliments of the gang at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, South Carolina, on 11.03.06.

Clear, golden in colour, quite pale, actually. Thin head left nice lacings along the side of the glass. Aroma notes of revved up citrus and hops. Decent malt tones balance out this brew. Nice malt backbone on the palate with in-your-face citrusy hop action - very earthy, almost as if freshly cut. Dry on the finish, but the hop finish was solid. Very, very solid offering, to be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2006 18:23:32 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Satty's in Durham while watching the election results last night.

a - copper color with a slight haze, moderate white head with good retention and nice lacing

s - very citrusy hops dominate the nose with some pine scents in there as well

t - sweetness up front that quickly evolves into an intense citrusy bitterness with a nice long bitter finish, a malty backbone makes this more than just a hopbomb though

m - medium-bodied, low-level of carbonation, not overly dry finish

d - very drinkable, a fantastic session IPA, I enjoyed a couple of pints and could have kept on going

I'd been looking forward to trying this brew, so I was very happy to see it on tap at Satty's. I've been very impressed with the other Foothills brews I've tried, and Hoppyum was no different. A very good IPA that I'll order anytime I see it on tap. I just hope Foothills can get their brews in bottles sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2006 19:15:54 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Taproom in Hickory last night. Nice golden orange with a reddish hue and a bubbly white head that looked quite interesting, yet faded somewhat quickly. Smell of hops abound. I'm picking up grapefruit and some other citrus but not much pine. I loved the taste of this beer. The hops were aggressive but balanced by malts that seemed to intrude only when required. Very solid. Mouthfeel was enjoyable as well, coating the palate with smooth, hoppy goodness and that little bite I've come to love. I had three of these and enjoyed each one thoroughly. There seemed to be no better choice after I took the first sip. They got it right when they added the YUM to the end of this one, that's for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 16:34:07 | More by ncvbc
Photo of TheSSG


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resiny head that laces nicely. Bright, pine hop aroma. Nice, amber-straw color. Starts off quite bitter with notes of piney grapefruit, and a slightly citric nature. Builds into a hop resin bitterness that is low-high. In the finish, the hops subside into a nice citric nature where a touch of sweet malt shines through.

I like this one. It is quite hoppy and bitter, but it's not overwhelmingly or unpleasantly bitter. It's just bitter enough to be pleasing and satisfying. A very, very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:58:59 | More by TheSSG
Photo of PorterPatrol

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this tasty beer within 2 weeks of bottling date on the package, super-fresh hop aroma and nice, well balanced hop on the palate with plenty of lingering Simcoe on the finish.

Beautiful, mid-range IPA and well done at this price point. Looking forward to watching this brewery grow and expand its distribution and offerings. Long live NC beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 16:24:50 | More by PorterPatrol
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Foothills BC.

A - Golden with a slight haze and very little head. Great lacing.

S - Fruity and floral hops with toasted malt.

T - Floral and fruity with nice fresh hop oils. A nice citrusy flavor and bitterness. Just enough toasted malt to prop up the hops. If I have one complaint, it's that they serve it too cold.

M - Moderate body with a slightly high level of carbonation.

D - It was great to try this right at the brewery. The freshness really comes across in the hop flavors. I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2009 12:41:22 | More by GJ40
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy copper color capped by a modest head that hangs around for a while and delivers some good lacing

Smell: A nice floral citrus and piney aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt base but delivers the goods with a good citrus hops finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a modest level of natural carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this first firkin at Foothills and looking forward to many more

Serving type: cask

07-29-2006 02:22:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2007 20:43:41 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at the brewpub while passing through Winston-Salem. I adore their Seeing Double, which is my regular drink at the Saucer when I go but that can get to be a little much sometimes and I wanted to see how the regular strength stacked up.

Bright golden color with impressive lace hieroglyphics once the mountain of white head dissipates. Nose isn't strong but does feature piney, citrusy hop resin and hopefully what I'll be tasting shortly.

Heavy hammer beat of Simcoe hops with tart citrus and pine notes. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style but helps carry the hefty flavors. Not much to complain about here.

This growler has a short life expectancy anyway but it probably won't see the sunrise. This goes down too easy, I'll be back for more. More quality from Foothills.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2008 02:28:41 | More by daliandragon
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz Imperial pint on cask at Raleigh Times. Served a nice slightly hazy orange with a thin slowly diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of citrus hops with malts right behind. The taste was a nice balance of citrus hops with the malts knowing their role right behind, not overpowering. Slight pine hops are present as well. The beer is light and crisp and extremely smooth in it's cask form. I must say, like the stout, this is a very enjoyable beer in its normal form and even better on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2009 16:56:24 | More by atsprings
Photo of fields336

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, reddish orange with 1.5 fingers cream colored head, nice bubbles popping up, carbonation looks nice, extremely slight alcohol legs present. Slight lacing as the head fades.

S: citrus, oranges, pineapples, mango, delicious hoppy goodness. slight sweet bready malt character in the background, slight fruity yeast tinge as well

T: Piney, orange, pineapple, mango hops hit your tongue, but a really awesome balance of bready, biscuity malt comes in too, subtly and balances out that bitterness oh so nicely. A real treat for the taste buds.

M: You could chug this one, its so nice, Medium bodied but it doesnt drink like it, really drinkable. For 6.3% its not noticeable. the carbonation is really nice, the finish lingers just long enough. Not too bitter either on the finish.

O: You really cant ask for much more from an American IPA. This is such a great IPA, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:48:49 | More by fields336
Photo of Dalgren

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, slightly cloudy, light amber color. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau, DFH, Sierra Nevada 19 oz. IPA Glass. Carbonation retention, took a while to settle down. Slight lacing.

S: Citrus peel, pine, caramel and a hint of peach.

T: Sweet caramel well balanced with tart hops and a peach/apricot taste. There is typical hoppy citrus flavors.

M: A nice lingering flavor that sticks around long enough to beg for another sip. A wonderful balance of moderate complex flavors.

O: This poured like it was a little over carbonated, then settled down. The character then came through as a very good IPA. I think it was a bit too cold coming out of my fridge, but after letting it rest for just a minute, the flavors really emerged. I would have to put this on my short list of really good IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:06:44 | More by Dalgren
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2005 20:40:52 | More by oberon
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange hued amber off-white head served in a foothills glass.

Smells of good old American citric hops.

Tastes amazing. Exactly what I expect of an IPA, nothing more nothing less. Spot on. Malt is balanced well but just not quite enough to keep the hops from doing their thing well. Grapefruit, pine, lingering finish that isn't unpleasantly bitter.

Drinks pretty easy and leaves me wanting another. Yet to find anything bad from Foothills.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2008 12:19:28 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Foothills on Sexual Chocolate Day 2009

The shaker pint draft glows clear golden copper and is draped with a fine cap of gluey white foam. The small head retains at a creamy sheet, leaving sticky rings of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of Hopium is an intoxicating citrusy jolt of hoppy perfume. According to the description of the beer on Foothills' menu, the brew features Simcoe hops in the starring role, and WOW! There they are! Bold notes of white grapefruit, crisp lemon, and a hint of smashed roasted limes stand out under a drizzle of mild pine oil and fresh grass.

The flavor closely follows the nose, but notes of mild floral nectary syrup and juicy fruitiness are bitchslapped hard by a potent jolt of crisp, dry, citrus peel bitterness. The finish is bone-dry and clean.

The drink is medium-bodied, crisp, and perfectly carbonated for maximum quaffability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 11:13:36 | More by cvstrickland
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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
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