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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 37
Gots: 148 | FT: 2
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 dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

dogfishandi, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a light amber with little head. Floral hops but little else offered in the nose. Taste is floral and piney, the hops are well balanced, not overly bitter. This beer is lightly carbonated and very refreshing. Very sessionable.

tdm168, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution Pizza & Alehouse (Charlotte, NC) on 1/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with some amber highlights and a finger of eggshell white head. Fantastic creamy 1/2 finger of retention that stays sturdy and flares up magnificently, leaving back massive rings of lace that completely coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, earthy, and spicy hops with nice supportive notes of citrus and caramel.

The taste is similar but the hops are more aggressive with a good lingering bitterness. Citrus and caramel malts are equally present but don't overshadow the hop profile, allowing enough to balance but also letting the bitterness pop in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sleek feel on the palette but still possesses a nice prickle that compliments the bitterness well.

Solid IPA from Foothills that is robust with hop character, well balanced, and most importantly, quite drinkable. A solid hoppy staple that is always a pleasure to find on tap not only at the brewpub but other NC establishments as well.

Kegatron, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cabo Fish Taco

A- hazy amber-orange color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour and leaves great lacing down the entire glass

S- grassy and citrus hop notes, grapefruit, slightly sweet malt and fresh mint on the finish

T- juicy citrus hop with notes if grapefruit zest and mint, sweet sugary malt, danky citrus hop finish that is dry-yet-tart with a long linger.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth and velvety finish

O- huge citrus flavors make this one an enjoyable IPA. Citrus-forward ipa's are my favorite of the style and this one doesn't dissapoint. The tapped version seems to have a bit more pronounced flavor than the bottled version, I'd definitely try this one again

Treyliff, May 07, 2013
Photo of LE_FEESH
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light amber into a tumbler with a fair head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is resiny citrus and caramel malty.

Sticky and dank hops play well with the solid malt profile. Grapefruit rind. Bread. Nice crisp finish with a lingering hop stickiness.

Feels light on the tongue, but this is a palette coating resinous beer.

Well balanced and well constructed, I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA. It's maybe not the best, but I love this beer and hold it as my standard for the style as it was actually the beer to get me on hops to begin with. Maybe I'm biased. Still, recommended.

LE_FEESH, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. It's a clear gold with some bubbles throughout and a one finger head and a little bit of lacing.
S. a mild hoppy and lemon scent.
T/m. It's a grassy IPA with a mild hop bitterness and some floral undertones. Medium bodied and carbonated.
O. Very refreshing and flavorful. Quite nice.

Had at sharkys in Raleigh.

Amalak, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with jpmclaug. Thanks again Jason! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours an amazing, crystal clear, sparkling copper color with two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Very good staying power and leaves sticky spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. Pretty beer.

S - Grassy and citrusy hops up front mixed with some pine and some spiciness...this touches on all bases for hoppy aromas. Clean aroma, very mild sweet maltiness...a touch of grain and a bit of a soapy aroma too. Aside from the wealth of hop varietal aromas, a pretty straight forward IPA.

T - Piney hop flavors up front with a crisp and intense bitterness. Fruity esters hit next and combine with a touch of sweetness from the malt and the citrusy hop flavors. Grainy underneath with a hint of toasted malt...

M - Sticky and resiny hops dominate...body is light to medium and carbonation is sharp and crisp and a bit on the high side. Sharply bitter up front, smooth and fruity in the middle, crisp and dry on the finish.

D - Quite enjoyable IPA. Very hop focused and bitter - complex hop flavors...not too heavy and manageable at 6.3% too. Hitting the spot while accompanying my pizza tonight. Glad to have an opportunity to sample this one.

portia99, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled poured into a tulip.
No bottle date that I could find.
Cbros was the very kind BA that sent me this IPA.

Appearance- clear, light copper color with a big white head and good lacing.

Smell- I detect grassy hop aroma accompanied with a good light malt base.

Taste- Judging from the smell I didn't expect this much bitterness. It is a pleasant surprise. The hop flavor is still a grassy one. Light malt back bone that drys out as it goes down. Good beer.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. Has body to it but not too much.

Overall- This is a very good beer. I would buy this over and over if it was available to me.

Thanks to Cobi for this one. I can't wait for Foothills to bottle more.

MADhombrewer, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dfclav for this yummy treat. Live review.

A clear dark amber pour is topped by a lasting, light beige head. A nice sheet of lace wraps completely around the glass.

Med./light aroma of grapefruit and orange, caramel, and floral/spicy hop, with lighter pine.

Bright and sweet citrus starts the sip, handing it off to some righteous pine and floral, neutral sweet, herbal notes, that all flow into the finish with the sweet hanging in there, and the bittering hops showing their stuff. The flavors crest with caramel coming to the table, and some alcohol spiciness, into a fairly juicy finish, but lots of thick flavor here. As it warms the pine shows its stuff, but it is an East coast IPA beast that wants to be more, and isn't. Not as clean a taste as many in this style with a lemon drop aftertaste that builds.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the flavors, and for style, low carb., highly viscous, super cling. Downside is it's a bit cloying and the finish is not dry enough.

How wonderful it is to be an American in 2011 and make comments about a beer that is actually delicious and satisfying and complex, yet have to compare it to the best IPA's ever made and rate it honestly in comparison. We truly are blessed right now. I recommend this beer if you have tried the 15 or so easily available better ones first.

cavedave, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer picked up at Peabody's in Boone. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: Pours a pale gold, with a half-finger white head; minimal retention and not much lace.

S: Citrusy, lightly resiny hop aroma; some lemon notes, too. Sweet / honey in there, too.

T: Nice resinous hop flavor with some light tropical fruit character; pale malts don't compete with the hop flavor.

M: Light bodied; moderate carbonation; nothing too crazy - actually a bit lackluster in the mouthfeel department, but I guess it does lend to a greater drinkability.

O: A nice IPA - definitely not too heavy, but it does have some decent hop aroma and flavor. Doesn't seem like a 6.3% brew (feels like it should be lower) with the thinner mouthfeel which might trick some into making it a "session" IPA.

jpro, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Agold
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a package earlier today from Lantern. Cracked it as soon as I got home from work. This beer is orange with a half inch of white head. Recedes to a film with and has some nice lacing. Aroma is very citrus forward with some grapefruit and tangerine. Taste is very nice. Well balanced between fruity citrus hops, a mild smooth bitterness, and a biscuity shortbready malt character. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with very nice carbonation. Very good beer from foothills. Quite enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Agold, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

radient amber orange color with a frothy, bone white head that has some stick and laces nicely. A good looker.

Aroma is nice, though a bit more subdued than I like. Sweet, biscuity malt, honey, and floral and grapefruit cutrus.

Flavor improves the nose, clean biscuit and very light caramel with plenty of bitter grapefruit, orange, and lightly herbal/grassy hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced.

Body is just above medium with a crisp mouthfeel and bubbly, smooth texture. A real easy drinker.

AlexJ, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one in a 22oz bottle at the Sexual Chocolate release 2011. Very excited that they now sell this in the bottle. And at $5 a bottle, its a deal in my book.

the drink is a shiny amber, gold color. White suds linger on the top and on the ring of the glass after the pour. The smell is just a fruitful refreshment of hops. The taste is a citrus fruit hop with a little taste of grapefruit on the aftertaste. Still tasting the hops despite my last gulp just a minute ago. Very crisp going down with a dry finish.

brstls4drmrs, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +5.3%

77apm, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev +5.3%

cincysig, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Swane
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Swane, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +5.3%

sourdog, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Adkins1203
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Adkins1203, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

jbphoto88, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of SlamKing
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

SlamKing, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of KingEdward
4/5  rDev +5.3%

KingEdward, May 16, 2013
Photo of Pancakmakr
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pancakmakr, Aug 09, 2014
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.