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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 121 | 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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of sammy1185
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I definitely enjoyed this one. Not a huge fan of IPA's, but this one is nicely balanced. Nice head, beautiful color, crisp, citrusy taste with a strong finish and just a pleasant beer. I wouldn't say it's one to go out of the way to find, but if you come across it, pick it up. Definitely recommended!

sammy1185, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Keffa
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my St. Bernardus glass. Purchased from The Piggly Wiggly at Market Commons.

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A: Pours a brilliant copper orange color, 1.5 finger head that settles to a small filmy cap, leaves very copious amounts of sticky lacing everywhere. Seriously looks like the lace is painted onto the glass. Fantastic

S: Eh... How to describe this one? Orange marmalade, toast, and alcohol. That's about it, honestly. All I get is those three things. Not saying it's a bad aroma, but it's definitely not one that's super appealing either.

T: A little bit better. Starts off with some bitterness from the hops, a pithy orange, some caramel sweetness, some toast. The alcohol from the nose is there, but far subdued comparatively speaking. Better than the aroma, and dare I say it, quite good.

M: Average carbonation for the style, full bodied, oily and coating. Finishes bitter and slightly bready.

O: Pretty solid IPA, and for a bomber to be 3.99, this is a solid offering. I'll be bringing a couple back to share and/or drink myself.

Keffa, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and citrus zest hop aromas. Somewhat subdued smells overall. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. A touch of honey flavors in the aftertaste. A medium amount of bitterness sticks to the tongue after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A good level of carbonation makes for an easy drink down. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops. I am glad I got to try a beer from Foothills.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with a decent off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, and woodsy resin.

Tastes like an even blend of orange and coniferous sap, but not aggressively so.

Medium body and a nice even finish of hop flavor and bitterness.

This is the first IPA from North Carolina that has grabbed my attention so far, and I hope to see this avenue pursued further.

North Carolina has the raw ingredients to be one of the coolest and best states in this God-blessed country brothers and sisters, and I'm not joking.

dedrinker, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy foam that seems to be leaving some good lacing.
S - nice tangerine and lemon aroma coming from the hops along iwth a bit of caramel malts
T - nice citrus up front, lots of lemon throughout while mixed with some caramel malts balancing this one out nicely. The lemon really sticks with you after the beer is gone from your palate
M - nice carbonation, medium bodied, light in the mouth with a bit of stickiness.
D - very enjoyable IPA, maybe a little different than others, but very nice. I'd definitely get this again.

mikereaser, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Kingkong for surprising me with this one!

A: A giant cloudy head sits atop a honey hued nectar, marked by a touch of haze and some lazy lacing emanating from the glass' laser etching.

S: Bouquet is both light and delicate, with floral, herbal, and pine notes coming together beautifully.

T: Bone dry from the get go, with a bitter punch in the beginning, followed by toasted baquette, and finishing off with herbal hops.

M: Very light, dry, and refreshing, with just a touch of hop astringency.

O: A highly sessionalbe and flavorful ale. It is nice to see someone go against the grain and make am IPA that isn't so heavy. Its lightness makes it a great candidate for food pairing, as well as for mass consumption. Definitely a treat.

Avagadro, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Brams17
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Brams17, Tuesday at 06:07 PM
Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hap on tap.

Arrived a hazy dark orange with a thick head and great lacing.

Smelled strongly of piny and earthy hops with some caramel malt coming through.

Flavor had quite a bit of hop flavor up front, piny, leading to a strong bitterness. Some bready and caramel malt was detectable underneath the bitterness. Some alcohol detectable on the finish. A very good beer that I would definitely seek out again.

rangerred, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillowy light beige head forms atop the bright copper colored beer. Nice bright/clear color.

Aroma is slightly sweet, a touch of yeast and a slight floral aroma. There is something about the Carolina IPA's that is similar. They are nice but very different than other regional IPA's. Some light lacing.

A light brown sugar flavor as part of the malt flavor. Really nice. Not overly sweet at all. Some might say caramel, but I taste brown sugar. Pretty fruity as well. The slightest sense of smoke or toasted malt just below the surface. The hop notes are there but not in your face. A pretty balanced IPA

Very light carbonation, very silky. Nice.

A decent IPA, a bit different than my preferred IPA make-up, but very nice.

Reagan1984, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into shaker pint on 10/21/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a clear, two-tone amber/copper-tinged body with tiny bubbles of carbonation and almost three full fingers of frothy beige foam that retained well and deposited thick, sticky lace all around the glass.

S - Malty nose with sweet caramel and slight burnt sugars as well as some toasted grains. Hops take on a spicy personality with a hint of pine. A waft of alcohol meanders in the background.

T - Spicy kick with sticky, piney hops backed by sweet caramel malt. A burnt sugary sweetness emerges in the middle, then finishes with a toasted grainy character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, perhaps a tad watery overall. Dry, lingering bitter finish.

D - Solid IPA that I'd imagine is even better on tap. The nose was a bit more malt-forward and muted than I was expecting, but this one still delivered.

ffejherb, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A slightly hazy light orange with a one finger off white head.

S- Very crisp, sharp nose. A touch of citrus. A dry and plain malt backbone.

T- A clean beer at first. A plain malt backbone at first. A nice bitterness takes over and leads to a nice hop profile. There is a pungent citrus in this beer. A more herbal and garlicy hop profile but infused with fresh lemon and pineapple. A balanced hop to malt character. A nice drirnking an pretty well done IPA.

M- A good body and carbonation. Good balance. overall well done.

O- Not one to tell your friends about but a well done east coast style IPA.

TwelveOunces, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppyum IPA pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Light behind it reveals a mix of orange and light crimson highlights. A soft, white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling back quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but extremely light and spotty. Not bad, not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak, but isn’t bad. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and toasted malt scents. Not my favorite notes in an IPA. But, the sweet caramel is fortunately fairly light. Hops are definitely noted. They smell mostly grassy, earthy, and piney. I’d even say a bit dank. A hint of citrus grapefruit and orange is noted, but it’s very subtle. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

The flavor is a notch better. The malt base is just alright. It does feature a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s not all that sweet, but the toasted malt flavor isn’t my favorite thing. Hops jump into the mix and add a mix of citrus and piney notes. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the most notable, but pine and some earthy notes follow. It is quite bitter. More than I anticipated. That’s okay in my book though. I like it. Alcohol doesn’t come through strong at all. Finishes toasty, hoppy, bitter, and a little dry.

Hoppyum IPA has a medium body. Carbonation seems very light. The bubbles feel extremely soft. It goes down relatively smooth and easy. Finishing off a bomber = not a problem.

I can’t recall having a bad beer from Foothills Brewing Company. Hoppyum IPA is pretty good, even if it doesn’t challenge the upper echelon of Foothills’ roster. I believe it’d be improved with a little less of a toasted malt flavor and more in the hops department. Just my take. Good stuff all the same. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent light copper/amber color with a 2 finger head that fades quickly

S- Strong piney hop aroma with mild hints of grapefruit. A faint caramel malt presence.

T-A nice malty caramel sweetness that is hinted at in the nose, up-front. Follows by a nice pine and citrus hop flavor. A nice dry hop finish.

M-Light, dry body with moderate carbonation.

O-A nice semi-sessionable mild IPA, not overly complex but well executed.

Wolfpack2005, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Central Waters Snifter. Thanks to Bulbman for the hookup, my first offering from Foothills.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber/gold color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger frothy white had that fades slowly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Solid grapefruit notes hit the nose first and foremost followed by slight resin and a well balanced malty back end that ties the beer together.

T: Nice slightly bittersweet flavors of grapefruit/tart tangerine rhine hits first and is followed by the sharp bit of the piney hop undertones. Again, nice malt profile balances this beer and ties it together nicely.

M: Sharp finish, perfectly carbonated. Hop oils leave a slight mouth coating.

O: I had a hard time not pounding this beer. It has a very nice flavor and was extraordinarily easy to drink.

suspect, May 26, 2013
Photo of CoalPorter
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

CoalPorter, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Highbury09
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Highbury09, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This strikes me as what a good, broad market IPA should be like. Has great character and some spice to it, but it's not so obnoxious or out there that it puts it out of interest in the general, non-beer-nerd public. Carbonation is a bit biting, but overall this is nice. Good good beer.

RblWthACoz, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber in color. Forms about an inch or so of white foamy head. Decent retention, but virtually no lacing.

S: Rather muted scent of tropical fruit, citrus and some caramel malt. Definitely picking up the Simcoe on this one - I just wish it was more pronounced.

T: A nice blend of grapefruit bitterness and hop spiciness. Slightly sweet faint caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a moderate grapefruit bitterness.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer. The bottle calls this one a "session" ale and, despite the higher alcohol content, I would tend to agree.

Florida9, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear medium amber with a hint of red. Ample head and a lacing that lasts. Nice nose of citrus hops over a slight pine and slight sweet biscuit character. Light body with a smooth texture. Above average carbonation. Nice balanced taste of hops, mostly citrus but with a notable pine influence, biscuit and bitterness. It begins with citrus, progresses to pine and associated pleasant bitterness over a biscuit sweetness. It then effervesces into a tart bitterness that approaches dry. A slight sweetness and tart bitterness lingers. Very well balanced and flavorful.

tillmac62, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of myelo
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Butterscotch pale to amber with moderate, persistent white head and lacing.

Aroma is fruity (grapefruit) piney hops with mild malt.

Taste is mild sweet malt with moderately high bitterness that lingers. Pineapple, grapefruit and piney earthiness.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation and mild ethanol warmth.

Nice, solid IPA. Well balanced with a lot of Simcoe hops, like a lot of American IPAs these days.

myelo, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Barnsley
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

Barnsley, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Worth the long walk to "Carolina Beer Company" near D7 at Charlotte's airport! First time I've ever been this early for a flight and truly a pleasant surprise...

Pint is a dark golden copper colour with visually impressive carbonation, despite a limited white head. A well balanced but hop-forward aroma highlighting Simcoe and a variety of "c" hop delights. Citrus, specifically grapefruit, predominates but barley and biscuit provide the backbone. The flavour is less well balanced, but still very enjoyable. There is a hop sharpness at the front that I personally enjoy, but might not appeal to everyone. A delightfully lingering bitterness rounds out the taste, with caramelized malts acting as the foundation.

A great beer that I'd recommend and would purchase again, even without the comparison to an airport's typical macro limitations...

hopsolutely, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Carolina Ale House in Raleigh, NC

A: Crystal clear golden color tinted with light orange, head is silky foam that starts at 2 fingers and settles to .5 finger that stays the whole glass, thick sheets of lace down the side

S: Pure resin, strong and hoppy but not all that inviting

T: Dank fruit and resin, a good but not great balance of the two

M: Dry, lighter carbonation and body than I expected

O: Solid IPA, but nothing to wow you

dpodratsky3, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Boulevard Ales pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.67 (I think)
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 29, 2014
Misc.: Appeared to be born in July 2014, but couldn’t read the whole label

Poured a caramel, orange, mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good amount of foamy, layered, spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled Simcoe hops, Columbus hops, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel, wet Cascade hops, sharp pine and light resin hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got wet Cascade hops, spicy Columbus hops, sharp Simcoe hops, citrus hops, some resin hops, floral hops, light grapefruit and sharp pine.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, citrusy finish.

A pretty good IPA overall. Would have it again for sure.

BucannonXC5, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Very noticeable, pleasant malt presence, spicy citrusy hop bitterness, nice bit of piney hops there too, and some other light floral notes. Taste is a nice combination of piney and citrusy hops, a little sweet, and a nice malt backbone bringing it all together. Well balanced, fairly simple, but still pretty tasty.

jbaker67, Dec 21, 2013
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.