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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 282
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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of bigfnjoe


2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Undated

A- pours a very slightly cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Uninspiring, but nice

S- very mild orange, citrus hop aroma. Boring and weak

T- mild bitterness. Must be an old bottle, because there isn't a ton of flavor. Bah

M- really really thick...syrupy. Ugh

O- dating your bottles would help, Foothills.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 22:47:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of AgentZero


2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from chawk as an extra in a trade.

A - Golden yellow beer with a bit of orange in it. Nice soapy head that rose up and left some good stick on the sides.

S - It's hoppy, but not super hoppy. Floral with some citrus and a malty backbone. Kind of boring.

T - Soapy, some chemical cleaner that is a bit unpleasant, and a not so great aftertaste. Some pine and grassy hops, but it's not doing enough to cover up the less than stellar parts of the taste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Average at best, this is not something I'd buy or drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:15:19 | More by AgentZero
Photo of harrymel


2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottled: unknown

A: Pours a honey colored ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of off-white foam caps this and falls in a couple minutes to a quilt of the same. persistent, albeit inconsistent lacing.

S: wood, green apples, pine, resin, hints of grapefruit rind. Malt in the background, subdued but resonant. Vienna malt profile.

T: Woody (again), with metal, hints of resin. Actually surprisingly one-dimensional to me. The hops seems to mostly been added in the latter half of the boil, and don't add much to the brew IMO. As an IPA, I feel this doesn't meet the US standard. As a pale ale, yes, but not as an IPA.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. middle of the road.

O: Underwhelming. Would try again, wish I knew the bottle date.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 13:54:29 | More by harrymel
Photo of cetherid


2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a GI goblet (no other clean glasses!!)


Beer pours a clear amber color with about a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates into a small ring around my glass. Some nice bubbles floating to the top however probably attributed to my choice of glass.


A little weak for an IPA. Seems more like a pale ale. Slightly sweet bready malts with a little citrus to it. For the style, nothing special, but if I was told this was a regular old pale ale, it would get some decent marks.


Up front bitterness...a little earthy (pine, grass, etc) moving into some slightly sweet malts. Maybe a tad too malty, like you get from an older IPA, however this bottle is only about a month ago.


Almost medium bodied with good carbonation. Beer is very crisp/clean with a slightly dry finish. Pretty refreshing, but not what I want from an IPA.


Nothing special. This bottle is relatively fresh and I doubt I'd enjoy it a whole lot better even if I had it on tap. A nice extra and glad I tried it, but taste more like a APA than an IPA (and it would be a pretty decent APA!). A good beer to have on a hot day...I'll give it that.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:20:12 | More by cetherid
Photo of Sean9689


2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle thanks to Mike. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours copper, white head, spotty lacing, whispy retention.

S - Bitter hops, some malt, some astringent notes. Meh.

T - Ugh. Hops, slight malts, some medicinal notes, herbal notes. Not really all that good.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

D - Not good...at all. Why is this beer even close to an A?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:05:46 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Blargimus


2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into tulip. Received in a trade with heelsn02 - many thanks!

Pours a clear amber color with a finger or two of white head. Head fades quickly. Leaves a bit of lace on the side of the glass. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles.

Smells heavily of honey. Definitely more on the sweet side than the hoppy side. Honestly, there are almost no hops in the smell. It smells quite good, but it does not smell like an IPA.

There is a generic bitterness in the taste at first, but it gets overwhelmed pretty quickly by the sweetness, followed by very distinct graininess, and almost an adjunct flavor. Strangely, there isn't a whole lot of honey taste in the beer. Aftertaste is very dry and astringent. No alcohol flavor detected.

Mouthfeel is average.

I'm glad I got to try this one, but I wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:00:33 | More by Blargimus
Photo of jmarsh123


2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an fairly clear orange almost reddish tint with a 1/2 finger bubbly head. Almost looks like a few sours I've had.

Some citrus hops hit the nose along with a little bit of caramel malt and pine hops. The nose is somewhat subdued.

Starts out with just a touch of citrus fading quickly into a sweet caramel malt. Finishes very dry with a hint of piney hops. Also somewhat astringent finish.

Mouthfeel and carb are good for the style.

Enjoyable only because I love IPA's. It's kind of mediocre for the style as nothing really stands out much and drinkability isn't terribly high.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:20:56 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of AleWatcher


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared by rmalinowski4-- thanks Rich

Sorry for the terse review...
Amber hued dark orange. Whitish head of 2 fingers. Retention and lacing are average.
Smells earthy. Some piney notes. Big malts-- caramel for sure. The smell isn't too impressive overall, but it isn't unpleasant.

The taste is exactly what I'd expect after the nose. Caramel and sweet malts with some hoppy notes-- earthy and dirty with pine and floral notes.

Body is medium/light with low carbonation and no prickly feel. Little oily. Very little bitterness. Pretty weak.

Overall, this isn't bad or offensive, but it doesn't impress me.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:43:17 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My dad brought me this home from South Carolina. Thanks dad.

Pours a nice copper color that is fairly clear. Decent egg white head with decent lacing.

Aroma is not that great compared to the best IPA's. Is kinda vegatative. Needs alot more hop aroma.

Taste is a bit vegetative too. Slight hop flavor. Ok bitterness. Slight maltiness. Semi dry finish. Not much.

Mouthfeel is sort of dry. Ok carb.

It's a very ok beer. Wouldn't buy it again if I could get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 07:01:01 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of jrallen34


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Mike, drank into my Hill Farmstead glass... Looks great, a dark clear peach with a big bright white head. Good thing cap with great lacing. Looks awesome!!!... Boring aroma of light toffee and hops, generic. Staleness to it... Taste is average at best, soapy boring hops, chemical bitterness, no malt balance. Average ipa that can be skipped.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:59:05 | More by jrallen34
Photo of iadler


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a two finger head that leaves some nice lines of lacing behind.

S- Floral and herbal hops, pine, caramel malt with subtle grapefruit and orange zest.

T- Pine and grassy dominate with hints of caramel malt, grapefruit, orange zest and floral hops. There is some cardboard taste and odd minerals which is off-putting as well. Pretty one-dimensional.

M- Medium carbonation with a thin and watered down body. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- This was an average at best IPA. Pleasant aroma, but the taste was just really boring and the cardboard taste got to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:46:37 | More by iadler
Photo of woosterbill


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Eli, for throwing this one my way. Shared with friends.

A: Clear, brilliant amber body under an inch of creamy eggshell head. Terrific retention and a solid coating of lace. Perfect IPA appearance.

S: Sweet caramel malt, candied fruit, and some vegetal hops. Smells a bit old, but as there's no date on the bottle I can't be sure.

T: Super sweet (but clean) caramel malt throughout. Maybe some faint hop bitterness. It's tasty enough, but disappointing for the style.

M: Creamy, highly-carbonated medium body. Good.

O: Sweet, one-dimensional, not recommended.


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:18:55 | More by woosterbill
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru light amber with a soapy white head. Retention's pretty good, and some nice patchy lacing is left on the upper third of the glass.

Fresh aromas of grapefruit and tangerine zests enveloped in light toasted and bready malts. Not particularly potent, but pleasant. Hop flavor is a little more assertive, with a pleasant juicy and tangy citric burst, a touch of pine. Malts are a little sweet, a little bready, a little toasty (and a little too plentiful); bitterness could stand to be cranked up a notch or 2.

Overall impression: Not bad, a couple of tweaks away from being suitable for a hophead palate. So far, I'm finding Foothills' darker brews to be much more enjoyable than their offerings in more hop-centric styles.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2010 20:52:41 | More by PDXHops
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very clear orange with some pale yellow highlights. a bubbly white head of foam, only a fingers worth and dissipated quickly.

A - has an odd smokey, ash tray sort of aroma, could just be very earthy hops. some nice roundness in the nose from the malt sweetness.

T - a touch of caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge followed by herbal earthy bitterness in the middle and another touch of sweetness in the finish.

M - creamy. smooth. little carbonation.

D - Decent IPA. Glad I had the chance to give this one a shot but probably not something I'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 06:45:02 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of evanlarkin

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from johntangus. Thanks!

Pours a pleasant clear amber color, with 2 fingers of foamy head in my Darkness tulip. As the head begins to recede, sticky lacing clings to the edge of the glass.

A mild orange scent is the most forward element here. The smell itself is actually very subdued. A large breath of it reveals that it actually smells very sweet, with pine notes coming through on the end.

The side of the bottle claims that the beer is full of simcoe, and that's certainly true. Pine is the forward flavor here, with some amount of grapefruit in the back end. It's sweeter than I'm used to for a regular IPA. None of the flavors are bad, exactly, but they don't quite mix right. It's not quite focused on any one flavor.

High carbonation, light/medium body. Coats the mouth for a bit, but doesn't stick quite as long as most that I drink.

It's decent. My big issue is just that the flavors seem to come through in the wrong order. Flipping the usage of the simcoe and centennial hops usage might help. Just a bit more flavor balancing and this could be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 20:07:59 | More by evanlarkin
Photo of Durge


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear light golden amber color with a air filled white cropping on top that collapses to near nothing but decent lacing. The aroma is perfumey lemon, roses and some odd skunkiness. Not quite right but not sure. The flavor speaks of mild leafy hops with fruit nougat and an unfortunate soapy quality. Hops are very notable but grassiness takes over with a pond water theme that just doesn’t thrill me. It’s medium bodied with light carbonation and a fairly lusterous feel. Okay but generally disappointing. Maybe there was something wrong with this bottle but it was recently purchased.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:05:18 | More by Durge
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold color. Head is white with a loose, foamy cap. Drops to a thin wispy cap with a tiny collar. Some specks of lacing. Lighter carbonation than.expected.

Smell: Light caramel malt sweetness. Some backing breast notes. Hops run through pine and citrus. Pine needles and orange zest. Lightly floral with a slightly spicy hop finish. Vague salty aroma. Juicy and sweet. Nice balance. Orange juice sweetness. Cooked malts.

Taste: Slightly spicy and leafy hops. Cooked and slightly caramelized malts. Bready, like.crust. Big juicy orange with some backing pine needle. A bit watery. Marmalade and a touch of mint. Low-grade balance. warming tamps everything down a bit, leaving more juicy orange than anything else.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation on a medium to light body. Incredibly smooth and pushes creamy. Very clean and easy drinking.

Overall: Suboptimal.

Decent. Best thing it has going for it is the silky smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is balanced and approachable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:59:58 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of mulder1010


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bucket Boy for this. Much appreciated and unexpected.

A-- Poured a clear, Carmel orange color. Just a small bit of carbonation showing on the pour. One and a half finger head, light brown or dirty egg white in color. Good soapy lacing and good head retention to this.

S-- Lots of malt for this. Get a lot of Carmel, cooked pineapple, candied orange, and a bit of pine. Pretty muted hop smell, as far more candied and Carmel smell to this.

T-- Kind of a, meeh, taste to this. Very soft hop bit to this. Soft, muted and a bit stale grapefruit. A little bit of Carmel backbone to this but not a lot.

M-- Much better mouthfeel to this. Grapefruit really picked up in the mouth. Gained traction and got fresher in the mouth than in the taste. Mostly Orange and grapefruit to this in the mouth with a bit of menthol pine finish to this. A little oily in the back of the mouth. Think a little too much Carmel in this. Medium bodied and slightly higher than medium carbonated.

D-- Really reminded me more of nearly old grapefruit and orange. How it is a bit there but not there. Flashes of what it can be and other times a bit so so. Bitterness got much higher as it got warmer. thought it opened up nicely and got bolder. Has some flaws but a workable IPA. Needs a bit more crispness to this and more citrus than just orange and grapefruit. For a first attempt at an IPA by Foothills (as was told) it is doable. More happy am getting to try a brewery I have wanted to try for a while now.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 15:16:46 | More by mulder1010
Photo of azdback


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Burnt orange, very clear and filtered in appearance. e Huge bright white foamy three finger head. Lace looks like its sticking around like a sticky parasite on the inside of my glass.

Smell is citrusy malt hoppyyeastybread. I love making up new words. It is a very well balanced beery aroma. But it is a little heavy on the bready yeast.

Taste is...ummm...a little tart, a little sweet, and a little bitter. But I am having a hard time really picking any specific flavors out of this beer. It's like the idea is there, but there isn't anything tangible.

Mouthfeel is right where is should be. Nice carbonation, sort of bright on the tongue. Not watery at all, but not heavy. Just right.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer, but as usual I have more of a west coast palate. Not a terrible representation, but more of an east coast example with malts taking the center stage in an IPA rather than the hops. As a west coaster, I am not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 07:13:31 | More by azdback
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

picked up a bottle earlier today at Sam's in NC. poured into my newly acquired duck rabbit snifter.

a - poured a transparent golden orange with a thin frothy IPA head. visible carbonation could be seen throughout.

s - very earthy for a beer called hoppyum. the hop blend is there, but kind of flat tire ish in the nose. with all the hops boasted on the label, i really expected a citric blast which i did not get. the hops are definitely there, but in the backseat.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is mired in earthy malts with some hop blending. finishes bittery, but beyond that, there is no burst of hop flavoring that i search for in an IPA. some spicing as well.

m - medium bodied, finishes a bit bitter.

o - overall, not the ipa i was hoping for. had the bottle not said IPA on it, i would assume that this is some sort of an octoberfest the way it leads with the malts. reading through some of the reviews, seems like some people had a different beer than me, but many agree with me. pretty sure that this is on the fresh side, but you never know. i guess with a name like hoppyum, one sort of expects a hop explosion which simply was not there. even for a pale ale, i'd say it is lacking in the hops dept, but for an IPA....

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:36:54 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of corby112


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of kubrick215. Thanks again Josh!

Pours a dark golden orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a good balance of grassy pine, citrus rind and pale malts. Floral with some resinous oil countered by subtle lemon peel and grapefruit. Malt presence is faint with hints of caramel and biscuit. The nose is decent but could use more of a citrus/tropical presence.

Medium bodied and well balanced with earthy and floral hops countered by a sweet malt backbone. Floral and slightly bitter up front but not overly dry with subtle pine needle flavor. This is countered by a faint citrus sweetness with hints of orange peel, pineapple and grapefruit. Underneath, there is a stronger malt character than I prefer with some caramel, toffee and biscuit. Well balanced and pretty quaffable but a bit malty for my liking. Also, could use more citrus character.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:50:34 | More by corby112
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear orange with about a finger of white head that recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: Smells of pine, resin, and grassy hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a blast of pine and grassy flavors from the hops with a decent bitter bite that doesn't linger around too long.

M: Medium body and carbonation that provides a bite for the bitterness and finishes pretty dry.

D: Overall, a pretty average IPA. Drinks pretty well and it's not a bad beer at all, but it's not particularly good either.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:10:44 | More by n2185
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler received as an extra in a trade thanks to a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a reddish tinged copper with a 2 finger slightly buttery white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Practically no smell whatsoever....WTF? It's like smelling a mediocre amber ale from a bottom of the barrel brew pub.

Taste: Some sweet malt up front that is more remniscent of the type of malt tasted in a red ale or a copper ale than the caramel flavor usually associated with IPA's of this color. Finally some moderate hop bitterness that is mainly herbal and slightly grassy. The hops finish quite soapy.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied, with carbonation that comes off slightly seltzery.

Overall: A pretty terrible example of the style but not the most offensive beer.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 01:16:55 | More by koopa
Photo of Bendurgin


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Brent for this one. This pours a clear honey color with a finger of rocky white head. It seetles leaving nice sticky lace.

A bit of a strange aroma for an american ipa. Hints of sweet bubblegum with a grainy hay aroma. Kind of lacking in the hop department here; faintly floral in the background but I require more out of my hop forward brews. Again I think this one is grainy on the pallet. It loses it's sweetness and rounds up with bitterness in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall not bad. The aroma is a little unexpected but the flavor makes up for it. A little of kilter here but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:56:52 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky orange/amber color with a thin white head that became just a ring.

S - tangerine aroma, I'm not really getting anything else.

T - tangerine sweetness upfront with citrus rind bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - fair example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:00:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
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