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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

327 Reviews
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Reviews: 327
Hads: 1,290
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 249 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 327 | Hads: 1,290
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.11/5  rDev -44.5%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Pours nicely, but this is simply just raw hops to me. Just overpoweeing hops with much skunky bite. the mouth feel is not bad but just not the right combination of hops buscuit and malt. Bought local on a vacation and was let down. Enjoyed sweetwatee al local beer much more. (279 characters)

Photo of cetherid
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A.

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.

S.

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.

T.

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.

M.

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.

O.

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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -30%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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? (375 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Flight317
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating comes after getting this one in a trade. I opened it , poured and checked the look of things. When I smelled it I didn't get the hop kick I figured I would. I tasted it and knew it was old. I didn't realize how old. Just over 1 year... should be an option for not rating just to track. (292 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured chilled in flared sampling glasses chez moi, consumed ca. 5 months after canning

A: amber color, good head; decent carb; not much lacing;
S: sweet malt aroma but something, I'm not sure, is off; citrus
T: very bittering hop-forward, way out of balance from the malt, etc.; lingering bitterness, almost as if a bittering hop has been used as a finishing hop; don't detect the Northwest hops advertised;
M: medium-light

Not planning on buying this again (462 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.94/5  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. (462 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange color with slight lace.. A/T pine, orange, slight bready malt.. The hops are unbalanced with the malt.. The bitterness finishes harsh without much malt to follow.. It's ok but I would never get this IPA again. (223 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of slym
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I bought this in support of a local brewery, and in search of new, good IPAs.

This is not one of them. For my tastes, this is the worst of what hops are about, nothing but bitter hops.

It looks great on the pour, with a nice deep amber colour. This is an unfiltered beer and mine has lots of floaters noticeable. The smell is indicative of what's to come, resinous and sharp with the hops. Taste is all hops, nothing special or floral or outstanding except the bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice enough, well carbonated but not so much to overpower the somewhat thick texture of this unfiltered brew.

I'd still drink this over the big AALs, but that still isn't saying much. (673 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.04/5  rDev -20%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Cheers! (613 characters)

Photo of evanlarkin
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from johntangus. Thanks!

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (632 characters)

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.