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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

332 Reviews
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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,322
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 42
Gots: 275 | 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

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,322
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness dating; pours a clear, light amber body with a two-finger light tan head. Decent retention and good bits of lacing.

Very plesant citrus hop notes, mostly orange and lemon, with just a bit of pine resin notes. A little sweet caramel malt.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely with a little more of the bitter pine resin in the flavor than in the aroma. Good balance of the citrus, pine and malt flavors.

Medium to light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very solid IPA. I would readily recommend it.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheet until about halfway through when it settled into a thin ring. the body is a bright amber.
s - hops of citrus and pine which really blended together nicely.
t - very juicy like oranges and grapefruits with a pine finish. a hint of spice comes through as well.
m - medium with lively carbonation.
o - really solid AIPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of LE_FEESH
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with shades of peach. A one-finger eggwhite head forms with only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Flowery hops dominate for me with sweet malt, and then some pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Bitter hoppinesss up front (pine & citrus) and biscuit sweet malt, which fade to citrus pith or rind flavor.

M: A somewhat thin and under-carbonated mouthfeel. Only a mild bitter hang. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Good flavor and aroma, and a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is nearly a deal-breaker but I did get used to it. I'll look forward to this one again.

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Photo of Agold
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber to copper color with a thin tan head. The head was very unimpressive considering its a hearty IPA. The lacing was very minimal, weak to non-existent.

Smell: After my initial taste, my sinuses were cleared. The citrus aroma is the most powerful and decipherable of all the smells.

Taste: The hops are great, leading to an unexpected bitterness that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, my entire mouth enjoyed the experience. The carbonation lasts throughout, from initial taste to final swallow.

Drinkability: This beer is loaded with flavor. I love the citrus aromas and flavors associated with so many IPAs. Being from NC, I am glad to have found another quality beer that I enjoy drinking.

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Photo of jpro
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in South Carolina at a gas station...

A very solid IPA, nothing spectacular, but defnitley enjoyable. Pretty generic citrus notes in the nose, a little more subtle than I would prefer, very carmelly as well. A little more malt character than I like but relatively balanced. Give it a try, it may have been an old bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, mostly clear, with a white head that has good retention and lacing.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth consistency with moderate bitterness.

S/T - Similar, with grapefruit flesh, floral, pine resin, sweet caramel malt, yet stays bitter through the finish.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a sudsy bone head. Modearate retention and lacing from this head.

Aroma: a nice complex hop aroma, clearly reflecting multiple varieties. Citrus and earthy/English (hops) notes.

Taste: like the aroma, there's a nice mix of several hop varieties here giving this more depth and complexity that many Amer. IPAs. No shortage of malt either, there being enough to really hold the bitterness in check despite the 75 IBUs indicated on the label. The flavor starts very juicy, then more bread, herbal and earthy notes appear. The finish is again nicely citrusy, with some lingering toasted malt.

M: medium body with an exceptionally (for style) dry finish. Also quite smooth with no tongue burn.

O: A special IPA that is flavorful and satisfying. Well crafted although the substantial malt load makes this less aggressively hoppy than some may prefer. One of the best I've had in this style, particularly if used as a session brew.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy trask for this brew.

A-a nice crisp clear amber color with a 3 finger head that leaves minimal lacing on the pint.

S- i get some pine hops and caramel maltiness in the nose. ome sort of earthy aroma thrown in at the backend as well completes the nice noe.

F- strong pine hops hit the front of the mouth and the malts are well hidden but come through faintly but nicely.

M- medium bodied IPA that has a lot hop kick to it. I like it. The hops actually linger in your mouth.

O- A good IPA. would love some more 22's

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Photo of amphion1065
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another North Carolina beer, thanks to Handle. Bomber into tulip - no bottling date on this one.

Pours a deep shade of tangerine, almost dark orange. One-finger foamy white head with solid retention. Nice soapy lacing.

Great citric hop aromas coming off of this one. Oranges and lemons. Floral notes. Some malt, too - this is a sweet-smelling IPA. There's also a little bit of spice in the mix – pepper?

A lot of citrus hops in the taste, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Like the smell, this is very floral. A biscuit malt character adds a bread-like flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice on this one – lively carbonation. I won’t debate Foothills semantics of “sessionable,” but this goes down very easily.

I'm not sure when this beer was bottled, but unless this is from a new batch the other reviews indicate that this is from July. If so, this has held up really, really well. A sweet, hoppy and ultimately balanced IPA.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles while on vacation and had it on tap sitting on the pier for lunch. Review is based off this final bottle.

12 oz brown bottle with the Hoppyum label sitting beautifully on the front and a nice description on the back. I really enjoy this label with its green and oranges and dark reds sitting on a black outline. The hop cones are the logo for this label and it looks grand. Foothills Brewing logo sits to the side of the cones. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden color with hints of golden copper like but definitely gold being the main color. A soap sudsy white head actually had some good mass to it. Head was thin looking and sudsy despite its size. It left a clumpy ring of sudsy lacing and surprisingly had good stickiness.

S - massive hop aroma. Pineapples, grapefruits, slight orange fruitiness with some pine resin. Caramel malt provided a slightly sweet character in the back drop. Very big hop aroma.

T - not quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest. The same notes come through but in a more laid back manner. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit take hold of the fruitiness it has to offer with a resinous pine staking claim to the bitter notes. Caramel malt is a bit more pronounced than in the nose which gives the flavor more of a balanced sweet fruitiness rather than a hop showcase like the nose suggested. A nice flavor though.

M - medium bodied and crisp. This brew may have looked like golden soap water with a big sudsy head on the pour but it really has some nice flavors going on and the palate is very well balanced. Pretty good texture in the feel and has some coating to it.

O - the first time I poured this I didn't expect much. I figured a way too hop forward ipa from a small brewery that would have needed going in the sink. Boy was I shocked. The nose suggests it has those hop flavors we love while the flavors offer up a more relaxed and balanced experience. It's not something you'll be driving 500 miles for, but if you are in the North Carolina area often as I am you'll be missing out on a pretty darn good ipa if you don't grab Hoppyum. This was the brew that put Foothills on my watch list and frankly that doesn't happen often.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness or bottle dating, but this was bought at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham a little over two weeks ago. I had a bottle of it that night and it tasted beyond fresh as hell, so personally I’d wager that this was bottled as little as three weeks ago, if not less, and likely no more than four.

Appearance (4.0): Just about two and a half fingers of tight, custard-colored foam rises off the pour, topping a warm, honey-gold body that’s crystal-clear. It has average retention, and not so much lacing as evenly-spaced, spotty suds all around the glass as the beer goes down. Less webbing or sheets of lace so much as just suds, but they’re all over. In the end, it’s still a rather good-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): Very, very nice pineapple and mango citrus-sweet fruit tones are clear and fragrant in the nose, undergirded by a moderate candy sweetness that blends well with that sticky, sweet pineapple juice scent. The hops have some resinous, herbal character backing up the citrus, too, adding a nice dimension. Any malt or yeast character present is clean and essentially undetectable.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is between moderate and rather strong for the style, which is great—a solid grassiness mixes with a skunky, herbal bitterness whose astringency blurs the line with chewing on citrus peel. The sweet citrus character in the nose is almost entirely absent, though—as is any of the candy-like sweetness in the nose, too. This is just a dry, pale, crackery, bready (the malt is really just like liquid Vermont Common or oyster crackers), and clean ale with a very solid dose of skunky, grassy, herbal hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Just barely on the light side of medium-bodied, with some moderate hop oil character drying out the finish nicely; the carbonation is a little underpowered, foaming modestly on the way down and lending a slight prickle here and there. Better than average, not great.

Overall (4.0): This is really a solid IPA, and for $8 or $9/ sixer this is a great value. It’s got a simple base with a straightforward hop profile, done well—fruity in the nose, grassy-herbal on the palate, and with a hefty bitterness. It’s solid, dependable, and refreshing. Especially considering the price, definitely pick some up if you see it, if you’re looking for an easy hop fix.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom - Asheville, NC

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus - orange peel. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - Good piney/resiney hop bite brings a sharp bitterness to the tongue. It had a good burnt toast maltines.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that was very easy drinking.

D - This is a really good brew. I hadn't done my research and I assumed it available it bottles. I guess I lucked out by ordering it because it was really good.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.