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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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916 Ratings
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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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 daveytheformer


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ucusty for this extra.

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy off white head that fades quickly to some lacing and spotting.

Smells like cascade hops all over. Tangerine and lemon citrus. Grassy and herbal.

Tastes are pine and sticky grass. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is good and very drinkable. I am liking some Foothills right about now.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:46:16 | More by daveytheformer
Photo of jploving

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long hard Friday and Saturday night w/ no beer, Sunday welcomed a new beggining....Foothills Brewing Co. Hoppyyum IPA...bought in NC.
I put the chicken quarters on the smoker, popped open a 22 oz bottle and poured it into my 22 oz homebrew glass...
Very nice orange hue w/ white foamy head...
I would say the body compliments the ABV perfectly.
Very floral scent-very similar to Harpoon IPA only a bit more bold.
It also tastes very similar to Harpoon-floral, piney...mild citrus and a bit of peach...
Bitterness is immediate and lingers a bit after each swallow.
Very good beer and if it were available in my area, I would be a repeat buyer. Pick one up if you have not had one.
I rate it 3.9

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 16:44:57 | More by jploving
Photo of jsanford


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a buddy who went to SC Release. Excited to try another bottled FH brew!

A - Pours a crystal-clear copper with a 2-inch sudsy white head that has great retention, and leaves lots of sticky lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine resin with a slightly sweet caramel backbone. Smells a lot like a fruit cocktail cup.
T - Nice flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin, but not as pungent and hoppy as I'd expected from the nose, nor as bitter. Still, quite balanced and fresh tasting.
M - Slightly sticky with a medium body and crisp carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, I could session this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:17:05 | More by jsanford
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-amber under a tall, frothy head. Fruity, floral hop nose...sweet, grassy, light pineapple, peppery citrus. Flavor sports a hefty amount of pine resin bitterness, grapefruit juice, and underlying sweet caramel, fresh malt, and black tea. Medium bodied, sticky, and smooth. An east coast style, well balanced IPA.

Update: The 12oz., obviously fresh, bottle seems less malty and more oily and resinous. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:30:27 | More by wedge
Photo of titosupertramp


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks be to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Clear amber in color with a finger and a half of off-white, soapy head. Leaves behind a thin film with rather large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lots of a spotchy lacing.

S: It's not often that I start of an IPA smell with the malt, but that's what I notice most with Hoppyum. It's almost like a hopped up brown/amber ale. Caramel and nutty with mild, herbal/earthy hops. Good smell, just different for an IPA.

T: Just as the nose would lead you to believe, malts play a big role in the taste. Sweet, caramel, nutty, grain. Pine and herbal hops bring up the rear, rounding out the beer nicely.

M: On the full side with good carbonation. Has a dry, bitter feel and finish.

O: I like Hoppyum and will have no problem finishing the bottle. With that said, I would grab this if in the mood for a very good brown/amber ale, but if I were in the market for a big IPA, I'd likely look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:59:51 | More by titosupertramp
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz tall pint. Pours a darker but still light orange with a nice white head. Smells of nice citrus hops, nice but not overly complex. Tastes of piney and floral hops, very nice taste. Beer goes down smooth, good carbonation, light body. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:50:31 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of sammy1185


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:37:38 | More by sammy1185
Photo of Keffa


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Live review

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:55:30 | More by Keffa
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:29:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of dedrinker


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:25:20 | More by dedrinker
Photo of mikereaser


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:19:16 | More by mikereaser
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:40:08 | More by Avagadro
Photo of rangerred


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 22:10:33 | More by rangerred
Photo of Reagan1984


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 21:01:34 | More by Reagan1984
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2009 12:19:26 | More by ffejherb
Photo of jegross2


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing Hoppyum from Foothills Brewing Company out of North Carolina. Foothills is probably best known for their once-a-year Russian Imperial Stout release known as Sexual Chocolate.
Score: 87

14 oz pour served in pint glass at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D at the Charlotte airport during a two hour layover on 02/11/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a straw yellow color with light orange tint. Has an effervescent, bubbly appearance. Served with 3/4 fingers of white frothy head that settles into a paper thin layer. Average lacing for a single IPA. 3.5/5

Smell: Mellow orange citrus, lemon citrus and hops. Pine and fresh grass mixed with sweet sugary malt. 3.5/5

Taste: Fresh and bitter orange, grapefruit and lemon citrus. Lots of bitter and slightly sticky hops -- piney, grassy and resinous. Lingering bitterness. Not at all complex or innovative, but very tasty and refreshing. Pitch perfect example of what a straightforward single IPA should taste like. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high medium carbonation really makes the hoppy flavors of the beer pop on the palate. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly malty finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A really solid IPA offering and a surprise find at an airport bar. I would absolutely drink this one again -- especially if stuck in Terminal D for another two hours.

Recommendation: Check this one out while in North Carolina. Especially if you are stuck in the airport.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $5.99 for a 14 oz pint or $7.49 for a 20 oz pour in a weizen glass (airport prices). If you buy the 20 oz pour at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D, you get the option of purchasing a shot of any liquor for $3.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 22:42:19 | More by jegross2
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Hopium looked just like apple juice. Clear, slight rust-colored with a decent amount of carbonation running up to 2 fingers of bright white head that left some decent lacing around the glass and lasted for a few minutes before dissipating.

The smell was probably the weakest part of the beer. Sweet pale malts and some fruitier hops, i.e. apple, orange, etc. Certainly not the strongest nose I've smelt on an IPA, but not bad.

Some sweet, buttery malt flavor pervades the flavor up front, accompanied later by some more fruity, juicy hops, namely citrus fruit and maybe just a bit of grassiness. More bitterness and a bit of sweetness lingers towards the end of the sip, making for a bit of a dry finish. Pretty well balanced and decently flavorful.

Dead-on medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation; smooth, slightly oily feel in the mouth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, not a bad IPA. My first offering from Foothills, I just wish I had made it down to Nick's during the two day span they had Sexual Chocolate, as I've heard really good things about that. Still, a pretty decent IPA that I'll probably visit again should it remain on tap there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 01:33:22 | More by feelmefoam
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:It had a dark amber color with a white head that stayed for awhile.
S:There there was definate hop smell to id. There was also a little malty sweetness, but very faint.
T:Very good taste. There was a very smooth bitterness too it that was not harsh at all. Also the hop flavor was very citrus/grapefruity, which was great. The malt side of the flavor carried caramel and bread flavors mostly.
MF:Medium body and average carbonation
D:Very easy to drink and would be able to drink quite a few of these. Since the bitterness was very smooth it made it very pleasant to drink and the hop flavor is one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 02:52:56 | More by abedenbaugh
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised with Hoppyum. After drinking a number of Stone and other IPA's that aimed at blowing out the palate with an abomination of hops (meant in the best way possible), hoppyum eases off the gas and lets the styles more floral notes speak for themselves. This beer was very light in both feel and taste, but it is much easier to drink in a larger quantity as it does not just keep the palate intact, but enhances it with its pleasant subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:39:36 | More by RussBecker1
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New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a murky orange in color with about an inch of fluffy head. smells of pine, grapefruit citrus, and fresh cut grass. a nice bitterness up front followed by a very floral flavor of hops (cascade?) blending nicely with the sweet malty backbone. medium body with moderate carbonation.

a really nice ipa with a modest abv. the first FRESH tasting ipa i've gotten from my last 2 mail orders placed. a shame on the other ones, but this is really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:29:00 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of nickd717


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Orangish copper color with a small off-white head that lasts.

S - Nice aroma of caramel malt and fresh citrusy/resiny hops.

T - Flavor is caramel malt, earth, and citrusy/resiny hops, some orange and a little pine. Not over the top, but good.

M - Body medium with average carbonation.

D - Good for an IPA. This goes down very easily.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 17:57:02 | More by nickd717
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color seems bottle conditioned as some light floaters around. Nice two finger cream colored head falls slowly with decent lace.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus along with some pine under notes. Malt is caramel based with only light sweetness in the nose.

Taste is light caramel malt loaded with citrus hops some fruity notes and bitterness.Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit rind and lingering pine resin in the finish. A normal big C hop type IPA. Pretty tasty brew can't believe I have not reviewed till now as I have had several times. Not on my normal IPA rotation but a pretty good localish IPA.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty mellow carbonation for an IPA, I like it.

Overall a solid brew maybe I will have to have more often. Really need to do a blind taste test of IPA's to see which one I really like the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:20:37 | More by mntlover
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Hops up front with a malt background.

T: Hops and grass followed by a nice balance of malt.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Very solid beer. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:12:33 | More by nUgZ
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops over the top of some lighter caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are some biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and a strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink - a very drinkable year round IPA offering. This is a solid beer that I will likely have a couple of more times.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 04:53:22 | More by dbrauneis
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of jpmclaug. Thank you Jason!

Two observances prior to our feature presentation:
1. Foothills has some amazing bottles. From Sexual Chocolate, to Baltic Porter, to this here Hoppyum, I like everything about their bottles. Bright colors, the font and lettering, and the pictures all make for great graphics.
2. Why does season 2 of Dexter not even come remotely close to season 1? Please tell me things get better, because I cannot stand to think that it's all down hill from here. But, as a shot of interest, Doaks broke in and went to the air conditioner? In my best Cris Carter, "come on man!"

On to our review:

Pours a medium orange with a quickly dissipating head and less lace than Vicky Secrets model.

Big biscuits on the snoot, followed by orange marmalade and papaya atop a healthy caramel bed. Seems more on par with the British dealings.

Mild bittering hops up front turn to soft tropical fruits that are balanced by a strong doughy biscuit. Again, more a British interpretation than a classical American attempt.

Mouthfeel is quite nice and luxurious, with the malt laying a smooth blanket for the hops to ride atop.

Overall, as an American IPA, this is a bit lacking. But for a paler, more European take on the style, this acquits itself nicely. I'll play towards the middle here and say that overall I enjoyed this beer, albeit as an interloper to the style it proclaims to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:12:21 | More by BarrytheBear
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.