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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 283
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Mildly citrusy hop aroma and a faint whiff of booze.

T- Good hop flavor with some moderate bitterness. It doesn't point toward any one particular direction. Just some mild citrus and on into the bitterness which actually becomes more and more intense with each sip. Touch of bready malt brings a slight balance. Alcohol is decently concealed.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Nothing spectacular but it's better than the BA score gives it credit for. Just needs a bit more balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 03:03:43 | More by Immortale25
Photo of sorryifyoudont

South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What I am about to say isn't a bash on this well balanced east coast (u.s) ipa. Nice amber finish in glass (draft). Hops taste great but a bit spicy so if you aren't used to eastcoast ipas you may not like this ipa. Honestly to me not much of a potent smell from the draft. All in all I would definitely order this beer again and foothills brewing should not be overlooked.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 22:47:54 | More by sorryifyoudont
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a thin halo of white head. Nose of deep, resinous hops, bitter and piney throughout. Flavors are more malt forward, with rich caramel and roasted notes. Bitter hop character provides a dark, oily backbone. Smooth bodied, with a drying finish. The aftertaste is oily and resinous, with subtle citrus notes, too. Different and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 02:06:45 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Grays Tavern in Greensboro NC $3.75 for a pint

A: Golden orange color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and hops not very strong though.

T: More citrus in the taste fairly malty for an IPA

M: Went down easy, and lacked the IPA bitterness that Im used to. Right amount of carbonation.

O: This is alright I probably wont buy it again. Its a solid starter IPA if your new to craft beer. Nothing really makes this stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 23:38:31 | More by watermelon
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 19:06:41 | More by Amalak
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one missed the mark for me. on tap at the charlotte airport, it pours a muggy looking yellow color, cloudy and thicker, with just a half inch of pure white foam. it smells fine, like an alpha heavy ipa with a little too much yeast. bitter and big, not woody or pine family, but citric and some curious notes of green apple. the taste throws me though, very metallic and mineral heavy, like brutally hard water or something. the aftertaste is almost gross in this regard, although the intelligent use of hops does come through still. its just too late for this, the metal funk on the end ruined the rest of the beer for me. light and clean in body and feel, but that off taste cant be conquered. im not sure of it comes from bad water, incomplete fermentation, being stale, dirty lines, or whatever else, and I will certainly try this again, maybe bottle format, but it turned me off quite a bit. I still think the base beer is good though, and its some other issue. I will revisit this one, but for nine bucks a pour at the airport, I need better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 13:39:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Foothills

Hazy yellow-orange pour with a finger or so of foamy white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, toasted grainy malt bill in the background. Similar taste, pine and citrus, decent bitterness that turned slightly acrid in the aftertaste, sweet malts and toasted grains. Light-medium body, easily drinkable for the style. Decent overall, and one of the better selections from the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 22:52:33 | More by Rifugium
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cabo Fish Taco

A- hazy amber-orange color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour and leaves great lacing down the entire glass

S- grassy and citrus hop notes, grapefruit, slightly sweet malt and fresh mint on the finish

T- juicy citrus hop with notes if grapefruit zest and mint, sweet sugary malt, danky citrus hop finish that is dry-yet-tart with a long linger.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel leads to a smooth and velvety finish

O- huge citrus flavors make this one an enjoyable IPA. Citrus-forward ipa's are my favorite of the style and this one doesn't dissapoint. The tapped version seems to have a bit more pronounced flavor than the bottled version, I'd definitely try this one again

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 04:45:01 | More by Treyliff
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 01:38:28 | More by dpodratsky3
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 20:25:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 19:25:21 | More by hopsolutely
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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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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14 oz pour at the Charlotte airport

A: copper color, i think the glass was soapy as the head was almost non existent but did put up a bit of a fight on lacing, white and delicate

S: hop resin, apricot, orange rind,

T: good match to the nose, does have a hit of anise about 1/2 way though that quickly dissipates into a more grassy quality. otherwise, raw hop and sweetish fruit tones

M: good, moderately heavy with just a slightly dry finish

O: not too bad, a bit raw all around, but for an airport beer it was a satisfying experience

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 19:13:27 | More by waldoiverson
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light copper hue with scone finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citric hop atop a light grainy malt.

The taste was likewise characterized by a punchy grapefruit hop that was slightly mellowed bug the grainy ple malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice hop forward ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 00:12:21 | More by plaid75
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Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in what appeared to be a weizen glass at the Charlotte airport. Pours a translucent amber with a creamy, one inch, bright white head that dissipates into a thin, consistent skim. Nose expresses toasted malts and a hint of noble hops. Taste consistent with nose - some simcoe comes out at the start, but a light, noble hops bitterness reveals itself at the back and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation, a trace of citrus acidity and some residual burn at the finish. Overall, a decent, well-balanced IPA; however, the hops quality is a bit too unassuming for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 23:30:41 | More by Jwale73
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at clt airport.
Pours a orange golden. Little head, lots of carbonation and sticky lacing. Smell is of piney hops and malts.
Taste is of slightly bitter hops. Crisp and mild with a bit of malty finish.
Nice ipa..not one of the best I've had but its a solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 20:20:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
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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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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
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty dead on to that textbook copper color pour that's very clear, two fingered head, and lots of carbonation.

S - The nose is predominantly pine with some citrus hopping and lightly toasted malt. The aroma comes across as overall a little "grainy" and slightly earthy.

T - Follows the nose and the grainy earth comes through even stronger on the palette with toasted caramel malt which gives out midway to allow some pine to come through joined with a sturdy grapefruit bite at the end which holds on for a lingering finish.

M - Tons of carbonation pricklies on the tongue with a light medium body.

O - Glad I had the chance to try this one, can't get it back home. Nothing out of the ordinary or memorable, would be a decent "go to IPA" to have in the beer fridge. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find this one during an airport layover in Charlotte, NC. If you like Hop Devil, you may like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 23:56:55 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

First brew from Foothills since I moved to NC! On tap at Tyler's in Carrboro.

It poured a deep golden straw color, but with a nice head. Nice pour bartender!

It smells like Two-Hearted. I pick up a nice balance of citrus, pine, and bitter hops. Definitely dry hopped and hops added to the boil. Really no malt in the smell. Floral hops also really shine here.

The taste was really even more like Two-Hearted. Nice balance of the hop bill. Piney up front, with citrus bringing up the rear. Bitterness kind of just pervades every taste, but doesnt try to take over. They also leave an oily feeling on your tongue, which is nice because it doesnt allow the hops to rip apart your taste buds.

Its really not overly hoppy, all the flavors are there, and yet they mingle nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 01:35:18 | More by VncentLIFE
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North Carolina

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

Color is a light amber/golden with a thick, foamy white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is floral, with the hops providing notes of pine and herbs. The complex hop profile mixes with a bit of malt sweetness in the taste, giving the effect of what is almost like a (tiny) squeeze of fresh orange juice. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 19:53:20 | More by MayLattimore
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bank of America Stadium right before Week 3, Jaguars at Panthers. Yes we Cam!

It arrived a light auburn in color with a very creamy off white head. It smells of light and dry pine with some pale malt. It tastes of dry, light, yet sticky pine. It's pretty light for an IPA but has good hop presence. It is really, really light in body, possibly because it was on draft. Overall its an ok IPA, just lighter than most. Nothing is like a tick at BOA!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 16:36:50 | More by aasher
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark gold almost copper color with a bright, white head that slowly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S-Citrus hops and some caramel malt.

T-Much like the nose with citrus hops up front providing a nice grapefruit flavor followed by fairly big malt backbone providing notes of caramel and graham cracker. Its a very balanced ipa.

M-Kind of thin for the style as its not heavy.

D-Definitely a drinkable/sessionable ipa.

Overall, not a very complex or hoppy ipa. I like its balance but it seems a little light for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 20:39:01 | More by thegodfather2701
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 02:21:02 | More by tdm168
Photo of BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

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

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Amber bodied with a short white head. Nose is hoppy and vibrant with pine, caramel, light maple syrup and sweet malts. Taste is big citrus, pine, chewy, sweet malts, caramel and light spice. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Ends with more citrus, pine oils, caramel, light toffee and sweet malts. Fine effort

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 20:09:46 | More by BeerBeatnik
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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
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