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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: 1,321
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 42
Gots: 272 | 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: 332 | Hads: 1,321
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright copper tinted amber pour produces a lacy, clingy cream colored 2” foam column that is moderately persistent.

S: Biscuit and fruit with some herbal and malt notes. Hop and malt aromas are evenly balanced.

T: Fruit, hop earthiness, light biscuit, and traces of mineral lead to a dry lingering bitterness. Balance to the hops with medium low malt, medium hop flavor and medium hop bitterness.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: A very tasty, well balanced IPA

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost no hop aroma. Fruity pebbles, red or rye malts. Super dry. Clean, medium finish. I feel like this is good, or borderline real good. Less hoppy, more yum.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draft three weeks ago while in a pizza place in NC. I though it was an outstanding IPA. I did not have time to write a review then but merely scored it (Oct 15).

I just had to have it again and located it in a store in Richmond VA. Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Orange in color. Smell was fantastic. There is a nice hoppy/bitter taste that is not overwhelming as it sometimes can be in an IPA.

Just a great IPA that is definitely on my list of IPAs I would not hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. The color is golden yellow with a creamy milk-white head and lacing. The smell is much maltier than I would expect from an IPA. It's not very hoppy and I note very little citrus. Rather, I'm getting a caramel-like sweet smell. The taste follow the nose: this tastes more like an old ale than an IPA. It's bready, malty, nutty, and has a distinct caramel sweetness. Only at the end do you taste a rather tame hoppy bitterness. It's only 78 IBU's. What sets this ale apart is it's thick, creamy mouthfeel. At only 6.25 ABV, it's very drinkable. My guess is that IPA enthusiasts may rate this ale low for lack of a hoppy, citrusy bite. Being more of a maltmeister, I enjoyed it and would gladly drink it more often if it were available in New Jersey.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Golden amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Dank greens, pine, candied citrus, and caramel.

Thick honey, caramel, and toffee backbone. Lightly dank hop flavors along with candied orange, honeydew, and pine resin.

Medium bodied, smooth, oily, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Pretty malt forward but it has a decent Simcoe hop profile hiding beneath.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle bought at Bottlebox in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a clear light amber, with a decent half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and orange, with some caramel bready malt and dank pine.

The aroma is definitely better than the taste. This feels overly malty, and weak in the hop department. There are definitely hops here, I get some pine and grapefruit, maybe a bit of orange. It doesn't feel like it's a more balanced, English style IPA, it just feels like a poorly done American IPA. I think the bottle is fresh.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

This was a bit of a lackluster IPA, to be honest.

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Was in North Carolina visiting family and wanted to try some local beers, and this one was probably the best of the bunch that I had. Strong but not overbearing citrus flavor, and mellow aftertaste. Reminds me a little of the Odell IPA ,which is one of my favorite IPA's. Would buy again

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass
A- Clear Amber, nice off white head, with ample lacing. Typical IPA stuff here.

S- Lots of orange, with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of cat pee (Simcoe).

T- Flash of biscuity malt sweetness, then the tropical hops hit. Orange, mango, pineapple, guava. Dankness from the simcoe. Flavors are very good, I just with they popped more.

M- Medium bodied, and very nicely dry.

O- a very good IPA that strives to be excellent.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a proper American IPA: a clear, slightly sparkling just-past-deep-gold body capped by a thick, off-white rocky head that festoons the glass with lacing. On the nose, it is characteristically hoppy: a nice blend of citrus, florals and pine that is moderately intense for the style. The hops flavors dominate the palate up front, with a significant hops bitterness setting in midway, and some biscuity, slightly sweet malt peeking around the edges. The finish is quite smooth; an appropriately strong clinging hop bitterness sets in for the long haul seconds later. The lively carbonation provides the medium body with a slightly creamy, prickly mouthfeel that is a nice counterpoint to the bitterness, which is a fair bit north of middlin' for the style. Job well done.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at pangea in Avon,NC clear golden orange with a thin head, smell's of citrus,tangerine and slight mango, taste follows the nose but with a more biiter rind of citrus,lower carbonation with a bitter dry finish, tgis is a good IPA worthy of a try its just not one im seeking out

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to an uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, with a little tropical fruit and cat pee;

T: pine up front; cat pee comes in at mid-palate and stays through the finish with a little floral added in as well; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: an odd combination of flavors that would each be fine in their own;

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Photo of NCMatt
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but balanced, not too intense, very drinkable. Since it's available year round and can be found locally, this might be a new staple in my fridge!

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Amber, ok head and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Light caramel, pine, and fruitiness on the nose & palate. Medium level of apparent bitterness. Maybe a touch of rye?

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, dry finish.

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- has a strong hops and forest aroma, pretty nice
Appearance- A copper yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- A very hoppy brew, nice flavor a little tart with a dry finish.
Palate- A light to medium brew with moderate carbonation with a dry finish and a nice tart aftertaste.
Overall- Not a bad beer at all, I would drink this again.

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Photo of tkelley
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 10/23/14, poured into a tulip glass.

A - clear copper body with a thin off white head.Good lacing and decent retention.

N - American hops with citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Smells of freshness even though it's two and a half months old.

T - a little mellower than the Roseburg mostly hoppy. A little spicy and a background of light biscuits.

M- fair carbonation and a nice smooth feel.

O - a very nice american ipa. Nothing wow or anything but definitely good. Cheers!

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Photo of hotpauko
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems each time I get Hoppyum every 4-6 months or so, I expect more hops. Nice look and foam, good approachable piney hop smell, but this beer is very much an even malt and hop balance with a bit of bite from both. The hops are on the organic, bitter side, so don't expect a smooth hop taste. Even with the bite, settles evenly and nicely on the tongue. Bought a six pack, but if this isn't your style, try one first.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got it in a trade and was a little old. Looked good and had a pretty nice taste at first. But had a very odd smell and taste afterwards. Its hard to descrbe like a tart/resin/alcohol bite that lingers on the tongue. Not too great.

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Photo of Bmftbl8
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.99 for a six pack, almost didn't get it because of the artwork on the bottle but oh well I wanted to try it. Had a a nice aroma and strong citrus flavor. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of Flight317
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Picked up a 6 pack in NC.

Decent nose. Nice mix of tropical/grapefruit and pine. its got a pretty legit malt backbone, similar to harpoon or other new england IPA's. Its not lackluster in the hops department though. Akin to a torpedo IPA or something similar. Nothing worth going banana's over, but if you looking for a basic IPA this definitely fits the bill.

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Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Purchased at a gas station in the middle so nowhere driving from Tennessee to Florida. From bottle, poured into tulip.

A: Orangey-brown. Some'd call it copper, but I wouldn't go that far.

A: Grape skin and peachy aromas. Tartness with maltiness. Some stereotypical IPA pineiness and resininess as well.

T: A well balanced piney/hoppy IPA. Good bite and lingering flavors. Not overly complex or sweet or bitter. Nectarine/peach fruit flavors at the forefront, with a clean pine/resin followthru.

M: Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Crisp and perfect to accompany a greasy burger and fries or steak.

O: I'd rate this beer among the best lighter IPAs out there, including Bell's Two Hearted (a personal favorite). Not an exacted replica with the all the yummy grapefruitiness of 2<3'd that I love, but this one definitely hits the spot.


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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Local tap at Fox and Hounds in Raleigh.
Pours slightly hazy, coppery orange with a tight head. Foam fades bur doesn't disappear, thin lace.
Smell is of citrusy hops, very nice.
Taste has some biscuit malt, then lots of citrus herbal hops.
This beer has a medium body and a slightly sticky mouth feel. Good level of carbonation makes it easy to drink.
Overall, this is a good A IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops.

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Photo of SlamKing
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a nice IPA that is easy to drink (for an IPA that is). I really enjoyed it as a quick beer, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who was in want of something more complex. Tastes great without being bland.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle as a trade extra. Thanks! Pours clear golden orange with a big fluffy and creamy white head. Very pretty. Nice floral aroma that had some hay, lots of sweet mango, light grapefruit, citrus peel, nice lightly sweet malts in the backdrop. Flavor is grass, a hint of mango, sweet generic malts, a bit of funky hop presence, and a slightly off finish. Medium plus bitterness. Medium light bodied, plus carbonation, dry of the finish. Overall a perfectly pleasant IPA that would be very very good if not for the tinge of off flavor in the finish. Worth drinking.

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