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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 117 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mwbrady12, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

flyingPharmacist, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

scott2269, Jul 14, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

BradtheGreat7, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jerry, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

snowmg, Jul 10, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jeeb, Jul 09, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer is a dank, thick, burnt orange color with moderate opacity. A lightly yellow-tinted head is an initial height of one finger and retention is good. It remains tight and creamy, even after it's receded to a strong foam. That remaining head never diminishes and leaves patching in good quantity.
The smell that first comes out of the glass is dank and herbal, and reminds me of a certain illicit substance to which hops are related. As it sits, more floral and pithy notes come out. Malts do a good job of balancing with some caramel and toast. It alternates in strength with each sniff I take.
Hops are in the forefront, a bit of juicy citrus alongside some pine. There's definitely some bitter citrus zest also, and a little pith rides into the finish.
There's a crispness that starts off with a little bit of a bite but fades off as it goes. The body is medium but thins out a little. A touch of a metallic note, not dissimilar from what might be found in an English style, lies underneath.

Brenden, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GFish, Jul 06, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus with copper hops and caramel malt.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus and resin hops, with some sweet honey and melon malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a good west coast IPA with solid taste, but only decent scent and body. The finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but not bad at all.

Pencible, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tsing, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kristougher, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SDG1070, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jcarbaugh, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

clemtig76, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SFNC, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

njable, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JasonTaverner, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

stogirelli, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tarheels4life23, Jun 21, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Consumed 6/21/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving this bottle to me, for absolutely no reason

Appearance: Somewhere between dark gold and light copper from a distance, some yellow and orange when held to the light - very clear - pours with an average-sized, bright white head, fades to a cap, leaves minor lacing

Smell: Unexpectedly mild overall - floral and spicy hops with some caramel malts - floral citrus, lightly oily citrus rinds - some hints of pine, too - grassy, leafy, lightly spicy - perfume-like at times - pale and caramel malts

Taste: Similarly mild, with leafy hops - leafy, almost grassy, lightly spicy - kind of a generic hop flavor, doesn't really impart a ton of citrus or pine - some juicy orange, and oily grapefruit, though - some pine needles - medium level of bitterness - pale malts, lightly cooked caramel malts, and some overall graininess

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Hoppadequate

This isn't bad by any measure, but it doesn't really stand out. I'm not going to bash it for not being very hoppy (not all IPAs have to be), but I can think of about a dozen APAs that have a more complex, more interesting hop profile. This is worth drinking, and I'd certainly drink another free bottle, but I wouldn't trade for it.

angrybabboon, Jun 21, 2013
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.