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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I stopped by the brewery Friday for a growler fill. I was looking to get "Seeing Double" DIPA, but couldn't justify the $17.00 vs. $9.00 for everything else, especially concidering the 9.5ABV of the Double would have been difficult to finish that night! My next choice was Hurricane Hefe, but they were out. Hoppyum was next in line. I have had this beer once before, in tap form, but couldn't remember it, so I figured it was worth another shot. The first thing I noticed was the rich candy apple color showing through my clear Old World growler, very impressive. Poured into a Red Oak Goblet. One finger head, not much retention, minimal lacing. The aroma was very floral. Loads of hops showing through, as well as some citrus. The taste was very pro-hop, and the 6.5 ABV was obvious. Overall, this is a good brew. Unfortunatly, with so many other beers at the party, I only consumed half of the growler. 24hrs later I poured a flat pint from it that was less than great. Prost!

Serving type: growler

01-16-2012 19:41:09 | More by ElCaholicRacer
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler received as an extra in a trade thanks to a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a reddish tinged copper with a 2 finger slightly buttery white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Practically no smell whatsoever....WTF? It's like smelling a mediocre amber ale from a bottom of the barrel brew pub.

Taste: Some sweet malt up front that is more remniscent of the type of malt tasted in a red ale or a copper ale than the caramel flavor usually associated with IPA's of this color. Finally some moderate hop bitterness that is mainly herbal and slightly grassy. The hops finish quite soapy.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied, with carbonation that comes off slightly seltzery.

Overall: A pretty terrible example of the style but not the most offensive beer.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 01:16:55 | More by koopa
Photo of AgentMunky


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32 ounce Whole Foods growler into a pilsner glass. Filled 1 July 2011. Reviewed 4 July 2011.

A: Huge head on the first glass poured, with great retention. The second glass has about a finger and fades quickly. Nice lacing. The beer is burnished gold and very clear. Pretty.

S: Crisp and hoppy. Touch of pine and grapefruit. Very American.

T/M: Not fantastic, but pleasant and easy-drinking. Smooth and crisp, with moderate carbonation sprucing up a very chewy, substantial beer. The endtaste and aftertaste are especially notable, as they are full of bitter, almost soapy (but not in a bad way), hops. The maintaste is brief and utterly unremarkable.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not a stand-out. Very drinkable, very inoffensive, and rather hoppy. I'd certainly have more, but it's not particularly recommended.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2011 17:36:35 | More by AgentMunky
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South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Nearly clear dark orange to amber with thin off-white head fading quickly.
S: Grapefruit & pine hops & sweet malt
T: Similar to aroma, citrus/piney hops with some malt buried underneath. Moderate hop bite for an IPA.
M: Med carbonation & body that helps accentuate the hop bite, finishes dry.
O: Overall, An above avg IPA. Drinks pretty well, but there are better ones I'd rather drink.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2011 20:34:58 | More by BLove
Photo of farlieonfootie


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought down to South Florida by a visiting guest, Hoppyum is a welcome addition to these parts, where Foothills doesn't yet distribute. Enjoyed at sunset out by the pool with friends, Hoppyum was poured out of a growler.

The beer is a deep golden color with only a very small head. It smells like pine and hops, but the overall scent is pretty minimal. I get caramel and malt on the first taste, but that's soon overwhelmed by a bitter follow through. It's not so bitter to make me want to stop drinking it, but there's nothing to take the edge off. Not my favorite.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2011 14:15:27 | More by farlieonfootie
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler to pint glass on 4/19/11
*From notes

A: Almost burgundy amber. It's a looker, ladies and gents. A careful pour yields a ridiculous 2.25 finger head and some really nice lacing.

S: A drop or two of fruit juice, which immediately transitions into a bitter hop and sourdough mash-up.

T: Simcoe hops, yeast and bread. Barley and wheat germ flush the palate and it all finishes on a biscuity note. This is a very English presentation of an IPA - I find the AIPA nomenclature to be incorrect.

M: Great weight to it. It's not the heaviest IPA I've had, but it really suits this beer. I find the carbonation to be in line and in place. Well done here.

O: I found myself enjoying this one much more then I did at Foothill's brewpub in January. It's easy drinking and quaffable. I look forward to having this one again.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2011 19:42:48 | More by Rhettroactive
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5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this growler on the way home to VA from a Sexual Chocolate release in 2011. It was gon in 30 minutes.It was the best frinkin beer ever....i drank it right from the jug, it was bitter but not bitter enough to ut hair on your tounge...MY FAVORITE AIPA EVER!!!!

Serving type: growler

04-20-2011 23:01:47 | More by jamesfrazer
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru light amber with a soapy white head. Retention's pretty good, and some nice patchy lacing is left on the upper third of the glass.

Fresh aromas of grapefruit and tangerine zests enveloped in light toasted and bready malts. Not particularly potent, but pleasant. Hop flavor is a little more assertive, with a pleasant juicy and tangy citric burst, a touch of pine. Malts are a little sweet, a little bready, a little toasty (and a little too plentiful); bitterness could stand to be cranked up a notch or 2.

Overall impression: Not bad, a couple of tweaks away from being suitable for a hophead palate. So far, I'm finding Foothills' darker brews to be much more enjoyable than their offerings in more hop-centric styles.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2010 20:52:41 | More by PDXHops
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Riverside in Chattanooga $9. Dark orange color, oily head, decent lace. The smell was malts at first and then as it warmed it really gave off a strong aroma of peaches. The flavor was resinous with a chewy maltiness if that makes any sense. The hops were more prominent in the aroma but this was quite a good IPA and I'm very critical of the style since it is my favorite. Nice beer.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2010 02:19:15 | More by ArrogantB
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Riverside in Chattanooga.

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head, leaves some spots of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma features nice citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit and pineapple especially, alongside a good dose of pine, and a little bit of bready malt underneath. There is a trace amount of the signature Simcoe cat spray/weed thing going on too. Good overall strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, some sweet malt for balance, good bitterness, finishes mostly dry. Quite tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

Very glad to get a chance to try this! Yum, indeed!

Serving type: growler

09-19-2010 01:28:13 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of feedmechili


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They know how to properly fill growlers at Foothills (from the bottom up, all the way to the cap). This means the beer overflows and runs down the outside of the growler. I had to ride all the way home with the aroma of sticky sweet hops in my nose, while still complying with the law against open containers. Luckily, it was not a long drive.

It pours the color of iced tea, shading toward a more yellow look. The head is white a foamy, but not fluffy. The hops emit a bright, fresh pine aroma.

There is plenty of malt flavor for this IPA, and the hops are fresh, lending a good bitterness. Quite drinkable. It is nice to have beer like this at home, almost fresh from the tap.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2010 23:01:39 | More by feedmechili
Photo of jamiesessions

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear Bronze with a good looking frothy head. Smell is dominated by hops (should have expected any less?). Pine and Grapefruit notes dominate the nose, but in a very enticing way. Taste is also strong of hops and while it's quite enjoyable, it also dominates just a little too much, and while other examples of this style (Victory's Hop Wallop comes to mind) can pull off the "kill you with hops" style but this is a little much, and while it is most certainly not a a bad beer by any means (far from it) it comes on awfully strong, like you just went on a couple dates and she's already picking out wedding china. It feel good to drink, and while i like how it goes down, it's not something i'll be jumping at the bit to get again. Overall a worthy brew, and while not up there with best of it's brewery-mates, this is a darn good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2009 05:35:31 | More by jamiesessions
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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
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from cbros. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head falls slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hoppiness.

Taste starts bitter, balances in the middle with some sweetness, and pine comes in on the close. Mouthfeel is a little rocky, but remains quite drinkable. Comes together even better as it warms a bit.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2009 18:12:42 | More by ppoitras
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper bodied crystal clear hue with ample off colore white head. Lacing forms in thick and even bands of lace after each sip. Aromatics offers up a crisp citrus nose with herbal tones chiming in as well. I can tell that they use hop pellets, but I compared this one and Seeing Double IPA and decied it would be safer to vacation in Myrtle Beach with a single IPA in a growler format. Flavor had a pleasant malt backbone with a touch of caramel biscuit malt sweetness juicy hop bursts with citrus and pine flavors arising it really hit with the hop bitterness you almost have to scrape your tongue off between each sip. Mouthfeel was resinous medium bodied but quality in carbonation levels straight from the source at Foothills brewpub. Drinkability a solid all around complex IPA that I had to snag on my way to the beach, also grabbed the People's Porter which was equally enjoyable in it's own right.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2009 16:50:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got me a growler of Hoppyum here and cant wait to enjoy it. The beer pours crystal clear and dark golden in color. Small white head with lots of lacing.

Aroma is most definitely hoppy. Citrusy hops lend notes of orange juice and a slight pine resin. A touch of caramel malt and the slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma as well.

Really solid flavors. Almost perfectly balanced with the hops and the malts. Hoppy up front with a bit of sweetness. Great bitterness profile. Really easy to drink.

A really solid beer from the boys at Foothills. This is one of my regulars I have when at the brewery and it will continue to be my regular beer while enjoying a meal or at the bar.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2009 19:24:12 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to khiasmus for a growler of this brew in a trade. Pours dark amber with a nice head. Smells mostly of citrus hops. Taste is mostly citrus hops but very smooth. ABV is reasonable & the beer is very drinkable so this would be a great session IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2009 21:18:24 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of MMAJYK


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Bright copper with gold hues. Off white head that's fluffy and sticky.

S. Light sweet honey notes with fresh citrus from the hops. Well blended aromas of a good IPA.

T. Sweet malt up front with the honey and caramel followed by a nice floral and citrus hop blast. Finishes sweet.

M. Medium in the mouth and relatively high carbonation.

D. I could session this beer regularly if I could get it closer to home. Well balanced and nicely complex.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2009 19:28:26 | More by MMAJYK
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at the brewpub while passing through Winston-Salem. I adore their Seeing Double, which is my regular drink at the Saucer when I go but that can get to be a little much sometimes and I wanted to see how the regular strength stacked up.

Bright golden color with impressive lace hieroglyphics once the mountain of white head dissipates. Nose isn't strong but does feature piney, citrusy hop resin and hopefully what I'll be tasting shortly.

Heavy hammer beat of Simcoe hops with tart citrus and pine notes. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style but helps carry the hefty flavors. Not much to complain about here.

This growler has a short life expectancy anyway but it probably won't see the sunrise. This goes down too easy, I'll be back for more. More quality from Foothills.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2008 02:28:41 | More by daliandragon
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

250th Review!

Picked up a batch of hoppyum on my way through Winston-Salem...reviewed that night.

The growler pours a truly gorgeous ruby-red, copper hue that's clear, but has some depth to its color. It's still decently carbonated and produces a thin, bone white head that leaves sticky lacing (the sample I tried at Foothills was REALLY thick as far as lacing's concerned). Aroma is of piney, citrusy, resinous hop notes. Both centennial and then some simcoe hops pull through (I was told they also use cascade hops, but couldn't smell 'em). Hoppyum is a bit less fruity/syrupy smelling than their Seeing Double IPA, but I don't mind, especially since a biscuity malt & caramel presence balance the grapefruit hops nicely.

I love it when the taste of a beer matches up with the aroma. Hoppyum is a classic example of such a beer, which I enjoy. However, it didn't pack much in the way of bitterness, especially on the finish. Orange and grapefruit, caramel, breaded malts, and toffee are all there, yet this is a hop-lovers IPA through and through. Mouthfeel? A bit thin on the palate but well carbonated, and (again) the finish was lacking, but it still pleasing overall. Drinkability is definitely high, as this beer is both complex, enjoyable, and easy to put away. My growler won't last much longer than a day or so. All hail Foothills brewing!

Serving type: growler

11-26-2007 05:10:23 | More by wagenvolks
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled all the way to the top, gotta love that, courtesy of Flash Gordon.

Clear, pale bronze hue, under a sizeable layer of creamy froth. Nice lookin'...

Aroma brims with hops, mostly the English variety, very fruit forward, dark ones, cherry and grape, with grapefruit and orange in the background, zesty, but not too bitter.

Tasting it: more of the same, but perhaps an added texture from bitter hops, dark fruit lingers below, and malt is nice and juicy, a substantial ballast, but the tangy, bitter feel of the hop attack is not to be misunderestimated. Bright, and brisk and delicious, really, a very full flavored, full bodied beauty of the hoppy classification. Clings steadfastly to the palate, a caramelly, citrusy beauty. Nice.

This is a member of a special brigade of IPAs. Those who downright deliver. Absolutely yummy, and a staying power on the palate. Yes! I will enjoy the remainder of this growler, indeed!

Serving type: growler

07-08-2006 10:42:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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North Carolina

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2006 14:00:45 | More by AlexJ
Photo of nickss


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light orange with a moderate head. Head quickly subsides to a thin cap. Nice lacing all around.

Grassy hop aroma. Wish the aroma was a bit more pungent, but oh well.

Floral hop flavour... wonderfully balanced. A bit of grass in the backbone... very outdoorsy tasting.... very nice.

Excellent mouthfeel.... moderate thickness with moderate carbonation.... very nice.

With a relatively low abv and a robust, yet refined hop profile, this brew would make an excellent session beer.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2006 19:32:44 | More by nickss
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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, nice carbonation, nice two finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity, hoppy, mango-like smell.

Taste: Fruity, I can't pinpoint the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation.

This is a great beer. I'm completely screwed up on describing it, but it's awesome. It reminds me of Dig beer from New Belgium. It's very similar.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 06:09:23 | More by donmonkey1
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
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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
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