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Hoppyum IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 342 | Ratings: 1,391
Photo of jamesfrazer
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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!!!!

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from johntangus. Thanks!

Pours a pleasant clear amber color, with 2 fingers of foamy head in my Darkness tulip. As the head begins to recede, sticky lacing clings to the edge of the glass.

A mild orange scent is the most forward element here. The smell itself is actually very subdued. A large breath of it reveals that it actually smells very sweet, with pine notes coming through on the end.

The side of the bottle claims that the beer is full of simcoe, and that's certainly true. Pine is the forward flavor here, with some amount of grapefruit in the back end. It's sweeter than I'm used to for a regular IPA. None of the flavors are bad, exactly, but they don't quite mix right. It's not quite focused on any one flavor.

High carbonation, light/medium body. Coats the mouth for a bit, but doesn't stick quite as long as most that I drink.

It's decent. My big issue is just that the flavors seem to come through in the wrong order. Flipping the usage of the simcoe and centennial hops usage might help. Just a bit more flavor balancing and this could be a great beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very clear orange with some pale yellow highlights. a bubbly white head of foam, only a fingers worth and dissipated quickly.

A - has an odd smokey, ash tray sort of aroma, could just be very earthy hops. some nice roundness in the nose from the malt sweetness.

T - a touch of caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge followed by herbal earthy bitterness in the middle and another touch of sweetness in the finish.

M - creamy. smooth. little carbonation.

D - Decent IPA. Glad I had the chance to give this one a shot but probably not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of veinless
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to NCBeerFan for sending me this amongst many other NC goodies in our trade; awesome box Woody.

Pours a dull amber with good looking white frothy head on top that dissipates a bit quickly, but isn't a mirage or anything. Ends up being a thin but solid cap of foam on top - very pretty. Body of the beer is so static it looks like stone; there are no bubbles, no clouds, nothing. Looks good though. Lacing is average, with only sporadic spots.

Caramel malt is actually the first scent I get, but then some raw hops come through. Don't get much smell though, with only a bit of indistinguishable citrus and a little touch of pine smellable. Resin at the back? Tough to tell.

Taste thankfully brings those hops out a lot more, with soft grapefruit and a little bit of apricot improving on the nose. Pine and bitterness come next, with the bitterness herbal and cleansing without being too strong. Malts are grainy and aren't strong enough to prevent the bitterness from getting harsh right at the end (that's fine with me though). Finish is medium-dry just like the bottle says - the malts are pronounced and give it a slight grainy character and not as much caramel from the nose.

Mouthfeel is good thanks to well balanced carbonation and a slick, crisp body. Finish is nice and dry, aiding the drinkability a lot. I happen to like the slightly harsh bitterness a lot, but others may not. Definitely enjoyed this - it was way different than most of the local CA IPAs I've had.

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Photo of bosox941827
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; served with just a slight chill
A - Pours a clear orange with just a foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S - Hops and more hops; very complex mix too, with a hint of sweetness
T - A bit of sweet caramel malt up front, which is quickly hit with a blend of hops that are fairly assertive but not "in your face". Hops are pine-y with a bit of citrus and are lip-smacking and tasty. Dry finish with a bit of lingering sweetness. Makes you want to take another sip.
M - Not too much carbonation; appropriate for the style. This beer is pretty right-on because of the moderate ABV; not too heavy, not too thin.
This really is a great example of a drinkable, complex, tasty IPA. The low ABV (for an IPA these days) makes this fairly sessionable as well. This is a go-to IPA in this area, and am happy to give a thumbs-up for this Foothills offering.

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Photo of chumba526
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JPWV for this bottle.

It appears clear dark orange with a small off-white head.

It smells of caramel, sweet oranges and grassy hops. There is also a bread like malt smell.

It tastes initially of grassy and slightly citrusy hops. I get a nice bit of a slightly nutty and sweet caramel tasting malt flavor that balances the grassy hop flavor. The beer ends with a very bitter yet refreshing finish.

There is ample carbonation to the beer and a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very smooth nicely balanced, refreshing IPA. It is not fantastic but it is better than the average IPA. If I could find this locally I would drink it somewhat regularly.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Russian River globe on 3/24/11. Thanks to bastionshaw for sending this one as an extra. Cheers, bro.

Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of off white head that dissipates leaving no lacing.

Smells of grassy earthy hops but the smell is not as strong as I had wanted. There is also a significant sweet malt presence in the aroma.

Taste is week on the hops as well. There is some grassy earthy tones and a little citrus on the backside but its mostly malt taste.

Mouthfeel is light and it moves smoothly throught the pallet. Little bitterness. Not very much after taste either.

Drinkability is low on this one. I am just not feeling this IPA. Not enough aroma, not enough taste, not enough hops. It has all the notes of a watered down IPA.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from chase2634 in a recent trade. My first hoppy brew from Foothills. Poured from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead nonic. The beer pours a darker than expected almost-copper with a one finger frothy white head. The head quickly fades to a tight cap over the beer, leaving behind some slight sticky lacing.

The nose is a bit muted. There's definitely some earthy hops, some pine resin and hints of slightly floral hops. The sweet floral hops give way to a strong caramel backbone.

The taste follows the smell, with a little more vibrance and slightly more citrus. The earthy and piney hops still dominate at first, there's a slight lemon zest and orange peel bitterness for a split second, before the caramel takes over and really balances this one out. After the caramel sweetness there is a pleasant bitter pinecone finish.

The beer is well carbonated, medium bodied and has a nice dry finish. As far as East Coast IPAs go this one is pretty good, maybe better than 60 Minute, but East Coast IPAs just fall a little short for me. I prefer the big citrus presence that the West Coast style offers.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled poured into a tulip.
No bottle date that I could find.
Cbros was the very kind BA that sent me this IPA.

Appearance- clear, light copper color with a big white head and good lacing.

Smell- I detect grassy hop aroma accompanied with a good light malt base.

Taste- Judging from the smell I didn't expect this much bitterness. It is a pleasant surprise. The hop flavor is still a grassy one. Light malt back bone that drys out as it goes down. Good beer.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. Has body to it but not too much.

Overall- This is a very good beer. I would buy this over and over if it was available to me.

Thanks to Cobi for this one. I can't wait for Foothills to bottle more.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this at beertopia
A: okay this one also looked the part. nice ipa appearance.
S: just okay. nothing great when stacked up against some of the other ipas at the event.
T: very competent. tasted good nothing outstanding. i think people have this on its own and don't really taste test it against some of the other ipas on the market at the same time. it's good dont get me wrong. just good though.
M: good carbonation.
O: going back to taste, i have to say this one also didn't thrill me at the event when stacked against some of the other ipas. it was better than average but not great.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared by rmalinowski4-- thanks Rich

Sorry for the terse review...
Amber hued dark orange. Whitish head of 2 fingers. Retention and lacing are average.
Smells earthy. Some piney notes. Big malts-- caramel for sure. The smell isn't too impressive overall, but it isn't unpleasant.

The taste is exactly what I'd expect after the nose. Caramel and sweet malts with some hoppy notes-- earthy and dirty with pine and floral notes.

Body is medium/light with low carbonation and no prickly feel. Little oily. Very little bitterness. Pretty weak.

Overall, this isn't bad or offensive, but it doesn't impress me.

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Photo of rwinzing
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jackthebear for this 650ml bottle. Poured it into my Odell's IPA flute glass. Poured a very nice light amber color with a off=white head. My impressions were it was a very clean a pretty looking beer.

Smell - Was wonderful floral grapefruit notes. My favorite aspects of this beer.

Taste - Nice smooth start and middle to this beer not overly bitter and was pleasing. Had a bit of an after taste that I was not fond of. This is why it brought my score down.

Mouthfeel - was a bit thin

Overall not a bad drinker and will have no problem finishing the bottle but not one I am in love with either.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber in color. Forms about an inch or so of white foamy head. Decent retention, but virtually no lacing.

S: Rather muted scent of tropical fruit, citrus and some caramel malt. Definitely picking up the Simcoe on this one - I just wish it was more pronounced.

T: A nice blend of grapefruit bitterness and hop spiciness. Slightly sweet faint caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a moderate grapefruit bitterness.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer. The bottle calls this one a "session" ale and, despite the higher alcohol content, I would tend to agree.

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Photo of largadeer
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from craytonic. Thanks.

Clear and golden with copper highlights. A hard pour yields two fingers of frothy foam that retains well.

The nose is mild, exhibiting faint tropical fruit and herbal notes backed by a dry and bready malt backbone. It's lacking the aromatics of a good West Coast IPA, but it's clean and inoffensive.

Taste is a step up from the aroma, though still not exactly an explosion of hop flavor. Bready malt and leafy, herbal, grapefruity hops lead the way into a very bitter and lingering but clean finish. Light bodied and dry with a definite lean toward herbal, earthy bitterness, this is rather enjoyable and refreshing, but not one of the more memorable IPAs I've had.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkipple for sending this extra my way.

Definitely easy on the eyes. Deep gold with a tinge of copper, no veil and a thick rocky head that creates some impressive lacing as it stubbornly clings to the edge of your glass. Can't really ask for more in this department.

The smell has a nice balance between the sweet mango and pineapple notes and some light pine. Not the most complex profile out there, but solidly above average.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light with some sprightly carbonation.

The hop flavors actually depart from the smell somewhat. Whereas the fruit occupies your nose, your taste buds are hit with mostly pine, grass and bitter lemon peel. There's a small serving of sweetness and bready malt to provide some welcome heft and balance out the bitterness. A bit more of a backbone and this could easily pass as a DIPA. The finish has a nice dry smack at the back of the throat, coupled with a prolonged deep pine bitterness. Again, this is not as complex as the very top of the heap, but overall, a very good beer that deserves repeat visits.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding extra from kflack! thanks kevin

22oz bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness date.

pours out a huge fluffy 3 fingers of white head. very nice retention with lots of sticky lace. a clear amberish orange color. looks like an ideal IPA.

the intial aroma is piney with earthy and metallic notes. it improves much more as it warms up introducing some dank almost resinous hops. lots of green grassy notes. under that there is some citrus with quite a bit of bready, sticky caramel malt. maybe a touch of tropical fruits way back there.

a hoppy taste, but it has a very nice balance. pine and grapefruit citrus are cut nicely by a biscuity, bready, sticky caramel malt. a nice grassy bitter finish.

a very smooth and clean feel to this beer. crisp bitterness. medium bodied, maybe just slightly too much carbonation for the style. but overall i enjoyed the way this beer felt on my palate.

a very sessionable hoppy ipa yet still with a nice balance, i could see buying this if it was available to me. very happy i got the chance to enjoy this.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

This beer pours a very clear amber with slightly off white head. Very good sticky lacing that remained the whole time. Bitter grassy smell, with some sweet sugary malt. Taste is much of the same with lots of grass, some minor orange citrus and background sugary malts. There is an odd sort of metallic taste lingering. Dry and medium mouthfeel. I think this beer is a touch messy but not a bad drinker. It says it is 'sessionable' on the label however that depends on your definition of a 'session' beer.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppyum pours transparent amber with thin chunky two fingers of head. The nose is citrus and metallic. The taste has some bitter metallic too. I taste some malts right away, but the bitter bite dominates, but then malt again in the aftertaste. This isn't as sweet, hoppy, or citrusy as some IPAs; the body is on the lighter side too. However, there is a good balance of malt and hops. Drinking this bomber wont be a problem at all, and I will defiantly come back to this brew. If I were selling it to someone, I would say that it is a great pale ale with an IPA presentation. The bottle claims that it's a session beer, I would agree.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with jpmclaug. Thanks again Jason! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours an amazing, crystal clear, sparkling copper color with two fingers of fluffy off white foam. Very good staying power and leaves sticky spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. Pretty beer.

S - Grassy and citrusy hops up front mixed with some pine and some spiciness...this touches on all bases for hoppy aromas. Clean aroma, very mild sweet maltiness...a touch of grain and a bit of a soapy aroma too. Aside from the wealth of hop varietal aromas, a pretty straight forward IPA.

T - Piney hop flavors up front with a crisp and intense bitterness. Fruity esters hit next and combine with a touch of sweetness from the malt and the citrusy hop flavors. Grainy underneath with a hint of toasted malt...

M - Sticky and resiny hops dominate...body is light to medium and carbonation is sharp and crisp and a bit on the high side. Sharply bitter up front, smooth and fruity in the middle, crisp and dry on the finish.

D - Quite enjoyable IPA. Very hop focused and bitter - complex hop flavors...not too heavy and manageable at 6.3% too. Hitting the spot while accompanying my pizza tonight. Glad to have an opportunity to sample this one.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bucket Boy for this. Much appreciated and unexpected.

A-- Poured a clear, Carmel orange color. Just a small bit of carbonation showing on the pour. One and a half finger head, light brown or dirty egg white in color. Good soapy lacing and good head retention to this.

S-- Lots of malt for this. Get a lot of Carmel, cooked pineapple, candied orange, and a bit of pine. Pretty muted hop smell, as far more candied and Carmel smell to this.

T-- Kind of a, meeh, taste to this. Very soft hop bit to this. Soft, muted and a bit stale grapefruit. A little bit of Carmel backbone to this but not a lot.

M-- Much better mouthfeel to this. Grapefruit really picked up in the mouth. Gained traction and got fresher in the mouth than in the taste. Mostly Orange and grapefruit to this in the mouth with a bit of menthol pine finish to this. A little oily in the back of the mouth. Think a little too much Carmel in this. Medium bodied and slightly higher than medium carbonated.

D-- Really reminded me more of nearly old grapefruit and orange. How it is a bit there but not there. Flashes of what it can be and other times a bit so so. Bitterness got much higher as it got warmer. thought it opened up nicely and got bolder. Has some flaws but a workable IPA. Needs a bit more crispness to this and more citrus than just orange and grapefruit. For a first attempt at an IPA by Foothills (as was told) it is doable. More happy am getting to try a brewery I have wanted to try for a while now.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from chawk as an extra in a trade.

A - Golden yellow beer with a bit of orange in it. Nice soapy head that rose up and left some good stick on the sides.

S - It's hoppy, but not super hoppy. Floral with some citrus and a malty backbone. Kind of boring.

T - Soapy, some chemical cleaner that is a bit unpleasant, and a not so great aftertaste. Some pine and grassy hops, but it's not doing enough to cover up the less than stellar parts of the taste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Average at best, this is not something I'd buy or drink again.

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Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear orange with about a finger of white head that recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: Smells of pine, resin, and grassy hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a blast of pine and grassy flavors from the hops with a decent bitter bite that doesn't linger around too long.

M: Medium body and carbonation that provides a bite for the bitterness and finishes pretty dry.

D: Overall, a pretty average IPA. Drinks pretty well and it's not a bad beer at all, but it's not particularly good either.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with a white head; some pineapple but with cooked stonefruits.

Medium full body and a rich character and mouthfeel.

Flavors were a bit heavy cooked pineapple and a bit malty. A little out of balance to my taste; or, perhaps I should say that it's a well balanced IPA and that I prefer my IPAs to be a bit out of balance bitter hop-wise! Hops were not as "bright" as I prefer. There was a little bit of a dull character to the flavor and a bit of an "awkward" sweet character. Medium bitter/fruity finish.

Nice fruity bitter finish. A nice drink and good with food. Simply not as bright as I like. Not much of a "statement" here.

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  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!

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.