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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 1,394
Photo of Brewdawg6
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty decent...at first. For an IPA its pretty dry- actually finishes like an IPL. Overall, taste and smell are good, but by the time you finins one, it has an astringent quality thats more noticeable than most IPA's. Better than some, but there are definitely better choices out there these days.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber body, finely carbonated half in head fading quickly
Big sweet mango smell. Hops, tangerine, orange clover honey. Sort of smells amber-ish. Some caramel notes
Candied cirtus with a hint of pine. Very fruity sweet hops. Mango, orange, grapefruit
A little dry but otherwise a fine medium body
I like this beer a lot, but the dryness and bitter aftertaste are noticeable weak points

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A darker Amber with a thin off white head.

Smell: Citrus with light pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus with a hint of bitter hops and pine notes.

Overall: Good IPA. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out it of the 750ml bottle so didn't see it but it had a great hoppy taste! The malts create that nutty flavor on the Palette followed by the lingering bitterness of 78 IBU. Would buy again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle no date

Dark copper in color, white head good retention. Aroma and hop taste is mix of citrus and pine. Quite bitter, a bit too much for me. Medium bodied.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - deep amber, hazy, frothy off white head, moderate lacing
S - muted, piney
T - bitter, resin, citrus
F - medium feel, crisp finish
O - solidly done IPA

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

Pours a light honey/amber with a lot of beaten egg tone head that lingers a good while before dissipating. Smell is strongly hoppy, but there's some malt sweetness to balance the bitter grapefruit notes. The hoppiness is much more subtle in the taste; serves as a cushy base on which the neutral malts ride on top, until reminding you of its presence on the finish. I really enjoy the full, but not heavy mouthfeel. Well-masked alcohol content, too. I'm not a big IPA guy, but this one is pretty good, and reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of Extol
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper in color. Almost reminds me of an amber or red ale. Not what I had expected. Good lacing and head retention. Smell - definitely piney on the nose. Not much fruit in the smell. Taste - follows the nose in some aspects, bitter on the back end but somehow there's a smooth malt flavor as well. I get absolutely no fruit flavor from this. Just seems like a basic IPA to me. Overall - Just a basic IPA. It doesn't delineate itself from anything else, but it is certainly refreshing and it is at a good ABV level.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper with a decently persisting off-white head of medium density. Lacing is solid, as is the ring around the glass as the head falls.

Original aroma is very sweet- resembling tangerine and those hard citrus candies you sometimes see around Christmas time (does anyone know what I'm talking about? Can't for the life of me think of what they're called). There is a bit of pine, which grows to be the dominant smell as the beer warms, along with passion fruit, and some nuttiness from the malt. Aroma is very strong, and undeniably pleasant. Back of the bottle says they added some yum- I can certainly smell it.

Pine and light citrus fill the mouth with the first sip. The length of the bitterness increases as the beer warms, and though the aftertaste may be slightly one-note, the Simcoe smack is agreeable to this drinker. The beer is slightly sweet, nutty, and slightly tart as well.

Medium body, medium carbonation, with a drying finish.

The yum is strong in this one. Hoppyum is sweet, somewhat tart, and a good showcase for a good hop varietal. Y'all should roll on down to Winston and grab one of these!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-pack - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkish coppery body with just shy of an inch of whitish foam.

Smell: Spicy, floral and citrusy with an underlying touch of morning-moist pine joins for a tropical aroma atop the toasted, lightly grainy pales malts.

Taste: Atop, citrusy, floral and spicy tastes, with a toasted pale maltiness beneath. As the malts subside, the citric, stern florals remain. Moderately bitter. Drying, acidic finish with some lingering albeit slackening bitterness with touches of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's an IPA.

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

A dark orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Smell is of citrus and light caramel malts. Taste is similar with a malt body, citrus, and herbal hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall drinkable but fairly forgettable.

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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 BigGold
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on draft into goblet. Not big, not complicated, but Hoppyum is a balanced and not insignificant American IPA.

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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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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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