Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Reviews: 328
Hads: 1,301
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 42
Gots: 260 | FT: 1
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden coloured with a nice soapy head. Lots of lace. High IBU, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish. Many citrus hops: Simcoe and the 3 c-hops. OK drinkable.Average IPA.I was expecting better, and I do appreciate you bringing back fresh and sharing the bottle, Doug.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and citrus zest hop aromas. Somewhat subdued smells overall. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. A touch of honey flavors in the aftertaste. A medium amount of bitterness sticks to the tongue after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A good level of carbonation makes for an easy drink down. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops. I am glad I got to try a beer from Foothills.

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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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and left a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast and herbal hops in the nose along with some hints of grapefruit and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The taste seems unusual for an IPA and has lots of flavors of herbal hops and some hints of mushrooms.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a nice amount of bitterness for an IPA but seemed like it could have used better flavors from the hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber color with a single-finger of white head that recedes somewhat quickly without really leaving behind all that much lacing. The nose is citrus and pine hops, although they aren't terribly present. A bit of malt. The taste is slightly bitter and provides a hint of the hops, but not too much there. Slight bitterness in the feel. Not bad, but a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy copper color capped by a modest head that hangs around for a while and delivers some good lacing

Smell: A nice floral citrus and piney aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt base but delivers the goods with a good citrus hops finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a modest level of natural carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this first firkin at Foothills and looking forward to many more

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

With the golden touch of Foothills Brewing, is seems that every style they touch turns to gold. This fresh and zesty IPA is a certain standout among the many ambiguous examples on the market.

Medium gold in color, the beer also shares light amber and orange hues. Its hearty hop and yeast haze gives the beer diffused appearances that reads a tad heavier than it actually tastes. Firm and long lasting retention sticks with the beer until the last sip, lacing with rings on the glass all along the while.

Refreshning floral aromatics of citrusy grapefruit, orange zest, and mild pine highlight the beer's scent while underlying caramel and bread crust offers support and roundness.

The straight forward demeanor continues in taste as the focus of the beer is squarely placed on hop flavor. Leading grapefruit flavors are white, zesty, and lightly pithy while orange juice and fresh peels make significant headway. Malty caramel sweetness and biscuit fullness gives a certain roundness and plump juiciness to the impressions left by fruity hop characteristics. The malts only support the hops which grow into a lightly resinous bitterness in finish that reminds me of pine needles.

Medium bodied, the beer's carbonation wraps around the malt textures for an effortless creaminess to start. As the hop flavor grows, so does its associated dryness that cuts through the malt sweetness and lightens the palate considerably in finish. With a closure of lightly sticky resins, warm alcohols, and escaping malt complexes; the beer leaves crisply and with absolute dryness.

Hoppyum is an effortless IPA that avoids harshness, graininess, and astringency en route to a hop lovers delight of a beer.

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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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom - Asheville, NC

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus - orange peel. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - Good piney/resiney hop bite brings a sharp bitterness to the tongue. It had a good burnt toast maltines.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that was very easy drinking.

D - This is a really good brew. I hadn't done my research and I assumed it available it bottles. I guess I lucked out by ordering it because it was really good.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new and improved IPA from Foothills no name given yet but from the sever says a good chance it will be called hoppieum (spelled correctly),poured a brilliant clear bronze with a thinner white head.A hop attack on the nose grapefruit and pine dominate a mild caramel malt aroma underneath as well,very resiney,piney flavors up front the lightly sweet malt base is there just enough for those who might not like their stuff overly bitter as I drank more I picked up of an herbal finish.Quite dry and immensly quaffable for my money the best standard NC brewed IPA out there a notch above Shiva brewed in Asheville.I had to bring a growler home with me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a wondeful dark amber color, with little to know head, but mice lacing. This smelled wondeful, I mean just really nice. Pine and citrus freshness! Taste was just as great, hops right up front and very pronounced. Again full on citrus and hops attack. Very smooth going down and could seriously drink this all night, Imean really just YUM!!! Awesome brew from foothills.

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very mild and somewhat sweet. Mild citrus notes and a bit nutty.

Taste: Quite bitter, but there is a strong malt presence. Bitter citrus peel hops with a nutty malt background. Not super complex, but still good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is dry.

Overall: I liked the malt presence, but I would have liked it to be a little more complex.

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

On tap at Revolution Pizza & Alehouse (Charlotte, NC) on 1/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with some amber highlights and a finger of eggshell white head. Fantastic creamy 1/2 finger of retention that stays sturdy and flares up magnificently, leaving back massive rings of lace that completely coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, earthy, and spicy hops with nice supportive notes of citrus and caramel.

The taste is similar but the hops are more aggressive with a good lingering bitterness. Citrus and caramel malts are equally present but don't overshadow the hop profile, allowing enough to balance but also letting the bitterness pop in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sleek feel on the palette but still possesses a nice prickle that compliments the bitterness well.

Solid IPA from Foothills that is robust with hop character, well balanced, and most importantly, quite drinkable. A solid hoppy staple that is always a pleasure to find on tap not only at the brewpub but other NC establishments as well.

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

First had: on tap at Foothills

Hazy yellow-orange pour with a finger or so of foamy white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, toasted grainy malt bill in the background. Similar taste, pine and citrus, decent bitterness that turned slightly acrid in the aftertaste, sweet malts and toasted grains. Light-medium body, easily drinkable for the style. Decent overall, and one of the better selections from the brewpub.

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

This strikes me as what a good, broad market IPA should be like. Has great character and some spice to it, but it's not so obnoxious or out there that it puts it out of interest in the general, non-beer-nerd public. Carbonation is a bit biting, but overall this is nice. Good good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Citrus rind, grapefruit, all sort of dial back once warm

T: Breadyness, orange peel, some dryness & a touch of pineyness up front. Grapefruit, pineyness & some biscuitty malt notes as this warms, a flinty mineral edge as well. Finishes with pine & tangerine peel & slight breadyness & a touch of aspirin towards the end

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

A good, not great IPA, but worth trying if you can find it

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/20/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for bringing this back from the BA SC release and sharing it. I don't think I tried this the one time I was down at Foothills, so was glad to see it. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 07/10/11, so crazy fresh.

a - Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and a little head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruit, and light floral notes. A ton of pine and citrus in the nose, definitely seems hopped up and fresh.

t - Taste follows the nose, with a ton of pine and citrus hops. Light fruity malts and floral/earthy notes, and some moderate bitterness in the taste. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the mouth, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this is a pretty good IPA. Definitely a ton of pine hops to it, but not a lot of bitterness thanks to the relatively low ABV, which I appreciated. Pretty easy to drink and felt like I could have drank the whole bomber. Apparently they were selling these for $5 at the brewery and if I saw this on the shelf for $8-9 I'd certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a sudsy bone head. Modearate retention and lacing from this head.

Aroma: a nice complex hop aroma, clearly reflecting multiple varieties. Citrus and earthy/English (hops) notes.

Taste: like the aroma, there's a nice mix of several hop varieties here giving this more depth and complexity that many Amer. IPAs. No shortage of malt either, there being enough to really hold the bitterness in check despite the 75 IBUs indicated on the label. The flavor starts very juicy, then more bread, herbal and earthy notes appear. The finish is again nicely citrusy, with some lingering toasted malt.

M: medium body with an exceptionally (for style) dry finish. Also quite smooth with no tongue burn.

O: A special IPA that is flavorful and satisfying. Well crafted although the substantial malt load makes this less aggressively hoppy than some may prefer. One of the best I've had in this style, particularly if used as a session brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Beer is yellow with a slight chill haze, soft white head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation steady but low. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly fruity with a primary pine hop presence.

Beer is medium in body a little on the lighter side, moderately dry on the finish, decent weight on the palate with some good midpalate pine hop flavors, mild grapefruit and other citrus in there. As far as an IPA is concerned it is decent. Not my favorite but I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops over the top of some lighter caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are some biscuit malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and a strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink - a very drinkable year round IPA offering. This is a solid beer that I will likely have a couple of more times.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this bottle, really like the art on this one.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with no head or lacing. To say that this was disappointing would be an understatement.

S: Some bright citrus fruit, mostly orange, with a hint of pine and pineapple. There is a little bit of bready malt to balance it out.

T: Similar to the aroma, but less pine and more citrus. Lots of oranges and lemons as well as their zest. Light pale malt on the back end before a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: Was amazed at how easy drinking this one was. Nice flavor profile, just a solid IPA. Definitely Yum.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a clear copper color with more than 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained froth sitting atop. As the cap fades, it leaves patches of webby lacing sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap and a light swirl revives that yellowish tint of foam back to the surface.

The aroma is mild yet fruity and floral with a sweetness running throughout that brings out some caramel grain quality. A bit of that 6% alcohol comes through augmenting the fruity and floral aspects of the hop aromatics. As it warms up, there is a touch of cheesy quality. Overall not bad.

The taste is toasty with a modest bitterness coming from a combination of rindy and herbal hops that have a little bit of resinous quality. The taste of the hops initially is subtle but it increases in character with every sip. The alcohol is perfectly integrated that only shows a slight hint of solvent character that helps move the hops across the tongue and break up the sweetness from the toasty grain flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a decent take on the style but I question this offerings freshness. I would have it again if given the chance to try it on tap but getting an unknown/undated bottle would not be high on my priority list again.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.