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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,122 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 37
Gots: 144 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

metter98, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

GRG1313, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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

brentk56, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kylehay2004, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SocalKicks, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

oberon, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of largadeer
3.45/5  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.

largadeer, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  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.

zeff80, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 18, 2009
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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.