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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Reviews: 327
Hads: 1,289
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 248 | 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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Reviews: 327 | Hads: 1,289
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of beerdown77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,500 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -30%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (517 characters)

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. (652 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (425 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brian44556 for the trade. Poured into a tulip.Poured copper in color almost amber, slightly hazy. Nice heading off white colored heading. LAcing all over the place solid looking.

Smell is not as hoppy as you would think for a name like Hoppyum and after reading the hop billing to this beer. Heavy caramel notes.

This is more of a balanced taste than a hop bomb. Dextrose and malty slight twang of hops but not overpowering just there to balance it all out.

Mouth has a slight chew,full bodied for an IPA, great carbonation and finishes slick and smooth.

I guess I was slightly disappointed with what was stated on the bottle as a great hop bill but just seemed a bit of a let down. All and all not a bad beer. (724 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours clear copper auburn, frothy white head, lots of filmy retention with patches and rings of lacing on the glass.

Softer nose with citrusy hops, pineapple, and biscuity malts, light sweetness as well.

Bitter citrus hops up front with some orange and pineapple. Tropical fruit creates a decent punch of sweetness. Thicker backbone with doughy malt and very faint caramel. Longer than usual finish is extra dry and bitter.

Decent medium body and carbonation, pretty sticky and dry. Drinks smooth and easy, lower alcohol content also makes this one disappear quick. The flavor isn't exactly super memorable but I would have no problem finishing a bomber. (723 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a Bella Mia coal fired pizza in Raleigh.

A - warm golden color, quite clear with off-white head and little to no lacing

S - forefront is citrus hopiness with a light caramel undertone to it, some whiff of alcohol warmth

T - opens quite dry and moves into distinct bitterness and strong hop character. The finish is dry again and lingering.

M - effervescent and light bodied

Overall a solid IPA, perhaps a bit on the dry side for me, not quite balanced enough. (479 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle thanks to Mike. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours copper, white head, spotty lacing, whispy retention.

S - Bitter hops, some malt, some astringent notes. Meh.

T - Ugh. Hops, slight malts, some medicinal notes, herbal notes. Not really all that good.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

D - Not good...at all. Why is this beer even close to an A? (375 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Mike, drank into my Hill Farmstead glass... Looks great, a dark clear peach with a big bright white head. Good thing cap with great lacing. Looks awesome!!!... Boring aroma of light toffee and hops, generic. Staleness to it... Taste is average at best, soapy boring hops, chemical bitterness, no malt balance. Average ipa that can be skipped. (361 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from trader Brian44556....

Pours an ULTRA clear (maybe the clearest beer I've ever seen) and vibrant orange amber. Medium carbonation. 6.3% ABV. No idea on the price. Apparently, Foothills has JUST started bottling this. The head that formed was enormous. Slightly off-white and pillowy like meringue. Lacing is abundant and sticky. Very nice.

Aromas are robust and what one might expect: some floral notes, some pineapple, some caramel and vanilla. There's also a slightly off-putting detergent note. Bummer, this was elite until that.

Flavor is a mixture of Amber ale notes and IPA notes. Initial burst of flavor is provided by the hops, but this ale billows up in your mouth a little too much, making the entry a little hard to discern. Middle is malty and hoppy. Not that the two are really competeing, but they don't meld perfectly. You notice one, then the other. The hops deliver a knockout punch by the late middle, and the long finish is bitter in a very good way and very long. This is good beer, a touch one-dimensional for a non-Double, however. This is one of the more hoppy East Coaster's I've tried, so I can see this being loved East of the Rockies. Worth trying and tracking down, but short of elite.

What I like most: The beautiful, clear and vibrant appearance.

What I like least: The detergent-like notes in the aroma profile.

Verdict: Very good, short of elite, and a tad one-dimensional. They hit their mark I'm guessing. Worth tracking down. (1,493 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had golden brown color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet smell of hops, citrus and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops, a mild citrusy element and malt in the finish. The flavor on this one is just a good, solid creation. It won't win any prizes for originality, but it does what it does very well.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A well made, eminently drinkable beer. (543 characters)

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Eastfield Bar and Grill @ Highland Creek and Duckworth's on Park Rd.

Poors a nice amber color with a decent head and good carbonation, nice lacing.

Smell is hoppy and floral

Taste - Very dry hop taste, malt and caramel make up the backbone.


Foothills is growing on me very, very quickly~ Very Quickly! (328 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a buddy who went to SC Release. Excited to try another bottled FH brew!

A - Pours a crystal-clear copper with a 2-inch sudsy white head that has great retention, and leaves lots of sticky lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine resin with a slightly sweet caramel backbone. Smells a lot like a fruit cocktail cup.
T - Nice flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin, but not as pungent and hoppy as I'd expected from the nose, nor as bitter. Still, quite balanced and fresh tasting.
M - Slightly sticky with a medium body and crisp carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, I could session this for a while. (666 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical crystal clear burnt orange/amber in color. Nice foamy white head but doesn't lace too well. A little carb can been seen in the glass.

S - Not as potent as some IPAs but there is a very noticeable amount of fresh hops that are most-citrus and part sticky sap resin.

T - First sip doesn't produce much hop flavor but second sip the hops stepped in more. Definitely an herbal/floral taste but not overly bittering. A nice malt backbone to support the hops. Balanced maybe a little in the favor of the malts.

M/D - Light body for an IPA that is thin on the palate and not very chewy from the hops. Mouth not left as dry as one would expect from this style either. Alcohol is hidden well and the drinkability is easy but nothing exciting that makes you want to take another sip.

Would like to see a little more hop profile since what is there is very promising. I would say this is a very good beer to open up people to the world of hoppy beers. (956 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich amber with a dense rich head. The aroma is slight and hoppy, but the flavor is strong and sweet, with bready malt and a cheerful flowery hops that fades to a honeyish kiss at the end, with a piny bitterness. The mouthfeel is clingy and pleasant. (256 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one in a 22oz bottle at the Sexual Chocolate release 2011. Very excited that they now sell this in the bottle. And at $5 a bottle, its a deal in my book.

the drink is a shiny amber, gold color. White suds linger on the top and on the ring of the glass after the pour. The smell is just a fruitful refreshment of hops. The taste is a citrus fruit hop with a little taste of grapefruit on the aftertaste. Still tasting the hops despite my last gulp just a minute ago. Very crisp going down with a dry finish. (523 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub during Sexual Chocolate weekend 2011.

A: Fairly clear, gold/amber color, with about a finger or so head that stayed a waning froth throughout the session.

S: Citrus notes that were not overpowering in any way. On second thought, I wish they were more powerful. I smelled a good bit of doughiness in the brew as well that was almost on equal footing with the hops.

T: Yep.... the bready quality was alive and kicking! However, I didn't find this entirely unpleasant and thought it actually gave the brew its character. All the usual IPA suspects were there: grapefruit, orange, etc. The sweet elements did not dominate which was a good thing.

M: Thick enough without being syrupy and the carbonation was nice and prickly.

D: Very drinkable.... for the average hophead.... almost too! It was almost as if this was toned down somewhat to appeal to the greater masses. If I had tried this without knowing the style, I would have called it a Pale Ale. Still, this was a good beer. (1,013 characters)

Photo of jbjohnso
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep Yellowish-Orange with a sustantial head.
S: They either used Cascade or Simcoe hops and for that reason, it smells great.
T: It reminded me of the Celebration Ale by Sierra Neveda; it was absolutely bitter, yet was delicious; a real pucker.
M: A tad bit thick, but this didn't bother me.
D: Although it doesn't fit the traditional definition of the session beer, I would easily make one of it. (401 characters)

Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.