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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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very good

332 Reviews
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Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,323
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 42
Gots: 276 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,323
Photo of barczar
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%

Grapefruit, resin, pine, tangerine, lightly catty notes, and a hint of caramel malt form the aroma. Tropical fruit notes of mango emerge. Fairly complex hop character. Flavor reveals more resin dominance at the base, with pine carrying into the bitter finish. Toasted malt serves only to tie the hop flavor together. Grapefruit pith and tangerine are far overpowered by the resiny hop onslaught. It's more bitter than I prefer, with a bit of harshness at the finish. Loved the aroma, but wish the fruit had carried through more prominently. The finish kills it for me.

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Photo of jsausley
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

A potent and aromatic beer that is full of lovely, heady hop flavor. This is a top hops beer, with a nice nose and a really strong mouthfeel of bitterness that is not lingering and overpowering. For a low ABV IPA, it is has a lovely profile and it is significantly unique. A very enjoyable, thick flavor of hops, grapefruit and citrus notes covered a nice delectable malt base. Very impressive selection.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ales in Asheville, NC

A - Amber with some clarity. Half a finger of head.

A - Balance between bitter and citrus hops. Fairly sweet

T - A well balanced hoppy brew! Grapefruit and citrus flavors are balanced with the malty backbone. Bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and very well carbonated. Oily and slick

O - A very good well balanced IPA, but it doesn't close the deal like the top of the line IPA's do. But its close.

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Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber color with a small tight off-white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Some tropical fruit and apricot notes as well. A hint of honey sweetness from the malt. A bit too much on the sweet side for my preference.

Similar taste as in the aroma, except much more earthy. Light grapefruit and a rather large pine burst kick things off. There is a bit of pineapple to provide some sweetness. Finishes with an aspirin/resiny note. The beer hits a pretty wide spectrum of hop flavors. The malt is substantial but doesn't really affect the flavor except to provide a bready base to balance the hops.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Quite bitter on the palate but not overly so. A bit dry in the finish. A little lingering bitterness but not awful. 3.75

A very solid bitter IPA.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

From notes on 4/5/14

Down in Chapel Hill for work. Bought a bomber of Hoppyum to try in my hotel room. Pours a golden straw color. slightly lighter than Sam Adams. Had a solid 2 inch head. Very hoppy aroma. Could smell it a few feet away after pouring. Smell is slightly earthy grass. Good amount of malty smell too. Pretty tasty. It is bitter, but it definitely has a solid malt backbone. Has a mild grassy taste, with a bread malt flavor.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

From a bottle, part of a haul brought back from a visit to SC. Bottled on date of 5/29/14, so tight around 3 months old.

Pours nicely, amber coloring, with a big frothy white head, slightly hazy. Didn't get much on the nose.

Upon tasting, although there was some sour bitterness along with a decent malt background, it was fairly obvious that the hops had faded quite a bit. Whether it was a storage issue, or whether it's simply one of those IPA's that doesn't last 3 months in the bottle is hard to say. But given the name, "Hoppyum", I had expected better.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Pours nicely, but this is simply just raw hops to me. Just overpoweeing hops with much skunky bite. the mouth feel is not bad but just not the right combination of hops buscuit and malt. Bought local on a vacation and was let down. Enjoyed sweetwatee al local beer much more.

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Photo of garuda
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, mostly clear, with a white head that has good retention and lacing.

M - Medium body and carbonation, smooth consistency with moderate bitterness.

S/T - Similar, with grapefruit flesh, floral, pine resin, sweet caramel malt, yet stays bitter through the finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Boulevard Ales pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.67 (I think)
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 29, 2014
Misc.: Appeared to be born in July 2014, but couldn’t read the whole label

Poured a caramel, orange, mostly clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good amount of foamy, layered, spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled Simcoe hops, Columbus hops, citrus hops, grapefruit rind, floral notes, caramel, wet Cascade hops, sharp pine and light resin hops.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got wet Cascade hops, spicy Columbus hops, sharp Simcoe hops, citrus hops, some resin hops, floral hops, light grapefruit and sharp pine.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, citrusy finish.

A pretty good IPA overall. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of slym
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I bought this in support of a local brewery, and in search of new, good IPAs.

This is not one of them. For my tastes, this is the worst of what hops are about, nothing but bitter hops.

It looks great on the pour, with a nice deep amber colour. This is an unfiltered beer and mine has lots of floaters noticeable. The smell is indicative of what's to come, resinous and sharp with the hops. Taste is all hops, nothing special or floral or outstanding except the bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice enough, well carbonated but not so much to overpower the somewhat thick texture of this unfiltered brew.

I'd still drink this over the big AALs, but that still isn't saying much.

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Photo of myelo
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Butterscotch pale to amber with moderate, persistent white head and lacing.

Aroma is fruity (grapefruit) piney hops with mild malt.

Taste is mild sweet malt with moderately high bitterness that lingers. Pineapple, grapefruit and piney earthiness.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation and mild ethanol warmth.

Nice, solid IPA. Well balanced with a lot of Simcoe hops, like a lot of American IPAs these days.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a yellowish white fluffy head which retains well.

Smells of fresh piney and floral hops over some biscuity malt.

Tastes of biscuity malts with piney bitter hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good flavorful IPA that drinks easy, but comes across a little boring in the taste. That aside, not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of headaches
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is real beer. It is authentic. One of a kind, but easy to find. My new favorite go-to beer. Refreshing crisp taste. Always tastes fresh and not like it has been sitting on a shelf for a year. As far as IPAs go it isn't bitter or biting. It is balanced, smooth, and has great flavors. Goes well with most foods but also great on it's own.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Oxford in Raleigh, NC on 20 June 2014.

Pours clear medium amber. One finger of off-white head, good retention, fantastic lacing covering the inside of the glass.

Smell is faint, more earthy than anything else, with an herbal slant. Not much there.

Taste is just straight up plain bitter. Pretty one-dimensional. A little grain in front. Rather chalky. Meh

Feel is okay. Medium-heavy, enough carbonation. Unremarkable.

A simple, straightforward IPA. Not a whole lot to it, other than enough bitterness to cover any subtle flavors but not enough to be a palate wrecker.

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Photo of KajII
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber orange with an average (1-2 finger) white sudsy head that slowly receded, down to a medium film and large collar with excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of grain malts, floral and pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange).

The taste was a bit malty with a hint of caramel and a mild citrus sweetness early on, progressing with a nice bitter piney hop taste, a bit of grapefruit with a mildly bitter floral ending. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a hoppy citrus taste left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry yet somewhat creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very simple IPA, a dose of hops, caramel and a touch of citrus. Sometimes simplicity is the best way to go. Simply delicious...


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Photo of patre_tim
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper orange filtered with little fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of orange tinged white head.

S: Caramel, onion, orange candy, kitty litter, malty grains.

T: Orange, big bitter piney notes from near the beginning, lingering into the aftertaste, light sweetness, onion, malty grains like a kids sugared cereal, and a little bit like the smell of dry cat food.

M: Medium thick resinous body, medium carbonation.

O: Very hoppy as should be evident from the name, a great one for hop heads. Honestly not loving it, and I don’t see it as one I’d want to drink repeatedly. Still a great brew by a great company.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, my last review was of another Foothills product. The newest IPA of the month. In retrospect it was maybe better than I gave it credit for. My lower rating stem from a purely economic perspective. It was a solid beer. Case in point this beer.

It is a good IPA, not outstanding, but one you can drink frequently at a reasonable price. A local grocery store had it on sale last week for $7.99 a six pack. Now we are talking! In perspective I paid a buck less for the bomber of June IPA of the month, which by the way had less alcohol and I understand that often that is a driving force in price, although I do not know why. Nevertheless on to the review.

Appearance: Tawny golden amber, a good bit of head when poured fairly easily that stayed and stayed.

Smell: Nice aromatic grapefruit, some malt sweetness, but not too much, floral, overall well balanced in the aroma.

Taste: At first you get balance you detect in the smell, then as it passes over your back palate and you are hit with a bitterness from the hops that tend to linger. I drank a more potent DIPA right after this and did not get the lingering bitterness, almost like an arosol hairspray bitterness. Its good and bad in that respect. But its a balanced IPA overall. I do wish I could figure out the lingering grapefruit rind bitterness issue. Overall I do like this beer and its easily obtained and often on sale around here. It is one of Foothills better beers. Honestly I think they do IPA's well. Jade is amazing. I don't get the craze over Sexual Chocolate, but I have already addressed that.

Overall: Well worth seeking out, and even at $10 a sixer its a good deal and a great beer.

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Photo of pvo
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really enjoy this beer, though this is the first time I've had it in a while. It's well-hopped, but not overwhelmingly so. There are few IPAs that I would be excited to have with dinner; this would be one of them.

Out of the bottle, this made a good head with a dark honey body below it. Good spicy aroma as well.

Some might say this isn't anything special; I wouldn't disagree, but I would favor the term well-balanced.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, floral, slight citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, hint of spice, slight floral, and hint of yeast. Overall, the earthy malt dominates the body in an unfavorable manner, but good appearance and feel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Apricot in color, hazy with a few floaties. The head is off white and falls into a rocky texture with some large bubbles.

S: The hops come across as earthy and herbal, with perhaps a touch of a spicy note. The finish is breakfast bread, and perhaps some grapefruit.

T: There is certainly some bitterness in there. Earthy, herbal, perhaps grassy. The finish has a touch of grapefruit peel, and a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium in feel, carbonation is on the higher side. Tannic finish with a bitterness that lingers into tomorrow.

O: Overall it's a decent beer, but perhaps a little on the earthy side for my tastes.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly cloudy medium dark amber. There is a foamy head but it has no retention. There's a smidgen that lasts around the circumference and leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is very citrusy hops with a hint of caramel malt and a bit of funkiness. The taste follows closely with the aroma. The body is a little thinner but with a crisp finish. It's a decent IPA.

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Photo of Guden
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A- cloudy, with a beautiful burnt orange color, tons of pieces of hops and yeast chunks despite only pouring 3/4 of the bottle. Just a few off white bubbles in place of a head. I'm fine with not filtering but give me a warning and don't carry over the hops!

S- pungent, resinous, and dank with blackberry, raspberry and kiwi. Strong caramel sweetness and a touch of herbal also in the mix.

T- relatively light, citrusy flavors. Middle is a biscuity malt which fades to fairly high, astringent bitterness. Columbus hops seem to dominate with a Simcoe pine character also present but little citrus or juicy character.

M- thin, lightly carbonated. The thinness seems to accentuate the bitter finish but does little else for the beer.

O- this one was a disappointment. A few muddled, stale malt flavors and a bunch of bitter, astringent, medicinal pine is all that really comes through. Oh, and it's ugly.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured chilled in flared sampling glasses chez moi, consumed ca. 5 months after canning

A: amber color, good head; decent carb; not much lacing;
S: sweet malt aroma but something, I'm not sure, is off; citrus
T: very bittering hop-forward, way out of balance from the malt, etc.; lingering bitterness, almost as if a bittering hop has been used as a finishing hop; don't detect the Northwest hops advertised;
M: medium-light

Not planning on buying this again

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip

A - It is amber with golden highlights. It is capped with three inches of beige head.

S - I smell some citrus. Grapefruit seems to be at the forefront.

T - This is a citrus forward beer. The citrus is not overwhelming. It is crisp and has a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M - Moderate with plenty of carbonation.

O - It is an above average IPA. It is definitely worth a taste or two . . . etc. But with so many options in this style it could easily be lost in the masses.

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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

OK AIPA, nothing special. Pours a hazy orange color. A hard pour gives you a big frothy antique white head with fairly good retention. There are some thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild....no big hoppy presence here. Some bitterness and some biscuity malt.

Flavor is about the same. There is some bitterness, some dry biscuity malt and a little sweetness from caramel malt. Didn't get any distinctive Simcoe hop aroma or flavor. The overall beer is malt forward with the bitterness more in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little dry. RIch enough for an AIPA.

Overall pleasant but there are SO MANY better AIPAs out there.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.