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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 36
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jpmajors, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppyum IPA pours a lighter copper color. It’s very clear. Light behind it reveals a mix of orange and light crimson highlights. A soft, white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling back quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but extremely light and spotty. Not bad, not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak, but isn’t bad. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and toasted malt scents. Not my favorite notes in an IPA. But, the sweet caramel is fortunately fairly light. Hops are definitely noted. They smell mostly grassy, earthy, and piney. I’d even say a bit dank. A hint of citrus grapefruit and orange is noted, but it’s very subtle. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

The flavor is a notch better. The malt base is just alright. It does feature a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It’s not all that sweet, but the toasted malt flavor isn’t my favorite thing. Hops jump into the mix and add a mix of citrus and piney notes. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the most notable, but pine and some earthy notes follow. It is quite bitter. More than I anticipated. That’s okay in my book though. I like it. Alcohol doesn’t come through strong at all. Finishes toasty, hoppy, bitter, and a little dry.

Hoppyum IPA has a medium body. Carbonation seems very light. The bubbles feel extremely soft. It goes down relatively smooth and easy. Finishing off a bomber = not a problem.

I can’t recall having a bad beer from Foothills Brewing Company. Hoppyum IPA is pretty good, even if it doesn’t challenge the upper echelon of Foothills’ roster. I believe it’d be improved with a little less of a toasted malt flavor and more in the hops department. Just my take. Good stuff all the same. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

travismiller80, Aug 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ONN8, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of penguinboat
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

penguinboat, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Falcone, Jul 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PGVG, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with shades of peach. A one-finger eggwhite head forms with only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Flowery hops dominate for me with sweet malt, and then some pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Bitter hoppinesss up front (pine & citrus) and biscuit sweet malt, which fade to citrus pith or rind flavor.

M: A somewhat thin and under-carbonated mouthfeel. Only a mild bitter hang. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Good flavor and aroma, and a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is nearly a deal-breaker but I did get used to it. I'll look forward to this one again.

macrosmatic, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dave317, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of chardlogic
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Floral bouquet, grapefruit, biscuit malts, pine… maybe sour orange.

Taste: Clean, sharp simcoe hops, familiar cascade hop flavor, caramel malts, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Pretty average IPA, so if it’s affordably priced, then awesome.

chardlogic, Jul 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ErrandWolfe, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hmph, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bloodbuzz99, Jul 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

boonejag75, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

fehrminator, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. Just from the aroma, I know this is going to pack quite the hops punch. Loads of Simcoe hops and their distinctive grapefruit aroma comes through most noticeably.

This is one for you hopheads. Along with the Simcoe, plenty of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade balance the hops flavors among each other. Slightly toasted malt is evident in the finish, but the hops are the whole story here. Long, dry, puckeringly bitter finish. Clocks in at 78 IBUs, but I expected it to be closer to 100. As it warms, everything mellows out and becomes much easier to drink.

One for hopheads, for sure, but let it go for a bit and it becomes very tasty, indeed. Packs a lot of punch, but good harmony among the hops varieties.

McNealc31, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Sicem99, Jul 08, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

stakem, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jason_Quad, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

juliusseizure, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Gatordaddy, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cfh64, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

IrishColonial, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber picked up at Kroger in Roanoke VA. No bottle dating but I took a chance. Probably shouldn’t have.

Burnished dark gold color, with excellent clarity but a very small head that dissipates almost immediately, which I found a bit odd. Average, somewhat slippery lacing. Strangely bland aroma that’s malt-forward and bready with vaguely piney bitterness. Hmm, not so good.

Taste confirms the nose. Mostly just moderately bitter with lightly sweet bready maltiness and little in the way of hop character. Hints, and I mean hints, of pine and citrus. Bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Decent mouthfeel, medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

This had to have been an old bottle as there was really little in the way of flavor or any true hop characteristics. I bought this and an undated Bitter Valentine on this particular road trip and both disappointed. It’s looking like I will have to institute a dated-bottles-only policy for hoppy beers as so many others have. My wife tried this and issued her one word judgement: “fail.” I’d have to agree.

tobelerone, Jun 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

phingdong, Jun 26, 2012
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.