Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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86
very good

1,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 38
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
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Foothills Brewing Company 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a murky orange in color with about an inch of fluffy head. smells of pine, grapefruit citrus, and fresh cut grass. a nice bitterness up front followed by a very floral flavor of hops (cascade?) blending nicely with the sweet malty backbone. medium body with moderate carbonation.

a really nice ipa with a modest abv. the first FRESH tasting ipa i've gotten from my last 2 mail orders placed. a shame on the other ones, but this is really enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zac16125
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foothills Hoppyum IPA
22oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

First beer Im using the .25 increments on. My world is in shambles (I dont like change).

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-amber color with 2 fingers of light tan head, which is very bubbly and has good retention. Leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Really nice aroma here. Juicy hops, citrusy, mint, floral-y, lime. Subtle sweet malt notes. Smells refreshing. Is reminiscent of a mojito (fairly certain Ive never said that about a beer before) with the mint and lime notes. I really dig this aroma, which is quite unique.

T: Taste is a toned down version of the nose. I still get mint and lime citrus, along with lemon zest. Some piney bitterness that lingers for a while after each sip. I like the taste, but its fairly muted. The flavors as a whole could certainly be more prominent. Theres not much of a malt backbone, and the one dimensional hops dont make the flavor feel full.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, has a light feel to it. Somewhat lacking. Drinkability is high.

O: Started off strong with a great aroma, but the taste and lackluster mouthfeel dropped this down in my book. Unfortunately without a bottle date, theres no way to tell if this is fresh or not, but as is, I dont think its something Id buy again. It wasnt bad, but there are just so many really good IPAs, I dont see myself going back to a mediocre one like this.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer picked up at Peabody's in Boone. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A: Pours a pale gold, with a half-finger white head; minimal retention and not much lace.

S: Citrusy, lightly resiny hop aroma; some lemon notes, too. Sweet / honey in there, too.

T: Nice resinous hop flavor with some light tropical fruit character; pale malts don't compete with the hop flavor.

M: Light bodied; moderate carbonation; nothing too crazy - actually a bit lackluster in the mouthfeel department, but I guess it does lend to a greater drinkability.

O: A nice IPA - definitely not too heavy, but it does have some decent hop aroma and flavor. Doesn't seem like a 6.3% brew (feels like it should be lower) with the thinner mouthfeel which might trick some into making it a "session" IPA.

Photo of fmccormi
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; no freshness or bottle dating, but this was bought at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham a little over two weeks ago. I had a bottle of it that night and it tasted beyond fresh as hell, so personally I’d wager that this was bottled as little as three weeks ago, if not less, and likely no more than four.

Appearance (4.0): Just about two and a half fingers of tight, custard-colored foam rises off the pour, topping a warm, honey-gold body that’s crystal-clear. It has average retention, and not so much lacing as evenly-spaced, spotty suds all around the glass as the beer goes down. Less webbing or sheets of lace so much as just suds, but they’re all over. In the end, it’s still a rather good-looking beer.

Smell (4.5): Very, very nice pineapple and mango citrus-sweet fruit tones are clear and fragrant in the nose, undergirded by a moderate candy sweetness that blends well with that sticky, sweet pineapple juice scent. The hops have some resinous, herbal character backing up the citrus, too, adding a nice dimension. Any malt or yeast character present is clean and essentially undetectable.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is between moderate and rather strong for the style, which is great—a solid grassiness mixes with a skunky, herbal bitterness whose astringency blurs the line with chewing on citrus peel. The sweet citrus character in the nose is almost entirely absent, though—as is any of the candy-like sweetness in the nose, too. This is just a dry, pale, crackery, bready (the malt is really just like liquid Vermont Common or oyster crackers), and clean ale with a very solid dose of skunky, grassy, herbal hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Just barely on the light side of medium-bodied, with some moderate hop oil character drying out the finish nicely; the carbonation is a little underpowered, foaming modestly on the way down and lending a slight prickle here and there. Better than average, not great.

Overall (4.0): This is really a solid IPA, and for $8 or $9/ sixer this is a great value. It’s got a simple base with a straightforward hop profile, done well—fruity in the nose, grassy-herbal on the palate, and with a hefty bitterness. It’s solid, dependable, and refreshing. Especially considering the price, definitely pick some up if you see it, if you’re looking for an easy hop fix.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (no freshness data) into a Bell's tulip. The pour is clear and orange-gold with 1-2 fingers of head. Decent retention. Nice blend of citrus and pine on the nose. Citrus includes grapefruit, lemon, and some orange.

Medium body, but feels a bit thin. The beer is quite bitter without much malt behind it. It's not the most well-balanced IPA I've had. The bitterness is rather piney, sappy, and unpleasant. There isn't as much fruity bitterness promised by the nose. Just a sharp, flowery bitterness followed by some tea and lemon flavors. The finish is dry and minty and lingers nicely.

I doubt I'd buy this again. It's good, but there are other IPAs out there that are more worthy of repeat purchases. The flavor reminds me a little of Sweetwater IPA, though I didn't enjoy it quite as much.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the brewery on Saturday while visiting family.

Pours with a 1-2F white head over a very clear golden body. Some carbonation flowing up. Decent lacing.

Incredibly fresh, clean aromas. Plenty of Simcoe, which I love (apricots, mostly). Tangerine and other citrusy qualities round it out.

This is all IPA. Sharp hop profile hits you in the face. Lots of fresh pine, with lime, lemon, and orange peel. Just a touch of sweetness to help round it out. Pretty crisp and clean on the palate. Not heavy at all.

This is a very full-flavored IPA, and just loaded with hoppy goodness. Could enjoy several of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent light copper/amber color with a 2 finger head that fades quickly

S- Strong piney hop aroma with mild hints of grapefruit. A faint caramel malt presence.

T-A nice malty caramel sweetness that is hinted at in the nose, up-front. Follows by a nice pine and citrus hop flavor. A nice dry hop finish.

M-Light, dry body with moderate carbonation.

O-A nice semi-sessionable mild IPA, not overly complex but well executed.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.