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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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916 Ratings
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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 73 | 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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Photo of MayLattimore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a light amber/golden with a thick, foamy white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is floral, with the hops providing notes of pine and herbs. The complex hop profile mixes with a bit of malt sweetness in the taste, giving the effect of what is almost like a (tiny) squeeze of fresh orange juice. Good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 19:53:20 | More by MayLattimore
Photo of aasher


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bank of America Stadium right before Week 3, Jaguars at Panthers. Yes we Cam!

It arrived a light auburn in color with a very creamy off white head. It smells of light and dry pine with some pale malt. It tastes of dry, light, yet sticky pine. It's pretty light for an IPA but has good hop presence. It is really, really light in body, possibly because it was on draft. Overall its an ok IPA, just lighter than most. Nothing is like a tick at BOA!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 16:36:50 | More by aasher
Photo of lanamj

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stone pint glass.

A- Poison very nice copper gold brown color, with a nice quarter inch white foamy head that reduces to minimal lace that resides on edge of the class.

S- Nice hop aroma that is a good sweet malt backbone. I get both bitter and aroma hops.

T- a very well balanced beer what's a smooth malt and bitter hops. I get a lot a grapefruit on the back end.

M- Nice smooth crisp ipa that is easy drinking. It goes down easy probably good for any occasion.

O- A great american ipa from foothills brewery. The hop and malt balance is very well presented in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 22:21:16 | More by lanamj
Photo of Dope


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice perfectly clear amber pour. Big fluffy off-white head. Retention is decent but lacing is lacking.

S: Hops are pretty subtle, smells orange/lemony. Maybe a dash of pine? Pretty solid bready malt in there too.

T: Pretty citrus-forward which fades into a pine+bready malt mix quickly. Very well balanced. Lingering pine bitterness in the aftertaste. As it warms the pine becomes stronger and stronger.

M: A big prickly with the pine bitterness but otherwise very nice. A bit drying on the aftertaste as wel.

O: I wasn't expecting much but this one surprised me. Great transition and combination of hop flavors and very well balanced. Great drinking beer too, I could easily have several.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:16:03 | More by Dope
Photo of Trilogy31


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honyed brown with a gorgeous rocky cap of foam - Almost belgium like, leaving thick streakings of lace down the glass. The nose pops with dank pine, green citrus and caramel malts with a nice bittering scent. The taste is slightly less impressive with marzipan, light citrus and rich caramel malts with a light hoppy bite - drinks more like an apa than an ipa. Good beer though nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:35:08 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of mdaschaf


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this bottle, really like the art on this one.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with no head or lacing. To say that this was disappointing would be an understatement.

S: Some bright citrus fruit, mostly orange, with a hint of pine and pineapple. There is a little bit of bready malt to balance it out.

T: Similar to the aroma, but less pine and more citrus. Lots of oranges and lemons as well as their zest. Light pale malt on the back end before a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: Was amazed at how easy drinking this one was. Nice flavor profile, just a solid IPA. Definitely Yum.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:32:15 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of THECPJ


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with no head or lacing

smell: simicoe hops, caramel, malts

taste: malty biscuit, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a really easy drinking IPA. could not believe how smooth this was to drink.


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:12:11 | More by THECPJ
Photo of fields336


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, reddish orange with 1.5 fingers cream colored head, nice bubbles popping up, carbonation looks nice, extremely slight alcohol legs present. Slight lacing as the head fades.

S: citrus, oranges, pineapples, mango, delicious hoppy goodness. slight sweet bready malt character in the background, slight fruity yeast tinge as well

T: Piney, orange, pineapple, mango hops hit your tongue, but a really awesome balance of bready, biscuity malt comes in too, subtly and balances out that bitterness oh so nicely. A real treat for the taste buds.

M: You could chug this one, its so nice, Medium bodied but it doesnt drink like it, really drinkable. For 6.3% its not noticeable. the carbonation is really nice, the finish lingers just long enough. Not too bitter either on the finish.

O: You really cant ask for much more from an American IPA. This is such a great IPA, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:48:49 | More by fields336
Photo of dedrinker


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with a decent off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, and woodsy resin.

Tastes like an even blend of orange and coniferous sap, but not aggressively so.

Medium body and a nice even finish of hop flavor and bitterness.

This is the first IPA from North Carolina that has grabbed my attention so far, and I hope to see this avenue pursued further.

North Carolina has the raw ingredients to be one of the coolest and best states in this God-blessed country brothers and sisters, and I'm not joking.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:25:20 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Bogforce


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cwguy5 for this brew in a trade, was excited to see some Foothills!

A: Pours a very true gold color with a small had that goes away quickly. No signs of lacing.

S: Getting a lot of hops and some malt. Citrusy hops as well as some pine notes.

T: Basically all hops, bitterness is good a long with a decent citrus hop taste as well

M: The label doesn't lie, this is an easy drinker.

O: A 6.3% IPA is a change for me but I like this style. Not a lot of malt and a good amount of hops. Says on a label to be a sessionable beer and I agree. Doesn't kill you on the ABV or the bitterness. Very decent beer

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:13:40 | More by Bogforce
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another North Carolina beer, thanks to Handle. Bomber into tulip - no bottling date on this one.

Pours a deep shade of tangerine, almost dark orange. One-finger foamy white head with solid retention. Nice soapy lacing.

Great citric hop aromas coming off of this one. Oranges and lemons. Floral notes. Some malt, too - this is a sweet-smelling IPA. There's also a little bit of spice in the mix – pepper?

A lot of citrus hops in the taste, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Like the smell, this is very floral. A biscuit malt character adds a bread-like flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice on this one – lively carbonation. I won’t debate Foothills semantics of “sessionable,” but this goes down very easily.

I'm not sure when this beer was bottled, but unless this is from a new batch the other reviews indicate that this is from July. If so, this has held up really, really well. A sweet, hoppy and ultimately balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:19:11 | More by amphion1065
Photo of HopHead84


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle thanks to kingkong. Poured into a snifter. "7/9" Is written on the back of the bottle. I assume that is the date it was bottled.

A: Vibrant and transparent golden orange with a mountain of a beige head and great retention. Lacing is scattered.

S: The aroma is very malty. Notes of bread, biscuit, and caramel are apparent, as well as a dash of alcohol. Hops give off a floral bouquet, with stronger notes of orange and tangerine. Though maltier than I like, it smells pretty good. There's a little onion as it warms.

T: Lightly sweet biscuit blends with caramel and a pleasant moderate level of smooth bitterness. Hops impart a lot of orange and grapefruit flesh, with minimal pith and rind notes. The beer is pretty well balanced, both hops and malt showcasing positive attributes. It's sort of like a barleywine light. The finish displays a touch of alcohol, with lingering orange and tangerine. Though maltier than I like my IPAs, it tastes pretty good.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: As you may have gathered by now, this is maltier than I like my IPAs, but it's still enjoyable and quite drinkable. Nothing great here if you like your hoppy beers drier and less malty, but certainly a well crafted beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:37:03 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Kingkong for surprising me with this one!

A: A giant cloudy head sits atop a honey hued nectar, marked by a touch of haze and some lazy lacing emanating from the glass' laser etching.

S: Bouquet is both light and delicate, with floral, herbal, and pine notes coming together beautifully.

T: Bone dry from the get go, with a bitter punch in the beginning, followed by toasted baquette, and finishing off with herbal hops.

M: Very light, dry, and refreshing, with just a touch of hop astringency.

O: A highly sessionalbe and flavorful ale. It is nice to see someone go against the grain and make am IPA that isn't so heavy. Its lightness makes it a great candidate for food pairing, as well as for mass consumption. Definitely a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:40:08 | More by Avagadro
Photo of Cavery


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of KingKong; 7/10 bottle date.

A: First off, remarkable clarity for the style.This is an almost pilsener-esque see-through body with a more IPA familiar yellow/orange body. A head of about 2 1/2 fingers rose like biscuits then disappeared back into the body. Spotty bacteria under a microscope like lacing with a consistent yet thin film of egg shell foam rests on top of the clear body.

S: A slightly spicier old orange rind scent that perks up my attention. A sort of orange in lime salt and slight suggestions of fall seasonal cooking rubs. The middle of the scent is cut by this mildly orange citrus dusty/muskiness. It comes off earthier than you'd expect, like a oranges in the dirt of an orchard. Different, but it lacks vibrancy.

T: A fairly disappointing variation on an orange theme. Slightly dulled lemon rind accompanies the oranges as a garnish atop steamed dark greens. Radishes, turnips, brussel sprouts, and lightly salted Kayle. Light bitter juices break through like a first bite of collared greens. Pleasant, and proportional to the orange zested mild hops. This bitter, but mild, and uses bitterness in place of a hop burn.

M: This beer may look like a lager, but it really doesn't drink like one. There's a surprising middle-tier body with a slippery mercury like feel. This beer just slips down the throat, and makes for an very easy beer to swallow. No harshness of alcohol, and the lack of hop burn really makes the beer feel even silkier. I would have liked more contrast here, but it's simple and decent.

O: A fairly simple IPA, but one that has a very consistent flavor profile. The bitter characteristics make it a great pairing for creamy dishes. Mushroom soups and bisques would find a seasoning beverage pairing in this brew. Buttery garlic breads would be my pairing of choice, and the contrast would up the drinkability. This is a good single IPA with a bitter greens profile, but not one that I'd seek to quench a thirst on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:52:22 | More by Cavery
Photo of mikereaser


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy foam that seems to be leaving some good lacing.
S - nice tangerine and lemon aroma coming from the hops along iwth a bit of caramel malts
T - nice citrus up front, lots of lemon throughout while mixed with some caramel malts balancing this one out nicely. The lemon really sticks with you after the beer is gone from your palate
M - nice carbonation, medium bodied, light in the mouth with a bit of stickiness.
D - very enjoyable IPA, maybe a little different than others, but very nice. I'd definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:19:16 | More by mikereaser
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark gold almost copper color with a bright, white head that slowly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S-Citrus hops and some caramel malt.

T-Much like the nose with citrus hops up front providing a nice grapefruit flavor followed by fairly big malt backbone providing notes of caramel and graham cracker. Its a very balanced ipa.

M-Kind of thin for the style as its not heavy.

D-Definitely a drinkable/sessionable ipa.

Overall, not a very complex or hoppy ipa. I like its balance but it seems a little light for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 20:39:01 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of engagechad


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade with n2185 - thanks! - dfh snifter

Pours a nice gold color with not much head and not much lacing. Smells hoppy but nothing crazy good and taste follows but again nothing spectacular. Finish is a little harsh.

Overall this is an IPA. It's good. But nothing great

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 14:37:40 | More by engagechad
Photo of daveytheformer


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ucusty for this extra.

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy off white head that fades quickly to some lacing and spotting.

Smells like cascade hops all over. Tangerine and lemon citrus. Grassy and herbal.

Tastes are pine and sticky grass. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is good and very drinkable. I am liking some Foothills right about now.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:46:16 | More by daveytheformer
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2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a GI goblet (no other clean glasses!!)


Beer pours a clear amber color with about a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates into a small ring around my glass. Some nice bubbles floating to the top however probably attributed to my choice of glass.


A little weak for an IPA. Seems more like a pale ale. Slightly sweet bready malts with a little citrus to it. For the style, nothing special, but if I was told this was a regular old pale ale, it would get some decent marks.


Up front bitterness...a little earthy (pine, grass, etc) moving into some slightly sweet malts. Maybe a tad too malty, like you get from an older IPA, however this bottle is only about a month ago.


Almost medium bodied with good carbonation. Beer is very crisp/clean with a slightly dry finish. Pretty refreshing, but not what I want from an IPA.


Nothing special. This bottle is relatively fresh and I doubt I'd enjoy it a whole lot better even if I had it on tap. A nice extra and glad I tried it, but taste more like a APA than an IPA (and it would be a pretty decent APA!). A good beer to have on a hot day...I'll give it that.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:20:12 | More by cetherid
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler received as an extra in a trade thanks to a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a reddish tinged copper with a 2 finger slightly buttery white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Practically no smell whatsoever....WTF? It's like smelling a mediocre amber ale from a bottom of the barrel brew pub.

Taste: Some sweet malt up front that is more remniscent of the type of malt tasted in a red ale or a copper ale than the caramel flavor usually associated with IPA's of this color. Finally some moderate hop bitterness that is mainly herbal and slightly grassy. The hops finish quite soapy.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied, with carbonation that comes off slightly seltzery.

Overall: A pretty terrible example of the style but not the most offensive beer.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 01:16:55 | More by koopa
Photo of msubulldog25


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Opened late on a warm Saturday afternoon in the backyard. Thanks, Metalmonk, for the chance to try a new IPA!

A: Coppery-orange, with a hint of redder fire; quite clear/filtered, which shows off a plentiful carbonation. Sturdy blob of ivory fluff, a finger's worth that takes a couple minutes to fade. Excellent lace, sticking seafoam bands.

S: Malty and dry, a subtle crackerbread, vague hints of grass and herbs, but virtually NO HOPS. Unbelievable that this is a 70 IBU IPA, a malty sweetness - had this been called an English Pale Ale I'd have bought it. Underwhelming.

T: Surprisingly malty (though not as surprising after smelling a couple times). Cracker dryness tempered with a nice spicy greenness, almost peppery. On the downside, a little metallic/brassy, too.

M: Nice texture: mildly crisp, yet silky and steadily/creamily carbonated. Feel is good enough for me, not overly crisp nor dull. Thinner feel, but because I like the effervescent smoothness, a '4' seems fair.

O: Hmmmm. Not all that impressive, especially as I'm comparing it to Northwest/West Coast IPAs... unfair, perhaps, but it happens when you live in Oregon. Reading back on older reviews this beer sounds pretty amazing when on draft (and the brewery itself commands repect for Sexual Chocolate, et al); the bottled version, however, disappoints somewhat? Hopp-Yum? More like Hopp-HoHum...

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 15:05:18 | More by msubulldog25
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very mild and somewhat sweet. Mild citrus notes and a bit nutty.

Taste: Quite bitter, but there is a strong malt presence. Bitter citrus peel hops with a nutty malt background. Not super complex, but still good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is dry.

Overall: I liked the malt presence, but I would have liked it to be a little more complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:07:22 | More by oline73
Photo of LSUPT


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, hand-dated 6/25, split two ways to a La Fin du Monde Tulip.
Deep straw yellow to light amber in color, crystal clear. Huge 3 1/2 inch white head that dissipates at an average pace. Leaves a couple half crescents and spotty lacing.

Smell from the bottle is good fades after the pour. Fruity and piney to mild malt sweetness. Bitterness in the taste is perfect, a good amount but not too much in my opinion. Has a similar malt and hop taste to a lot of the NC IPAs that I had. Kind of a mild flavor, mostly pine and slightly floral. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, pretty good, but maybe a bit too much carbonation for me though.

Overall this is highly drinkable and very enjoyable even if all the flavors I would like to see aren’t there.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 20:47:30 | More by LSUPT
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3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Burnt orange, very clear and filtered in appearance. e Huge bright white foamy three finger head. Lace looks like its sticking around like a sticky parasite on the inside of my glass.

Smell is citrusy malt hoppyyeastybread. I love making up new words. It is a very well balanced beery aroma. But it is a little heavy on the bready yeast.

Taste is...ummm...a little tart, a little sweet, and a little bitter. But I am having a hard time really picking any specific flavors out of this beer. It's like the idea is there, but there isn't anything tangible.

Mouthfeel is right where is should be. Nice carbonation, sort of bright on the tongue. Not watery at all, but not heavy. Just right.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer, but as usual I have more of a west coast palate. Not a terrible representation, but more of an east coast example with malts taking the center stage in an IPA rather than the hops. As a west coaster, I am not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 07:13:31 | More by azdback
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/20/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for bringing this back from the BA SC release and sharing it. I don't think I tried this the one time I was down at Foothills, so was glad to see it. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 07/10/11, so crazy fresh.

a - Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and a little head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruit, and light floral notes. A ton of pine and citrus in the nose, definitely seems hopped up and fresh.

t - Taste follows the nose, with a ton of pine and citrus hops. Light fruity malts and floral/earthy notes, and some moderate bitterness in the taste. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the mouth, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this is a pretty good IPA. Definitely a ton of pine hops to it, but not a lot of bitterness thanks to the relatively low ABV, which I appreciated. Pretty easy to drink and felt like I could have drank the whole bomber. Apparently they were selling these for $5 at the brewery and if I saw this on the shelf for $8-9 I'd certainly pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 15:42:27 | More by mdfb79
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.