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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005)
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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Riverside in Chattanooga $9. Dark orange color, oily head, decent lace. The smell was malts at first and then as it warmed it really gave off a strong aroma of peaches. The flavor was resinous with a chewy maltiness if that makes any sense. The hops were more prominent in the aroma but this was quite a good IPA and I'm very critical of the style since it is my favorite. Nice beer.

ArrogantB, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Riverside in Chattanooga.

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head, leaves some spots of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma features nice citrus and tropical fruit, grapefruit and pineapple especially, alongside a good dose of pine, and a little bit of bready malt underneath. There is a trace amount of the signature Simcoe cat spray/weed thing going on too. Good overall strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, some sweet malt for balance, good bitterness, finishes mostly dry. Quite tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

Very glad to get a chance to try this! Yum, indeed!

elgiacomo, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers around a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: citrus and floral hop bitterness is light but easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, pears, and a moderate bitterness create a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness as you swallow. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last.

Drinkability: very easy drinking IPA here. This beer went down quickly and refills went down fast as well.

Gavage, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from tap at the brewpub into a Foothills shaker from a mispour to another customer. Pours a clear red orange with a one finger white head. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of subtle malt and hops. The flavor was of subtle malt and a nice hop spice. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall it was a nice and smooth IPA. Had a superb feel on my palate and was very refreshing flavor. Would and will drink this one again for sure.

thagr81us, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber, with a finger of white head, average retention, and average lacing. Modestly carbonated. Smelled big on citrus, with pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon all accompanying an herbal backdrop. The flavor was a little too sour/sweet pineapple (maybe diacetal?) overpowering some of the other citrus flavors, and finishing on a thin bitter note. Overall the body was thin and a little more carbonated than the appearance suggested. Not a great pairing with the flavor profile; a little disjointed. I would give this beer a second chance, because I think that there was a strong possibility of a diacetal influence.

donniecuffs, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of BeTheBall
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroon in Myrtle Beach. Looked golden in color and farily clear, average head with some lacing. Smell was on grapefruit and grass, hops. Taste was similar, big up front grapefruit flavor with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was quite good. Very drinkable and smooth. An easy to drink smooth IPA. Nice.

BeTheBall, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom - Asheville, NC

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus - orange peel. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - Good piney/resiney hop bite brings a sharp bitterness to the tongue. It had a good burnt toast maltines.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that was very easy drinking.

D - This is a really good brew. I hadn't done my research and I assumed it available it bottles. I guess I lucked out by ordering it because it was really good.

zeff80, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of dnolan36
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cabo Fish Taco in Blacksburg, VA today. From the first smell of the beer I knew I was going to like it. A very clean, fresh hoppy nose to it with a slight citrus note to it. No head what so ever, probably just from the way the bar tender served it. Minimal lacing on this glass with this one. Drank down nice and easy on a hot day. The first time I heard of this beer was today when I was looking over the beer list. But now that I know this exists, I will try to pick some up later.

dnolan36, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's taphouse the other day.

Hoppyum pours a copper amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer is a bit darker looking then what I normally expect to see in a classic IPA, but otherwise looks pretty nice. The nose is very malty and sweet, with just hint of underlying citrus from hops. The flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet IPA, and it has something of a spearimint flavor on the finish (not something I think of as a welcome characteristic). The beer finishes fairly well, with just enough hoppy bitterness to dry out the moderate sweetness. Drinkability is OK, though there's some alcoholic heat on the finish, that along with this beer's sweetness, detracts just a bit from its drinkability.

Mehhh... can't say I'm very impressed by this effort. The beer isn't terrible, but there are so many great IPA's on the market these days, it's hard to imagine ever ordering something like this again.

John_M, May 30, 2010
Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So excited to see something new on tap in Blacksburg! Especially excited that it's something from Foothills, whose beers I've only gotten to try in limited quantities.

Pour is perfect copper, completely clear, with a surprising lack of head - there's not much more than a white fizzle on the top of the liquid and some spots of spitty wash on the sides of the glass.

Aroma produces nice light caramel malt with just the slightest hint of the grapefruity bitter hops.

Taste is surprisingly initially dominated by the caramel from the nose. It is surprisingly deep and sweet, with notes of sticky toffee. Giving it a bit to warm and open up, I find the great bitter-slick piney hops and a bit of pithy citrus hops underlying that sweetness. There's a hint of metallic in the profile as well. Feel is moderate with a decently firm body thanks to the carbonation.

Drinkability is definitely high. It seems like at least 3 of the places I like to go in town have this on tap right now (Rivermill, Cellar, Cabo), and I"ve enjoyed it at each stop. Keep 'em comin, Foothills!

kels, May 03, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Hopium looked just like apple juice. Clear, slight rust-colored with a decent amount of carbonation running up to 2 fingers of bright white head that left some decent lacing around the glass and lasted for a few minutes before dissipating.

The smell was probably the weakest part of the beer. Sweet pale malts and some fruitier hops, i.e. apple, orange, etc. Certainly not the strongest nose I've smelt on an IPA, but not bad.

Some sweet, buttery malt flavor pervades the flavor up front, accompanied later by some more fruity, juicy hops, namely citrus fruit and maybe just a bit of grassiness. More bitterness and a bit of sweetness lingers towards the end of the sip, making for a bit of a dry finish. Pretty well balanced and decently flavorful.

Dead-on medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation; smooth, slightly oily feel in the mouth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, not a bad IPA. My first offering from Foothills, I just wish I had made it down to Nick's during the two day span they had Sexual Chocolate, as I've heard really good things about that. Still, a pretty decent IPA that I'll probably visit again should it remain on tap there.

feelmefoam, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear medium amber with cap of off-white head that leaves a decent line of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is varied with citrus, pine, and grassy hoppiness

T: Great tasting brew with hefty hops component including citrus, pine, and herbal character on a substantial pale and light caramel maltiness. The flavor is hops-heavy, but there is a good amount of countering malt to help with body.

M: Solid medium-body with good slick IPA feel from the lowish carbonation. Aftertaste is grassy but fresh.

D: A really nice brew from Foothills. Heading down to NC this coming week so will look for this when out and about -- a flavorful but pretty mellow IPA with a unique aroma and flavor profile.

argock, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of feedmechili
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They know how to properly fill growlers at Foothills (from the bottom up, all the way to the cap). This means the beer overflows and runs down the outside of the growler. I had to ride all the way home with the aroma of sticky sweet hops in my nose, while still complying with the law against open containers. Luckily, it was not a long drive.

It pours the color of iced tea, shading toward a more yellow look. The head is white a foamy, but not fluffy. The hops emit a bright, fresh pine aroma.

There is plenty of malt flavor for this IPA, and the hops are fresh, lending a good bitterness. Quite drinkable. It is nice to have beer like this at home, almost fresh from the tap.

feedmechili, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC during the 2010 Sexual Chocolate release into a 12oz. shake pint glass at the appropriate temperature (02/05/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy and glowing gold with a slight copper hue. Capped with 1.5 fingers of an off-white with decent retention leaving some rings of lace.

S: Fresh aroma of grapefruit and pine with note of citrus and some tropical fruit. A nice yet subtle malt backbone contains a bit of caramel and toffee.

T: The taste follows the nose with some fresh citrus hops consisting mainly of grapefruit and pine. Layers of orange and tropical fruit add some depth along with the mild caramel malt.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and slight slick characteristic. Nice degree of bitterness.

D: Extremely drinkable and if it were available locally I would drink this often.

Overall I must say that is a fine example of the American IPA for Foothills that is not only well-crafted, but extremely fresh. Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of jamiesessions
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear Bronze with a good looking frothy head. Smell is dominated by hops (should have expected any less?). Pine and Grapefruit notes dominate the nose, but in a very enticing way. Taste is also strong of hops and while it's quite enjoyable, it also dominates just a little too much, and while other examples of this style (Victory's Hop Wallop comes to mind) can pull off the "kill you with hops" style but this is a little much, and while it is most certainly not a a bad beer by any means (far from it) it comes on awfully strong, like you just went on a couple dates and she's already picking out wedding china. It feel good to drink, and while i like how it goes down, it's not something i'll be jumping at the bit to get again. Overall a worthy brew, and while not up there with best of it's brewery-mates, this is a darn good beer.

jamiesessions, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of callisbeers
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First keg on my new kegarator at home. Kegged on 11/02/09, can't beat that for freshness. Pours a nice copper color with a full inch of head. Excellent lacing that lasts the entire beer. Not an overpowering hoppy taste but good enough to let you know it is an IPA. And one that you could have several during the night. Temperature on the kegarator is around 45 degrees but the beer was better after it warmed up a bit. I have had this on tap at the brewpub, and in growlers, having it on tap at home is the way to go. Great first beer to have as I will only have NC beers in my man cave. One of the best IPAs in NC.

callisbeers, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into shaker pint on 10/21/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a clear, two-tone amber/copper-tinged body with tiny bubbles of carbonation and almost three full fingers of frothy beige foam that retained well and deposited thick, sticky lace all around the glass.

S - Malty nose with sweet caramel and slight burnt sugars as well as some toasted grains. Hops take on a spicy personality with a hint of pine. A waft of alcohol meanders in the background.

T - Spicy kick with sticky, piney hops backed by sweet caramel malt. A burnt sugary sweetness emerges in the middle, then finishes with a toasted grainy character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, perhaps a tad watery overall. Dry, lingering bitter finish.

D - Solid IPA that I'd imagine is even better on tap. The nose was a bit more malt-forward and muted than I was expecting, but this one still delivered.

ffejherb, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from cbros. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head falls slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hoppiness.

Taste starts bitter, balances in the middle with some sweetness, and pine comes in on the close. Mouthfeel is a little rocky, but remains quite drinkable. Comes together even better as it warms a bit.

ppoitras, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Orangish copper color with a small off-white head that lasts.

S - Nice aroma of caramel malt and fresh citrusy/resiny hops.

T - Flavor is caramel malt, earth, and citrusy/resiny hops, some orange and a little pine. Not over the top, but good.

M - Body medium with average carbonation.

D - Good for an IPA. This goes down very easily.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: medium brown in color, capped with a bone-white head that shows average retention and light lacing

s: backbone of dry caramel malt and toasted barley, balanced by a citrus and pine sap hop aroma - on the earthy side and not really resinous or juicy, a well-balanced and aromatic ipa - appreciate that it's a little drier and more toasty than usual

m: carbonation around medium, with a light-medium body

t: dry caramel malt body turns towards toast in the finish with a big but appropriately balanced pine and citrus hop flavor, appropriately moderate bitterness in the finish, cleans up well

d: good for a few

standard pint at the Leesville Taproom, Raleigh, NC

blackie, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a copper bodied crystal clear hue with ample off colore white head. Lacing forms in thick and even bands of lace after each sip. Aromatics offers up a crisp citrus nose with herbal tones chiming in as well. I can tell that they use hop pellets, but I compared this one and Seeing Double IPA and decied it would be safer to vacation in Myrtle Beach with a single IPA in a growler format. Flavor had a pleasant malt backbone with a touch of caramel biscuit malt sweetness juicy hop bursts with citrus and pine flavors arising it really hit with the hop bitterness you almost have to scrape your tongue off between each sip. Mouthfeel was resinous medium bodied but quality in carbonation levels straight from the source at Foothills brewpub. Drinkability a solid all around complex IPA that I had to snag on my way to the beach, also grabbed the People's Porter which was equally enjoyable in it's own right.

WVbeergeek, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of devilben02
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love to patronize local and regional breweries, and it helps when the local breweries turn out high-quality products. Poured from a 1/6 barrel keg in my kegerator, this one has a light amber/golden color with a thick, foamy white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is wonderfully 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. I find the aftertaste to be deliciously bitter, and overall this is a great representative of the style from a great local brewery. I have enjoyed having 5 gallons of this stuff on hand.

devilben02, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Revolution in Charlotte, NC. pours a rich amber color, mildly hazy with one finger of loose off white head. great retention and rocky lacings.

aroma is thick with piney hops and light caramel malts. very fresh on the hop side with a supurb coniferous character. the profile basks in its hop notes. solid.

taste follows the nose with a light carbonation and a wonderfully piney character. goes down on a semi-dry note with residual pine and a touch of caramel malt.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly dry with a solidly hoppy character. very hoppy for the amount of bitterness.

drinkability is solid. hoppy with an easy going and very rich profile. goes down smooth and only mildly bitter. a nice IPA that does all the right things well. cheers!

botham, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got me a growler of Hoppyum here and cant wait to enjoy it. The beer pours crystal clear and dark golden in color. Small white head with lots of lacing.

Aroma is most definitely hoppy. Citrusy hops lend notes of orange juice and a slight pine resin. A touch of caramel malt and the slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma as well.

Really solid flavors. Almost perfectly balanced with the hops and the malts. Hoppy up front with a bit of sweetness. Great bitterness profile. Really easy to drink.

A really solid beer from the boys at Foothills. This is one of my regulars I have when at the brewery and it will continue to be my regular beer while enjoying a meal or at the bar.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical honey amber, fairly calm under a light khaki head, leaving copious amounts of sheeting a streaked lacing. Resiny hop nose. This is a full flavor and quite tasty IPA. Quality evident, easy drinking. Wish I could get this locally. Nice job Foot Hills

Billolick, Aug 24, 2009
Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.