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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: 1,321
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 42
Gots: 272 | 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

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,321
Photo of donmonkey1
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, nice carbonation, nice two finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity, hoppy, mango-like smell.

Taste: Fruity, I can't pinpoint the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation.

This is a great beer. I'm completely screwed up on describing it, but it's awesome. It reminds me of Dig beer from New Belgium. It's very similar.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Westville Pub Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Mildly citrusy hop aroma and a faint whiff of booze.

T- Good hop flavor with some moderate bitterness. It doesn't point toward any one particular direction. Just some mild citrus and on into the bitterness which actually becomes more and more intense with each sip. Touch of bready malt brings a slight balance. Alcohol is decently concealed.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Nothing spectacular but it's better than the BA score gives it credit for. Just needs a bit more balance.

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Photo of sorryifyoudont
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What I am about to say isn't a bash on this well balanced east coast (u.s) ipa. Nice amber finish in glass (draft). Hops taste great but a bit spicy so if you aren't used to eastcoast ipas you may not like this ipa. Honestly to me not much of a potent smell from the draft. All in all I would definitely order this beer again and foothills brewing should not be overlooked.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy reddish gold with two finger head and lace patches down the glass over a aroma of dirty, earth hops and a touch of malt. The beer is not watery but real light as it is mostly hoppy and not too balanced, but thankfully not overhopped so it isn't overly bitter or dry. The lack of balance from the malts leads to a mostly decent but not real good hoppy beer that isn't bad but I don't need a second.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber colored with decent clarity and a minuscule bit of foam covering part of the top of the beer. Faint piney hop aroma. The taste is much more bitter than the aroma implies. Deep pine hop flavor that definitely grows in intensity throughout the fade. The bitterness from the hops definitely pricks the tongue.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear medium amber with a hint of red. Ample head and a lacing that lasts. Nice nose of citrus hops over a slight pine and slight sweet biscuit character. Light body with a smooth texture. Above average carbonation. Nice balanced taste of hops, mostly citrus but with a notable pine influence, biscuit and bitterness. It begins with citrus, progresses to pine and associated pleasant bitterness over a biscuit sweetness. It then effervesces into a tart bitterness that approaches dry. A slight sweetness and tart bitterness lingers. Very well balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of NCalement
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light amber color with a soapy head that holds well. Has some particulate matter throughout.

S- Fresh hops, pine, citrus, a little sweet malt towards the end.

T- Great balance between bitter hops and citrus flavors. Finish is bitter with a piney aftertaste. Sweet malt throughout that helps wash it down. Bitter soap is left behind.

M- Very good for the style. It has a medium-light body with good carbonation.

O- A good IPA from Foothills that I find myself going to time and time again. The sediment found in this bottle, in fact the whole 12pk, is not usually present in others I've had.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a thin halo of white head. Nose of deep, resinous hops, bitter and piney throughout. Flavors are more malt forward, with rich caramel and roasted notes. Bitter hop character provides a dark, oily backbone. Smooth bodied, with a drying finish. The aftertaste is oily and resinous, with subtle citrus notes, too. Different and tasty.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bubbly three-finger head rests atop of a golden honey body. Foothills definitely knows how to make an attractive looking beer. The nose is lightly hoppy and grassy with a floral edge. The taste, at first sweet and delicate like dandelion tea bursts into lightly-hopped, slightly medicinal, grassy notes at the finish. The bitterness does not overpower the initial flavors, creating an harmonious balance of naughty and nice.

I can still remember the first time that I had this IPA on a cold Halloween evening in 2011 with a cute guy pulled close to me on the couch at a crowded bar. It set the mood then, and it's certainly giving me considerable pleasure now, even after 3 years. Way to go Foothills! This one's a winner!

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Bright gold color with a one finger head. Good lacing throughout

S-Nose of caramel, grain, some grapefruit and pine.

T-Favor is toasty and biscuity malts with some mild citrus and flowery hops.

M-Medium body, solid bitterness. Sweet and malty with a dry finish.

O-A very good IPA beer pretty inexpensive

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

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. There's about a finger worth of white-colored head, retaining itself decently. A thin collar remains around the glass, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S: I have to say, the malt backbone here is pretty interesting. It's bringing brown sugar, candy, caramel, and even some cherry esters - when combined with the grapefruity hops, it's almost like a low-ABV barleywine. I'm not always a fan of malty IPAs, but these guys did a good job making this work.

T: The initial grapefruit tasted on the palate quickly turns herbal/floral near the finish. It's fairly bitter, but not so much to where it's oppressive. Post-swallow, it becomes slightly malty, revealing an aftertaste of toffee, caramel, candied sugar, and even the occasional ester. I'd reckon this is a bit more complex than the typical IPA.

M: Fairly crisp and decently carbonated, if a bit full bodied for my tastes. The bitterness scrubs away some - but not all - of the sweetness off the palate. It isn't super drinkable, but it's a nice one to savor.

O: This is a reasonably delicious IPA I'd buy semi-regularly if it were more locally available. I like that the malt backbone actually adds to the beer instead of distracting from the hops in particular. Good stuff.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Very noticeable, pleasant malt presence, spicy citrusy hop bitterness, nice bit of piney hops there too, and some other light floral notes. Taste is a nice combination of piney and citrusy hops, a little sweet, and a nice malt backbone bringing it all together. Well balanced, fairly simple, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass. Don B gave me the bottle....
A: pours a rich copper color, thick frothy khaki color+1 finger head, carbonation, sediment suspended
S: the aroma is my favorite part, its a sweet bouquet of caramel, citrus, apple, fruity, brown sugar, just fresh all around
M: medium body, slightly chewy
T: slight caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, ginger ale, citrus, hops, bitterness, crisp dry finish, hop head enjoyment
O: wow I'm impressed, sign me up a subscription to this brew as the aroma and flavor are great, truly a fine brew.

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Photo of RedMosquito1
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Foothills is one of the breweries local to my area (central NC). Recently had my first Hoppyum at a "beer dinner" in which beers are paired with various food courses.

A: Typical IPA appearance: copper color, 2-finger head at the pour, some lacing.
S: Citrusy and piney. Very pungent. Awesome. What you want an IPA to smell like.
T: Solid hoppy flavor from start to finish. Very aggressive hops at the front with some grapefruit at the mid-palate. Nice bitterness throughout, but especially at the end.
M: Silky, which was surprising. Not overly dry, but very the dryness is evident.
O: Very enjoyable IPA, with some real complexity. Surprising "pop" of hops in the nose.

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Photo of watermelon
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Grays Tavern in Greensboro NC $3.75 for a pint

A: Golden orange color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and hops not very strong though.

T: More citrus in the taste fairly malty for an IPA

M: Went down easy, and lacked the IPA bitterness that Im used to. Right amount of carbonation.

O: This is alright I probably wont buy it again. Its a solid starter IPA if your new to craft beer. Nothing really makes this stand out.

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Photo of qchic
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An assertive pour resulted in some floaties throughout the copper beer. An initial two finger off white head fades to a smattering. Nice aroma of sweet tangerine and caramel, whereas the flavor is far drier with hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. There are hints of tropical fruit and almond. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this medium bodied brew. It's a drinkable, middle of the road IPA.

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

Pours a pale orange color seems bottle conditioned as some light floaters around. Nice two finger cream colored head falls slowly with decent lace.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus along with some pine under notes. Malt is caramel based with only light sweetness in the nose.

Taste is light caramel malt loaded with citrus hops some fruity notes and bitterness.Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit rind and lingering pine resin in the finish. A normal big C hop type IPA. Pretty tasty brew can't believe I have not reviewed till now as I have had several times. Not on my normal IPA rotation but a pretty good localish IPA.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty mellow carbonation for an IPA, I like it.

Overall a solid brew maybe I will have to have more often. Really need to do a blind taste test of IPA's to see which one I really like the best.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer for $8.99 at the Food Lion while vacationing at Massanutten last week.

Beer poured amber orange with a decent white head.

Nose is floral hops, hints of cat pee, and toasted malts.

Taste is caramel and toasted malts and it gets overtaken by citrus hops. Toasted malted are stronger in this brew than most in this style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth for the style.

Overall this is a solid IPA that was slightly different with the emphasis on the caramel/toasted malts versus the standard pale malt that is usually offered with this style.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold color, 2 fingers of soapy white head, nice lacing as well.
S - Very floral, nice crackery malt, but the aroma is really weak.
T - Big time floral bitterness, some pine, big grapefruit in the end.
M - A tad watery, and more dry bitterness.
O - Not bad, unique for what it is, but a far cry from great.

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

12 ounce bottle -> Grand Teton Brewing snifter

A - pours up medium gold with nice off white head, okay retention, and lots of lacing

S - floral, citrus, pine, resin, what do you expect?

T - follows the nose with some notes of honey

M - lingering bitterness, adequate carbonation.

O - a nice offering that I would be happy to revisit

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Photo of jploving
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long hard Friday and Saturday night w/ no beer, Sunday welcomed a new beggining....Foothills Brewing Co. Hoppyyum IPA...bought in NC.
I put the chicken quarters on the smoker, popped open a 22 oz bottle and poured it into my 22 oz homebrew glass...
Very nice orange hue w/ white foamy head...
I would say the body compliments the ABV perfectly.
Very floral scent-very similar to Harpoon IPA only a bit more bold.
It also tastes very similar to Harpoon-floral, piney...mild citrus and a bit of peach...
Bitterness is immediate and lingers a bit after each swallow.
Very good beer and if it were available in my area, I would be a repeat buyer. Pick one up if you have not had one.
I rate it 3.9

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Photo of Dave1999
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops, oranges, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, there are some citrus flavours but the bitterness overpowers the flavour.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

This is a very bitter ipa, I felt this would have been better if the citrus flavour wasn't hidden by the bitterness. Not too bad but I'm not going to look this out.

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. It's a clear gold with some bubbles throughout and a one finger head and a little bit of lacing.
S. a mild hoppy and lemon scent.
T/m. It's a grassy IPA with a mild hop bitterness and some floral undertones. Medium bodied and carbonated.
O. Very refreshing and flavorful. Quite nice.

Had at sharkys in Raleigh.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single ($1.75) from Bruisin Ales while passing through Asheville. No freshness date, but bought locally, so hopefully it's in good shape.

A: Nice bronze-orange glow. Clearly filtered. Very little head.

S: Decidedly tropical. Peach is prominent. Maybe a little mango. There's a clean, bready aroma as well.

T: The flavors of the nose are all there, but each is significantly more muted, which is a disappointment. This drinks a big more like a clean APA.

M: Thin and lacking.

O: This is close to a very good IPA, but the thin body and failure of the taste to match the aroma are weaknesses.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles while on vacation and had it on tap sitting on the pier for lunch. Review is based off this final bottle.

12 oz brown bottle with the Hoppyum label sitting beautifully on the front and a nice description on the back. I really enjoy this label with its green and oranges and dark reds sitting on a black outline. The hop cones are the logo for this label and it looks grand. Foothills Brewing logo sits to the side of the cones. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden color with hints of golden copper like but definitely gold being the main color. A soap sudsy white head actually had some good mass to it. Head was thin looking and sudsy despite its size. It left a clumpy ring of sudsy lacing and surprisingly had good stickiness.

S - massive hop aroma. Pineapples, grapefruits, slight orange fruitiness with some pine resin. Caramel malt provided a slightly sweet character in the back drop. Very big hop aroma.

T - not quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest. The same notes come through but in a more laid back manner. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit take hold of the fruitiness it has to offer with a resinous pine staking claim to the bitter notes. Caramel malt is a bit more pronounced than in the nose which gives the flavor more of a balanced sweet fruitiness rather than a hop showcase like the nose suggested. A nice flavor though.

M - medium bodied and crisp. This brew may have looked like golden soap water with a big sudsy head on the pour but it really has some nice flavors going on and the palate is very well balanced. Pretty good texture in the feel and has some coating to it.

O - the first time I poured this I didn't expect much. I figured a way too hop forward ipa from a small brewery that would have needed going in the sink. Boy was I shocked. The nose suggests it has those hop flavors we love while the flavors offer up a more relaxed and balanced experience. It's not something you'll be driving 500 miles for, but if you are in the North Carolina area often as I am you'll be missing out on a pretty darn good ipa if you don't grab Hoppyum. This was the brew that put Foothills on my watch list and frankly that doesn't happen often.

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