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Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 772
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 20.7%
Wants: 142
Gots: 149 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Macky20 on 02-06-2011

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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 772
Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with greenish highlights. Puffy and thick 2-finger head leaves nice lacing. Initial smell is a big hit of cat pee and dirty socks, which is definitely a good sign. That quickly dissipates into a more grapefruit/pine smell, which in turn goes into a ripe melon and some kind of wild, spicy herb.

Taste is citrus then ripe fruit, with a piney, moderately dry and lingering finish with some of those spicy notes. Not much malt flavor, but the body is substantial yet highly drinkable. Mild-moderate carbonation that works well.

This is an excellent IPA that I've had before and will have again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma has earthy, resiny hops and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Taste starts with some citrusy sweetness and gets increasingly bitter towards the aftertaste. Body is medium with good carbonation. Really nice, well done IPA overall.

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Photo of anonymoose
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear light orange color. The aroma is floral, citrus, and light malt. The taste follows with citrus, tropical, light malt presence, and light bitterness.

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Photo of kevdemers
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: One finger head, nice golden appearance

Smell: Pine forest with some caramel/toffee in the background.

Taste: Piney hops, pineapple near the front, pine lingers for quite some time. Some malty sweetness around the middle.

Feel: Creamy mouthfeel, really interesting for an IPA. Super carbonated.

Overall: Well made beer, glad I tried it. Thanks George!

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Photo of SlamKing
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has very pretty lacing and the color is golden orange.

The flavor was a bit different than I expected, and I think that's because of the malt finish. I do feel like it could be a little crisper with more pine. It also tasted a little sweet, but again, I think that's from the malt. Overall it tastes great and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic solid IPA from Foothills - love the fruit and hops on the nose. I would drink this all the time if these guys would get their act together and start distributing to Florida.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of tropical fruit, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a solid shot of hops, a light maltiness, citrus (orange, especially), and a mix of some tropical fruits (papaya). Definitely a balanced flavor, with the fruitiness giving way to the hops in the finish. Well rounded and lively.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely focused and easy to drink IPA. Not groundbreaking (what IPA is at this point?), but well worth trying.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear straw/gold with 3/4" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention & lacing are both very poor, at least in this glass.

S: Very little is detectable at first. Onion jumps out a bit as the head recedes, followed by a heavy dose of lemon rind & maybe a hint of...dare I say it?...garlic bread. It's altogether not bad.

T: Comes on with tropical fruit flavors, papaya, passionfruit & the like. The mid palate transitions smoothly into a more concise bitter hoppy character with subtle citrus framing around a doughy malt note. The finish echoes the bitterness along with a more pronounced onion note. Overall, not the most logical progression of flavor, but it all kind of works.

M: High-ish carb married to a medium body. Traces of soapiness, but mostly pretty slick. It fits very well with the flavors being offered here.

O: I like this brew quite a bit, although it has it's flaws. Appearance really takes away a lot from this one, along with a somewhat muddled nose. Altogether, however, it's pretty doggone solid.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour (drank same day):
Lovely pour - pale/yellow golden and nice sustaining fluffy white head (nucleated glass). Lacing is fairly significant.
Nose isn't much, initially - even a bit grainy. Eventually it opens up with some warmth to reveal some tropical notes. There's a light onion note that sneaks in also.

Taste is nice, clean tropical juicy notes to open. These slowly grow before dying in decent time, a light sticky and tingling ending that is actually kinda soft. Warmth brings in a piney note to join the tropical parts, but they seem layered decently well. The combination seems to teeter on that onion note from the smell, but never quite goes there.

The feel somehow ends up being somewhat watery to me, especially on a warmer beer that opens up the flavors. This makes it drinkable, but undermines my enjoyment a bit.

The flavors are decent, but the feel does end up affecting my overall enjoyment enough. Definitely drinkable and a solid offering. A little more body would increase two scores for me, though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased at Bottlebox in Norfolk, VA.

This one pours a glowing golden yellow, slightly hazy but mostly clear, with a half inch head, and an absurd amount of sticky lacing.

This one smells like tangerine, mango, grapefruit, pine, grass, and perfume. There's a lot going on here.

This is one of the best IPAs that I've had lately. Up front, it's very floral and wonderful, with a huge citrus blast in the middle, juicy and fleshy- there's some tangerine, mango, and grapefruit in the middle here. The end finishes slightly bitter, and quite herbal, with a slightly peppery finish. If this is what Pacific Jade brings to the table, I like this hop a lot.

This is medium bodied, with a very juicy mouthfee, and a moderate level of carbonation.

An awesome IPA, really unique, especially in the finish, with how herbal and peppery this one was.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 7/15/2015 into snifter.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with two finger white head that lasted a good while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Bright citrus with grapefruit, peaches, and lemon zest. Some slight honey sweetness.

T: Ripe peaches, mango, and grapefruit. Light piney hops.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: Very nice IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of twage04
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light dry herbal bouquet supported by some fruit/critrus. Smooth, deep IPA with pleasant bitterness. Great execution, looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright amber orange. Not much head, not much lacing. A sweet, juicy IPA. Got a lot of peach and mango character. When ratings IPAs, I do my best to pretend I've never had IPAs from the big New England breweries like Hill Farmstead, Trillium, and Lawson's. It just wouldn't be fair to compare. Keeping those beers out of my mind, this IPA is pretty much a slam dunk.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be good, but unremarkable. A bit too much malt presence on the back end--but the body and carbonation were in that IPA sweet spot. Surprised that this isn't a DIPA.

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Photo of Sheen
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had on draft, Citrus smell and taste with peach as the most prominent note. Just the right balance with a smooth, moderately bitter finish. This ranks right up there with freak of nature as nc's best IPAs

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Photo of mabermud
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Bronze and orange.
Smell: Hops, tangerine, orange, and citrus notes.
Taste: Similar to the smell.
Feel: Nothing to write home about.

Overall - Decent.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a standard-bearer for southeastern IPAs - not so much in that it is necessarily the single best, but in that is incredibly well-crafted and delicious while being easy to come by.
L: gloriously glowing golden-orange color with two fingers of creamy, foamy white head with very good retention and incredible lacing - and when I say incredible, this was lacing that stuck and left a full sheet covering the glass - better than any beer I've had. Definition of a "5"
S: peaches and melon dominate, followed by slight grapefruit, orange, and pine notes with a bright lemony finish; delicious.
T: closely follows the smell, with many of the same notes. A distinctly tropical flavor afforded only by pacific Jade; complemented nicely by the orange of Citra. Not an overpowering flavor, but very well balanced. Light bitterness with a little honey sweetness from the malt bill. Very good.
F: well-carbonated with a medium-light mouthfeel that accentuates the light, tropical flavor.
O: if I were a new brewer looking to make a name for myself, I would try to make a beer exactly like this. What an impressive beer. I've heard there is some inconsistency between batches, but I damn sure got a good one.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Copper with clarity, 2 fingers of head and huge sticky lacing left all over the glass all the way down. This is how an IPA should look.

S - Huge citrus nose, dry hopped with Citra no doubt. Tangerines, oranges. Awesome aroma

T - Citrus, oranges, nectarines, perfect malt balance. Tasty as hell. I love the Jade hop, but especially the balance in this beer.

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - An amazing IPA. Glad I found this one. Definitely worth buying over and over again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Floral hops, light citrus hops, wheat, earthy notes, soap, and perfume. Light body, a bit thin, low carbonation.

Overall a nice IPA, but nothing earth shattering. Worth checking out but wouldn't go nuts to obtain.

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Photo of W_Des
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Foothills brewpub. Pours a bright golden color. Nice citrus and grassy notes up front. The taste is very fruity almost like melons and is balanced with a nice bitterness. Solid drinking IPA.

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Photo of rawfish
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold coloration with just a hint of cloudiness. The head is bone white, impressive with two fingers height, retention that lasts through the entire drink leaving tight lines of foam down the glass. Ideal.

The Pacific Jade is very prominent with a very nice blend of spicy, grassy and floral overtones. Like a well hopped pilsner. Very clean. There are some red berry and tropical tones as well.

Under ripe citrus and cool melon highlight a hop profile that welcomes in more spicy and grassy flavors from the prominent NZ hop. Malt palate is clean and unassuming, red berry comes out from the yeast as the beer warms. Medium bitterness and a soapy finish.

Medium-light body, active carbonation and a very clean malt bill make for a terrific drink. I liked this one on the colder side as the malt sweetness and yeast esters begin to interfere with the harmony of the hops when warmer.

This is one impressive beer that highlights a hop that I didn't know could star in an IPA. Super clean and a delicate yet punchy hop profile, very imperial pilsner-like with a focus front and center on the hops.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this from a bomber.

looks quite golden this year, last year was a bit more clear light copper. Poured a nice finger length head with comperable lace. Certainly has a distinct smell but nothing that overpowers my nose. I'm getting citrus for sure and some sweet florals.

This beer is incredibly smooth. First sip reminded me why i loved this so much last year on draft. An attempt at balancing with the malt but glad it isn't because the hops are so delicious.

Very smooth and crisp. Zero alcohol taste...Dangerous because i could drink many of these beverages.

What a great beer this is. Easy A.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started off well with an attractive bright yellow, clear appearance with plenty of bubbles and off-white head. Nose was floral, but a tad weak. Beyond that, this was nothing to speak of, for me. That's not to say that it wasn't a well-crafted brew; in fact it reminded me a lot of HF's Abner and What is Enlightenment? They're just not my cup of tea. The date stamp was illegible, so perhaps it was an old bottle?

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Photo of Brewchaser
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an awesome ipa ,i would say an extra ipa , i can get it really fresh here in n. c. Totally smooth , just a different ipa that is tropical in taste and refined in mouthfeel .. If you see it do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle .. I adore this beer!

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Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear Amber with a white foamy head.

Smell is pine, citrus,pepper.

The taste is citrus, a little bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carb.

I'm not sure how old this bottle was but it failed to live up to its rating. I might buy it again to see but I couldn't see a date on the bottle.

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.