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Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 744
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 21.16%
Wants: 140
Gots: 136 | FT: 7
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Macky20 on 02-06-2011

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 744
Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with just a touch of amber. Massive full head with excellent lacing that lasts. Very nice nose of citrus hops - grapefruit, orange and tropical notes of pineapple coupled with mango - over a slightly sweet caramel note. In the background, a hint of pine is also detected. Light medium body with an almost smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation level. The exceptional flavor profile is well balanced with hop flavor, light bitterness and sweetness. It begins with the citrus and tropical hop flavor profile of the nose, progresses to light bitterness with a peppery note and ends with a nice caramel sweetness. The finish effervesces into a mix of the full flavor profile leaving a slight citric tartness over a peppery bitterness. Exceptional seems a bit of an understatement for this world class ale.

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Photo of Daktah
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom on 2/1/2013. Excited to try this after reading reviews but never finding it anywhere. Poured a bright, clear, golden amber with about a finger of white head that left decent lacing. Smell was exactly what I wanted: all citrus, predominantly grapefruit with a touch of sweet orange. Nearly perfect smell. Taste was crisp citrus with just the right amount of bitterness. Only downside I can come up with (and I'm really grasping here) is that the body is a little lighter than I expected. Still, an easy drinking, perfectly citrus IPA. I really hope this gets the six-pack treatment that Foothills is giving some of their better known beers - would be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of Nctide
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. 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 GJ40
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Tyler's Apex. Nice appearance with a golden color and a slight haze. Minimal white head. Fantastic aroma with citrusy, floral and fruity hops. Mmmm. Flavors follows with serious hop flavor and a nice bitterness. Creamy smooth. Great NC beer!

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Photo of Cuttooth
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Walked into Foothills Brewing yesterday to see if they had this gem on tap (get it)? Fortunately, they did, along with about 10 other beers.

Poured a hazy orange color that was pretty translucent to be honest. I didn't see too much sediment but I couldn't see through the other side of the glass. Not much of a head, but I guess they wanted me to get the most bang for my buck, which I appreciate.

The smell of this one was pretty damn good, kind of a Sculpin on crack. There were hints of orange, tangerine, pineapple and peach, along with other tropical fruits.

The taste was quite similar, even better if you can believe that. Tropical fruits dominate. The flavor did have a bit more grapefruit than the smell, though.

Mouthfeel was prickly carbonation and smooth overall.

After tasting both this and the Hoppyum IPA, I have a question to ask Foothills: why is this not being bottled?! This beer is one of the best single IPAs I've ever had and I've only seen it available in two locations, one being the brewery itself. If you can find this stuff, get a growler of it ASAP.

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Photo of wino47
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite IPA made in North Carolina. This one had great citrus aromas with a nice floral component as well. Flavors were full on grapefruit and blood orange with only a hint of malt. I cannot wait to see what Foothills does with this one as I think it is head and shoulders above the competition for great IPA's in North Carolina. Alcohol is completely hidden on this one, just crisp citrus notes and a refreshing hop bite on the finish.

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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 crunkchiggin2002
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Foothills. Piney hops take a backseat to floral citrusy orange and grapefruit flavors. That being said this is not a one-dimensional hops only beer. Could (and did) enjoy several of these in a single session.

Overall great IPA. Had this on the same day as SC and was more impressed with Jade.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Not sure why this one doesn't get more love-likely limited bottling and distro but a shame.

Solid one finger head on an orange base with moderate carbonation

Taste and aroma are tropical fruit with just a hints of pine.

Slightly dry as I love my IPA to be.

Super solid IPA--only occasional bomber sightings which is too bad as mainly have to find it on tap. Last time in bottles was gone immediately.

Recommended highly.

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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 MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw yellow w a tint of gold minimally hazy with a nice finger of dense white head. Nice retention and lacing slowly slides down the glass.

S - Unusual big kick of Spicy herbal hops. Probably just insanely piney and dense citrus rinds. One of a kind aroma.

T - Tons of citrus rind and spicey pine, tropical fruit burst follows. Dry sliced hoppy rinds.

M - Lightish bodied, well carbed, very refreshing.

O - unique, the jade hops are a fantastic change of pace!

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Photo of scifan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden star color with a one inch head.
Smells freakin fantastic. All citrusy hops and tropical fruit notes in the foreground and some sweet bready malt lurking deep, and I mean deep, in the background.
Taste follows the nose nicely. Big juicy, citrusy hops hit you first. Then a nice floral, earthy hops come through in the background. Some sweet malts hold things together nicely. Has a nice dry finish that keeps you coming back for another sip. This is probably the best IPA that has come out of NC. Great job Foothills I hope this one stays in the year round line up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The honey colored liquid is capped by an inch of foam that leaves relatively few traces behind

Smell: Citrus pith in spades

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is dominated by citrusy pith from start to finish with the malt playing a nice supportive backbone role; great attenuation keeps this one from becoming overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A great IPA; let's hope with the additional capacity that this beer becomes part of the regular rotation

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, what a surprise!

I took a tour of the brewery the day I went and the brewmaster was really touting this one. Now I know why!

On tap at Foothills.

A: Poured a crystal clear, apricot-orange color with a few bubbles posing as a head floating around.

S: I got the Citra hops up front, with a sort of grapefruit-orange blend to boot. Despite the weak nose on many of their standard line-up entries, that definitely was NOT the case with this one.

T: I would describe this one as a much more complex, rice flake version of Bell's Two-Hearted, with a much more yeasty disposition overall. The finish was DEFINITELY rice.

M: This was carbonated enough, but still not too, with a slight bitterness on the finish than Foothill's other IPA efforts.

O: This was the best thing I've ever tried by Foothills... it even rivals Sexual Chocolate! However, I'll be back for BBA Sexual Chocolate this summer and we shall see...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a low profile, clingy, foamy, bright white head. Nose of tropical fruit forward, with orange and grapefruit upfront, and subtle pine notes. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with grapefruit, melon, and tangerine, followed-by roasted notes and a subtle resin character. Extremely balanced, with a slight bitter tilt into a roasted, resinous aftertaste. Smooth, clean, slightly dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 17 March 2014!

Pours a clear bright orange golden color. Two fingers of white head, great retention and outstanding lacing. Column of bubbles rising up the center. Stellar.

Smell is fantastic. Juicy peaches, pineapple, some sweet orange, and unidentifiable tropical fruits. It's like smelling some magical tropical fruit punch. Wow.

Taste is quite good, with those fruity juicy hops coming through nicely. It's a little chalky, but that fades quickly, leaving a smooth rounded medium-low bitterness that lasts.

Feel is really really good. Clean and crisp, but punch and vibrant, too. Just the right amount of persistence, allowing those soft bitter flavors to linger right until it's time for them to go.

This is a top-notch IPA. I love the hop aromas and their presence in the taste. And there are many other things to like about it, too.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy topaz color.

Smells of juicy sweet pineapple and orange, lots of tropical fruit, maybe hints or flowers.

Taste is sweet juicy tropical fruit, fades into flowers and sweet honey. Really delicious

Nice mouthfeel, good carb, very drinkable.

This is awesome.


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Photo of SFNC
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured honey gold from a bomber with a two finger white head. The sweet smell contains tropical fruity hops and a piney undertone. Nice. The taste is similar to the smell with mango, pineapple and pine mingling nicely. A nice balanced carmally backbone adds ballast to the heady hops. It finishes with a resiney bite. The mouthfeel is sticky and nicely carbonated. This is a great IPA and by, the best thing I have had from Foothills.

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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 Boski
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Slight Orange tint to it. Nice head that dissipated quickly.

S: Fresh citrus mostly with a little pine.

T: Big citrus notes up front with a nice herbal character that lingered. A little sweetness from the malts was present.

M: Light to medium bodied. The taste lingered a while.

O: Enjoyed a pint at Foothills pub. I love this beer and love that they have made it available pretty much year round. It is a quite unique IPA with a little more herbal and slight mint flavor profile than I am used to. The Jade is my 2nd favorite IPA from Foothills... next to the Papa Jade!

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Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber about 45 degrees. Huge voluminous amounts of head from a normal balanced pour. Full 4 fingers that lingered. EXCELLENT lacing throughout so no idea what others wrote about. Color is the most golden and perfect IPA hue. Aromas of citrus (orange and lemon mostly - maybe apples?). Definitely smell the hops but it isn't overpowering. Hits the tongue really light and frothy. Extremely crisp. Bubbles of carbonation float up constantly. Well balanced taste of hops, lemon and apples. Some pine but very subtle. Thicker than a normal IPA. Medium body. Dry. Clean. Clear and crisp. Slight hops and pine for aftertaste. Just incredibly smooth and good. Would swear I was drinking a premium IPA from California. Unbelievably good. Incredible bang for the buck as well. Will purchase more. Had another one that was not "fresh" and it was pretty bad. Make SURE you purchase it fresh.

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Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a rare trip through Winston-Salem a week ago, my wife and I suddenly got thirsty and decided to stop for lunch and some beverages at Foothills. When we arrived, I inquired about the tap labeled "Jade IPA", which we were not familiar with. The bartender described it as a brewery only test batch IPA brewed with Citra, Cascade, and New Zealand Jade hops.

Orange under a thin head. Stinky fresh fruit, sweet pulpy juice aroma. Bitter, sticky, juicy, pulpy...citrus, pine sap, serious grapefruit, pineapple. Not much malt to be found here. Sticky, bitter, oily...dangerously delicious. Outstanding! Very happy to have stumbled upon this.

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Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0n-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very hoppy and has strong flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very enjoyable IPA that delivers lots of interesting aromas and flavors from the hops. It's not overly bitter and no alcohol is present in the taste.

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Photo of Macky20
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip to Foothills today with some buddies and learned that they were offering this IPA. It could be experimental, but I hope they keep it around for awhile. I liked it so much that I picked up a couple growlers, and will be back to pick up more.

Poured into pint glass producing a half finger of egg white head with good retention. Very light amber color. Aroma is extremely floral with sweet bread and nice pineapple and grapefruit notes hinting to black pepper to finish it off.

Nice well-balanced hop bite with pleasant grapefruit and piney finish. Very impressed with this one. It's not hard on the pallet, but pleasant enough to make the drinkability exceptional. Mouthfeel is great as well. This one tastes much more pleasant than the Hoppyum in my opinion... but I think that they should keep both around given the recent popularity of IPA's. Well done Foothills, I hope you keep this one. I'm gonna go finish this growler now.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at churchkey on 5/8/14 in a snifter

A-Pours a golden color with thin white head.

S-Light juicy fruit aroma.

T-Orange and tangerine citrus dominate.

M-Mouthfeel gives a medium body well balance Semi dry finish little bittering. Light carbonation.

O-overall great IPA will try to find on bottle

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.