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Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 769
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 143
Gots: 146 | 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: 111 | Hads: 769
Photo of mverity
3.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Proof. Pale straw in color, white head that faded to medium collar. Aroma is a light malt bill, some grassy hops. Taste is bitter, grassy, some floral hops. Odd taste. Not very enjoyable. Light to medium body and low to med carbonation.

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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 JimKal
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap today at Foothills. I was looking forward to it after reading all the positive reviews.

This arrived with virtually no head. There was a slight citrus aroma on this amber IPA.

I would not characterize the taste as very hop forward. You could taste the hops but I've had more aggressive hop taste from DFH and Smuttynose bottle pours. I just didn't find what I was hoping for from this IPA. I have had the Hoptimum from Foothills and found it more to my liking.

Again, this is not a bad beer but it did not measure up to my expectations.

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Photo of ElCaholicRacer
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery at the same time I sampled the "Seeing Double". The appearance was a little weak, no head to speak of, no lacing, a light yellow in color. The first thing noticed is the grapefruit. The aroma hit me before the pint was set down. The taste is more of the same, pure grapefruit, it's all I could detect. A little acidic for my liking. It was very refreshing, but I think one is all I could drink in succession. A far cry from Seeing Double, although they are not really in the same class. Prost!

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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 maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LGB362 for dropping a load on my steps yesterday, this anticipated brew among them. 22 oz. bottle, nice artwork, no evident bottle date, split with my wife.

The pour is dark yellow with plenty of carbonation, pretty opaque. Nose is subtle or, if we're being uncharitable, surprisingly weak: mango, spare tropical breeze, & what might be pale malts.

Jade is like the rum punch of IPAs. Tropical islands really comes out in the taste, but it's nearly outshone by an almost rye-like spiciness that comes on just as hot. Mild dankness & a citrus touch that nearly tips into something a cat might expel onto the carpet; heard it described so often & never really experienced it until now. Finish is a honeybee sweetness with a moderate bitterness that swells as the beer warms until it really sticks to the lingual frenum. Very sticky in the mouth & now that I think about it, there is pine in here, too. Super easy to drink.

It is what it is: a very good beer that is wickedly easy to slug.

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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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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 watermelon
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint draft at Foothills brewery in Winston Salem NC Cost $5

A: Poured a murky golden color with lots of sediment. Decent white head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral and citrus hops.

T: Lots of hops, good hops, large distinction of grassy, citrusy, and floral hops. Nice malt character to balance it out.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not super bitter, and goes down easy.

O: Pretty good. I would definitely drink again, this is a step up from their other IPAs.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Universal Joint Asheville. Served in a Sweetwater pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma that's a bit sweet and has some grassiness in the back.

T- The citrus notes come through pretty well in the taste accompanied by some moderate bitterness. Zesty notes of orange, lemon and grapefruit.

M- Slightly sharp and oily from the hops. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I've only ever had this on draft and I find it to be good, not great. People say it's better out of the bottle but I won't be finding out anytime soon since it's cheaper from the tap. Maybe one day, when there's nothing else good at the bottle shop, I'll check out the bottled version.

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

Bottle pour, cloudy light amber color, with one finger plus of foamy white head that sank to a thin, rocky layer and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus and cat pee, little to no maltiness. Crisp citrusy hops in the taste, sweet biscuity malts, notes of underripe pineapple and ammonia. Moderate but assertive bitterness. Light-medium body, crisp and clean, easily drinkable. Nice! Possibly the best I've had from Foothills.

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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 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 stakem
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kegatron for the share. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth atop. Solid retention and patchy lace on the glassware as the cap fades.

The aroma opens up with a hint of stinky cheese then blends to herbs and a very dank and catty quality. It smells pretty strange at first then opens up and gets really enjoyable.

The taste is fruity and tropical with hops upfront blended to the bitterness of fruity rinds and citrus zest, pith and pulp. Towards the back it gets a light catty aspect. Very herbacious and enjoyable in nearly every spectrum of hop flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Absolutely crushable as far as drinkability goes. This is a fantastic and easy drinking IPA that I would love to have again. So strange how the nose is so misleading and seemingly doesnt impart any of that cheesy and sulfuric character.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear gold with moderately thick white head. The head has light retention and leave small sticky lacing. The aroma is light with tropical fruit and pine notes. The taste is about the same. The body is lighter but not watery and easy drinking.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden red body with two finger head and a lace ring around the glass that goes down the glass entire duration of beer. The aroma is a mix of minor citric hoppiness and good sweetness. The taste is more of the same as I get both a bitter, earty, citric hoppiness and this lovely light tropical fruit sweetness as well as minor malt sweetness (caramel). The balance between this beer is great and it rotates between bitter hoppiness and minor sweetness and it goes down almost watery, it is so smooth, with a hidden ABV and never any hop overload.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - bright orangish yellow with a soft, thin, pillowy head that has great retention

S - light crystal malts, faint spicy hops

T - big citrusy hop notes, grapefruit, some herbal notes, faint peppery spiciness, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a delicious, highly drinkable IPA. It may not have perfect balance or an outrageous ABV, but this is a beer with a good flavor profile and a drinkability that encourages a second round. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz purchased in Wilmington, NC at request of the cashier

A: Light yellow, slight orange hints. Vigorous carbonation. Head lasts the entire time at a small albeit nice height.

S: This is a fresh bottle and the hops really show. Big mango, citrus and various tropical aromas hit followed by a bit of earthy, piney notes. There is something that I cannot put my finger on. At first it made the smell seem a bit off, but actually started to enjoy. Onions? Very little malt shows on the nose.

T: Best part of the beer IMO. Mango, citrus, pine, pineapple. Big up front hops. Followed by biscuity, cracker malts.

M: Medium-bodied, long-lasting but not overly intense bitterness. Insanely drinkable. Went through the 22oz within 15 minutes.

O: Very good IPA. For the ABV, it is almost TOO easy to drink.

Wish I could get it up here in NY. On my trip back to NC, I had two foothills beers: Hoppyum, and this, Jade IPA. Should have picked up a bottle of their DIPA. I recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it in a store in the Southeast.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy light golden hued with a quarter inch thick head of white frothy foam. Brussels lacing. Gentle pine like hop aroma. There's definitely a prevalent pine like hop flavor. This is a great everyday IPA. Mouth is sticky and the bitterness prickles the tongue. Front of the palate is a gentle pine hop burn followed by a nice light malt backbone and a gentle hop burn on the fade.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for bringing this one to share with me when he came to visit me due to my injuries! Reviewed live. Served from growler into a NoDa Brewing snifter. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, pot, pine, earth, citrus, earth hop, and marijuana hop. The flavor is of sweet malt, earth, pot, citrus, earth hop, and marijuana hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really surprised at how earthy this one was. The earthiness really sticks to your palate after each sip. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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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 tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangerine orange in color, clean & clear, with a bright white head. Head is large and foamy. Nice bits of stringy and spotty lace shift around.

This beer is different every time I have it. Sometimes it's darker and greener in its hoppiness and other times it hits more as tropical and fruity. This bottle seems to be leaning in the direction of fruity-tropical. Bright citrus, melon, lifesavers pineapple flavor, and passionfruity. Happy and refreshing hop aromas over clean caramel and crackery/grainy malt. Flavors are lightly sweet and briskly bitter, melon, citrus, other miscellaneous fruit, dusting of pine, hint of citrus rind and bitter grapefruit. All around enjoyable. The dark side of this is coming out more as it warms. Seemingly simple with a pleasant mix of flavors.

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: bright citrus notes dominate with pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges.

T: citrus dominates here as well with grapefruit and pineapple mostly. The finish has some slight earthy and pine notes.

M: medium light body with a nice bite of carbonation to go with the hop flavors.

O: a surprisingly good IPA overall. Nice and fruity and drinkable without being overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jade pours a bronze color with a nice big head. There is a mild hoppy aroma. There is a nice sweet crisp malt backbone, with good floral hop flavors. Not over powering and easy to drink. Overall its a very nice drinkable and flavorful IPA.

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.