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Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 741
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 21.16%
Wants: 141
Gots: 135 | 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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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 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 oberon
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this beer yesterday at the brewpub.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep orange infused golden with a great looking sticky white head.Citrus fruits all over the place in the nose with some underlying pine,a noticable caramel malt base is there but the citric hops dominate.A deep blast of citrus hops hits ya up front and they linger thru the duration,a little alcohol infused sweetness and caramel is there but again the hops steal the show.This is a great beer,it lived up to the hype.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes on my last trip to winston last february. was thrilled to find this on tap as i was still reeling from missing the sex choc release.

Pours a merky amber color with a nice 1 finger frothy head that was slow to disappear, this just looks yummy. Smell is knock your socks off!! Citrusy hops all the way, unreal smell, orange and grapefruit in there. Taste is loaded down with citrus, with a fantastic dry hoppy finish. A bit of a grassy, pine taste, but one of the most citrus favored hops I have ever tasted. Went down ohh soo smooth, just right carbonation. This is so a keeper, cannot wait to get my hands on some more of this. Just awesome, really awesome brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer should be interesting. Thanks to Beerness for this one. Dated 01/29/2014 so fairly fresh.

Pours a decent fluffy creamy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing when it does, mostly clear slight sediment honey orange color.

Nose nice citrus tropical hops, clementine, melon, mango, hint of musty resinous passion fruit, all mixed together nicely, nice citrus with mild tropical fruit all around. It also brings a mild earthy very slight piney like hops aroma, almost forest floor but barely, and just a touch of malt underneath.

Taste is nice as well, more of the same hops, mix of citrus and tropical fruit mostly. Some nice tropical fruit to start, a little guava interestingly, hint papaya and touch mango, all are light, with a bit more musty dank resinous notes and some passion fruit with that. Then comes a mild clementine like citrus almost orange, with a little melon too. Hops also bring more of that mild pine earthy forest floor and very characteristic earthy like Kiwi style hope note. Fair overall bitterness, and a little sticky syrupy note, with mild sweet candy malts and toasty malt. Finish is drier but a little sticky, more sticky resinous hops with more pine and earthy forest floor notes, bit more citrus and mild tropical fruit hops, quite bitter too.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, nice carb, decent fluffy feel.

Overall pretty nice, not what I expected. I somehow thought this would have herbs in it, like a Jade Tea, that was until I read the label and saw it was Pacific Jade hops, which makes a lot more sense, and that addition of nice Citra and Chinook which both def come through with the tropical fruits and earthy pine respectively. Decent balance, nice hops profile, pretty tasty, and even had nice carbonation and body feel to round it off. I def like this one.

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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 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 chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Asheville.
Slightly hazy body is covered by a durable head.

Appealing aroma. Hop dominant aroma with faint malt base.

Plenty of herbal/weedy/grassy hop flavor. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste.
Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: excellent IPA: recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellowish orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that slowly fades to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of the hops - citrus/grapefruit, floral, and herbal (mint) hop aromas all come through.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness with pretty big flavors from the hops - citrus/grapefruit, floral, and herbal (especially mint/pepper). Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this beer - there is a great aroma and taste from the Jade hops that I really liked. Alcohol is well hidden which makes the beer very easy to drink.

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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 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 smakawhat
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a shaker pint.

Half a finger of off white head presented, kind of sudsy. Hazy murky body a bit, yellow but with light brown through most of it. Lemon body on the bottom with murky brown up top. Virtually no visible carbonation, minimal lacing.

Aroma and bouquet just jumps and explodes. Ripping juicy melon and cantalope. Hop tropics seem to sneak in, with a matching light sweetness and juicy quality. I am in love.

Palate has a very noticeable and unexpected carbonation. It distracts just a little. Sweet melon matching palate, with hop bursting woody resin. Coating. Mild tropics with lingering mellow fruit that goes on forever. Honey light action that goes on forever, with a lip smacking coating.

Overall a stupid good ipa that is bigger than most DIPAs I've had, and really is memorable..

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Stones, Greensboro, NC. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with a nice white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Smell - Distinctive Jade hop aroma. Bright and citrusy orange up front that immediately turns herbal. Great aroma.

Taste - Mimics the smell. Much more herbal here though. Just a hint of sweetness. Minimal malt content. Touch of bitterness at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Seems heavier than a single IPA. Herbal character combines with the bitterness and intensifies it.

Overall - Grew on me as I drank it. I think this could be much better with a different hop, but it's excellent regardless.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer- I really enjoyed this pour at the Brick Store Pub, in the appropriate glassware of course. A beautiful pour, slightly hazy with a thick, rocky head that sticks around for a while. Great aroma and taste of citrusy hops and a beautiful jasmine note. Quite bitter and fairly intense, tastes leafy and even a bit thick, with enough malt to support all the hops but not turn it too sweet. Long finish as well. I could drink this all day. Excellent!

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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 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 Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. into a tulip. pours a light copper color with an inch thick very lasting head. smell is very citrusy and slightly hoppy. the taste is very balanced between malts and hops.and some great citrusy overtones. extremely easy to drink because of the super smooth flavor. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a very solid and fun drinking IPA. just solid all around.

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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 dirtylou
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Flying Saucer in Raleigh / Tyler's in Carrboro

Hazy orange pint - explosive aroma highlighted by bright orange and grapefruit. This is a fantastic IPA - much better than hoppyum. Jade hops are quite nice - bursting with fresh citrus and cracked pepper. This is a must-have.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam and leaves sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit and resin dominate the aroma, with tropical notes adding complexity.

Flavor reveals a lightly toasted malt base that accompanies the grapefruit underpinnings nicely. Notes of lemon and mango add complexity. The finish is moderately bitter. Malt actually plays a factor in this, which I enjoy.

Body is a touch on the light side, if anything, though that may be accentuated by the high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noted.

I like the malt presence in this one, and the flavor and bittering hops are almost at an even keel.

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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 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 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 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 Bung
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Duckworths. A bright orangy-gold pour. Maybe a finger of white head. Stuck to the glass pretty well.

Aroma, quite piney with some grapefruit.

Taste, some pale carmelly malt at first. Overridden by a ton of bitter citrus, herbal and piney hop notes. Finishes with lemon zest and grapefruit. A powerful hop resin bomb.

To the heavy side of light bodied. Ample carbonation, but the oils just coat the mouth. No problems drinking this one.
A must try for hopheads.

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