Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 696
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 131
Gots: 123 | FT: 9
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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 ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -8%
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. (180 characters)

Photo of Sheen
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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 (204 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (162 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of krbrevard
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
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? (418 characters)

Photo of Brewchaser
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (259 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Foothills Jade

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with big 2 fingers width of off white head , good retention and lacing 4.5

S: Lots of cities, pine, soapy notes, 4

T: good balance of hops and malt sweetness, citrus, tropical fruits, pine 4.25

M: great mouthfeel, very smooth for the style, easy drinking, great drinkability 4.5

O: very good beer 4.25 (353 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Big huge thanks to Wil for sending me one of my favorites from NC! Jade is a beauty of a beer. 24kt gold in color, it glimmers, while a few streams of carbonation swirl to the surface. The dirty white head is silky on the pour but becomes craggy and rocky as it settles. The foam has an eggshell sheen and leaves chunky lacing clung to the glass.

The nose on this beer is so unique. It's all sorts of jammy upfront, both orange and grapefruit. That's always inviting but the uniqueness comes in the form of a very floral, almost perfume driven, hoppiness that joins the jam. There are even exotic tea like qualities present. This unique hoppiness is draped over a bready and softly sweet caramel backbone. Inviting, to say the least.

As floral as the nose is, the flavor profile is as resinous. It's resinous upfront before being joined by the jamminess mentioned above. The citrus brightens from jam to pith as it moves through and those floral qualities open up on the backend. The hop profile is both expressive and deep. Again, that is all draped over a sturdy, bready malt backbone with a kiss of caramel sweetness. Soft, clean alcohol adds a peppery bite.

The feel of this IPA is that of wrapping yourself in velvet. The body is plush and luxurious but never heavy or cloying, as a matter of fact it dries up very well on the swallow. Bitterness never extends beyond moderate and lingers until the next drink. Drinkability is off the charts like most of Foothills offerings. Thumbs up.

Jade is a great IPA from the folks at Foothills. It's unique in nearly every aspect but the nose really sets it apart from other IPAs. Great balance, depth, dryness, and lingering bitterness make this a winner in my book. Thanks again, Wil! (1,750 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass, courtesy of a trade with @humuloner22
A - 1 1/2 finger fluffy head on top of a beautiful golden ale. Decent lacing.
S - Fruit and citrus with some grassiness and pine in the background
T -Nice malt backbone with tropical fruits, lemon, grass, some pine. Some Lemon rind on the finish
M -A light feel with moderate carbonation. This beer has several levels of flavors which transition dry finish.
O: This is a wonderful light bodied IPA. The beauty in this beer is it subtlety, there is a great hop profile but it is not over done. Easy drinker but there is no reason to hurry with it. (651 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A--Translucent gold/amber, fluffy head, not much lacing.

S--Tropical citrus, star fruit, granny smith apples.

T--Follows nose, with terrific, balanced finish of sour apples and lemon.

F--Medium dry, refreshing.

O--Without question one of the best IPAs produced south of the mason dixon line. Fabulous. (305 characters)

Photo of Nctide
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (221 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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. (425 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 1 inch head on gold brew with some haziness, terrific lacing.

S - Grassy smells with hints of light fruits

T - rich malts supported with citrus flavors, lemon zest, accompanying spice, peppery flavor. Bitter and sweet with a west coast feel. Very easy drinking

M - nice carbonation, very smooth.

Nice straightforward IPA with a summer feel. Goes down easily and makes you wanting more. (394 characters)

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold with short cap of off-white, small bubbled head with decent retention and a couple of short curtains of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and minty, herbal hops dominate with a light caramel backing. No yeast or alcohol presence.

T: A very smooth yet complex hops flavor with mellow tropical fruit, grapefruit/lemon citrus, and pine up-front and finished with a nice earthy, resiny, herbal note, very minty in the finish. No yeast or alcohol character. A very smooth and delicious American IPA.

M: This beer is light-medium in body with lowish carbonation and a coating feel, but finishes dry. Very drinkable -- dangerously so.

O: Foothills Jade is a wonderful and unique, complex IPA with a great feel and a wide array of hop notes that blends tropical, citrus, resiny, and earthy characteristics wonderfully. (906 characters)

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a slightly pale golden hue, thin lacing and had maybe a quarter inch head which subsided after a few minutes.

S- a light and sweet ell, this beer reminds me if sugar and grapefruit combined. It's a pretty complex smell, honestly.

T- this has a complex tropical taste with a malty hint at the front and a great bitter hop end. Grapefruit is present the whole way through. It has a dank and hoppy flavor to it. It definitely has floral and grassy notes in there as well. Malty and hoppy finish.

M- medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to it. It leaves just the right amount of bitterness to it at the end.

Overall- this beer is AMAZING. plain and simple. Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. It has a great taste, smell, and aftertaste. Carbonation and the body is on point. This has everything I want in an IPA and MORE. (857 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (315 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (684 characters)

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.