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Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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

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Beer added by: Macky20 on 02-06-2011

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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 772
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 humuloner22
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Although I would give it higher remarks had I had this one on draft. But I am also so excited they have finally released this one in bottles. It is so amazing. When you pry off that lid it hits you with tropical aromatics, pineapple, mango, and probably other fruits that I haven't been privy too. It has a strong citrus aroma, that is without a doubt. But where a lot of IPA's and pale ales have a grapefruit smell and taste this one is very tropical and mysterious. The color, is a hazy golden straw not too much carbonation but just enough.

The taste hits your front palate with the strong tropical flavors, but once it crosses the back it gets real. You have that hoppy resinous burst in the there and its got that bitterness one should embrace with an IPA, at least, you know, I do. This beer reminds me of the essence of some tropical lime mixed with a plethora of other flavors. Its a damn near perfect IPA really, but I haven't met that devil just yet, although this one is really close.

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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 alaimoa
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First foothills for me and impressed. Nice cloudy golden pour with good head retention. Smell upfront citrus, floral and a touch of grass. Taste has nice depth with upfront citra, floral notes and a smooth bitterness. Feel has a creaminess that is enjoyable

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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 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 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 walkinginplace
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at Foothills. This brew is a brilliant orange and smells like pure citrus. The mouthfeel has pretty heavy carbonation and a smooth, medium-bodied finish. The taste is both malty and hoppy with a bitter citrus flavor that is really unique. It's nothing to chase down but, all in all, a damn fine IPA.

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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 Jrmhman
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect balance of big hop up front and big citrus finish. Golden in color. Brighter than most IPA's. If you like lots of hop and lots of citrus this is the beer! I have recently left Winston salem for Portland Oregon. Only Boneyard RPM IPA compares thus far in the pacific northwest

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Photo of aleckpa
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served into a Foothills pint glass from a growler

A: Yellow/Orange, not entirely clear but I was surprised about how much I can see through it. On the pour, about a finger's head which looks creamy and white. It settles down and lingers a little. Nice lacing on the glass, too.

S: Citrus grapefruit lemon and orange

T: See above. But serious, this is a great tasting beer. It's sweet and bitter, well balanced. It's almost like orange juice with grapefruit squeezed into it with lemon zest.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth.

O: This beer really surprised me. I love Hoppyum but Jade takes it to another level. It was worth getting a growler of this, absolutely amazing.

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Photo of Dalgren
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a DFH/SN IPA glass

A- Bright golden-yellow with a creamy white head with lacing that slowly slides down the glass.
S - Crisp citrus nose dominated by grapefruit and settle lemon, orange and herbal overtones.
T- Much like the smell, grapefruit and settle lemon, orange and a slight apricot /peach. A good balance of the hoppy bitterness and slight malt sweetness. I very much liked the jade hops.
M- Good carbonation and with a creamy smooth finish.
D- This has to be one of the most drinkable IPA's I have had. Nearly perfect bitterness. Leaves you wanting to refill your glass.

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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 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 kwakwhore
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewpub. Hoppy goodness abounds on the nose and on the tongue. Something really unique about the nose of this beer. My first encounter with Jade hops and the aroma and flavor says citrus in a way I've not experienced it before. Refreshingly carbonated mouthfeel. A truly extraordinary IPA which ranks among the five best I've had, including Jai Alai.

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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 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 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 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 rangerred
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap.

Pours a hazy medium orange with no head to speak of. A small amount of lacing but nothing impressive.

Very tropica citrus aroma with a hefty amount of bread as well. There is a nice floral aroma mixing in too. Very inviting and quite nice.

Lots of mango and grapefruit in the taste with more bread and biscuit. Huge deptht to the hops in this one with a very strong malt backbone for balance. Very high bitterness that leads to a dry finish that is pleasant on a beer of this strength as opposed to sweetness that is all to often present in these types of beers.

Overall, a very nice job by Foothills and a beer that I wish was more widely available.

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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 jacewg
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very light, only a shade or two darker than Pilsner. Really nice retention. Good lacing. Quite clear.

Aroma: Very nicely aromatic. Citrus and tropical character. Mango, passionfruit, citrus peel, melon, and juicy citrus. Very minimal malt character on the nose.

Flavor: This is where this beer really shines. It's not as "in your face" as some of the IPAs that have come into the market in the past two or three years. The bitterness is insanely clean. No onion, no garlic, no astringency whatsoever. Pleasant, anchoring bitterness. Hop flavor comes in waves: Bright citrus, tropical fruit elements: again mango, passionfruit, melon, juicy citrus. Very little in the way of dank, pine, or resin. Malt plays a bit more of a role here with balancing pale character. Some sweetness, but little caramel or toast. This is a citrus/fruit bomb and it executes that super well.

Feel: Drinks easy for 7.4%. Well carbed. Light to medium bodied for the style. Finishes medium length and not especially bitter with sweet malt and fruit character before dropping off.

Overall: This beer is fairly straightforward in terms of hop character, but what it does (fruit and citrus) it does exceptionally well. Super clean, well brewed. Great IPA

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