Jade - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 679
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 129
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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: 97 | Hads: 679
Photo of Daktah
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (706 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 GJ40
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (252 characters)

Photo of Cuttooth
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of wino47
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of crunkchiggin2002
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (308 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 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 MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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! (477 characters)

Photo of scifan
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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... (926 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

9.3/10 (281 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (434 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 Boski
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (579 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 wedge
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of Macky20
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (945 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 Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (461 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (1,248 characters)

Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.