Frostbite Black IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
he official beer of Jack Frost. Skillfully blended barley and roasted wheat malts team up with a big blast of flavor and aroma from Pacific Northwest hops. The result? A Black IPA as refreshingly bracing as a cold winter day.

74 IBU

Added by hophugger on 11-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,130
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
71
pDev:
7.47%
 
 
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of CCUChants2016
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCHritz
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of va83
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwclt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a nearly opaque dark amber with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace some lace. The scent had hints of roast and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of stadmo1
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, resin, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, slight sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, resin, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby highlights penetrate an otherwise very dark brown beer. The khaki froth reaches one and a half inches before slowly coalescing, leaving a thick coating of lace on a Speigle IIPA glass.

Fresh, juicy pine hops waft throughout while light roast malt and coffee beans weave their way into the nose. Warmth brings out light notes of charcoal.

Bitterness and sweetness are both prominent and relatively balanced. The roasted quality is light. Pine resin counters Baker's Chocolate through a long modest finish. The bitterness never subsides as warmth brings out roasted marshmallow crust.

My first impression of the body was that it was light. A few minutes later, the body seemed full with an almost syrupy texture. Alcohol is more pronounced than anticipated and the carbonation is fine and softer than anticipated.

As a Winter IPA, Frostbite is impressive. I think it improved slightly with warmth. The notes of marshmallow crust brought back welcome memories and will entice me to find this beer again next year. Thank you Meghann and Wayne!

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Photo of ordybill
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a large light tan head. The aroma is roasted malts and hops. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of Atg1095
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slhuggy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nick_perry
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color. Tan head with a fair amount of retention. I’ve not had a lot of black IPA’s...this one strikes me as an IPA that turns into a stout. Hoppy and very carbonated up front, but then it has a dry malt finish and a very delayed chocolate note. Produces a modest warming sensation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted + dark malts with just shy of moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit rind, and light hints of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly heavier than light flavor of roasted + dark malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by a hint of chocolate malts and moderate flavors of herbal, citrus/grapefruit pith, and earthy hops with a hint of pine hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with the lighter body and the not as aggressively bitter hops as well as the well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable - I like the combination of citrus + herbal hops and dark malts.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clm9
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Frostbite Black IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 71 ratings