Pilot Mountain Pale Ale
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,842
Ranked #34,749
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale
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Photo of MNAle
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Inviting aroma of citrus, apricot, bready malts.

Tall, thick, creamy, white head above a deep amber slightly hazy body, lightly carbonated. The head falls at a slow pace, with a thick, rocky surface and rows of lacing.

Taste is strongly apricot, with a solid bready malt backing. The initial taste is slightly bitter, with the bitterness growing through the middle to a solidly bitter finish and aftertaste.

Feel is moderate, a solid pale ale body.

Overall, a very well done classic American Pale Ale, with an apricot rather than the usual citrus flavor.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange color, with a two finger head that remained through the fourth sip.
A hoppy taste that follows a tad bitter at the finish. Medium bodied mouth feel and dry finish/aftertaste.
Would rank a 'most certainly' on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well-made APA! Hoppy and malty, slightly heavier malt back than SN's flagship APA, but on par IMHO. My bottle says 5.5%abv, purchased as part of a 12pk "HopBox" crated on 02-09-19.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sometimes its nice to drink a more classically styled pale ale. sure there is a place for these many times dry hopped new school "pale ales", but it really is enjoyable to have something a little more familiar and old school, and thats what this one was for me, a balanced and flavorful pale ale with a nice citrusy hop profile, plenty of bitterness at the end, and a medium body, fuller malt base with a little crystal depth to it and a more or less flavorless ale yeast, simple beer really, we have all had this kind of thing a million times before, but its nice to go back to a beer like this after touring around whats trendy right now. i was impressed with the grapefruity, pithy hop intensity, a cascade type hop spice to it, definitely northwestern and higher alpha. just read the label, cascade hops confirmed! it a nice expression of them, and a familiar one too, with a very sierra nevada sort of profile going on here. the carbonation is awesome here, really high and very little bubbles, makes this very crushable when its ice cold, but it warms up pretty well too, more pine than grapefruit then. a light breadiness and copper or mineral profile in the grain base, clean in the finish though. solid beer, somewhat of a throwback now, but i enjoyed it a lot, especially as a night cap after some much heavier beers!

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a semi hazy orange color with a bright white head, that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is subtle, but there. The smell is definitely hoppy with only a slight citrus smell. The taste starts sweet but finishes bitter. The mouth feel is not as thick as expected. Overall not a bad brew but definitely middle of the road.

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Photo of Foyle
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into schooner glass. A 2" foamy off white head drops slowly leaving modest lacing. Appearance is hazy yellow orange, plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and yeast rolls. Mouthy is medium and very sticky with a mostly dry finish. Flavor is hop forward with strong grapefruit, pine oil, leaving little room for malt balance. A decent APA.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange color on this beer, with an average body and head. The smell is a bit citrusy with hints of hops. The cascade hops are much more noticeable in the taste, which also has some sweetness and citrus notes as well. A pretty tasty beer overall.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange color,medium body,just a slight bit thin. Aroma is really nice,orange and peel,grapefruit,a sweet malt smell. Taste is very similar,a bit of pine as well as a bitter finish that lingers. I could see people expecting more but I think this delivers in flavor,somewhat complex,but not so extreme that it's hard to have a few at a time

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Photo of DrMullet
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orangish/amber with medium head.
Smell is a very pleasant orange citrus.
Taste is well balanced, light sweetness, medium citrus and hop bitterness.
Smoother than expected.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief initial impression from a bottle (courtesy of Schlimenhaumer - thanks, bruv!):

Any Cascade-led pale ale invites immediate comparisons to Sierra Nevada's iconic Pale Ale, and frankly this don't measure up, lads. Lacks the floral and oily hop flavour that works so well in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, as well as the soft yet robust pale malt backbone.

High C- (2.75) / BELOW AVERAGE

2nd impression from a bottle:

Orange zest. Soapy hop flavours. Pale malts. Imbalanced.

A waste of Cascade hops, but not undrinkable.


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Photo of ejames0802
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall: very smooth and easy-drinking IPA with a few notes of sweetness to it. It's an IPA that's mild in bitterness without being watery at all. Piney smell. Larger white head. Clear dark orange coloring. While there is nothing terribly interesting about this beer, it's certainly a beer for any occasion and a nice change of pace if you're like me and have mostly been drinking extremely bitter IPAs and sour saisons.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear copper color with thin white head, light spotty lacing.

Aroma - Nice light tropical notes, orange, mango grapefruit. Just a touch of pine peeking through.

Taste - Very similar to the aroma very light orange, pineapple and mango. Little bit of malts as well.

Feel - Very light clean and crisp.

Overall - Surprised very good flavors for a pale ale.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-red appearance. Surprising amount of hops, with a bit of a bite to it. I was expecting it to be a bit weak and watery but I was pleasantly surprised. Had after hiking in Pilot Mountain State Park.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good solid PA. smell is fantastic fruit and pine combo really delicious aroma. Taste doesnt follow but solid PA notes of pine/ fruit and a thin finish. No complexity in the finsh like SNPA but still an overall solid offering.

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Photo of ordybill
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden brown with a medium sized white head. The aroma is all piney hops. The taste matches the aroma with a bitter finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Bronze with no clarity, unfiltered, 1 finger of head and some nice lacing

S - Citrus notes, bready malts

T - Oranges, mangos, grapefruit, lots of floral tastes. Slightly bitter finish

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - A decent pale ale, nice citrus note

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, orangey-copper body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Pale malts with scents hinting of biscuits, of toffee while the hops yield oily orange peelings and softly resinous pine.

Taste: Biscuity, lightly toasty pale malts with some sweet toffee and blonde caramel notes. Restrained pine atop citrusy orangey tastes. Moderately bitter. The citrus and bitterness holds firm through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, though not quite thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A straight-forward, solid, no-thrills APA.

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Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a haze golden with a decent off white head.

S: Balance of floral hops and light caramel malt. Biscuity aromas with some pleasant floral and pine.

T: Nice balance with a decent bitterness. Nice malt flavor with some pilsner malt flavors. Pine dominates the hop profile with a light but of citrus. Finishes a bit dry.

F: Medium light body with moderate high carbonation.

O: Nice pale ale. I like the mild pilsner character and has a good balance. Nice session ale.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foothills Brewery is arguably best known for their India Pale Ales, and in this instance they have taken a similar heavy-bittering-hops approach to their APA. At a reported 52 IBU, it is definitely on the bitter end of the scale for the style. It looks and feels the part: 5.5% ABV, hazy deep gold color, thick creamy head, and a thinnish texture with sharp carbonation that attacks the tongue in concert with the bitterness. Where it falls down is the flavoring hops, which, not having nearly as strong a presence as do the bittering hops, get buried under the bitterness. What there is of the flavoring hops expresses itself in a fairly straightforward manner with citrus and floral notes; my favorite characteristic of the APA style is complex, prominent flavoring hops, and you just don't get that with this beer- you could just as easily be drinking one of a number of craft IPAs.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a dark orange golden copper color, fine bubble white foam head that fades to the outer rim, stringy legs of lacing
S: orange, papaya, citrus, cracker, malt
M: medium creamy body, resin on tongue
T: grape fruit rind, orange, hop bitterness, cracker, hay, earthiness
O: good brew, great aroma, the flavor is a little to earthy for me, maybe my bottle is old? Drank on 5-22-15

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fresh 12 oz bottle.
Very hoppy for style, but with typical moderate bitterness.
Aroma: very attractive with a fine blend of bready malts and citrus/herbal hops.
Herbal and citrus notes from the hops.

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Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 020315

Slightly hazed golden color beneath a compact, lumpy head. Fresh Cascade-like hop nose, flowers and grapefruit, with an underlying pale malt sweetness. Crisp, simple, old school pale ale flavor: floral hops and zesty citrus with a touch of piney greenness, some biscuit malt tucked neatly into the background. Snappy and pretty light on the palate. Tasty and mighty drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper coloring with steady carbonation and a thin, low profile, off-white head. Nose of caramel and a subtle hops bitterness, with spicy and floral highlights. Flavors are more hop forward, with resinous and bitter notes, hints of grapefruit, and a sweet, roasted caramel backbone. Well balanced, and very drinkable. Smooth, light bodied. The aftertaste is peppery and bitter, with a slightly dry finish. Tasty.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose-orange seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of crispness.
O: This is a nice easy drinking APA that is filled with aromas and flavors of citrus. It is a good choice if you are looking a flavorful beer that's very easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with some orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus hops with a lighter amount of pine/resin and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale and caramel malts with very little sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine/resin and citrus/orange rind hops. Just a touch of some earthy hops in there are well. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink - sessionable due to the moderate amounts of bitterness and low ABV. Definitely one to get again.

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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 198 ratings