Pilot Mountain Pale Ale
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,949
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,926
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
198
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews by Strix:
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Surprisingly deep amber with minimal head.

Floral and grapefruit hoppy smell, but not strong. Something else in the mix too, dark bread I guess.

Taste is solid. Favors drinkability over a huge hop punch, but it's nice. A solid grapefruit hop base, and then a toasted bready flavor. Tends towards the English side of things, I get a bit of an ESB note, really.

A bit on the watery side for me, but all right.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, fairly basic, but I'd have this again. It wasn't particularly memorable, but went well with a dog and the game.

Aug 31, 2008
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Mar 26, 2015
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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Jul 22, 2013
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rtratzlaff from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A filtered clear amber bodied pale ale with plenty of strong cascade aroma in the nose. Some caramel malt hits first with a strong hop piney bitterness from the Cascade hops coming on quickly imparting grapefruit like qualities. Light mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation. A good sessionable hoppy pale ale.

Aug 02, 2009
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Foothills.

A: It poured a very hazy orange which was on the darker side of the orange spectrum. The head was about 1/2 finger and retained itself throughout.

S: Not much on the nose at all.... maybe some muted citrus and fresh H2O.

T: Despite what I got on the nose, this one had a substantial citrus bite with lots of orange peel. Very fresh!

M: Not uber sweet, but quite bitter, especially for a Pale Ale. There was a slight bit of lace left on the glass.

O: This was a nice, bitter American Pale Ale that was definitely up to par with their other yummy beers.

Apr 29, 2012
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atsprings from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is dominated by earthy hops. The taste is a wonderful balance of earthy pine hops and rich caramel malts. A smooth well balanced flavor lingers very well into the aftertaste. The beer is light and crisp with just a slight stickiness. This is an extremely enjoyable pale ale.

May 10, 2007
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metter98 from New York

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.

May 27, 2013
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mralphabet from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on Tap at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Greensboro NC on a day trip from VA....

A: Auburn in color... very little white head with very little lacing.

S: Very nice hop aromas.... with a little sweet malt back ground.

T: Little more hoppy than other APA's I've had.... The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the bitterness of the hops.... Just a little bitterness in the aftertaste but has an overall pleasant finish.

M: I'd say the body is a little lighter than medium and the carbonation is just right for this type of brew.

D: Pretty easy to drink and went pretty well with my Americo Pizza...

My first Foothills brew.... Now I'm curious about their other brews, but nothing comes in a bottle... only on tap... I may have to come back to NC and go to Foothills BrewPub to try the rest...

May 10, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's and Must say a very fine ale indeed. Poured a deep orange amber with a white frothy head with great retention and a sticky layer of lace to follow. The smell was huge, big hop profile. Lots of citrus hops with a deep resin vibrant aroma, Cascade are very evident here. The flavor is a huge hop bomb, and coming from Foothills you know its good. Very big dry bitter finish and damned if that sweet orange blossom flavor did not hang around forever. I could swear this was 8%abv or more, realy quite a strong brew I was feeling afterward. Overall hell yeah, this was awesome. I would drink this anyday, absolutly wonderful and a great addition to any bar!

Apr 25, 2007
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a growler into a 1L glass mug.

Appearance is a slightly hazy medium copper with a very tiny head.

Nose has plenty of earthy hops along with some caramel and toffee notes from the malt.

Flavor is a bit watery from the start with a quick shot of hoppy bitterness. Some earthyness from the hops quickly follows along with some caramel and biscuit. A pleasant maltyness lingers through the finish.

Overall this isn't a bad beer but the body is lacking. I also feel it is a little more hoppy than it should be and the malt kind of gets buried.

Mar 23, 2012
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 09, 2017
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argock from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: Light amber with cap of off-white head with skimpy lace at the top of the glass.

S: Herbal, earthy hops and some light pale malts, but the aroma is way light and not distinctive.

T: The flavor is a big let-down, as I enjoyed FOothills' Hoppyum IPA a lot. THis brew is like a glorified homebrew but after you've just tasted a really good homebrew or craft beer. Hops are flat and herbal with no brightness and the malt load is far below the necessary level. A messy brew that doesn't really push any flavor forward and thus is left with a lot of low-impact flavors.

M: Feel is thin and subpar for the style. Aftertaste is cardboardy and not pleasant.

D: Skip this one and buy pretty much any other ale on the menu. This brew is unrefined and needs more finishing to recommend as too many messy flavors and off-flavors are present with no dominant flavor taking charge. Maybe it's the draft lines, and since their other brews are good, I will give this another try elsewhere and see if there is a difference.

Apr 03, 2010
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schwee from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jan 19, 2012
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Durge from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC. It was a clear copper color with solid head and good lace. The aroma is weak, but shows wheat and grapefruit hops. The flavor brings out more of the malt mixed with the hops bite, but it is a very mild blend. Pretty drinkable. It is a tad watery but there is a nice charcoal finish. I would like to try this again as it got mixed results as I made my way through the glass. Definitely worth a try no matter what.

Oct 01, 2007
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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

Mar 29, 2019
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bcsbeer from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 20, 2015
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Foyle from North Carolina

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.

Jun 14, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Dec 28, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: A sharp hoppy smell, along with malt.

T: Tasted of malt and bitter hops. Neither overwhelms the other. A well-balanced flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A very easy to drink beer. Definitely one that wouldn't leave you with much of a hangover.

May 14, 2009
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dec 05, 2011
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Clear, deep copper with a loose finger of foam with wimpy retention leaves wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is faintly malty.

Taste is dry, biscuity malt with a sting of bitter hops. Caramel flavors emerge as the drink warms.

Easy to drink.

Jun 26, 2008
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with 1/2-finger of head. No retention. Not much lacing, but nice carbonation and an attractive coloring bring the score up.

Where is the nose here? Maybe I'm losing my sense of smell, but the current crop of pales haven't done much for me (amarillo hopped beers not included).

Huge citrus hit. Estery. Citrus absolutely explodes on your tastebuds. Slightly slick and oily, but fits the style.

Great drinker for a hoppy pale ale.

Mar 24, 2010
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Sunstealer from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 06, 2016
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nickd717 from California

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Copper color with a nice lasting one-finger white head.

S - Caramel malt and citrusy hops with a little resin detectable.

T - Well-balanced and pretty good with caramel malt, bread, earth, and citrusy/piney C-hops. A good, but not great, example of the APA style.

M - Body medium for the style with medium carbonation.

D - Above average for a pale ale.

Sep 24, 2009
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Haybeerman from Colorado

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

Oct 13, 2017
Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 198 ratings