Pilot Mountain Pale Ale | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Pilot Mountain Pale AlePilot Mountain Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
171
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
20.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 171
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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Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ont tap at the brewery.

Pours and amber/orange with a small white head that rings. Smell is light grapefruit hops and the unmistakeable crystal malt. Lots of pale/crystal type malt in the taste, med-light body and med carb.

Very similar to the SN Pale Ale but fresher tasting . This isn't too surprising as SN pretty much invented the style.

From notes, March 19, 2012

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - copper with a thin lacing of white, soft head

S - piny, earthy, toasty, bready

T - toasty, bready, citrus, pine, bitter finish

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I'm a bit disappointed in the malt character here. The toasty notes were note welcomed, but the hop character was solid. I would probably avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, pours an airy head.

Aroma: Fresh citrus, but also malt, interesting and delicate combination.

Taste: Great combination of malt and hops! Very robust flavour, quite strong. Not as refreshing as you might think because of that, but very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid pale ale with some sweetness and bitterness, nicely balanced.

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Photo of Chaney
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.

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Photo of rangerred
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with a white head that stays around for a decent amount of time. Not much lacing.

S-Hop forward with what I believe to be cascade. Not much malt presence.

T-Like the nose as it is really hoppy and bitter with not much malt backbone. What little malt there is provides a nice caramel finish.

M-Pretty thick for the style.

D-It is drinkable and refreshing, but there are other versions of the style I would much rather have.

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Photo of dmbsteve
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured copper color with an off-white one finger head that dissipated to a ring. Small amount of lacing.

Smells of hops mostly floral and citrusy.

Taste like a typical overly hopped (IMO) pale ale with very little malt character. A little out of balance.

Medium body with a dry finish. Not bad mouthfeel, just wish I liked the flavor a little more.

Overall a very average session pale ale. Forgettable.

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

Served on tap at Foothills paired with my chicken sandwich. This is your classic American Pale ale, moderately hopped, medium body, go to beer for your everyday drinker, and it's a decent one.

Beer is orangish with a soft white head of small and tiny bubbles, lacing is a plus and carbonation is steady. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly piny but mostly earthy hops.

Beer is medium bodied and has a nice hop presence, not overly bitter, not at all. Beer is "well balanced" between the light malt backbone and the presence of the hop flavors and bitterness. This would be a good football beer to have around on the weekends. Although there is nothing too special about it.

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Photo of kinged8th
2.54/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a growler of this hoping to have a relaxing night watching football. Pours a nice copper color with a decent head. Smell is somewhat deceptive. It comes across as floral, citrus hop, but is nothing like the taste. I has a good mouthfeel and starts off nice until it rolls off the tongue and down the throat. Then it turns into a stringent, dry after taste. This was a tough one to finish and Ill have to admit, I was only able to put two pints away. The next day I poured the rest of the growler down the drain.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. Nose is light citrus and herbal hops. The taste brings some pale malt as well as a slight bit of citrus. A light bitterness in the feel. Easy drinking but somewhat lacking.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at home, trying something lighter for the summer months. Appearance is a nice amber color with nice head and lacing. Smell is pretty much non-existant. Taste is slightly better than the smell, with a little bit of hops and malt taste. I will say that this one has more taste once it warms up a good bit, 10-15 minutes of sitting. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability if fine, would be better with just some defining taste characteristics. I will probably not be putting this one back on the keg rotation.

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Photo of argock
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.

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Photo of beer2day
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.

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