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
foothillsbrewing.com

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:
53
Ratings:
177
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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5
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23
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 177
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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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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Pilot Mountain Pale Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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