Seeing Double IPA
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,554
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,558
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
713
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA
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hman43 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy dark orange with an off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There are aromas of stone fruit with apricot being a bit more forward than peach.

Taste: It has a strong stone fruit hop forward flavor with plenty of peach and apricot. There is some grainy sweetness to is and a bit of floral as well.

Feel: It has a medium full body. The aftertaste is long lasting with a high bitterness, but not harsh.

Overall: A stone fruit dominated beer with good bitterness, yet fairly easy drinking.

Nov 24, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.
Had a hoppy fruity aroma that belied it's abv.
Smooth hoppy taste with some fruity undertones.
A hoppy mouth feel with hints of sweetness.
Aftertaste is of hops and a dry sweetness.
Ranks a 8 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale

Mar 29, 2019
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The amber body was cloudy, and had a one finger thick head. The aroma was piney, spicy, and a bit boozy. The taste was quite bitter, giving off vibes of mango, peach, and citrus peel. The feel was very dry, but aftertaste was a bit flat. Glad I picked this up while in Charlotte.

Oct 28, 2018
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear medium amber color with a big white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells of fruity hops.
T - Tastes of peaches with some maltiness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation. Almost syrupy.
O - Nice IPA.

Aug 07, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear copper color with off white head. Good lacing all around glass.

Aroma - Nice floral notes, hints of citrus mostly orange and grapefruit. Great malt pine aroma as well.

Taste - Taste follows aroma, citrus up front along with floral. Malts come in on the finish.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated, slightly dry finish.

Overall - A great DIPA, no sign of the alcohol easy drinking great flavors.

Apr 14, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Loews in Banner Elk, NC yesterday for $6.99. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured orange with a very nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is citrus hops forward which slightly wins out over the large malt base.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall this is a nice east coast double IPA that stands by the traditional approach of the grapefruit focus - recommended for fans of this style.

May 22, 2016
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy orange body
Smell: Mango, apricot, melon, orange, passionfruit, coriander, pepper, malt
Taste: Candied tropical fruit, malt, hops
Feel: A little syrupy, not super carbonated
Hops are in the background in this one, drowned out by malt sweetness and something tart that isn't what I normally expect from an IPA. Wish it were brighter but it's good. Glad I'm splitting the bomber because it would be a lot to finish myself. SO likes this one a lot

Apr 24, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow, with 2 fingers of head, and some sticky lacing left on the glass

S - Sweet, and boozy

T - Citrusy sweet up front, nice malty backbone, hidden abv, smooth and tasty!

F - Full body and well carbonated.

O - An excellent DIPA. Well done.

Mar 20, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into chalice

Frothy two finger white foam cap

Dense Amber with carbonation

Aroma of tangerine , hops

Malt followed by a good hop taste
Smooth , creamy mouthfeel

Great beer

Feb 28, 2016
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JayQue from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balanced DIPA. Pours a hazy honey gold/light orange color with a big frothy long lasting head. Frothy bands of lacing surround the glass long after the beer is finished. Aroma is fairly mild, there is a hint of the hops bitterness ahead, but it is not that strong. Taste is very good. Nice balance between resiny hops with a little citrus and dry biscuity malt. The flavors are robust a nd there is little hint of high abv in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich for the style. Nice balance between malt and hops. Very enjoyable and well worth trying.

Feb 20, 2016
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RockRuler from Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
Gold in color with a white head. Nice head and lacing. Bready grapefruit aroma. Malt flavor dominates with a bit bitterness but too much malt flavor for my taste. Alcohol warms slowly after each sip. Glad I tried it but would not seek out again. Cheers!

Jan 06, 2016
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AdamAlway from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dense deep orange color with a light, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Only a slight fragrance of hops and malt. The taste is a fantastic combination of hops and malt, neither is overpowering. The 9.5% is well hidden. A nice solid, chewy feel with a creamy substance. A great IPA and well worth picking up. What a fantastic trade!

Dec 09, 2015
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wdberkley from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer can get a man in trouble. Label shows 126 IBU's but it didn't taste nearly that hoppy. And the 9.5% ABV was no were to be found in the taste - but this beer packs a punch. I'd go back for more, this one flies under the radar.

Nov 04, 2015
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dbell23 from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pint glass. Understated smell, barely there but slightly hoppy with some malt. Great taste but hops don't blow you away. Balanced and hoppy, good beer. Really nice mouthfeel, smooth with good carbonaion. Way too easy drinking for 9.5%. Will definitely buy again.

Sep 15, 2015
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OGShotzy from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Clear amber color, with some traces of lacing down the glass. Smell of hops with a tad of citrus notes at the end. Tastes nice and juicy—plus the malt and hops are well balanced. You can sort of tell the booze is there without really tasting it. Refreshing at the end of a summer night.

Aug 15, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy and muddled, deep orange body. The head is thin, wispy, and slightly off-white. The body looks rich and dense.
Smell: Tangerine and citrus hops. Fruity yeast and a touch of sweet malts.
Taste: Smooth citrus hops that taste mostly of overripe tangerines. There is also a malty sweet spine. The finish and aftertaste has a little bit of tang. A fairly balanced taste that is layered well. The alcohol is well hidden.
Feel: Medium to heavy body that has a lower level of carbonation. Dense and semi-creamy carbonation in the mouth, that makes this one chewy. Excellent feel for a imperial IPA.

Overall - What a nice surprise from North Carolina. Much better than their regular IPA.

Jul 31, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Bilco for this beer

Consumed 7/15/15

A: Medium orange with some copper and honey highlights - the first half of the bomber pours mostly clear, and the second half pours mostly cloudy, so overall I guess it's a medium level of haze - pours with a medium sized white head, leaves some nice lacing

S: This bottle may be past its prime, but it still has a fruity, juicy, hoppy aroma - orange and grapefruit juice with some pith - some juicy tropical fruit aromas, pineapple - decidedly sweet overall, so it's reminiscent of a tropical fruit juice - some pine and resinous hops - big malts, with caramel malts, as well as straight-up caramel and molasses - decidedly sweet with a hint of booze

T: Surprisingly good, despite the abundance of sweetness - very juicy, with orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit juice - almost reminds me of a hoppy, bitter Hawaiian Punch (almost) - moderate bitterness with some lingering citrus oil, citrus pith - some pine and hop resin, herbal notes - sweet, with caramel malts, caramel syrup, molasses, burnt sugar, toffee - finishes lightly oily with some dryness, lingering sweetness and a touch of booze

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied, medium level of carbonation, smooth but a little sticky, sweet finish

O: Don't be afraid if it's a little bit close
I built a kingdom of your throes
I'm seeing double

In general, I do not like this approach to the double IPA. It's overly sweet. But I like this beer; it's not boozy enough to actually be problematic. If this were pushing 11%, the booze plus sweetness would be a problem. At 9.5%, it's on the fence, and it's not a big issue. it's not mind-blowing, but it's worth a try for sure.

Jul 16, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear light orange amber color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-caramel malt, tropical fruits, and citrus

T-caramel malt backbone with tropical fruits and citrus

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish

Overall highly drinkable, really nice blend of malt and hops, highly recommend getting this

Apr 09, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So right out of the gate this one excited me. Well, judging a book by it's cover is what happened. Looked simply stunning with a stark white foamy head with outstanding lacing. Aroma was the beginning of my let down as I didn't detect a whole lot. Resiny? Touch earthy maybe? Taste was hot, slightly vinous, bitter but without a particular hop signature (not piney, citrusy, etc.,.) and almost tasted like an imperial lager upon finish. After enjoying Jade, I had set myself up for something more prolific than what I got in this bottle. I'd almost say it was an old bottle but the bottles aren't' dated so I have to assume it was still within reasonable drinking time. Bought at a busy TW off a display where all the bombers were. No dust or anything on the bottle.

Mar 17, 2015
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hotpauko from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't be looking for no fruity or florally IPA here! Pretty big hoppy, alcoholly beer. High ibu and it has a bitter bite but nothing too killer. Hops control but a definite malt presence. High ABV is always present and even tingles the tongue but again, not overwhelming for the experienced hop drinker. The hoppy hints are of a grapefruit, lemon but again nothing sweet. A good drink for those willing and able.

Feb 26, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold, crystal clear with ample head and tremendous lacing. Aroma is a little lighter than I expected but nonetheless, still nice and pleasant. Taste is awesome, with heavy IBUS, lots of grapefruit, citrus peel and resiny hops. This is a hop bomb !!!!!!!!. Mouthfeel is great with lots of stickiness, bitterness and such that balances quite well for a 126 IBU beer....Great job, Foothills !!!

Feb 17, 2015
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handcrafty from Texas

2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle dated 11/2014; consumed a few days ago.
Second time I've given Seeing Double a try, and the second time I was under impressed.
Reminds me of an English IPA, which are generally too malty for me.

Jan 29, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Clear light amber with a generous and thick foamy off-white head; corresponding lacing.
S - Appealing, for sure, but less hoppy than expected.
T - too sweet and short on hops, if judged by style. Ignoring that, this is a bold, well balanced APA with well-hidden ABV, although the alcohol adds complexity.
M - near medium body with medium+ carbonation. The higher ABV adds some warmth
O - this surprising "double IPA" is balanced and easy drinking.

Jan 28, 2015
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fredmugs from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this. It's very evenly balanced which is something that I usually do not care for but this has a back end sweetness (very slight) that really makes everything come together nicely. I could crush these even at 9.5%

Jan 21, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Bow Tie Glass

A - Clear light amber with two fingers of thick foamy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of floral notes, big hop resin, a little grape, sour grapefruit, and then a wave of sweet malt, orange jam, sunny d kinda stuff.
T - Excessive sweetness up front then the bitterness hits you big time, then followed by a wave of heat. Its massive in all its forms.
M - Cloying sticky chewy sweetness, alcohol burn.
O - Just average kinda "ohh hey I can make an obscenely retarded beer that everyone else does" kinda double ipa'

Nov 08, 2014
Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 713 ratings