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Seeing Double IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 665
Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
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!

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of dbell23
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of gopens44
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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 !!!

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Photo of handcrafty
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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%

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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'

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe

A-Pour is clear orange with a big white head and good lacing.

S-Great aromas of orange, tangerines, biscuit, pineapple, straw, and peaches in the aroma.

T-Taste is oranges, light vanilla, mango, grass, lemons, and dough with a light bitter finish.

M-Medium body with high carbonation.

O-Overall a very excellent sweet DIPA. Nice job Foothills.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with good head and lace patches with an aroma that blends citric hops with bit of oiliness and possible grape. Dry beer but it retains a smoothness that is pleasant and the dominant flavor is citric hops. Other notable flavors include touches of grapefruit and a little bit of caramel sweetness for balance. Not a beer that stands out but a beer that is very enjoyable and pleasant to have.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly clear deep golden with a lingering frothy ivory head.

Aroma is resin, citrus, lightly floral, and malty.

Flavor has a strong, slightly sweet malty base, with notes of resin throughout. Citrus and bitterness are secondary.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not as hoppy as I expected. Fairly sweet, and I hoped for more character.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber golden hued with a bit of haziness. A quarter inch of white head covers most of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. Aroma of piney hops and biscuity malt is prevalent. The front of the palate is bitter piney hops which fades into biscuity malt and then back to a more subtle bitter piney hop fade. The mouth is bit chalky and bone dry.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seeing Double makes good use of the debut of a Spiegelau Double IPA tulip. A rich amber (SRM 10-12), chill-hazed with occasional carbonation. The long-lasting head is one and one-half inches creamy off-white and leaves a coating of lace.

Fresh citrus rind and pine resin open, shortly followed by pineapple and caramel. Warmth brings out a hint of mint and ginger powder.

As expected from a Double IPA, this one is quite bitter, front to back. Pine sap and light sweetness are throughout with muted grapefruit, orange rind and a touch of mango. The long finish is modest in comparison to the opening.

Surprisingly modest carbonation within a full-bodied beer. The alcohol is as anticipated. A satin texture and light metallic astringency make this quite dry.

Foothills has stepped up to the Double IPA hype, however the hop flavors could be accentuated. Bitterness will easily match wings on Superbowl Sunday.

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