Seeing Double IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Seeing Double IPASeeing Double IPA

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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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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 PDXHops
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint, a hazy dark honey colored brew. Light scattered lacing is left from the finger's worth of foamy head.

Lots of citrusy hops and caramel in the nose. Smells like it's gonna be one of those big hearty and juicy DIPAs, and that's what it proves to be. The caramel sweetness seems to snowball throughout the consumption of the pint. A little thickish and coating as well. Too malty, but there's plenty of citric hop flavor. Bitterness somewhat lacking (or unable to cut through the sweetness), but it's tasty. A bit of burn in the finish. No grit, no dryness. Rather boozy finish.

Overall impression: Another 'overmalted' east coast (D)IPA. Foothills makes some fine brews, but this one's forgettable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy amber with a good and lacing. A promising start. The smell is grainy with tobacco, swwet malt, and spicy hops. Not bad, definitely a big beer. The taste is a little disappointing. Too sweet, and with a slight sourness that seems out of place.Hoppy finish is nice but a little overwhelmed. Mouthfeel is too grainy and slippery- there needs to be an edge here. Too out of whack for me to drink much of, unbalanced. I had this at the Hickory Hops fest from the brewer, so I doubt I had a bad batch, but from the other glowing reviews I hope so. I expected more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Hazy and doesn't produce much of a head even with a vigorous pour. Builds at the very end. It even gets darker as more sediment flows in. Orange body with chunks of white residue floating about.

Smell - Citrus and some tropical fruits. Lots of sweet malts. Equally dominant as the hops, or perhaps the tropical fruits and sweet malts just enhance each other.

Taste - As malty as it is hoppy. Lots of residual sugars. Same citrus hop, less of the tropical fruits. Malts dominate immediately after the initial flavor. Bitterness builds and even turns grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, too heavy for me. Overly sweet. Medium carbonation and moderate bitterness.

Overall - Just too sugary for my tastes. "Balanced" doesn't really apply. Run-of-the-mill east coast IPA.

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Photo of n2185
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, hazy orange with a finger of dense white head that sticks around for the haul. It leaves a solid sheet of white lacing down the sides.

S: smells surprisingly light, with light citrus notes and some grassy aromas.

T: taste is similar to the aroma with a lot of light citrus and pine notes with a light bitter finish. Nothing in your face and an overall very light DIPA.

M: medium-light body and carbonation.

D: goes down pretty smooth with its light characters.

Overall a decent DIPA, but a bit too light for my liking.

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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 BarrytheBear
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Growler split with, and courtesy of, milwaukeeclassic during a boring Monday Night Football game. Way to suck, Colston.

Cloudy dark reddish orange with decent retention.

Sweet, malty, and resinous. Barleywine-esque? Not very lively.

Very resinous and sticky sweet. Malt is the showman here as he repeatedly beats down the hops with wave after wave sweet caramel. Pine sol and citric hops are subdued and swallowed up repeatedly. I really wish the bill hosted two co-stars here.

9.5% drinks much bigger as there doesn't seem to be much effort in repelling this demon. Milwaukeeclassic states this growler is becoming a chore. I concur.

Thanks for knocking off a want Duane, but this beer needs some tweaking.

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Photo of mentor
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of light-tan head over a nearly clear dark orange-rust liquid. Smells pine, orange, pith, lemons, green onion, and clean alcohol. Mild cream corn (ie, DMS). Aromas required searching; this was not the blast of hop aroma I would expect from a DIPA.

Tastes silky malt with moderate hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Not at all to style (which will be a big hit on my scoring), but may still be a wonderful beer anyway. Hop flavor is pine, oranges, tangerine, candied rosebuds, and pith. Esters are canned apricot syrup, pear syrup, and tamarind. Waxy hop bitterness does not cut the malt sweet as it ought to for the style. A touch thicker than it should be and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dense caramel brown…I can see tons of bubbles bubbling up in the middle…head is off white and a solid thin layer…it’s like a cloud up there…thins out somewhat quickly to a whispy layer…(3.5/5)

Smell: Piney hops and a musky yeast aroma right off the bat…malts are caramel and earthy…there’s a real earthiness to this brew with a mild peppery bite the deeper I inhale…also picking up a subtle sweetness…fairly straight forward…(3.25/5)

Taste: Piney, earthiness and a noticeable yeast flavor up front…much like the nose…malts are very much apart of the overall makeup, I’m getting earthy, caramel, lightly sweet malts fully balancing out the flavor…a light citrus hops bitterness shows in the third phase…it’s got a musky, organic, mildly peppery quality happening here…it’s got a mild robustness…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation…it fluffs up bringing tons of creamy, robust hops (earthy, piney, mild citrus) to the palate followed by tons of earthy, caramel malts…very heavy on the palate…mildly chewy…earthy, piney bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew, but it’s earthy tones and musky taste dominate too much for my liking…it’s very drinkable, but nothing I would place near the upper tier of this class…for the higher ABV that Seeing Double packs, I don’t feel it yet…this brew isn’t bad, but it’s not my favorite…maybe I expect more citrus hops from double IPA’s, but the earthy, musky flavor thing is not typically my bag…eh…(3.25/5)

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Photo of John_M
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom

The beer pours an attractive orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IPA goodnes with considerable orange citrus and lemon zest. Considering how great this beer smells, the flavor profile was all the more disappointing. Initially I get the same honey orange bitter citrus on the palate, but then the alcohol and sweet malt come on strong. IMHO, this beer completely falls apart on the finish, with the alcohol burn making this beer all but undrinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but this beer exemplifies the term heavy and tiring on the palate.

Wow. This beer smells so good, I was excited to drink it. However, the finish is so hot, and has so much of a pronounced alcohol bite, I found myself thanking my lucky stars I only bought a half pint. Uggghhh...

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thin eggshell white with very tight carbonation bubbles. Very thin spotty lacing. Dark orange liquid with a countable number of bubbles rising from the bottle of the glass.

HUGE sweet malty nose that smells like caramel and toasty toffee scent. There's a slight alcohol hint but it's covered very well by the very large malty backbone.

Thin but very toasty malt taste. Lots of toffee notes with some with some sweet hops coming through later but a little under pronounced.

This one is really a bit thin and not hoppy enough for a DIPA but a beer that I could easily drink all the time. It has good flavor but lacks some overall hoppiness.

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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 Durge
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC. The appearance is a murky dark chestnut color, thick and chewy looking. It has a very nice off-white (almost oatmeal) head with notable rings of lacing. The nose picks up surprisingly very little, just a dull wheat and maybe a vague whisp of woodsy hop. Upon the first taste I detect a very different blend of herbal/floral hops and toffee malt. It's relatively mild in a medium (+) bodied brew with well carbonated slightly resinous feel. The flavor is not in my wheelhouse but is interesting enough to avoid too much disappointment. The hops grow on you as it warms and you start to pick up a fair intensity of bitterness. There's a little cotton candy at times but hops begin to prevail, a bit sharp but still sort of floral and peachy. I'd say this improves with time and is worth a try. Funny that the aroma is so absent but it does a decent job for the hop lover and is pretty drinkable although this does not seem like a double ipa to me, a bit too tame.

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Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at CW's Tap room during their Meet the Brewer promotion, and again a few days later, I liked it so much.

This beer arrived with little head, it coulda been the pour, hard to tell really... it's a cloudy, rust-orange color and rather thick looking.

Smells quite juicy, lots of citrus, grapefruit-like hops, but I'm also getting orange peel and a leafy, earthy smell that's quite refreshing. Clean. Hops dominate, as they should.

This is a basic, well balanced Double IPA. It's perhaps a bit overboard on the citrus hop flavor, but it's not harsh and all the flavors are very good. A resiny, grapefruit flavor fills the mouth and a warming, bitter hop finish mingles with some malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is great, full and rich and smooth. Finishes slightly dry but asks me nicely to drink more. I obliged.

This was a steal at $3.75 a pint. Fresh from Foothills, too! A solid, clean DIPA and well worth your time if you are lucky to find it.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours copper/amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves nice drippy lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is earthy and floral hops with some citrus, apricot and pine, also good amount of caramel malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, some orange citrus, pine, floral hops, big caramel malt, mild to moderate balancing sweetness, very good bitterness on the finish, decent bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, chewy, sticky, good carbonation.

Very hoppy and great bitterness...more caramel malt than I care for though, but still a good Double IPA.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. standard pint glass, on tap at Tyler's Tap Room, Durham, NC.

A - Cloudy, amber-y orange/brown color, with just a hint of lace at the top of the glass.
S - Malt and citrus-y
T & M - Wow, first sip get a tremendous hit of citrus, specifically lemon, from the hops. It's almost astringent, but it blends quickly with the background sweetness before resolving into a hoppy, tongue-drying finish. You can tell that the alcohol is there, but it is fairly well-hidden (if I didn't know it was 9.5%, I would have guessed it was ~ 7%). Carbonation on this one is low, and it goes down pretty smoothly. This is a heavy beer though, and it thick and almost syrupy. Had it with Tyler's great blackened crab cake and have to say it was a perfect match.
D - Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV, but I suspect that would sneak up on you pretty quickly.

This is good, but not *great* imperial IPA; would prefer the hops to be a bit more prominent throughout the taste. Would definitely order it again though.

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Photo of SteveGNC
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cloudy dark orange. Typical IPA aroma of citrus and pine. Great lacing on the glass., Very good flavor, quite bitter as expected. Hides the abv well. I have had this one bottled before and as is almost always the case the draft version is superior. Good overall representation of the style.

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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 zac16125
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foothills Seeing Double IPA
22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottled on or bests before date (but there is an absurd amount of sedimentation sitting in the bottom of the bottle)

A: Pours a dark amber orange with 1.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Its fairly translucent, with a small amount of sedimentation suspended in the glass. Leaves a moderate amount of really cool looking, beehive lacing.

S: Interesting aroma. Piney hops are the most prominent, but there is a somewhat off aroma, like rotting citrus fruits. Some sweeter, malty notes. Aromas as a whole are pretty weak though.

T: Piney bitterness, spicy hops, bitter citrus rind, an herbaceous character. A bitter hop bomb for sure. Much better than the nose implies, and none of the off notes that I got in the aroma come out in the taste. Hints of the malt backbone to keep the hops in check. Not a lot going on besides the hop bitterness, but its still quite good.

M/D: Medium bodied, fairly big carbonation for the style, has a drying finish similar to certain dry wines. ABV is completely masked. Drinkability is good but not great.

O: Overall, somewhat disappointing as I had pretty high hopes. Its a good beer, but the palate profile is pretty one dimensional, and there are certainly some off notes in the aroma. I would drink this again if it were available at a bar/restaurant with a limited craft selection, but with all the quality options available at any craft beer store I dont think Id buy a bottle of this again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at the brew pub last night after sampling a few others.

Pours with a short, off-white head over a hazy iced-tea colored body with plenty of carbonation present. Good sticky lacing.

Sweetness in the aroma was the surprisingly dominant quality - butterscotch. Pine needles come thru next and are faint for the style.

Thick body is the first thing you notice - goes in slow and glides across the palate. Resiny hop bite attacks you right away, reminding you of the style. Bitter grapefruit rind battles it out with a heavy dose of caramel malt sweetness. Pineapple as it warms, and honey, too. Cloying, but tasty.

Filling, no doubt. Drinkability is below the "great ones" but with the good flavors and nice balance, it's a DIPA I'll definitely seek out again when in NC.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC. Didn't realize I had reviewed this before, so I have a coaster of notes... It's pretty different from the first one, so it may be indicative of the differences you may find depending on age, pour, etc.

A- Slightly cloudy... ok, it's translucent dark orange or "burnt sienna"(crayola). You can get a little light through it, but not high in clarity. Poured with three fingers of rich head that settled to a layer and laces beautifully.

S- Tons of sprucey hops, and very caramelly malt. Well balanced but strong. Sweet malt and lots of hops, and nothing else.

T-Ridiculously sweet and caramelly, with hints of molasses, nuts, alcohol and cane sugar up front, then the hops come with intensity and tons of flavor, but not much bitterness. Finish is like the nose- a balance of caramel and piney hops.

M- Smooth, full, thick. Carbonation doesn't balance the body enough.

D- Very good, but it's too intense and thick to drink much of.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber with a filmy head and average amount of lace. Very muted aroma, some caramel, some pine. Medium-high amount of carbonation and medium body. Earthy front, some caramel sweetness middle, and earthy hop finish. An interesting contrast to the piney/citrusy hopped DIPAs. Some of the alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but generally well disguised.

Update: 3/21/13
From a bottle purchased 1/30/13. Consistent with draft with less carbonation and no pine aroma. Definitely a more herbal/earth hop profile.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring with a fluffy, tight bubbled, white head. Aromas of spice and resinous hops, with grapefruit and tropical fruits abound. Flavors are roast forward, with a toffee and roasted backbone supporting a blending of tropical fruit rich sweetness and peppery spiced notes. Balanced and smooth. The aftertaste is resinous and tangy sweet, with a smooth, clean finish. Tasty and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured an absolutely thin complexion with all too much clarity. The color was light orange and the head was fizzy with little retention.

Lots going on in the nose with some strong malt character but then a sweet citrusy lemon and grapefruit scent. The end is a little piney with a touch of floral hop notes.

The flavors hold a lot of bitterness between the sweet lemon rind and piney hops. A sprig of citrus is abolished by a earthy, leafy cannabis flavor. All melded together it's rather tasty.

The feel is bitter, not too astringent though. The carbonation is reasonably smooth and it's not heavy on the alcohol feel.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Glenn for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Deep gold with orange highlights. Very hazy with lots of hop floaters in suspension. Less than a finger's worth of white head, and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Citrus (orange) hops, caramel bready sweet malt, and a bit of dank and resin hops underneath.

T: Sweet malts with some caramel character, a soft citrus, resin, and grassy dank hops...all without being particularly bitter.

M: Heavy body for style, a sticky mouthfeel, moderate alcohol presence. Fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: This wasn't bad, but it completely fails to stand out from the pack. The hop floaters don't affect taste, but they don't look pretty. There was too much caramel malts for my preference, and hop flavors got a little muddled. All that being said, it was still enjoyable, and I wouldn't hesitate to drink another if it was offered.

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