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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Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Foothills DIPA arrives in a shaker pint with a deep red-copper body capped with a thin finger of foam that leaves thin patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy, ripping fresh and resinous.

Taste is... is... well where did all the hops in the nose go? This thing is a caramel-coated, lightly spicy malt missile. Honey and molasses with brown sugar flavors are unchallenged by a wimpy whiff of pine that contributes bitterness, but not much flavor. A bit of grapefruit appears late in the drink.

Way too sweet, thick, virtually uncarbonated and syrupy.

Edit: Had this fresher at Tyler's in Carrboro, and the hops really shone brightly! Orange, lemon, grapefruit... kicking ass on that same caramel/silk backbone...Awesome, and worth a Taste score boost!

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler was courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel!

A good looking copper appearance with a fair amount of lacing. The aroma consists of soft pine, white grapefruit, and sweet malt. Real solid in taste. A nice balance of semi sweet carmel and slightly bitter grapefruit. The flavor is lasting, coats your mouth, hangs around a bit. Mouth feel is smooth and resiny. This is one easy drinking DIPA! I found this growler very enjoyable from start to finish. The high ABV is hidden too well, barely noticeable. Extremely glad I had the opportunity. Recommended!

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color nice rd highlights with small off white head no doubt do to bar pour to minimize head.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus dominates a nice malty sweet base.

Taste is wow big citrus bites your taste buds nice bitter fruitiness puckers your mouth. Not to worry a big malt base kicks in providing a sweet flavor to bring your tongue back around. Some alcohol becomes evident as it warms but nothing to distract from this wonderful brew.

Mouthfeel is nice big almost full very nice body with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good if I could get this on tap at home it would be a regular choice.

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Photo of drinksandeats
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh NC, on 18 May 2008.

Appearance: Solid amber base color with a cherry hue throughout. No head.

Aroma: The strong grapefruit scent and citrus accents from this brew prepares the palate and mind for a great double IPA.

Taste: Upon the first sip my mouth was overwhelmed by a tidal wave of hops, beginning with great bitter, earthy hops and finishing with the citrus hops found in the aroma. A big bitter lemony thick malty brew. Burns the mouth with a good way.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, as expected. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this from start to finish.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a foothills pint glass. A deep amber reddish beer with a mother of pearl head. The head on this brew is large fluffy, lasting and pungent.

Scent is citrusy, fruity hoppy but smooth. Its raw nose is balanced with sweet malts and has an excellent complimentary notes.

Taste is initially hoppy, hearty bitterness with a sweet malt backbone. There is a lovely citrus fruitiness that is reminiscent of all the best IPA's out there. A firm astringency first puckers with its bitterness but then yields to a sweet smooth tang.

This is an exceptional IPA. Not the best, but definitely one in the top 10. My favorite part of this brew is the malty hop bitter aftertaste. It leaves you slightly dry, with a warm palate yearning to drink more.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for cracking open this one, and the excellent kkipple for sending it his way!!

Pours a hazed orange/red, thin white head forms, some solid lacing on the glass, retains a thin collar. Smell is oranges, pine, caramel, grapefruit, alcohol, lots of fruit, solid hops, quite nice. Taste is similar, heavy orange/tangerine, some pine, alcohol, bread, caramel, tangy bitter finish, lot of fruit, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, lots of warmth from the alcohol but super smooth for the ABV. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a DLD growler swap with kkipple. thanks!

64oz growler. sampled may 3/08.

pours deep reddish-orange with a big fluffy yellow head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big bread and biscuit malt. grapefruit. bit of alcohol. resiny hop presence. touch of pine. bit of caramel.

taste is great. big bread and biscuit malt. caramel. bit of alcohol. lots of hops - grapefruit, bit of orange. bit of alcohol. medium-high bitterness level. touch of fruit, almost apple.

mouthfeel is good. medium well-integrated carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is dangerously good. this one goes down way too easy, with the alcohol only showing itself as as a bit of warmth. great balance, nice malt depth, and a good hop character. this one is definitely a winner. thanks!

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Photo of SierraGS
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived in a 10 oz glass, and the deep copper color is just beautiful - deep golden orange with a bit of cloudiness. The aroma is sweet and strong with citrus (grapefruit, specifically!), and the flavor is a warm, sweet nectar. There is a small hint of carmel and alcohol-soaked fruit, but piney hops overpower and fill the mouth. I absolutely love this exemplary double IPA.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Tyler's Taproom this past Wednesday and inquired about the featured pint. The 'tender said it would be a cask-aged version of Foothills Seeing Double IPA. That was all I needed to hear! Unfortunately, I was there at 2pm! (Pint night doesn't begin until 5pm.) So, I had a beer or two, and lunch, and then read the local paper and drank water until the cask arrived and the pints were poured. It was worth the wait!

I ordered a half-pint and asked about the maturation time. Jamie, Foothills brewmaster, said that it had been in the cask for six weeks. It poured a dark cloudy orange with a lean off-white head. Citrus dominated the nose (mainly a grapefruit-like scent), while light malts and hops filled in the background. It has a thick, creamy texture-certainly something to behold. Flavors of medium-dark malts and vanilla swirl around the tongue, while a bright citrus essence makes itself known in the center. It's a mildly hoppy brew-I wouldn't describe it as a hop-bomb-and yet it has many of the best characteristics of many American DIPAs. This is a great brew, and I feel privileged to have sampled this cask version.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Cask at Tylers in Durham.

Appearance- Cloudy reddish orange, two finger thick creamy head. Nice lacing and impressive stick all the way down to my last sip.

Smell- Nice array of tropical fruits. Pineapple,papaya,and grapefruit. Sweet malts also making thier presence known. Spicy ethanol also in the background. Makes me immediatly want to consume this beer.

Taste- Caramel,juicy resenous grapefruit hops. Bitterness follows thru, but not overbearing. Finishes with some sweet malt flavors and lingering fruity hop flavors. So complex it feels like it's not far from barleywine territory.

Mouthfeel- Might be the cask, but this is ultra creamy. As expected with cask, the carbonation is on the lower side. This stuff is sublime on my palate.

Drinkability- This is way too easy to drink period. The strength of this beer is extremely well hidden, letting the complexity of the Hops and Malts take center stage. If planning on consuming more than two of these, one should plan on spending the rest of the night in a recumbent position at home. Yeah seeing double, yup.-Sorry

Another great beer by Foothills brewing. This one is shouldn't be overshadowed by it's Sexual Chocolate counterpart.

Highly recommended.

*This would be an interesting beer to cellar for a few years. Foothills please start bottling this stuff!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler in the Growling at the Moon GIF.

A-Deep orange copper with a medium light tan head

S-Citrus and piney hoppy goodness with a bit of sweet maltiness in the background.

T-Hop forward with grapefruit / tang flavors meeting and melding into a malty sweetness. Not quite a west coast DIPA but close.

M-Resinous and substantial with plenty of body. Lovely hop bite in aftertaste.

D-Excellent. One step below the world class DIPA's like Pliny the Elder. It certainly is in school with them...a fine example of style. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby-brown which surprised me, with almsot no head ot speak of.
Aroma was piney hops, but balanced with dark fruits, caramel malt and alcohol. Very pleasant.
The taste was a little on the sweet side; sweet malts and dar fruits, but lots of floral and piney hops. Also very good.
The feel was bittersweet up front due to the interplay between the malt and hops, but finished very sweet; almost too much, like a syrup. Medium to full-boried.
Overall very drinkable and a great brew by Foothills.

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Photo of bboven
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One hell of a double. The alcohol is there to let you know it’s high gravity but doesn’t overpower. The malt/hop balance is fantastic. The dark, cloudy color almost made it look like a dunkel, but that's the only downside to the beer. Could be a little thinner to aid in drinkability, I felt very full after one pint.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark orange rust colored pint glass from a torpedo keg. HEAVY Heavy lacing. Strong hoppy smell with citrus being the second dominate oder.

Tastes less hoppy than I thought it would considering it is a Double IPA. Conclusion…this is very balanced brew for this style. The high gravity is somewhat hidden in the taste but I really feel two beers.

Drinkability is high for a beer this strong…I went thru a sixtel in 14 days.

Life is good.

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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 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 daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several pints of this on tap Sunday afternoon at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh and was highly impressed. I have had had good beer from Foothills before but this one is spectacular, and to top it off, they cost only $2.50 each.

Nice cloudy reddish tan color with a wet but reasonably stable head. The nose wasn't overly aggressive, just a touch of fresh citrus hops.

Many DIPAs can blow you away with bitter hops but this one can do it and still keep you coming back for more. Some citrus and pine notes, with just a hint of alcohol. Texture is crisp and refreshing and a little oily in the finish for a longer, stronger aftertaste. For me this was a close to perfect example of the style and a great afternoon at the bar.

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Photo of Neehan
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brixx.

Ruby red appearance with slight lacing that retains well. This is a very pleasant beer, depending on your mood as it is a huge smack in the face with very citrusy hops that carry through the aroma and taste. Nowhere near balanced, but still a very nice DIPA that any hophead or any big beer fan will enjoy.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A - Cloudby, deep amber, good head, lots of lacing.

S - Not a whole lot, slight sweetness and some hops

T - Lots of floral hops with moderate sweetness. Good, if not overly complex.

M - Smooth, alcohol is present but a good reminder that you're not drinking a normal brew.

D - Decent, alcohol hurts it a little bit, but otherwise goes down easy.

Great brew, would definitely try again.

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the last of the growler into a Duvel chalice:

Ruddy red complexion topped by a scant head of foam. Nose of caramel-scented pine mixed with cherry cola. Prickly, resiny hop bite undergirded by substantial malt. Lingering pine sap residue on my tongue. Big bitterness and big malt flavor. Some heat and taste of alcohol makes this a sipping beer. I had to stretch the growler over several nights.

A bodacious, ballsy version of an Imperial IPA from the South. It tends more towards an Imperial Red due to the substantial malt character.

Cheers to mjgardner for giving me a taste of the Foothills!

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a growler of this delicious brew was provided to me by my good friend, Dan (goindownsouth), which I stored in the fridge for four to six weeks before enjoying with 15 friends last nite. Out of 17 brews sampled last nite, this one was the hit of the session.

When the beer was poured, it had a copper-like appearance with a small amout of lacing that disappeared. The aroma of this beer was very noticable....a combination of pine needle and citrus with a slight grassy fragrance. The nose and palate were in harmony in terms of the intial hop taste sensation. The flavor suggested to me that the right amount of Amarillo hops were used for bittering. As the glass warmed, the caramel malt provided the backbone to this brew and the excellent balanced taste.

The mouthfeel gave an indication of a slightly undercarbonated brew, but this is not unusual for a DIPA, especially one that saw some travel and storage time. For a 9.5% abv, it is surprisingly drinkable.

I look forward to drinking it again and sharing it again with friends.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served a nice hazy deep orange with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was dominated by earthy pine hops and dark caramel malts. The taste had LOADS of hops with a decent caramel malt backbone. The beer was slightly syrupy with a medium to heavy feel to it. The alcohol was somewhat present, but tolerable. This is definitely a sipper, but a very enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Barley's in Asheville. Nice medium sized head and an orange tint. Some citrus and floral aromas as well with strong hops evident. The taste was smoother than I expected. Quite refreshing and easier to drink than one would imagine. I'm thinking that I'll be back to Asheville in the near future.

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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 MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber rbonze in color. Thick and spngey head resting on top. Receded down to a thinner film but left a lacquered lace on the far side of the glass. Nose is full of light grapefruit like hops.

Not a whole lot of out-of-thw-way harsh flavors some DIPAs tend to possess. Malts are ever present and provide a nice sweet base. Also, for the life of me I cannot shake this wheat flavor as well. Piney hops rise out of the flavor and predominate over the sweeter citrus flavors. Full body. Wish I could try this beer out of an ale engine. Uh-oh. Sinfully easy to drink and dangerous if you are not wary.

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.08 out of 5 based on 678 ratings.
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