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 Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 01302014.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various thicknesses of surface foam. Sudsy non-resilient lacing.

S- Pungent and grassy hop aroma that also brings citrus notes like pineapple and grapefruit.

T- The citrus flavors come through in the flavor well coupled with a firm but controlled bitterness. Very drinkable for the ABV and the grass notes linger on the tongue for a bit. Juicy and tangy.

M- Vibrant and sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I really dig how fruit-forward this DIPA is while having a solid bitterness that's not overbearing. Foothills knows their hops.

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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 mnphish
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to CincyTrigger. Orange body with sticky white ring lacing. First thing that comes out is malts so that was a bit of a letdown. There is definitely some hop profile though, not sure how fresh it is.

Taste is much better. Lots of floral hops up front, followed by some citrus, and some hefty caramel malt. This is a pretty unique DIPA, and one that puts emphasis on the floral hops and malt finish.

Medium bodied and no boozy taste. Quality.

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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 Lothore
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange hue with a small, off white head

S - Caramel, piney hops, resin

T - Citrusey all the way through with caramel undertones and a sharp bitterness on the back end

M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a resiney quality

D- Extremely drinkable DIPA. Perfect for a hop head

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured amber/light maple in color with a beautiful, lasting, frothy head. Quite clear. Brilliant in the light. Big notes of pale malt, touch of caramel and brown sugar, and nice blend of citrus and pine. Grapefruit mixed with spruce, although the hops seem to be less pronounced than expected. Boozy in the finish with a kick of alcoholic heat. Pretty decent.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep murky copper with very small head. Decent lacing, with sweet grapefruit aroma. Maltyness here as well. Taste is very malt forward with a lingering pine. Lasting grapefruit, orange, lemon peel. Bit of booze warmth. Interesting contrast with the citrus and caramel here. Pretty sweet. Something else I can't put my finger on. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, but with solid carbonation. Interesting and complex beer here.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light amber in color with a thin half finger off white head that has decent retention.

Smell is hop foreword however not that aggressive for a double ipa. Notes of herbal hops a very slight citrus presence. There is also a good surprisingly rich doughy malt backbone.

Taste is great. Follows the nose and is hop foreword however there is a really great big citrus hop presence unlike the nose along with some mild piney bitterness. Yeast has a really clean flavor and there is some more doughy malt near the back end along with hefty alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is good. Mild bitterness a medium to light body a mild to light carbonation all keep this very drinkable.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, earthy, pine

T-caramel malt, citrus, orange, light pine, earthy, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, little unbalanced on earthy flavor

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Photo of rpandre2
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tasted. Of course I jump right into an imperial IPA. I loved it though. Couldn't figure out exactly what hops they used in the beer but it was certainly bitter enough for my liking. The brewery is one of the most prominent up and coming breweries in NC and I look forward to trying more from them!

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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 GRPunk
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eli323232.

22oz. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-1/2 finger, khaki head is quite dense. Very hazy, amber-orange body. Pretty good head retention and stick. Looks quite viscus as it runs back down the side of the glass after a sip. Light carbonation and a kiss of sediment.

S- lots of citrus rind and grapefruit pulp. Underlying sugary-sweet and slightly grainy malts, sugared cereal perhaps. A little warmth and I get some tobacco and leather. Nice straddle between double IPA and barleywine.

T- Nicely balanced. Hops are complex, ranging from citrus, peppery spice, and tobacco. Quite organic really. Malts are a little grainy and fairly sweet. Hops are big, but the malts certainly hold their own. I'm a sucker for some semblance balance in an IPA, and this fits the bill.

M- Full bodied. Lightish carbonation. Bit of a peppery bite. ABV is fairly subtle, but there. Dry finish.

O- A nice sipper. Maybe even better suited for a cooler evening and an accompanying good book. Glad I was able to try it. Unsure of pricing point and availability. Could see myself buying this one, given the opportunity.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56

Hazy orange/amber. fair amount of particulates. Round off white head. Some lacing.

It smells sweet and a little musty. Some yeast, some floral hops. caramel and bread. maybe some orange?

The taste is hard to pin down. It kind of comes in waves: some of which I like, some of which I am less moved by. Starts off with a sweet caramel/sweet orange, that gives way to more of a zesty orange and some grass. The sweet malts run through the background of all of it, keeping it together. There's a musty haybale quality that I like better in a blonde than in a beer like this for whatever reason.

Early on I was getting some musty and some yeasty notes which I am not noticing now as I continue to drink. The bitterness is not overly domineering, but certainly present. My ratings have fluctuated wildly as I've drank this. I was initially put off by the musky elements I was getting coupled with an earthy grassiness, but those have become less prevalent as I've drank, and the beer has become more appealing as I've drank. My final impression is that it is a pretty good DIPA, well balanced with a solid body. I like it more the more of it I drink, though the musty straw characteristic which I've really enjoyed in other brews just doesn't do it for me here.

edit: This is one where I feel like it is better than the composite score suggests, but I can't bring myself to change any of the categories as I feel that they are scored accurately. As I've experienced with certain other beers, it's better than it's low points suggest, but not as good as the promises bestowed by its strengths. Ultimately, however, it is definitely worth trying. I'd drink it again, but it wouldn't be the first thing I reached for.

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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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Photo of Brenden
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heady thick but opaque coppery orange that, despite its thickness shows a brilliant clarity, this already has a certain beauty about it. Add to that a thick tan head just over a finger tall with a heavy, dense thickness that fades to a craggy foam and leaves sticky rings and patches of lacing, and it's a beauty.
Resin with some sweetness to it comes off the nose. I have to let it sit to see if it will come out more strongly and what else I might find. Floral bitterness continues to pour out, coupled by citrus rind and balanced by caramel. Very nice, and even more so as balance is further improved by a light, chalky dryness from a not-too-pithy element.
This is certainly a tasty, hoppy IPA with excellent balance. The interplay between hops bitterness and malty sweetness is where you want to be with this style, allowing for malt flavors to complement and keep raw bitterness from going overboard while letting hops take over and shine. This is a very well-brewed beer.
A bit of dryness pulls through with each sip underneath a solid medium, almost full body. It's got a nice smoothness and doesn't give up crispness to get it.
This beer makes me want to try more from Foothills, and I have to thank JCam9981 for the chance to try it.

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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 metter98
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: A blend of aromas of citrus hops, tropical fruit hops and caramel malts are present in the nose. The tropical fruits become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. Bits of sweetness are noticeable from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hos and also hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a nice cloudy orange red with a white head. Smells of piney and floral hops, the balance is awesome. Tastes of lots of earthy bitter hops with a bit of an alcohol taste. Beer is carbonated correctly, medium bodied, but still one that can be thrown down for awhile. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 2-finger foamy, rocky, cream-colored head. Nice retention and some great sticky lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – A nice mix of hop aromas including pine, orange, and peach. There are some bready and caramel malt aromas here, as well.

T – It follows the nose nearly exactly. It starts off with a solid backbone of sweet bready and caramel malt and progresses to a smooth hoppy bitterness with mostly pine and also some grapefruit, orange, and peach notes.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a chewy and sticky mouthfeel, and a bitter, dry finish. Bitter citrus, fruity, and piney hops linger for a while. There’s maybe a bit of warmth from the alcohol, but it’s extremely well-hidden.

O – This is a nice DIPA. It’s not overly complex or groundbreaking but it’s a very solid example of the style. It has a nice balance between the malt and hops and is extremely drinkable especially given the ABV. If you like DIPAs and can get your hands on it, it’s worth a try.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice clear orange with a tall fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with a nice island remaining. Heavy on the thick fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Nice citrusy aroma. Grapefruit and oranges primarily. Bready malt. Some pungent pine and resin in there too.

T: Again, lots of citrus. Sweet oranges counterbalance bitter grapefruit. Kinda has an orange marmalade flavor to it in a way. Sweet bread and caramel malt. Wave of bitterness in the finish with quite a bit of resin. Maybe hints of pine in the finish too. Lingering oily pine resin in between sips.

M: Medium-heavy body, goes down nicely.

O: Very nice DIPA, surprisingly balanced. Reminds me a lot of DFH 90min, just a bit bigger/hoppier/more bitter. But in the same vein, well balanced and sweet. Not a hop bomb by any means either. It works quite well, very enjoyable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark amber with a good head and lacing.

S - A bit of a soapy nose? Light hoppiness, some graininess and a strong alcoholic tinge.

T - Spicy, not terribly bitter for a DIPA and medium sweetness. Pine and grapefruit hops.

M - Hard carbonation but the body has some moderate heft and smoothness.

D - Feels like a bit of a different IPA - booziness and balance makes this feel more like a sipper to me.

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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 dpodratsky3
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass

A: Aggressive pour leaves a massive, super creamy slightly off white head, like whipped cream, beer is crystal clear golden(!) orange, head fades a little faster than I hoped leaving not much lace (which is to be expected at almost 10%)

S: Interesting hop aroma, has some fruit to it, also hints of pine, and a bold spiciness, definitely hints at a strong hop presence

T: Flavor follows the aroma pretty closely, although the fruitiness comes through a little more, which in my opinion is a benefit, I don't like too spicy and resiny double IPAs, that spiciness does come through too, the malt provides just a touch of very light caramel sweetness, which helps balance the flavors, alcohol comes through but not too unpleasantly, doesn't have that super caramel-resin combo that I am sick of

M: Body is actually fairly light, carbonation finishes with a nice tingle but doesn't burn your mouth at the beginning which when combined with hoppy beers can be unpleasant

O: Has aspects of a DIPA that you'd expect and some that are a little different, nothing totally unique but well proportioned for such a strong beer

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Splotchy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy citrus hop aroma with dank buds, resinous, grassy pine needle and tropical fruit notes.  Floral grass notes and pine needle followed by hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel.  Surprising citrus/tropical fruit character countered by subtle bread and biscuit malt.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish.  Sticky, dry and bitter with grassy, piney hops followed by grapefruit sweetness, pineapple and orang zest.  Malt backbone is a touch stronger than expected balancing things out but doesn't  interfere with the hop flavor.  Some toffee, biscuit, bread and graham cracker flavor in the finish.  Well balanced and  easy to drink with subtle alcohol heat in the finish yet the abv is well masked.  Nice beer from foothills.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an opaque orange pour with 2 fingers of white head which gave off great amounts of lacing. smells of citrusy grapefruit, mustard seed.. definitely taste simcoe-like hops in this. you get the pungent tangy cat pee-like flavor, sweet citrus, floral sweetness, with a nice malty backbone. medium body with a nice amount of carbonation, surprisingly refreshing.

a very nice treat... a little harsh to tackle after overdoing it late last night, but this will be my night cap i think. very sweet and citrusy, but nicely hopped.

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Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.08 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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