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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Photo of marley2112
4/5  rDev -2%

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 mhbarber
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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 mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Broanoke
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Fetching
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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 dmk91
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2%

Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.08 out of 5 based on 679 ratings.
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