India Style Brown Ale | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Foothills

Clear mahogany pour, with a small beige head that sank to a ringlet, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Caramel malts in the nose, fairly roasty, light earthy and citrus hop aromas. This followed through in the taste, caramel malts, brown sugar, nutty, with notes of earthy, citrus, herbal hops, leaving a dry bitterness in the finish; pretty average brown ale with a slightly upped hop profile. Light-medium body, fairly crisp and somewhat drinkable, though lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of kkipple
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap during a Foothills session night in my hometown. Quite the enjoyable evening.

Foothills Festive is a clear, red-rust ale with an everlasting tight tan head that leaves generous amounts of lacing as the beer goes down my gullet.

Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus notes and sweet malts fighting for dominance. I don't know what "style" this is supposed to be, but for a brown ale it's heavily hopped....

Taste is a wild mix of nutty malts, citrus hops, and possibly some spice thrown into the mix. The hops eventually beat the sweet malt into submission. I'm pretty sure I tasted some cherry in there amidst the melee... Is this a winter warmer? A well hopped American Brown ale? Who knows. Even the name hints at three different styles. While the hops are a bit stronger than I'd like, overall this is a good, if tough to define, beer.

Mouthfeel is mildly dry and clean with a citrus hoppy aftertaste. Cascade? It's drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

In sum, Foothills Festive is a lot like that cute, yet utterly mental redhead you dated for 5 months back in college -- fun and unpredictable, but the multiple personalities may grate on you if you keep going back to it. (or her.)

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a clear body, no head and a generally watery appearance.
The smell was very mild with notes of spice and possibly cherry.
Anise, burnt caramel and other malt notes dominate the taste, but hops are surprisingly absent altogether.
The mouthfeel was semi-sweet up front but finished rather dry and dull.
I'm a big skeptic of browns; I feel this is one of the styles American microbrews handwave to round out their menu but no one seems to make a decent one, and unfortunately Foothills fails to deliver. Somewhat drinkable but not anything to write home about.

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3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ncvbc
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Barley's in Asheville.

Pours a deep brownish amber with shades of red when held to the light. Smell is heavy on hops. Big, earthy, and citrusy. A lingering spice and roasted malt also. Sweet fruity undertones. Taste is basically the same thing. The hops are powerful and more so than the malt for sure. Caramel and chocolate come through but not in balance with the hops. There's a sort of empty space between the two and that void needs to be filled somehow. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry with an earthy, spicy bitterness. Maybe a little much carbonation but it's not too bad. Well, it just doesn't seem that this one is as complete as it could be. The different flavors are great but they don't balance well and don't always match up on the tongue. Pretty good but hard to define.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gyllstromk
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is dark, yielding dark amber when held to the light. Nose is cherries, some floral hops, burnt malts, cloves. Taste starts with a smokey sweetness, transitions to a wet, dark fruitiness, like thin cranberry juice. Some hop bitterness follows. Overall quite wet; more so than I prefer, although it lends well to a nice drinkability.

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Photo of delapowicz
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Busy bee
Nice clean aroma. Gets avg because there is nothing to tell. Empty
Dry but balanced with the mouthfeel and hops. A slight astringency but not overwhelming. I'd have another. But then again I like porters. I brew them and would try to do this one but add more stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours a clear medium mahogany brown in color with some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a couple of small patches of very thin film. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are hints of a traditional brown ale (especially in the malt aromas) followed by moderate amounts of earthy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there was a fairly sweet malt body with some notes of toffee and brown sugar followed by stronger flavors of earthy and herbal hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable though not my favorite hoppy offering from Foothills. It is a solid beer and quite easy to put down but was not as good as some of the others I tried while at the brewery.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on top at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC. Took notes on my iPhone, what a wonderful piece of gear.

A - Nice head with lots of lacing, deep brown with hints of amber when held up to the light.

S - Not a whole lot of smell, nothing bad, but not much to detect on the nose (maybe due to the bar I was in)

T - Good amount of hop bitterness, but still has the deep, sweet quality of a brown. Tasty.

M - Slightly harsh lingering bitterness, not the good IPA kind, but well carbonated and certainly not bad.

D - Very tasty and very smooth, I downed 3 of these in one night no problem.

Overall a great brew. I was very impressed. Too bad they don't bottle this because I would buy it all the time.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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India Style Brown Ale from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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