Hoppyum IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Photo of jamesfrazer
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this growler on the way home to VA from a Sexual Chocolate release in 2011. It was gon in 30 minutes.It was the best frinkin beer ever....i drank it right from the jug, it was bitter but not bitter enough to ut hair on your tounge...MY FAVORITE AIPA EVER!!!!

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Was in North Carolina visiting family and wanted to try some local beers, and this one was probably the best of the bunch that I had. Strong but not overbearing citrus flavor, and mellow aftertaste. Reminds me a little of the Odell IPA ,which is one of my favorite IPA's. Would buy again

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Photo of mudman1
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA brewed in N.C. Bought some after my bike broke down in Ashville, NC. Pleasantly surprised. Very good. Kept me happy while the bike was being repaired.

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Photo of jbjohnso
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep Yellowish-Orange with a sustantial head.
S: They either used Cascade or Simcoe hops and for that reason, it smells great.
T: It reminded me of the Celebration Ale by Sierra Neveda; it was absolutely bitter, yet was delicious; a real pucker.
M: A tad bit thick, but this didn't bother me.
D: Although it doesn't fit the traditional definition of the session beer, I would easily make one of it.

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Photo of gigaknight
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to BA kevingordon for furnishing this killer IPA for review!

A- Pours a lovely honey hue with a bit of orange when backlit. A finger of somewhat soapy off-white head dissipates within a few minutes to a halo around the edge of the glass. I love seeing particles floating around in an otherwise nice clear beer. Unfiltered beer builds character. Almost no lacing has stuck around, and there's barely a wisp of head left around the edges. Don't be discouraged by the less-than-impressive appearance, you won't be drinking this with your eyeballs.

S- The first thing I notice is the smell of canned peaches, but it's not syrupy or artificial. Notes of dried apricots follow, with a hint of honey in the background. No alcohol detected in the nose, and the light sweetness is lively and fresh. A pinch of caramel malt comes forth as the beer warms, filling out the peachiness and forming a smell reminiscent of cobbler. Yum.

T- A light malty sweetness greets the palate, branching off into those drupe fruit notes, apricot being more prevalent in the palate than peach, and that same old hint of honey. Wonderful citrus rind tones emerge, bitter orange being the foremost. Floral elements and a light grassiness round out the already broad complexity of the palate, and meld nicely with the resinous bitterness which emerges at the same point. An interesting mineral character hangs off in the background, providing interesting contrast with the sweeter elements. A flash of alcohol serves the bitterness, and the palate lingers with fairly aggressive resin and citrus zest.

M- On the heavy end of medium-bodied, but making this any lighter or heavier would be a mistake. The mouthfeel is right where it needs to be, lending a pleasant bit of chew to the juicy notes and keeping the wonderful aftertaste around for ages. The finish is sticky and lingering, offering a distinctly different flavor from the onset of the palate, making each subsequent sip and pleasant reminder of how the flavors evolved.

O- This is a refreshingly balanced IPA for those who love aggressive bitterness with loads of complexity to match. Sweet fruity aromatics combine well with the resinous bitterness, and I'm glad they didn't wimp out on the mouthfeel, as too much carbonation would have detracted from the overall richness of the brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a wondeful dark amber color, with little to know head, but mice lacing. This smelled wondeful, I mean just really nice. Pine and citrus freshness! Taste was just as great, hops right up front and very pronounced. Again full on citrus and hops attack. Very smooth going down and could seriously drink this all night, Imean really just YUM!!! Awesome brew from foothills.

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Photo of beer2day
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours well and drinks even better. Big hoppy, fruity nose, but not much sweetness in the taste. The hops last in your mouth well after you have finished your sip. The only downside to me is the lack of head. I've had this beer at least 200 times the last few years and never once have seen a head on it. A really outstanding beer and served even better at the brewery.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy but balanced, not too intense, very drinkable. Since it's available year round and can be found locally, this might be a new staple in my fridge!

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Photo of callisbeers
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First keg on my new kegarator at home. Kegged on 11/02/09, can't beat that for freshness. Pours a nice copper color with a full inch of head. Excellent lacing that lasts the entire beer. Not an overpowering hoppy taste but good enough to let you know it is an IPA. And one that you could have several during the night. Temperature on the kegarator is around 45 degrees but the beer was better after it warmed up a bit. I have had this on tap at the brewpub, and in growlers, having it on tap at home is the way to go. Great first beer to have as I will only have NC beers in my man cave. One of the best IPAs in NC.

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Photo of gabe23
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy copper color with a thin head and not much lacing.

S - Heavy hop aroma of grapefruit, pine, and fresh grass. Others at the table who weren't even drinking it remarked on how distinctive the aroma was.

T - Surprisingly, this is a very balanced IPA despite the aroma. The citrus hops are at the forefront, but the caramel malt balances things nicely and keeps the bitterness from dominating. Very clean and dry finish.

M - Soft and creamy, but with enough carbonation that things don't seem too heavy.

D - Fantastic example of an east coast IPA, and one that is very drinkable. If you like a well balanced IPA, do yourself a favor and seek this one out.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice copper color, nice carbonation, nice two finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Nice fruity, hoppy, mango-like smell.

Taste: Fruity, I can't pinpoint the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, great carbonation.

This is a great beer. I'm completely screwed up on describing it, but it's awesome. It reminds me of Dig beer from New Belgium. It's very similar.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden honey color that is slightly cloudy. Pours a nice head that sticks around for a couple of minutes before dissipating to a lacy head. Leaves moderate lacing down the sides.

S - Balanced. Citrus notes, piney notes, and earthy malt undertones.

T - Lives up nicely to the smell. Nice hops, not overpowering, and a nice malt backbone to balance.

M - Very good, perfect about of carbonation to give this a really nice feel.

Overall I've had this one tons of times but this is my first time from a bottle. I have to admit I was a little excited to see that I could enjoy this one at home now, even though I can get this at most bars nearby here in the Raleigh, NC area. It does loose a little in the bottle, maybe not as fresh as what I'm used to on draft around here, but still fresh and a great beer. One of the more balanced IPAs out there to me. This has what an IPA should, strong hops character with a nice malt balance, and what makes the balance better is that to my taste, one particular hops flavor does not stand out, rather nice combination. Great beer and a good example of what the North Carolina craft scene has to offer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a light copper hue with scone finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citric hop atop a light grainy malt.

The taste was likewise characterized by a punchy grapefruit hop that was slightly mellowed bug the grainy ple malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nice hop forward ale.

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Photo of PorterPatrol
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this tasty beer within 2 weeks of bottling date on the package, super-fresh hop aroma and nice, well balanced hop on the palate with plenty of lingering Simcoe on the finish.

Beautiful, mid-range IPA and well done at this price point. Looking forward to watching this brewery grow and expand its distribution and offerings. Long live NC beers!

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Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resiny head that laces nicely. Bright, pine hop aroma. Nice, amber-straw color. Starts off quite bitter with notes of piney grapefruit, and a slightly citric nature. Builds into a hop resin bitterness that is low-high. In the finish, the hops subside into a nice citric nature where a touch of sweet malt shines through.

I like this one. It is quite hoppy and bitter, but it's not overwhelmingly or unpleasantly bitter. It's just bitter enough to be pleasing and satisfying. A very, very nice IPA.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Taproom in Hickory last night. Nice golden orange with a reddish hue and a bubbly white head that looked quite interesting, yet faded somewhat quickly. Smell of hops abound. I'm picking up grapefruit and some other citrus but not much pine. I loved the taste of this beer. The hops were aggressive but balanced by malts that seemed to intrude only when required. Very solid. Mouthfeel was enjoyable as well, coating the palate with smooth, hoppy goodness and that little bite I've come to love. I had three of these and enjoyed each one thoroughly. There seemed to be no better choice after I took the first sip. They got it right when they added the YUM to the end of this one, that's for sure.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic find, compliments of the gang at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, South Carolina, on 11.03.06.

Clear, golden in colour, quite pale, actually. Thin head left nice lacings along the side of the glass. Aroma notes of revved up citrus and hops. Decent malt tones balance out this brew. Nice malt backbone on the palate with in-your-face citrusy hop action - very earthy, almost as if freshly cut. Dry on the finish, but the hop finish was solid. Very, very solid offering, to be sure.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Satty's in Durham while watching the election results last night.

a - copper color with a slight haze, moderate white head with good retention and nice lacing

s - very citrusy hops dominate the nose with some pine scents in there as well

t - sweetness up front that quickly evolves into an intense citrusy bitterness with a nice long bitter finish, a malty backbone makes this more than just a hopbomb though

m - medium-bodied, low-level of carbonation, not overly dry finish

d - very drinkable, a fantastic session IPA, I enjoyed a couple of pints and could have kept on going

I'd been looking forward to trying this brew, so I was very happy to see it on tap at Satty's. I've been very impressed with the other Foothills brews I've tried, and Hoppyum was no different. A very good IPA that I'll order anytime I see it on tap. I just hope Foothills can get their brews in bottles sometime soon.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to try the cask last summer. Now for the regular draft. Aroma-nice bountiful hop aroma, citrusy, pungent and some floral.
Nice medium bitterness then this IPA just blooms in your mouth.
Citrus flavors and a little bit of hop bite. Nice sweet malt flavor mixes well with the bitterness. This is a great IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at Foothills BC.

A - Golden with a slight haze and very little head. Great lacing.

S - Fruity and floral hops with toasted malt.

T - Floral and fruity with nice fresh hop oils. A nice citrusy flavor and bitterness. Just enough toasted malt to prop up the hops. If I have one complaint, it's that they serve it too cold.

M - Moderate body with a slightly high level of carbonation.

D - It was great to try this right at the brewery. The freshness really comes across in the hop flavors. I could drink these all day long.

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Photo of Dalgren
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale, slightly cloudy, light amber color. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau, DFH, Sierra Nevada 19 oz. IPA Glass. Carbonation retention, took a while to settle down. Slight lacing.

S: Citrus peel, pine, caramel and a hint of peach.

T: Sweet caramel well balanced with tart hops and a peach/apricot taste. There is typical hoppy citrus flavors.

M: A nice lingering flavor that sticks around long enough to beg for another sip. A wonderful balance of moderate complex flavors.

O: This poured like it was a little over carbonated, then settled down. The character then came through as a very good IPA. I think it was a bit too cold coming out of my fridge, but after letting it rest for just a minute, the flavors really emerged. I would have to put this on my short list of really good IPA's.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler today at the brewpub while passing through Winston-Salem. I adore their Seeing Double, which is my regular drink at the Saucer when I go but that can get to be a little much sometimes and I wanted to see how the regular strength stacked up.

Bright golden color with impressive lace hieroglyphics once the mountain of white head dissipates. Nose isn't strong but does feature piney, citrusy hop resin and hopefully what I'll be tasting shortly.

Heavy hammer beat of Simcoe hops with tart citrus and pine notes. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for the style but helps carry the hefty flavors. Not much to complain about here.

This growler has a short life expectancy anyway but it probably won't see the sunrise. This goes down too easy, I'll be back for more. More quality from Foothills.

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Photo of lynchtae
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer from a cask at Growlers in Charlotte NC.
The cask added and enhanced certain elements in the beer, but to be honest I missed the carbonation.

AP - Very cloudy beer, light brown, creamy white head forming lace on the glass as you drink

AR - Very hoppy, a benefit of the cask is that the beer is very fresh, unfiltered, and had had very little exposure to air. Lot's of malty and caramel notes.

taste - Pleasantly bitter, very dry. Hop flavors: Citrus, Pine, Spices. A bit of maltyness. I expected some yeast flavors due to the cask conditioning but didnt detect any.

Mouthfeel - I am still uncertain/inexperienced with cask beers. Not sold on the mouthfeel. It did have a spicey bite at the back of my throat.

Finish - long, long bitter hoppy finish. Crisp.

Overall - Very good. i think this beer really benefited from the cask conditioning. I don't know if I would love it in a bottle, or even on tap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy copper color capped by a modest head that hangs around for a while and delivers some good lacing

Smell: A nice floral citrus and piney aroma

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt base but delivers the goods with a good citrus hops finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a modest level of natural carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this first firkin at Foothills and looking forward to many more

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz Imperial pint on cask at Raleigh Times. Served a nice slightly hazy orange with a thin slowly diminishing head. Aroma was a nice amount of citrus hops with malts right behind. The taste was a nice balance of citrus hops with the malts knowing their role right behind, not overpowering. Slight pine hops are present as well. The beer is light and crisp and extremely smooth in it's cask form. I must say, like the stout, this is a very enjoyable beer in its normal form and even better on cask.

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