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Hoppyum IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Hoppyum IPAHoppyum IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 1,441
Photo of gatornation
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at pangea in Avon,NC clear golden orange with a thin head, smell's of citrus,tangerine and slight mango, taste follows the nose but with a more biiter rind of citrus,lower carbonation with a bitter dry finish, tgis is a good IPA worthy of a try its just not one im seeking out

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light honey/amber with a lot of beaten egg tone head that lingers a good while before dissipating. Smell is strongly hoppy, but there's some malt sweetness to balance the bitter grapefruit notes. The hoppiness is much more subtle in the taste; serves as a cushy base on which the neutral malts ride on top, until reminding you of its presence on the finish. I really enjoy the full, but not heavy mouthfeel. Well-masked alcohol content, too. I'm not a big IPA guy, but this one is pretty good, and reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of RedMosquito1
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Foothills is one of the breweries local to my area (central NC). Recently had my first Hoppyum at a "beer dinner" in which beers are paired with various food courses.

A: Typical IPA appearance: copper color, 2-finger head at the pour, some lacing.
S: Citrusy and piney. Very pungent. Awesome. What you want an IPA to smell like.
T: Solid hoppy flavor from start to finish. Very aggressive hops at the front with some grapefruit at the mid-palate. Nice bitterness throughout, but especially at the end.
M: Silky, which was surprising. Not overly dry, but very the dryness is evident.
O: Very enjoyable IPA, with some real complexity. Surprising "pop" of hops in the nose.

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Photo of feedmechili
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They know how to properly fill growlers at Foothills (from the bottom up, all the way to the cap). This means the beer overflows and runs down the outside of the growler. I had to ride all the way home with the aroma of sticky sweet hops in my nose, while still complying with the law against open containers. Luckily, it was not a long drive.

It pours the color of iced tea, shading toward a more yellow look. The head is white a foamy, but not fluffy. The hops emit a bright, fresh pine aroma.

There is plenty of malt flavor for this IPA, and the hops are fresh, lending a good bitterness. Quite drinkable. It is nice to have beer like this at home, almost fresh from the tap.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got it in a trade and was a little old. Looked good and had a pretty nice taste at first. But had a very odd smell and taste afterwards. Its hard to descrbe like a tart/resin/alcohol bite that lingers on the tongue. Not too great.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass.

A - Hazy, to clear medium orange with a light tan head.

S - Matls, biscuts, citrus scents

T - Fruit - citrus, followed by mild malts and bread like flavors.

D - A touch thin and bitter in the mouth.

O - Not a bad ipa by any standard, just nothing special to write home to mom about.

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Photo of heelsn02
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my new Busy Bee Cafe tulip glass

nice appearance - very clear golden color, decent amount of carbonation. 1.5 finger white/off-white head. nice head retention. give the tulip a swirl and boom! the head comes right back. sticky icky lacing

definitely a bitter smell; citrusly hops. notes of apples, grapefruit, pineapple maybe

sweet malty flavor; just a bit bitter, but not too much. lots of hop flavor, but it doesn't totally dominate. pretty nice balance here

Medium body/mouthfeel; just the right amount of carbonation for an IPA like this

Very sessionable IPA. from the looks of the label, you'd think it was hopslam~ish, but it's not at all. I've had this many times here locally and finally taking the time now to review it. Never had a bad beer from Foothills. this brewery from the "dash" is solid - one of the better breweries in NC no doubt.

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Photo of watermelon
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Grays Tavern in Greensboro NC $3.75 for a pint

A: Golden orange color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and hops not very strong though.

T: More citrus in the taste fairly malty for an IPA

M: Went down easy, and lacked the IPA bitterness that Im used to. Right amount of carbonation.

O: This is alright I probably wont buy it again. Its a solid starter IPA if your new to craft beer. Nothing really makes this stand out.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy reddish gold with two finger head and lace patches down the glass over a aroma of dirty, earth hops and a touch of malt. The beer is not watery but real light as it is mostly hoppy and not too balanced, but thankfully not overhopped so it isn't overly bitter or dry. The lack of balance from the malts leads to a mostly decent but not real good hoppy beer that isn't bad but I don't need a second.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours clear copper auburn, frothy white head, lots of filmy retention with patches and rings of lacing on the glass.

Softer nose with citrusy hops, pineapple, and biscuity malts, light sweetness as well.

Bitter citrus hops up front with some orange and pineapple. Tropical fruit creates a decent punch of sweetness. Thicker backbone with doughy malt and very faint caramel. Longer than usual finish is extra dry and bitter.

Decent medium body and carbonation, pretty sticky and dry. Drinks smooth and easy, lower alcohol content also makes this one disappear quick. The flavor isn't exactly super memorable but I would have no problem finishing a bomber.

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Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold color, 2 fingers of soapy white head, nice lacing as well.
S - Very floral, nice crackery malt, but the aroma is really weak.
T - Big time floral bitterness, some pine, big grapefruit in the end.
M - A tad watery, and more dry bitterness.
O - Not bad, unique for what it is, but a far cry from great.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, floral, slight citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, hint of spice, slight floral, and hint of yeast. Overall, the earthy malt dominates the body in an unfavorable manner, but good appearance and feel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. There's about a finger worth of white-colored head, retaining itself decently. A thin collar remains around the glass, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S: I have to say, the malt backbone here is pretty interesting. It's bringing brown sugar, candy, caramel, and even some cherry esters - when combined with the grapefruity hops, it's almost like a low-ABV barleywine. I'm not always a fan of malty IPAs, but these guys did a good job making this work.

T: The initial grapefruit tasted on the palate quickly turns herbal/floral near the finish. It's fairly bitter, but not so much to where it's oppressive. Post-swallow, it becomes slightly malty, revealing an aftertaste of toffee, caramel, candied sugar, and even the occasional ester. I'd reckon this is a bit more complex than the typical IPA.

M: Fairly crisp and decently carbonated, if a bit full bodied for my tastes. The bitterness scrubs away some - but not all - of the sweetness off the palate. It isn't super drinkable, but it's a nice one to savor.

O: This is a reasonably delicious IPA I'd buy semi-regularly if it were more locally available. I like that the malt backbone actually adds to the beer instead of distracting from the hops in particular. Good stuff.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-pack - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darkish coppery body with just shy of an inch of whitish foam.

Smell: Spicy, floral and citrusy with an underlying touch of morning-moist pine joins for a tropical aroma atop the toasted, lightly grainy pales malts.

Taste: Atop, citrusy, floral and spicy tastes, with a toasted pale maltiness beneath. As the malts subside, the citric, stern florals remain. Moderately bitter. Drying, acidic finish with some lingering albeit slackening bitterness with touches of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's an IPA.

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Photo of Gmann
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber color with a small tight off-white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Some tropical fruit and apricot notes as well. A hint of honey sweetness from the malt. A bit too much on the sweet side for my preference.

Similar taste as in the aroma, except much more earthy. Light grapefruit and a rather large pine burst kick things off. There is a bit of pineapple to provide some sweetness. Finishes with an aspirin/resiny note. The beer hits a pretty wide spectrum of hop flavors. The malt is substantial but doesn't really affect the flavor except to provide a bready base to balance the hops.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Quite bitter on the palate but not overly so. A bit dry in the finish. A little lingering bitterness but not awful. 3.75

A very solid bitter IPA.

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Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus with copper hops and caramel malt.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus and resin hops, with some sweet honey and melon malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a good west coast IPA with solid taste, but only decent scent and body. The finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but not bad at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at The Pit in Raleigh NC into a small nonic pint glass.

A simple nice off white head that falls slowly, leaves a small collar throughout drinking. A very good orange amber body that is fairly clear also. Fairly straightforward nothing mind bending here. Good.

A very obvious hop citrus bent of grapefruit and pine. A little grassy. Not much else, but a good solid example of an IPA and a hop presence.

Nose brings the taste, hop forward with citrus and spicyness. Some bread on the finish but kind of light bodied and strangely not much malt feel (I only want just a hint but perhaps something). For feel kind of wet, without much play in the palate.

Overall a real flavorful easy drinking ipa but focused only on hop and not much else. No major complaints here, just wish it had a little more body.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (no freshness data) into a Bell's tulip. The pour is clear and orange-gold with 1-2 fingers of head. Decent retention. Nice blend of citrus and pine on the nose. Citrus includes grapefruit, lemon, and some orange.

Medium body, but feels a bit thin. The beer is quite bitter without much malt behind it. It's not the most well-balanced IPA I've had. The bitterness is rather piney, sappy, and unpleasant. There isn't as much fruity bitterness promised by the nose. Just a sharp, flowery bitterness followed by some tea and lemon flavors. The finish is dry and minty and lingers nicely.

I doubt I'd buy this again. It's good, but there are other IPAs out there that are more worthy of repeat purchases. The flavor reminds me a little of Sweetwater IPA, though I didn't enjoy it quite as much.

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Photo of chardlogic
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Floral bouquet, grapefruit, biscuit malts, pine… maybe sour orange.

Taste: Clean, sharp simcoe hops, familiar cascade hop flavor, caramel malts, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Pretty average IPA, so if it’s affordably priced, then awesome.

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Photo of Bmftbl8
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.99 for a six pack, almost didn't get it because of the artwork on the bottle but oh well I wanted to try it. Had a a nice aroma and strong citrus flavor. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Smell is of citrus and light caramel malts. Taste is similar with a malt body, citrus, and herbal hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall drinkable but fairly forgettable.

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Photo of engagechad
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade with n2185 - thanks! - dfh snifter

Pours a nice gold color with not much head and not much lacing. Smells hoppy but nothing crazy good and taste follows but again nothing spectacular. Finish is a little harsh.

Overall this is an IPA. It's good. But nothing great

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32 ounce Whole Foods growler into a pilsner glass. Filled 1 July 2011. Reviewed 4 July 2011.

A: Huge head on the first glass poured, with great retention. The second glass has about a finger and fades quickly. Nice lacing. The beer is burnished gold and very clear. Pretty.

S: Crisp and hoppy. Touch of pine and grapefruit. Very American.

T/M: Not fantastic, but pleasant and easy-drinking. Smooth and crisp, with moderate carbonation sprucing up a very chewy, substantial beer. The endtaste and aftertaste are especially notable, as they are full of bitter, almost soapy (but not in a bad way), hops. The maintaste is brief and utterly unremarkable.

O: Not a bad IPA, but not a stand-out. Very drinkable, very inoffensive, and rather hoppy. I'd certainly have more, but it's not particularly recommended.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

This beer pours a very clear amber with slightly off white head. Very good sticky lacing that remained the whole time. Bitter grassy smell, with some sweet sugary malt. Taste is much of the same with lots of grass, some minor orange citrus and background sugary malts. There is an odd sort of metallic taste lingering. Dry and medium mouthfeel. I think this beer is a touch messy but not a bad drinker. It says it is 'sessionable' on the label however that depends on your definition of a 'session' beer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice if a bit subdued IPA

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with the poppy/retro branded Foothills feel and an illustration of three glowing hop cones. Side narrative offers a small description bragging about pungent hoppiness. Notes SRM: 8, IBU: 70, and 6.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a rich frothy head, good retention with nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice if a bit soft nose, some resin, citric, caramel malt...

T - With a similar flow of soft citric, resinous notes with a floral hint and a dash of grass over light caramel malt.

M - Medium body with medium to medium soft carbonation, and a slightly sticky touch over a light bitter finish.

O - Pleasing and quaffable but I was "hopping" for a bit more.

Notes: For an unexpected local IPA, Winston-Salem, it is a rather nice offering, and well worth the try. But through this trip I have had it at their brewery, on tap in Charlotte, and now this bottle, and while pleasing, it feels a touch perfunctory and tamed.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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