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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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 1,449
Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a fair amount of head. The color was typical for the style, maybe a little darker. There was lots of lacing in the glass. The smell was hoppy and partially sweet. The taste was bitter but balanced. The mouthfeel was sticky and a nice lingering bitterness was there as well. The drinkability is good. In fact, this is probably one of Foothills' better beers. I will drink this beer again sometime.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Boone, NC.

Came to me a rusty orange-amber color with about a fingers worth of head on it. Lots of lacing clung to the glass as the liquid disappeared.

The aroma was big on the citrus hops. Slight touch of resin, but all the about the citrus.

The flavor followed suit. Nice and hoppy. Citrus with a hint of caramel sweetness smack in the middle of things. Not excessively bitter, though.

Solid medium body with smooth carbonation. If it wasn't so warm in the place I may have had a couple more. Tasty IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the golden touch of Foothills Brewing, is seems that every style they touch turns to gold. This fresh and zesty IPA is a certain standout among the many ambiguous examples on the market.

Medium gold in color, the beer also shares light amber and orange hues. Its hearty hop and yeast haze gives the beer diffused appearances that reads a tad heavier than it actually tastes. Firm and long lasting retention sticks with the beer until the last sip, lacing with rings on the glass all along the while.

Refreshning floral aromatics of citrusy grapefruit, orange zest, and mild pine highlight the beer's scent while underlying caramel and bread crust offers support and roundness.

The straight forward demeanor continues in taste as the focus of the beer is squarely placed on hop flavor. Leading grapefruit flavors are white, zesty, and lightly pithy while orange juice and fresh peels make significant headway. Malty caramel sweetness and biscuit fullness gives a certain roundness and plump juiciness to the impressions left by fruity hop characteristics. The malts only support the hops which grow into a lightly resinous bitterness in finish that reminds me of pine needles.

Medium bodied, the beer's carbonation wraps around the malt textures for an effortless creaminess to start. As the hop flavor grows, so does its associated dryness that cuts through the malt sweetness and lightens the palate considerably in finish. With a closure of lightly sticky resins, warm alcohols, and escaping malt complexes; the beer leaves crisply and with absolute dryness.

Hoppyum is an effortless IPA that avoids harshness, graininess, and astringency en route to a hop lovers delight of a beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Amber, ok head and lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Light caramel, pine, and fruitiness on the nose & palate. Medium level of apparent bitterness. Maybe a touch of rye?

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, dry finish.

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Photo of CraigS119
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Purchased at a gas station in the middle so nowhere driving from Tennessee to Florida. From bottle, poured into tulip.

A: Orangey-brown. Some'd call it copper, but I wouldn't go that far.

A: Grape skin and peachy aromas. Tartness with maltiness. Some stereotypical IPA pineiness and resininess as well.

T: A well balanced piney/hoppy IPA. Good bite and lingering flavors. Not overly complex or sweet or bitter. Nectarine/peach fruit flavors at the forefront, with a clean pine/resin followthru.

M: Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. Crisp and perfect to accompany a greasy burger and fries or steak.

O: I'd rate this beer among the best lighter IPAs out there, including Bell's Two Hearted (a personal favorite). Not an exacted replica with the all the yummy grapefruitiness of 2<3'd that I love, but this one definitely hits the spot.


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Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass
A- Clear Amber, nice off white head, with ample lacing. Typical IPA stuff here.

S- Lots of orange, with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of cat pee (Simcoe).

T- Flash of biscuity malt sweetness, then the tropical hops hit. Orange, mango, pineapple, guava. Dankness from the simcoe. Flavors are very good, I just with they popped more.

M- Medium bodied, and very nicely dry.

O- a very good IPA that strives to be excellent.

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Photo of MayLattimore
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a light amber/golden with a thick, foamy white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is floral, with the hops providing notes of pine and herbs. The complex hop profile mixes with a bit of malt sweetness in the taste, giving the effect of what is almost like a (tiny) squeeze of fresh orange juice. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/20/11 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for bringing this back from the BA SC release and sharing it. I don't think I tried this the one time I was down at Foothills, so was glad to see it. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 07/10/11, so crazy fresh.

a - Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and a little head stays throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruit, and light floral notes. A ton of pine and citrus in the nose, definitely seems hopped up and fresh.

t - Taste follows the nose, with a ton of pine and citrus hops. Light fruity malts and floral/earthy notes, and some moderate bitterness in the taste. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the mouth, but overall pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this is a pretty good IPA. Definitely a ton of pine hops to it, but not a lot of bitterness thanks to the relatively low ABV, which I appreciated. Pretty easy to drink and felt like I could have drank the whole bomber. Apparently they were selling these for $5 at the brewery and if I saw this on the shelf for $8-9 I'd certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub during Sexual Chocolate weekend 2011.

A: Fairly clear, gold/amber color, with about a finger or so head that stayed a waning froth throughout the session.

S: Citrus notes that were not overpowering in any way. On second thought, I wish they were more powerful. I smelled a good bit of doughiness in the brew as well that was almost on equal footing with the hops.

T: Yep.... the bready quality was alive and kicking! However, I didn't find this entirely unpleasant and thought it actually gave the brew its character. All the usual IPA suspects were there: grapefruit, orange, etc. The sweet elements did not dominate which was a good thing.

M: Thick enough without being syrupy and the carbonation was nice and prickly.

D: Very drinkable.... for the average hophead.... almost too! It was almost as if this was toned down somewhat to appeal to the greater masses. If I had tried this without knowing the style, I would have called it a Pale Ale. Still, this was a good beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Riverside in Chattanooga $9. Dark orange color, oily head, decent lace. The smell was malts at first and then as it warmed it really gave off a strong aroma of peaches. The flavor was resinous with a chewy maltiness if that makes any sense. The hops were more prominent in the aroma but this was quite a good IPA and I'm very critical of the style since it is my favorite. Nice beer.

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Photo of bosox941827
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; served with just a slight chill
A - Pours a clear orange with just a foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S - Hops and more hops; very complex mix too, with a hint of sweetness
T - A bit of sweet caramel malt up front, which is quickly hit with a blend of hops that are fairly assertive but not "in your face". Hops are pine-y with a bit of citrus and are lip-smacking and tasty. Dry finish with a bit of lingering sweetness. Makes you want to take another sip.
M - Not too much carbonation; appropriate for the style. This beer is pretty right-on because of the moderate ABV; not too heavy, not too thin.
This really is a great example of a drinkable, complex, tasty IPA. The low ABV (for an IPA these days) makes this fairly sessionable as well. This is a go-to IPA in this area, and am happy to give a thumbs-up for this Foothills offering.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear bright orange color with a a moderate white cap, some bubbles and light lacing

S: Smeels big and fruit with oranges and pineapple with a light citrus note. Hints of caramel appeal to me as well

T: Pretty solid. An immedaite hop bite with ripened citrus and some tropical fruit, light pine on a caramel backbone. The finsh has pronounced, dry like hop bitterness with a slightly slick, prickly finish

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Loads of citrus, lingering bitterness and a tad bit of astringency

O: Pretty good

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich amber with a dense rich head. The aroma is slight and hoppy, but the flavor is strong and sweet, with bready malt and a cheerful flowery hops that fades to a honeyish kiss at the end, with a piny bitterness. The mouthfeel is clingy and pleasant.

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Photo of JBStith
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppyum IPA is a very good example of the style.

A: Deep golden and clear. Decent head and retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Good malt and hops. Floral, citrus and spice notes.

T: Tastes like it smells. Great bitterness with a good malt backbone. Hops are prevelant, but not overwhelming. Good balance. Flavors continue to develop as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is just right. Not too thin and not too heavy.

D: I could have several of these in a sitting (and have on ocassion). All parts of this beer make it quite drinakable.

Overall, I really like this IPA. I will have more and I recommend this to others (and I recommend this brewery as well).

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Amber bodied with a short white head. Nose is hoppy and vibrant with pine, caramel, light maple syrup and sweet malts. Taste is big citrus, pine, chewy, sweet malts, caramel and light spice. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Ends with more citrus, pine oils, caramel, light toffee and sweet malts. Fine effort

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness dating; pours a clear, light amber body with a two-finger light tan head. Decent retention and good bits of lacing.

Very plesant citrus hop notes, mostly orange and lemon, with just a bit of pine resin notes. A little sweet caramel malt.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely with a little more of the bitter pine resin in the flavor than in the aroma. Good balance of the citrus, pine and malt flavors.

Medium to light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very solid IPA. I would readily recommend it.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheet until about halfway through when it settled into a thin ring. the body is a bright amber.
s - hops of citrus and pine which really blended together nicely.
t - very juicy like oranges and grapefruits with a pine finish. a hint of spice comes through as well.
m - medium with lively carbonation.
o - really solid AIPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this bottle, really like the art on this one.

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with no head or lacing. To say that this was disappointing would be an understatement.

S: Some bright citrus fruit, mostly orange, with a hint of pine and pineapple. There is a little bit of bready malt to balance it out.

T: Similar to the aroma, but less pine and more citrus. Lots of oranges and lemons as well as their zest. Light pale malt on the back end before a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

O: Was amazed at how easy drinking this one was. Nice flavor profile, just a solid IPA. Definitely Yum.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

radient amber orange color with a frothy, bone white head that has some stick and laces nicely. A good looker.

Aroma is nice, though a bit more subdued than I like. Sweet, biscuity malt, honey, and floral and grapefruit cutrus.

Flavor improves the nose, clean biscuit and very light caramel with plenty of bitter grapefruit, orange, and lightly herbal/grassy hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced.

Body is just above medium with a crisp mouthfeel and bubbly, smooth texture. A real easy drinker.

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Photo of LE_FEESH
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured light amber into a tumbler with a fair head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is resiny citrus and caramel malty.

Sticky and dank hops play well with the solid malt profile. Grapefruit rind. Bread. Nice crisp finish with a lingering hop stickiness.

Feels light on the tongue, but this is a palette coating resinous beer.

Well balanced and well constructed, I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA. It's maybe not the best, but I love this beer and hold it as my standard for the style as it was actually the beer to get me on hops to begin with. Maybe I'm biased. Still, recommended.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with shades of peach. A one-finger eggwhite head forms with only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Flowery hops dominate for me with sweet malt, and then some pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Bitter hoppinesss up front (pine & citrus) and biscuit sweet malt, which fade to citrus pith or rind flavor.

M: A somewhat thin and under-carbonated mouthfeel. Only a mild bitter hang. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Good flavor and aroma, and a very enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is nearly a deal-breaker but I did get used to it. I'll look forward to this one again.

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Photo of Agold
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a package earlier today from Lantern. Cracked it as soon as I got home from work. This beer is orange with a half inch of white head. Recedes to a film with and has some nice lacing. Aroma is very citrus forward with some grapefruit and tangerine. Taste is very nice. Well balanced between fruity citrus hops, a mild smooth bitterness, and a biscuity shortbready malt character. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with very nice carbonation. Very good beer from foothills. Quite enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding extra from kflack! thanks kevin

22oz bottle slightly above fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness date.

pours out a huge fluffy 3 fingers of white head. very nice retention with lots of sticky lace. a clear amberish orange color. looks like an ideal IPA.

the intial aroma is piney with earthy and metallic notes. it improves much more as it warms up introducing some dank almost resinous hops. lots of green grassy notes. under that there is some citrus with quite a bit of bready, sticky caramel malt. maybe a touch of tropical fruits way back there.

a hoppy taste, but it has a very nice balance. pine and grapefruit citrus are cut nicely by a biscuity, bready, sticky caramel malt. a nice grassy bitter finish.

a very smooth and clean feel to this beer. crisp bitterness. medium bodied, maybe just slightly too much carbonation for the style. but overall i enjoyed the way this beer felt on my palate.

a very sessionable hoppy ipa yet still with a nice balance, i could see buying this if it was available to me. very happy i got the chance to enjoy this.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a light amber with little head. Floral hops but little else offered in the nose. Taste is floral and piney, the hops are well balanced, not overly bitter. This beer is lightly carbonated and very refreshing. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution Pizza & Alehouse (Charlotte, NC) on 1/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with some amber highlights and a finger of eggshell white head. Fantastic creamy 1/2 finger of retention that stays sturdy and flares up magnificently, leaving back massive rings of lace that completely coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, earthy, and spicy hops with nice supportive notes of citrus and caramel.

The taste is similar but the hops are more aggressive with a good lingering bitterness. Citrus and caramel malts are equally present but don't overshadow the hop profile, allowing enough to balance but also letting the bitterness pop in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sleek feel on the palette but still possesses a nice prickle that compliments the bitterness well.

Solid IPA from Foothills that is robust with hop character, well balanced, and most importantly, quite drinkable. A solid hoppy staple that is always a pleasure to find on tap not only at the brewpub but other NC establishments as well.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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