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 BarrytheBear
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of jpmclaug. Thank you Jason!

Two observances prior to our feature presentation:
1. Foothills has some amazing bottles. From Sexual Chocolate, to Baltic Porter, to this here Hoppyum, I like everything about their bottles. Bright colors, the font and lettering, and the pictures all make for great graphics.
2. Why does season 2 of Dexter not even come remotely close to season 1? Please tell me things get better, because I cannot stand to think that it's all down hill from here. But, as a shot of interest, Doaks broke in and went to the air conditioner? In my best Cris Carter, "come on man!"

On to our review:

Pours a medium orange with a quickly dissipating head and less lace than Vicky Secrets model.

Big biscuits on the snoot, followed by orange marmalade and papaya atop a healthy caramel bed. Seems more on par with the British dealings.

Mild bittering hops up front turn to soft tropical fruits that are balanced by a strong doughy biscuit. Again, more a British interpretation than a classical American attempt.

Mouthfeel is quite nice and luxurious, with the malt laying a smooth blanket for the hops to ride atop.

Overall, as an American IPA, this is a bit lacking. But for a paler, more European take on the style, this acquits itself nicely. I'll play towards the middle here and say that overall I enjoyed this beer, albeit as an interloper to the style it proclaims to be.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Super clear light orange color. Two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is slightly below average and just a touch of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Hops are foremost piney with floral and citrus complementing. Fair amount of caramel on the malt front. Not particularly strong, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Follows the nose for the most part. Light to moderate bitterness. Piney hops with grapefruit and orange. Slightly earthy as well. Malts are earthy and a bit "hamster-y." Again, caramel sticks out. Toward the dry end, but enough malt to keep it interesting. Refreshing.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, but could be more so.

3.5 D: This is a pretty "standard" IPA. It's good, but tastes like so many others that it doesn't have much of an identity. Still worth drinking though.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought down to South Florida by a visiting guest, Hoppyum is a welcome addition to these parts, where Foothills doesn't yet distribute. Enjoyed at sunset out by the pool with friends, Hoppyum was poured out of a growler.

The beer is a deep golden color with only a very small head. It smells like pine and hops, but the overall scent is pretty minimal. I get caramel and malt on the first taste, but that's soon overwhelmed by a bitter follow through. It's not so bitter to make me want to stop drinking it, but there's nothing to take the edge off. Not my favorite.

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper pour with good head and lacing

Smell: Nice citrus foral and pine aroma, slightly sweet

Taste: Light citrus florals, slightly sweet with nice papaya and grapefruit hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice soft carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable and highly drinkable, a great IPA. ABV is slightly high.

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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 harrymel
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottled: unknown

A: Pours a honey colored ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of off-white foam caps this and falls in a couple minutes to a quilt of the same. persistent, albeit inconsistent lacing.

S: wood, green apples, pine, resin, hints of grapefruit rind. Malt in the background, subdued but resonant. Vienna malt profile.

T: Woody (again), with metal, hints of resin. Actually surprisingly one-dimensional to me. The hops seems to mostly been added in the latter half of the boil, and don't add much to the brew IMO. As an IPA, I feel this doesn't meet the US standard. As a pale ale, yes, but not as an IPA.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. middle of the road.

O: Underwhelming. Would try again, wish I knew the bottle date.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra.
22oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: The color after the pour yielded a copper color with orange hues. It produced a solid two finger white head with really good retention. The lacing was super sticky, coating the sides of the glass.

S: The nose produces a withdrawn hop profile of pine cones and grapefruit. While it is somewhat hoppy, the malt bill takes over. Toasted grains, caramel, and biscuits have a firm grasp on the overall nose.

T: I can taste the hops, citrusy and piney, but they are pretty far in the background. Toasted malt and caramel grasp the taste buds mid-palate and it finishes dry and toasty.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O: Solid beer, but not in the realm of what I look for in an American IPA. The malt just takes over too much for me.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

light orange with stead off white head. stick, persistent lacing

aroma was strong, citrus hops

taste was dominated by a huge citrus, sweet hops baseline with smooth balanced caramel malt barely hanging on

overall smooth with medium body and a tight bittering finish

this was a very good IPA but doesn't set itself apart. I will certainly come across this beer again and gladly have another.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillowy light beige head forms atop the bright copper colored beer. Nice bright/clear color.

Aroma is slightly sweet, a touch of yeast and a slight floral aroma. There is something about the Carolina IPA's that is similar. They are nice but very different than other regional IPA's. Some light lacing.

A light brown sugar flavor as part of the malt flavor. Really nice. Not overly sweet at all. Some might say caramel, but I taste brown sugar. Pretty fruity as well. The slightest sense of smoke or toasted malt just below the surface. The hop notes are there but not in your face. A pretty balanced IPA

Very light carbonation, very silky. Nice.

A decent IPA, a bit different than my preferred IPA make-up, but very nice.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler to pint glass on 4/19/11
*From notes

A: Almost burgundy amber. It's a looker, ladies and gents. A careful pour yields a ridiculous 2.25 finger head and some really nice lacing.

S: A drop or two of fruit juice, which immediately transitions into a bitter hop and sourdough mash-up.

T: Simcoe hops, yeast and bread. Barley and wheat germ flush the palate and it all finishes on a biscuity note. This is a very English presentation of an IPA - I find the AIPA nomenclature to be incorrect.

M: Great weight to it. It's not the heaviest IPA I've had, but it really suits this beer. I find the carbonation to be in line and in place. Well done here.

O: I found myself enjoying this one much more then I did at Foothill's brewpub in January. It's easy drinking and quaffable. I look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of kevinv
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received awhile back from samtallica as an extra in our trade. Thanks a lot buddy. Reviewed from notes.

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear copper/amber color with about 1.5 fingers of tan, foamy head. The head recedes slowly leaving behind decent lacing.

S - Light toffee, caramel, and a slight graininess seem to dominate the nose, but all still seem to be muted. Only the slightest hint of hop aromas.

T - Moderately sweet. Again, the hops are light here. Mild bitterness. Odd dryness in the finish, almost chemical-y. Not many standouts in the taste.

M - Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D - It's a fairly drinkable brew, but an average IPA. Not bad, but with so many IPA's on the shelves today, I'd probably pass this one up for some other stand-by's.

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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 titosupertramp
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks be to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Clear amber in color with a finger and a half of off-white, soapy head. Leaves behind a thin film with rather large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lots of a spotchy lacing.

S: It's not often that I start of an IPA smell with the malt, but that's what I notice most with Hoppyum. It's almost like a hopped up brown/amber ale. Caramel and nutty with mild, herbal/earthy hops. Good smell, just different for an IPA.

T: Just as the nose would lead you to believe, malts play a big role in the taste. Sweet, caramel, nutty, grain. Pine and herbal hops bring up the rear, rounding out the beer nicely.

M: On the full side with good carbonation. Has a dry, bitter feel and finish.

O: I like Hoppyum and will have no problem finishing the bottle. With that said, I would grab this if in the mood for a very good brown/amber ale, but if I were in the market for a big IPA, I'd likely look elsewhere.

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from johntangus. Thanks!

Pours a pleasant clear amber color, with 2 fingers of foamy head in my Darkness tulip. As the head begins to recede, sticky lacing clings to the edge of the glass.

A mild orange scent is the most forward element here. The smell itself is actually very subdued. A large breath of it reveals that it actually smells very sweet, with pine notes coming through on the end.

The side of the bottle claims that the beer is full of simcoe, and that's certainly true. Pine is the forward flavor here, with some amount of grapefruit in the back end. It's sweeter than I'm used to for a regular IPA. None of the flavors are bad, exactly, but they don't quite mix right. It's not quite focused on any one flavor.

High carbonation, light/medium body. Coats the mouth for a bit, but doesn't stick quite as long as most that I drink.

It's decent. My big issue is just that the flavors seem to come through in the wrong order. Flipping the usage of the simcoe and centennial hops usage might help. Just a bit more flavor balancing and this could be a great beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very clear orange with some pale yellow highlights. a bubbly white head of foam, only a fingers worth and dissipated quickly.

A - has an odd smokey, ash tray sort of aroma, could just be very earthy hops. some nice roundness in the nose from the malt sweetness.

T - a touch of caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge followed by herbal earthy bitterness in the middle and another touch of sweetness in the finish.

M - creamy. smooth. little carbonation.

D - Decent IPA. Glad I had the chance to give this one a shot but probably not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of veinless
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to NCBeerFan for sending me this amongst many other NC goodies in our trade; awesome box Woody.

Pours a dull amber with good looking white frothy head on top that dissipates a bit quickly, but isn't a mirage or anything. Ends up being a thin but solid cap of foam on top - very pretty. Body of the beer is so static it looks like stone; there are no bubbles, no clouds, nothing. Looks good though. Lacing is average, with only sporadic spots.

Caramel malt is actually the first scent I get, but then some raw hops come through. Don't get much smell though, with only a bit of indistinguishable citrus and a little touch of pine smellable. Resin at the back? Tough to tell.

Taste thankfully brings those hops out a lot more, with soft grapefruit and a little bit of apricot improving on the nose. Pine and bitterness come next, with the bitterness herbal and cleansing without being too strong. Malts are grainy and aren't strong enough to prevent the bitterness from getting harsh right at the end (that's fine with me though). Finish is medium-dry just like the bottle says - the malts are pronounced and give it a slight grainy character and not as much caramel from the nose.

Mouthfeel is good thanks to well balanced carbonation and a slick, crisp body. Finish is nice and dry, aiding the drinkability a lot. I happen to like the slightly harsh bitterness a lot, but others may not. Definitely enjoyed this - it was way different than most of the local CA IPAs I've had.

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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 chumba526
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JPWV for this bottle.

It appears clear dark orange with a small off-white head.

It smells of caramel, sweet oranges and grassy hops. There is also a bread like malt smell.

It tastes initially of grassy and slightly citrusy hops. I get a nice bit of a slightly nutty and sweet caramel tasting malt flavor that balances the grassy hop flavor. The beer ends with a very bitter yet refreshing finish.

There is ample carbonation to the beer and a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very smooth nicely balanced, refreshing IPA. It is not fantastic but it is better than the average IPA. If I could find this locally I would drink it somewhat regularly.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Russian River globe on 3/24/11. Thanks to bastionshaw for sending this one as an extra. Cheers, bro.

Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of off white head that dissipates leaving no lacing.

Smells of grassy earthy hops but the smell is not as strong as I had wanted. There is also a significant sweet malt presence in the aroma.

Taste is week on the hops as well. There is some grassy earthy tones and a little citrus on the backside but its mostly malt taste.

Mouthfeel is light and it moves smoothly throught the pallet. Little bitterness. Not very much after taste either.

Drinkability is low on this one. I am just not feeling this IPA. Not enough aroma, not enough taste, not enough hops. It has all the notes of a watered down IPA.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from chase2634 in a recent trade. My first hoppy brew from Foothills. Poured from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead nonic. The beer pours a darker than expected almost-copper with a one finger frothy white head. The head quickly fades to a tight cap over the beer, leaving behind some slight sticky lacing.

The nose is a bit muted. There's definitely some earthy hops, some pine resin and hints of slightly floral hops. The sweet floral hops give way to a strong caramel backbone.

The taste follows the smell, with a little more vibrance and slightly more citrus. The earthy and piney hops still dominate at first, there's a slight lemon zest and orange peel bitterness for a split second, before the caramel takes over and really balances this one out. After the caramel sweetness there is a pleasant bitter pinecone finish.

The beer is well carbonated, medium bodied and has a nice dry finish. As far as East Coast IPAs go this one is pretty good, maybe better than 60 Minute, but East Coast IPAs just fall a little short for me. I prefer the big citrus presence that the West Coast style offers.

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

22oz bottled poured into a tulip.
No bottle date that I could find.
Cbros was the very kind BA that sent me this IPA.

Appearance- clear, light copper color with a big white head and good lacing.

Smell- I detect grassy hop aroma accompanied with a good light malt base.

Taste- Judging from the smell I didn't expect this much bitterness. It is a pleasant surprise. The hop flavor is still a grassy one. Light malt back bone that drys out as it goes down. Good beer.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. Has body to it but not too much.

Overall- This is a very good beer. I would buy this over and over if it was available to me.

Thanks to Cobi for this one. I can't wait for Foothills to bottle more.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this at beertopia
A: okay this one also looked the part. nice ipa appearance.
S: just okay. nothing great when stacked up against some of the other ipas at the event.
T: very competent. tasted good nothing outstanding. i think people have this on its own and don't really taste test it against some of the other ipas on the market at the same time. it's good dont get me wrong. just good though.
M: good carbonation.
O: going back to taste, i have to say this one also didn't thrill me at the event when stacked against some of the other ipas. it was better than average but not great.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared by rmalinowski4-- thanks Rich

Sorry for the terse review...
Amber hued dark orange. Whitish head of 2 fingers. Retention and lacing are average.
Smells earthy. Some piney notes. Big malts-- caramel for sure. The smell isn't too impressive overall, but it isn't unpleasant.

The taste is exactly what I'd expect after the nose. Caramel and sweet malts with some hoppy notes-- earthy and dirty with pine and floral notes.

Body is medium/light with low carbonation and no prickly feel. Little oily. Very little bitterness. Pretty weak.

Overall, this isn't bad or offensive, but it doesn't impress me.

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Photo of rwinzing
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jackthebear for this 650ml bottle. Poured it into my Odell's IPA flute glass. Poured a very nice light amber color with a off=white head. My impressions were it was a very clean a pretty looking beer.

Smell - Was wonderful floral grapefruit notes. My favorite aspects of this beer.

Taste - Nice smooth start and middle to this beer not overly bitter and was pleasing. Had a bit of an after taste that I was not fond of. This is why it brought my score down.

Mouthfeel - was a bit thin

Overall not a bad drinker and will have no problem finishing the bottle but not one I am in love with either.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear deep amber in color. Forms about an inch or so of white foamy head. Decent retention, but virtually no lacing.

S: Rather muted scent of tropical fruit, citrus and some caramel malt. Definitely picking up the Simcoe on this one - I just wish it was more pronounced.

T: A nice blend of grapefruit bitterness and hop spiciness. Slightly sweet faint caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a moderate grapefruit bitterness.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer. The bottle calls this one a "session" ale and, despite the higher alcohol content, I would tend to agree.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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