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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

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Added by oberon on 12-29-2005

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles while on vacation and had it on tap sitting on the pier for lunch. Review is based off this final bottle.

12 oz brown bottle with the Hoppyum label sitting beautifully on the front and a nice description on the back. I really enjoy this label with its green and oranges and dark reds sitting on a black outline. The hop cones are the logo for this label and it looks grand. Foothills Brewing logo sits to the side of the cones. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden color with hints of golden copper like but definitely gold being the main color. A soap sudsy white head actually had some good mass to it. Head was thin looking and sudsy despite its size. It left a clumpy ring of sudsy lacing and surprisingly had good stickiness.

S - massive hop aroma. Pineapples, grapefruits, slight orange fruitiness with some pine resin. Caramel malt provided a slightly sweet character in the back drop. Very big hop aroma.

T - not quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest. The same notes come through but in a more laid back manner. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit take hold of the fruitiness it has to offer with a resinous pine staking claim to the bitter notes. Caramel malt is a bit more pronounced than in the nose which gives the flavor more of a balanced sweet fruitiness rather than a hop showcase like the nose suggested. A nice flavor though.

M - medium bodied and crisp. This brew may have looked like golden soap water with a big sudsy head on the pour but it really has some nice flavors going on and the palate is very well balanced. Pretty good texture in the feel and has some coating to it.

O - the first time I poured this I didn't expect much. I figured a way too hop forward ipa from a small brewery that would have needed going in the sink. Boy was I shocked. The nose suggests it has those hop flavors we love while the flavors offer up a more relaxed and balanced experience. It's not something you'll be driving 500 miles for, but if you are in the North Carolina area often as I am you'll be missing out on a pretty darn good ipa if you don't grab Hoppyum. This was the brew that put Foothills on my watch list and frankly that doesn't happen often.

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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 Guden
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A- cloudy, with a beautiful burnt orange color, tons of pieces of hops and yeast chunks despite only pouring 3/4 of the bottle. Just a few off white bubbles in place of a head. I'm fine with not filtering but give me a warning and don't carry over the hops!

S- pungent, resinous, and dank with blackberry, raspberry and kiwi. Strong caramel sweetness and a touch of herbal also in the mix.

T- relatively light, citrusy flavors. Middle is a biscuity malt which fades to fairly high, astringent bitterness. Columbus hops seem to dominate with a Simcoe pine character also present but little citrus or juicy character.

M- thin, lightly carbonated. The thinness seems to accentuate the bitter finish but does little else for the beer.

O- this one was a disappointment. A few muddled, stale malt flavors and a bunch of bitter, astringent, medicinal pine is all that really comes through. Oh, and it's ugly.

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Photo of suspect
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Central Waters Snifter. Thanks to Bulbman for the hookup, my first offering from Foothills.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber/gold color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger frothy white had that fades slowly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Solid grapefruit notes hit the nose first and foremost followed by slight resin and a well balanced malty back end that ties the beer together.

T: Nice slightly bittersweet flavors of grapefruit/tart tangerine rhine hits first and is followed by the sharp bit of the piney hop undertones. Again, nice malt profile balances this beer and ties it together nicely.

M: Sharp finish, perfectly carbonated. Hop oils leave a slight mouth coating.

O: I had a hard time not pounding this beer. It has a very nice flavor and was extraordinarily easy to drink.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, my last review was of another Foothills product. The newest IPA of the month. In retrospect it was maybe better than I gave it credit for. My lower rating stem from a purely economic perspective. It was a solid beer. Case in point this beer.

It is a good IPA, not outstanding, but one you can drink frequently at a reasonable price. A local grocery store had it on sale last week for $7.99 a six pack. Now we are talking! In perspective I paid a buck less for the bomber of June IPA of the month, which by the way had less alcohol and I understand that often that is a driving force in price, although I do not know why. Nevertheless on to the review.

Appearance: Tawny golden amber, a good bit of head when poured fairly easily that stayed and stayed.

Smell: Nice aromatic grapefruit, some malt sweetness, but not too much, floral, overall well balanced in the aroma.

Taste: At first you get balance you detect in the smell, then as it passes over your back palate and you are hit with a bitterness from the hops that tend to linger. I drank a more potent DIPA right after this and did not get the lingering bitterness, almost like an arosol hairspray bitterness. Its good and bad in that respect. But its a balanced IPA overall. I do wish I could figure out the lingering grapefruit rind bitterness issue. Overall I do like this beer and its easily obtained and often on sale around here. It is one of Foothills better beers. Honestly I think they do IPA's well. Jade is amazing. I don't get the craze over Sexual Chocolate, but I have already addressed that.

Overall: Well worth seeking out, and even at $10 a sixer its a good deal and a great beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange yellow color with a thick white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of piny hops and tastes of piny hops and a little citrus and maybe some caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is medium and its not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So excited to see something new on tap in Blacksburg! Especially excited that it's something from Foothills, whose beers I've only gotten to try in limited quantities.

Pour is perfect copper, completely clear, with a surprising lack of head - there's not much more than a white fizzle on the top of the liquid and some spots of spitty wash on the sides of the glass.

Aroma produces nice light caramel malt with just the slightest hint of the grapefruity bitter hops.

Taste is surprisingly initially dominated by the caramel from the nose. It is surprisingly deep and sweet, with notes of sticky toffee. Giving it a bit to warm and open up, I find the great bitter-slick piney hops and a bit of pithy citrus hops underlying that sweetness. There's a hint of metallic in the profile as well. Feel is moderate with a decently firm body thanks to the carbonation.

Drinkability is definitely high. It seems like at least 3 of the places I like to go in town have this on tap right now (Rivermill, Cellar, Cabo), and I"ve enjoyed it at each stop. Keep 'em comin, Foothills!

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

Big Thanks to Kingkong for surprising me with this one!

A: A giant cloudy head sits atop a honey hued nectar, marked by a touch of haze and some lazy lacing emanating from the glass' laser etching.

S: Bouquet is both light and delicate, with floral, herbal, and pine notes coming together beautifully.

T: Bone dry from the get go, with a bitter punch in the beginning, followed by toasted baquette, and finishing off with herbal hops.

M: Very light, dry, and refreshing, with just a touch of hop astringency.

O: A highly sessionalbe and flavorful ale. It is nice to see someone go against the grain and make am IPA that isn't so heavy. Its lightness makes it a great candidate for food pairing, as well as for mass consumption. Definitely a treat.

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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 outdoor7or24
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass. Don B gave me the bottle....
A: pours a rich copper color, thick frothy khaki color+1 finger head, carbonation, sediment suspended
S: the aroma is my favorite part, its a sweet bouquet of caramel, citrus, apple, fruity, brown sugar, just fresh all around
M: medium body, slightly chewy
T: slight caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, ginger ale, citrus, hops, bitterness, crisp dry finish, hop head enjoyment
O: wow I'm impressed, sign me up a subscription to this brew as the aroma and flavor are great, truly a fine brew.

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

Bomber poured into an nonic pint glass. Huge thick head -- lot of carbonation. Light amber color. Very clear.

Aroma was mildly of citrus hops with a slight herbal earthiness. Not as intense as I like my IPAs. I didn't get the Simcoe character from this at all.

Taste has a characteristic that I don't love though I'm always hard put to describe what this characteristic is when I encounter it -- it has an earthy character and a slight overly toasty character. There's a flavor in there that I associate with Willamette hops and Victory malt. Bit over astringent and earthy at the same time. Very solid hop bitterness in there too.

Overcarbonated! Sharpness from the carbonation. Fairly dry, though. I liked Fooihills DIPA quite a bit, but I didn't love this one. There are too many better IPAs out there.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear orange hued amber off-white head served in a foothills glass.

Smells of good old American citric hops.

Tastes amazing. Exactly what I expect of an IPA, nothing more nothing less. Spot on. Malt is balanced well but just not quite enough to keep the hops from doing their thing well. Grapefruit, pine, lingering finish that isn't unpleasantly bitter.

Drinks pretty easy and leaves me wanting another. Yet to find anything bad from Foothills.

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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 grayburn
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like spreading the love locally, considering the carolinas are essentially one state, this is local damnit.

The pour is on the darker side of the spectrum, nice and amber in the glass with some creamy off white head at the top.

The smell is all hopping, some citrus and pine notes dominate.

The flavor starts with some heavy hoppiness but is well balanced by a nice backbone, the same notes that are in the nose are present in the taste. Very nice.

This beer is thick and chewy, nice and viscous, yet still manages to finish clean, impressive.

I could drink this all freakin day...very nice job.

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Photo of devilben02
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love to patronize local and regional breweries, and it helps when the local breweries turn out high-quality products. Poured from a 1/6 barrel keg in my kegerator, this one has a light amber/golden color with a thick, foamy white head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is wonderfully 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. I find the aftertaste to be deliciously bitter, and overall this is a great representative of the style from a great local brewery. I have enjoyed having 5 gallons of this stuff on hand.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Carolina Ale House in Raleigh, NC

A: Crystal clear golden color tinted with light orange, head is silky foam that starts at 2 fingers and settles to .5 finger that stays the whole glass, thick sheets of lace down the side

S: Pure resin, strong and hoppy but not all that inviting

T: Dank fruit and resin, a good but not great balance of the two

M: Dry, lighter carbonation and body than I expected

O: Solid IPA, but nothing to wow you

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Photo of Arborescence
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale.

Aroma: Pungent, hoppy, no typical floral aromas though.

Taste: Typical IPA hops, refreshing but nothing special. Nice citrus aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent IPA, but doesn't stand out.

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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 Paincane
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 22 oz bomber purchased at Tasty in Raleigh on a recent trip there. Poured into pint glass. Clear amber color with two finger tan head producing clingy lace with great retention.
S: Floral, citrus, bread aromas are all evident on the nose.
T: Citrus, grapefruit and orange up front with malt backbone and breadiness in middle and a clean dry hoppy bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied and moderatley carbonated. Well balanced.
O: Very enjoyable IPA with good nose and taste. Would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from trader Brian44556....

Pours an ULTRA clear (maybe the clearest beer I've ever seen) and vibrant orange amber. Medium carbonation. 6.3% ABV. No idea on the price. Apparently, Foothills has JUST started bottling this. The head that formed was enormous. Slightly off-white and pillowy like meringue. Lacing is abundant and sticky. Very nice.

Aromas are robust and what one might expect: some floral notes, some pineapple, some caramel and vanilla. There's also a slightly off-putting detergent note. Bummer, this was elite until that.

Flavor is a mixture of Amber ale notes and IPA notes. Initial burst of flavor is provided by the hops, but this ale billows up in your mouth a little too much, making the entry a little hard to discern. Middle is malty and hoppy. Not that the two are really competeing, but they don't meld perfectly. You notice one, then the other. The hops deliver a knockout punch by the late middle, and the long finish is bitter in a very good way and very long. This is good beer, a touch one-dimensional for a non-Double, however. This is one of the more hoppy East Coaster's I've tried, so I can see this being loved East of the Rockies. Worth trying and tracking down, but short of elite.

What I like most: The beautiful, clear and vibrant appearance.

What I like least: The detergent-like notes in the aroma profile.

Verdict: Very good, short of elite, and a tad one-dimensional. They hit their mark I'm guessing. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of iadler
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a two finger head that leaves some nice lines of lacing behind.

S- Floral and herbal hops, pine, caramel malt with subtle grapefruit and orange zest.

T- Pine and grassy dominate with hints of caramel malt, grapefruit, orange zest and floral hops. There is some cardboard taste and odd minerals which is off-putting as well. Pretty one-dimensional.

M- Medium carbonation with a thin and watered down body. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- This was an average at best IPA. Pleasant aroma, but the taste was just really boring and the cardboard taste got to me.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honyed brown with a gorgeous rocky cap of foam - Almost belgium like, leaving thick streakings of lace down the glass. The nose pops with dank pine, green citrus and caramel malts with a nice bittering scent. The taste is slightly less impressive with marzipan, light citrus and rich caramel malts with a light hoppy bite - drinks more like an apa than an ipa. Good beer though nothing special.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on draft three weeks ago while in a pizza place in NC. I though it was an outstanding IPA. I did not have time to write a review then but merely scored it (Oct 15).

I just had to have it again and located it in a store in Richmond VA. Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Orange in color. Smell was fantastic. There is a nice hoppy/bitter taste that is not overwhelming as it sometimes can be in an IPA.

Just a great IPA that is definitely on my list of IPAs I would not hesitate to buy 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 McNealc31
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a sticky white head. Just from the aroma, I know this is going to pack quite the hops punch. Loads of Simcoe hops and their distinctive grapefruit aroma comes through most noticeably.

This is one for you hopheads. Along with the Simcoe, plenty of Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade balance the hops flavors among each other. Slightly toasted malt is evident in the finish, but the hops are the whole story here. Long, dry, puckeringly bitter finish. Clocks in at 78 IBUs, but I expected it to be closer to 100. As it warms, everything mellows out and becomes much easier to drink.

One for hopheads, for sure, but let it go for a bit and it becomes very tasty, indeed. Packs a lot of punch, but good harmony among the hops varieties.

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