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 JimKal
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A: This is a very nice looking IPA. Pours a darkish amber with a nice head that leave significant lacing as you drink the beer.

S: I don't detect a lot of aroma ;but it has some hop and malt notes.

T: This is very subjective but this did not work for me as a strong toasted malt is not what I like in an IPA. It wasn't bad or objectionable but it did convince me that this is one I won't repeat. I wanted to like it more as it is made right here in the Triad of NC.

M: Medium bodied.

O: It was interesting that the first one of these that I had I liked quite a bit. So, I went out and bought a six pack but I found that, upon reflection, it just didn't appeal to me. I like big West Coast IPAs and balanced East Coast IPAs. This one didn't make the hop bomb list nor the balanced list.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid was an orange/yellow color and its pretty hazy; lots of little particles. Off-white to creamsicle colored head, and yeah this beer has crazy amounts of lacing. Very frothy and creamy looking. Good looking beer especially for an IPA.

Smell is good. The hop profile is the main feature. Zesty citrus, earthy pine, and floral. Slight sweetness and a little bready, but hops are the dominant profile here. Hops smell clean and fresh!

Taste is also really good. Citrus (orange, grapefruit, and sweet tangerine), pine, and earthy tones. Decent malt backbone provides some sweetness, sort of sweet buiscuty. Overall really well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied yet very smooth. A good carbonation level with a gentle clean finish at the end (sorry if this sounds like a fabric softener commercial). This beer is crazy drinkable. unbelievably good brew, I'm very impressed with my first sample from Foothills. A very good well balanced IPA. A good beer with a better aftertaste... burps up real nice. Gets better as it warms up. Thanks JCB for the trade!

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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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to mullenpc for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a clear amber hue into a tulip with about a finger + of slightly off white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Pine, citrus, bready malts, orange, pineapple, and floral.

Taste – Lots of hops and slight bitterness, plenty of citrus mainly orange (quite nice). Spicy hops (white pepper), slight bready malty backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, prickly carbonation.

Overall – A pretty good IPA. It is going down easily.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a 2 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and citrus zest hop aromas. Somewhat subdued smells overall. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, citrus zest, and herbal hops. A touch of honey flavors in the aftertaste. A medium amount of bitterness sticks to the tongue after each sip. This beer has a medium body and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A good level of carbonation makes for an easy drink down. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice balance between the malt and hops. I am glad I got to try a beer from Foothills.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from VncentLIFE, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a decent white head that shows moderate retention with a fair amount of sticky lace. Smells of pine and bread with hints of citrus. Smells like an IPA should clean with a bit of dankiness. Taste is a mix of bread and caramel malt offset with some pine and citrus to remind you there are some hops in this one. Medium body with a dry finish, moderate level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent IPA, I really enjoyed it, but seems a bit on the mild side of "India" Clean flavorful brew.

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Photo of smellandsip37
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 220z bottle at 45F into a pint glass, no freshness date

A- copper with some yellow hue, not a whole lot of head and some small lacing

S- Simcoe first, then a bit of malt, I can smell the bitter and flavor hops as well

T- ok hop bite, I like my IPAs with a little more hop character, the bitter and flavor is there, just not too dimensional. Having Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe hops, I expected a bit more here

M- Some carbonation, easy drinking

O- for me this IPA is a great example how IBUs do not have that much to do with flavor, more hop concentration. With four different varieties, I expected more. I have had other FB beers and they have been great, this fell short, possibly to how fresh it was when I got it, or the batch was not as good as usual. I have friends that love this stuff, its just not my top

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Brent for this one. This pours a clear honey color with a finger of rocky white head. It seetles leaving nice sticky lace.

A bit of a strange aroma for an american ipa. Hints of sweet bubblegum with a grainy hay aroma. Kind of lacking in the hop department here; faintly floral in the background but I require more out of my hop forward brews. Again I think this one is grainy on the pallet. It loses it's sweetness and rounds up with bitterness in the finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall not bad. The aroma is a little unexpected but the flavor makes up for it. A little of kilter here but enjoyable.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden amber color with a 1/2' white head forming at the top of the pour. Some lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by citrus hops. Some slight pine and floral notes are present as well.

T: Some sweetness of malt and caramel at the outset of the sip. Bitterness hits the sides of the tongue towards the middle of the sip, transitioning into hearty maltiness. Citrus begins the finish and moves into floral bitterness.

M: This is a light bodied beer, honestly it's a little too light for an IPA. Carbonation is good.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA. The flavors are complex and well balanced. The only complaint is the lightness on the tongue, but it is an IPA that I will gladly drink again.

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

First brew from Foothills since I moved to NC! On tap at Tyler's in Carrboro.

It poured a deep golden straw color, but with a nice head. Nice pour bartender!

It smells like Two-Hearted. I pick up a nice balance of citrus, pine, and bitter hops. Definitely dry hopped and hops added to the boil. Really no malt in the smell. Floral hops also really shine here.

The taste was really even more like Two-Hearted. Nice balance of the hop bill. Piney up front, with citrus bringing up the rear. Bitterness kind of just pervades every taste, but doesnt try to take over. They also leave an oily feeling on your tongue, which is nice because it doesnt allow the hops to rip apart your taste buds.

Its really not overly hoppy, all the flavors are there, and yet they mingle nicely.

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

On tap at Bank of America Stadium right before Week 3, Jaguars at Panthers. Yes we Cam!

It arrived a light auburn in color with a very creamy off white head. It smells of light and dry pine with some pale malt. It tastes of dry, light, yet sticky pine. It's pretty light for an IPA but has good hop presence. It is really, really light in body, possibly because it was on draft. Overall its an ok IPA, just lighter than most. Nothing is like a tick at BOA!

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Photo of lanamj
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stone pint glass.

A- Poison very nice copper gold brown color, with a nice quarter inch white foamy head that reduces to minimal lace that resides on edge of the class.

S- Nice hop aroma that is a good sweet malt backbone. I get both bitter and aroma hops.

T- a very well balanced beer what's a smooth malt and bitter hops. I get a lot a grapefruit on the back end.

M- Nice smooth crisp ipa that is easy drinking. It goes down easy probably good for any occasion.

O- A great american ipa from foothills brewery. The hop and malt balance is very well presented in this beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice perfectly clear amber pour. Big fluffy off-white head. Retention is decent but lacing is lacking.

S: Hops are pretty subtle, smells orange/lemony. Maybe a dash of pine? Pretty solid bready malt in there too.

T: Pretty citrus-forward which fades into a pine+bready malt mix quickly. Very well balanced. Lingering pine bitterness in the aftertaste. As it warms the pine becomes stronger and stronger.

M: A big prickly with the pine bitterness but otherwise very nice. A bit drying on the aftertaste as wel.

O: I wasn't expecting much but this one surprised me. Great transition and combination of hop flavors and very well balanced. Great drinking beer too, I could easily have several.

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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 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 THECPJ
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with no head or lacing

smell: simicoe hops, caramel, malts

taste: malty biscuit, hops,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is a really easy drinking IPA. could not believe how smooth this was to drink.


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Photo of fields336
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber, reddish orange with 1.5 fingers cream colored head, nice bubbles popping up, carbonation looks nice, extremely slight alcohol legs present. Slight lacing as the head fades.

S: citrus, oranges, pineapples, mango, delicious hoppy goodness. slight sweet bready malt character in the background, slight fruity yeast tinge as well

T: Piney, orange, pineapple, mango hops hit your tongue, but a really awesome balance of bready, biscuity malt comes in too, subtly and balances out that bitterness oh so nicely. A real treat for the taste buds.

M: You could chug this one, its so nice, Medium bodied but it doesnt drink like it, really drinkable. For 6.3% its not noticeable. the carbonation is really nice, the finish lingers just long enough. Not too bitter either on the finish.

O: You really cant ask for much more from an American IPA. This is such a great IPA, highly recommended.

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

Orange amber color with a decent off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, and woodsy resin.

Tastes like an even blend of orange and coniferous sap, but not aggressively so.

Medium body and a nice even finish of hop flavor and bitterness.

This is the first IPA from North Carolina that has grabbed my attention so far, and I hope to see this avenue pursued further.

North Carolina has the raw ingredients to be one of the coolest and best states in this God-blessed country brothers and sisters, and I'm not joking.

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

Thanks to cwguy5 for this brew in a trade, was excited to see some Foothills!

A: Pours a very true gold color with a small had that goes away quickly. No signs of lacing.

S: Getting a lot of hops and some malt. Citrusy hops as well as some pine notes.

T: Basically all hops, bitterness is good a long with a decent citrus hop taste as well

M: The label doesn't lie, this is an easy drinker.

O: A 6.3% IPA is a change for me but I like this style. Not a lot of malt and a good amount of hops. Says on a label to be a sessionable beer and I agree. Doesn't kill you on the ABV or the bitterness. Very decent beer

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Photo of amphion1065
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another North Carolina beer, thanks to Handle. Bomber into tulip - no bottling date on this one.

Pours a deep shade of tangerine, almost dark orange. One-finger foamy white head with solid retention. Nice soapy lacing.

Great citric hop aromas coming off of this one. Oranges and lemons. Floral notes. Some malt, too - this is a sweet-smelling IPA. There's also a little bit of spice in the mix – pepper?

A lot of citrus hops in the taste, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Like the smell, this is very floral. A biscuit malt character adds a bread-like flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice on this one – lively carbonation. I won’t debate Foothills semantics of “sessionable,” but this goes down very easily.

I'm not sure when this beer was bottled, but unless this is from a new batch the other reviews indicate that this is from July. If so, this has held up really, really well. A sweet, hoppy and ultimately balanced IPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle thanks to kingkong. Poured into a snifter. "7/9" Is written on the back of the bottle. I assume that is the date it was bottled.

A: Vibrant and transparent golden orange with a mountain of a beige head and great retention. Lacing is scattered.

S: The aroma is very malty. Notes of bread, biscuit, and caramel are apparent, as well as a dash of alcohol. Hops give off a floral bouquet, with stronger notes of orange and tangerine. Though maltier than I like, it smells pretty good. There's a little onion as it warms.

T: Lightly sweet biscuit blends with caramel and a pleasant moderate level of smooth bitterness. Hops impart a lot of orange and grapefruit flesh, with minimal pith and rind notes. The beer is pretty well balanced, both hops and malt showcasing positive attributes. It's sort of like a barleywine light. The finish displays a touch of alcohol, with lingering orange and tangerine. Though maltier than I like my IPAs, it tastes pretty good.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: As you may have gathered by now, this is maltier than I like my IPAs, but it's still enjoyable and quite drinkable. Nothing great here if you like your hoppy beers drier and less malty, but certainly a well crafted beverage.

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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 Cavery
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of KingKong; 7/10 bottle date.

A: First off, remarkable clarity for the style.This is an almost pilsener-esque see-through body with a more IPA familiar yellow/orange body. A head of about 2 1/2 fingers rose like biscuits then disappeared back into the body. Spotty bacteria under a microscope like lacing with a consistent yet thin film of egg shell foam rests on top of the clear body.

S: A slightly spicier old orange rind scent that perks up my attention. A sort of orange in lime salt and slight suggestions of fall seasonal cooking rubs. The middle of the scent is cut by this mildly orange citrus dusty/muskiness. It comes off earthier than you'd expect, like a oranges in the dirt of an orchard. Different, but it lacks vibrancy.

T: A fairly disappointing variation on an orange theme. Slightly dulled lemon rind accompanies the oranges as a garnish atop steamed dark greens. Radishes, turnips, brussel sprouts, and lightly salted Kayle. Light bitter juices break through like a first bite of collared greens. Pleasant, and proportional to the orange zested mild hops. This bitter, but mild, and uses bitterness in place of a hop burn.

M: This beer may look like a lager, but it really doesn't drink like one. There's a surprising middle-tier body with a slippery mercury like feel. This beer just slips down the throat, and makes for an very easy beer to swallow. No harshness of alcohol, and the lack of hop burn really makes the beer feel even silkier. I would have liked more contrast here, but it's simple and decent.

O: A fairly simple IPA, but one that has a very consistent flavor profile. The bitter characteristics make it a great pairing for creamy dishes. Mushroom soups and bisques would find a seasoning beverage pairing in this brew. Buttery garlic breads would be my pairing of choice, and the contrast would up the drinkability. This is a good single IPA with a bitter greens profile, but not one that I'd seek to quench a thirst on its own.

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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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