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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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 1,449
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper orange with 2 fingers of white fluffy foam that seems to be leaving some good lacing.
S - nice tangerine and lemon aroma coming from the hops along iwth a bit of caramel malts
T - nice citrus up front, lots of lemon throughout while mixed with some caramel malts balancing this one out nicely. The lemon really sticks with you after the beer is gone from your palate
M - nice carbonation, medium bodied, light in the mouth with a bit of stickiness.
D - very enjoyable IPA, maybe a little different than others, but very nice. I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark gold almost copper color with a bright, white head that slowly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S-Citrus hops and some caramel malt.

T-Much like the nose with citrus hops up front providing a nice grapefruit flavor followed by fairly big malt backbone providing notes of caramel and graham cracker. Its a very balanced ipa.

M-Kind of thin for the style as its not heavy.

D-Definitely a drinkable/sessionable ipa.

Overall, not a very complex or hoppy ipa. I like its balance but it seems a little light for the style.

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

Big thanks to ucusty for this extra.

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy off white head that fades quickly to some lacing and spotting.

Smells like cascade hops all over. Tangerine and lemon citrus. Grassy and herbal.

Tastes are pine and sticky grass. Sweet caramel malt with a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is good and very drinkable. I am liking some Foothills right about now.

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Photo of cetherid
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a GI goblet (no other clean glasses!!)


Beer pours a clear amber color with about a fingers worth of off-white head that dissipates into a small ring around my glass. Some nice bubbles floating to the top however probably attributed to my choice of glass.


A little weak for an IPA. Seems more like a pale ale. Slightly sweet bready malts with a little citrus to it. For the style, nothing special, but if I was told this was a regular old pale ale, it would get some decent marks.


Up front bitterness...a little earthy (pine, grass, etc) moving into some slightly sweet malts. Maybe a tad too malty, like you get from an older IPA, however this bottle is only about a month ago.


Almost medium bodied with good carbonation. Beer is very crisp/clean with a slightly dry finish. Pretty refreshing, but not what I want from an IPA.


Nothing special. This bottle is relatively fresh and I doubt I'd enjoy it a whole lot better even if I had it on tap. A nice extra and glad I tried it, but taste more like a APA than an IPA (and it would be a pretty decent APA!). A good beer to have on a hot day...I'll give it that.

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Photo of koopa
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz swingtop growler received as an extra in a trade thanks to a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a reddish tinged copper with a 2 finger slightly buttery white crown that displays moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Practically no smell whatsoever....WTF? It's like smelling a mediocre amber ale from a bottom of the barrel brew pub.

Taste: Some sweet malt up front that is more remniscent of the type of malt tasted in a red ale or a copper ale than the caramel flavor usually associated with IPA's of this color. Finally some moderate hop bitterness that is mainly herbal and slightly grassy. The hops finish quite soapy.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied, with carbonation that comes off slightly seltzery.

Overall: A pretty terrible example of the style but not the most offensive beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Opened late on a warm Saturday afternoon in the backyard. Thanks, Metalmonk, for the chance to try a new IPA!

A: Coppery-orange, with a hint of redder fire; quite clear/filtered, which shows off a plentiful carbonation. Sturdy blob of ivory fluff, a finger's worth that takes a couple minutes to fade. Excellent lace, sticking seafoam bands.

S: Malty and dry, a subtle crackerbread, vague hints of grass and herbs, but virtually NO HOPS. Unbelievable that this is a 70 IBU IPA, a malty sweetness - had this been called an English Pale Ale I'd have bought it. Underwhelming.

T: Surprisingly malty (though not as surprising after smelling a couple times). Cracker dryness tempered with a nice spicy greenness, almost peppery. On the downside, a little metallic/brassy, too.

M: Nice texture: mildly crisp, yet silky and steadily/creamily carbonated. Feel is good enough for me, not overly crisp nor dull. Thinner feel, but because I like the effervescent smoothness, a '4' seems fair.

O: Hmmmm. Not all that impressive, especially as I'm comparing it to Northwest/West Coast IPAs... unfair, perhaps, but it happens when you live in Oregon. Reading back on older reviews this beer sounds pretty amazing when on draft (and the brewery itself commands repect for Sexual Chocolate, et al); the bottled version, however, disappoints somewhat? Hopp-Yum? More like Hopp-HoHum...

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very mild and somewhat sweet. Mild citrus notes and a bit nutty.

Taste: Quite bitter, but there is a strong malt presence. Bitter citrus peel hops with a nutty malt background. Not super complex, but still good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side. The finish is dry.

Overall: I liked the malt presence, but I would have liked it to be a little more complex.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, hand-dated 6/25, split two ways to a La Fin du Monde Tulip.
Deep straw yellow to light amber in color, crystal clear. Huge 3 1/2 inch white head that dissipates at an average pace. Leaves a couple half crescents and spotty lacing.

Smell from the bottle is good fades after the pour. Fruity and piney to mild malt sweetness. Bitterness in the taste is perfect, a good amount but not too much in my opinion. Has a similar malt and hop taste to a lot of the NC IPAs that I had. Kind of a mild flavor, mostly pine and slightly floral. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, pretty good, but maybe a bit too much carbonation for me though.

Overall this is highly drinkable and very enjoyable even if all the flavors I would like to see aren’t there.

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Photo of azdback
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Burnt orange, very clear and filtered in appearance. e Huge bright white foamy three finger head. Lace looks like its sticking around like a sticky parasite on the inside of my glass.

Smell is citrusy malt hoppyyeastybread. I love making up new words. It is a very well balanced beery aroma. But it is a little heavy on the bready yeast.

Taste is...ummm...a little tart, a little sweet, and a little bitter. But I am having a hard time really picking any specific flavors out of this beer. It's like the idea is there, but there isn't anything tangible.

Mouthfeel is right where is should be. Nice carbonation, sort of bright on the tongue. Not watery at all, but not heavy. Just right.

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this beer, but as usual I have more of a west coast palate. Not a terrible representation, but more of an east coast example with malts taking the center stage in an IPA rather than the hops. As a west coaster, I am not impressed.

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

Big thanks to dfclav for this yummy treat. Live review.

A clear dark amber pour is topped by a lasting, light beige head. A nice sheet of lace wraps completely around the glass.

Med./light aroma of grapefruit and orange, caramel, and floral/spicy hop, with lighter pine.

Bright and sweet citrus starts the sip, handing it off to some righteous pine and floral, neutral sweet, herbal notes, that all flow into the finish with the sweet hanging in there, and the bittering hops showing their stuff. The flavors crest with caramel coming to the table, and some alcohol spiciness, into a fairly juicy finish, but lots of thick flavor here. As it warms the pine shows its stuff, but it is an East coast IPA beast that wants to be more, and isn't. Not as clean a taste as many in this style with a lemon drop aftertaste that builds.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the flavors, and for style, low carb., highly viscous, super cling. Downside is it's a bit cloying and the finish is not dry enough.

How wonderful it is to be an American in 2011 and make comments about a beer that is actually delicious and satisfying and complex, yet have to compare it to the best IPA's ever made and rate it honestly in comparison. We truly are blessed right now. I recommend this beer if you have tried the 15 or so easily available better ones first.

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

A lovely, brilliant orange color with a fine, hazy head.

Smells just like it ought to with bright notes of pine and citrus.

Nothing wrong with the taste, it's just not as exciting as the nose but it has a nice weight on the palate and is, all in all a very fine example of the style.

That being, assertive but not needlessly bitter.

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

Bomber thanks to wchollif. Poured into my ccb tulip.

A: Deep copper color. Pretty dark for an ipa, really almost looks like an amber. But tons of lace and nice head retention.

A: Sticky pine aroma off the bat. A very balanced nose that almost leans towards the Malty side of things. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and grass. Loads of caramel malt as well.

T: More of the same sticky pine from the hefty amount of simcoe. Very balanced from the caramel malt, with more notes of citrus and grass. Finishes dry and sweet with a touch of alcohol heat.

M: Medium body, just about perfect carbonation. Very nice here

O: The west coasters won't like this one. Very balanced with a huge amount of simcoe hops. I would like to see the malt bill dialed down a bit, but I'm diggin this beer. I got to make it to foothills sometime. Skal.

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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 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 BLove
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Nearly clear dark orange to amber with thin off-white head fading quickly.
S: Grapefruit & pine hops & sweet malt
T: Similar to aroma, citrus/piney hops with some malt buried underneath. Moderate hop bite for an IPA.
M: Med carbonation & body that helps accentuate the hop bite, finishes dry.
O: Overall, An above avg IPA. Drinks pretty well, but there are better ones I'd rather drink.

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

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Citrus rind, grapefruit, all sort of dial back once warm

T: Breadyness, orange peel, some dryness & a touch of pineyness up front. Grapefruit, pineyness & some biscuitty malt notes as this warms, a flinty mineral edge as well. Finishes with pine & tangerine peel & slight breadyness & a touch of aspirin towards the end

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

A good, not great IPA, but worth trying if you can find it

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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 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 PeprSprYoFace
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My dad brought me this home from South Carolina. Thanks dad.

Pours a nice copper color that is fairly clear. Decent egg white head with decent lacing.

Aroma is not that great compared to the best IPA's. Is kinda vegatative. Needs alot more hop aroma.

Taste is a bit vegetative too. Slight hop flavor. Ok bitterness. Slight maltiness. Semi dry finish. Not much.

Mouthfeel is sort of dry. Ok carb.

It's a very ok beer. Wouldn't buy it again if I could get it.

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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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Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,449 ratings.
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