Bourbon Barrel Aged Seeing Double IPA | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HeyItsChili on 02-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by tewaris:
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason!

Dark amber, somewhat hazy, good head, good retention.

Aroma -- sweet, citrus, caramel, barrel.

Taste -- bitter citrus, hints of toffee, mellow but tasty, finishes rindy and clean.

Medium mouthfeel with the growler drinking just fine. Could have been bigger on the barrels and that would have been an instant hit for me.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured a deep burnt orange with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas of bourbon/vanilla,sweetish alcohol,and a nice shot of herbal and resiny hop oils.A real nice melllowed smooth feel to the beer,it glides down with ease.Flavors of bourbon tinged oak and vanilla at the onset,it melds well into a resiny finish.The alcohol lends a good amount of sweetness and it has big oaked flavor but the hops hit real nice in the finish.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival. This is the Seeing Double DIPA aged in third-run PvW barrels. Not sure of the year of the PvW.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with equal amounts of sweet herbal and citrus hops. Also present are robust vanilla flavors and hints of butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel and pale malt flavors are joined quickly by citrus hops with lighter amounts of pine. Midway through the sip light vanilla flavors come into play. The vanilla, citrus hop, and slightly dry pale malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think Foothills hit the sweet spot with this beer. The hops were still robust enough to not confuse this beer with a barleywine but the barrel influence was robust. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in the company of caSSino at Duckworth's. Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a murky dark red-orange with a minimal bone white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, big caramel, smoke, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, big caramel, cedar, and slight smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The PvW barrels didn't really make an appearance for me... There was definitely a huge caramel aspect going on in this one though. The flavor was still very nice as was the aroma. The flavor profile COMPLETELY changed from the original brew. If you like caramel at all, you owe it to yourself to try this one.

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. Aged in PVW Barrels that had previously help Sexual Chocolate and People's Porter.

Pours a dark, cloudy orange-brown with a minimal white head. High-quality Bourbon dominates the nose, along with a bit of sweet caramel malt and some grassy, earthy hops. I think if you closed your eyes and drank this, you'd never know it's a stout, the Bourbon just completely swallows up any and all other flavors in this beer except for a bit of malt and just a faint waft of hops. Medium-heavy bodied with low carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable, but you'd better be a Bourbon fan. I like this but I'm honestly not sure how to grade it since I get so little IPA quality. Ehh, I liked it so I guess that's all that matters!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really like this one. A chance to try the whole BA lineup in a day is really too much to pass up for anyone, especially me!
The pour was nice, dark amber in color with a minimal head on top. Light lacing coating the sides and the bottom of the glass, but nothing really earth shattering as far as looks go. Aroma was huge, rich vanilla and bourbon tones playing off the hops wonderfully. Such depth and complexity was a wonderful, wonderful thing. Warming brought out much more of the fruit notes but the rich velvety nature and sweet notes of vanilla would not quit no matter what you did. Each sips becoming infinitely more complex and delicious then the one before. Rich vanilla and woody notes played off the bourbon with such ease it was simply amazing. Toffee and caramel now coming into the fold, just sublime. Nice smooth, dry finish capped it off brilliantly and left that last bit of vanilla on the tongue long after I was done.
Overall I have not had many BA DIPA, but wow. When this is done right it is breath taking and this indeed was. I was a huge fan of what was done here and really was a wonderful way to start off my day, would do this one again.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is Foothills Seeing Double IPA aged in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels. I picked this up from the Charleston Beer Exchange's big Foothills bash and got to meet some of the guys from Foothills. The CBX continues to blow everyone away with great offerings.

A - Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. Pours cloudy amber with a thin white head.

S - Grapefruity hops mingling with bourbony, vanilla, woody aromas.

T - Starts off sweet, a bit bourbony, and just a bit citrusy/fruity bitter when it hits the tongue, although nothing as hoppy as most DIPAs. Then it sort of levels out into a silky, vanilla/bourbon mellowness that fades and gives way to a lingering hoppy bitterness.

M - Just less than medium bodied, low carbonation.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of EasyReader
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bristol
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of fields336
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:pours a slightly hazy caramel brown with a decent head and a nice ring of lace that hangs around.

S: some bourbon and citrus hops and some caramel malt. Similar to the normal seeing double.

T: huge bourbon notes and then a wave of earthy and citrus/fruity hops big bourbon aftertaste that lingers and mixes with the caramel Malts

M: medium bodied and nce attemuation.

O:overall a really nice beer. I have wondered what a BBA ipa would be like and it's pretty good

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 17 ratings