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Jade | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Macky20 on 02-06-2011

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139
Ratings:
917
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
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Photo of CNoj012
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellow golden color with a 3 finger fluffy bright white head. Retention is very good and there are sticky rings of lacing. Smell is citrus, floral and spicy hops with a hint of pine. Taste is the same. Feel is lighter than I expected, smooth and slightly sticky on the finish. Overall a very solid beer. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops, citrus and some floral like notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus with light hops bitterness and a pepper like aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent IPA! Definitely will be getting this again.

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Photo of gcasher
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It appears a golden amber color, filtered with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is not much aroma. The taste is certainly of bitter hops with a hint of citrus. it is definitely not a juice bomb. The mouthfeel is heavy and the carbonation is moderate. This is a solid IPA to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of watermelon
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint draft at Foothills brewery in Winston Salem NC Cost $5

A: Poured a murky golden color with lots of sediment. Decent white head that left a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong floral and citrus hops.

T: Lots of hops, good hops, large distinction of grassy, citrusy, and floral hops. Nice malt character to balance it out.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not super bitter, and goes down easy.

O: Pretty good. I would definitely drink again, this is a step up from their other IPAs.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Universal Joint Asheville. Served in a Sweetwater pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Bright citrusy hop aroma that's a bit sweet and has some grassiness in the back.

T- The citrus notes come through pretty well in the taste accompanied by some moderate bitterness. Zesty notes of orange, lemon and grapefruit.

M- Slightly sharp and oily from the hops. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I've only ever had this on draft and I find it to be good, not great. People say it's better out of the bottle but I won't be finding out anytime soon since it's cheaper from the tap. Maybe one day, when there's nothing else good at the bottle shop, I'll check out the bottled version.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour, cloudy light amber color, with one finger plus of foamy white head that sank to a thin, rocky layer and held there, lacing the glass nicely. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus and cat pee, little to no maltiness. Crisp citrusy hops in the taste, sweet biscuity malts, notes of underripe pineapple and ammonia. Moderate but assertive bitterness. Light-medium body, crisp and clean, easily drinkable. Nice! Possibly the best I've had from Foothills.

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Photo of anonymoose
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear light orange color. The aroma is floral, citrus, and light malt. The taste follows with citrus, tropical, light malt presence, and light bitterness.

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Photo of Dan_K
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite hazy golden color with moderate white head. Tastes like juicy, bitter grapefruit. Pine, citrus, some pineapple. Juicy, sticky feel with medium body. Finishes with light sweetness and a hoppy bitterness. Nice beer.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be good, but unremarkable. A bit too much malt presence on the back end--but the body and carbonation were in that IPA sweet spot. Surprised that this isn't a DIPA.

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Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kegatron for the share. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth atop. Solid retention and patchy lace on the glassware as the cap fades.

The aroma opens up with a hint of stinky cheese then blends to herbs and a very dank and catty quality. It smells pretty strange at first then opens up and gets really enjoyable.

The taste is fruity and tropical with hops upfront blended to the bitterness of fruity rinds and citrus zest, pith and pulp. Towards the back it gets a light catty aspect. Very herbacious and enjoyable in nearly every spectrum of hop flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Absolutely crushable as far as drinkability goes. This is a fantastic and easy drinking IPA that I would love to have again. So strange how the nose is so misleading and seemingly doesnt impart any of that cheesy and sulfuric character.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear gold with moderately thick white head. The head has light retention and leave small sticky lacing. The aroma is light with tropical fruit and pine notes. The taste is about the same. The body is lighter but not watery and easy drinking.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden red body with two finger head and a lace ring around the glass that goes down the glass entire duration of beer. The aroma is a mix of minor citric hoppiness and good sweetness. The taste is more of the same as I get both a bitter, earty, citric hoppiness and this lovely light tropical fruit sweetness as well as minor malt sweetness (caramel). The balance between this beer is great and it rotates between bitter hoppiness and minor sweetness and it goes down almost watery, it is so smooth, with a hidden ABV and never any hop overload.

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - bright orangish yellow with a soft, thin, pillowy head that has great retention

S - light crystal malts, faint spicy hops

T - big citrusy hop notes, grapefruit, some herbal notes, faint peppery spiciness, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a delicious, highly drinkable IPA. It may not have perfect balance or an outrageous ABV, but this is a beer with a good flavor profile and a drinkability that encourages a second round. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz purchased in Wilmington, NC at request of the cashier

A: Light yellow, slight orange hints. Vigorous carbonation. Head lasts the entire time at a small albeit nice height.

S: This is a fresh bottle and the hops really show. Big mango, citrus and various tropical aromas hit followed by a bit of earthy, piney notes. There is something that I cannot put my finger on. At first it made the smell seem a bit off, but actually started to enjoy. Onions? Very little malt shows on the nose.

T: Best part of the beer IMO. Mango, citrus, pine, pineapple. Big up front hops. Followed by biscuity, cracker malts.

M: Medium-bodied, long-lasting but not overly intense bitterness. Insanely drinkable. Went through the 22oz within 15 minutes.

O: Very good IPA. For the ABV, it is almost TOO easy to drink.

Wish I could get it up here in NY. On my trip back to NC, I had two foothills beers: Hoppyum, and this, Jade IPA. Should have picked up a bottle of their DIPA. I recommend picking up a bottle of this if you see it in a store in the Southeast.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in an IPA glass.

Light yellow-gold color with a modest white cap. Mostly spot lacing with a nice film from the cap. Fast micro bubbles through a slight chill haze.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. A touch of alcohol soaked grain. Slightly rank and dank.

Juicyfruit gum and caramelized malts.

Juicy, chewy and resinous. Thick body with snappy carbonation. Slight hop bitterness and the pepper shows in the lingering finish.

Lots of flavor and just the right touch of bitterness. It doesn't beg me to drink another after finishing the first one, though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy light golden hued with a quarter inch thick head of white frothy foam. Brussels lacing. Gentle pine like hop aroma. There's definitely a prevalent pine like hop flavor. This is a great everyday IPA. Mouth is sticky and the bitterness prickles the tongue. Front of the palate is a gentle pine hop burn followed by a nice light malt backbone and a gentle hop burn on the fade.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for bringing this one to share with me when he came to visit me due to my injuries! Reviewed live. Served from growler into a NoDa Brewing snifter. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt, pot, pine, earth, citrus, earth hop, and marijuana hop. The flavor is of sweet malt, earth, pot, citrus, earth hop, and marijuana hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really surprised at how earthy this one was. The earthiness really sticks to your palate after each sip. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Floral hops, light citrus hops, wheat, earthy notes, soap, and perfume. Light body, a bit thin, low carbonation.

Overall a nice IPA, but nothing earth shattering. Worth checking out but wouldn't go nuts to obtain.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangerine orange in color, clean & clear, with a bright white head. Head is large and foamy. Nice bits of stringy and spotty lace shift around.

This beer is different every time I have it. Sometimes it's darker and greener in its hoppiness and other times it hits more as tropical and fruity. This bottle seems to be leaning in the direction of fruity-tropical. Bright citrus, melon, lifesavers pineapple flavor, and passionfruity. Happy and refreshing hop aromas over clean caramel and crackery/grainy malt. Flavors are lightly sweet and briskly bitter, melon, citrus, other miscellaneous fruit, dusting of pine, hint of citrus rind and bitter grapefruit. All around enjoyable. The dark side of this is coming out more as it warms. Seemingly simple with a pleasant mix of flavors.

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: bright citrus notes dominate with pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges.

T: citrus dominates here as well with grapefruit and pineapple mostly. The finish has some slight earthy and pine notes.

M: medium light body with a nice bite of carbonation to go with the hop flavors.

O: a surprisingly good IPA overall. Nice and fruity and drinkable without being overly sweet or bitter.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jade is a clear, effervescent gold beer that briefly sports a thin, slightly pebbly white head; lacing is fair and consists of slabs and ladders. The nose is big and bright: ruby red grapefruit is ascendant over more moderately-present cotton candy and juicy pineapple; slight alcohol overtones ride atop everything. The palate is big as well, leading with bitter pineapple; mid-palate, the spicy candy-like florals emerge, as does a significant citrus character, and some bready malt peeks around the edges. By the end, the bitterness has built to middling for the style. The finish is pretty clean, with just a bit of bittersweet candy-spice showing, and is dry with a good carbonation bite. The linger is a mild grassy bitterness that hangs on for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. This is a solid NC IPA. (12 oz bottle, 27 days after pkg)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jade pours a bronze color with a nice big head. There is a mild hoppy aroma. There is a nice sweet crisp malt backbone, with good floral hop flavors. Not over powering and easy to drink. Overall its a very nice drinkable and flavorful IPA.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Asheville.
Slightly hazy body is covered by a durable head.

Appealing aroma. Hop dominant aroma with faint malt base.

Plenty of herbal/weedy/grassy hop flavor. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste.
Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: excellent IPA: recommended.

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

Big huge thanks to Wil for sending me one of my favorites from NC! Jade is a beauty of a beer. 24kt gold in color, it glimmers, while a few streams of carbonation swirl to the surface. The dirty white head is silky on the pour but becomes craggy and rocky as it settles. The foam has an eggshell sheen and leaves chunky lacing clung to the glass.

The nose on this beer is so unique. It's all sorts of jammy upfront, both orange and grapefruit. That's always inviting but the uniqueness comes in the form of a very floral, almost perfume driven, hoppiness that joins the jam. There are even exotic tea like qualities present. This unique hoppiness is draped over a bready and softly sweet caramel backbone. Inviting, to say the least.

As floral as the nose is, the flavor profile is as resinous. It's resinous upfront before being joined by the jamminess mentioned above. The citrus brightens from jam to pith as it moves through and those floral qualities open up on the backend. The hop profile is both expressive and deep. Again, that is all draped over a sturdy, bready malt backbone with a kiss of caramel sweetness. Soft, clean alcohol adds a peppery bite.

The feel of this IPA is that of wrapping yourself in velvet. The body is plush and luxurious but never heavy or cloying, as a matter of fact it dries up very well on the swallow. Bitterness never extends beyond moderate and lingers until the next drink. Drinkability is off the charts like most of Foothills offerings. Thumbs up.

Jade is a great IPA from the folks at Foothills. It's unique in nearly every aspect but the nose really sets it apart from other IPAs. Great balance, depth, dryness, and lingering bitterness make this a winner in my book. Thanks again, Wil!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Foothills, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A bright golden body with lively though not overly plentiful carbonation, complete with one finger of mildly off white, sticky, soapy head with subpar retention. Thin, delicate sheets on the sides of the glass have similarly subpar staying power.

Aroma: Bright, crisp, and floral, the backing malts are golden and simple, with only a hint of roast. Hints of mint and fresh herbs, scallions, thyme, and a few other springy notes. Sweetness is prevalent here, honey-like, mingling interestingly with the herbal notes as well as a more-prevalent-as-it-warns citrus notes.

Taste: Understated citrus, a slightly pithy dank finish, with a moderate roastiness, hints of herbal notes, a moderate level of bitterness, and a nice chunk of tobacco. A solidly flavorful profile, well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderately carbonated, not too thick. Pretty solid, and works well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A step up over their traditional IPA, Hoppyum. Maybe they should swap out some recipes here, but I really enjoyed this.

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.
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