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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
foothillsbrewing.com

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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142
Ratings:
945
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
20.33%
 
 
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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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 beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Beatjunkee for throwing this in his ninja box for NBS BIF#3. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with less than 1/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left very little lacing.

The nose was mostly citrus and floral hops, with just a hint of underlying grainy malt. Pretty similar on the tongue, with citrus hops dominating. Very light grain across most of the palate, and a bit of floral hops linger at the back.

The body was just on the light side of medium, and had very nice carbonation across the tongue, which made the lack of head on the pour even more of a surprise. Drinkability was very good, a good, enjoyable brew. Overall, an enjoyable, solid example of the style. Nicely made, and very tasty. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. into a tulip. pours a light copper color with an inch thick very lasting head. smell is very citrusy and slightly hoppy. the taste is very balanced between malts and hops.and some great citrusy overtones. extremely easy to drink because of the super smooth flavor. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a very solid and fun drinking IPA. just solid all around.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden with copper highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam and leaves sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit and resin dominate the aroma, with tropical notes adding complexity.

Flavor reveals a lightly toasted malt base that accompanies the grapefruit underpinnings nicely. Notes of lemon and mango add complexity. The finish is moderately bitter. Malt actually plays a factor in this, which I enjoy.

Body is a touch on the light side, if anything, though that may be accentuated by the high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noted.

I like the malt presence in this one, and the flavor and bittering hops are almost at an even keel.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 avalon07
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of tropical fruit, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a solid shot of hops, a light maltiness, citrus (orange, especially), and a mix of some tropical fruits (papaya). Definitely a balanced flavor, with the fruitiness giving way to the hops in the finish. Well rounded and lively.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely focused and easy to drink IPA. Not groundbreaking (what IPA is at this point?), but well worth trying.

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Duckworths. A bright orangy-gold pour. Maybe a finger of white head. Stuck to the glass pretty well.

Aroma, quite piney with some grapefruit.

Taste, some pale carmelly malt at first. Overridden by a ton of bitter citrus, herbal and piney hop notes. Finishes with lemon zest and grapefruit. A powerful hop resin bomb.

To the heavy side of light bodied. Ample carbonation, but the oils just coat the mouth. No problems drinking this one.
A must try for hopheads.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LGB362 for dropping a load on my steps yesterday, this anticipated brew among them. 22 oz. bottle, nice artwork, no evident bottle date, split with my wife.

The pour is dark yellow with plenty of carbonation, pretty opaque. Nose is subtle or, if we're being uncharitable, surprisingly weak: mango, spare tropical breeze, & what might be pale malts.

Jade is like the rum punch of IPAs. Tropical islands really comes out in the taste, but it's nearly outshone by an almost rye-like spiciness that comes on just as hot. Mild dankness & a citrus touch that nearly tips into something a cat might expel onto the carpet; heard it described so often & never really experienced it until now. Finish is a honeybee sweetness with a moderate bitterness that swells as the beer warms until it really sticks to the lingual frenum. Very sticky in the mouth & now that I think about it, there is pine in here, too. Super easy to drink.

It is what it is: a very good beer that is wickedly easy to slug.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Flying Saucer in Raleigh / Tyler's in Carrboro

Hazy orange pint - explosive aroma highlighted by bright orange and grapefruit. This is a fantastic IPA - much better than hoppyum. Jade hops are quite nice - bursting with fresh citrus and cracked pepper. This is a must-have.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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 n2185
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hard to read the date, I think it's 1/2x/2014.

A: Pours a clear amber. Enormously tall and frothy light tan head. Head fades out slowly with a big island of foam. Light, soapy chunks of lacing.

S: Surprisingly subtle aroma. Some dry crackery malt and resinous pine. Hints of some tropical fruit maybe?

T: Big hop flavors up front. Kind of a light tropical fruit and a heavy spicy pine note to go with it. Even stronger spicy pine into the finish and lingering in the aftertaste forever. Dry cracker malt in the finish as well, lending to an overall dry and bitter back half to this beer.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: A very crisp and dry IPA. At some points it's almost sucking the moisture out of your mouth. Easy drinking with a really long lasting and dry aftertaste. Refreshing, not too bitter either, giving this one strong drinkability points.

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Photo of rawfish
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light gold coloration with just a hint of cloudiness. The head is bone white, impressive with two fingers height, retention that lasts through the entire drink leaving tight lines of foam down the glass. Ideal.

The Pacific Jade is very prominent with a very nice blend of spicy, grassy and floral overtones. Like a well hopped pilsner. Very clean. There are some red berry and tropical tones as well.

Under ripe citrus and cool melon highlight a hop profile that welcomes in more spicy and grassy flavors from the prominent NZ hop. Malt palate is clean and unassuming, red berry comes out from the yeast as the beer warms. Medium bitterness and a soapy finish.

Medium-light body, active carbonation and a very clean malt bill make for a terrific drink. I liked this one on the colder side as the malt sweetness and yeast esters begin to interfere with the harmony of the hops when warmer.

This is one impressive beer that highlights a hop that I didn't know could star in an IPA. Super clean and a delicate yet punchy hop profile, very imperial pilsner-like with a focus front and center on the hops.

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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Boylan Heights (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear honey-gold with short cap of off-white, small bubbled head with decent retention and a couple of short curtains of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and minty, herbal hops dominate with a light caramel backing. No yeast or alcohol presence.

T: A very smooth yet complex hops flavor with mellow tropical fruit, grapefruit/lemon citrus, and pine up-front and finished with a nice earthy, resiny, herbal note, very minty in the finish. No yeast or alcohol character. A very smooth and delicious American IPA.

M: This beer is light-medium in body with lowish carbonation and a coating feel, but finishes dry. Very drinkable -- dangerously so.

O: Foothills Jade is a wonderful and unique, complex IPA with a great feel and a wide array of hop notes that blends tropical, citrus, resiny, and earthy characteristics wonderfully.

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Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a rare trip through Winston-Salem a week ago, my wife and I suddenly got thirsty and decided to stop for lunch and some beverages at Foothills. When we arrived, I inquired about the tap labeled "Jade IPA", which we were not familiar with. The bartender described it as a brewery only test batch IPA brewed with Citra, Cascade, and New Zealand Jade hops.

Orange under a thin head. Stinky fresh fruit, sweet pulpy juice aroma. Bitter, sticky, juicy, pulpy...citrus, pine sap, serious grapefruit, pineapple. Not much malt to be found here. Sticky, bitter, oily...dangerously delicious. Outstanding! Very happy to have stumbled upon this.

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Loews in Banner Elk Saturday for $6.99. Bottled on 2-11-2016.

Beer poured golden with a soap bubble head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is citrus and tropical.

Taste is tropical, citrus, and pine.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a very nice beer that is worth seeking out!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour (drank same day):
Lovely pour - pale/yellow golden and nice sustaining fluffy white head (nucleated glass). Lacing is fairly significant.
Nose isn't much, initially - even a bit grainy. Eventually it opens up with some warmth to reveal some tropical notes. There's a light onion note that sneaks in also.

Taste is nice, clean tropical juicy notes to open. These slowly grow before dying in decent time, a light sticky and tingling ending that is actually kinda soft. Warmth brings in a piney note to join the tropical parts, but they seem layered decently well. The combination seems to teeter on that onion note from the smell, but never quite goes there.

The feel somehow ends up being somewhat watery to me, especially on a warmer beer that opens up the flavors. This makes it drinkable, but undermines my enjoyment a bit.

The flavors are decent, but the feel does end up affecting my overall enjoyment enough. Definitely drinkable and a solid offering. A little more body would increase two scores for me, though.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours bright golden-yellow with a small white creamy head that leaves lace all around the ring.

S- citrus and lemon zest, slightly earthy, with clean-slightly sweet malt

T- citrus hop zest with a kick of lemongrass, herbal notes mid palate with a dry and bitter finish. Extremely well balanced as the malt provides just enough sweetness to let the citrus notes shine.

M- medium bodies with low carbonation and a pure velvet mouthfeel with a creamy smooth finish

O- solid IPA, very drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw yellow w a tint of gold minimally hazy with a nice finger of dense white head. Nice retention and lacing slowly slides down the glass.

S - Unusual big kick of Spicy herbal hops. Probably just insanely piney and dense citrus rinds. One of a kind aroma.

T - Tons of citrus rind and spicey pine, tropical fruit burst follows. Dry sliced hoppy rinds.

M - Lightish bodied, well carbed, very refreshing.

O - unique, the jade hops are a fantastic change of pace!

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, what a surprise!

I took a tour of the brewery the day I went and the brewmaster was really touting this one. Now I know why!

On tap at Foothills.

A: Poured a crystal clear, apricot-orange color with a few bubbles posing as a head floating around.

S: I got the Citra hops up front, with a sort of grapefruit-orange blend to boot. Despite the weak nose on many of their standard line-up entries, that definitely was NOT the case with this one.

T: I would describe this one as a much more complex, rice flake version of Bell's Two-Hearted, with a much more yeasty disposition overall. The finish was DEFINITELY rice.

M: This was carbonated enough, but still not too, with a slight bitterness on the finish than Foothill's other IPA efforts.

O: This was the best thing I've ever tried by Foothills... it even rivals Sexual Chocolate! However, I'll be back for BBA Sexual Chocolate this summer and we shall see...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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 richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 7/15/2015 into snifter.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with two finger white head that lasted a good while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Bright citrus with grapefruit, peaches, and lemon zest. Some slight honey sweetness.

T: Ripe peaches, mango, and grapefruit. Light piney hops.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: Very nice IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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 RedneckBeerz
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I consumed a draft at Foothills and this review is from a growler purchased there and poured into a pint glass.

The beer is a mildly hazey straw yellow color with a 1 finger off white head that produces splotchy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is heavvvy grapefruit hops with amber malts in the background.

The flavor follows the aroma but to a more complex degree. I like these hops, bittering, flavoring, and aromatics. I like the medium carbination and mouthfeel as well as the dryish finish.

This is a great American IPA. I think it gives some of the big boys (Lagunitas, Bells, and Ballast Point) a run for thier money.

As the brew warms the scrupteous flavoring/bittering hops fade just a bit, but it still leaves that lovely grapefruit on the tongue and in the throat.

Hard to believe that just over 5 months ago, I DIDN'T LIKE ALES, yet after opening my mouth and mind, here I am enjoying this great beer that is brewed just 20 miles down the road. WTG Foothills !!

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright gold with a nice one finger head. I didn't plan on reviewing this until I smelled it. This ipa means business. It's such a juicy aroma. Pineapple, mango, orange, some kind of weird exotic fruit I probably have never had, you name it. So tropical. Rivals any dipa I've had. Taste is fairly tropical, as well. Very fresh and crisp. Nice hoppy tingly aftertaste. The taste is a small letdown from the smell, but still really good. More pine in with taste. Bitter grapefruit rind and orange. It's not overly bitter or sweet. Nice balance but does a great job of showcasing the hops. Easy to drink, medium body and carbonation. Really a delightful beer. This wasn't on my radar unil my NC trader suggested it. I hope you all have a beer guardian angel looking out for you and sending you these hidden gems.

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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.28 out of 5 based on 945 ratings.
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