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Jade | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Started off well with an attractive bright yellow, clear appearance with plenty of bubbles and off-white head. Nose was floral, but a tad weak. Beyond that, this was nothing to speak of, for me. That's not to say that it wasn't a well-crafted brew; in fact it reminded me a lot of HF's Abner and What is Enlightenment? They're just not my cup of tea. The date stamp was illegible, so perhaps it was an old bottle?

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Photo of Brewchaser
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an awesome ipa ,i would say an extra ipa , i can get it really fresh here in n. c. Totally smooth , just a different ipa that is tropical in taste and refined in mouthfeel .. If you see it do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle .. I adore this beer!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a re-review.

I had it in a bottle and didn't think much of it.

Had it on tap and thought it was an excellent balanced citrusy ipa. Enjoyed it much more on tap.

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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 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 zac16125
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Foothills Jade

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with big 2 fingers width of off white head , good retention and lacing 4.5

S: Lots of cities, pine, soapy notes, 4

T: good balance of hops and malt sweetness, citrus, tropical fruits, pine 4.25

M: great mouthfeel, very smooth for the style, easy drinking, great drinkability 4.5

O: very good beer 4.25

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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 SammyJaxxxx
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass, courtesy of a trade with @humuloner22
A - 1 1/2 finger fluffy head on top of a beautiful golden ale. Decent lacing.
S - Fruit and citrus with some grassiness and pine in the background
T -Nice malt backbone with tropical fruits, lemon, grass, some pine. Some Lemon rind on the finish
M -A light feel with moderate carbonation. This beer has several levels of flavors which transition dry finish.
O: This is a wonderful light bodied IPA. The beauty in this beer is it subtlety, there is a great hop profile but it is not over done. Easy drinker but there is no reason to hurry with it.

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Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber about 45 degrees. Huge voluminous amounts of head from a normal balanced pour. Full 4 fingers that lingered. EXCELLENT lacing throughout so no idea what others wrote about. Color is the most golden and perfect IPA hue. Aromas of citrus (orange and lemon mostly - maybe apples?). Definitely smell the hops but it isn't overpowering. Hits the tongue really light and frothy. Extremely crisp. Bubbles of carbonation float up constantly. Well balanced taste of hops, lemon and apples. Some pine but very subtle. Thicker than a normal IPA. Medium body. Dry. Clean. Clear and crisp. Slight hops and pine for aftertaste. Just incredibly smooth and good. Would swear I was drinking a premium IPA from California. Unbelievably good. Incredible bang for the buck as well. Will purchase more. Had another one that was not "fresh" and it was pretty bad. Make SURE you purchase it fresh.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A--Translucent gold/amber, fluffy head, not much lacing.

S--Tropical citrus, star fruit, granny smith apples.

T--Follows nose, with terrific, balanced finish of sour apples and lemon.

F--Medium dry, refreshing.

O--Without question one of the best IPAs produced south of the mason dixon line. Fabulous.

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Photo of Nctide
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Citrus smell and taste with peach as the most prominent note. Just the right balance with a smooth, moderately bitter finish. This ranks right up there with freak of nature as nc's best IPAs.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Not sure why this one doesn't get more love-likely limited bottling and distro but a shame.

Solid one finger head on an orange base with moderate carbonation

Taste and aroma are tropical fruit with just a hints of pine.

Slightly dry as I love my IPA to be.

Super solid IPA--only occasional bomber sightings which is too bad as mainly have to find it on tap. Last time in bottles was gone immediately.

Recommended highly.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - 1 inch head on gold brew with some haziness, terrific lacing.

S - Grassy smells with hints of light fruits

T - rich malts supported with citrus flavors, lemon zest, accompanying spice, peppery flavor. Bitter and sweet with a west coast feel. Very easy drinking

M - nice carbonation, very smooth.

Nice straightforward IPA with a summer feel. Goes down easily and makes you wanting more.

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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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 sanzenapocalypz
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a slightly pale golden hue, thin lacing and had maybe a quarter inch head which subsided after a few minutes.

S- a light and sweet ell, this beer reminds me if sugar and grapefruit combined. It's a pretty complex smell, honestly.

T- this has a complex tropical taste with a malty hint at the front and a great bitter hop end. Grapefruit is present the whole way through. It has a dank and hoppy flavor to it. It definitely has floral and grassy notes in there as well. Malty and hoppy finish.

M- medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to it. It leaves just the right amount of bitterness to it at the end.

Overall- this beer is AMAZING. plain and simple. Easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. It has a great taste, smell, and aftertaste. Carbonation and the body is on point. This has everything I want in an IPA and MORE.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at churchkey on 5/8/14 in a snifter

A-Pours a golden color with thin white head.

S-Light juicy fruit aroma.

T-Orange and tangerine citrus dominate.

M-Mouthfeel gives a medium body well balance Semi dry finish little bittering. Light carbonation.

O-overall great IPA will try to find on bottle

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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 A-D
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far the best beer produced by foothills. If you visit Winston salem NC I highly recommend the Jade IPA.



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Photo of mverity
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle share at Proof. Pale straw in color, white head that faded to medium collar. Aroma is a light malt bill, some grassy hops. Taste is bitter, grassy, some floral hops. Odd taste. Not very enjoyable. Light to medium body and low to med carbonation.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 17 March 2014!

Pours a clear bright orange golden color. Two fingers of white head, great retention and outstanding lacing. Column of bubbles rising up the center. Stellar.

Smell is fantastic. Juicy peaches, pineapple, some sweet orange, and unidentifiable tropical fruits. It's like smelling some magical tropical fruit punch. Wow.

Taste is quite good, with those fruity juicy hops coming through nicely. It's a little chalky, but that fades quickly, leaving a smooth rounded medium-low bitterness that lasts.

Feel is really really good. Clean and crisp, but punch and vibrant, too. Just the right amount of persistence, allowing those soft bitter flavors to linger right until it's time for them to go.

This is a top-notch IPA. I love the hop aromas and their presence in the taste. And there are many other things to like about it, too.

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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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 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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Jade from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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