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Foothills Barrel Aged Hoppyum IPA

Foothills Barrel Aged Hoppyum IPA
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1385) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap at Busy Bee Cafe, Raleigh, NC. Dark orange pour with a short off-white head. Aroma of tangerine, caramel, light pine, and freshly cut grass. Bourbon and oak are noted immediately on the first sip and easily mute the citrus in the hops. Grass and Earth are detected behind the barrel and bourbon. Finishes with more of an alcoholic taste than you would expect from a 6.25% ABV beer. This one grew on me and ended up being a really nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
italarican (1473) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
On tap at Foothills. Pours a cloudy orange with minimal white lacing. Aroma has plenty of barrel notes, woody, slight pickle, whiskey, and moderate citrus hops. Flavor is predominantly barrel, slight vinegar kick, with plenty of citrus hops butting its way in. The massive barrel job on this one doesnít work that well with the ipa itís sitting on.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arventresca (562) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2013
Tap at a hockey game. Kind of works but as an IPA fan it is not the most memorable Iíve had.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (3733) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Not positive as to where I sampled this, but I believe it was at the Floyd Fandango 2011. Semiclear amber orange pour with ring of white head. Way overdone on the ígreení wood notes. Some caramel. The hop character is very old and tannic wood drying quality on the finish. I think this thing just sat too long in the barrels.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Hopium IPA, BA
Date: September 15, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: opaque orange, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and hop aroma, oak and citrus
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of caramel and vanilla, balancing citrus hops, light bitterness, caramel from the bourbon grows to a candy character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3963) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Miltown. Pours cloudy golden amber with one finger of sandstone head. Nose is tannic and oaky, spicy oak. Lots of raw vanilla and a mild showing of citrusy hops. Tons of oak/barrel in the flavor. Dominated by vanillin and citrus rind. Nice mouthfeel with a low carbonation and lasting bite. Compounding of alpha acid and oak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3943) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Draught at Milltown. Hazy orange with small white head. Nose is citrus, wood, ash, a little sweetness from the barrel, but itís more noticeable in the flavor. Flavor is interesting. Yes, the barrel cancels out a lot of the hop Character, but it leaves an ashy, woody, light bourbon. Itís a little bitter and astringent when combined with the ashy character but overall I think the barrel makes an little better than average ipa better.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2610) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
snifter at the Busy Bee Cafe. 7/16/11. Ok aroma, barrel seems to bury the familiar hop scent. oak and bourbon were most of what I got, some citrus showed up as it warmed. Cloudy, brownish orange color, No head or lace. Bitter flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. It was ok, barrel really mutes the hops. Makes me think ipa arenít for a barrel, well maybe just a short vist as this was more barrel without much of the very familiar Hoppyum. Worth a try though if they do it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2010
On tap at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Bartender told me that Foothills aged Hoppyum in Knob Creek Bourbon Barrels. Couldnít see it very well being in a dark bar. Aroma tipped me off right away that this wasnít just regular Hoppyum (which is delicious all by itself!). Aroma of vanilla, tannins from the oak, and citrusy hops. Flavor strikes a nice balance between the barrel aging and the IPA aspects of it. Smooth finish. Kind of a surprising marriage of an IPA and a bourbon barrel, but it worked!


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