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Foothills Pilot Mountain Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Named for one of western North Carolina’s iconic landmarks. A classic American style Pale Ale brewed with British Pale and Caramel Malts, and aggressively hopped with Cascade for superior aroma and flavor. In name and in taste, a landmark beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tnkw01 (1604) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle. Just an average pale ale. Gold in color with a medium head. Aroma is a hoppy aroma but kind of weak. Taste was grass, grains and citrusy pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1862) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Draft to taster at Thirsty Monk pour avg gold with moderate white head. Nose pine and dank hop. Taste musty dank hop and tannin like bitter. Fleeting sweet malt mid palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1787) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Old rating. Too much malt and not enough hop for a pale ale. Bland. Almost like generic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3586) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2015
fresh 12 oz bottle. Very hoppy for style, but with typical moderate bitterness. Aroma: very attractive with a fine blend of bready malts and citrus/herbal hops. Herbal and citrus notes from the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
malvrich (157) - durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
A: Pours a murky orange gold 1" craggy head retaining well. looks like orange Gatorade (or Sculpin). S: Grapefruit pith and pine. Cascade calling card right? (like a diluted Sculpin) T: Sort of like a watered down Sculpin but less oniony. Not that I don’t find it pretty good but hardly original. And no I don’t taste any malted barley. M: Thin with a tingly carbonation. Bitter finish. O: I had high hopes for this but am disappointed. I am a huge fan of Foothills Pilsner but have not found any other of their offerings noteworthy. Seriously, why don’t they just do away with the APA style altogether and call it what it is: fucking American IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This easygoing American Pale Ale joins toasted malts, orangey hops and their resinous bitterness in a balanced effort.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the shiny dark golden.
-Once again, this is another lean and clean Foothills brew which knows how to quench.
-While this one is not reinventing the wheel, it does everything well.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (614) - - OCT 21, 2014
Not a lot of flavor other than the hops. Decent lacing. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (4426) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a nice clear golden with a respectable pale buff head. Strong, malty aroma has a firm hoppy accompaniment. Flavor is malty and hoppy, enjoyable if not complex. Mouthfeel is thin and not fizzy, but not off-putting. If not breat, worth a flight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (239) - - MAR 19, 2014
3/19/14. Growler from Whole Foods. Pours frothy with a nice two finger head that gives way to thick lacing. Strong hop nose for a pale. Good flavor and balance for a lighter (almost session) pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (7391) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Draft to pint. Looks solid; a slightly cloudy deeper orange with foamy eggshell head. Smells solid; a fairly bitter hop profile with a medium-bodied pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A solid IPA.

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