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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 126   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Foothills’ first high gravity beer may have you Seeing Double. The hops are balanced with just enough body to craft a highly drinkable brew. Expect a full body and a hint of citrus from the seven varieties of hops added to the brew. IBU: 126.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Atlanta Cask Ale tasting, 2008. Pours a hazy light amber. Aroma of fresh hop. Simcoe is very present. Taste is also very hoppy and smooth, with plenty of citrus and some pine. A very nice IIPA. Cask may have smoothed this one out. Big hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at Armadillo Grill in Wake Forest. Hazy orange pour with a 1-finger white head. Floral and citrusy hop aroma, just a hint of grainy malt as well. Intense hop flavor: citrus, some peach (maybe? I’ve never detected a peach flavor in an ipa before but that’s what I was getting), lots of malt to sort of balance this out, but it’s still a bruiser. Some booze detected as it warmed. Sticky, resinous hops coat your palate as you swallow, leaving citrusy hop goodness lingering long after you’ve swallowed. Top notch IIPA!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
tap @ bp. served 2 cold. no discernable hop nose. mild hop flavor. too subdued on the hops. all I taste is sweet malt and alcohol. too cold possibly.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
A dazzling orangey, resinous hop bouquet proliferates into the cushiony caramel maltiness of this nourishing, quintessential Double IPA. Balance and high drinkability are also reached, taking this beer to greater heights in the style’s pantheon, imho.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A blanket of foam protects the cloudy amber shine.
-The finishing citrusy and resinous hop bitterness is as important as the hops found in the flavor profile and aroma; everything’s so elegantly laid out!
-The body is chewy and the carbonation relaxing, creating an excellent, full but lenient mouthfeel.
-Hops also divulge a spruce-like sweetness in their flirting earthiness.
-Oh man, how I need to get to this brewery.

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Poured draft from flying saucer, Raleigh. I recieved it with absolutly no head, very dissapointing. Smelled very hoppy and looked dark amber. Very good bitter citrus taste. Expected more, overall great ipa.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Sampled at Summertime Brews Festival. Pour: soft amber/orange, lovely. Head: thin, light beige. Aroma: hoppy, floral hops, apricot, citrusy, very hoppy. Flavor: very very hoppy, alcohol, citrus, apricot, alcohol. Palate: smooth. Finish: warm and hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Growler shared by sliffy. Orange-red pour with a light tan head. Aroma of citrus and caramel malt. Flavors of sweet candied fruit, citrus, light pine and some hot booze. Medium/thick body bittersweet with a bittersweet/hot booze finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Draft at Barley’s in Asheville. Nice hop bite and sweetness on first taste. Reminds me of Maharaja. Good balance of hops and malt. Solid IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Draft at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh - Poured a coppery amber in color with a fairly foamy off-white head. Some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was hoppy, period. Flavor was fruity with lots of citrus hops. Malt balance was much more evident than in the aroma. Slightly sweet on the finish, just before the hop bitterness kicks in at the end. Really good!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Deep copper pour, vizable carbonation full off white head, thick lacing. Aroma is lightly simcoe, a mix of light fruits and another hoppy character I can’t quite place, hints of alcohol. Well coated lightly oily lightly creamy. Sweet flavor, fresh hop flowers, definate simcoe a ton of caramels alcohol in the finish. Good stuff.


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