freekyp (2408) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2017 Rich and malty with a slight hoppiness in the finish, this is a fine example of the style. Clear amber with a subdued carbonation, this is a brew with a firm hand, but emminent drinkability. Nicely balanced with a long malty roasted nut finish. Hops lend a mild spiciness to the aftertaste. Another winner from Foothills! legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Poured a deep, clear amber with nice lace. Malty nose and in the mouth it is a ton of malty goodness. Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
From tap at brewery. Wow, better then expected. Pours a deep amber color with thin head. Notes of nuts, malt and toffee. Taste follows and is well balanced. Very drinkable. firemarshal (206) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Sample at 201 Central. Dark amber in color. Aroma of honey, caramel, some coffee. Nice roasted malt up front with light bitter hops to finish. Very drinkable beer. Overall, it tastes like a less hoppy, sweeter version of their Hoppyum IPA. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 Originally reviewed: 9/17/08. Had this on tap at the brewery itself. It was very disappointing in appearance. This brew had a nice copper/amber color to it, but came with absolutely no head. There wasn’t even a ring of lace to speak of.
The smell was average at best. Some citrus as well as the toasted character of the drink pulled through.
What it lacked it looks it made up for in taste. This brew was crisp and clean. It was definitely well-carbonated. It left a slight bite on the tongue. Could taste the toasted malt, as well as some caramel. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Paired very well with my Pub Melt. Mmmmm...
Bottle Review 11/3/12: Came home from work and found my wife had bought a bottle of this for me along with a new glass. Hurray! 22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
After an aggressive pour, there is not a smidge of lace on top of this brew. Just a whisper of globs on the glass edge after each sip. Deep copper color. The aroma is pretty basic for this style, nothing unique here. Caramel, toffee, a bit of alcohol on the finish.
I’ll take the shortcomings in those areas as long as it comes through in the flavor, where it really counts. A malt-head’s dream - big caramel malt flavor, mild fruity flavors, light husk-like dryness in the middle, cracker aftertaste. One thing I really appreciate is that this beer in bottle-form doesn’t carry that "house" flavor that is so pervasive in many of Foothills’ brews on tap. I think I much prefer this one in the bottle, which is rare for me. A great fall treat, that I will make sure to stock up on each and every autumn [though I’d love to see it in 12oz bottle form, but I’m not picky].
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Draft at the Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC. They told me it had just arrived, so I’m assuming this is the 2007 version of this seasonal. Clear copper under a 1 finger off white head, but with good lace. Malt based aroma of caramel with some subtle spice. Medium body with a pleasant rich chewiness, and without the stickiness often seen with this tyle. Although the flavors are typical of an Oktoberfest with a malty sweetness, this does not linger, and some welcome dryness comes on courtesy of some spicy bitterness. I thought this was actually quite good, avoiding the pitfalls often seen with this style.