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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Growler from Jimbowood. Ive had a few weeks and just now getting around to it. Held up pretty well, big hiss upon opening, still highly carbonated. Dark copper, huge off white head, great lacing. Aroma is full of ornage zest, pine and pineapple, faint malt backbone. Malt comes through in flavor, very big sweet resinous character, tons of caramel/toffee. Juicy citrus through the middle and big spicy pine bitterness in the finish. Oily smooth mouthfeel. For 9.5% I get absolutely no alcohol, but am starting to feel it. Will agree with Naven, nothing mind-blowing about this, almost sessionable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Courtesy of Styles

Growler: The aroma is very fruity with notes of orange, pineapple, caramel, and faint pine. It pours a dark amber with a touch of haze and a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate dose of caramel with some hints of oranges. It finishes moderately bitter with notes of pine and some grapefruit. The caramel seems to build into the finish as well. Moderate piny aftertaste lingers for a while. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slight syrupy mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Growler courtesy of Degarth. Awesome, thanks Joe!

Pour is cloudy as hell, almost looks like a Hefe...body is amber/rusty in color, very nice looking...incredible lacing...head is about 2 fingers thick, tightly packed full of bubbles...average retention...damn, this lacing is nice...nose of caramel, floral hops, some soapiness...aroma is muted, which is disappointing...maybe I was just expecting a more in your face citrus hop bomb, this one is more floral and subtle...doesnt smell like many Double IPAs out there right now...flavor is very similar, a lot of caramel/toffee malts...better sense of the hops here, big floral/perfume kick...no pine or bitterness expected from other types of hops...full bodied, very round and filling...oily, slick mouthfeel...finish is very long, floral hops, then a seemingly endless supply of caramel/toffee malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wcudwight (10) - USA - FEB 5, 2008
From a growler. Copper in color with a thin wispy head. Aroma of candy sugars and spruce trees. More of a balanced DIPA. Sweet caramel malts and some piney and citrus hops. Slick syrupy feeling. Very drinkable. Another fine beer from Foothills.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours a nice copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel and nice grapefruit hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, and nice bitter citrus grapefruit finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
From Growler, via Jimbowood. Shared with Bartzilla & Morgan. This growler held up really nice. Good carbonation, and the beer tasted really fresh. I think this is the first Growler I have ever received in a trade. Although there is nothing extraordinary about this beer, its a nice example of the style. Not overdone, almost sessionable. Alcohol is really well hidden.

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? Ive never detected a peach flavor in an ipa before but thats what I was getting), lots of malt to sort of balance this out, but its 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 youve 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 (9617) - 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 styles 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; everythings 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.


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