Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beer Review: Hoppyum

Reviewing Hoppyum from Foothills Brewing Company out of North Carolina. Foothills is probably best known for their once-a-year Russian Imperial Stout release known as Sexual Chocolate.
Score: 87

14 oz pour served in pint glass at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D at the Charlotte airport during a two hour layover on 02/11/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The beer is a straw yellow color with light orange tint. Has an effervescent, bubbly appearance. Served with 3/4 fingers of white frothy head that settles into a paper thin layer. Average lacing for a single IPA. 3.5/5

Smell: Mellow orange citrus, lemon citrus and hops. Pine and fresh grass mixed with sweet sugary malt. 3.5/5

Taste: Fresh and bitter orange, grapefruit and lemon citrus. Lots of bitter and slightly sticky hops -- piney, grassy and resinous. Lingering bitterness. Not at all complex or innovative, but very tasty and refreshing. Pitch perfect example of what a straightforward single IPA should taste like. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high medium carbonation really makes the hoppy flavors of the beer pop on the palate. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly malty finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A really solid IPA offering and a surprise find at an airport bar. I would absolutely drink this one again -- especially if stuck in Terminal D for another two hours.

Recommendation: Check this one out while in North Carolina. Especially if you are stuck in the airport.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $5.99 for a 14 oz pint or $7.49 for a 20 oz pour in a weizen glass (airport prices). If you buy the 20 oz pour at the Carolina Beer Company bar in Terminal D, you get the option of purchasing a shot of any liquor for $3.

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