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Monday, December 21, 2015

Foothills Brewing Jade IPA

Well here is yet another IPA surprise! Yes there are probably a lot of IPA reviews on here since I’ve started The Best Beer Blog IPAs have grown on me, and I enjoy them more than I used to. Here is a foothills IPA, and no it isn’t the IPA of the Month, spoiler alert that is coming real soon. Anyhow this foothills IPA in question is Jade IPA, 7.4% ABV with 86 IBU (International Bittering Unit). Jade is named after the Jade hop which is found in the orient, is that name still used these days, well Jade hops are in the Pacific area of the globe and have striking tropical fruit notes. That makes sence for a Pacific hop. Foothills also dry hops additions of Chinook and Citra hops. Jade IPA pores a beautiful golden color with a two finger white head that sticks around for a bit fore fizzing away. The aroma is yes tropical with pineapple, mango with earthy notes and bits of orange from the Citra hops. The taste is hoppy with tropical notes of pineapple, mango orange with earthy hope notes and a slight bitter kiwi that is faint at best. Jade IPA is strongly hoppy but still easy drinking. You have to see past the bold hoppy bitter flavor and really taste the fruity elements to this IPA. Well you should drink any or most IPAs that way to enjoy them. The mouth feel is on the higher side of light barely hitting a medium mouth feel, and has a nice bitter tropical peppery finish that gives way to a bigger bitter hop after taste with some orange and less of a topical fruitiness. This is a hit in my book, YES! I give this an A. The big hoppieness that Jade has is complemented by the tropical and citrus flavor that mingle well together to give way to a great IPA that has a big IBU but drinks like it doesn’t. I think that you should try Foothills Jade IPA! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! Happy Holidays!  

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