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Salem Gold - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with a bit of haze and a white head with pretty good lacing on the way down. The nose is light honey and malt with a bit of citrus. Taste is ligtly sweet malt. Light feel with a pretty good body, and this goes down quite easily.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 13:04:15 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger-high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral and grassy hops. Bready malts begin to appear in the smell as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready and grainy malts, but these are balanced off by a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a nice selection on a hot summer day. I was very impressed with this one and think it is one of the best beers I have had in the style.

Note: This beer isn’t normally bottled by the brewery and came in a 25 ounce bomber without any labels except for a Foothills bottle cap.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:24:12 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 19:07:28 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-14-2011 17:22:28 | More by nmann08
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler filled fresh @ the brewpub, into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a finger of creamy brite-white colored head. Retains with a thin frothy look, that leaves some adequate spotty lace back. The aroma is grainy malt sweetness, with some light citrus mixed in, giving this a mild tang in the nose. Some grassy hop character fills the nose out.

The taste is lightly toasted grains, with a (honestly, a bit more than I expected) blast of citrus and bittering hops. A touch sweet, fruity, and lightly drying in the finish, which shows off the evenness of the flavors. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a sharpness to the carbonation that reflects the hop profile. Overall crisp and easy in the mouth, with some decent sized presence for the size of this.

You know, for what this is, this wasn't bad at all. Definitely offered a bit more in the flavor and feel than what I was expecting. I've tried "light beers" from other brewpubs that are far worse than this one.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2009 16:53:35 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my least favorite beer at Foothills. Beer is yellow and clear with high carbonation, large bubbles, white head, no lacing.

Aroma is weak and grainy.

Beer is thin and has this grainy astringency at the end of the palate that made this beer seem really off. There is almost no flavor in the front half of the mouth and there is an aftertaste. Not my bag, there are much better blondes out there. The best thing about this beer is the low ABV and that's not saying much about the beer. I wouldn't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 15:44:24 | More by drabmuh
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-06-2012 13:20:05 | More by dbrauneis
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-22-2013 19:31:46 | More by harpus
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the bar crystal clear pale golden with a white low and persistent head.

The aroma was malty with a light caramel and just a slight bit of spicy hops. The aroma was also lightly fruity and a bit estery.

The flavor was light caramel with a low malt character and a moderate earthy quality. The flavor was lighly woodsy and had a decent level of bittering and a lightly grainy character.

The finish was dry wtih a lasting bit of husky graininess into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and watery. This just is not a very interesting beer.

Pint at Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 23:58:02 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Foothills.

A: Poured a clear fizzy yellow color, with a slight chill haze and mild head retention.

S: I didn't really get anything at all.... maybe so yeast and fresh H2O.

T: Lots of steeped grains and tons of flavor for a brew that only clocked in at 3.8%. It sort of had a "Corn Puff" aftertaste.

M: Crisp and refreshing, with very little sweetness, moderate carbonation, and virtually no lacing.

O: This was a nice example of the style and it would be a great brew on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 19:49:36 | More by Chaney
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nickd717

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Clear golden color with a small white head.

S - Aroma is pale malt and grassy/floral hops. Nothing too exciting, but not bad for what it is.

T - Bready pale malt and grassy and floral hops. Pretty light, but with a nice clean hop finish. A little wheat in there as well. This is a pretty unremarkable beer overall, but decent for a generally unremarkable style.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - Well, drinkability is high since this is a bit watery and mildly flavored.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 18:14:09 | More by nickd717
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this while I was taking a tour of the fine brewery. This brew came out a deep straw gold with minimal head, no lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and a touch of the floral hops. Pretty average scent.

Taste was very well balanced, not bitter, not sweet. I'm getting some grainy/corn flavors, but also some malt. This beer is not that bad.

Smooth and creamy this one is. This beer is plenty quaffable. It's not the best beer in the world, or the brewery for that matter, but it is head and shoulders above the competition on like-style brews.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 18:07:46 | More by Onenote81
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12%

03-12-2012 00:51:11 | More by UltimateLivewire
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow with a fleeting head of loose white fluff.

Aroma of fresh biscuits, pale malts, and faint floral and earthy hops.

Flavor is a crisp entry of light toasty grain subtle pale malt balanced by a light hopping of floral and herbal, earthy hops. Very simple and a good crossover vehical for the swill drinkin masses. It's substantially better than Carolina Blonde, which was my natural comparison.

Lighter body and spritzy mouthfeel makes this very easy (and mindless) to drink. Good for what it is, but not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 00:14:25 | More by AlexJ
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Glowing dark gold body with a smallish white head that doesn't stick around long, but manages to leave some scattered lacing.

Blonde ales in general don't get much respect (and for good reason), but this one's not bad at all. Crisp grainy nose with an even crisper taste and a surprising, if brief, flash of lemony bitterness and a touch of green apple. Exceedingly clean finish with a touch of lingering light grains. Seems like it would make a great gateway beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 23:58:58 | More by PDXHops
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kkipple

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Foothills their own self in Winston-Salem.

A. Pale clear yellow, little head, quite still -- no evident carbonation.

S. Weak citrus hops, some honey, light malt. Nothing unexpected, which is good, but not very interesting, either.

T. Some corn (DMS?), basic Bud-like sour flavor, light and crisp, quite uninspiring and rather unpleasant sour "light" aftertaste. Oh well.

M. The best thing going here... clear, crisp, clean, watery, basic.

As usual, Foothills knows what they're doing, and has crafted a better BMC alternative... it doesn't do much for me, as it's a bit lifeless and I don't dig the style, but it's not terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2007 00:48:50 | More by kkipple
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

06-03-2012 16:41:31 | More by JohnQVD
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juliusseizure

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

07-05-2012 22:11:04 | More by juliusseizure
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

trying this now at the carolina brewmaster meeting. experimenting with hops and this is the base. foothills guy says it's a wheat but seems like a blonde ale. sulfur smell, light and grassy. nice carbonation. better than bmc. easy to drink on a hot summer day. enjoyed other foothills better

Serving type: growler

06-06-2007 23:58:25 | More by Backer2004
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

07-18-2013 01:32:02 | More by mwbrady12
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Enola

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This would be a good session brew. A lower ABV beer.
Served in a pint mason jar at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock.

The beer was a light amber with a tint of orange. There was a creamy head that faded quickly. The smell was similar to a macro. The taste was of corn adjuncts. The mouthfeel had a small bite to it. The drinkability would be good. I think this beer could be sessioned all night long. A easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2006 23:39:13 | More by Enola
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-15-2011 02:26:39 | More by EasyReader
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-14-2012 07:03:56 | More by cantfindme
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-01-2011 19:43:57 | More by Bmoyer0301
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marley2112

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-09-2013 02:31:14 | More by marley2112
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Salem Gold from Foothills Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.