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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WoodBrew on 11-17-2011)
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Reviews by TWM:
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3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of dark beers, I seldom find a light ale that makes me happy. This one does. Definitely has a lot of blond ale characteristics, but in a way that I actually like!

Appearance- pale, semi-transparent. 1 finger head, moderate lacing.

Smell- as neutrally beer as can be. Not the sharp lager smell, not the bitter of stouts, just "beer."

Taste- surprisingly pleasant. Not strong, but definitely flavorful. No single flavor predominates (thank heavens that Foothills didn't use cascade hops- those suckers would have overwhelmed everything in the brew) but the slight yeast, mild malt, and fairly smooth hop flavor all go well with the gentle but consistent carbonation. Given my aversion to light beers, I am shocked how much I am enjoying this one!

Mouthfeel- not too thick, and definitely not too thin. The "cream" comes through in the feel. I wish more porters and stouts hit this perfect balance of lingering flavor and taste. The aroma definitely fills the nose with every sip.

Overall- I don't even need to factor out my preference for dark beers. This is darn good. If you are looking for a "unique" beer, keep looking. This is one of those that takes a known set of characteristics and just does them well. I'll definitely come back to this one in the warm weather!!!

TWM, Jan 11, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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From notes 8/27/11

Pours a golden copper with ¼” of head that fades quickly to a thin lacing. Smells a bit musty with faint wheat notes and a little faint yeasty spice coming through. Taste is faint wheat, slightly yeasty, and just a hint of metal. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and light.

A very sessionable beer, but a forgettable beer overall.

tdm168, Jan 24, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the Foothills Brewing Carolina Blonde at the Taste of Carolina at the B concourse in Charlotte, NC airport. The beer poured a clear golden color with thin white head that dissapates quickly....not much lacing. The smell includes hints of lemon and barley. The taste bursts with a tart lemon zing....the malt never realy kicks in to balance the beer. Teh mouthfeel is light to medium with big carbonation. Overall it is ok...would be great for the summer time.

WoodBrew, Nov 17, 2011
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S: Clean, malty, grainy character, earthy. Slight plastic taste

L: Hazy, straw yellow, big creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

T: Very clean, light malt with a touch of spiciness. Low bitterness, slightly earthy. Malt character is extremely low.

M: Medium high carbonation, light bodied, effervescent.

Not good, almost an off flavor in the aroma. I expected a little more malt character for a cream ale. Could easily pass off as a light beer.

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Appearance is clear and light yellow-straw color with a small creamy white head that retains decently, leaving behind some lace. Smells of grains, grass and a hint of cream. Taste like an adjunct light lager with just a hint of sweetness, hops are barely traceable but slightly grassy. Mouthfeel is light with biting carbonation leading to a foamy mouthfeel. This would appeal to a BMC drinker, but there are better cream ales out there.

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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.