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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: WoodBrew on 11-17-2011

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of Mojo
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pale straw with a small head which dissipates quickly, leaving only a small ring, but with some lacing.

S - all I got on the nose was a bready smell....but it was faint.

T - kind of a one dimensional flavor sort of piney with a dry metallic finish.

M - thin and watery.

O - easy to drink, but completely unimpressive.

Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  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.

Photo of KensWorld
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good take on a Cream Ale. Very drinkable. 4.3

Photo of bum732
2.27/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Treyliff
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.96/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.3% ABV, 3 SRM, 15 IBUs.

Thanks for another NC beer Onenote81!

A - Small bubbles float lazily through the crystal clear pale straw yellow beer to a tall stark white head. Great retention leads to slow, sticky-forming rings of dense lacing. A gorgeous and refreshing-looking beer!

S - Husky, grainy pale malt holds down the fort while moderate notes of sweet corn emerge as an adjunct. It's also not insulting to say that this reminds of dumping dry malt extract into boiling wort. Not overly malty by any stretch of the imagination, but also not hoppy. Very light floral notes fall towards the back end.

T - The malt profile seems subsided, allowing spicy and floral noble hop attributes to emerge. That wort-like aroma carries through to the flavor where wheat dry malt extract meets grainy pale malt for a sweet finish kissed by a drop of honey.

M - High carbonation sparkles through the medium-light body as this soft cream ale finishes somewhat dry with just a hint of bitterness, intended more so to balance the sweetness.

O - Carolina Blonde is certainly not a terrible beer, but the smell and aroma keep bringing me back to feeling like I'm drinking an unfermented, carbonated bottle of light wort. Maybe it's aimed to the masses, maybe it's their every day lawnmower beer. All I know is in the end, Foothills' Carolina Blonde is a refreshing beer to kick back with.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a very bright almost straw color golden yellow with a nice two finger high head of fizzy white lace that had a little bit of retention power to it, letting it stay around for a few moments before nestling down to just a thin film of froth across the top. Very nice apparent carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass to replenish what was there. Side glass lace was apparently not an issue and pretty much non existent throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very light. A nice base of light cereal grains and grass like aromas dominated the smell and was mixed in very nicely with a good amount of light yeasty smells. Hints of peach, pear, and especially banana were clearly evident here and all blended together very nicely to create a nice light, and bright aroma profile very befitting of the style.

T – The flavor was again very light and grainy with a very nice profile. The initial taste was of fresh cut grasses mixed with a good amount of light wheat flavors. There was a great little yeast profile added into this as well giving it a nice banana like flavor and swirling around with hints of peach and fig possibly, but very light. There was a touch of hoppiness to the finish, nothing extreme but just enough to dry it out and let it have a more then decent finish to it.

M – Very light bodied ale; this would almost come off as too thin if not for the large amounts of carbonation and the nice flavor profile. It had a very crisp and clean like quality to it, offering a sharp cut off while drinking. The carbonation was very good giving it almost a sparkling like quality at times, but mostly serving to keep it from feeling too thin.

D – Very highly sessionable ale here. I am not sure what the ABV here is, but it cannot be high as there was no hint of anything in this at all. A very light bodied ale that offered no signs of being filling in any way or of being anything but purely refreshing to drink. This would have been very easy to put down more then a few of without much difficulty at all.

Overall I thought this was rather nice for a nice sessionable blond ale. I had not ever had anything from Carolina before but it was nice to see that they obviously put some effort into what they do. This was definitely a quality ale and something I would like to enjoy again, especially on a warm day.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: light golden with a large foamy white head, clear

S:vague grassy hops, slight malt, grain, light and crisp, mineral water

T: crisp and refreshing, lightly flavored, grain, mineral water

M: slightly creamy but still thin

O: drinkable but nit remarkable, light and refreshing, good for a hot day

Photo of BigBry
3.12/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fox and Hounds, Raleigh.
Pours a pale golden yellow color, with an inch of white foam. Head fades to a thin cap, leaving a spider web of lace.
Smells of some malt sweetness, and a bit lemony, minimal hops.
Grainy malt taste, with some mild lemon at the end. Mild bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is on the lighter side, medium body, crisp and clean aftertaste.
Overall, well balanced and easy to drink beer, fits the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a two foamy finger white head that has great retention. There is significant lacing on the glass.

S: Light aromas of grains, mostly cereal, as well as grassy hops and pale malts.

T: Flavors of bready/grainy malts with the grassy hops present. There is a very good balance to the beer and an overall lightness in the flavors. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation - fairly smooth.

O: Very sessionable but nothing outstanding - have had several other beers from Foothills that I have enjoyed more than this one. Seems like the ABV for this beer is either very low or very well hidden.

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine somehow scored some of these and was kind enough to pass on along to me. Yeah, it may not come in a CAN, but I am not totally averse to bottled beer.

From the bottle: "Two row barley, a hint of wheat and noble hops make Carolina Blonde exactly what a craft brew American Cream Ale should be. Clean, refreshing flavor. Rich, golden color. Unmistakable smoothness. Brewed right here in NC."

My pour got me a finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pale, light, lemon-yellow with a slight haze. Nose smelled strongly of grassy "noble hops". I love truth in advertising! Mouthfeel was soft, not really thin, nor medium, but more like softened water. I was really feeling the grassy hops on the tongue and wishing that more Cream Ales, especially those of my childhood, could have been/be like this. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be a wonderful summer beer or a nice break on a day of heavy drinking. If only they would put this in CANs ...

Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Foothills

Pale yellow pour, clear, with bubbly carbonation, and a small white head; minimal retention and lacing. Light aroma, toasted grains and not much else. Sweet pale malt flavor, toasted grains, light citrusy hops bringing a slight bitterness. Light body, drinks easy enough, but lacks character (aka flavor).

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, bright, yellow-gold coloring with a halo of white head. Nose of toasted grains and a subtle cream highlight. Flavors are cream forward, with a bitter hops undertone. Fairly well balanced and clean. Cream and butter aftertaste on a smooth, light body. The finish is smooth and clean. Very drinkable, very light.

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale golden yellow color with a two finger fluffy head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: some malt sweetness and a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some mild lemon citrus, light fruity tones, and a mild bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is fairly clean.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. This is a well done version of the style and anyone who wants to enjoy a cream ale this one will satisfy it.

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Great Divide pint glass. Appearance is a straw yellow color. Not very well carbonated. Quickly dies off.

Smells grainy and slightly adjuncty. Taste is crisp. The grains definitely stand out. As is typical with the style, there is very little hop character going out.

Mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation tastes better in the mouth than it appears in the glass.

Overall, it's an average beer. Nothing amazing, but it's certainly not a bad beer. If I wanted something to quench my thirst and was offered this, I would not turn it down. Cheers

Photo of mralphabet
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber Poured in to pint glass

A: Poured a pale yellow, very clear with visible carbonation. Good fingers worth of head with good lacing.

S: I'm getting a little sweet malt, little grain and just a touch of hops.

T: Little malt, little citrus and a little hops.... Sadly everything is little... Pretty thin.

M: Light bodied with good amount of carbonation, with a smooth finish.

O: I was really hoping for more here, but over all pretty flat. Not bad on a hot day, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of everythingiszen
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Straw colored, decent inch or so of head that diminishes but never really goes away. Smells bready. Tastes metallic. Just... metallic. Pretty one note. Not a pour-out, but wouldn't order again.

Photo of avalon07
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of aroma here, but there were traces of malt and grain.

T: Tasted of light hops, a fair amount of malt, a little citrus, and that grainy component. The flavor with this beer is pretty thin, watery and without character. Pretty forgettable.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not an offensively bad beer, but certainly unremarkable.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear light straw gold with a sugar white head at about a quarter inch, retains indefinitely.

Smells of bright barley malts with hints of citrus and corn.

Crisp barley malt flavor with a dry biscuit undertone, finishes with faint dry hops.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is just a very standard, flavorful lagery cream ale, and as that it is the best I've ever had. As a beer overall it's somewhat boring and isn't going to compete with any great beers out there, but for what it is, I honestly don't think you can do better. It's very sessionable, goes down incredibly easily, and would pair well with a wide range of foods while also tasting good enough to drink on its own. This is something I'd want to have a case of at the beach. Based on those observations, I would consider this beer to be very underrated.

Photo of stakem
2.26/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. The brew pours a pale yellow with a white fizzy bubbly cap that doesnt hold long. It looks fine and plays the part of a blonde/cream ale.

The aroma of this brew starts off sweet with a scent of something like corn and then directly changes to mineral character with a faint herbal hop aspect.

The flavor profile is filled with aluminum...nothing but metallic aspect which is off-putting. The bottle lists this as 15 ibus but it seems to have a bit more hop flavor than you might imagine. Perhaps that is from the bad mineral/metallic flavor playing tricks on the pallet.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is a pretty bad offering and not just by blonde or cream ale standards. I hope this is just a case of a bad batch because they cant possibly have intended the brew to turn out like this. If it wasnt 95+ degrees and the only cold thing available, it would have been a drain pour.

Photo of TWM
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
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!!!

Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking beer with a golden straw, hazy look. Apple cider quality with a nice 2 finger pillow off white head. Nose was of orange peel, citrus, biscuits and honey. Not overpowering, but adequate. Taste was similar to the nose with a nice straw, citrus hit on the front and the noble hops add a punch to the end. Not over the top hops, but a good balance. A bit on the sweet side, but again not overpowering. Feel is a bit on the watery side on the front with a good bit of carbonation to add to the dry finish. Overall- A decent Blonde with nice character and very sessionable. A bit on the sweet side which was a distraction for me. Good blend of hops and citrus notes. Not a bad beer, but nothing that stands out as spectacular. Wouldn't turn one down and the low price helps-

Photo of scvance
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was very subtle, not much there at all, smell was mostly malty sweetness. Taste was balanced, nice hop flavor with a little malt flavor. highly carbonated, but pretty smooth, very light body. It could make a good thirst quenching session beer, but it's still just average.

Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculous four inch fluffy white foamy head that hung around forever. Super clear light straw color. Slight sweetness with slight hop bitterness. Almost like a homeopathic ale or something. Very light and refreshing, though. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Nice on a hot summer day.

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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.