Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +30.4%
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A= Pours a nice hazy light yellow color with a little thin white head on it that holds a little retention and lacing is present.
S= The smell is actually pungent for being a cream ale. It's got a little bit of a skunkyness to it and a little hop bite. There is a bit of a poopy wheat character to it as well. For a cream it actually has a nice interesting smell that isn't just "beer".
T= The taste is a little more what you would expect from a cream. A nice light hop character that just barely makes itself known with a little bit of a poopy wheat character. Not quite macro lager light but the flavors are subtle. It actually is quite nice to me.
M= Smooth and creamy.
O= This is prolly the best cream ale I've ever had. Spotted Cow sort of holds the standard for me but this is better I think. The notes are subtle but they are there. It makes it both an easy drinking summer beer and a beer that is worth trying for the biggest beer geek.
11-10-2012 05:09:50 | More by jjanega08
4/5 rDev +27.8%
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.
12-03-2011 19:09:25 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +26.2%
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.
06-21-2012 02:19:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.95/5 rDev +26.2%
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.
09-23-2012 18:47:02 | More by Gavage
3.9/5 rDev +24.6%
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 ...
10-21-2012 21:43:28 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev +23%
I have had this beer several times at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, on tap and via a growler.
The appearance is a pleasant clear blonde.
The smell is very fresh. Not too hoppy or malty.
The taste is wonderful; a very traditional tasting beer.
The mouth feel is slightly creamy but not much so.
Overall it is a beer one can consume many of in one sitting and not feel bloated.
This beer simply tastes very good.
12-24-2012 07:07:24 | More by William295
3.78/5 rDev +20.8%
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!!!
01-11-2013 23:50:30 | More by TWM
Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.