Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 35 | 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: 232 | Reviews: 38
Photo of rlshep
2.05/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma: Light tartness, corn sweetness, slight flowerly hop aroma. Grainy malt aroma. Wheat aroma evident. Carbonic minerally character.

Appearance: Huge fluffy white head. Head slow to dissipate. Lots of bubbles, appears to be overcarbonated. Pale straw yellow color. Clarity is very clear with exception of lots of floaties.

Flavor: Apple cider flavor dominates. Touch of sourness and tartness. Bready wheat malt and corn flavor make up the backbone. Medium high bitterness for style. Spicy floral hop flavor comes through from aroma. Slight wet cardboard in aftertaste. Finishes dry with slight sweetness. Balance seems toward bitterness, but malt still evident.

Mouthfeel: Thin but dry mouthfeel. Very prickly from carbonation. Slight astringency from graininess.

Overall: Unfortunately there are some problems with this beer. It was given to me from a friend so not sure the age or how it was stored. Other than the problems listed above, if fresh this could be an easy drinking refreshing beer. Would give another try with a fresher bottle again.

Photo of DonBowman
2.08/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Described as a "cream ale", not in my humble estimation. Light in look and taste. Lots of lace on sides of glass. IBU is 15, but again in my estimation bitter than a 15. A decent session or "lawn mower" beer but nothing to crow about.

Photo of stakem
2.26/5  rDev -27.6%
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 bum732
2.27/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
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 everythingiszen
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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 mralphabet
2.74/5  rDev -12.2%
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 avalon07
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
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 scvance
2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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 KajII
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear light yellow with a small (1 finger or less) white frothy head that diminished down to a very thin film and tiny collar creating some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, a grassy hop and a musty cobweb yeast with a hint of corn and not much else.

The taste was a bitter acidic with a pronounced grainy feel from the beginning and finished mildly hoppy with a slight metallic presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slight bitterness and a mild metallic taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was very light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic brew that was more like a light beer than a Cream Ale, although it did have a decent bitter undertone to it...

Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.93/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light and bubbly. Like a lemon color.

S: Light... yeasty... musty.

T: light... yeasty.... musty.... a little citrus.

M: Not bad. Light medium body.

Overall the most solidly average beer I have ever had. Better than a macro but doesn't really bring much of anything to the table.

Photo of Treyliff
2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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 tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
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 BigBry
3.12/5  rDev 0%
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 UnknownKoger
3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
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 M_C_Hampton
3.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the brewpub for a beer after work last week. Wanted something light with my pub fries, so I went with this. Came out a crystal clear pale gold, with a thin white head atop. Simple grain-like scents - husk, mild pale citrus tones. Easy drinking, crisp body. Mild flavors of corn, bread, very faint and fleeting hop presence, which was expected. All-in-all, this is a nice beer. An approachable beer for the masses, and a good one to pair with some barbecue fare for the upcoming warm months.

Photo of Mojo
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BastardFromABasket
3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Brams17
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is good for what it is; a light easy drinking cream ale. It stays firmly within the style, so anyone expecting anything other than a lawnmower beer should look elsewhere, but this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do.

The beer is crystal clear with good carbonation, not much nose, and a slightly bready clean malt flavor.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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 fields336
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cream ale
A: pale yellow, slight gold. Little to No head, clarity is nice
S: some grain, malt sweetness
t: clean, sweet, refreshing, smooth, 
M: light bodied and nice carbonation, the wheat gives it a nice smooth feel

O: overall a nice beer, would go down great at the pool

Photo of rangerred
3.49/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light gold with a tiny head that quickly faded away.

Aroma of hay, grass, and some bready malt. A touch of corn thrown in there too.

The flavor has some corn and cereal grain up front with a bed of breadyness underneath. Grass and hay hops are in there along with a light bitterness and a dry finish.

Overall, a tasty if not slightly boring blonde ale. Although not a lot is going on I couldn't really detect any off flavors and it is quite refreshing. Worth a try.

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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.