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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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73
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

ygtbsm94, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.49/5  rDev -20.2%
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).

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -35.9%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Gavage, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +25%
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 ...

woodychandler, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of stakem
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

stakem, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

dbrauneis, Feb 04, 2012
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.

tdm168, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ShanePB, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Rhettroactive, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
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
Photo of avalon07
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

avalon07, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

KevinGordon, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +28.2%

pathman, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in what appeared to be a weizen glass at the Charlotte airport (long layover). Pours a straw gold with a translucent clarity. Head was half inch, rocky and bright white and eventually settled into a solid skim. Nose is clean and somewhat subdued - primarily biscuity malts and perhaps some citric acid. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is more of a cereal grain presence in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a clean finish. Overall, not a bad American Blonde. A decent, easy drinking session beer that pairs well with food, but there's nothing overly distinctive about this offering in my opinion.

Jwale73, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

AngusOg, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

williamjbauer, Sep 28, 2014
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Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.