Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: WoodBrew on 11-17-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Onenote81
3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TWM
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!!!

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of William295
3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carolina Blonde,
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

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.

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4/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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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 ...

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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.