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Carolina Blonde - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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 eargle
3/5  rDev -3.8%

eargle, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +30.8%

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.

jjanega08, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of dirtysanchez843
4/5  rDev +28.2%

dirtysanchez843, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Falcone, Nov 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dsshuck, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

hollywood_15063, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of rlshep
2.05/5  rDev -34.3%

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.

rlshep, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +25%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

jburchett, Oct 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

jaswilson2, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

6demonbag, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +26.6%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

jslice99, Aug 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

taigor, Aug 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

jrfehon33, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

strohme2, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of BrianBoruma
3.65/5  rDev +17%

A: Pale blonde in color with thin white head that lingers briefly.

S: Malt primarily with faint hop aromas

T: Malt sweetness balanced with hop bitterness. No hop taste though, which is appropriate to the style (I think so anyway)

M: Thin with medium carbonation

O: Easy drinking beer. Very crisp and clean but not overly impressive. Would definitely drink it again, yet would want something with more flavor if I'm sharing. Good grilling beer.

BrianBoruma, Aug 07, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

scvance, Aug 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

cmannes, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.38/5  rDev +8.3%

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

fields336, Aug 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

cbyrd4088, Aug 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

GMan, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mfigueroa713, Jul 28, 2012
Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.