Salem Gold | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -48.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Foothills.

A: Poured a clear fizzy yellow color, with a slight chill haze and mild head retention.

S: I didn't really get anything at all.... maybe so yeast and fresh H2O.

T: Lots of steeped grains and tons of flavor for a brew that only clocked in at 3.8%. It sort of had a "Corn Puff" aftertaste.

M: Crisp and refreshing, with very little sweetness, moderate carbonation, and virtually no lacing.

O: This was a nice example of the style and it would be a great brew on a hot day.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger-high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with hints of floral and grassy hops. Bready malts begin to appear in the smell as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bready and grainy malts, but these are balanced off by a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a nice selection on a hot summer day. I was very impressed with this one and think it is one of the best beers I have had in the style.

Note: This beer isn’t normally bottled by the brewery and came in a 25 ounce bomber without any labels except for a Foothills bottle cap.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice fluffy white head, but this quickly faded leaving a thin film on the top. Some very nice lace down the sides. Good presentation. Smell was out of this world! May have been the freshest smelling brew I have ever head. Smell was gooey fresh cut hops, like you broke it off the vine. Very strong as well. Fantastic, I could use this as an air freshner. Depp piney and citrus, pineapple like tones, with just the right amount of sweetnss, mixed in with a fresh cut grass smell, wonderful. The taste was very nice as well. Very nice, light and hoppy

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of drabmuh
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my least favorite beer at Foothills. Beer is yellow and clear with high carbonation, large bubbles, white head, no lacing.

Aroma is weak and grainy.

Beer is thin and has this grainy astringency at the end of the palate that made this beer seem really off. There is almost no flavor in the front half of the mouth and there is an aftertaste. Not my bag, there are much better blondes out there. The best thing about this beer is the low ABV and that's not saying much about the beer. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Glowing dark gold body with a smallish white head that doesn't stick around long, but manages to leave some scattered lacing.

Blonde ales in general don't get much respect (and for good reason), but this one's not bad at all. Crisp grainy nose with an even crisper taste and a surprising, if brief, flash of lemony bitterness and a touch of green apple. Exceedingly clean finish with a touch of lingering light grains. Seems like it would make a great gateway beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with a bit of haze and a white head with pretty good lacing on the way down. The nose is light honey and malt with a bit of citrus. Taste is ligtly sweet malt. Light feel with a pretty good body, and this goes down quite easily.

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Photo of nickd717
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Clear golden color with a small white head.

S - Aroma is pale malt and grassy/floral hops. Nothing too exciting, but not bad for what it is.

T - Bready pale malt and grassy and floral hops. Pretty light, but with a nice clean hop finish. A little wheat in there as well. This is a pretty unremarkable beer overall, but decent for a generally unremarkable style.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - Well, drinkability is high since this is a bit watery and mildly flavored.

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Salem Gold from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 25% out of 100 with 32 ratings
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