Carolina Blonde | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Carolina BlondeCarolina Blonde
289 Ratings
Carolina BlondeCarolina Blonde

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WoodBrew on 11-17-2011

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of EinFesteBurg
1/5  rDev -68.5%

Photo of jwclt
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Roscoe1847
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of joebedford
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Howlader
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of rlshep
2.05/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

 1,058 characters

Photo of DonBowman
2.08/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

 234 characters

Photo of Beestin
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of emerald27
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of lccrunchy
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of stakem
2.26/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

 937 characters

Photo of bum732
2.27/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

 460 characters

Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
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).

 337 characters

Photo of jburchett
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of mattsmith413
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of RaeDub
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jimmyd8386
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of mjenkins5
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bcp5296d
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of everythingiszen
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

 193 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Carolina Blonde from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 289 ratings