Carolina Strawberry
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Carolina StrawberryCarolina Strawberry
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Style:
American Cream Ale
Ranked #271
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
77
Ranked #46,490
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 18.81%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
109
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
77
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Reviews by SylviaFaye:
Photo of SylviaFaye
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The thin wispy head fizzles into an inch of foam and quickly dies. The lightly-colored golden body is tinted a slight pink, with visible particles of swimming sediment. The nose is a cross between strawberry jam and muscadine wine with a touch of cherry blossom. Beyond a slightly malty finish, the taste of this brew has almost no redeeming qualities. It is quite reminiscent of watered-down carbonated strawberry iced-tea, and I've had iced teas that had a fuller mouth feel than this ale.

I've thought of something that might salvage the experience, though. This would contrast very well with cheese cake. On its own, however, I can't recommend it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a modest cap; strands of lacing hang around

Smell: Bready, with a possible hint of strawberry (but not sure I would have guessed it blind)

Taste: Bready, also with a possible hint of strawberry in the middle and a bigger strawberry flavor in the finish - though it is all very subtle

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have avoided this beer all the way back to the Cottonwood days; now that I have had it I can go back to avoiding it

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow-hued body with a small-sized, white film of a head producing some scant lacing. While I'd never go so far to say it's pink, it's like one released a lone drop of pink hue into the twelve ounces.

Smell: Thin hint of clean cereal grains and a little twinge of the berry.

Taste: Just like with the aroma, it's a scant, lightly grainy maltiness, very thin, really, with just the barest hint of sweetness. A very subtle, subtly tangy hint of strawberry. Minimal hop character, bitterness. A spoonful of grits and one final bit of strawberry on the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation though it's on the crisp side.

Overall: A light beer, a light fruitiness, but a fair amount of crisp carbonation. While refreshing and easy to drink, it's certainly not overly memorable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of natural strawberry, slightly sweet over the top of some grainy malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of grainy, cereal malts underneath some light natural strawberry flavors with just a hint of both sweetness and tartness.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly.

O: Pretty decent offering that combines nice natural fruit with a cream ale - I enjoyed it and think it would be a nice easy drinking summer beer (good for cooking out, maybe after the meal is served like a dessert).

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Photo of nmann08
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no bottling date poured into a lager glass.

A: slightly hazy light golden body with a very subtle pinkish hue. Fizzy white head quickly reduces to a thin partial coat.

Aroma: fruity with more bready malts than expected. Generic berries rather than specifically strawberry.

T - typical cream ale with and well proportioned, light strawberry note. Lightly tart and sweet. Fruit and mild tartness linger on in the aftertaste.

Feel: thin body with medium carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: a refreshing, conservatively flavored cream ale.

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Photo of memphischas
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of tommyguz
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of Onenote81
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. One of the new Foothills offerings that I haven't taken the opportunity to enjoy very often. I felt like a light refreshing ale tonight, so into the glass she goes!

Pours a pale gold that is transparent. A large frothy white head billows forth. I can tell already this one is packing some carbonation. Nice subtle strawberry aroma, lemon ice, with a dry sawdust-like scent on the back end.

Huge amounts of bubbles on the palate, this one is quite a scorcher for such a light "easy-drinking" ale. Tone that stuff down! Granted, I don't want a flat beer, but this is a little overkill. Creamy corn-like grains with a kiss of sweet strawberries. There's just a touch of tartness from the fruit on the finish, but it fleets away quickly.

A good beer. About what I expected. One I would get again, but maybe on tap. These bubbles are wearing on me.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncstateplaya
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of carterbt
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ZorroZ
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, I found this to be a pleasant enough drink, and I'm more than glad to finish the 6 pack. But, if you hadn't told me it was a strawberry beer, I'm not sure I'd have realised it was- it's very subtle. I'm not saying that I'd like it to taste like strawberry syrup, but if something's gonna call itself "Carolina Strawberry," I'd expect the berry taste to be somewhat more prominent than it is in this beer.

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Photo of mattsmith413
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of LAM01833
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of siege06nd
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TEAMHOLT
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Carolina Strawberry from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 109 ratings