Carolina India Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company
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Reviews by PaulfromNoVa:
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Drinking local at a Wilmington NC pub. Came to table after long walk from bar with an inch of clingy head that dissipated slowly, body of clear burnt amber, sitting pretty.
A balanced fragrance of malt - I thought, grape nuts - and some citrusy hops. Taste similarly balanced, with edge going to the sweetness of the malt: a bare predominance, no hoppy bite, little bitterness, barely an American IPA in my ken, crisp, clean, a pleasant tasting beer that I could drink a few of. Agreeably foamy in the mouth with a subtle lingering finish of hops.
Not a great beer and, at just over 5 ABV, a bit too much for a session beer, but I could easily have enjoyed several more over a longer stay. Complemented the pub fare - dry-rubbed wings, burgers, and salads - beautifully.
Serving type: on-tap
04-05-2011 04:43:09 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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3.74/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, dark caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Nose of tropical fruit forward, with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Backbone of tangy sweet caramel, with some roasty notes, too. Flavors are bitter and resin forward, with a cedar tassel characteristic, light fruit sweet and tart, and a solid caramel backbone. The palate is kept light by an effervescent body, with a sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. The finish is slightly lingering, with a more malt-centric flavor left behind. Easy to drink, and very balanced.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 23:41:17 | More by GarthDanielson
3.54/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Very clear and pretty much the epitome of amber, this brew's head is impressive. When it comes down from a massive height after the pour, its settling is just less than two fingers. The proud-looking eggshell white crown is heavy, craggy, thick and dense. It leaves a heavy ring at the top of the glass, and that's followed by some impressive patching. It finally settles to its final stage at half a finger. It may be malts more than anything, but it's impressive.
Malts it is. I don't get any real pungency out of this beer; in fact, it's hard to smell much of anything. When I do, I get biscuit, caramel, a bi of a tinny note, and a little citrus rind.
There's definitely more hop flavor, though. Citrus zest, as found in the nose, is followed by some pith, some leaf, and a bit of a woody dryness. This does balance well with malts, which add some caramel sweetness as a touch of a fruity note makes its way through.
This beer has a creamy flow to it with a nice crisp touch in a medium body that's almost light. Carbonation is a bit fluffy but is kept in check.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 14:31:31 | More by Brenden
Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.