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Carolina India Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-19-2005

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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 149
Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Thin off white head on a clear dark orange body with a few amber hues.
S- Grapefruit, orange, lemon. Light hops just more strong in the fruit aromas.
T- Light fruit flavors, not a big hop flavor, light bitterness, almost a light soap flavor, light malt flavor in the back.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is almost like a light pale ale. Kind of a light soap flavor that throws everything off. Not good at all.

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Photo of Risser09
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - bottled 9/2/2009 - best by 12/2/2009

Appearance: I notice right away that the beer level is 2" from the cap of the bottle. A little suspicious...here goes. Golden orange color, orange highlights, ample carbonation, 2" light gold head. Great retention and caked on, spongy lace all over the glass

Smell: Some hop aromas, without much bitterness. Mostly pale malt and some cereal aroma. Not much more beyond that.

Taste: A cereal flavor and texture is without much bitterness. The beer tastes like an ESB with it's maltiness, but lacks enough bitterness to seem like an IPA. A grainy, mineral flavor could be contributed by the hops. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly bitter, mostly pale malt, with some odd flavors in there. There is some carbonation, some alcohol, and an earthy, lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Not really an IPA in my opinion. The hop profile needs work. I've had hombrewed beer that showcased the style more completely.

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Photo of scbeerman
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little aroma or hop flavor from this one. Tasted and smelled of earth, caramel malts, and little else, really. As for appearance, it's a clear dusky Amber with decent but not great head retention; not particularly unattractive. Mouthfeel is the primary redeeming quality of this beer as it is drinkable and properly carbonated. Overall, this could make a decent amber ale with some recipe tweaks, but not much going on as of right now. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carolina India Pale Ale pours a lighter gold color with slight orange highlights. It’s slightly hazy and has a few yeasty particles swimming about. Backlighting gives it more of an orange look. It’s capped with a soft white head that rises to just over a finger in height. Retention is on the shorter side and lacing is extremely light. It’s not bad, not quite good either.

The nose is honestly a little below average. It’s weak and desperately needs more strength. It kicks off with a bit of earthy scent, which is interesting. You don’t encounter than in an IPA often. It’s a little bread-like, as well. Hops don’t come through very strong at all. There are some faint fruity notes of orange and grapefruit. For an American IPA, that’s not a good thing. Alcohol is very light and is mostly unnoticeable. Meh.

The flavor is slightly better. Enough to warrant a score bump. The malt base is bready and biscuit-like. There’s a touch of sweet caramel, but it’s subtle. Hops have a light citrus grapefruit and orange flavor. They’re not all that strong. It is a little bitter, but not all that much. It has an interesting earthy flavor. It is somewhat reminiscent of aspirin, as well. Kind of odd. Alcohol is light and doesn’t come through strong. Finishes with a biscuity, slightly bitter flavor.

The body is lighter. Carbonation seems light and soft, but it’s too thin to attain any level of smoothness. I’m splitting the growler, but could probably finish it solo. Although, I’m not sure I’d want to.

Carolina India Pale Ale is an okay release from Carolina Brewing Company, but does very little to distinguish itself amongst a sea of great American IPAs. It’s just not all that hoppy or tasty. Needs work in that department. It’s not horrible and might be worth a try. That’s about it.

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Photo of netrioter
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9.99 for a growler from Quick Mart in Chapel Hill N.C.

was driving through Chapel Hill near the university and noticed a "questionable" convenient store and i told my girlfriend that i would bet her 100 bucks that you can find drug pipes,condoms,porn and "alternative" herbal smoking blends due to being so close to campus...she would have lost that bet.

They also have a outstanding import and local beer section.

They had 6 different growlers from Carolina Brewing so i picked one up.

Impression from opening....EXTREMELY SKUNKED...im thinking because of bad refrigeration,ive had this on tap before and it wasnt this skunky....it was foul smelling.... i just dropped 10 bucks on it so i threw it in the freezer for 2 hours....here it goes...

Good bitterness,orange hue and even though it was kind of smelly the taste came through.

If youre a Dogfish Head IPA fan you may like this as well.

if you see this in the bottle its worth a try. I think it goes for 6-7 a 6 pack

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper body, no carbonation visible at all, smallish white head.

Smell: Sweet fruity hops, citrus, berries, carmel malt, bubblegum stickiness. Very nice.

Taste: More malty than anything, the hops are subdued and not very bitter, this is hardly an IPA by today's standards. As a pale ale, not bad, but the hop bite is dissapointing, although does have a nice maltiness.

Drinkability: Not my favorite vs. the style, but still ok.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a copper orange with a light fluffy head, light lacing and some retention.

nothing really, some light biscuit malts but thats about it.

very earthy and resin with a bitter pine. light citrus in the finish. malts are quiet. not too much going on here. lacks some depth.

nice moderate body with a carbonation bite.

ehh, not too impressed here. its not bad, i will easily drink it, but i doubt i ever seek it out.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a pretty tasty beer that I was able to sample as part of BIF 24. The appearane was pretty straight forward with nice color and carbonation and medium lacing. Mostly the smell is big citrusy hops, which is ussually a good thing. The flavor falls a little short of my hopes though. It tastes exactly like it smells, with little to no complextity. Not a bad beer mind you, but I think this would score higher if it were a Pale Ale. Overall it is decent drinking, very similiar to SNPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single of this at A1 Brews in Burlington. Best by date, 3/10/10. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark amber/orange with just a paper thin off-white head on top. Tiniest bits of lace cling to the glass. The nose is much maltier than expected. Notes of toffee, bread, and crackers. Minor floral tones present, but overall this is weak for an IPA.

The body is moderate-to-full, with a good representation of carbonation. Flavor profile is average at best. There's some bitterness present, but it's rather bland and boring. No real depth to this. Some light malts balance it out, but the citrus and hoppy aspect is tamed down for sure. This is a really simple IPA. It's not bad, but there are many, many more IPAs out there that I would get instead.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a bright copper golden large off white cream colored head leaves fine even lacing around my pint glass. Aroma just a touch of floral hops with tame biscuit malt sweetness a touch of mineral qualities very clean and a bit subdued. Flavor is interesting some grain offness blended with a sweet rolling caramel biscuit malt sweetness with bitterness based around perfumey floral hop flavors pretty brash really. After the inital sweetness I get the grainy nut flavor with citrus peel and floral hop flavors that's about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of slickness but by no means oily and even carbonation no complaints there. Drinkability is okay by no means poorly made this is solid drinking IPA and I'm sure I would drink more of this if it were my only hoppy selection around but I see more hop character depth in standard IPAs that I revisit regularly.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden amber. One finger off-white head that with decent body; not much head, but it reduces down to nice thin coating. Very little lacing.

Smell: Strong fragrance of fruity and juicy hops. Citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange) and light hints if pine. Vey well rounded. No harsh or bitter flavors, but not completely “mild”, either.

Taste: Definite hop flavor, but consisting of a few off flavors (soap in particular). The grapefruit flavor comes through the most, but doesn’t taste fresh and appealing like in the smell. It’s not bad, but could use more flavor. The off flavors tend to linger more than the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly harsh feel.

Drinkability: Okay IPA. Smells great, but the taste is a let down. Little harsh on the mouthfeel as well. Not a bad beer, but could be better.

Buy Again: Yes, but only because I’m a sucker for local beers.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From right up the road in Holly Springs, I find this to be NC's most underrated brewery in my samples so far. Color is light amber with little head or real signs of life. Nose is surprisingly malty for an IPA and somewhat in the adjunct range as well. Not the start I was hoping for.

Okay, that's more like it. Taste is bold and full with initial strong malt flavors with legitimate hoppiness coming on nicely in the second half of the swallow and carrying on into the aftertaste. Slightly metalllic aftetaste. Mouthfeel is a touch watery.

A bit of a disappointment but I'll be giving it another shot at some point.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

part of a sampler pack from Mark, the owner. Thanks!

Pours deep amber, almost deep orange. Initial swirling head, disappears and leaves nothing. No carbonation, no head, nothing.

Its actually very light for an IPA. Good bittering hop feeling, hints of pine, loads of earthy herbal hops. Metallic earthy hops, i mean it bears repeating. Bitter bite from the hops. Finishes dry, with more earthy medicinal hops coming upon exhale.

Very clean, which i wasnt expecting for an IPA.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't expect to be wowed by ordering a bottle of this at my favorite pizza joint. I just wanted a decent IPA, nothing fancy, nothing overly malty and big... just a good ipa with some hops. This is exactly what I got. Some citrus notes in the nose ]and on the palate. Not a ton of malt, which I was hoping for since I didn't want it to be too big and filling with all the carbs I was getting from the pizza. Just a solid ipa without tons and tons of malt. Nothing to over analyze and critique.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a medium copper amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that reduced to a medium cap which lead to some really nice streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a mild straw malt, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange peel).

The taste was moderately bitter with a mild sweet maltiness and a touch of caramel early on, and then progressed into this hoppy bitter taste that had a good note of citrus towards the end. The flavor lasted for quite a long while with the hoppy citrus flavor fading nice and slow.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a decently dry texture and a moderate carbonation.

Overall an IPA that gets back to the basics: hops, citrus and a mild caramel malty taste. You really don't need much else...

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Photo of granite
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Compliments of AkSmokedporter
12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a hazy copper with thin white head.

S--- Caramel malt, apricot and noble hops.

T--- Spicy and rye like. I detected a little of brown sugar. The hop flavor and aroma tasted like a blend of west coast and noble hops.

M--- A little on the thin side.

D---More of a pale ale then IPA. I could drink this on a regular basis and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, coppery amber, almost mahogany, that is crystal clear and has a fairly thick, fluffy and somewhat persistent off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, not strong but still appetizing. Hoppy flavor has subtle woody and fruity notes and minimal bitterness. Texture is smooth, firm-bodied and fairly fizzy. Not spectacular, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Absolutely crystal clear dark orange, copper, head is nice film of pure white

S: Resiny and floral hops are only aroma

T: Hop forward with resin dominating, other than that its hard to discern much in the way of malt flavors, finishes a little hot from pure hop bitterness, lacks flavor throughout entire taste

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, very dry

O: Ok, doesn't stand out in a crowd but doesn't have any bad characteristics

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Photo of hopdog
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, light pine and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus / oranges and light caramel. Very lightly bitter. I found this to be thinner and weaker for an IPA.

Notes from: 10/20/06

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with very little head. The nose is not all that inticing. I get slightly earthy hop, light caramel and some light bready nites. I'd like a stronger and sweeter hop. Flavor is better. I get a moderate spicey and citrusy hop with a nice caramel base. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an average brew. Nothing really stands out about it. The nose doesn't do it for me either.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer while on a lay over at the Charlotte airport. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a thin off-white head that did not last long.

Smell: Nice grassy nose.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, very grassy but balanced with bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer for waiting for a flight. Would drink again if ever back in the area.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

What's up with beer labels? Some are great, while others look like this one: an ugly lion roaring and crawling out of an egg--what the hell?

Pours a bright amber color with dark orange hues. Head is creamy, frothy, a bit clingy, and healthy looking. Big, fresh, pale malt aroma, and a nice dose of citric hops underneath; grapefruit and orange. Very smooth and creamy on the palate--almost silky with an even malt body. Touch of bicarbonate and dryness mixed with some moderate carbonation that's held back by a semi-chewy viscosity. Sweetness is thin but there, and a nice citric snap breaks through the biscuity malt character with notes of grapefruit, pine, lime rinds, and grass. The hops are indeed present, but they're soft and balancing as opposed to overpowering, as many hopheads have come to expect. Some spiciness pulls through, along with suggestions of rye and a hint of hoppy soapiness. Finish is a bit drying and leafy, with the lingering herbs wrapped in a dusting of malt powder and a residual soapy character.

Nothing that'll knock your socks off, but it's a rather solid IPA that's flavorful and highly drinkable thanks to its balance and moderate alcohol content. That soapy character isn't as bad as it sounds, but we'd prefer it not to be there, if only for the sake of a more dialed-in hop profile.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this beer while vacationing down on the Outer Banks was in a long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap,served in a nonic glass.

Light to medium amber color with a cloudy/hazy apperance. 1" slightly off white head quickly dissapated to just a coating with a slight amount of carbination.

Grassy/flowery with a moderate resiny pine note with light sweet malty notes. The aroma was a bit faint for an ipa.

Grassy,dried malt.astrigent with sweet toasty malt flavors,some light piney resin with citrus notes. Very nice balance finishes with a light smooth citrus peel edge.

Tangy and juicy,a touch on the light side for an ipa. One of those beers that grows on you with every sip. Good,solid drinkable ipa with have no trouble finishing the sixer i bought.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: caramel and some earthy tones are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, soft citrus, and a mild earthiness creates a very mild flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very mellow and mild IPA that is easy to drink but leans more towards a pale ale for me.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carolina- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1!

A- Nice golden caramel bron with a small sticky head.
S- Nutty malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- An immediate nutty (pecan and walnut) malt with a delicate pine hop finish.
M- Creamy and malty with just a touch of oily pine bitterness, becomes slightly cloying in the end.

Overall- A simple, but easily drinkable IPA. A session beer here.

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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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