Carolina India Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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: 95 | Hads: 147
Photo of GarthDanielson
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Brenden
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of netrioter
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
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 (981 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -23%
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. (1,829 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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... (845 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the RDU airport main terminal - Vintage Wines store, but always 4 good micros on draft. Server didnt seem too excited about walking me through the though.

But I digress - pours a medium amber, with good foam, and a decent stickiness. Strong pine/grassy smell. Taste is a firm hop, but with a good malt balance that blends in really nicely. Good carbonation - the whole beer comes together very nicely. Very drinkable, and an excellent pre-flight option. (471 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with an orangish hue. There's a short lived, foamy head. The smell is citrusy hop aroma and orange peel with faint malt. The taste is malty but sweet, almost apple-like, with faint citrus, earthy hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, though a little thin at times, and smooth.

This beer has solid hop character, but has weak malt content to back it up. It's a little thin and underwhelming for me. (422 characters)

Photo of AngusOg
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After all the double IPAs and hoppy IPAs I've been drinking lately, it has either jaded me a bit or this one is just much more subdued. I was waiting for that hop punch to hit me over the head, and it just wasn't there. This one reminded me more of a British IPA, much more balance. In fact alot of maltiness in the nose and flavor, with just some hop bitterness in the finish. Still, not a bad brew at all, quite enjoyable and sessionable. Not one i will seek out again, but solid for sure. (491 characters)

Photo of 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. (772 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ewright for this.

A: Clear orangish amber. A nice white head, though it dissipated to a bunch of large bubbles rather quickly.

S: Nice amounts of pine and grass. Note of citrus, along side the piney punch. There is a slight biscuity flour smell that I usually associate with English Yeast strains.

T: Bready and biscuit flavor come right out. The hops pack a bitter punch of grassy Piney goodness. Definite focus on the bittering in this one.

M: A little on the watery side, carbonation seems to work out.

D: I prefer a little more hop flavor in comparison to the bittering, but it is still good. A touch watery, but not a bad beer overall. (660 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,368 characters)

Photo of JDH2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Corolla Brew Pub in NC.

A- poured a coppery amber with a thin head that quickly dissipates to the edge of the glass.

S- nice hoppy aroma--pine and some grass--followed by light caramel malts.

T- The hop flavors come across first then the nice balance of the caramel malts.

M- medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- overall, a really tasty beer. I was trying to buy only local brews and this was definitely a good pick. (455 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Corolla Brew Pub (it's just a beer bar) for $5. The clear amber beer was on the simpler and more drinkable end of IPA's, but it was still a pleasure to drink. The nose and taste focused on bright, piney hops with a little caramel malt in the aftertaste. There seemed to be a very slight, papery oxidation note, but otherwise this was a fine IPA for drinking in the summer heat. (395 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Looks nice-- slightly hazy prange with a nice thick head that fades but never disappears. Nice lacing.

Smell: Smells very earthy. Also grassy and a little pine. Nothing sweet or fruity about the hops profile.

Taste: Grassy and piney hops bitterness at first along with some bicuity tasting malt. Pretty balanced and easy drinking. Finishes surprisingly clean for an IPA-- almost watery on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its about right I guess. Even though the taste finished a little watery, it doesn't feel at all watered down. Its well carbonated and not too thick or syrupy.

Drinkability: This is one of those that drinkability is the highest of the 5 scores. It doesnt really excel anywhere, but it a very easy drinking, cheap, accessible beer without any major faults. This is the way most of CBCs beers are. I downed a bunch of these at the beach this summer. Very refreshing. (905 characters)

Photo of porterwoobie
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish amber color. thin, white head. good lacing

S: good balance of malt and hops. the hops have a citrusy aroma. also get hints of apricots.

T: the malt sweetness is detected at first, rapidly overcome by the hop bitterness, although not as pronounced as a typical american IPA. very tasty though.

MF: light body, medium carbonation. smooth drinking.

Drinkability: this is a good beer. its a little lighter hop-wise than lots of other IPA's out there, so it has its own character, but still a beer i will go to again and again. (593 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for this gift.

Pours a clear amber color with 1.5 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention left some decent lacing stick behind. Smells of sweet cereal malt, herbal and spicy hops, grass, lemon, and light piney notes. Tastes of earthy hops, spicy hops, and lemon zest with a pretty good balance thanks to some caramel and sweet bready notes. Finishes with some dry grass elements and more of the earthy and spicy hop lingering. Medium in body with moderate but poppy carbonation. Smooth and semi-sticky with a pretty good lingering bitterness with a slightly metallic feel. A good earthy IPA, easy to drink and session. I'd have no problem polishing a few of these off. (696 characters)

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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.