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Carolina India Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina India Pale Ale
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134 Ratings

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-19-2005)
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4/5  rDev +7%

09-10-2012 01:15:48 | More by t0rin0
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head that drops down to a film after a few minutes but leaves plenty of lacing coating the sides of the glass

Smell: Fruity citrus nose with underlying malt

Taste: The malts lay down a platform for the hops to do their thing; citrus grapefruit and slightly floral bitterness right through to the finish; metallic taste detracts slightly at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a refreshing amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A solid IPA that is just right at the end of a hot day

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 21:32:51 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7%

12-05-2011 01:57:51 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

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

Pours a nice clear rich copper with a tight one finger white head,herbal/grassy hop dominates the aromas with an underlyin sweet fruit maltiness,well rounded and balanced IPA flavor wise there is a healthy dose of grassy,herbal hop but is matched with a lightly sweet malt backbone.Fruity and herbal not to big just right makes it easy to drink and savor,one of the better North Carolina brewed IPA's in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2005 21:45:03 | More by oberon
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color. Short white head. The thin, just slightly sticky lace receeds leaving cobwebs and spots.

In the nose the yeast lends notes of fruit, including apricot. The hops are grassy, herbal and leafy, and perhaps a bit piney. The malt is sweetish and bready with a caramelish base.

In the mouth it's delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation caresses the tongue. Medium bodied and smooth.

The flavor basically follows the aroma, with a restrained bitterness that balances it nicely, leaving an edge of caramelish and bready sweetness.

Easy drinking. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 14:03:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color caught me off-guard, as this ale is a coopery gold, like I haven't seen in an IPA in a while. A continual torrent of bubbles rush to the the top, where thin white layer foam holds it down.

Aroma speaks of pine and citrus notes, but quietly. Very distinctive, however.

Hops buzz about the palate right off the bat, leaving a trail of bitterness, spilling all over the mouth. The body's a bit light for all this, though, making it feel a bit one-dimensial, missing a match from malt. For me, though, that's not a problem. Finish is dry, and still bitter.

Very easy to drink, and just tasty enough. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 00:29:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with 3 fingers of smooth off-white head. A solid foamy retention leaves a creamy latticework of sticky lacing back. The aroma is fresh herbal hops that are a bit dank and earthy with spice and a touch of pine. Underneath lies a sharp zip of caramel and citrus that adds some thickness to the bouquet.

The taste is moderately hoppy with an overall spicy, herbal, and a dry bitterness that lingers on the palate for a while. This is well balanced by a silky mix of caramel, bread, and tangy citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pricklier carbonation up front that moves into a creamier and slicker feel underneath.

No complaints here. Solid all around IPA with well balanced flavors and good drinkibility. I'd have no problem making this a hoppy go-to if it was local.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 00:28:47 | More by Kegatron
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West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 15:00:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

10-01-2013 19:27:02 | More by oline73
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 18:00:03 | More by Gavage
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 15:16:25 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-29-2011 02:41:29 | More by brandoman63
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:31:45 | More by tdm168
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North Carolina

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
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:36:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-30-2013 02:28:34 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a dark carmel color, a bit hazey with a modest white fizz for head and pretty scant lacing. The aroma is a nutty caramel with a spritz of piney hops, clean and crisp but not real hoppy. The flavor is not typical IPA, sort of heavier toffee grass and subtle hop bitterness laced throughout. Suggests a brown ale / strong ale with a bit of extra hop influence but not an IPA by my standards. It is nicely and finely carbonated, crispy refreshment but that doesn't suit the flavor as well as a brighter, hoppier deal might have. It's not heavy in body though, fairly drinkable. Not much alcohol noted. The grassy bitterness lingers well on the tongue, a little dry. Interesting as a brown ale, a bit disappointing as an IPA. I guess it depends on your preferences and expectations. Not bad at all, worth a try if your in the Carolinas.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 04:33:58 | More by Durge
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-14-2011 23:16:14 | More by ROGUE16
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New York

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

Pours out a fairly clear brassy-gold color with a nice white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell is doughy malt with a strong, bitter hop presence that doesn't wipe out the nose, but makes itself felt. A little bit piney, a little bit floral.

Flavor is pretty subdued for an IPA, but it's a nice change of pace. The hops have a nice balance of citric flavors with spruce/pine-resin bitterness in the finish, and there's a nice caramel/biscuit malt in there that sticks up pretty well.

Mouthfeel is firmly medium.

Overall: Not the most aggressive IPA, but a tasty one. I'd love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2005 02:37:25 | More by whartontallboy
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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
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a very low head that quickly disappears, leaving sparse bubbles and a ring behind. The beer is a copper/amber color.

smell: Big and spicy not-so-fresh hop aromas take center stage, but a touch of sweet malt does provide some balance. The malts provide a light caramel sweetness as well as some fruity hints (spiced apple?).

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body just lighter than medium.

taste: A light, clean malt sweetness is first noticed. Then comes a tea like hop flavor, with a moderate bitterness coming in at the finish. Nothing exciting, but tastes pretty good.

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but nothing special that would keep me coming back for more

A bottled on date of 1/11/06 and a best by date of 4/11/06 are printed on the label. This is a pretty fresh one, only ten days in the bottle. Definately has potential, but it lacks the character necessary for me to rate it higher, as I would like to do.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 03:23:39 | More by blackie
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3.43/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 19:16:58 | More by hopdog
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-17-2013 15:10:03 | More by KevinGordon
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:48:53 | More by AngusOg
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer sent my way via trade with limesmut!. Cool!.

Decent drinking IPA from the Carolinas’, this would work well in the summer heat.

Clear amber pour, lacey pop top of ivory – sheds lace all the way down the Bitburger pilsner glass. Aroma reminded me of a West Coast IPA – pretty darn piney with a good dose of citrus. Quaff added some woody vine – although just a touch raspy.

Medium bodied and enjoyable for the short time it was with me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 15:11:29 | More by Vancer
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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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