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Carolina India Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
84
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-19-2005

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
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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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.