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Carolina Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2003

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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light copper. Poured with a nice frothy head, lacy retention. Very clear.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, with a bit of sharp hop aroma. The smell is very pleasant. The hopping style doesn't appear to be citrusy. It's leaning toward vegital.

Taste: Nutty sweetness up front. The finish is quick, and the bitter from the hops is slight but sharp. The beer seems very balanced. This is a very balanced pale ale, leaning towards an english style.

Notes: A good session style pale ale, from a nice local brewery. This beer is easy to find in the middle of North Carolina, and could serve as a staple for many beer lovers fridges.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery today,poured a lighter clear golden with a nice fluffy white head on top,aromas were very muted some toasted grain maybe a light herbalness but quite faint.Pretty basic pale ale more malt tilted in my opinin toasted malt and a touch of caramel sweetness finishing with a faint herbal hop.Quite quaffable but a little run of the mill and basic.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the bottom ridge.
Light gold to brassy color, no visible carbonation wiht zero head. This beer
is a very bland IPA with very uninteresting and nearly nonpresent hop characteristics. There
is a distinct skunkiness to this beer. The brew is undercarbonated and very thin, bordering upon watery. I cannot come up with much comliment for this beer save for the mission statement printed on the bottle, which creates inspiration unfulfilled by this particular product.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear and bright gold in color, light white foamy head with great lacing.

S: Notes of citrus, grain, malt, some light hops, and a hint of something bready/yeasty in nature.

T: Light to medium maltiness with a great flavor from the grain. There is a slight earthiness, presumably from hops. The flavors are well balanced with a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M&D: Body comes in on the lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation. Mellow drinking with an interesting slight edge to it, but still smooth. Good session beer.

Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber/gold with a white hed. Aroma of malt and faint citric hops.

Wow, do these go down easy. Not a vast amount of flavor - a clean, slightly sweet maltiness with a decent balancing bitterness, slightly husky, with some citric/earthy hops apparent in the background that grow with the sip. Mouthfeel is decnt, maybe slightly thin. Very, very drinkable - this is Carolina lawn mowing beer at its finest.

Photo of Brenden
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This pale ale is in the moderate range for the style, just a bit darker than medium yellow. A good-sized clean white head is fluffy and has some density, so it holds up well. After a time, what it's settled to is a hefty foam that leaves steady, even, and thick patches of lacing in plenty on the sides of the glass.
Overall, this beer is fairly unambitious; as a result, it's also uninteresting. It's pretty standard, middle-of-the-road stuff. A light dose of floral hops, some caramel malts, and a note of grains underneath are the essence of it, with a mildly herbal note soaking into the finish. It's certainly easy drinking.
There's a good smoothness that's almost creamy in a body on the light side of medium. Crispness is there, but it needs a little more to keep it up the entire session.

Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of head. The nose is grassy with faint malt notes. The taste is faint malt followed by a floral, citrusy hop character. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp; at times a little thin.

Overall this is not a bad beer. It's sessionable and has just enough hop character to keep me interested. Most local places around here carry it on tap, and in a pinch it's a go-to.

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, poured with a decent head.

Aroma: Overall pleasing, slight citrus with good hop aroma

Taste: Faint hop bitterness that finishes quick. Very mild and very smooth but not long on flavor.

Overall: This is a very drinkable brew that may be good on a hot summer day. Nothing too complex, overall okay but nothing I would rush back to. Try their IPA for a better offering from this brewer.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills. Pours a clear amber with a very short head and faint aroma of fresh bread and orange peel. This beer basically tastes a toned-down Sierra Nevada. The citrus and pine hop notes are mellow and smooth instead of crisp and biting. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but this pale ale just isn't flavorful as most. Still, this is a fine session beer.

Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a foamy ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a fairly thin and fizzy look, which leaves some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is floral, with some earthy citrus and a touch of dry spice being present. Light toasted sweetness adds some malty presence in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is sweet with malts and light fruit, being balanced by a green and spicy hop bite. Finishes dry and earthy feeling. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied. This has a mostly smooth creaminess going on with it but there's a bit of a prickle running through it as well. Feels a little light for almost 6%.

Eh, kind of fairly average Pale Ale selection here that lacked presence in the nose and on the palate. I've give this another shot if I saw it on draft but this was mostly forgettable after I finished with the glass.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at the Chapel Hill Schulas - only local on the menu, need to get them some taps too.

Pours a light to medium amber, good color, some white foam. Mostly resides out, little lacing.

Mildly malty smell, buried fruitiness.

Lighter APA, well blended taste, lower intensity hop for balance. Good carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall good beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is orange gold and lacks carbonation. The head is small an d restrained, just a pad off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is nice earthy hops with a bit of fruit.

The taste is about th same with a nuttiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad off but not flat the carbonation is ok at best and the body is good at medium.

The drinklability is ok. Not a bad beer not worth hunting down. MK

Photo of Dodo2step
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Skeeordye

A- a nice yellow/orange/mahogany color that is quite clear. No head at all though.

S- a huge punch of biscuit malts strikes the nose. Smells like dough kneaded with malt vinegar.

T- taste mimics the nose. Nothing to extraordinary to note.

M- bready and malty. a tinge of sourness coats the mouth but it is inviting somewhat.

D- a nice beer to have once and awhile and not too bad. Kind of reminds me of yuengling lager.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up on a fall trip to NC. Drove all over to a place in Raleigh that looks like a gas station, but has as good a beer selection as anywhere I have ever seen. Imagin how many times I drove around it.

Pours golden, with slow carbonation and a head that disappeared to nothing quickly. It smells a bit harsh, not quite right, and doesn't taste quite right. Faintly hoppy, with an even fainter malt profile. Not really much to it, I must admit to a bit of dissapointment. An easy sipper, but not much else.

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A basic but very nice orange amber colored body. Head though just doesn't seem to form at all off the pour, there is nothing but a simple off white collar though that still remains throughout drinking. Fairly clear, some good simple rising carbonation, but kind of a weak looking brew.

Hints of buttery diacetyl, but a good bread sense with some mild pine like hops.

That buttery sensation seems to carry forth though and just a simple mild pine hop on the finish. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and good, just enough body to be interesting and no prickly sense of gaseous carbonation.

Overall this is fine but nothing memorable or one that jumps out at me distinctly that I'd want to have again. I would certainly drink it over many other beers that's for sure.

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkened gold color with a short lasting creamy head that settles to a loose, bubbly cap. A quick swirl brings back its creamy nature - moderate lacing. Mild aromas of softly sweet malts and earthy hops - a faint veggie-ness lurks beneath. Grainy malt flavor - hops are floral, raw, and earthy. All the CBC brews I've tried seem to have a really fresh barley quality to them and this is no exception. Solid, clean bitterness and a medium-light mouthfeel.

This is a pretty standard session beer. Much closer to an English style pale ale.

Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A very thin white head is created by the pour into my imperial pint. The beer is a very clear, medium gold color.

smell: Light sweetness, light to moderate hop aroma. Also a bready, grainy aroma. Plain and unassuming, but nice in its simplicity.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat higher than medium, and the body is medium light.

taste: Clean, light malt sweetness coupled with a bitterness that is somewhat low, but still very obvious. Finish is dry and bitter.

drinkability: average, but very drinkable

I have a very sentimental attraction to this beer because it was one of my introductions into the craft beer sector while living in Cary during my junior year...and because it is brewed nearby my local stomping grounds. A bottled on date of 11-30-05 and a best by date of 02-30 is printed on the bottle.

Photo of CHickman
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber and smells of light hops, malt and yeast. Tastes of malt, caramel, light hops, yeast and grass; nothing exciting in the flavor department, and this beer tastes more like a lager than a pale ale to me. No real hop flavor, which makes this a very pale ale at best. Medium carbonation, it felt thin to watery and had a light and crisp feel overall.

This is average to below average in flavor, and while it's very drinkable, to me it's just plain boring and I wouldn't seek it out again yet I would drink it again since it was OK and mixed well with food. This recipe calls for more hops.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sitting at a hotel in NC for work, I look the menu over and decide that the beer selection is looking a bit sad for such a nice new building and bar. The waiter comes over and notes they have all of the brand name stuff (big 3 and 3 variations) then as an after thought notes he has a carolina pale ale. Of course I opt for this hoping for the best. 3 bottles later and I've decided this is is a nice session beer with a hop bite and low abv. Upon checking the site I see I was not far off and should my travels bring me back through this hotel I know what I'm buying again.

moral of the story - nice session beer when in NC.

Photo of Dithyramb
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in the same brown 12 oz. bottle as pictured.
Pours a light gold with faint amber highlights. A white head quickly dissipates, very limited carbonation.
Very faint smell, maybe some malts.
Grassy, chalky and watery APA. Tingles the tongue, faint and weak hop presence.
Watery mouthfeel.
Drinkable in a "I've been drinking all night and I can handle a few of these as I whip up the competition on the pool table" way

Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unremarkable head on this brownish copper mostly transparant bodied APA. Nose is more impressive, with fruit and hops in mild symbiotic balance. Deep earthy tones in the hops are especially delicious.

A first taste has hops throughout and provides a good medium intensity biitterness and a sllightlly oily, sticky texture. Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry in equal amounts, both considerable.

A very drinkable APA though probably not for everyone. This is definitely a brewery oof note in my new homeland.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp.
The smell is of some faint grassiness and breadiness.
The taste is of some watered down lemony hops and bready yeastiness with some weak malt that attempts to balance it out. The yeast is more powerful than the malt or the hops, seemingly. There is a slight salty metallic taste. It's rather bland. I seriously thought about giving it a notch lower on the taste scores, but it does have some potential in the taste, that is, unfortunately, watered down. The thinness, however, does not really lend itself to higher drinkability in that it is, again, bland.
While not a complete mess, nothing about it gave me an urge to have another, which is fine in this case, as my brother only brought back two bottles of this from his recent trip to N. Carolina (one for him and one for me). This one is nothing special.

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" white head, which laces okay. Head faded to a layer of bubbles pretty quickly. A honey/light amber hued brew, with a pale malt nose, with lightly hoppy undertones. Taste is pale malts, rounded out with a well-balanced amount of hops. Maybe not as hoppy as I would expect, but still workable. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, which helps make this an imminently drinkable brew. A good brew if you're not looking for complexity, just something to quench the thirst and/or while the time away.

Photo of Neehan
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a medium sized, lacy head. Aroma is of grains, hops, and citrusy fruits. A nice, pure clean taste with a nice balance of hops and sweetness. A well-balanced mouthfeel but nothing exceptional noted. The best part is the drinkability, you will want another one of these as soon as you finish your first-- a good session brew.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour this brew into my sample glass at room temp. It pours a very light clear yellow, macro clone??
I get a bleached white soft head to foam up about 1 cm.
Aroma is grainy and maybe slight malt sweetness. very mild on the nose.
FIrst sip gives a light bodied brew with mild carbonation. Not a lot going on in the flavor department. I get a brief hit of graininess at the beginning and some sweetness of malt on the finish. I may also pick up just a faint hop bitterness inthe middle. This is one mild brew. very smooth light and easy to drink but not too much for flavor. If you drank this with any food it would be overwhelmed and you would get no taste of beer whatsoever. COuld be tasty on a hot summer day to refresh you, but not as appealing on a chily Feb evening. Glad I only have three of these left.

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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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