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Carolina Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2003

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 58
Photo of MistrBackgammon
4.92/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pale ale tends toward the copper range in color. Looks "thinner" than it tastes. Smell is rather classical ale yeast and hops especially Cascade-type which one associates with an ale of this type. Classical pale ale taste but extremely well done. A truly outstanding beer of its type. Does not travel well due to brewer's refusal to use any preservatives.

Photo of 33redskins33
4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I get when I'm at the local bar. Thankfully, its popular enough that several local bars carry it. Its smooth, refreshing and consistant. A great year round beer. When I start homebrewing, I want my pale ale to taste like this, very true to the style.

Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp light amber with a decent head that was relatively slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops against a slight pale malt backbone. The taste was right along those lines as well. The hops tasted good and fresh, almost as if this were a harvest ale. The beer was light on the palate and very refreshing. I love that I can at least find this beer just about everywhere in the area if nothing else, even if that wasn't the case, this is an all around great local brew.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Edwyck
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of HabiMendes
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of doppelmeup
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a quarter inch head.

Not an overpowering aroma. Slight hops.

Nice tasting pale ale flavor. Moderate carbonation. NIce dry finish.

Very drinkable brew. Not alot to say about this beer, other than it was very good and I'd definitely drink it again. This would be a nice session beer.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that the guys at CBC really do a good job on all of their beers. Pours a crystal golden hay color with amber hues that glint in the light. Good fluffy head with a mix of big and small bubbles. Good lacing throughout the tasting but did decrease over time.

The smell is grainy with a mostly basic malt aromas. There a sweetness that is a little sharp. Some lighter hop undertones with citrus and herbal aromas as well.

The taste is sweet with a good basic malt for a base. Touches of graininess and hints of caramel are within the characteristics. A honey-like finish as the malt goes. The hops are grassy with sharp citrus tastes as well. The hops are a bit stronger then the malt but mostly a grass top and a smoother, lighter citrus finish.

The body has a mid feel to it which heightens the malt taste. Good carbonation as well. There is a peppery aftertaste as well. Overall, I'm surprised that this beer doesn't rate better. I think it is a good beer, especially in the hot North Carolina summers.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Ninjaworm.
Pours a hazy orange with almost no head. What head there is is gone in no time. Lacing is non-existant.
Smell is light toasted malts, caramel, fruity, and just a hint of hops.
Taste is very good. Defintely a slight toasty character, with a fruty and sweet malt base. Hops play a major part in the flavor of this beer, but it is surprisingly not very bitter. A pleasant flavor though. More of an English pale than an American Pale.
Mouthfeel is a little lacking. I would personally like to have a bit more carbonation in this beer, but that's about all I would change.
Overall, an excellent session beer. I could see myself having more than one in a sitting, and I believe when I was in NC last I actually did.

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 abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 6/21/06. Pours a pale orange color with a faint bit of cloudiness and a decent amount of rising bubbles. The white head ended up a finger high and dissipates to a thin crown. Leaves fairly nice rings of lace.

There is a fruity and mild citrus aroma along with some earthy undertones. I also detect in the citrus, mostly lemon with honey.

The flavor is nicely hopped blended well with a light maltiness.

The mouthfeel is nicely tangy and tart in the back of the mouth. A good, refreshing beer.

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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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