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Carolina Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Pale AleCarolina Pale Ale

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2003)
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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.8%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small white head.

Smell: Rather light aroma of palt malt, grains, with the faintest touch of hops.

Taste: Light pale malt flavor with an equally light sweetness. A medium spicy bitterness kicks in. Splash of cold, cool mineral water. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fine for an exceedingly pale pale ale.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

oberon, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Kegatron, May 12, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-y color, adequate, lasting layer of bone-white foam.

Sweetish, soft, hoppy aroma.

Burst of hops on the palate, then mellow and easy drinking. Medium bodied, with a crisp, citric finish.

An average, sessionable pale ale, or as I call it in this weather, "breakfast"...

feloniousmonk, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

jwc215, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

dbrauneis, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

tempest, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ppoitras, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  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.

smakawhat, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  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.

tdm168, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Axnjxn, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, tasty, with just a whisper of bitterness - but I like a little nip of bitter in my beer. It has a smooth taste and mouth-feel - not spectacular, but definitely a good brew to sip, or chug. It tastes like a typical American beer but with more depth of flavor and a richer texture.

Cyberkedi, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Brenden, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

blackie, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear light golden amber with a low white head which tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was very lightly hoppy with a slight vegetal aroma. Some caramel was also slightly present in the aroma.

The flavor was carmel with a nice bittering component that was slightly citrusy and earthy, but very low in terms of hops.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bitterness into the afteraste. The body was medium. This one is good on tap, rather average in the bottle. Will try to have on tap and re-review.

12 ounce bottle. Date printed on label, but in same color as label, impossible to read. May say mfg on 04/20/05.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a light haze to the beer. The color is a bit of a lighter copper hue. The head isn't long for this world after it is poured. Fairly decent aroma of malts, with a whiff of hops and caramel. The taste is a good blend of malt sweetness and some bitterness. Not too bad of a beer.

Boto, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -11.8%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ninjaworm.

The brew pours a clear goldened yellow color with a finger of head that falls to a very light coat over the brew. The nose is a little light for me. There is a bit os spicey and peppery hop over a grainey malt aroma. I'd like to see some caramel in there. The flavor is also pretty bland. Hints of hops and malts hide in a watery mess that finishes wtih a metallic twinge. Eh. The feel is on the light side of moderate. Nothing draws me in on this one. Even for an APA, this one underwhelms me. The flavor lacks the caramel sweetness and slightly bold hop I expect from an APA. Just some graineyness and hints of hops. Not something I would drink again.

kmpitz2, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

sulldaddy, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of wagenvolks
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a 24 oz. Mug on tap at Hooters in Raleigh, NC

Granted, the beer was poured to minimize the head, but still, it's a very bland golden yellow ale with no head or lacing. Low carbonation too. Aroma was fairly weak, with some sugary hoppy notes rising to the surface if I swirled the beer.

The taste starts out bland as hell...gets much better after our hot wings arrive. Fairly hoppy and a metallic tinge that doesn't seem to leave even on the mouthfeel. Decent aftertaste lingers; it's refreshing, but not a winner. Don't pay too much for this beer.

wagenvolks, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Lovely85, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

wedge, Dec 30, 2006
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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.