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Carolina Pale Ale - Carolina Brewing Company

Carolina Pale AleCarolina Pale Ale

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2003)
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Photo of hustlemuscle


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 05:36:59 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured a bright copper in color and cast a nice clor on the table when light went through it. The head was thin and very foamy. It dissipated to form a thin film over the top of the beer, but without any lace. The taste is of what I like to call green hops, they taste unripe. They are hints of vegetables behind the beer, like peppers or maybe even sweet onions. Kind of a wierd flavoring going on here. The mouthfeel is rather tinny, but that may be because it was served slightly too cold.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 00:39:43 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of ppoitras


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 17:10:30 | More by ppoitras
Photo of beerinator


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 23:09:39 | More by beerinator
Photo of sulldaddy


2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 00:58:36 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Boto


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 14:30:36 | More by Boto
Photo of sponberg

New York

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2003 07:22:20 | More by sponberg
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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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