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Sky Blue Golden Ale - Carolina Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
15 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2003)
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a growler into a tumbler

Crystal clear straw yellow, little to no head, disappears quickly. Very little to smell, hint of fruit. Taste, a bit of grass and some grain. Little to no bitterness with just a touch of hops. Has a bit of that clean lager taste. Mouthfeel is extremely light and refreshing, low carb (perhaps due to the growler?)

Not a bad Kölsch, my second favorite NC Kölsch after Mother Earth's Endless River. As a style with not a lot going on this one can be easy to mess up but Sky Blue is a solid effort. High drinkability as befits the style, just not as much going on as in the top Kölschs. Nice abv for the style.

VaterRoss, Jan 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

TimoP, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Carolina Brewery, this beer poured a very clear, pale straw color. Minimal head that exists as a ring around the edges. No lacing. Aromas are tough to pick out, forcing the nose way down into the glass to pick up anything. Barely detecable grassy notes. Flavor is grainy, with a raw, hoppy bitterness at the end. No malt sweetness noted. Low body and on the fizzy side. A good beer for those wanting to see what beer is like outside of the shadow of the Big3.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of saatana
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is ok....it is not the best that I have ever had but is also not the worst. It is approximately straw colored when poured from the growler. There was not much of a head on it with not much smell and a slight taste of hops. There is light carbonation and it is highly drinkable but is merely a decent beer.

saatana, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Omegaf0x
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Omegaf0x, Saturday at 12:18 AM
Photo of javlin624
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with an inch of soft, fizzy, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of straw and faint citrus zest. The flavor is zesty and citrusy up front followed by a smooth straw-like finish. There is a heavy yeast component here too which is over the top for the style. The mouthfeel is crisp and very light with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is solid, sessionable beer, but light and simple. This would make for a good pool side beer in the summer (and it comes in cans for the occasion.) As it stands, it was good to try once but I believe there are better in the style out there.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Misty yellow with decent head and unfortunate sludge at the back, the nose is curling sour. Flavors are a mix of wheat and grapefruit. A nice soft drinkable level of carbonation helps offset the lemon zest hit on the mouth. Overall decent for a one-time try.

Wegomlegging, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of nickd717
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head that has average retention.

Very grainy and slightly herbal aroma, not much to it really.

The flavor has a touch of cardboard, which doesn't help it much. Pale malt, grain, and mild hops besides that.

Crisp at least, with lighter body and average carbonation.

Not too impressed by this one.

nickd717, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Highbury09
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Highbury09, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Keith_R, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of dhannes
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

dhannes, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at the Philly Cheese Steak shop in Corolla, NC.

A: The blonde ale is appropriately golden, nearly clear, with a pale hue. A steady stream of bubbles supports a finger of head that generates no lacing.

S: The ale has a soft fruity aroma driven from the malts and yeast. Very little hop-wise. Based on the aroma and look, I penciled this up as a kolsch. Seems like another Carolina Brewery entry calls it a kolsch so I'm not too far off base.

T: A soft ale, backed with plenty of malty fruits. I was expecting a blueberry ale with the name Blue Sky. Instead I was surprised with an easy drinking blonde ale. There isn't much hoppiness to muddle things up; instead the pale malts create a mild fruity backdrop. A very easy beer to drink.

M: The mouthfeel is bready, very light, with plenty of sweet notes to go around. I was very surprised at how nice the ale is.

D: Hard to believe that this ale is heavier than OBBS's altbier (see previous review). I made it through a pint and a half in no time.

akorsak, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mkf629
4/5  rDev +27%

mkf629, May 04, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +27%

KevinGordon, May 14, 2013
Photo of Amalak
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had at the Ale House at the Raleigh-Durham Airport.

A. It's clear gold with some bubbles that leaves a limited head and some lacing.

S. Not much of a scent. Slightly soapy, possibly the glass.

T/M. It is lemony and tart. Very crisp, but not much flavor. It has a sour aftertaste. Light body.

O. It might be nice for a hot summer day, but not much else here.

Amalak, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Sweenz
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Sweenz, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin, foamy white head. The aroma is mild but complex, with a wheaty tanginess, a bit of lemon and banana, a light earthiness, and a soft fruity apple-juice-like character. The flavor is likewise light and sweet yet reserved, with a sweet corn character that is contrasted by some light wheat and a dull earthiness. The carbonation is fine and prickly, and the overall effect is somewhat drying. Overall, though, the beer is light and pleasant without being too bland, making it good for general consumption on a hot day.

devilben02, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -4.8%

ShanePB, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of djgustafson
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

djgustafson, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of stouty5
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

stouty5, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of dave317
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

dave317, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jfhrtn92
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

Has a pale almost wheat color to it with a minimal head while pouring. Has a hoppy grainy taste with a slight biterness. After taste has a bit of a lemon to it. No sweetness noted in this one at all. Has quite a bit of carbonation but is very light bodied on the mouth. Overall a pretty decent drink

jfhrtn92, Sep 11, 2014
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Sky Blue Golden Ale from Carolina Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.