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Flagship IPA - Carolina Brewery

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
87 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz can, poured into pint glass. Had a couple of these with dinner.

appears a medium copper color with head that fades fast. mild, but pleasant hop aroma - a mix of citrus and pine/earthy. taste is well balanced with some caramel malt flavor to balance the bitterness. medium body and carbonation.

jmdrpi, Oct 05, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +18.1%

cantal, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mattbrat1, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

CSeavey64, Oct 04, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

Rbowman, Sep 20, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

IPAPaul4512, Sep 08, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

VAbrookiechaser, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Copper and cloudy with lots of sediment, 4 fingers of creamy head leaving a frothy honeycomb lacing.


S: Malts and black pepper, red pepper, light fruity citrus orange and grapefruit.


T: Caramel, malts, the big dull lingering bitterness I love, so typical to this style.


M: Medium thick resinous body, medium low peppery carbonation.


O: Excellent. Been a while since I’ve had a traditional IPA, and this one nails it. Bought in NC, drank in New Hamburg ON. Wish I didn’t have to rush this one, but I have a flight today and limited luggage space.

patre_tim, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

eulerthegrape, Aug 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

AGB, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Amedlin18, Aug 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

Dan_C, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

marshmarsh, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

dithridge, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Braddeforest, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Elmcdaniel712, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

walkinginplace, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Sburkhardt99
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

IPA IPA IPA...They are in fashion now. Sadly most of the newer IPA's just add a ton of hops in an attempt to out hop the competitor. Oh you think you have hops well...

Carolina Brewery a small brewery in NC with two stores has in my humble opinion the best IPA to date. What is "best". My measure is a balanced approach. Simply put Color, nose, taste, and finish in this brew are extremely well done and each are distinct and compliment each other. The only ding if I had to give one would be the nose. There is not as much floral to this IPA as others but perhaps I am dinging nature in as much that any other hops in an attempt to lend a floral note would significantly change the taste. Nose be damned!

I will finish with this. This a perfectly balanced IPA that is drinkable all day long.

Enjoy!

Scott.

Sburkhardt99, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jeffthepony, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Boston_Steve, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

pintofparadise, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

mobrockman, Jun 01, 2014
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Flagship IPA from Carolina Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.