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Flagship IPA - Carolina Brewery

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews by 5thOhio:
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a typical IPA color, golden amber. Thin head that dissipates quickly leaving a light ring of foam. Not much in the way of lacing.

Nose is light, fresh floral and slightly herbal. Mouthfeel is medium, appropriate for an IPA, with delicate prickly carbonation.

Taste begins with the floral and herbal hop notes, then a strong bitterness overwhelms with underlying subtle notes of malt. The heavy bitterness makes it hard for me to detect the specific flavors of the malt, but it's there notwithstanding.

For an English IPA, I would expect more balance. However, it's still a decent IPA, probably better on tap.

09-04-2012 22:59:27 | More by 5thOhio
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

Its been a few months since I had a real cask ale so I ran to the tent yesterday serving it up.this poured a rich copper with a nice creaminess to the head.Aromas of caramel and some nuttiness hops were not as prevelant as I thought but it was appetizing enough.Taste is highly hopped but it didnt knock me out with em there was a nutty malt presence in the background that I picked up keeping it from going over the edge.A worthy cask ale my first NC on the engine very solid and well made.

09-27-2004 00:44:51 | More by oberon
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ROBORB

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap, this beer poured a nice copper color with a 1 finger head. The smell was not overpowering but there were faint aromas of citrus, hops and malt. The hop profile is not overly drying and I found myself ordering it again and again. This was a very easy to drink IPA. Get it on tap if you can find it.

04-08-2009 03:32:25 | More by ROBORB
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%

On-tap at the Carolina Brewery. Light copper in color. Thick and long-lasting off-white lace coats the glass. Prominent notes of grapefruit in the nose. Very nice. Flavor is HOPPY! In your face, teeth-rattling bitterness is all that comprises the flavor. Nothing so much as shows itself to try to tame the hop landslide assaulting your palate. Almost to the point of being unbalanced. Finishes very bitter, with a splash of grapefruit juice squatting on the palate to remind you what this is made of. Biting mouthfeel but still drinkable. Not for the faint of heart.

03-29-2004 01:30:05 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-21-2013 23:51:23 | More by dankjohn
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.3%

This beer was just awful. I hate to write a review like this too because I received a growler of this as a gift from a friend, but it was truly horrendous. I was already expecting the worst when I saw an IPA bottled into a CLEAR GLASS GROWLER! If you think Heineken is skunky, think about how much worse it would be with 4 times the amount of hops and crystal clear glass. The beer looked just fine before it was poured, a very hazy orange. But once the skunk genie was let out of the bottle I was wondering how I could possibly finish this beer. The funny thing is that my uncle says, "I didn't know that they made this kind of beer here in America, it tastes like an imported beer..."

I know that some may say it's not fair to judge this beer because it was probably pretty good leaving the brewery. Carolina packaged this beer in their own labeled clear growler that is very spoil-prone then they deserve this kind of review. Beer people know that clear glass is terrible for protecting beer and that's why even BMC prefers to package in cans or at least brown bottles, but a naive consumer might think that a growler-packaged beer is fancier and higher-end. They would've spent good money expecting a good beer to only be disappointed by something that should be poured out. I think this is awful and Carolina should be ashamed of putting such a poor product on shelves. The retailer, Total Wine & More in Raleigh, shares some of this burden of shame too, but I had other growler beers from that store and they were fine. This was definitely Carolina's fault and I hope that they would address it. I will contact the company shortly

01-10-2011 23:28:16 | More by Soonami
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

Served by a brewery rep. at the NC Brewers Fest.

A: Pours with an amber-orange body and a medium size, off-white head.

S: Hoppy more than malty, although there is a bit of breadiness present.

T: Has a fine, weedy/herbal hop flavor; only mildly bitter in the mouth, it leaves a more bitter aftertaste. 3.75

M: Near medium body; excellent carbonation.

O: a fine English style IPA.

05-14-2012 02:38:11 | More by chinchill
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-19-2013 01:14:13 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%

Flagship is darker than I expect, sort of a thick brown-orange. It's too dark and thick to be seen through, though I can see yeast loating around this unfiltered brew. The off-white head doesn't reach very high and is mostly a foam, although at least a consistent one. It does manage to leave spotty as well as thinly ringed lacing.
The nose is fresh and raw, not exactly clean but pretty pure. It's essentially lots of leafy and herbal green bitterness with a touch of caramel sweetness and bread from malts while a light grainy character runs underneath.
More hops come out in the flavor, which also has a bit more complexity to it as citrus flesh and zest are revealed along with an earthiness to go with the leafy, floral and herbal rawness that's balanced by yeasty notes, caramel, and biscuit.
The feel is good, a medium body holding some firmness and a steady carbonation allowing for a nice flow between a crisp bite and congruous smoothness.

09-17-2013 21:25:35 | More by Brenden
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15%

04-04-2013 21:31:34 | More by twowheelssoar
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ipc2000

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-22-2013 04:47:27 | More by ipc2000
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

Bold amber in color with a thin, wispy film of bubbles atop it (possibly because it took my waitress a while to get the beer to my table...), my IPA arrived as a nice appetizer before a big meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Crisp and hoppy in the nose, this beer is bright and bitter, with a nice clean finish and slight floral and fruit notes in between. Solid all around, but nothing to really sing about. Still, I liked it and I'll have it again.

01-10-2004 01:11:15 | More by RockyTopHeel
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

On tap at the brewpub on 3/3/12.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a soft layer of creamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is spicy and citrusy. The flavor opens with a faint malt note that mildly bready and then finishes with a strong citrusy, grapefruit hoppiness that's smooth and pleasing. There is also a good bit of spiciness that adds a bite to the hop character and to the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and a little crisp.

This is a decent, balanced, intriguing beer. The crispness and spiciness work well together to add an extra degree of drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

03-05-2012 09:43:28 | More by tdm168
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

The Flagship IPA poured a nasty unfiltered amber with thick white head that is leaving a lace. The scent and taste are synonymous with most English IPA. I am pissed that this beer has chunky yeasty balls in it which means I will not finish it. The taste is bitter and not too bad from what I have tasted. Would like to try this off the tap to avoid the stuff that gives the craps!

09-15-2013 23:25:06 | More by WoodBrew
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nickd717

California

3.53/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear bright copper color with a white head, nice retention and lacing.

Herbal and citrusy hops on the aroma along with a little bit of sweet malts and maybe even a tropical note.

A bit of passionfruit comes through on the flavor to go with the orange/citrus from the hops, and a substantial caramel maltiness sits behind that.

Medium-bodied with some hop resins on the palate.

Now here we've finally got a decent beer from these guys. This one is not bad.

03-01-2011 02:20:57 | More by nickd717
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a coppery golden color with a thick, foamy white head. Smell is light citric hops with a sweet caramel malt background. Taste is light floral and citrus with an oily mouthfeel. It ends with a sweet but mild caramel malt, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste that is gone quickly. A highly drinkable IPA, that is not quite as complex or hoppy as it's main North Carolina IPA competitors (Hoppy Hour and Big Boss), but a good attempy none the less, and I definately see the English IPA style as being apropriate.

05-14-2005 01:28:19 | More by silver0rlead
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Off-white head. Beer's a light caramel color.
Unique grassy hop aroma. Sweet malt as well.

Unique taste that didn't hit the spot for me. Fruity, grassy hops and sweet pale malt. Decently balanced. Maybe I had apricots on the brain as my buddies were drinking DFH Aprihop, but I detected a touch of apricot.

Good mouthfeel.
A bit odd to be real drinkable.

Overall, a solid IPA. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for bringing a growler up to Ohio!

04-16-2004 03:35:41 | More by PhantomVodoo
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

06-12-2013 00:51:42 | More by rvajohn
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Keith_R

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

07-04-2013 16:46:05 | More by Keith_R
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-30-2013 03:06:55 | More by dvmin98
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Pookie

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-18-2013 21:07:16 | More by Pookie
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2%

A pint glass served at the Corolla Brew Pub (not Carolina's Brewpub in Corolla, the actual name).

A: The IPA is a coppery amber color, orange accented and translucent. The initial pour had a head that measured less than a finger but, as I worked my way through the ale, strata of lace developed like rings on a tree.

S: The nose starts off with a pleasant hop bite, a little citrusy floral dose. Behind that are caramel malts, plenty to go around. The hops are never quite as fresh as in the first sniff.

T: As with the nose, the first sip delivers a flowery citrus hop presense that quickly fades into the caramel malts. The base of the ale is strong, bready with plenty of residual sweetness. The hops, though not as strong, are still present throughout with citrus driving the flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy but not without its malt side for balance. The mouthfeel benefits from the scrubbing effect of the high carbonation levels.

D: A decent IPA, not one that I'd seek out on a regular basis but as a vacation refresher it works.

08-21-2010 18:57:41 | More by akorsak
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-23-2012 05:16:42 | More by KevinGordon
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mobrockman

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

06-01-2014 19:36:20 | More by mobrockman
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BeerBuzzGuy

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-15-2014 21:02:40 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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Flagship IPA from Carolina Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.