Flagship IPA - Carolina Brewery
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Reviews by Soonami:
2/5 rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
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
Serving type: growler
01-10-2011 23:28:16 | More by Soonami
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +29.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
06-30-2014 21:46:21 | More by Sburkhardt99
Flagship IPA from Carolina Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.