Carolina India Pale Ale
Carolina Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #5,963
Ranked #35,199
3.71 | pDev: 10.24%
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Carolina India Pale AleCarolina India Pale Ale
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a bit bias as this was the first NC beer i tried upon moving down here 4 years ago. However, many many beers later it is still my favorite ipa. A large reason for that may be that i'm able to drink it very fresh, as the brewery itself is just a few miles away from me.

For me the biggest distinction for this ipa is that is maintains a sense of crispness through the entire bottle and is very easy to drink while still maintaining a very hoppy/citrus texture. I've had a lot of ipas, particularly bottled ones, where the sense of cripsness is non existant or dies off towards the end of the beer.

In general the brewery does a good job of keeping it consistant, though I admitedly have had a couple bottles that tasted a bit "off". Still, this is without doubt my favorite local ipa and still my go to beer when i don't feel like trying something new.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

What's up with beer labels? Some are great, while others look like this one: an ugly lion roaring and crawling out of an egg--what the hell?

Pours a bright amber color with dark orange hues. Head is creamy, frothy, a bit clingy, and healthy looking. Big, fresh, pale malt aroma, and a nice dose of citric hops underneath; grapefruit and orange. Very smooth and creamy on the palate--almost silky with an even malt body. Touch of bicarbonate and dryness mixed with some moderate carbonation that's held back by a semi-chewy viscosity. Sweetness is thin but there, and a nice citric snap breaks through the biscuity malt character with notes of grapefruit, pine, lime rinds, and grass. The hops are indeed present, but they're soft and balancing as opposed to overpowering, as many hopheads have come to expect. Some spiciness pulls through, along with suggestions of rye and a hint of hoppy soapiness. Finish is a bit drying and leafy, with the lingering herbs wrapped in a dusting of malt powder and a residual soapy character.

Nothing that'll knock your socks off, but it's a rather solid IPA that's flavorful and highly drinkable thanks to its balance and moderate alcohol content. That soapy character isn't as bad as it sounds, but we'd prefer it not to be there, if only for the sake of a more dialed-in hop profile.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear rich copper with a tight one finger white head,herbal/grassy hop dominates the aromas with an underlyin sweet fruit maltiness,well rounded and balanced IPA flavor wise there is a healthy dose of grassy,herbal hop but is matched with a lightly sweet malt backbone.Fruity and herbal not to big just right makes it easy to drink and savor,one of the better North Carolina brewed IPA's in my opinion.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper body, no carbonation visible at all, smallish white head.

Smell: Sweet fruity hops, citrus, berries, carmel malt, bubblegum stickiness. Very nice.

Taste: More malty than anything, the hops are subdued and not very bitter, this is hardly an IPA by today's standards. As a pale ale, not bad, but the hop bite is dissapointing, although does have a nice maltiness.

Drinkability: Not my favorite vs. the style, but still ok.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color. Short white head. The thin, just slightly sticky lace receeds leaving cobwebs and spots.

In the nose the yeast lends notes of fruit, including apricot. The hops are grassy, herbal and leafy, and perhaps a bit piney. The malt is sweetish and bready with a caramelish base.

In the mouth it's delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation caresses the tongue. Medium bodied and smooth.

The flavor basically follows the aroma, with a restrained bitterness that balances it nicely, leaving an edge of caramelish and bready sweetness.

Easy drinking. Enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a bright copper golden large off white cream colored head leaves fine even lacing around my pint glass. Aroma just a touch of floral hops with tame biscuit malt sweetness a touch of mineral qualities very clean and a bit subdued. Flavor is interesting some grain offness blended with a sweet rolling caramel biscuit malt sweetness with bitterness based around perfumey floral hop flavors pretty brash really. After the inital sweetness I get the grainy nut flavor with citrus peel and floral hop flavors that's about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of slickness but by no means oily and even carbonation no complaints there. Drinkability is okay by no means poorly made this is solid drinking IPA and I'm sure I would drink more of this if it were my only hoppy selection around but I see more hop character depth in standard IPAs that I revisit regularly.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color caught me off-guard, as this ale is a coopery gold, like I haven't seen in an IPA in a while. A continual torrent of bubbles rush to the the top, where thin white layer foam holds it down.

Aroma speaks of pine and citrus notes, but quietly. Very distinctive, however.

Hops buzz about the palate right off the bat, leaving a trail of bitterness, spilling all over the mouth. The body's a bit light for all this, though, making it feel a bit one-dimensial, missing a match from malt. For me, though, that's not a problem. Finish is dry, and still bitter.

Very easy to drink, and just tasty enough. I like it.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Nice-looking dark copper in color. Buff-looking white head. Lots of lace. Aromas are hefty: pine oils, stong citrus notes. Flavor is a malt-balanced hop dance that isn't too overpowering, but each flavor is clearly defined. More of a ctirus characer here, with a nice lasting bitterness. Clean and dry finish. Good mouthfeel and drinkabilty. I like a good AIPA and this one does not disappoint.

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Photo of beerinator
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange, sparklingly clear pretty beer. Whispy off-white head leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy, citrus twists accompanied by malty nuttiness. The house Carolina Brewing Company aroma is present. The beer smell gives off the impression that the mouthfeel here will not be very full for some reason.

Taste: The bitterness seems very balanced. The sweet breadyness is not overpowered, yet the bitterness starts subtle and dwells on throughout the taste. The mouthfeel is solid, but not too heavy. The finish is crisp and pleasant.

Notes: Solid beer. Very drinkable IPA. I often crave hoppier beers than this one, but the bitterness here holds it's own against many other IPA's. Thanks AKSmokedPorter for the gift of beer!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden amber with a half-inch creamy white head. Subtle aroma of spicy hops, robust ale yeast, and a hint of light citrus. Palate is mostly sweet malt up front, developing into a strong, piney hoppy flavor towards the end as it approaches a pleasantly bitter finish. Nice medium body is appropriate for the style, although can be a little foamy if swallowed too quickly. Overall, while not exactly a west coast hoppy monster, but it's an impressive effort nonetheless. Very drinkable, and for the price, almost an unbeatable deal.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle courtesy of aksmokedporter. Thx!!
I am pouring into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear copper color with a fluffy off white head foaming up 2 cm and sticking to the glass nicely as it fades to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is lite and there are floral hops present mixing with some fruity sweetness like an apricot hard candy. Slightly citrusy orange mostly too.
First sip reveals a brief hit of sweet caramel and some husky grain that is overtaken by a bitey hop bitterness that simply tastes like hops. A little bit of orange peel and rind as well. Body is average to lite and carbonation is mild.
The beer is clean and refreshing and leaves a nice drying hop bite in my mouth after each swallow. The beer is very easy to drink but could be a little more complex on the hops.

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Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: caramel and some earthy tones are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, soft citrus, and a mild earthiness creates a very mild flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very mellow and mild IPA that is easy to drink but leans more towards a pale ale for me.

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Photo of clvand0
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of caramel sweetness and some grassy and citrus hops. The hops are much more prevalent in the flavor than in the aroma. Plenty of spicy and citrus hop flavors actually outlast the caramel malt flavors. The body is on the low end of moderate and the drinkability is good. This is a pretty decent beer. Nothing extreme that sticks out, but it's well made.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, blue/yelloe/white on black label

Appearance: clear copper color, average off-white head, small but sticky lacing

Smell: malty and hoppy, very "intensive"

Taste: medium body, smooth mouth feel, malty and hoppy in good balance

Notes: very pleasant and above average

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(800th review)

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a slight amber hue. The head was off-white tall and frothy lasting well to coat the glass.

The aroma was nicely malty with a floral and fruity hop aroma and a slight DMS. The hop aroma was low and citrusy with a caramel and slight toffee malt presence.

The flavor was malty and nicely accomplished with an excellent hop and malt balance. The beer starts with some caramel and malty sweetness on the palate but that is quickly defeated by the hop bittering and later by the hop flavor. The hops are slightly grassy and citrusy and the flavor is very well done with the hops not being overly assertive.

The finish was just dry with lasting hop bittering and grassy/citrusy hop flavor long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and very well done. The combination of all the factors created an incredibly drinkable beer.

12 ounce bottle from a sixer purchased at the brewery (thanks Mark G!). This was last year's summer recipe, but I enjoyed this beer much much more!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carolina- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1!

A- Nice golden caramel bron with a small sticky head.
S- Nutty malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- An immediate nutty (pecan and walnut) malt with a delicate pine hop finish.
M- Creamy and malty with just a touch of oily pine bitterness, becomes slightly cloying in the end.

Overall- A simple, but easily drinkable IPA. A session beer here.

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Photo of Zebatar
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. The Carolina Brewing Company is about two miles up the road from me and these guys don't add any preservatives. I get it fresh and it makes other beers that I have tried pale in comparison (no pun intended).

I would recommend this fine example of craft brew to anyone who likes an IPA with a nice grapefruit hop edge. I love it!!!

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Photo of Bluescooter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Luigi
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber and slightly hazy. Two finger head at first and then settles down a little. Head retention is great. Sticks a little bit around the glass and stays for the whole life of the beer.

The aroma is hoppy. Hints of floral hops and pine. The taste is a bitter pine hop up front that is balanced out nicely with a touch of malt. Dry bitter hop finish that lingers around the tongue for a while.

Medium bodied and an awesome drink ability. I must say, I am impressed! A very balanced American IPA that is brewed only ten minutes away from my hometown.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up amber color, and nice soapy looking hop oily head. Straggely bits of lace move around the glass. Nose is an ultra balance of floral and earthy, pine and citrus hops smoothed into sweet toasty caramel and bready malts. Quite pleasing. Taste is layered and full. Similar variety of hops with a healthy amount of gritty, full maltiness. A very well blended well done IPA. Very enjoyable. Fairly basic, but thorough in flavors. I like the mouthfeel a lot too. There's a good solid medium, almost full body. It hold the flavors together great. The carboation holds up just right. It is moderate and lasts steadily throughout and tingles on the tongue after the finish. Nice and smoothly full too. Drinkability is great, what can I say.

Thsi took me by suprise a little. I expected it to be decent but it hs proved to be way more than just decent. Balanced to the extreme.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Silver0rlead for the bottle.

I am a firm believer that an IPA should be smooth, easy drinking with some clean bitterness. This brew puts that all together. There's something to be said for breweries that don't try to overpower you with hops for the shock value. Carolina delivers a tasty brew you can drink without even thinking about it. I get the flavor of the beer and yet can still enjoy my dinner and taste what I'm eating.

Nice little session beer. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean amber color with a really nice looking sticky, soapy off-white head that leaves behind some loose lace. Ahhh...the aroma actually brings memories of Ipswitch IPA - dark, earthy hops, citrus and sap with a more than solid malt backing. Flavor is delicious as well with its oily floral hop profile and a generous amount of gritty malts to balance it perfectly. Real nice texture in the mouth, medium-fullish with a rock solid bitterness.

Wow, I have a feeling this one's going to be in my fridge a lot. I could picture a Mercury Brewing label on this. It doesn't go out of its way to be over-the-top, out of control hoppy, it just has fantastic balance.

An excellent IPA with influences in both America and England.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color. Thin filmy head. My first reaction was : "Woah, hoppy!" But that mellowed as the beer disappeared. Aroma is strong, pine and citrus thanks to the accumulated hops. Flavor is nicely balanced with malts at the beginning and finish, but with a nice hop crescendo in the middle. Got some lemon zest going on as well. Mouthfeel is medium body but with a slight oily tinge to it. Very drinkable and hard to put down.

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Photo of loren01
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear copper/orangish color, small white head, slight lace down the glass.
S: Smell is very sweet, slight hint of hops.
T: Taste is pretty much same as smell...very sweet with a little bit more hops than what you would think. But definatly dominated by malt.
M: Light to medium bodied. Goes down very easy, good session beer.
D: this is my kind of IPA...a lot of people would even consider this an IPA seems like more of a straight up pale ale, nevertheless this is my kind of beer. very drinkable, would drink this quite often if I could get a hold of it. thanks to limesmut for this one

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy white head that drops down to a film after a few minutes but leaves plenty of lacing coating the sides of the glass

Smell: Fruity citrus nose with underlying malt

Taste: The malts lay down a platform for the hops to do their thing; citrus grapefruit and slightly floral bitterness right through to the finish; metallic taste detracts slightly at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a refreshing amount of carbonation

Drinkability: A solid IPA that is just right at the end of a hot day

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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 164 ratings