Carolina India Pale Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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84
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Carolina India Pale AleCarolina India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
carolinabrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 05-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of MasterRigger
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Thin off white head on a clear dark orange body with a few amber hues.
S- Grapefruit, orange, lemon. Light hops just more strong in the fruit aromas.
T- Light fruit flavors, not a big hop flavor, light bitterness, almost a light soap flavor, light malt flavor in the back.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is almost like a light pale ale. Kind of a light soap flavor that throws everything off. Not good at all.

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Photo of Risser09
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - bottled 9/2/2009 - best by 12/2/2009

Appearance: I notice right away that the beer level is 2" from the cap of the bottle. A little suspicious...here goes. Golden orange color, orange highlights, ample carbonation, 2" light gold head. Great retention and caked on, spongy lace all over the glass

Smell: Some hop aromas, without much bitterness. Mostly pale malt and some cereal aroma. Not much more beyond that.

Taste: A cereal flavor and texture is without much bitterness. The beer tastes like an ESB with it's maltiness, but lacks enough bitterness to seem like an IPA. A grainy, mineral flavor could be contributed by the hops. Strange.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly bitter, mostly pale malt, with some odd flavors in there. There is some carbonation, some alcohol, and an earthy, lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: Not really an IPA in my opinion. The hop profile needs work. I've had hombrewed beer that showcased the style more completely.

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Photo of scbeerman
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little aroma or hop flavor from this one. Tasted and smelled of earth, caramel malts, and little else, really. As for appearance, it's a clear dusky Amber with decent but not great head retention; not particularly unattractive. Mouthfeel is the primary redeeming quality of this beer as it is drinkable and properly carbonated. Overall, this could make a decent amber ale with some recipe tweaks, but not much going on as of right now. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of yaksurf
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carolina India Pale Ale pours a lighter gold color with slight orange highlights. It’s slightly hazy and has a few yeasty particles swimming about. Backlighting gives it more of an orange look. It’s capped with a soft white head that rises to just over a finger in height. Retention is on the shorter side and lacing is extremely light. It’s not bad, not quite good either.

The nose is honestly a little below average. It’s weak and desperately needs more strength. It kicks off with a bit of earthy scent, which is interesting. You don’t encounter than in an IPA often. It’s a little bread-like, as well. Hops don’t come through very strong at all. There are some faint fruity notes of orange and grapefruit. For an American IPA, that’s not a good thing. Alcohol is very light and is mostly unnoticeable. Meh.

The flavor is slightly better. Enough to warrant a score bump. The malt base is bready and biscuit-like. There’s a touch of sweet caramel, but it’s subtle. Hops have a light citrus grapefruit and orange flavor. They’re not all that strong. It is a little bitter, but not all that much. It has an interesting earthy flavor. It is somewhat reminiscent of aspirin, as well. Kind of odd. Alcohol is light and doesn’t come through strong. Finishes with a biscuity, slightly bitter flavor.

The body is lighter. Carbonation seems light and soft, but it’s too thin to attain any level of smoothness. I’m splitting the growler, but could probably finish it solo. Although, I’m not sure I’d want to.

Carolina India Pale Ale is an okay release from Carolina Brewing Company, but does very little to distinguish itself amongst a sea of great American IPAs. It’s just not all that hoppy or tasty. Needs work in that department. It’s not horrible and might be worth a try. That’s about it.

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Photo of netrioter
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

9.99 for a growler from Quick Mart in Chapel Hill N.C.

was driving through Chapel Hill near the university and noticed a "questionable" convenient store and i told my girlfriend that i would bet her 100 bucks that you can find drug pipes,condoms,porn and "alternative" herbal smoking blends due to being so close to campus...she would have lost that bet.

They also have a outstanding import and local beer section.

They had 6 different growlers from Carolina Brewing so i picked one up.

Impression from opening....EXTREMELY SKUNKED...im thinking because of bad refrigeration,ive had this on tap before and it wasnt this skunky....it was foul smelling.... i just dropped 10 bucks on it so i threw it in the freezer for 2 hours....here it goes...

Good bitterness,orange hue and even though it was kind of smelly the taste came through.

If youre a Dogfish Head IPA fan you may like this as well.

if you see this in the bottle its worth a try. I think it goes for 6-7 a 6 pack

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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 hooliganlife
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a copper orange with a light fluffy head, light lacing and some retention.

nothing really, some light biscuit malts but thats about it.

very earthy and resin with a bitter pine. light citrus in the finish. malts are quiet. not too much going on here. lacks some depth.

nice moderate body with a carbonation bite.

ehh, not too impressed here. its not bad, i will easily drink it, but i doubt i ever seek it out.

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Photo of cmq103
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good enough IPA, but the aroma and flavor could have been more for the style.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a pretty tasty beer that I was able to sample as part of BIF 24. The appearane was pretty straight forward with nice color and carbonation and medium lacing. Mostly the smell is big citrusy hops, which is ussually a good thing. The flavor falls a little short of my hopes though. It tastes exactly like it smells, with little to no complextity. Not a bad beer mind you, but I think this would score higher if it were a Pale Ale. Overall it is decent drinking, very similiar to SNPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single of this at A1 Brews in Burlington. Best by date, 3/10/10. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark amber/orange with just a paper thin off-white head on top. Tiniest bits of lace cling to the glass. The nose is much maltier than expected. Notes of toffee, bread, and crackers. Minor floral tones present, but overall this is weak for an IPA.

The body is moderate-to-full, with a good representation of carbonation. Flavor profile is average at best. There's some bitterness present, but it's rather bland and boring. No real depth to this. Some light malts balance it out, but the citrus and hoppy aspect is tamed down for sure. This is a really simple IPA. It's not bad, but there are many, many more IPAs out there that I would get instead.

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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 jonziefle
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden amber. One finger off-white head that with decent body; not much head, but it reduces down to nice thin coating. Very little lacing.

Smell: Strong fragrance of fruity and juicy hops. Citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange) and light hints if pine. Vey well rounded. No harsh or bitter flavors, but not completely “mild”, either.

Taste: Definite hop flavor, but consisting of a few off flavors (soap in particular). The grapefruit flavor comes through the most, but doesn’t taste fresh and appealing like in the smell. It’s not bad, but could use more flavor. The off flavors tend to linger more than the hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly harsh feel.

Drinkability: Okay IPA. Smells great, but the taste is a let down. Little harsh on the mouthfeel as well. Not a bad beer, but could be better.

Buy Again: Yes, but only because I’m a sucker for local beers.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From right up the road in Holly Springs, I find this to be NC's most underrated brewery in my samples so far. Color is light amber with little head or real signs of life. Nose is surprisingly malty for an IPA and somewhat in the adjunct range as well. Not the start I was hoping for.

Okay, that's more like it. Taste is bold and full with initial strong malt flavors with legitimate hoppiness coming on nicely in the second half of the swallow and carrying on into the aftertaste. Slightly metalllic aftetaste. Mouthfeel is a touch watery.

A bit of a disappointment but I'll be giving it another shot at some point.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Bluescooter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jtd335
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MrBeige
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

part of a sampler pack from Mark, the owner. Thanks!

Pours deep amber, almost deep orange. Initial swirling head, disappears and leaves nothing. No carbonation, no head, nothing.

Its actually very light for an IPA. Good bittering hop feeling, hints of pine, loads of earthy herbal hops. Metallic earthy hops, i mean it bears repeating. Bitter bite from the hops. Finishes dry, with more earthy medicinal hops coming upon exhale.

Very clean, which i wasnt expecting for an IPA.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't expect to be wowed by ordering a bottle of this at my favorite pizza joint. I just wanted a decent IPA, nothing fancy, nothing overly malty and big... just a good ipa with some hops. This is exactly what I got. Some citrus notes in the nose ]and on the palate. Not a ton of malt, which I was hoping for since I didn't want it to be too big and filling with all the carbs I was getting from the pizza. Just a solid ipa without tons and tons of malt. Nothing to over analyze and critique.

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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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