Carolina India Pale Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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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:
160
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
4
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12
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Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - An almost amber color with good clarity and a thick, creamy head. Great lacing.

S - A nice blend of malt sweetness and floral hops. Not huge but nice.

T - The malt sweetness dominates the experience. There are some citrusy hops and a slight bitterness but it's just not enough. A good flavor with no flaws but just too mild and meek for an IPA.

M - Decent body. Nice low carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink but not compelling enough. It's an IPA for the masses, not IPA lovers.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Light amber in color with a tight little eggshell colored head. Great lacing down the side of the glass but little head retention.

Aroma is mostly earthly with some citrus and pine notes as well. A little light for an AIPA. Slightly fruity with big caramel presence. A little more citrus or american hop aromas would make this one killer.

Nice flavors. Fruity and hoppy on the palate first with some bready and grainy qualities finsihing out the flavor. A decent hop bite is felt toward the end and leaves a slight tingle on the palate. A little bit of acridness but nothing overwhelming.

Slight thin on the mouthfeel but a nice beer. A little more hop aroma and hop flavor and we are looking at a great beer. Certainly an easy drinker and a solid sessioner.

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Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of emacgee. Thanks man!
Pours a dark hazy amber with a light offwhite head. Smell is fresh, bright malt, and citrusy, fruity hops. Taste is really nice and fruity with citrusy sweet hops. Very drinkable and a good semi-rich body with nice refreshing carbonation. Nice crisp bitterness. This is a very underrated IPA, I think, and a classic example of what I want in the style. Thanks again for this one!

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Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Bottled 4/23/08

This was an extra in a recent trade with beavers, thanks a lot Mike! Carolina's IPA pours amber, a little darker then the usual IPA. The body is clear with a minimal amount of carbonation rising slowly to the surface. A fingers worth of creamy white head formed on the pour and left some chunk lace on it's settling to a cap.

The hops are the first thing to pop showing citric qualities. Orange and lightly sweetened grapefruit are the first two that come to mind along with a squeeze of lemon. There's an earthiness I pick up here and there but isn't constantly present. The earthiness goes away as this beer warms up. The maltiness seems to be on the caramel side but is in back letting the hops do their thing.

Flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. Sweet orange peel and lightly sweetened grapefruit show up after the caramel sweet start and lead through the finish. A touch of lemon flashes through occasionally adding to the citric hoppy touch. This is a good IPA.

I'm really digging the mouthfeel of this beer. Medium body with a good silkiness but a noticeable carbonation that massages the tongue nicely. Leaves a growing bitterness behind.

This is an IPA I would have no problem drinking a few at a time. The lower abv (compared to others of the style) and silky mouthfeel keep this beer flowing freely.

This is a very solid IPA from Carolina Brewing. Good hop characteristics along with a muted maltiness and high drinkability make for an enjoyable beer. I would buy this often if available in my area.

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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 tayner
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nice copper color, clear enough to see bubbles rising up in it, pillow-y white head that keeps a thick ring and skim coating on top and laces quite nicely. Very attractive beer.

Smell is of a pine-y, earthy hop nose, the kind I prefer, so going in I have high hopes. I can also smell some sweetness of the malts, so again I am hoping for a well balanced, earthy hop IPA.

Taste is a little more on the floral hop side than the nose is. Perhaps they used a more pine-y type of aroma hops and a more floral flavoring hop. I wish it were the other way around. The hops are fairly well balanced in this beer nonetheless, not overbearing or overstated at all, but they are unquestionably there making it an IPA. It is not a complex, over the top beer by any means, but a solid floral IPA.

There is plenty of carbonation that holds a thick ring and skim coat of head the entire beer, and leaves a good amount of lacing for the entire glass. The carbonation also makes the mouthfeel light and refreshing while i am still able to notice an oily residue on my tongue which helps balance the malty background quite nice.

I could session this one pretty easy, especially on a hot summer day, or when playing poker and snacking on a variety of foods. I would compliment pretty much any snack food and is not so bold or complex as to make you think about it too much but instead just enjoy it. If it were local and cheap I would buy it.

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

Lions for lambs? Pours a lemony orange color that is mostly hazy. Some lighter blond hues through out. A soft white head with larger bubbles. Limited retention and good lacing.

The nose is balanced with more of East Coast appeal. The hops have mostly a piney backing with a floral finish. The malt has a bready and toasty nose. Almost gives it a nutty aroma. Some fruity notes and an off yeast characteristics. Not overwhelming but there if you look for it.

The taste is a bit more hoppier than what the nose would indicate. A nice bitterness on the top end but quickly dies for the finishing floral hops. Some earthy and light spicing on the back end. The malt is toned down with more of a distinct bready flavor. A mild band aid taste. Some light biscuit and a noticeable sugary finish. There is a chalky finish that is a tad off too.

The body is nice and dry with a light carbonation. Would have liked more carbonation to enhance the hop flavor but that is ok. Overall a good IPA for lions and lambs alike.

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

A: A vigorous pour yields half an inch of rocky off-white head with moderate retention. The beer is clear and brilliantly copper in color. Lacing isn't great, but present.

S: A mix of citrus and tropical fruits right up front. I get notes of lemon, mango and pineapple.

T: Not very bitter for an IPA. The malt shows flavors of toast with faint hints of caramel and vanilla. Good floral notes show up from the hops.

M: Very smooth. Unlike a lot of IPAs, this is not a shockingly bitter beer, so the malt creates a creamy texture with the bitterness pricking through.

D: Lower ABV than many IPAs (another remnant of our old 6% cap), this is a pretty drinkable beer. It won't wow you, but it is a nice approachable step up from APAs.

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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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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a pint glass at one of the saturday 'tours' at the Carolina Brewing Company itself in Holly Springs, NC.

A: Clear golden color with about 1/2" of soapy white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Great floral hops dominate the nose with faint malty undertones. Not much else gets through the hops.

T: Great balance between malt flavors and hops with a bit more of the latter. Even thought the malt flavors come through, I was surprised at how dry the brew was and how well it complimented the other flavor components. The linger has the nice hoppy bitterness that you would expect from an IPA but it doesn't over do it. Very nice.

M&D: Mouthfeel is about perfect for the style, with just the right amount of carbonation to accentuate the flavors - lighter in weight, lively bubbles, and level finish. This would be a good session beer, especially on a hot day. Nice.

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

Smells of tasty hops with a slight malty edge. More on the fruity side of it. Taste is citrusy hops, earthy, a bit grassy. Green tea flavors. Caramel and toffee malts that come out more as it warms a bit. Very well balanced. One of the most refreshing and drinkable IPAs I have had. Not incredible, but it would be great for a hot day or tailgate. Even sessionable at such a low ABV for an IPA. This is becoming one of my regular IPA purchases at only 7 bucks a sixer, and very fresh, since I live less than an hour from the brewery.

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Photo of mcallister
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking IPA. A deep copper color with a sporadic seperated white head. Fades into a bubbly mess leaving erratic lacing here and there.

Good floral bouquet with caramel undertones that lead into a fruity sweet hop aromas that lend toward citrus and stone fruits.

Nice bitterness with a slightly grainy, chalky finish. Not overly appetizing. The same fruits as in the nose but hard to pinpoint. Very stone fruit driven with more of a floral almost herbal feel. Caramel backbone makes this a very balanced IPA. If not for the slightly unpleasant finish this would be much better.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer sent my way via trade with limesmut!. Cool!.

Decent drinking IPA from the Carolinas’, this would work well in the summer heat.

Clear amber pour, lacey pop top of ivory – sheds lace all the way down the Bitburger pilsner glass. Aroma reminded me of a West Coast IPA – pretty darn piney with a good dose of citrus. Quaff added some woody vine – although just a touch raspy.

Medium bodied and enjoyable for the short time it was with me.

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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 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 jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this beer while vacationing down on the Outer Banks was in a long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap,served in a nonic glass.

Light to medium amber color with a cloudy/hazy apperance. 1" slightly off white head quickly dissapated to just a coating with a slight amount of carbination.

Grassy/flowery with a moderate resiny pine note with light sweet malty notes. The aroma was a bit faint for an ipa.

Grassy,dried malt.astrigent with sweet toasty malt flavors,some light piney resin with citrus notes. Very nice balance finishes with a light smooth citrus peel edge.

Tangy and juicy,a touch on the light side for an ipa. One of those beers that grows on you with every sip. Good,solid drinkable ipa with have no trouble finishing the sixer i bought.

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

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber with a diminishing head that still leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of light pine hops and sweet caramel. The taste is a decent balance that is just barely dominated by citrus and pine hops. The beer is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. This is a very enjoyable standard IPA, nothing extraordinary, but worthy of me supporting a local brewery.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh, NC.

Waitress brought out an amber-orange colored ale with a thin khaki head that retained well and left fantastically dense lacing down the sides of the pint glass. Aroma was so-so, with watered-down notes of hops, citrus, and sweet caramels.

The taste was pretty spot on for an IPA. Lots of sweet caramel notes and a big, bitter hop presence. This beer surprised me, as it's one-thousand percent better than Carolina Brewing's Pale Ale (blech!). Anyway, the mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing, with a medium/thin body that left a great bitter finish that lingered long enough to compliment the meal. I'd definately have this again, but I get the feeling that the bottled brews probably leave a bit to be desired, so I'd only go for another draught.

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

Carolina IPA had a distinct hop aroma typical for the IPA style. The taste matched the smell well; very spicy on the front with light flowery notes in the finish. The taste lingered on the tongue but was not overpowering or unpleasant. I enjoyed the texture of this IPA which was on the lighter side; I expected something a little bigger from an IPA. This beer is easy to drink, but I would not suggest gulping any IPA. The time put in to finding the intricate balance of hops and rich malts is well done and should be savored.
Cheers!

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

Thanks to limesmut for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date is unreadable...oh well...

What the hell is going on with this label?!?! A lion coming out of an egg? Must be something southern...interesting. I guess I'm just a damn yankee. Pours a nice copper hue with a one finger off-white head. Lacing is pretty good, sticks well to the glass. Smell is a nice earthy citrus aroma with some sticky pine in there as well. To me, the taste of this seems to be more of a pale ale. Nice hop/malt balance, but not a big enough hop punch to make this an IPA. Very grassy malt flavor with a blend of citrus hop...unique flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light/medium with a nice mild carbonation. Drinkability is quite good for an IPA, but once again, probably because it falls more into the Pale Ale category. Can't complain though, I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of burnstar
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty coppery color with a nice thick head. Lots of lacing on the glass and surface. Smell is nice citrusy floral hops. Perhaps not quite as hoppy as your typical American IPA. Nice citrusy grapefruity hop profile. A bit of toasted malt note is present and seems somewhat out of place. Medium full mouthfeel. Easily drinkable

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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 malcontent
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy body, somewhere between orange and golden, with a somewhat feeble head. Still, I like the color.

A very fragrant brew; tangerines, golden raisins and some herbal twang in there, too. There's even a sweet, candy-like scent that edges its way in. Hits you a full foot away from the glass!

I appreciate the hop content, which is ample, but there's something amiss here. A strange mustiness that would be right at home in a saison has invited itself into this IPA. It really interferes with the nice pine taste that is shining through at points. Also, that same sweet smell has translated into an unbalanced citrus taste. There's a lot right with this beer but more wrong.

Not overly carbonated and there is no residual oiliness that sometimes plagues hoppy beers. However, the screwy balance of tastes makes this a beer that I'm not likely to seek out again.

Thanks to Lhasa for the taste

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As I live about 5 miles from the brewery, I always try to have their product in my fridge. Their IPA is, in my opinion, there best year-round brew, so I try always to have some on hand.

A: Pours a light copper with an OK head. I'm sure I could get more out of it with a more vigorous pour, but who has the time for that? The head dies down after a bit and leaves bits of lace in my glass.

S: Nothing overpowering, but nice none the less. A deep undertone of earthy hops, almost dirt like. Some mild fruit and maltiness up front to act as slight foils to the hops.

T: Again, not overpowering, and as far as an IPA goes, not that complex. The tastes really blend well, very balanced if I do say so. Matliness eventuall turns into a grassy, bitter hop flavor that doesn't overwhelm. Much like the smell, nothing overpowering. As far as IPAs go, this one can be considered tame, but this will contribute to its drinkabilty.

M&D: Nice mouthfeel. Really what a beer should feel like. Slight carbonation, medium body. Feels like you could just let it wander in your mouth for as long as you wanted and it would still be a nice beer. Drinkability is excellent. If ever there was an IPA that I could sip while relaxing or take to a tailgating session, this one is it.

What can I say? I've put off reviewing this beer for a while because I didn't want to do it any injustice. I still feel my review is lacking, so this is one I will definately revisit as I develope my reviewing skills. I really love this beer, probably the first I have really taken a keen liking to. Is it perfect, of course not. But it's absolutely a great beer from pretty damn good brewery right in my back yard. I can't recommend it enough if you are looking for a nice IPA for any occassion.

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Carolina India Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
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