Carolina Pale Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Pale AleCarolina Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2003

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 152
Photo of MistrBackgammon
4.92/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pale ale tends toward the copper range in color. Looks "thinner" than it tastes. Smell is rather classical ale yeast and hops especially Cascade-type which one associates with an ale of this type. Classical pale ale taste but extremely well done. A truly outstanding beer of its type. Does not travel well due to brewer's refusal to use any preservatives.

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Photo of 33redskins33
4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I get when I'm at the local bar. Thankfully, its popular enough that several local bars carry it. Its smooth, refreshing and consistant. A great year round beer. When I start homebrewing, I want my pale ale to taste like this, very true to the style.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp light amber with a decent head that was relatively slow to diminish. The aroma was dominated by citrus hops against a slight pale malt backbone. The taste was right along those lines as well. The hops tasted good and fresh, almost as if this were a harvest ale. The beer was light on the palate and very refreshing. I love that I can at least find this beer just about everywhere in the area if nothing else, even if that wasn't the case, this is an all around great local brew.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unremarkable head on this brownish copper mostly transparant bodied APA. Nose is more impressive, with fruit and hops in mild symbiotic balance. Deep earthy tones in the hops are especially delicious.

A first taste has hops throughout and provides a good medium intensity biitterness and a sllightlly oily, sticky texture. Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry in equal amounts, both considerable.

A very drinkable APA though probably not for everyone. This is definitely a brewery oof note in my new homeland.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a quarter inch head.

Not an overpowering aroma. Slight hops.

Nice tasting pale ale flavor. Moderate carbonation. NIce dry finish.

Very drinkable brew. Not alot to say about this beer, other than it was very good and I'd definitely drink it again. This would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of AngusMcLaurin1001
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best local APA I've had so far. Not to bitter and just bitter enough. My consistent go to local APA when not trying others to see if they beat or meet.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that the guys at CBC really do a good job on all of their beers. Pours a crystal golden hay color with amber hues that glint in the light. Good fluffy head with a mix of big and small bubbles. Good lacing throughout the tasting but did decrease over time.

The smell is grainy with a mostly basic malt aromas. There a sweetness that is a little sharp. Some lighter hop undertones with citrus and herbal aromas as well.

The taste is sweet with a good basic malt for a base. Touches of graininess and hints of caramel are within the characteristics. A honey-like finish as the malt goes. The hops are grassy with sharp citrus tastes as well. The hops are a bit stronger then the malt but mostly a grass top and a smoother, lighter citrus finish.

The body has a mid feel to it which heightens the malt taste. Good carbonation as well. There is a peppery aftertaste as well. Overall, I'm surprised that this beer doesn't rate better. I think it is a good beer, especially in the hot North Carolina summers.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Ninjaworm.
Pours a hazy orange with almost no head. What head there is is gone in no time. Lacing is non-existant.
Smell is light toasted malts, caramel, fruity, and just a hint of hops.
Taste is very good. Defintely a slight toasty character, with a fruty and sweet malt base. Hops play a major part in the flavor of this beer, but it is surprisingly not very bitter. A pleasant flavor though. More of an English pale than an American Pale.
Mouthfeel is a little lacking. I would personally like to have a bit more carbonation in this beer, but that's about all I would change.
Overall, an excellent session beer. I could see myself having more than one in a sitting, and I believe when I was in NC last I actually did.

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Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber/gold with a white hed. Aroma of malt and faint citric hops.

Wow, do these go down easy. Not a vast amount of flavor - a clean, slightly sweet maltiness with a decent balancing bitterness, slightly husky, with some citric/earthy hops apparent in the background that grow with the sip. Mouthfeel is decnt, maybe slightly thin. Very, very drinkable - this is Carolina lawn mowing beer at its finest.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 6/21/06. Pours a pale orange color with a faint bit of cloudiness and a decent amount of rising bubbles. The white head ended up a finger high and dissipates to a thin crown. Leaves fairly nice rings of lace.

There is a fruity and mild citrus aroma along with some earthy undertones. I also detect in the citrus, mostly lemon with honey.

The flavor is nicely hopped blended well with a light maltiness.

The mouthfeel is nicely tangy and tart in the back of the mouth. A good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at the Chapel Hill Schulas - only local on the menu, need to get them some taps too.

Pours a light to medium amber, good color, some white foam. Mostly resides out, little lacing.

Mildly malty smell, buried fruitiness.

Lighter APA, well blended taste, lower intensity hop for balance. Good carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall good beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear and bright gold in color, light white foamy head with great lacing.

S: Notes of citrus, grain, malt, some light hops, and a hint of something bready/yeasty in nature.

T: Light to medium maltiness with a great flavor from the grain. There is a slight earthiness, presumably from hops. The flavors are well balanced with a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M&D: Body comes in on the lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation. Mellow drinking with an interesting slight edge to it, but still smooth. Good session beer.

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Photo of beerinator
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light copper. Poured with a nice frothy head, lacy retention. Very clear.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, with a bit of sharp hop aroma. The smell is very pleasant. The hopping style doesn't appear to be citrusy. It's leaning toward vegital.

Taste: Nutty sweetness up front. The finish is quick, and the bitter from the hops is slight but sharp. The beer seems very balanced. This is a very balanced pale ale, leaning towards an english style.

Notes: A good session style pale ale, from a nice local brewery. This beer is easy to find in the middle of North Carolina, and could serve as a staple for many beer lovers fridges.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, poured with a decent head.

Aroma: Overall pleasing, slight citrus with good hop aroma

Taste: Faint hop bitterness that finishes quick. Very mild and very smooth but not long on flavor.

Overall: This is a very drinkable brew that may be good on a hot summer day. Nothing too complex, overall okay but nothing I would rush back to. Try their IPA for a better offering from this brewer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, tasty, with just a whisper of bitterness - but I like a little nip of bitter in my beer. It has a smooth taste and mouth-feel - not spectacular, but definitely a good brew to sip, or chug. It tastes like a typical American beer but with more depth of flavor and a richer texture.

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Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be a go-to beer for me, but either has dropped in quality or my tastes have changed.

Pours golden with a decent 1.5 finger head with decent retention. Some lacing present.

CPA has a mildly citrus nose. The flavor is just not strong enough. It's there and it's got good appropriate balance hop-to-fruit, there's just not enough of it. Don't know if they are cutting back on ingredients or there's been a recipe change, but this one is definitely not what it used to be for me.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A very thin white head is created by the pour into my imperial pint. The beer is a very clear, medium gold color.

smell: Light sweetness, light to moderate hop aroma. Also a bready, grainy aroma. Plain and unassuming, but nice in its simplicity.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat higher than medium, and the body is medium light.

taste: Clean, light malt sweetness coupled with a bitterness that is somewhat low, but still very obvious. Finish is dry and bitter.

drinkability: average, but very drinkable

I have a very sentimental attraction to this beer because it was one of my introductions into the craft beer sector while living in Cary during my junior year...and because it is brewed nearby my local stomping grounds. A bottled on date of 11-30-05 and a best by date of 02-30 is printed on the bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" white head, which laces okay. Head faded to a layer of bubbles pretty quickly. A honey/light amber hued brew, with a pale malt nose, with lightly hoppy undertones. Taste is pale malts, rounded out with a well-balanced amount of hops. Maybe not as hoppy as I would expect, but still workable. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, which helps make this an imminently drinkable brew. A good brew if you're not looking for complexity, just something to quench the thirst and/or while the time away.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful yellow-orange color. Almost no head that completely disappears with the first sip. No lacing.

S: Smell from the glass is all biscuity malt, and very inviting. After drinking the hops are quite noticable while exhaling.

T: Biscuity malt right up front with a smooth grassy hop finish. Very tasty.

M: Lighter and thinner than I would expect for the style. Very little carbonation.

D: A very easy beer to drink. Could easily sit down with a 6er or a 12 pack and make a night of it. I recommend you give it a whirl.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden straw color, mild soapy hoppy aroma. The hops gingerly put their mild effect to the palate, with the finish hardly bitter, mildly alcoholic, leaving a lemon flavored aftertaste. A bit tart, very clean. Crisp, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. This would be a good beer to get the "ewww hops!" or "ewww its so bitter" people who steer clear of anything without the word "lager" to cross over to the world of hoppy ales. Not that this is hoppy...that's my point.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear light golden amber with a low white head which tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was very lightly hoppy with a slight vegetal aroma. Some caramel was also slightly present in the aroma.

The flavor was carmel with a nice bittering component that was slightly citrusy and earthy, but very low in terms of hops.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bitterness into the afteraste. The body was medium. This one is good on tap, rather average in the bottle. Will try to have on tap and re-review.

12 ounce bottle. Date printed on label, but in same color as label, impossible to read. May say mfg on 04/20/05.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap into a standard pint glass.

A: golden amber color, very slim head with no lacing.

S: mild maltiness and hop aroma's. balanced smell.

T: malty and some caramel sweetness. the mild hop bitterness kicks in toward the end. nothing overpowering, but good balance.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good pale ale. easy drinking, but if you're looking for a west coast style pale ale, this is not it. the hop character is subdued, but the beer is still very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A basic but very nice orange amber colored body. Head though just doesn't seem to form at all off the pour, there is nothing but a simple off white collar though that still remains throughout drinking. Fairly clear, some good simple rising carbonation, but kind of a weak looking brew.

Hints of buttery diacetyl, but a good bread sense with some mild pine like hops.

That buttery sensation seems to carry forth though and just a simple mild pine hop on the finish. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant and good, just enough body to be interesting and no prickly sense of gaseous carbonation.

Overall this is fine but nothing memorable or one that jumps out at me distinctly that I'd want to have again. I would certainly drink it over many other beers that's for sure.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery today,poured a lighter clear golden with a nice fluffy white head on top,aromas were very muted some toasted grain maybe a light herbalness but quite faint.Pretty basic pale ale more malt tilted in my opinin toasted malt and a touch of caramel sweetness finishing with a faint herbal hop.Quite quaffable but a little run of the mill and basic.

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

sitting at a hotel in NC for work, I look the menu over and decide that the beer selection is looking a bit sad for such a nice new building and bar. The waiter comes over and notes they have all of the brand name stuff (big 3 and 3 variations) then as an after thought notes he has a carolina pale ale. Of course I opt for this hoping for the best. 3 bottles later and I've decided this is is a nice session beer with a hop bite and low abv. Upon checking the site I see I was not far off and should my travels bring me back through this hotel I know what I'm buying again.

moral of the story - nice session beer when in NC.

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