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 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 kkleu357
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

From notes on 4/5/14

Bottle at Mama Dips in Chapel Hill. Clear straw body. Similar to a standard macro beer. Slightly hoppy grassy aroma. OK taste. Slightly bitter. Grassy lemon flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This pale ale is in the moderate range for the style, just a bit darker than medium yellow. A good-sized clean white head is fluffy and has some density, so it holds up well. After a time, what it's settled to is a hefty foam that leaves steady, even, and thick patches of lacing in plenty on the sides of the glass.
Overall, this beer is fairly unambitious; as a result, it's also uninteresting. It's pretty standard, middle-of-the-road stuff. A light dose of floral hops, some caramel malts, and a note of grains underneath are the essence of it, with a mildly herbal note soaking into the finish. It's certainly easy drinking.
There's a good smoothness that's almost creamy in a body on the light side of medium. Crispness is there, but it needs a little more to keep it up the entire session.

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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 Luigi
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear golden color that produces a white half finger head with a normal pour. I was able to get a full finger with and aggressive pour. The head settles down to a think lace around the glass but does retain and sticks around the glass for the life of the beer.

The aroma is light with hints of lemon zest and pale grainy malt. Not a lot going on but nothing terrible. Very clean nose

Very light in flavor with that lemon zest and grainy yest soft malt. Kind of grassy hop with some hints of citrus.

finished very clean and quenching on the palate. Super drinkable ale.

If they would have called this ale a Kölsch ale, Then it would be perfect!! Just does not match the profile of this style at all

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the mixed six from the owner to convert me.

Pours cloudy yellow. Smell has some medicinal earthy notes and a bit of wheat twang. Those translate to the taste actually quite nicely. The wheat twang isnt terrible for my taste. The medicinal hops arent my favorite, but they seem to be kept in check by the wheat twang. Overall balanced, but kind of tastes like Corn Pops (the cereal).

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Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with a thin lacing of head. The nose is grassy with faint malt notes. The taste is faint malt followed by a floral, citrusy hop character. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp; at times a little thin.

Overall this is not a bad beer. It's sessionable and has just enough hop character to keep me interested. Most local places around here carry it on tap, and in a pinch it's a go-to.

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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 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 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 KajII
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in an English Pint]

The pour was a cloudy amber with a thin (less than 1 finger) white foamy head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of citrus hops, a light crystal malt and a skunky yeast with hints of caramel and grapefruit.

The taste was mildly bitter and lightly malty sweet with a note of caramel from the onset then became a tad more on the bitter side with a nice strong citrus (grapefruit) overtone at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time allowing for the bitter taste of the hops to linger.

The mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a dry texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall a bold and tasty Pale Ale that offered just the right amount of bitterness that did not totally overtake the nice mild sweet malty undertone.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/13/10, had from a tulip glass (why not?)

Pours a fairly clear light copper with a minimal head (even when straight down the center of the glass) that fades away immediately.

The aroma is dominated by piney hops and not much else. The flavor is a bit bready with a slight bitterness that gives way to a small bit of citrus near the end, but with a growing bitter aftertaste as you work through the glass. The body is a bit thin and perhaps overcarbonated, and it is a bit paler than I'd like.

Just another standard local pale ale. It's easy to find, not really expensive, and tasty enough that this can be the only beer I drink in a night (but it's not my first choice by far).

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills. Pours a clear amber with a very short head and faint aroma of fresh bread and orange peel. This beer basically tastes a toned-down Sierra Nevada. The citrus and pine hop notes are mellow and smooth instead of crisp and biting. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but this pale ale just isn't flavorful as most. Still, this is a fine session beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a foamy ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a fairly thin and fizzy look, which leaves some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is floral, with some earthy citrus and a touch of dry spice being present. Light toasted sweetness adds some malty presence in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is sweet with malts and light fruit, being balanced by a green and spicy hop bite. Finishes dry and earthy feeling. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied. This has a mostly smooth creaminess going on with it but there's a bit of a prickle running through it as well. Feels a little light for almost 6%.

Eh, kind of fairly average Pale Ale selection here that lacked presence in the nose and on the palate. I've give this another shot if I saw it on draft but this was mostly forgettable after I finished with the glass.

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Photo of CHickman
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber and smells of light hops, malt and yeast. Tastes of malt, caramel, light hops, yeast and grass; nothing exciting in the flavor department, and this beer tastes more like a lager than a pale ale to me. No real hop flavor, which makes this a very pale ale at best. Medium carbonation, it felt thin to watery and had a light and crisp feel overall.

This is average to below average in flavor, and while it's very drinkable, to me it's just plain boring and I wouldn't seek it out again yet I would drink it again since it was OK and mixed well with food. This recipe calls for more hops.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the bottom ridge.
Light gold to brassy color, no visible carbonation wiht zero head. This beer
is a very bland IPA with very uninteresting and nearly nonpresent hop characteristics. There
is a distinct skunkiness to this beer. The brew is undercarbonated and very thin, bordering upon watery. I cannot come up with much comliment for this beer save for the mission statement printed on the bottle, which creates inspiration unfulfilled by this particular product.

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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 Dodo2step
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Skeeordye

A- a nice yellow/orange/mahogany color that is quite clear. No head at all though.

S- a huge punch of biscuit malts strikes the nose. Smells like dough kneaded with malt vinegar.

T- taste mimics the nose. Nothing to extraordinary to note.

M- bready and malty. a tinge of sourness coats the mouth but it is inviting somewhat.

D- a nice beer to have once and awhile and not too bad. Kind of reminds me of yuengling lager.

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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 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 cottonkoozie
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good deep honey color, medium head, that faded to a thin whispy head. Left great lacing.

S - Malts and hops, good, but not great. Not the most complex pale ale out there.

T - Taste was just average for me for a pale ale. Malts and hops like you expect, but not the best hops flavors in this one. Provided bitterness, but not much else. Would have liked more citrus hops flavors, instead I tasted more of a somewhat grassy hops flavor.

M - Mouthfeel had a good body.

D - Good drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Good beer, but not my favorite pale ale out there. I just want a little more complex hops flavors than what I got. Could have been the batch I guess because I expected more from this one.

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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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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tdt560 for hooking this up in a trade

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly minimal lacing

S - Is very earthy from the malt to the hops

T - Isn't very impressive a little sweet in the malt finishes with some bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good every day type of beer if I was in NC it would probably be in the fridge to grab after work but it really isn't that exciting just a good average beer

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear pale amber body with no head beyond a tiny ring at the top of the glass. Freckles of lacing dot the glass.

The smell of the drink is a bit of sourish malt with a bit of toastiness and earthy hops.

The taste of the drink is sweet and malty with a bit of bitterness in a lightly-astringent, sweetened-iced tea finish.

Medium-bodied and virtually devoid of carbonation with a pleasant stickiness, but not very good to look at, smell, or drink.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is orange gold and lacks carbonation. The head is small an d restrained, just a pad off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is nice earthy hops with a bit of fruit.

The taste is about th same with a nuttiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad off but not flat the carbonation is ok at best and the body is good at medium.

The drinklability is ok. Not a bad beer not worth hunting down. MK

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