Carolina Pale Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
13.57%
 
 
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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 dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small white head.

Smell: Rather light aroma of palt malt, grains, with the faintest touch of hops.

Taste: Light pale malt flavor with an equally light sweetness. A medium spicy bitterness kicks in. Splash of cold, cool mineral water. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fine for an exceedingly pale pale ale.

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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 jwc215
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp.
The smell is of some faint grassiness and breadiness.
The taste is of some watered down lemony hops and bready yeastiness with some weak malt that attempts to balance it out. The yeast is more powerful than the malt or the hops, seemingly. There is a slight salty metallic taste. It's rather bland. I seriously thought about giving it a notch lower on the taste scores, but it does have some potential in the taste, that is, unfortunately, watered down. The thinness, however, does not really lend itself to higher drinkability in that it is, again, bland.
While not a complete mess, nothing about it gave me an urge to have another, which is fine in this case, as my brother only brought back two bottles of this from his recent trip to N. Carolina (one for him and one for me). This one is nothing special.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-y color, adequate, lasting layer of bone-white foam.

Sweetish, soft, hoppy aroma.

Burst of hops on the palate, then mellow and easy drinking. Medium bodied, with a crisp, citric finish.

An average, sessionable pale ale, or as I call it in this weather, "breakfast"...

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Photo of BEER88
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Pours a darkened gold color with a short lasting creamy head that settles to a loose, bubbly cap. A quick swirl brings back its creamy nature - moderate lacing. Mild aromas of softly sweet malts and earthy hops - a faint veggie-ness lurks beneath. Grainy malt flavor - hops are floral, raw, and earthy. All the CBC brews I've tried seem to have a really fresh barley quality to them and this is no exception. Solid, clean bitterness and a medium-light mouthfeel.

This is a pretty standard session beer. Much closer to an English style pale ale.

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Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a light haze to the beer. The color is a bit of a lighter copper hue. The head isn't long for this world after it is poured. Fairly decent aroma of malts, with a whiff of hops and caramel. The taste is a good blend of malt sweetness and some bitterness. Not too bad of a beer.

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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 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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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
3.39 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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