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 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 JDV
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bonused from EmacgeePours a golden honey color with a small white head. Smells mildly hopped and mild malt aroma as well. Some metallic notes at times. Medium to full mouthfeel which I found nice, and nice carbonation. Mildly bittering hops with a moderate hop flavor and nice sweetness with a slight lingering balancing bitterness. Pretty nice EPA. Thanks Ethan!

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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 CharlieMopps
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: What little head appeared was gone in less than a minute, leaving only the golden-amber liquid to speak for itself.

S: Subdued hop aroma, some malty and grainy notes in the nose that remind me of a subtle English pale.

T: Pale malt flavors come first, with the hops right on its heels, making for a marginally bitter middle and finish. Lots of grain throughout, with the hops taking on a kind of grassy character. This is especially noticed at the very end.

M: Some hop oil texture, dry and bitter feel in the aftertaste that coats the palate all over.

D: Enough flavor to be commendable, but as far as a great pale ale goes, this one doesn't quite cut it. Frankly, I think some of the styles many see as "basic" can be the hardest to perfect, and I'm by no means deriding the brewery. I just feel that this one may need more work.

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Photo of burnstar
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a small white head which leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is mostly faint floral and herbal hops. Malty with some toasted character. Hoppy bitterness which lingers. Not a lot of hop flavor aside from the bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly drinkable. Overall a pretty average pale ale.

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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 wagenvolks
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a 24 oz. Mug on tap at Hooters in Raleigh, NC

Granted, the beer was poured to minimize the head, but still, it's a very bland golden yellow ale with no head or lacing. Low carbonation too. Aroma was fairly weak, with some sugary hoppy notes rising to the surface if I swirled the beer.

The taste starts out bland as hell...gets much better after our hot wings arrive. Fairly hoppy and a metallic tinge that doesn't seem to leave even on the mouthfeel. Decent aftertaste lingers; it's refreshing, but not a winner. Don't pay too much for this beer.

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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 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 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 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 Neehan
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a medium sized, lacy head. Aroma is of grains, hops, and citrusy fruits. A nice, pure clean taste with a nice balance of hops and sweetness. A well-balanced mouthfeel but nothing exceptional noted. The best part is the drinkability, you will want another one of these as soon as you finish your first-- a good session brew.

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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 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 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 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 BeerBeing
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown glass longneck generic bottle, purple/yelloe/white on black label

Appearance: clear gold color, small off-white head, small lacing

Smell: malty and hoppy, but at light side

Taste: light-to-medium body, smooth, but thin mouth feel, slightly malty and hoppy with minor caramel sweetness in background

Notes: pleasant, but average brew, like a little bother of Carolina IPA

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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 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 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 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 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 Dithyramb
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in the same brown 12 oz. bottle as pictured.
Pours a light gold with faint amber highlights. A white head quickly dissipates, very limited carbonation.
Very faint smell, maybe some malts.
Grassy, chalky and watery APA. Tingles the tongue, faint and weak hop presence.
Watery mouthfeel.
Drinkable in a "I've been drinking all night and I can handle a few of these as I whip up the competition on the pool table" way

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to ninjaworm.

The brew pours a clear goldened yellow color with a finger of head that falls to a very light coat over the brew. The nose is a little light for me. There is a bit os spicey and peppery hop over a grainey malt aroma. I'd like to see some caramel in there. The flavor is also pretty bland. Hints of hops and malts hide in a watery mess that finishes wtih a metallic twinge. Eh. The feel is on the light side of moderate. Nothing draws me in on this one. Even for an APA, this one underwhelms me. The flavor lacks the caramel sweetness and slightly bold hop I expect from an APA. Just some graineyness and hints of hops. Not something I would drink again.

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

Pours a lightly hazy copper with a thin white head. No lace. Smell is grassy, some light herbal hops.

Taste is grassy pale malt folowed by a sustained low-level herbal hop bitterness that lingers persistently for up to a minute. A nice cripsy finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Straightforward pale ale. Nothing special but an above average easy drinker and certainly the best option I've found on the central VA/NC border. I'll grab these whenever I'm at Lake Gaston...

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