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Carolina Pale Ale | Carolina Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

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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59
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 148
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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 UnionMade
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Clint for giving me his last bottle out of a six he got in NC, knowing that I enjoy trying new beers. I appreciate it, man!
The beer is a fairly neutral amber, an indistinct color you expect from an american pale microbrew. Darker than Bud, but not too dark to turn too many people off. The aroma is nicely balanced, more in tune with the "amber ale" style, tending towards malt. Toasty, slightly caramel maltiness with a mild, american hop floral/citrus tinge. The flavor opens with a mild, easy going malt flavor, toasted caramel sweetness flecked with apple. A benign hop flavor takes up the finish, providing just enough bitterness to stay balanced, but not enough to turn all but the lamest off (ie..the kind of folks that think Hershey's dark chocolate is bitter). A pleasant enough beer. just nothing at all out of the ordinary. I'd call this a gateway beer, in the sense that it's completely inoffensive, yet somewhat flavorful. I'd take this in quantity as a staple beer in my fridge. Something to drink after work when the last thing on your mind is being creative enough to write a beer review. Sippin' beer.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up on a fall trip to NC. Drove all over to a place in Raleigh that looks like a gas station, but has as good a beer selection as anywhere I have ever seen. Imagin how many times I drove around it.

Pours golden, with slow carbonation and a head that disappeared to nothing quickly. It smells a bit harsh, not quite right, and doesn't taste quite right. Faintly hoppy, with an even fainter malt profile. Not really much to it, I must admit to a bit of dissapointment. An easy sipper, but not much else.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured a bright copper in color and cast a nice clor on the table when light went through it. The head was thin and very foamy. It dissipated to form a thin film over the top of the beer, but without any lace. The taste is of what I like to call green hops, they taste unripe. They are hints of vegetables behind the beer, like peppers or maybe even sweet onions. Kind of a wierd flavoring going on here. The mouthfeel is rather tinny, but that may be because it was served slightly too cold.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 beerinator
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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 sulldaddy
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour this brew into my sample glass at room temp. It pours a very light clear yellow, macro clone??
I get a bleached white soft head to foam up about 1 cm.
Aroma is grainy and maybe slight malt sweetness. very mild on the nose.
FIrst sip gives a light bodied brew with mild carbonation. Not a lot going on in the flavor department. I get a brief hit of graininess at the beginning and some sweetness of malt on the finish. I may also pick up just a faint hop bitterness inthe middle. This is one mild brew. very smooth light and easy to drink but not too much for flavor. If you drank this with any food it would be overwhelmed and you would get no taste of beer whatsoever. COuld be tasty on a hot summer day to refresh you, but not as appealing on a chily Feb evening. Glad I only have three of these left.

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Photo of Boto
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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 sponberg
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Carolina Pale Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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