Summer Ale
Carolina Brewing Company

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3.66 | pDev: 14.48%
Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Notes: Our summer Ale is a Kolsch/Extra Pale Ale Hybrid. We took the best of two great beer styles, an Extra Pale Ale and a Kolsch, to create this one of a kind beer. It combines Pale and Crystal barley malt with malted wheat to give it a crisp flavor. It doesn't finish quite as sharp as a pale ale; due to the wheat it's a little fuller and rounder. It has a golden color, and is finished with Washington state Nugget an Cascade hops. We ferment it for 4 weeks using a subtle American ale yeast.
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has a doughy aroma with a bit of caramel. There are some very low spice notes in the background.

Taste: It has caramel and doughy flavors with some flowery and spicy notes. There is a bit of light honey in the background.

Feel: It has a medium light body with low bitterness in the aftertastes.

Overall, it's a refreshing, light summer beer.

Jun 27, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: Bottled on 06/03/15

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and bready malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by a light aroma of spicy/peppery and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit and bready malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of spicy/peppery and earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A kind of strange hybrid of styles, certainly in conception and it comes off somewhat successfully but I'm not sure I would suggest that more breweries make it. It is easy to drink and refreshing for the hot NC summer with well hidden alcohol.

Jun 27, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 06/05/13

Bright golden yellow topped with a small, soapy looking covering. Light, fresh, snappy grass and floral hops along with some low fruitiness, grain, and a bit of corn. Soft biscuity malt sweetness and balancing peppery hop bitterness. Simple and refreshing. Medium-light bodied, a little creaminess from the wheat, and appropriately crisp. Quite the nice, local summer quencher!

Jun 22, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in Raleigh

A - gold with no head; heavy carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S - faint malt but little else

T - a bit toasty, light malt, grassy, herbal, bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't the best Kolsch. The description claims a combination of an extra pale ale and a kolsch. It has elements of both. I'm not overly impressed, but it is an easy to drink summer offering. And I always support an NC brewery when I can. Give it a try.

Jun 28, 2012
Summer Ale from Carolina Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 13 ratings