Sky Blue Golden Ale | Carolina Brewery

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Sky Blue Golden AleSky Blue Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MuddyFeet on 08-23-2007

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Light yellow-hued body, lightly hazed, it barely manages to scare up a half-inch, loose, white head that sputters out in a flash.

Smell: Dried herb, lemon peel with an edge of sweetness to it, and the perfunctory pils.

Taste: Pils malts, faintly bready, a bit of cereal sweetness and a pop of citrusy lemon juice. Light Continental hop character, scantly grassy with a relatively low bitterness. Predominately lemony on the backhalf and into the near-quite-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Just a smidge over medium carbonation.

Overall: Merely satisfactory; it's not stellar, but fine and refreshing.

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Photo of bellce0
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can served in a snifter.

Pours light amber, slightly hazy, with a weak head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: mild and pleasant with hops and bready malts. As expected for style.

Flavor: fruity for style, but not objectionable.

Feel; Light carbonation and surprisingly full medium body.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bexley10
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of KenC
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legend woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a tiny head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is of malts, grains, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of 13tido
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of memphischas
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those moments when/where The CANQuest (TM) must be absolutely careful. This is a rare CANned release, apparently, and I am the first to review it in a CAN. I have heard rumblings that I have somehow padded my CAN stats and NOTHING could be further from the truth - a) How could I do it?; b) If I did and The Bros found out, the CANsequences would be awful and c) The CAN Gods would have long ago struck me dead with impunity. I Crack & Glug EVERY beer listed under my profile.

From the (very pretty) CAN: "The Perfect Year-Round Beer"; "First In Flavor" (har!); "Freshly-Brewed All Natural Beer"; "A light bodied beer with hand crafted integrity. This Kolsch-style brew is crisp and refreshing."; "Visit our website for information about our brewing process, seasonal offerings, tours, merchandise and more."

Disclaimer: The CAN was dented upon arrival, so I am striving to review it ASAP so as not to have any light leaks or other possible malefactors come into account.

The Crack & Glug came off without a hitch, but the finger of bone-white head was falling as quickly as I could pour. I was left with wisps by the time I was through. Color was a pretty lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a solid maltiness underlain by a grassy hoppiness. That smelled like Kolsch to me! Mouthfeel was medium with a a very grassy taste on the tongue. I have been talking to the students recently about Gruit and the use of ground cover, but this was like fresh- mown lawn! Finish was very mild, grassy with a faint maltiness. Very, very good. It is coming up on lawnmower season and if you need a lawnmower beer, you could do far worse than this! Buy some for Dad, the Old Man, whoever pushes the mower and watch them light up in appreciation.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark straw yellow color with lots of carbonation stuck to the sides of the glass that eventually depart for the top. Hardly any head and lacing on this one.

S - Refreshing, has sort of an american macro lager aroma to it but it is strong with light grain, a nice floral/honey smell as well.

T - Not too strong on the flavor but there is some floral hop taste and a lemongrass-like flavor as well. The grains are light and sweet and zero bittering agents.

M - Light body, very nice carbonation, and a quick fading aftertaste. Very easy to sip and non-complex so it's easy to drink.

O - Nothing to write home about but it does make for a great summer, refreshing beer. Maybe not exactly like a traditional German Kolsch but for a local brewery it is very good in its own right.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of slym
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a kolsch glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of malt and citrus. Not a lot going on here.

T: Tasted of malt, a little citrus (lemon), and a touch of hops in the finish. The flavor here is much too thin and watery to be effective.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a surprisingly vibrant, prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: A pretty forgettable beer. Too average to really succeed.

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Photo of SmokeyDaVillain
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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5/5  rDev +54.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend grabbed a growler of this for a cookout this last weekend. The Whole Foods in Winston-Salem sells growlers from these guys [Growler lists the Pittsboro address on the side].

Poured my allotment into a mug. Pours a light orange with a large rocky bone-white head resting on top. Great retention, and it left some nice sip-rings on the glass. Scents of corn, some wheat, and mild floral tones waft out. Not bad.

The mouth is crisp with a good carbonation backing. Moderate body. This is a very refreshing beer. My scores may be higher because it paired so incredibly well will grilled fare, but nothing wrong with that. Great mealy flavors, some mild lemon zest in there, and a great crisp clean finish. Bitterness is low on this one. I for one loved this beer. I think I'm going to grab another growler or two for our camping trip this weekend.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really disappointing with very little flavor. Poured a clear golden color with heavy carbonation rushing to the top of this glass. Nose is nearly non-exstant with only some slight grain aroma.

Flavor was non-existent. Heavy on the water flavor with only some slight lemon grass herbal essence. Malts were really struggling to get noticed. Even though the water flavor dominated the beer was not particularly thin though. I can see why this beer is so popular at th Chapel Hill location near the UNC campus. It is very easy to drink.

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Sky Blue Golden Ale from Carolina Brewery
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 34 ratings