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Regular Coffee - Carton Brewing Company

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Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee

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414 Ratings

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 184
Gots: 84 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikeburd1128 on 12-13-2013

A Classic Jersey-ism is "regular coffee." Here when you oder a "regular coffee" at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with "milk and 2 sugars" rather than a "black coffee that hasn't had the caffeine removed." Acidic bitter coffee flattened by milk and sweetened; the perfect foil for the salty unctuous savor of breakfast on a roll. For our homage to Jersey's breakfast beverage, we teamed up with our neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic crappy coffee. We chose Mexican Chiapas for its bitterness akin to artichoke, roasting it a little darker than usual, along with Ethiopian Sidamo for its pleasant lemon-like acidity, which we pushed up through fermentation. We added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing our "milk and 2 sugars." Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.

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Ratings: 414 | Reviews: 65
Photo of jsads16
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.Too Sweet for my taste

Photo of stoutishmilkman
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic!!! This beer has a great taste with a lighter color. Tastes amazing with a sweet after taste

Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with an orange hue, small foamy white head disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- milky, sugary and creamy lactic sweet aroma, hints of caramel & herbal/earthy hop. The coffee is faint but does have some grassy, peppery & lemony aromas

T- creamy and sugary flavor up front with some milky lactic notes, hints of caramel, light herbal hop. The coffee is faint, but does add flavors of cocoa, herbal notes & some citrus acidity, alcohol ob the finish

M- heavy viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy viscous mouthfeel that continues to a warming finish

O- an interesting concept with light coffee notes, other than that it's just a really boozy cream ale

Photo of PVMT
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Saratoga City Tavern 3/31/15.

Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a can class. The brew appears a slightly hazed golden color with a white cap that retains well.

The smell is sweet with a touch of cocoa and caramel malt. A faint touch of herbal hops. The coffee is very muted but evident across the back with some grassiness.

The taste is sweet and boozy with some contrasting herbal hops that lasts well into the finish. Like the nose, a very faint coffee inclusion that i really dont think id otherwise notice except im looking for it. Hint of mild cocoa aftertaste mixed with grass or something herbal/vegetative.

This is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. I get the imperial cream ale and think the idea is cool but im not really getting the coffee other than a bit of vegetative aspect. I think the concept is cool and I really wanted to like this but I think its a rare miss from carton.

Photo of chefjohn15
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew. Easy drinking

Photo of Knoxrb12
2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet for my liking.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah. You'd fool me. Tastes exactly like oversweetened coffee with cream. Head even looks like a latte. It's a novelty but a good one. Really doesn't conform to any category. Cream ale? Warm, silky coffee stout? Not getting enough coffee astringency to be sure and edges too sweet.

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Way to sweet for me.. Coffee flavor was fun though.

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick, amber, nice lacing. Smell is a little bit of cotton candy and something vegetal; no coffee coming through. As it warms, alcohol starts to pop. Flavor is sweet, vanilla taffy, where's the coffee? Thick, slick, a little cloying. Cold the alcohol is hidden but it comes out as it warms. I expected a novelty beer, but I also expected coffee. I got the former and not the latter. Glad I got to try it but this is my least favorite Carton beer thus far. I prefer the pumpkin scobeyville cream ale - which seems to come from the same general recipe - by a wide margin.

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Something was off to me.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Possibly one of the most interesting beers I've ever gotten to try. Pours a light yellow with a white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of sweet cream and coffee. The taste was just like a coffee with two sugars and cream, I still don't know how they got that flavor with that color of beer. Still scratching my head over this one.

Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy, dark gold body. Almost no head. Looks like an IPA but eventually drinks like a stout.
Smell: A little bit of roast/char and honey.
Taste: Whoa, this is unusual. Light char and honey. Almost syrupy. Very faint coffee taste. Very sweet.
Feel: Flat, but not bad.

Overall - Strong like me, the way I like it. Drinkability is hindered because of the over the tops sweetness and fullness. I give it a bump up for originality.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Ganley's pub.
Great bitter coffee favor and smooth

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very odd beer. I am glad I got to try it since it is just such a strange brew, overall. I do not get the high rating, however. It is not bad, but I think it is just ok. The coffee and cream ale style do not play well together, in my opinion. The smell is strange and has little coffee. The carbonation is nice and left nice lacing, but it is not a well-integrated beer.

Photo of adam42381
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand the hype here. It would be a solid imperial version of a cream ale, but I got absolutely no coffee from the aroma or the taste. Big disappointment considering all the high ratings.

Photo of almostjay
2.71/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I agree with the naysayers on this one. I'm a big Carton fan, but I don't get the hype with Regular Coffee. Big and sweet, subdued coffee, looks flat. Meh. It definitely just tastes like an imperial cream ale, which is just something I'd never want.

Full disclosure. I'm from NJ, but I take my coffee black. Maybe this one just isn't for me. 077XX on the other hand...

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sure it's an imperial cream ale with coffee, which makes it better than any other cream ale, but I don't get it. The hype with this one is weird.

The coffee flavor is so odd. It just tastes like carbonated coffee. Almost like pop like carbonation. I seriously can't figure this beer out it.

Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange-gold hue with a thin band around the shoulders. Nose expresses light, toasted malts with some vegetal coffee notes. Taste is a bit strange - coffee, but lacking the full body and malt profile usually associated with coffee beers. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer but not my thing - just not really feeling the Imperial Cream Ale thing.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overtly sweet, malty and hard to drink. It lacks carbonation. Heavy on the stomach, all cream and no coffee. It's like a malt liquor on steroids. No thanks!

Photo of macesq
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden yellow; a tad darker than the average cream ale, but with crisp clarity.

S: Food cart coffee; corny graininess; astringent alcohol presence.

T: Follows the nose. Unexpected (vis-a-vis the color) coffee punch up front, giving way to sweet creamed corn notes appropriate to the style. Alcohol is less prominent than on the nose, but a strong astringent kick lingers.

M: Slick, creamy, and full-bodied, with slight effervescence.

O: An unusual beer, and hard to score. Not much of a to-style cream ale; too strong, and (obviously) featuring a distinct flavor additive. But the corn-based sweetness and alcohol notes bring immediately to mind Genny cream ale. In the end, the flavors ultimately don't quite gel, with the unique sweet/coffee profile giving way to cheap, corny alcohol notes. Lower ABV might serve this brew well.

Photo of TBonez477
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can

A: Golden, almost orange. Good clarity with small amount of white head.

S: Scent was sweet and almost sour. The alcohol is present but not overpowering, contributing to sweetness.

T: Rich and sweet right up front. Almost overpowering sweetness. True to the concept of the beer, creamy, sweet and just a hint of coffee flavor. Slight nuttiness.

M: Thick and syrupy with appropriate carbonation. Lingering aftertaste, again true to the concept.

O: A nice novelty beverage but not something that would ever be sessionable. Shared this with the wife and both agreed a full pour would be tough to finish based on sweetness.

Photo of danlib21
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet for my liking.

Photo of Deggar
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i took my first sip from the can - my mind totally thought it was going to be a dark pour (didnt pay attention that it was a cream ale); it has a medium body and overall sweetness to it. When it poured out in a traditional cream ale style, i was surprised. Reminds me of Master of Disguise from Stone (golden pour with traditional stout taste).

i am not getting a huge amount of coffee but really tastes like the can says "coffee with milk and 2 sugars". perfect taste in the same sense of Southern Tier's Creme Brûlée. Might not be your favorite but you would be hard pressed to make a beer taste more like it's description.

Really fun beer. Worth grabbing a few - i'm wondering what time will do to it?

Photo of HopBomb515
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sometimes a beer tries to do a lot and sometimes a beer tries to focus on something and do it well. This beer focuses on doing one thing well. On paper it all lends toward a complex experience. Big 12% imperial cream ale with two kinds of coffee thrown in to the mix. The look is golden with a small off white head that fades and leaves small spots of lacing. The nose nails what it sets out for, it's regular coffee and this would fool me for the real thing. If like a bit more punch, aromas are muted but what's there is great. Creamy sweetness up front gives way to bittering coffee notes and a blended coffee with milk and two sugar taste. It's not overly complex but it absolutely nails what it sets out to do. Mouthfeel is creamy with some slightly dry feel in the finish. This beer is fantastic in its simplicity. The color, flavors and aromas all work to achieve that experience of a beer that represents a regular coffee.

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Regular Coffee from Carton Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.