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Regular Coffee - Carton Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee

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very good

57 Reviews

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 466
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 33.42%
Wants: 219
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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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Photo of reds2harleys
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine brew that caught me by surprise. I tried it only because I trust Carton - this is not normally a style I enjoy but this one is a winner. Fantastic flavor, one of the best coffee infused beers I've had - which is saying a lot. I normally prefer Stouts but damn this was tasty. Highly recommend. Another fin Jersey beer. Cheers

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Photo of mschantz
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a pour from a fresh 12 is can. Yellow orange in color and a bit hazy. Solid two fingers of fine white head. Coffee is present in the nose but not dominate. Malty sweetness is also apparent. Taste is as promised - milk sugar and smooth coffee. Strangely refreshing.

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Photo of maximum12
2.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the Yogi Berra of traders (except for the deceased part) for this can as an extra. 12 oz. can split with my coffee-loving wife.

The pour is a shock, since I hadn’t read anything about the beer, & my racist tendencies lean towards this being a dark beer, not an IPA-looking thing. But there it is. To my surprise, this doesn’t smell like coffee but more like sweet honey. Hopslam. OK.

Regular Coffee is Weird, capital W. Nothing coffee-like in the aroma or the taste, Really sweet. Corn syrup. Sickly sweet. Where’s the coffee/roast? I don’t know.

False advertising & it gets dinged. Doesn’t taste like anything except a sugar high download, dinged for that. Not sure what happened to this beer, but it’s not a hit here. Not a beer I’d recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer but doesn't really taste like coffee. Very high percentage for a cream ale but I wish that it tastes like coffee more because that would make it better

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Photo of LethalChickens
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I surprised this is only an 89. I had this many times on tap and the can release from Feb earlier this year. Its really good but it is very sweet. Tastes like a coffee with cream and sugar.

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Photo of macher0
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevincredible for the extra. Can to tulip.

A. Based on the name, not the color I was expecting. It pours a bright golden/copper color with an egg shell head. Head is fine bubble. Moderate to high carbonation.

S. Very aromatic with a very funky smell. It smells like a dank towel - not in a good ipa way.

T. There's that coffee. Very coffee forward but very creamy and sweet character, like it has cream and sugar. Well done. Damn this taste grows on you as you wish for another at the end. A hop bite at the end

M. Smooth, high carb, light body, moderate effervescence.

O. This is an interesting beer to say the least. I expected a dark ale with pseudo-coffee flavors. I got a beer that looks like an ipa, smells like a towel, and tastes like a creamy cup of coffee. Hey now, it works.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was brown, akin to regular coffee.

Smell - The nose comes off like coffee with a slightly bitter angle. Perhaps some hops create this impression with the coffee.

Taste - The initial impression is sweet coffee. This is not Starbucks "coffee" with so much crap in it that it hardly resembles coffee. This has a real coffee taste. The coffee thickness is aligned with sticky molasses. There is also some bitterness from may be from hops. The impression ends with a sticky bubbly after.

Mouthfeel - The beer feels smooth with carbonation that seems just right for the style. Perhaps since I am used to coffee stouts, I wanted this to be thicker.

Overall - What a fantastic idea it is to make a cream ale with coffee. The 12% ABV is hardly noticeable. This beer is a must.

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Photo of Beern1ck
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've drank NYC cart coffee for over 10 years. They obtain their coffee from the same supplier. They get their cups from the same supplier. They all make the coffee the same way barring special requests. 2 heaps of sugar, followed by coffee, and a good helping of whole milk. Enter Carton's regular coffee. They could have gone stout, the obvious path, but regular coffee is not dark. It is almost pale ale in color ;) the smell is of coffee, just like, you guessed it, regular coffee. The texture is identical to the creamy coffee I've been so familiar with. The taste is milky with coffee surrounding it, just like, you guessed it, regular coffee. There are dozens of beers I'd rather drink, but the mastery of craftsmanship, the vision so well executed, deserves all of the highest acclaims. I don't know how well people will enjoy this if they aren't regular cart coffee drinkers. But this is an incredible imitation of an actual cup of coffee. For you non-cartcoffee drinkers, try both side by side!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into an oversized snifter.

This beer was one I'd wanted to try for some time. So I'm pretty happy to be doing this review.

The beer pours a bright golden/amber color with a lot of fizziness. A surprising amount of fizziness. This settles and forms a fizzy yet substantial head that sits a bit foamy before becoming a lacy layer over the body. Plenty of carbonation continues to surge in the glass as I observe it. 4.25

Pretty magical how they got this aroma. There's a chocolatey and roast-y coffee aroma, subtle but there enough to be noticed and enjoyed. Beyond this is a sweet element that suggests even a chocolate with gooey orange stuff inside. This really just smells like some sort of sweet treat. Delicious. 4.25

Not much of a departure from nose to palate, but in a good way. Still getting faint citrus notes (Citra hops maybe?) light coffee notes with some chocolatey qualities, and an immense sweetness like a soda. A cream soda even. The lingering coffee flavor is exceptional, imparting caramel, toffee and chocolate in a delightful blend. 4.25

I have to say there's a bit of heat to this beer at the finish, not in a solvent-y way, but it does make the back of your tongue and mouth tingle. It's pretty unique and takes some getting used to. That aside, this is deliciously creamy and deceptionally easy-drinking. Where the hell is the 12%? Are you lying to me Augie Carton? Nah but seriously, this think drinks so easily, I could see myself "mistakenly" downing a sixer and waking up...scratch that...never waking up. 4

I'm a sucker for a unique beer and this brew is certainly unique. In a good way. Quite enjoyable. Hell, more than enjoyable. Delectable in certain ways.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.11/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of adam42381
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of almostjay
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
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...

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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!

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Photo of macesq
3.11/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Deggar
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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?

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.