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Regular Coffee - Carton Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

54 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 456
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.17%
Wants: 213
Gots: 81 | FT: 6
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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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 456
Reviews by sirsteve42:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,716 characters)

Photo of macesq
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Something was off to me. (24 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If someone just handed you a glass of this, you would think it was a DIPA based on color and head, though there is minimal, if any, lacing. But one whiff and that classic coffee smell takes over, filling the nose, accompanied by a slight hint of sweetener and maybe some caramel. Wasn't expecting it to be as sweet as it is though, though maybe I just enjoy my "regular coffee" a bit more on the roasted side. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, stopping just short of cloying, but the carb levels are perfect. Can't believe this is 12% ABV though, drinks MUCH lower than that. Unsurprisingly short finish. Really good beer, would love to try on tap. (645 characters)

Photo of Liberatiscioli
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I'm not a fan of the style. This was extremely sweet. Little to no coffee detected. Tasted more like milk and sugar. (122 characters)

Photo of chadwicktorres
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really just average all around. I completely don't understand the hype on this one but more power to Carton for getting another beer on the map. Love Boat Beer dearly. (167 characters)

Photo of stoutishmilkman
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
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 (102 characters)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Good lacing all the way down, pale copper hue with a perfect clarity. Smells of fresh cold brewed coffee with an edge of toasted malt and alcohol. Mild coffee flavor throughout, some malt sweetness with in the creamy full-ish body. Very warming alcohol, sweetness lingers and so does the coffee flavor. In the end ... this does taste like a Regular Coffee, with a kick of course. (416 characters)

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Regular Coffee from Carton Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.