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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Cream Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,408
4.23 | pDev: 9.69%
May 20, 2022
Dec 13, 2013
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Notes: 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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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Pillowy two fingers worth or lush creamy light khaki colored froth... Excellent retention... Color is a slightly hazed pale honey amber... Coffee doesn't signal coffee in the traditional sense, but rather loaded with sweet cream and sugar... Some minor earthy and woody character as well... Flavor profile is consistent nose, but the intensity is dialed up ten fold... The coffee was especially intense... Medium bodied, smooth and sleek. Surprising and enjoyable brew that challenges the senses for what a cream beer could be...

May 20, 2022
3.84 by Taenim from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2022
4.16 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Canned 1/01/22

What the hell kinda brewery are they running? Working on New Year's day??

So this not how I take my coffee, gotta be black. But they clearly accomplished what they set out to do and I'm liking it. The sugary sweetness and rich cream dominate. The roasty coffee notes are there, more subtle than I prefer, but at the intended intensity I'm sure.

Glad I tried it, but give me a coffee showcase of a stout any day.

Feb 02, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

On draft at the taproom

My first of the series, and the base beer. I got a bunch of variants to go so a quick review for this

Clear gold with a finger of white head, fades to a thin ring and leaves decent lacing

It’s an interesting combo in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of sweetend coffee, fruity yeast, bready malt, caramel, and light hazelnut. Understated for the abv

More expressive in taste. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting light roast coffee, caramel, biscuity malt, vanilla, and light grassy hops. The swallow brings notes of sweetened coffee, coconut, sweet cream, chewy caramel, light toffee, cocoa powder, and light orange

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a silky beer. Finishes a touch sticky

This is unique stuff. Very good and I’m even more excited for the variants

Jan 28, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 1/1/22; consumed on 1/22/22

Pours a foggy, translucent burnt orange body capped with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white foam; solid head retention leaves a paper-thin veil of cap, a taut, frothy collar, and thick, webby walls of lacing encircling the entirety of the glass.

Aromas of fresh coffee impart ripe diner brew in waves while sporting touches of cream and subtly enhanced vanillins; prickly coffee roast persists throughout atop a corn fusion delivering amplified sweetness from the base.

Taste highlights a boozy corn base building with soft vanilla and cream leaning into hints of confectionary sugar over the mid-palate; a casual roast persist, while a bright diner coffee sensation remains omnipresent from start to finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with rounded, fluffy, moderate carbonation; taut textures into the mid-palate become a steadily creamy counterbalance to coffee ground grit flowing into the back end with edges of dryness while a subtle warmth builds to the finish.

Gimmick infusion levels of coffee find a natural pace against a fervently understated cream ale backdrop, a clean culmination of authentic vision built from a classic New Jersey flavor profile and a stunningly masked 12% ABV.

Jan 23, 2022
3.98 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Feb 28, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours a dark yellow, light orange from the can, a slight amount of haze, very little visible carbonation; decent coaster of head, minimal lacing. Nose is dry coffee grounds and half and half creamer singles, but the aroma is really subtle. The same holds true for the flavor - dry roasted coffee and sweet room temp cream; the high ABV even helps to simulate that dizzy feeling you get if you down a few Hood creamers at a diner; dry, bitter, nearly harsh finish. Mouthfeel is appropriately full, the carbonation fleeting. I go back and forth with this beer - I like the flavor profile, but want it bit more amped up and complex, particularly when it comes in at 12%. Still, I appreciate the nuance as well as a coffee addition in unexpected places.

Feb 21, 2021
4.12 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2021
4.26 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Dec 14, 2020
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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by sicilian from Florida

Smooth and strong

Jun 05, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a clear orange color. Thin velvety off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of coffee, light creamy notes and a hint of sugary sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee, a light malty sweetness and a touch of cream. Definitely getting a bit of alcohol warmth on this - and that was the moment I realized it was 12%.

Feel is light, not exactly crisp, but its clean . Semi-dry finish.

Overall, this is a really unique take on the cream ale style in the ABV and use of coffee - but its delicious and is the first cream ale that Ive really liked. Definitely worth trying.

Apr 18, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

Look: slightly hazy gold, fat creamy head on the pour that mostly subsides.
Smell: sweetish coffee with hints of vanilla, honey. Unique, great nose on this one.
Taste: much like the nose, even crazier. Getting some chocolate and butterscotch in the mix.

Apr 08, 2020
4.39 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Feb 25, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by WillNJ from New Jersey

nailed the regular coffee taste. great creamy mouthfeel, coffee taste isn't overpowering, slight alcohol warming, sweetness from lactose? great winter sipper

Feb 15, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

it's very good, but not to the level of the other reviews
L: not overly attractive. clearish brown, sort of between apple juice & cider. weak head that dies quickly.
S: regular coffee.
T: ok, it's pretty good and it does taste very much like alcoholic regular coffee. a distinct bitterness from the coffee with sweetness from the cream ale. at first i'm a bit dubious on the taste but it grows on me with time. ok, i kind of like it. but the sweetness makes it tough to think about a 2nd one. given the abv, that may not be all bad.
F: smooth and rich.
ok, it's pretty good, although more than 1 may be a struggle.

Feb 09, 2020
4.29 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2020
4.08 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey on Feb 02, 2020
4.26 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jan 21, 2020
4.4 by hopley from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Classic cream ale look, with a foamy white head sitting atop a golden body that is nearly clear. Coffee is front and center on the nose and the taste, but it’s the sweetness from the malts that elevates this.

Maybe the best coffee beer I’ve had. Yes, I typed that. And Carton is world class (as if that needs saying ).

Sep 15, 2019
4.1 by SFC21 from Florida on Jun 29, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cbutova from Massachusetts

It is always a great thing when beers instantly sound really intriguing right from the description and Carton always nails that.

A- Mostly clear medium golden yellow pour from the can into a snifter with a two finger creamy white cap. The head has fairly good retention and sheets of lacing form right away and continue all down the glass.

S- Coffee, plain and straight up. A well rounded roast comes out covering the nutty to the cocoa spectrum. Fresh nutty coffee beans, cocoa powder, toffee, slight caramel and suggestions of vanilla sweets.

T- High ABV coffee with a moderate level of sweetness and slight malt hints. Nutty desserts and cocoa nibs with dark roast coffee beans, vanilla sweets, caramel, toffee, toast and booze. Simple flavor profile overall but it nails the idea.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a slickness from the ABV and a crisp, foamy texture with just a hint of frothy cream. Ends very warm with a coffee bitterness.

Regular coffee it is. A 12% cream ale with a ton of coffee flavor and a moderate sweetness. Somehow Carton makes it work, really well. Almost like a coffee liqueur.

May 13, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a medium-dark orange with glass transparency, and a finger of rocky, white foam on top. Head retention is good. Aroma is coffee, even when the nose is 12"+ from the lip of the glass. Aside from a mildly fleshy, fruity coffee, lactose and caramely, bready, toasty malts build out the rest of the aroma. It smells like a well-roasted, well-brewed cup of coffee with a splash of milk and hints of barley and grains. Flavor profile is medium-roast, full-bodied coffee with caramely, bready, toasty, nutty malts coming on stronger as the coffee fades. Coffee opens up with malts closing it out, forming a beautiful, dynamic yin-yang from start to finish. There is just a splash of lactose milk right at the conclusion. Alcohol heat is not discernible at the onset, but comes on a little stronger at the finish, especially as the beer warms. Mouth feel is smooth, but not quite 'still' thanks to a light effervescent graininess in the center. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, robust and dynamic without being over powering. Coffee is big here, which should be noted for those who dislike coffee. The blend works well here, forming a very coffee forward, dangerously drinkable 12% ABV cream ale.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Apr 24, 2019
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of the 4-pack I had of this. It's a big beer but it's so nicely executed with perfect balance of flavors that the experience is fantastic. The coffee is fabulous, it smells and tastes sweet and delicious. The finish is long and lingering. This is a beer you sip and enjoy over a period of time. One of my favorites. yb

Apr 09, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ChipChaight from New York

Can from City Swiggers on th UES.
Pours a murky brownish gold with creamy white head and good lacing, smells like coffee grounds, chocolate, caramel, toffee, taste is boozy sweetness, vanilla, coffee with a caramel/ toffee finish, this beer is full bodied and velvety smooth. A boozy coffee treat.

Mar 24, 2019
4.74 by Vylo from New Jersey on Mar 15, 2019
4.66 by newcastlemike from Connecticut on Mar 08, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours honey colored with a two finger head of foam; decent stickage and lacing

Smell: Earthy coffee tones with sweetened cream tones

Taste: Grainy tones forward with the coffee aspect building; the sweetened tones of corn in the grist, caramel, vanilla and honey created the "regular coffee" impact; a bit boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit gimmicky and the gimmick works; fun to try once but not something I would seek out on a regular basis as it has a bit of a malt liquor taste to me

Mar 01, 2019
4.52 by cambabeer from New York on Feb 24, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by seedyone from New York

From can 02/15/19 at home. This has jumped into my top 5. Haven't had a cream ale in years & this has me wondering why. It hits all the right spots without over doing any one. Flavorful, refreshing & kick-ass.

I read somewhere the idea was to create a brew with the features of what in NJ is a "regular coffee" (read w/milk & sugar).

Give it a 12% kick & I'm all in. Probably keep it in the PM hours, but the temptation for earlier is strong.

I see there's a variety with cinnamon & vanilla as well called the' churro'. Got to get out the pith helmet & open up new territory.

Feb 16, 2019
4.19 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Sep 06, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours orange. Foamy, medium white head that is short lived.

Smells coffee, grainy, light vanilla, bready and lightly roasted

Tastes sweet coffee, grainy, vanilla, bready and hint of marshmallow. Finish is sweet with coffee, grain and light alcohol linger. Lighter body and smooth lower carbonation.

Sep 02, 2018
4.29 by mkmarth from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2018
4.24 by rab53 from Washington on May 28, 2018
4.71 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2018
4.33 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/29/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and biscuit; with light notes of lemon, orange, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, and biscuit; with light notes of lemon, orange, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, honey, vanilla, cream, cracker, corn, white bread dough, biscuit, light citrus/cocoa, pepper, and herbal/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Lightly increasing warmth of 12%, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial flavored cream ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, lactose, vanilla, pale malt/grain, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Really unique, never had anything quite like it; though I have had plenty of coffee blondes. This just turns it up to 11. Great balanced complexity of fruity/nutty coffee, lactose, vanilla, and pale malt/grains. Not overly sweet for the ABV, solid hop balance. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 21, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Hazed dark orange-gold with a finger of dense off-white head. Solid lacing.

Big cream ale aroma -- corn, lager yeast -- with hints of chocolate, vanilla taffy and creamed coffee behind.

Sweet tasting. Corn tortillas, vanilla taffy, mint, chocolate, light coffee with copious amounts of milk and sugar. Very nice aftertaste.

Medium bodied, a little slick, with just enough carbonation.

I drink my coffee black, but despite the sweetness, this is still pretty tasty.

Apr 14, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Poured a slightly hazy amber orange with minimal white head. I had to read the can again to make sure I had poured a Regular Coffee, guess I was expecting a stout but after reading I see it's a cream ale.
Smells like a cup of coffee with cream.
Taste is like a cup of coffee with cream. Not a dark roasted coffee nor a mild one, getting some toffee like flavor too.
Feels like a creamy cup of coffee, very smooth. Can't believe this is a high gravity beer, alcohol presence is non-existant. 
Overall a great brew that I would love to try again.

Mar 25, 2018
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