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Regular Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
82 Reviews
Regular CoffeeRegular Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Added by mikeburd1128 on 12-13-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
565
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
102
For Trade:
8
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Mad Elf snifter. Canned on 1/14/15 (yesterday!)

Pours a a vibrant orange color with just a thin ring of foam. Color is shockingly light for a coffee beer. Small bubbles slowly rise through the beer as if they are reluctant to reach the surface. Aroma is glorious - it smells just like coffee sweetened with cream and sugar.

First sip is amazingly sweet up front, with a lingering coffee flavor. No bitterness at all on the finish - very smooth. Alcohol is completely hidden, dangerously drinkable for 12% ABV.

Above all else, this beer is SWEET. I can see this getting cloying if the coffee flavor fades with time, but day-old this has a great balance of flavors. I've not had anything like this before, and it really works for me.

This beer is truly innovative and delicious to boot. I wish it was available year round.

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Photo of gibgink
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Heard really good things about this brew, so I traded for a can. Was a little concerned that the "can was old" by the time I got it, but very happy I gave it a shot! Pours out a medium golden hue with small white head. Smells like a creamy coffee. What really won me over is the taste. This is one of those few beers where the description on the can absolutely nails it. This tastes like a coffee I would drink, aka sweet. The cream ale goes so well with the coffee, and the sweetness of the malt acts like the sugar. This beer is supposedly 12%, but it simply does not seem that way to me.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 macesq
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of mancuso422
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not sure what the guy a few reviews below mine was talking about. Too much alcohol and too sweet is NOT a good description of this beer. It's the complete opposite. If you bought 2 four packs and don't like it, then give me the other seven beers please. This goes down so smooth and it's shocking that its 12% ABV. Dangerous I tell you. The coffee is right there but doesn't overwhelm. It's pretty frickin awesome. No doubt get your hands on this. It's a winner.

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Photo of macher0
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 CaysE
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you're from NJ, you will love this. If you're not, who knows? Carton somehow canned the nostalgia of being at a NJ diner as a hopeful 20-something with this beer. Look is a rich golden color, no cloudiness, with a quickly dissipating foam head. It smells like a coffee mug at the Suburban Diner in Paramus... I don't know how they did it, but they did. Taste is a surprisingly good cream ale with that just-right coffee flavor and a bit on the sweet side, as NJ coffees go. Everything about this beer leaves me wanting more, but I have to remind myself that it's a 12% heavy hitter that will sneak up on me.

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Photo of stakem
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Thedrizzle
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Something was off to me.

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Photo of markgugs
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Beern1ck
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
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 woemad
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received through the generosity of SammyJaxxx. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on January 14, 2016. Reading the info on the can, apparently regular coffee means the same thing in New Jersey that it means in Massachusetts, at least according to my brother’s wife and in-laws.

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey pint glass, this was a dark amber color, with a fairly rough pour yielding the slightest of off-white heads. What little head there was didn’t stick around long. I was initially dismayed, then noted the abv percentage (pretty sure I blurted out a fervent “HOLY SHIT!”), and it made sense.

Initially, the nose was an unimpressive, fruity maltiness. As it warmed, things quickly became more complex. The coffee notes are there, but very restrained, along with a sweet, sugary aroma not unlike something I’ve encountered in the best examples of Belgian Quads, but without the other aspects of the latter style. It also reminds me a bit like flavored coffee creamer, but dialed back.

The taste started out like coffee with a liberal amount of cream put into it. Midway through, things got a little bit boozy, but I was surprised how restrained the booze was considering 12 freaking percent alcohol. I also picked up some grassy hop notes that are more for contrast than anything else, they certainly can’t catch up to what else is happening in this beer. As it warms, the alcohol does become more prominent.

The body is at the higher end of medium, with a moderately creamy mouthfeel. I actually thought the carbonation could be a little higher, but it’s not low to a degree where it’s a problem.

Holy crap! I was expecting something similar to Sixpoint’s C.R.E.A.M. I initially thought this was just a cream ale with sugary coffee, and noted the can said it was an “Imperial Cream Ale” only after I cracked it open, and totally didn’t pick up on how freaking “Imperial” this beer was at first. Truly an original creation. Now that I realize what the hell it is, I think I’d drink it more as a nightcap than a late morning beer. Yes, I would love to try this again, and check out some of the variants I see on BA. Big shout out to SammyJaxxx for this!

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Photo of Liberatiscioli
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2.96/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of stoutishmilkman
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Afroman
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Toasty
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of JC333
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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