Rickey | Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This trip starts as many do on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the tippy, discussing grill cleaning, spring, cherry blossoms and the flavors that coincide with the transition from spring rain to summer sun. Talk makes its way around the circle to Jeremy who offers, "Cherry and lime kind of kick ass together." The evolution from that declaration to Rickey was a short one. Sourness from wild fermentation pulls taught against the heady juiciness of the fruit, with a light finishing touch of juniper berries stitching it together. Drink Rickey because blossoms turn to fruit.


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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 64
Photo of KimoWino
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like an ipa with a pink hue. Carbonation and complex like an ipa but replace the hops with sour cherry and lime. Not too high acid. Little more body then my current fave, which is Wild Beer Modus Operandi.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Color of rose wine.
Funk, lemon, lime.
Cherry and lime well blended. Lemon rind some light grain backs it up
No residual sweetness. Tart not sour. High carbonation. Sour doesn't linger long

2016 batch. I liked it. 7% holy shit i cant tell.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Looks more like a tequila sunrise than a beer. Hazy peachy yellow fights with a deep blood orange. Small lacing, little head.

S: Just a blast of sourdough and milk that has just turned bad. Couldn't search for much complexity as it was really funky and rank, even for the style. It's still stuck in my nostrils 3 hours later.

T: Not as bad as the aroma would suggest. Blasted by mouth puckering sour. Definite lactobacillus. The cherry-lime flavors have no chance. Maybe a slight tartness reminiscent of bing cherries breaks through. Barely any brightness from lime. Needs something to combat the stank of the sour milkiness.

M: Refreshing crisp, low-medium body, but not a quick drinker. Good astringency in the finish.

O: Don't be turned off by wild ales just by this sampling. There are other more successful examples out there.

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Photo of climbtowers
1.36/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was also warned by the bar tender not to drink this. Tried a sample only. The beer has serious faults and should not be consumed. Strong Diacetyl aroma and flavor.

Just completed my 4th beer tour of Belgium and there is no brewer in that country who would serve or sell this beer.

Do not drink it.

Sorry to the brewer. Get your fermentation under control and be patient. It takes many batches to build a good wild ale recipe and process.

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Photo of zuperman414
1.02/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was told "if you try this you will have a new worst beer you've ever tasted" by the owner of a separate bar then where i tried this and i agree! It was just awful. The bar manager/buyer here said he couldn't even bring himself to try it after smelling it.

Look- cloudy pinkish yellowish

Smell - rotten blue cheese and parmesan

Taste - just like the smell. Sour (which is great) followed quickly buy rotten cheese. Whatever young base beer they used had potential with the cherry and lime base but something went horribly wrong much like the intermezzo they did.

Mouthfeel- im sure it is a fine mouthfeel over all but i couldnt bare to hold it in my mouth too long without throwing up.

Overall- i love trying crazy concoctions especially if its sour but this one is just a total miss all around. I understand that "funk" is a good thing in some beers but believe me ive never had something this bad. Sours and cheese go very well together but not when its combined in the beer!

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Photo of lateralundertow
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler fill from Cranbury Buy-Rite. 1L; $9.
Pours a pinkish red similar to the color of ruby red grapefruit juice. Light pink head a about a finger tall blooms and falls to a subtle ring of bubbles.

Beers smells incredibly funky and odd. So much complexity. Blue and sharp cheeses come to mind. Juniper lending a hand as well. Some slight acidity on the nose as well.

Total palate assault here.. First few sips were ripe with some faint cherry, lime zest and lacto. Quite tart and sour. As it warmed notes of grapefruit and juniper come together with the lime and cherry rather harmoniously in my opinion. Would love this on a warm summer day.

Full bodied and expansive on the palate. Had full taste bud activation on this beauty.

I can see how some people would say this beer smells like baby vomit or something to that nature but in my experience with the beer I would say that they are smelling more the juniper than anything. Thought this was an amazing beer and surely a staple for springs and summers to come at Carton. Awesome job.

Also, think this is my first actual review on BA. Had to give this beer from the great state of New Jersey the recognition it deserves!

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Rickey from Carton Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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