SS Yirgacheffe | Carton Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
SS YirgacheffeSS Yirgacheffe
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
While playing coffee games last winter, even though they didn’t work for that project, we found ourselves attracted to the bitter lemony notes of cold brewed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from our partners at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters. While playing our usual hoppy games recently we were similarly inspired by the lemony bitterness of the new "Lemon Drop" hop from our friends at Hopsteiner. With "SS 2014 Yirgacheffe" we bridge our “Need A Bigger Boat” recipe from 2012 to these flavors with the helping hand of the lemon notes of Sorachi Ace hops. Drink SS 2014 Yirgacheffe (Need A Bigger Boat) because we only turn 3 once.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qy7fMhvMO8&list=UUnN44_ILc3y0x6WbvjLR1Kg

Added by SadMachine on 08-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Rich_K
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captainkrad
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of themind
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from the Carton crew.

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Photo of woemad
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from SammyJaxxx’s unprovoked ninja attack. There’s no obvious freshness date on the can, just the promotional paragraph that has been reproduced here.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this was a chill-hazed orangey amber color, almost burnt orange, with a big, fluffy beige colored head that took several minutes to drop and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is of lightly citrusy hops with a roast coffee edge to it. The hops definitely come through more than the coffee, but those coffee notes are definitely alongside.

I find that the coffee seems to be leading the charge in the flavor department, but the hops are right there as well. The hoppiness is a little more lemony, grassy, herbal in nature as compared to the grapefruity-piney hoppiness I’m accustomed to, but it works well here. As it warms, the coffee flavor becomes more prominent at the hops expense, but it’s not a massive, overbearing coffee presence even then. Things are really well balanced. The finish is dry, but not bone-shatteringly so. No sign of the relatively high alcohol level, by the way.

Medium bodied, with a more creamy mouthfeel than I would expect for an IPA, and correspondingly less oily and resiny.

I’m not familiar with the type of coffee used here (I’m more of a dark roast kind of guy), but it’s apparently supposed to impart fruity, lemon like flavors, so I’m finding it’s pretty hard to tell where the coffee flavor ends and the hops begin, which is probably the whole point. The balance is superb. I think I want to have this again, and try more coffee IPAs. Given the level of coffee fanaticism in the PNW, maybe this will soon be a thing around here. Thanks to SammyJaxxx for this tasty and fascinating beer!

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Photo of mkmarth
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edhizdeid
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtZan
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure if I just got an old can or what, but I did not like the initial taste (very malty to me) and the after taste was a little funky. As much as I love 077XX, I am a little upset as I was expecting this to be great. I'll try again another time to see if indeed this was just an old can.

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Photo of Chupithegreat
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NJ Beer Ambassador @Sammyjaxxxx for this one.
Well I thought this one sounded, well, uh, interesting.
But we need to be open to new experiences.
Poured a golden to amber hue. Off white head bursting with lemony citrus and yes, hints of fruity coffee.
Taste is really a fine blend of lemon zest and lite roast coffee. It is nothing I ever expected to enjoy, but it's quite good.

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Photo of RVA_BDK
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great balance between the coffee and the hops. I was a little skeptical of this beer at first but it over delivered. I couldn't have more than one in a sitting but would certainly look for this again.

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Photo of KAF
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Tiny bubbled lacing, nearly clear amber hue. Smells of light citrusy hops, faint fresh ground coffee, bready malt, & dried pear-like fruitiness. The cold brewed coffee is in there, lots of lemon zest and pith all of which balances out the big malt back bone. Lots of flavor mingling around yet it all works together, warming in the finish but still quite drinkable for the size. A lot of fun to knock this one back.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Carton has this coffee thing down. Seriously. Nose carries certainly a nice coffee aroma most prominently but the taste captures the coffee flavor masterfully balanced against a slightly fruity hop bitterness. Beer rounds out with a slightly hot aggressive bitter. This one is for real.

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Photo of SRBush1974
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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SS Yirgacheffe from Carton Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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