SS Yirgacheffe | Carton Brewing Company

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SS YirgacheffeSS Yirgacheffe
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

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
Ranking:
#2,353
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
146
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ton of coffee; it dominates the hops and does not taste like an IPA. Interesting and a good beer but don't expect a complex mix of hops with the coffee.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

**
04/23/18

Can to snifter.

Dark yellow color. Medium off white head.

Aroma: is barley, coffee, flowers, mild wood/pine.
Taste: more of the flavors in the aroma, but maybe not mixed as well.
Feel: medium body, sturdy, good carbonation, smooth finish.

Pretty good brew. I thought this was another in their cream ale series (like regular coffee), but I realized as I was pouring that it's a pale ale. Though I am not a fan of Yirgacheffe coffee, I do like it in combination with this beer. Another solid Carton creation.

**

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Photo of Tim725
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep orange with copper highlights. Head a bit fizzy but long-lasting.

S: Lemon, tangerine, lychee, pomelo, sweet cream and coconut. Imagine If regular coffee had a baby with an IPA.

M: A tad sticky. Slightly resinous. Hints of alcohol along with an acrid kick at the end.

T/O:Floral and herbal, chocolate covered citrus rind fruity, red rooibos tea-like finish. Rich berry, red wine undertones, but short of jam-like. Bready-caramel malt notes. Lofty and heady dill weed.

A very dynamic tasting beer that almost had me lost a couple times. Choco-dill orange-berry beer anyone? It manages to be robust yet toned.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love good coffee IPA’s and this is no exception. The lemon drop hops and the coffee work so well together. As noted on the can there is a lemony bitterness to the beer as the hops and coffee meld together perfectly. There is a subtle sweetness to the beer almost as if someone poured a few drops of regular coffee into the beer. Not sure what’s driving this but it’s delectable.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold/Amber with thick head and good lacing.
N: Nice roasted coffee, hops, citrus, and malt.
T: Follows the nose, very pleasing coffee flavors mixed with hops and cool citrus to make this a really unique beer.
M: Medium
O: What a great beer, the flavors work so well together, very good.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/1/2018. Pours lightly hazy cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of nutty medium roast coffee, cocoa, lemon, lime, orange, dill, mint, citrus peel/zest, honey, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of caramel, pepper, pine, smoke, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, coffee, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, cocoa, lemon, lime, orange, dill, mint, citrus peel/zest, honey, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of caramel, pepper, pine, smoke, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy hops; and light roast, char, coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, cocoa, lemon, lime, orange, dill, mint, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, coffee, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mild increasing warmth of 8.4% after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee imperial pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, coffee, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. The lemon/citrus/earthy hops and fruity/nutty coffee complexity complement each other well; nice balanced bready malt backbone, not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A very enjoyable and unique offering.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed one week after its 3/1/2018 canning date. Poured into Carton IPA glass. It pours a hazy, honey-orange color with a large, fluffy, bright white head and soapy lacing. The smell is interesting: there's a lot of tobacco, along with burnt coffee grounds. Not what you'd expect from an APA. There is also lemon, grapefruit, and pepper notes. Its taste is an intriguing combination of freshly-brewed and burnt coffee, caramel, char, tobacco, lemon, and bitter, biting Sorachi Ace hops. It's a nice balance of bold sweetness and bitterness. For an APA, it's surprisingly rich and creamy - almost chewy - with lively carbonation, and a noticeable and potent 8.4% ABV. Overall, this is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable beer: it's like a stronger version of Boat blended with Regular Coffee. It would easily stand up to a hearty meal or for dessert.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

As i return to this, I like it more. Perhaps it's Carton's best.
A) Another Carton looker with lace and lasting white head over a slightly hazed coffee influenced amber body.
S) Coffee in a good way, as it rises in a morning kitchen, along with steaming sweet buns and fried eggs.
T) Monster big hops laced with that cold brew coffee. Lemony, lemon rind, on a malt caramel breakfast bun core.
F) Even has a little astringency of the lemon and cold brew.
O) Winner if you love coffee that’s not over done, like cold espresso laced with lemon rind twirl. Euro.
Prickly clean finish, I prefer this to other coffee brews because astringent, not sweet.

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Photo of Rich_K
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captainkrad
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of themind
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 146 ratings