SS Yirgacheffe | Carton Brewing Company

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SS YirgacheffeSS Yirgacheffe

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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.

Added by SadMachine on 08-17-2014

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Reviews by st9647v3:
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Triklino
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

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 dvmin98
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed on 12/11/15. From a can that is probably about 2 weeks old.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head that recedes quickly. Solid lacing though.

S - Nose seems pretty straightforward. Light roast coffee with cream and sugar and some lemon. The nose is so sweet.

T - The coffee just explodes in the beginning. Light, smooth coffee. And the bitterness from the coffee transitions beautifully to the hop bitterness. A lot of lemon on the back end.

M - Creamy feel to it. Moderate carbonation. Very nice.

O - Ultimately the coffee and hops work real well together. The coffee is just so absurdly sweet. After a few sips I felt like I needed to brush my teeth cuz they're coated in sugar. Lingers on the palate forever afterwards too. I think it's a good beer given the circumstances. I guess I just think it could be VASTLY improved.

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

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerekCarruth
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
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 ArtZan
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.56/5  rDev +9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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SS Yirgacheffe from Carton Brewing Company
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