Orange Swisher | Carton Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer's bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In Orange Swisher we have reassembled the deconstructed aspects of a flavored blunt. Rich, dark malts rendered smoky by the addition of oak smoked pale wheat touched with orange zest and a heavy plug of the hops that smell like their cousins. Drink Orange Swisher and hand me down a 50-pack.

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Added by audisoddd on 02-07-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,998
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
65
pDev:
8.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Zonk
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown with firm head. Nose definitely gave off smoke and a bit of orange, smoke and some "dank" hops. All those flavors hit the palate, but just didn't mesh in my opinion.

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Photo of SharkNado
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nmelione
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cgskippy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this the other day up at the Cloverleaf as part of the Carton tape takeover. I'm not a huge fan of these beers but this had more of a cigar feel than actual smoke or meat and the orange flavor was only found in the back. It was full enough to savor but thankfully, the alcohol took a back seat to everything else that was going on.

Pretty dark pour to this that wasn't black but wasn't that far from it either. Not a large head on this and not a ton of carbonation either. This reminded me of a cigar in terms of an aroma and this would be something that I figured would come out of Cigar City Brewing, even though the weed aspect wasn't as pronounced as one of the Green Flash beers. Some lacing was seen on one side of my pint glass as I made my way through this, as a subtle blood orange flavor took hold after a while. There was some coffee bitterness and a roasted tone to the malt as this grew on me, and took on a flavor of leathery smoothness once this fully warmed up.

Not a lot of booze here and I never really noticed it, since the other flavors were quite a bit to take in. A beer like this redefines what a Rauchbier is capable of being and if this wasn't limited, I'd give it another go. While not complex, the uniqueness of this meant that it needs to be given a go by any fans of smoked beers and for those of Carton - it's impressive having the brewer of this beer call my state home!

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Photo of Triklino
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobDB
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MissSmisje
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smoked malts, a hint of orange, leather, tobacco, toasty fireplace smoke. Balanced rauch beer. Not a stunt beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of kmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMFP
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lm858
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Orange Swisher from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 65 ratings