Squashenator | Carton Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The thing about brewing with gourds and squashes is although they are a sugar source they act more on the body and bitterness than the sweetness. Much like on the table, you can run over them with spices and ignore what they bring or you can build flavors around their unique profile. Squashenator looks to gently dress acorn squash’s simple dull bitterness with a Doppelbock’s fruity treacle aromatics–nothing too heavy or brash–a fall beer with the simplicity of a tasty side dish on a harvest-laden table. Acorn squash roasted with a drizzle of blackstrap molasses and a shake of chili flake, added to the mash of a seasonally appropriate Bock. Drink Squashenator because no matter what fast food culture says autumn doesn’t really taste like a bathroom candle.

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#18,275
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
21
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask temp on tap at Carton tasting room on Dec 30 2017.
a) Amber, hazed, muddy brown body, capped with a lasting tan head; lacing and retention are ample.
s) Nothing overdone, yet complex. Aroma bursts with spice cabinet: chile, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, and molasses over a creamy thanksgiving squash puree.
t) Follows smell but more malt and fruit flesh. Sweet, spicy, malty, roasted, baked“acorn squash” peppered with chile flakes.
f) full fruit body, with moderate carbonation and clean food pairing finish.
o) As fine a doppelbock, squash beer to be found from the land.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fliptop bottle, sample from the brewery.

Clear with a deep tawny hue, thin lacing stays for the duration. Smells like a big malty Doppelbock, some faint gourd flesh in the nose ... clean. Smooth and full bodied. A big malt bomb, bready with earthy sugary tones. Some squash in the middle and a kick of chili flake in the end which grows a bit with each sip. Modest hopping, alcohol warmth, & a maltiness that does not go sweet. Lots of fun this beer is.

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Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMFP
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SadMachine
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Crab_gang
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanflc
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bapplebaum
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of M-Fox24
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap:

A: Amber, dark brown pour, capped with a thin tan head; lacing and retention were minimal

S: Aroma is encapsulated with sweet adjunct spices: cinnamon, cloves, molasses, nutmeg, pumpkin, apple, and vanilla

T: Sweet, spicy, malty, and roast(y) surmise the palate, with the obvious aroma notes making their manifestation: pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, and a bit of that “acorn squash”

M: Sweet, and smooth, with heat; slight ABV awareness, medium/light feel

O: The chili spice was a great accompaniment, which is also probably its biggest confrontation to many; brought out/highlighted many interesting characteristics. Did not find it to be a contradiction of sorts, or overshadowing of some of the other nuances, or at least those that wouldn’t have contributed much anyways; cannot imagine the “Squashenator” without it, or a lesser version of it. Regardless, I was fond of “Rav,” so to no surprise did I find a liking to Augie’s Adjunct, Acorn Squash, Doppelbock

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Photo of Bandi
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirt286
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultimate
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Squashenator from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 21 ratings