Basic Coffee | Carton Brewing Company

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4.26/5
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10 Ratings
Basic CoffeeBasic Coffee
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Basic Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. A simpler version of our golden coffee cream ale has been finished with espresso roasted blend of Sumatran, Columbian and Ethiopian beans, and a spicing of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans, cardamom, mace and orange zest. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup, Basic Coffee plays to that twenty ouncer that tags along on a lazy autumn morning, when sweats and slip-ons really are the only clothes. Drink Basic Coffee because you make fun of #PSL even though you luuurve #PSL

Added by Jakely on 10-03-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
5
Ratings:
10
pDev:
2.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold with nice white foam and great lacing.
N: Coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and some vanilla.
T: Follows the nose, very nice coffee flavors with spices. Cinnamon heavy with nutmeg.
M: Medium
O: Loved it but wish the cinnamon was a little toned down, it almost took over the beer.

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Photo of elohim
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden, cream color. Looks a lot like a cream soda color beer. The head is white, 1 finger. The retention is good, but minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose has a nice coffee aroma. There's also a bit of a malty sweetness to the nose. I also get some cinnamon, really nice touch.
The taste - The coffee is really more of a background flavor. I get the cinnamon up front, and that's the strongest flavor. I get the coffee, a hint of orange, and nutmeg. In a way it has a pumpkin spice flavor - which makes sense since those are some of the components to pumpkin spice. Like I said the coffee is there, but it's more of a supporting flavor.
The body is slightly creamy, with a decent thickness. The spices linger in my palate.
You wouldn't think that all the flavors mention would have any chance to work well together - but, guess what - they do! Very tasty beer.

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

This is a really interesting, complex, and poorly named beer. I thought it was going to be just a coffee cream ale but it's got a lot more going on. All the spices give it a pumpkin pie vibe that reminded me a bit of cider. But the mouthfeel is where this really shines. So smooth and drinkable. yb

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Photo of bluehende
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent dark yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is coffee, cardoman, cinnamon, and caramel, toasty malts. Flavor profile is splendid coffee, cardoman, cinnamon, and sweet caramel malt notes. It has a little bit of an apple cider vibe to it. Alcohol is completely hidden. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a smooth texture up until the finish, then it leaves a little graininess between the teeth. Overall, splendid beer utilizing coffee well. Spice notes certainly add a lot more complexity to the beer, but do detract from the "basic" part of "basic coffee".

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the expression "kills it" when it applies to extending the frontier of beer.
a) Golden clear - w tinge of dark - body sports a 1 finger head that lasts and laces.
s) The spice rise above fresh coffee base.
t) Can you taste them all? cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans, cardamom, mace and orange zest.
o) better half of coffee?

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Basic Coffee from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 10 ratings