Basic Coffee
Carton Brewing Company

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American Cream Ale
Ranked #10
Ranked #10,370
4.18 | pDev: 4.78%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review covers a Nitro can.

Head production is exactly what you'd expect for a nitro brew. Body is a crystal clear gold-amber.

Nose features cream, a touch of coffee, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a noticeable but restrained amount of pumpkin spices.

Flavor follows, really delivering on a nice amount of coffee flavor, while also providing notes of vanilla, all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, without going at all over the top. Much more restrained than the typical pumpkin spice lattte from which this brew draws inspiration.

Lovely, creamy body, with much more bite than a nitro brew typically offers. Slight warming effect from the high ABV.

A delicious beer across the board, really without any noticeable flaws. Not quite as much of a revelation as the OG "Regular Coffee,"

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 22, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a caramel golden, with a nitro marshmallow off white head which sticks around a bit. Smell is reminiscent of coffee ,malts,mild spice. Taste coffee, vanilla, sweet cream corn,various spices. Feels well done. Nitro plays well to this beer.I think Augie has a keen sense of food taste and what will work and what will not. Overall a delicious Imperial cream ale with a barely noticeable ABV

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Nov 04, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a PAA mug, this beer pours a pure, clear golden color like an apple juice. Over a finger worth of tightly packed, tingy yellow bubbles form on top and stick around with persistence.

The nose carries in a lingering, roasty coffee mixing with different spices and a sweeter side of cream. Ginger, cloves, slight nutmeg with the sweet, creamy aspect being vanilla.

The coffee takes a backseat in this one with the mix of all the spices, but is still able to be found. It’s almost like a fall/seasonal spiced coffee. I could see drinking this at a pumpkin patch or picking out a Christmas tree in the colder months. Vanilla presence comes across as a creamer.

There is a slight warmness that stays consistent throughout the drink, which is surprising since the 12% versions have no alcohol evident whatsoever. Creamy, with a medium body but a full sweetness.

Overall, while this might not be my favorite of the Carton coffee series, it’s a damn nice touch to a fall morning. And saying it’s not my favorite in the Carton coffee series isn’t really saying anything with how much I love all of them. This is a welcomed brew to evolve the coffee game even further and make it have a seasonal feel to it.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Carton Nitro Basic Coffee

Imperial Cream Ale with Coffee and Autumnal Spices

The can suggests a starting temperature of 46F. I mixed a 37F can from my fridge with a cellar temp can ~55F.

Look: A beautifully bright, medium amber color. A lush, off white, densely packed foam tops the beer. No visible carbonation. A lot of lacing, accentuated by the sunlight on this perfect Fall day.

Smell: The Fall spices show nicely. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove, vanilla, cardamom, mace and orange zest are included in the beer. Not a great amount of coffee on the nose, but it’s present. Pumpkin bread.

Taste: The coffee really comes through on the flavor. It’s a little woody and nutty. Very smooth. Zero bitterness. You can guess the types of spices they use here, but no single one jumps out. There is some vanilla sweetness and spicyness but everything presents as one. It’s a bit bready. Pumpkin bread. Some of the Carton Coffee beers can be very sweet. This one dials it back a touch.

Feel: It’s a Nitro beer that is creamy, smooth and medium bodied. Semi-sweet up front and on the finish.

Overall: A welcomed addition to the Coffee lineup. Mostly because it’s 8% instead of 12%, but also due to the Fall spices. My interest in pumpkin beers has started to wane over the past year. I still like them, but I’m moving away from the in your face pumpkin spice. This beer offers the perfect supplement.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Oct 13, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a little haze and a light tan head. The nose is a spicy bouquet of cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla. Wow.

The taste features the aromas and there is also a coffee note. This is really nice.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Mar 09, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brown orange body with minimal lacing. Spices pop on the nose, but the malt and coffee meld to lend that “paper cup” sweetness. Lovely wash of bright coffee with very little bitterness. The linger leaves a nice progression of flavors - slightly warming and then spicy. One of a kind for sure.

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soze47 from Massachusetts, Dec 16, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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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SmashAdams from New Jersey, Nov 04, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Harrison8 from Missouri, Oct 27, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Act25 from New Jersey, Oct 05, 2018
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