Coffee & Pavlova
Carton Brewing Company

Coffee & PavlovaCoffee & Pavlova
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American Cream Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #16,345
4.04 | pDev: 11.14%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Coffee & PavlovaCoffee & Pavlova
Notes: Coffee & Pavlova is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with strawberries and kiwi. 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, Coffee & Pavlova imagines a creamy cup of coffee drunk with light, crisp and fruity confection, outside the theater on a tour to the summer-side of the world during our winter. Drink Coffee & Pavlova, and knock your slippers off.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 17
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold/amber with white foamy head that fades fast and sticky lacing.
N: Coffee, strawberries, and some chocolate.
T: Follows the nose, strawberry hit mixed with chocolate and coffee. Some berry notes and maybe light vanilla.
M: Fresh and sweet with nice coffee notes.
O: A twist on coffee beers but it works, refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - ah, the next iteration in the rego coffee series. Nice. Pours a golden orb with fine suspended particulates. Unusual appearance for these beers. A thin, but lasting, bone white head sits atop the fossilized amber.

S - strawberry jam and and brown-sugar sprinkled coffee with two creams. Smells like angel food cake with all the fixins. Perhaps some grape jelly and all the essence of your classic seedy 24 hr diner.

T - tastes like pancakes smothered in strawberry syrup, butter, and whipped cream. Hm. Smashed kiwis, graham crackers, and glazed sugar. I'm starting to wish I cracked this earlier... like for breakfast!

F - surprisingly neutral for 12%. A bit of fuzzy electricity, mostly from the sugar methinks, but this is quite drinkable. A bit of stickiness on the end after a few sips.

O - the coffee isn't nearly as pronounced as other variants and it tends to be a bit more fruit/sugar-forward. Can be a bit cloying at times, but that's what we're here for, innit? Strawberries and kiwi won't be for everyone, but it is for me... just not as much as the goats like Cafe Y Churro.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is kiwi and strawberry from the moment the can is popped open. Coffee is medium-roast with a fruity tone. Toasty, caramely, nutty malts round out the aroma. Flavor profile medium-roast coffee, kiwi, strawberry, and nutty, earthy, caramely, toasty malts. It's sweet, nearing on a dessert level of sweetness, with the coffee and malts adding a touch of bitterness, but not enough to tip the balance. Mouth feel is fuzzy and velvety, with a medium thickness. It drinks smooth for 12% ABV. Overall, kiwi and strawberry are strong with coffee as a bit of an after thought. Flavorful and focused.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of mkh012
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours clear amber with a thin white head.

The nose is the highlight of the beer. Strawberry pastry and coffee.

The taste is good but not as good as Cafe Y Churro. Almost like Ethiopian coffee with the acidity/red fruit. I get strawberry and semi-bitter coffee.

The mouthfeel is medium with subtle booze.

Overall, good but not my favorite variant of Carton Coffee.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a 5 on the SRM index,looks translucent with a quickly receding foamy head. Taste is surprisingly delicious ! They some how managed to add fruitiness to their regular coffee and not screw it up. Wow, I am amazed at how well blended the flavors are. Feels not slick or viscous which is also impressive for such a big beer. Overall this rocks-

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ahhhh the Reg. Coffee variants. Here we go...

Head dissipates quickly. Keeps a bit of foam stuck to the sides of the glass however, seemingly marked where the legs have been. Slightly dark golden color. Honestly it's not the most appealing but everyone in the know, knows that it's what is inside the glass.

The nose is dessert sweet, like powdered sugar, strawberry and kiwi syrup. There is also a coffee note, and it's sort of done in by the sweet, fruity notes that take over. It evokes confectionery sweets, which is probably the goal.

My first impression from the flavor is that there is a fair amount of blending with the expectations of Regular Coffee and the fruits here. Coffee and cream or strawberry/kiwi? It's hard to tell where one begins. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case though, because they are quite harmonious, as I was expecting. Notes of fresh kiwi, diced strawberry, and sugar crusted pastries without any breadiness. Any coffee in this is heavily done up with sugar and cream. (Even more so than RC.)

The feel of this is, as usual, incredibly drinkable for 12%. It is slightly syrupy, and is about as carbonated as you'd expect it to be. This plays in it's favor however.

There seems to be a pantheon (ugh) of Regular Coffee variants now, and I get the sense this one will be regulated to some "lesser" reputation because it doesn't seem as distinct as the others, or that kiwi and strawberry and coffee are an odd couple. I hope that doesn't happen. It would be inaccurate. This one exists in a very specific way, wherein someone realized the inherent complimentary aspects of something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA.

This one pours a light clear straw yellow color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

The aroma indicates this is going to be one of the fruitiest Regular Coffee variants yet. There's lots of strawberry and a touch of kiwi, with a much more muted actual coffee character than this beer usually provides.

This is still delicious, but it's one of the lesser variants in this series. I come here for coffee goodness, and the kiwi and strawberry deaden the coffee character slightly. It's still a very interesting beer, though.

This is light bodied, and fairly creamy, with no booziness evident. It's surprisingly drinkable.

I appreciate Carton constantly thinking outside the box. This isn't my favorite, but I would definitely get it again if I ever saw it.

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Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Next in the power engine that is Carton Coffee Imperial. Happy to be 1st REVIEW of Coffee & Pavlova.
Place: Carton Brewing, a great, busy hang in Jan, best beer pub atmosphere and crowd in Monmouth County.
a) The fruit darkens the body but doesnt lessen the head or lace.
s) Sweetened, coffee with a dollop of Strawberry ice cream - nose (lotsa cream and sugars). "As reliable a nose as regular gasoline." I wrote of Regular.
t) I love beer in coffee and coffee with beer. The yin-yang, but this one is sweeter than I can do more than a flight taste of, still it's like a B&B or a Framboise brandy. The fruit runs a bit to green wood and flower stems, while also filling in the backdrop of kiwi and strawberry flesh. A bit like neopolitan ice cream ... and yes, Carton brewed that one.
f) Great body. Smooth, creamy, a little too sticky, minimal carbonation.

O: Another great, original beer experience. A must try. Can become a classic.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings