Intermezzo | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
May is a time for palate cleansing. Stepping past the heavier flavors appealing in the dead of winter, we arrive at the sprightlier flavors of spring and summer. In our attempt to rejuvenate, we interpreted Chef Paul Liebrandt's mid-course of green apple wasabi sorbet as a sour ale. Pureed green apples from France are added to the fermentation in order to define the familiar acidity of a lactic sour, then the beer is "dry-hopped" on fresh wasabi roots. In Intermezzo, sweet and piquant whiffs of real wasabi cleanse the bright tartness of green apple while the nutty finish of the kernel of pale malt is left to eradicate winter's weight. Drink Intermezzo because it is time to refresh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljwKdoCP2T8&list=UUnN44_ILc3y0x6WbvjLR1Kg

Added by facundoCNB on 05-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
66
pDev:
17.73%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 12
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3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of epyon396
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap. Slightly hazy golden body, no head therefore no lacing or retention. Aromas of wasabi paste, apple and tart grains. Flavor is an immediate hit of wasabi followed by a subtle apple flavor. Finish has a quick tart note and finishes dry. As this warmed the wasabi flavor came out even more. I'm a wasabi fan but this was just downright weird. The 10 oz glass I had was more than enough. Miss.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kingslotty
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guzzle211
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NiceTaps
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a beer glass.

It looked good, resembling their Boat beer.
It smelled good, funky sour wild ale.
The wasabi flavor was barely tolerable. I entertained the idea of a minimum rating for flavor. Carton has earned the benefit of my doubt nor do I want to kill a brew.
The wasabi also had an adverse effect on the feel. It was not good.
Carton's production facility is small. To think, Boat could've been cooking instead of this. I don't know...

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Photo of Ultimate
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was very strange. Crisp and good flavor, however the sulfuric rotten egg smell was awful. But the apple and tart flavor was quite nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly refreshing, with a weird but good apple flavor, hint of wasabi

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Photo of tobelerone
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zero_signal
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvghost
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fezzik1970
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love it compared to the first one but I don't love it. It's super creative, fun and interesting. I liked it but I'm going to reach for other beers first. I'm glad they did it again because it was always the big Carton mess up in my head, and this new one is much much better, so props for improvement. Who knows maybe the next one will be as great as Carton's other stuff.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biggest complaint is that it smells like eggs

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much like the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, this is one of those beers that you'll either love or hate. Not something like anything else I've ever had from them but I'm glad that it was available at the Cloverleaf since it was a Wild Ale amongst IPA's and lighter seasonal offerings and with the alcohol being fairly recessed, this was a slow sipper that was tough to get a handle on!

The pour to this was nice - cloudy, gold, and with a grassy smell. Not a strong apple aroma but it was there along with pear and an overwhelming sourness. The yeast was reminiscent of a Wile Ale as this was funky but relatively easy to quaff. Only when this warmed up and the aftertaste settled in did the wasabi kick in. No need for a glass of water as a chaser as the funk made for a nice transition between the gentleness of the front and the slightly harsher tone in the back. Smooth, and nicely carbonated, this wasn't hard to down but it took a while for the full flavor profile of this beer to emerge.

This could be a session beer but I would find it hard to down more than one in a sitting. A few other reviews said that his was palate cleanser and that's probably the best way to describe this. It was as light as it could be for a Wild Ale while bordering on the edge of a Sour and Fruit/Vegetable beer. Enjoy it by itself and be amazed that there's nothing out there quite like this. Props to Carton for pushing the envelope with the one, even if the result wasn't terribly popular.

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mhay_Ro
4.74/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very well balanced sour.

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Photo of pinyin
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served 39F in a 16 ounce pint glass.

Unique tasting ale. Although this is a wild ale, there isn't much sour going on here. Has a very vegetal aley flavor, but its kind of dull in comparison to Cartons IPA styled offerings.

Color is very unique just like all Carton offerings. A plazma like translucent yellow.

Nose is kind of floral.

Overall kind of underwhelming for Carton. The flavor profile is boring and bland. By the looks and description I was expecting something like PizzaBoy Eternal Sunshine, but instead it was a floral tasting ale without much malt or yeast character.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'15 Intermezzo is massive sour.
A: Hazed, lacey bright white suds, stick round long enough.
S: Amazing. Blue and Chimay cheese, apples, funk, feet, sour fruit pits. earthy hay. The most cheese and cellar nose I've ever encountered, and in a good sweetened way.
T: Follows smell and more. Not as funky. Tastes sour green apples, sour fruits,fruity malts, funk, earthy hay, floral shop, barnyard floor. Lovely arc. Wine like. complex. My favorite sour thus far.

F: Light body, moderate carbonation. Crisp and it is easy to drink. Surprised how much I wanted another. I did enjoy another one!

O: Worth checking out if you like sour beers. Rare. I'd buy this often.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Intermezzo from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 66 ratings