Carton Light & Sweet

Years ago, I used to drink my coffee light and sweet. After one too many times of leaving it for too long and it getting ice cold, I realized that I hated cold coffee that was light and sweet. I switched to black coffee and never looked back. Despite that, I was curious how this beer was.

ABV: 6%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Light & Sweet is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Where Regular derives its creaminess from the warm richness of a higher ABV, L&S looks to a nitro treatment for body, allowing the same flavors with less sugar and less alcohol. A nimbler version of our amusing beer rendition of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and two sugars that starts a day in a paper cup, for the all-day drinker. Drink Light & Sweet when you want more than one, but there has to be a morning after.”

Random: Straight espresso is my coffee drink of choice these days.

The beer poured with a one finger thick white head that dissipated slowly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was almost clear and a pale copper color with lots of carbonation. The nose has some lightly roasted coffee along with a bit of white sugar sweetness. The taste was the same light coffee along with some sweetness from the lactose. There was some graininess from the malts as well. The body was very light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. If I hadn’t ever tried Carton Regular Coffee, I think I would have enjoyed this take more. It’s still a good beer, it just don’t compare to the original.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton The Hook

It’s been about a year since we got our youngest cat, Sorachi Ace. He’s gotten to be about the same size as the other cats, but he is just a pile of love. He also gets into a lot of trouble, because he loves to climb, but he’s taught the other cats how to climb too. He’s been a great addition to the family.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It doesn’t matter what we brew
as long as we mix wheat and citra. That makes us feel we’ll convey some juicy notes or fruit impression. To confuse the issue we will add some pleasant yeast, from far away. Plus some Vic Secret for good measure. No matter how much we resist the bend. Some dry-hopping causes our resolve to break. Because the hops bring us back. On that we can rely. The hops bring us back.”

Random: Since I work in Pennsylvania now, it’s harder to get Carton beers.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow/orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had honeydew and some grass. There was a touch of wet earth as well. The taste had some notes of honeydew as well, but it went into some orange and orange pith notes. The body was light and had generous carbonation. The finish was quick with grass and citrus. This beer went down really easily and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Carton SS Hief

Our cats have this habit of shoving themselves into one small cat bed at the same time. Since they’re all relatively large cats, Val decided that it was a good idea to buy them a larger cat bed. They all love it. We definitely spoil our cats. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every now and then we like to leave our nimble little work horse at the dock and go out for a luxury cruise on a bigger Boat. For SS Hief we explore what technology has to offer in the form of a modernized hop engine. We shored Boat’s stony, linear, crisp, dry frame with some extra wheat, doubled the size of everything, and moved the entire second dry-hopping to up-to-the-minute powder versions of Boat’s hops. Drink SS Hief and let’s see how the new money set cruises.”

Random: I’ve never been on a cruise before. Val and I have considered taking one to Alaska.

The beer poured with a large three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and yellow in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wheat and grassy hops. The taste was incredibly crisp with lots of wheat. There was grass as well as a touch of pine. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grass and wheat. This beer was very refreshing with hidden alcohol. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Cosmonaut

As a child on field trips, I always wanted to try astronaut ice cream. I only got to try it as an adult and hated the consistency of it and realized I really didn’t miss out as a child. Let’s see if a beer with it is any better.

ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Super Galena hops early in the boil bring a strawberry touch. Russian imperial stouts have a dark chocolate presence with vanilla nuance; quite pleasing when accented by a bold hop addition. Our walk around this space had us skirting the territory of those three tone blocks of supermarket ice cream. All we needed was an ingredient you can ferment that would push those notions without running over the beer-ness of the flavors. We turned to that classic museum snack, freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream. Drink Cosmonaut because exploration is what it’s all about.”

Random: This beer clocks in at 65 IBUs.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It hung around for awhile, but left only a small amount of lacing. The body is black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts and dark chocolate. I picked up some vanilla as well. The taste was equally filled with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Vanilla came through next with a touch of strawberry. I couldn’t specifically pick out ice cream, but it definitely had the vanilla and strawberry flavors. The alcohol was hidden and the body was thick and chewy. There was moderate carbonation. It had a sticky finish with roasted malts and vanilla. I really enjoyed this beer and I would search this out again. It’s perfect for a snowy night hanging out by a fire.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Coffee & Pavlova

Work has been crazy this week, so as usual, I’m significantly behind on my posts. The beer store by my job gets really good Carton distribution, so I was able to pick this up there.

ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: This beer clocks in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with a decent amount of carbonation. The nose started with kiwi and strawberry. It then went into blonde coffee and lactose. The taste started with the same strawberry and kiwi notes, which gave the beer a lot of sweetness. It transitioned into blonde coffee, caramel and white sugar. The alcohol was noticeable, but not overwhelming. It had a thicker mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with kiwi and strawberry. I thought this was an interesting take on the Regular Coffee series and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton 99 Additions

Another Carton beer! I really love their stuff, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “99 Additions is our tribute to Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head. Fundamental to what Carton does is timing hop-additions to push aspects of the hop’s potential, like herbs in cooking- an approach introduced to us by the “salting method” of the various Dogfish Head Minute beers. With 99 Additions we apply our style and technique to Sam’s method. We took an all-barley mash boiled for 99 minutes, with hop additions each minute throughout totaling 9.9kg. The resulting wort is then finished off with 9.9kg of hops added in the cool pool. After amassing 99 barrels of beer in our fermenters, our hop-rocket delivered the final addition of a 99kg dry hop; 33kg of T90 pellets, 33kg of whole-cone and 33kg of lupulin powder. Drink 99 Additions cause a double ain’t one.”

Random: One of the best beer podcast episodes I listened to was “Steal This Beer” and it featured Sam.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. It was mostly clear. The nose was pretty dank. There was a lot of pine along with grapefruit pith. The taste was much of the same. I picked up a lot of pine and pine cleaner and then it quickly went into grapefruit and some booze. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. I enjoyed this beer a lot and thought it was a great homage to Dogfish Head.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton DDH Epitome

One of the only benefits of working the day after Christmas was getting to pick up this beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As a general rule, we at Carton Brewing strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. Double Dry Hyped Epitome embraces the teenage metalhead in each of us and gets discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A beast. It had to push past 10, literally. The black had to be ‘none more,’ and hops American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Double Dry Hyped Epitome because we wrote DDH on a beer. *On this version of this beer, we multiplied dry hop weight and occurrence by a factor of two of the beer we’ve previously made.”

Random: I found this beer by chance at Cranbury Buy Rite.

The beer poured with a full finger of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left generous lacing. The body was black with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine trees and dark, roasty malts. There was a lot of dank hops in this. The taste was intense, but not overwhelming. I picked up lots of pine and dank hops and a touch of citrus to brighten it. The roasty malts came through next with a touch of coffee. The alcohol was noticeable, but I wouldn’t have assumed 10% on this bad boy. The body was silky and smooth with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with dank hops. This beer was awesome. I’m so glad that I got to try it. It’s definitely worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0