Carton Beach

Carton is very well-known in this area for putting out superb beers. They make one of my favorite session beers, Boat. The beer store by my job gets a lot of Carton beers, so I picked this up there.

ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Like the tension and relief of a day spent flitting between laying on sand under the beating sun and bobbing on the ocean’s cool surf, summer session drinking needs leisurely contrast. With Beach we find that midpoint where Kolsch yeasts fruity character matches its lean dryness and where an amber’s roundness gets pulled taught by cracker notes. The hops’ fruity aromatics flow, and the bitterness ebbs, with a swash of orange zest to be clean and lean, bitter and bright. Drink Beach and be chill.”

Random: “Steal This Beer” is a weekly podcast that features Augie Carton. I highly recommend it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was mildly hazy and lemon yellow in color. There was a generous amount of carbonation visible. The nose had significant amounts of orange zest and malt. The taste had some bitterness with grass, but is quickly followed up with orange zest. It was incredibly crisp. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with orange zest. A pounder can of this was $3.12, which came to $.20 per ounce. As usual, Carton put out a great session beer that I would have again. This would be great for barbecues.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Carton Rub

Val and I went to look for wedding bands in Philly and we had a few minutes to kill and stopped at Bainbridge Street Ale House. The font they use for their menu and signs is the same as “American Horror Story.” They were having a coffee beer event and I saw this beer on tap, which I didn’t get to try when it was released in the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “2 cups Ethiopian Sidamo medium roast ground ‘Turkish’, 1 cup organic cocoa powder unsweetened no alkaline, 1/2 cup diamond kosher salt, 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar, 1/4 cup ground black pepper, 3 Tbs organic ground cinnamon, 2 Tbs cayenne, 1 Tbs ground cumin, 1 Tbs garlic powder, 1 cup at flame out and 1/2 cup in secondary for every 20 gallons”

Random: I’m going to have to try this rub on brisket.

The beer poured with a half a finger of than head. It went away quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brownish-black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was amazing. It had cayenne and cumin with some cinnamon as well. Smoke was present, but not overwhelming. The taste had a lot of balance. It had notes of cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee. It also had some cayenne and cumin. The dark malts paired perfectly with the spice from the rub. The body was thick, but not overly so with a perfect amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cocoa. This was yet another outstanding beer from Carton that pushes the boundaries of beer. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Carton Unjunct

From my understanding, Carton has been using Two Roads space to contract brew. I don’t see much difference between the beers from Jersey or Connecticut, but some people do. Let’s see how this beer stands up.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.”

Random: It’s been awhile since I’ve smoked any meat. I think I need to rectify that soon.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up burnt espresso and cocoa notes with smoky malts. I couldn’t pick up specific chocolate notes. The taste was smoky with freshly poured espresso. It had burnt malts as well with some chopped chocolate. The bitterness was strong, but not overwhelming. The booze was hidden. The body had a nice thickness to it with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and smoky. A can of this beer was $3.75, which broke down to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, which isn’t a shock since it’s a Carton beer. If you see it on the shelves, pick one up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Cafe Y Churro

Happy Saturday! Today’s selection is one of the variants on Carton Regular Coffee. Let’s see how it was.

cafeychurro

ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Café Y’ Churro is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with vanilla and cinnamon. 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 at home; Café Y’ Churro addresses post siesta cup of bitter coffee and scalded milk lazily stirred with a churro to restart momentum on vacation. Drink Café Y’ Churro and mull the next activity.”

Random: I am not the biggest fan of churros.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had a white sugar note with light coffee and a lot of cinnamon and caramel. It was definitely inviting. The taste started with coffee and moved onto lactose and cinnamon. It had a lot of brown and white sugar with hard caramel candy. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cinnamon, caramel and coffee. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but whatever it was, it was definitely worth it. If you can grab a can of this, do so immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Carton IDIPA

I’m loving that my new-ish job has me closer to one of the best beer stores in the state. They also get pretty regular distribution of Carton, which means that I don’t have to drive out to the brewery for everything. Although this beer has been released a bunch of times, this is my first shot at it.

idipa

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not much to analyze about IDIPA. Sometimes you just crave a dank IPA to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts and multiple yeasts combined in a way to placate the dank side of our desires. Drink IDIPA because it’s the dankness you need.”

Random: I want to try the double and triple IPA version of this beer too.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy and pure white in color. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow. It had a lot of active carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine and pine resin that was incredibly strong. It had an earthiness to it as well. The taste was a hop bomb with pine resin, but had a slight sweetness at the end of it. It had some grapefruit to it as well, but pine was dominant. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy and dank finish. A pounder of this was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. This is another outstanding beer from Carton that I will be revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Carton Caffe Corretto

Tonight’s beer is a super hyped beer that I picked up directly from the brewery.

caffecorretto

ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Caffé Corretto is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with fennel, licorice, and anise. Much like how Regular Coffee looks to evoke Jersey’s version of an acidic, bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar, Caffé Corretto takes a lesson from our Italian friends by running a touch of anise’s bitter-to-sweet path alongside coffee’s. Drink Caffé Corretto and Roma if you want to.”

Random: This comes in at 20 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of ecru colored head. It was really fluffy and took awhile to dissipate. The body was a dusky orange, almost brown with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with anise and black licorice along with some sweet cream and light coffee. Anise dominated the nose for sure. The taste had some light and sweet coffee which was quickly overwhelmed with licorice and anise. It had a significant sweet cream component as well. The alcohol was completely hidden. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with licorice. I bought a case of the irregular coffee when it came out, but I have no recollection of how much I paid for it. I thought this beer was exceptional even though I’m not the biggest fan of licorice. If you have a chance to try this, do so.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Carton Ship Wreck Porter

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been aging for over a year in a waxed growler. Hopefully it stood up to the aging.

shipwreckporter

ABV: 10%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel’s soul and a brew’s potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.”

Random: I’m not a big fan of rum.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left limited lacing on the glass. It did leave a significant crown. The body was a dark brown, but some light was still getting through it. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and rum, along with caramel that complemented the dark malt and smoke. The taste was soft for the ABV. The rum came through as the primary flavor, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a certain sweetness that complemented the wood. The roasted malts and ash. It didn’t have a huge amount of bitterness. Vanilla came through at the end. The mouthfeel on this was silky and smooth. I’m not sure if a year on this helped or if it was this smooth initially, but it definitely worked for the beer. The carbonation was moderate, which was perfect for the beer. Since Val got the waxed growler for me last year, I have no idea what she paid for it, but this was a solid beer. It’s probably the best example I’ve seen of a rum barrel beer. I highly recommend this beer. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0