Carton Fat Mad Monkey

One of the things I enjoy about vacation is having time to watch sports. Val isn’t into sports, but she’s nice enough to let me watch them. Hockey just started and playoff baseball is on (go Red Sox), so there’s no shortage of things to watch. All I need is a nice beer to go along with it.

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “First, we streamed mulberry juice thorough Interboro’s Mad Fat Fluid and completely fermented it dry, creating a plush base of berry neutral aromas. Next, we swapped in a luscious mix of Wai-Iti, Rakau, Citra & Mosaic hops, organized in a manner just bitter enough to reset your notions at the moment when you think you have sorted where the juice’s juice ends and the hops’ juiciness begins.”

Random: I don’t think I’ve ever tried a mulberry on its own.

The beer poured with a finger of fluffy, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mulberry and quickly transitioned into raspberry and grapefruit rind. The taste had a bit more tropical hop note to it with some pineapple and mango, along with mulberry and grapefruit rind. The alcohol was well-integrated and the body was on the lighter side. It had generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit rind and mulberry. I thought this beer was pretty good and had a nice balance of mulberry and IPA notes. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Carton Yea We Doin This

Apparently, when this beer came out, there was a huge thing about someone having an allergy and being a bit of a troll to the brewery owner. If you’re interested, I would suggest googling the beer name. Anyways, let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: American IPA

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: This is a collaboration with Industrial Arts.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It went away quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was slightly murky and a light orange color. There was a lot of carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of fruit and candy. The almond note was apparent, along with some mango, grapefruit zest and lemon. There was some pine as well. The taste had a bit more depth. The same fruit was apparent, specifically mango, lemon, grapefruit zest and pineapple as well. There was some pine along with a sweet almond note from the marzipan. There were also notes of pears and white grapes. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with some sweetness from the marzipan. This beer was expensive at $4.50 per can, which came to $.28 per ounce. I thought this beer was an interesting take on an IPA and would highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton APIOGERETLA

One of the perks of where my job is located is that it’s about 5 minutes away from Cranbury Buy Rite and it’s on my way home. The store gets a great selection of beers, especially ones from Jersey, like Carton.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not much to analyze about APIOGERETLA. Sometimes you just fancy a dank Black American Ale to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts, and multiple yeasts combined in a way to feed the dank side of our enjoyment. Drink APIOGERETLA because it’s the dankness you want.”

Random: This is listed as a special beer from Carton.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose started with roasted malts and a touch of smoke, but quickly transitioned into dank pine. The taste started with the same roasted malt and smoke. It went into dank pine oil and hops. There was some grass along with a touch of sweetness at the end of the sip to balance it out. There was a warming sensation from the high ABV, but not nearly as much as I would have expected from a 10% ABV beer. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a long, sticky finish from the hops. A pounder can of this was $4, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer was outstanding and one of the best black IPAs that I’ve ever had. It was perfectly balanced, had lots of flavor and despite the high ABV, wasn’t overly aggressive.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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

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