Carton Will It Waffle?

Val and I started watching the new season of the New York version of Real Housewives. It’s one of my guilty pleasures that helps me destress from work. This season looks like it is going to be absolutely bananas.

ABV: 10%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The realm of the pastry chef essentially breaks down into two distinct arenas; decadent ‘rock your world’ chocolate confections and, the necessarily more creative, ‘shake your beliefs’ non-chocolate creations. Pastry Cream ales are our foray into the sweeter side of inspiration from the other side of the dessert menu. Will It Waffle? is an imperial cream ale brewed with almond flour, maple syrup, Belgian waffles, bananas and vanilla. Drink Will It Waffle? because if you are gonna face the pastry plate, stack it high.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a hugely thick, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and a dark yellow color. There was limited carbonation visible. The nose was filled with maple syrup, almonds, white sugar and vanilla. The taste was really sweet and had a lot of almond with banana and tons of maple syrup and toffee. There was a touch of booze as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was sweet and lengthy with lots of vanilla and maple. I thought this beer was good, just a bit too sweet for my taste. I’m glad that I got to give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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 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

Forgotten Boardwalk Ginger Snap Cookie

Val doesn’t like football, but is nice enough to take me places when it’s on. During playoff season, we ended up at a bar in Hamilton so I could watch the game.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Unbeknownst to most: The feral cat is the sideshow attraction and mascot to the boardwalk. No one quite knows exactly when the undomesticated felines made their homes under the piers, but most say it happened when the boardwalk was first built back in the 1880s. The reason? Some say it is due to the scraps of food dropped by tourists that slip through the cracks of the planks. These curious creatures have roamed the boardwalks for over a century, spending their days in the shadows largely undetected by human eyes. Yet, the inquisitive cat, would have witnessed all that is lost, yet not forgotten.”

Random: Val makes dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies every year.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with ginger. Vanilla was present as well, but it didn’t have an overly sweet scent. The taste had a bit more sweetness to it. The ginger was there, but not as overpowering as the nose. I picked up vanilla and some shortbread cookie and cinnamon. The body was light and had a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with ginger and shortbread cookie. I enjoyed this beer a lot. With a low ABV, you could easily put back a few of these.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Basic Coffee

Val and I went to Asbury Park with my sister and stopped to get brunch. When this beer came out, I was disappointed that I couldn’t get to the release, but then I saw this on their can list and had to have it.

ABV: 8%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Basic Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. A simpler version of our golden coffee cream ale has been finished with espresso roasted blend of Sumatran, Columbian and Ethiopian beans, and a spicing of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans, cardamom, mace and orange zest. 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, Basic Coffee plays to that twenty ouncer that tags along on a lazy autumn morning, when sweats and slip-ons really are the only clothes. Drink Basic Coffee because you make fun of #PSL even though you luuurve #PSL”

Random: I got a fancy new espresso machine and I am really into Intellegensia’s Black Cat Espresso.

The beer poured with no head on top of an orange body that was slightly cloudy. I could still see some carbonation in it. The nose was filled with holiday spices. I picked up cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and some coffee as well. The taste was sweet up front with coffee and then transitioned into ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cloes came through as well. The alcohol was very well-hidden. The body was on the heavier side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and cinnamon. I have a soft spot for any variations on Regular Coffee and this beer is no exception. If you can get your hands on it, grab it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fat Orange Cat Jalapeno Jack

Tonight’s beer is another one from Fat Orange Cat. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. is a small, seasonal farm brewery, opened for tastings and growler sales/fills August 13, 2016 out of our barn. We specialize in extremely high quality small batch recipes, and are making every effort to support and promote local agriculture. We are very fortunate that our property has a wetland and is in the Salmon River watershed area, resulting in exceptionally high quality well water. Many thanks to the UCONN Agricultural Extension for developing our waste nutrient management plan, enabling us to use all of our waste materials either on the property or for goat feed. Most importantly, we love brewing beer and always focus on creating delicious and varied brews!”

Random: We have two fat orange cats, Simcoe and Citra.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that was thick and dissipated quickly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow that had a tinge of cloudiness and moderate carbonation visible. The nose had freshly cut jalapenos and a touch of grain. The taste had the same freshly cut jalapenos with some black pepper. Grain came through next with a touch of cream at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and clean finish. A can of this was $4.49, which broke down to $.28 per ounce. I thought this was a good beer and would pair especially well with food. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

AleSmith Mount Crushmore

I gave this beer a try while we were at Memphis Taproom, waiting for our takeout order. They have a Korean fried chicken sandwich that is absolutely amazing. If you’re ever in the area, definitely give it a shot.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In 2015, AleSmith celebrated its 20th year in production by opening a new state-of-the-art brewery in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street). ‘AleSmith 2.0’ features an entirely new tasting room and brew system with the capability to pump out more than 100,000 barrels/year only two blocks west of the original location. Please come visit us and taste the legendary craftsmanship for yourself.”

Random: The coconut club at Memphis Taproom is also amazing and one of my favorite sandwiches.

The beer poured with a huge three finger, pure white head. The head dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was overly mild. It had some grass and citrus with white bread. The taste started with some grainy sweetness. It transitioned into grapefruit and hops. There was some caramel as well. The body was very light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grainy sweetness. This beer was alright, but nothing earth shattering.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Union Anthem Golden Ale

I finally got a new laptop. I waited a whole ten years to get a new Mac, but this one is ridiculously fast. It was taking me so long to post that I pretty much gave up until the new laptop came.

ABV: 5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In honor of the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s penning of The Star Spangled Banner just outside of Fort McHenry right here in Baltimore, we’ve brewed up this easy drinking, all-American beer. Our take on a classic American style, the Cream Ale, this light golden ale is brewed with American grown barley, wheat, corn, & oats and lightly hopped with Columbus for bittering and a kiss of floral Mosaic. This all-American classic is just the thing to make you sing!”

Random: This beer uses Columbus and Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was muted. There was some grain along with wheat and corn and a touch of cream. The taste was equally unoffensive. I got the same oats and corn along with a touch of grass and cream. The body was super light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick, unremarkable finish. A can was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer wasn’t expensive, but was just very bland. I wouldn’t refuse it if my other choice was a macro, but this didn’t wow me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Bruery Guava Libre

Two cream ales in a row! This was a collaboration beer with Funky Buddha out of Florida, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a Cuban guava pastry. Championing the big, bold flavors that both of our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.”

Random: They recommend pairing this beer with shrimp empanadas.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly with some lacing left on the glass and a small crown. The body was super cloudy and bright yellow in color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with guava and lactose. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t have any extract taste. It also had a light malt characteristic. The taste was sweet with guava, but quickly taken over by lactose and vanilla. It also had a bready characteristic to it. It wasn’t nearly as bright as the nose, but still was solid. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. A bottle of this was $14.99, which came to $.68 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but it needed more guava in the taste and it was definitely a little too expensive, but what Bruery beer isn’t.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Genesee Cream Ale

We leave for Hawaii next Saturday and I can’t wait. We got a boatload of snow last week and we’re supposed to get more, so getting on a plane to a tropical paradise sounds amazing right now. I can’t wait to be sitting on the beach with my wife and just de-stress. In the meantime, let’s review some beers.

ABV: 5.1%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introduced 1960. The goal was simple: a beer with the flavor of an ale and the smoothness of a lager. That’s how Genesee Cream Ale (the brainchild of this brewery) became an American original. Today, every batch of Cream Ale is skillfully brewed to achieve its smooth character and a remarkably creamy white head worthy of its name.”

Random: The brewery has been open since 1878.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some grain and twang of metal as well, but nothing else. The taste was mild and relatively unoffensive. It had some creaminess to it along with straw and grains. The flavors were simple, but it wasn’t bad. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with milled grain. A 24 ounce can of this was $1.19, which comes to $.05 per ounce. This isn’t a complex beer at all, but it’s a good option instead of a macro.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0