Tasting: January 21, 2015
Style: Cream Ale
Beer #: 693
About thirty-five years ago, I was a dishwasher/bus boy at Tell’s Coffee Shop in West Milford. I’ve probably heard the coffee ordering exchange thousands times and know that a regular coffee is a coffee with milk and two sugars. I didn’t realize it was a Jersey thing until yesterday. For me, the dots were connected as a result of a tweet from another Jersey thing – Carton Brewing. They tweeted about the release of this beer Regular Coffee and offered the same definition of a regular coffee.
Like many of Carton’s releases, the release of Regular Coffee was bound to set off a beer geek frenzy. As usual, my mind raced…could I take the day off? But what would I say to my wife after she dropped the kids off at her mom’s house because I told her I couldn’t take off for MLK day? Thankfully, I have friends that share the same brainwaves. My friend Mike’s business is in its offseason – so, he took the hour’s drive from Wayne to make the release. Out of the blue, he texted me …”hey, I’m at Carton, do you want me to pick you up a growler?” Uh- yeah!
I’ll say this beer is totally unique. It has wonderful viscosity and the massive 12% ABV is beautifully concealed. I was expecting Regular Coffee to come across with a bit more coffee umph! – but the coffee flavor is quite watery and the sugary sweetness is overwhelming. I guess it does represent a typical weak coffee with way too much sugar. Regular Coffee isn’t my up of tea – uh, coffee. 82 points. I’ll play hooky at the next Carton release.