077XX - Carton Brewing Company
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Reviews by Citadel82:
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Had this on-tap at the brewery, and on growler at home (two blocks away). Confession - I am not a huge fan of imperial anything/double anything. That said, I do enjoy a well crafted hearty brew especially on a dark rainy night in the midst of a the first winter storm of the season... This one sure fits the bill.
Okay, first whats with the name? - 077XX - a secret agent perhaps?? the batch number or yeast strain? Naw, its the Monmouth county postal codes. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716 for example.
The beer, ahh the beer, what can I say. It must be the water here in Atlantic Highlands that makes this one so special. It is said that Henry Hudson stopped here in the late 1600's on his way up the Hudson to fill his ship's water casks before continuing northward in his search for a Northwest Passage. Today we mark this likely spot as the Henry Hudson Springs. Sadly, due to lawn chemical run-off, the water from the spring is no longer potable and the town must rely on wells for its water.
Fresh water was a necessity on board ship, for laundry, Grog, and de-salting the Cod and Beef prior to cooking. The late, local historian Paul Boyd once told me that there was also brewing here among the first Dutch settlers. Regrettably, I can no longer find that email.
Today the Half-Moon, Henry Hudson's ship is the symbol of Atlantic Highlands. appearing on the Borough seal, and all our local agencies crests/patches/etc. Jessie/Augie take note...
Okay, now the beer...
Appearance - hazy burnished gold, almost an unfiltered apple cider-like appearance. Generous rocky white head that is rather short lived but leaves eye-pleasing white lacing wherever it touches.
Aroma - Wow! Tropical Fruit. Mango, Papaya, Pine, Grapefruit! Awesome. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose but distinct bready earthiness in the back.
Taste is piney-resinous hop and ample offsetting malt sweetness, a nice balance. Balanced and drinkable. "Double" my ass - pour me another!!!
Mouth feel is light. Carbonation dancing like a Sprite on the tongue and cheeks. Hop bitterness becoming more pronounced as the beer is swirled in the mouth.
Overall - an awesome expression of the brewers art. More please...
10-30-2011 01:15:43 | More by Citadel82
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4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Got a keg from the brewery for the house.
Poured from the kegerator, deep opaque golden orange. Prominent white head that holds up well and leaves fantastic lacing throughout.
Nose is dominated by assorted tropical fruits; mango, peach, pineapple, and tangerine come to mind. A bit of piney hop mid-nose. Malty backbone is detectable but not too strong. So far so good.
Taste follows aroma more or less. Definitely getting peach and mango. A bit more pine in the taste than the smell. Again the malt is there to kind of just say hi. Very well balanced IPA.
A bit thin on the palate, but sticky. Aftertaste is piney that lingers nicely. Carbonation is great.
I had this beer for the first time right after I turned 21. I don't remember caring for it. But today this beer is a definite winner. Very good Jersey IPA, I think this is is a runner up to Head High.
06-12-2014 16:45:10 | More by PeterParker
077XX from Carton Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.