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077XX - Carton Brewing Company

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107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 174
Gots: 231 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 10-13-2011

Like all things truly Jersey, 077XX makes the most in balancing through its accentuation of extremes. Inspired by the west coast IPAs we love, we added a thump of hops to a dynamic malt profile and chose a yeast to drive these two further than they wanted to go. Throw our water into this mix and you will find dank green resinous hops popping over orange, mango and papaya aromas, with just enough sweetness of body to make the long finish a pleasure to have around. Drink 0’Dub when your night matters.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/11....on tap at the Office in Morristown NJ, pours hazy yellowish gold with touches of foam. Fruity nose, tropical. Light malt too. Lighter taste leads to a sneaky heavy hop bitter. Peppery. Very good. (204 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Found this beer at Colliers in Cape May while my family waited an hour for some stupid hotdogs.
I thought this beer was very good in all catagories.
The smell is very hoppy, but a general hop aroma, I can't pick anything out. The hops have that wet, resiny, green smell.
The taste is hoppy and bitter for the most part. Malts come through at the end. Hops are wet and bold to the end.
Oh the appearance! Golden orange with a hazy complexion. A tall head sits on top, thick and sticky at leaves lacing behind.
Drinks smooth and syrupy that coats the tongue.
A good beer I throughly enjoyed. (591 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Very pale golden; served with a small fizzy cap.

s: Lots of pithy grapefruit with a hint of pine and scant sugar cookie malt balance.

t: Unblanced as hell which I love, but with a bit too much raw bitterness. Pithy rather than juicy grapeitfruit all but overwhelms the toffee and sugar cookie malts. Long lingering herbal, aspirin bitterness.

m: Light bodied for a DIPA.

o: Very nice borderline IPA/DIPA. (411 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A fresh can from the brewery, courtesy of FenderOffset238!

A. Pours a pale honey gold, slightly cloudy. Thick, foamy head rises forth, peaking at about two and a half fingers and lingering for a few minutes. Slowly, it settles to a half finger and there it remains for the duration. Stark white foam rims the sides of the glass.

S. Tropical notes of candied orange, pineapple, and papaya. Hints of cane sugar sweetness and bready malt that meld very nicely with pine needles and dankness. Dominant, though, is the candied citrus quality, and I emphasize candied because this has a surprisingly balanced malt sweetness in the bouquet that really works quite well.

T. Pineapple, mango, orange zest, transitions to biscuit malt sweetness, and then a big dose of herbal, grassy hops with moderate bitterness, finally resolution to lemon and tea leaf. Finish is tropical and lightly bitter.

M. I really dig what they've done here...a near perfect blend of malt sweetness, tropical complexity, and dank bitterness. For a DIPA, this never sits heavy on the palate, nor does the ABV smack you in the face. It warms a little as it goes down, but it's markedly easy drinking and very well balanced.

O. This is a really impressive DIPA, one of the better ones I have encountered. The mildly sweet, malty quality is something I can only describe as "candied". It's truly excellent, interesting, and refreshing. I would drink again without question. (1,442 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, about four hours ago.

Cloudy gold body, topped by four fingers of Swiss chess white foam. Dense lace covers the top half of the glass.

Huge fruit nose, big aggressive and inviting. So juicy you're nose will feel wet.

Sweet beginning and it's fruity from the snap. There's no foundation building, just a pre-fab explosion of juicy fruit, and it works wonderfully. Great bitter tingles build up to the bite at the swallow. Terrific sense of fresh. Juicy, fruity, not abrasive.

Smooth solid medium mouthfeel.

So dangerously drinkable, should come with a direct line to hazmat.

Good take on a west coast IPA, to be revisited frequently. (664 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pale gold with a short, loose white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Peach, passion fruit, candied orange, and papaya.

Taste
Peach, passion fruit, candied orange, and papaya. Lighter notes of lemon pith and pineapple. The malts are lightly bready with dashes of candy sugar. Finishes with tangerine zest, pine resin, and onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, oily, and smooth with a light bitterness.

Overall
Huge hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Smooth and insanely drinkable. Fantastic stuff! :) (590 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter from the 16 oz can.

Impressive head right off the bat. Two and a half fingers of chewy, burly, off-white head that lingers well and is all about leaving that lace. Body is perfectly clear and a light golden wheat color. 4.5

Woosa with the pineapple and citrus. Passionfruit too. It's a jungle in here. Resinous and piney in a lighter way, ditto the malt and a touch of solvent. 4.25

Juicy citrus gives way to a creamy blend of caramel and vanilla before a resinous and moderately spicy hop finish. I'd wish for more fruit flavors given what the nose suggested, so I'm a tad disappointed not to find more of that on the tongue. 4

The body and drinkability are great on this. No hop burn and accompanying aggressive carbonation. A measured sweet touch that is done pretty masterfully. 4.5

Great look, nose, feel and and a darn good flavor. Sign me up. (874 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at house at house of 1000 beers
A hazy gold with half a finger of fizzy white head
S tons of pine and hop resin lemon zest grass
T massive pine bitterness lemon grass lime zest
M very bitter mild malt slight chew
O very good lots of hop character tons of pine (268 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clean golden copper pour with half inch of head, great lacing. smells of honey, caramel and tree sap. Lots of piney, grapefruit and bitterness. taste is overwhelmingly bitter at first, slight hints of honey/caramel, and very piney. slightly creamy medium body with moderate carbonation.

not a bad ipa by far, didn't realize it was a double at first. Hoping this is the next canned good from carton! (400 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bilco for the can.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a bright hay gold. Head is white and creamy. Dense cap. Decent retention leaves a small dense cap for the duration. Sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tangerine, mango, peach, lots of tropical fruit. Mango. Malts are slightly bready with some undercooked biscuit. Crackery snap coupled with some pale malt sweetness. White bread crust. Slightly toasted. Some caramelized malt sweetness. Some alcohol spiciness. A big push of oily pine needle and resin. A touch of mint. Massively hoppy but the malts offer a nice balance. Grapefruit. Warming blends it all together just a bit better.

Taste: Snaps bitter up front. Solid bright fruitiness comes right after. Deeply tropical. Peach, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and papaya. Malts offer up a slight toasted element with a touch of caramelized sweetness. Pine needle and a ouch of resin. Some aspirin bitterness. A touch of woody mint. Some toasted white bread crust with some biscuit dough thrown in for good measure. Alcohol creeps through the back and builds as it warms. A touch of heat on the back with some associated spiciness. Slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Slick medium body with some slight creaminess. Slightly sticky. Moderate carbonation. Some astringency which is expected given the alcohol.

Overall: My new favorite thing from Jersey.

A big but not too big DIPA. Solid malt body that enhances the hop profile and works well overall. Bitter in good measure. Balanced or at least as much as something this big is able. (1,568 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft before and have a 4.25 numerical rating, but this review it's based on a can canned give days ago. WOW

A: hazy, sunset orange with a 1cm head despite pouring straight down the middle. Well developed, sticky lacing that just won't quit

S: Subtle grapefruit rind, malt, and waxy aromas. Nose is the faintest aspect of this beer. Smells refreshing, but somewhat underwhelming. There's something else here though - almost tropical mixed with creamy

T: this is a top tier DIPA. GRAPEFRUIT RIND WITH CREAMINESS ON THE FINISH. It almost has a vanilla or butterscotch quality that starts off light and smooth and amps up into grapefruit rind. Finish mildly bitter and after taste it's full and malty. Wow.

M: perfect for a DIPA. less carbonated than most but very fitting. Reminds me of Jai Alai white oak.

O: Can I say wow again? This moved ahead of Pliny the Elder for me. Suspect that it's on par with Hi-Res (but obviously different flavor profile). Hasn't quite dethroned Heady, though (1,000 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a large off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Big tropical nose. Lemon and mango most prominent. Some orange and floral notes. Lily, hyacinth, and lavender.

I get the floral hops more on the taste than in the nose. Mango and papaya present but muted. Malt is biscuity/chewy.

Medium body with medium carbonation. A metallic aftertaste which is a bit unpleasant. Lingering citrus fading to bitterness.

A well balanced DIPA with good citrus/tropical/floral notes. Only issue was the metallic aftertaste. (539 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at McLoone's in Long Branch.

077XX pours a burnt gold color, with good visibility. There's maybe a finger of white foam crowning the beer, but it fades rapidly and cleanly. I attribute this at least in part to the pour though. The aroma is a little bit weak, but it has some tropical fruits, a long with a bit if citrus and a hint of caramel. The flavor has much more malty sweetness than the nose would have suggested, with a healthy dollop of caramel leading things off. There's definitely some bitterness here, but I feel like it's struggling to stand out against the sweetness. The hop profile on the finish is very nice, with lots of peach and mango given a bit of an edge by a supporting note of grapefruit peel. I just wish it was a bit more "in your face". The body is definitely too chewy, but the carbonation makes an admirable attempt at cutting through all that to elevate the hops. I dig the blend of hops Carton uses for 077XX, I just wish they would ease of the specialty grains (and/or mash temperature) to let them really shine. (1,076 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carton 077xx
8/1/14
16oz can, no dates found

Friend from down south hooked me up with a 4pk of this Jersey DIPA. Let’s see what the situation is here.

Very hazy straw gold. Tight white head is about a finger, but holds and laces well. (3.5)

Aroma is bright and citrusy, with tropical fruit notes. Alcohol is apparent. (4)

Flavor is very hoppy and dry. Huge bitterness building up on the tongue. Alcohol on the nose becomes more apparent on the drink, becoming fusel-like at times. Tons of grapefruit with a hint of apricot. Malt is right where it should be for the style: simple, pale and not caramel-laden. Finish is incredibly dry, but the carbonation and hop resins still provide a full mouthfeel. (3.5, 4)

Overall, very boozy for a 7.8% beer. Upon first sip, I would have thought this were in the 9-10% range, but the booze eventually takes a backseat to the hop flavor, which, combined with the dryness, keeps me coming back for another sip. (3.5) (959 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure on canning date.

L - Pours an amber gold body that is opaque and has a two finger eggshell head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Tropical fruits and pine resin. Smells dank.

T - Light tropical fruits backed with by dank pine resin with a bitter hop bite ending.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. So easy to drink.

O - Definitely worth a try if you like a tropical/pine IIPA. I dug it. (406 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Hoboken, NJ. 16oz pour in pint glass

A- Very light for a double IPA, almost looked like a single.
S- Citrus fruits and stone fruits on the nose via some amazing combo of hops
T- Big citrus hop flavors, finishing with a bit of apricot or necterine. Very drinkable and great flavor profile.
M- Good overall mouth feel, pretty standard for an IIPA

O- Great beer, happy to be able to try while visiting a buddy in Hoboken. Only thrown off by the color of this beer. (473 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: August 7, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: prepping for birthday number 39 with Matt, Jer and Sharknado 3... APPEARANCE: from fresh growler: light golden body with slight effervescence; nice head retention of an off-white single-finger ring; reasonable smears of tracings; strong head retention... AROMA: a beautiful collaboration of pineapple, mango and orange peel with the resin and pinecone necessary to enrapture the senses; the balance of malt and hop is appreciable; the balance comes with a bit of caramel and wet malts... PALATE: strong carbonation livens the mouth, with a medium-bodied, reasonable finish--easy drinking and sessionable... TASTE: a powerful yet drinkable 7.8% ABV; the citrus is strong and tangible; a strong, flavorful pint... OVERALL: pleased to have Carton in our backyard--and more pleased that this Imperial truly drinks like a pale ale; full-bodied and rewarding; active and filling... (947 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Carton Brewing Company" is my local brewery in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, near my home. Their flagships cover the DIPA and the session IPA (Boat Beer) wonderfully. Mineral notes due to the hard artesian well water they use. A must try and a great place to visit.
I've enjoyed 077xx from cask, can, growler, and tap.

a - Pours a murky golden amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, moderate carbonation, lots of lacing evident.

s - Super fresh and enjoyable - the joy of a home town brewer! Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, and lots of pine.

t - Taste follows the smell. It's almost puckering as it zests your palate with citrus hops, lemon, oranges, fruit malts, and tropical fruits. Long, lean, peppery, zingy finish.

m - Light to medium bodied DIPA w moderate carbonation. Light bitterness, long finish, and pretty easy to drink. Cleansing, great with food, long, and fresh.

o - Great nose. Great to have such a great, and growing, home town brewer. (997 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured a light golden color into the IPA glass, forming a generous white head. Lacing was left as the head receded.

Smell - The citrus comes through in the aroma with a sense of dank following closely behind. The malt profile is detectable.

Taste - The citrus makes the initial impression but their is a peppery profile that follows. Orange, grapefruit and papaya notes are present. The taste grows progressively more bitter as the citrus fades. The malt is difficult to detect, making this lean more toward an American version of the style.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the bitterness to linger in the aftertaste. It certainly fits the style.

Overall - The sweetness I expect from the malts in the background is not present. To be a really good DIPA, a beer needs to hit this mark. It is the only real shortcoming in this beer. (858 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh. Poured golden amber (with predominantly yellow hue in the light). Mango and peach notes dominate over a clean, crackery malt profile. Nose has hints of earthy and piney resins coming through. On the palate, these piney and earthy flavors hit BIG off the jump. Hints of the peach and mango come through in the aftertaste. All balanced by hearty bitterness. Some alcohol comes through on this one. Clean, slightly oily/coating mouthfeel characteristic of a DIPA. Appropriate. Unique East Coast DIPA, easily crushable, but worth savoring. Seek out Carton. (565 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

growldog from joe canals on rt 1 woody bridge

eyes...
whoa dog.. about a 3 finger 70s white muff happening here, soap and it barely moves when I shimmy the glass 'round, hazy straw with some lazy dna strands of carbonation writhing up the top in some weird summation of perpetual motion, retention and lacing are currrazy nice here, solid brew in the looks dept.

nose...
hmm.. definitely a bit different, sort of a caramel-y pine ? if there is such a thing? very heavy peach tones... this is throwing me for a DIPA... but after all the hop nukes passing this nose it is cool to see (smell?) something unique, I can not say I love it but it is different.

taste etc...
this is not a palette destroyer but there is some really nice fresh hop bitters directly on the tongue, but it does not leave the huge back of the mouth bitters like most DIPAs... which makes this a touch tamer (as is the ABV). it drinks pretty light but after a few swigs the ABV does make an appearance with some warming in the ole beer storage tank attached to this here torso, this seems to gain bitterness as you go on, it is in the pine variety which can almost border on pinesol flavor .. but it just dodges that bullet, the carbonation is a bit lacking in the overall presentation in the mouth which makes this not as drinkable as some DIPAs...

verdict?
the bitterness is here, but it is missing something, not bad at all but not great. (1,415 characters)

Photo of themind
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a beast! what an awesome offering from Carton. The beer rivals Abrasive and is a hidden gem in the crowded field of DIPA's. Hop blast with a very slight malt backbone. An incredible beer that leaves you wanting another. If your a DIPA man this is a must have. The appearance is a bit murky ( like BOAT beer ) but in the end I will take this anytime.

Bottom Line: Nears legendary status! (400 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow color has a cloudy body. A finger and a half of bubbly clean white head on the pour settled in but was present throughout drinking. Carbonation is right what it should be for the style. Random sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Airy breathable malts greet the drinker with accents of caramel and toasted grains. Pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerines quickly follow on the body. A balanced amount of grass and pine add some biting bitterness on the back end.

Taste: A inviting combination of sweet malts and gummy hops pull you in right away. Toasted grains and bread accent on the front with a full compliment of tangerines, grapefruit, papaya, and kiwi. The bitterness of this brew comes on during the body, nothing over the hop but enough of a transition to really pop on the palate. The finish is similar to the front with airy malts and tropical fruits, with a touch of the bitterness picked up on the body.

Mouthfeel: This goes down way too easy. At 7.8% abv you'd think it would be a tweener DIPA but this baby packs a punch. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: A simply top notch brew from Carton. There are plenty of bright hops to please any hop head with enough malt balance to make this a very complex and diverse beer. Carton should just send this to my house since I can't get it in this area. (1,356 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. Acquired in a trade as an extra with MagnusBrewing, thank you very much!

Pours a clear golden body with a white foamy head that reduces slowly but leaves little lacing.

Aromas of caramel and pine, resin and pale malt, caramel and breadyness. Smells like an average pale ale, prefer a little more hop presence.

On the tongue is equally as so-so.. subtle resin and pine, some citrus and fruit rinds.. astringent aspirin on the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Underwhelmed with this one.. I can't find a best by date but it tastes like the hops may have faded. (608 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This pours a hazy gold with a slightly off-white head. Minimal, slick legging.
Smell: Tropical fruit with a hint of heat.
Taste: After my first sip, I was immediately reminded me of Port Brewing Anniversary Ale. Except, not as strong. No fumes out of the nose with this one. Plus it has a sweeter finish. The taste is of hops, tangerine, and tropical fruit.
Feel: It fits!

Overall - This is a big surprise coming all the way from the East Coast. This is definitely classic left coast style. Made with love, plus points for overall goodness. Make it juicier. I like it, and it's great. (604 characters)

077XX from Carton Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.