Brunch. Dinner. Grub. - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 11-06-2011

B.D.G. (Brunch. Dinner. Grub.) Country Ale: Matching the right beer to the right food is a wonderful assignment. The contemplation of point and counter-point can often be as much fun as the reward of good pairing. Sadly, in a life well lived there is not always time to contemplate what dinner will be, let alone what beverage will play best with it. Here we have selected malts to evoke the crusty breads that sit well next to every meal and seasoned it with the lemony, tarragon/thyme notes of Aramis hops. A go-to, food friendly ale for the table. Drink B.D.G because you are what you eat... and drink.

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Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 34
Photo of BullDoza
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a screw top growlette.

A: Brown, soil. Deep amber, almost a burnt, burnt orange on the edges. Minimal carbonation, as expected. Still, a small, white ring of bubbles hang around outer edges. Rotating the glass produces a fair amount of nice alcohol legs. Looks well made. Wish it was a deeper color of brown. As is, it looks a little watery - tea like.

S: Dark roast. Bread - light, flaky biscuit. The malt dominates, but there is a definite hop presence. The (herbal) hops are apparent enough that I'm expecting a bite, not typical of a brown ale. I like it, as I very much enjoy DFH Indian Brown.

T: Follows the nose with it's roast and breadiness. Faint nutty character is there. As quickly as the malt hits, it vanishes as the hops take over the middle and finish. Lingering bitterness doesn't let you soon forget the hops' role in this beer. Taste offers much more than the nose for me. Especially as it warms. As the beer warms, the hops remain present, but give way to an almost chocolatey taste that I wasn't expecting. Quite enjoyable.

F: Lesser side of medium bodied. Even still, the beer manages an almost creamy mouthfeel. This, out of a growlette a 3 or 4 days old, was a surprise. Would love to see what it's like fresh on tap at the source.

O: The bones of a standard, solid brown ale. Other than the deeper brown color I prefer on a brown ale, nothing is missing. The hops add a new enough dimension to make this a memorable brown ale. Taste manages to surpass both look and smell...and that's what really matters.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Saison, Terminal C, Newark Airport.
Dark cherry amber with steady tan film. 3.75
Brownie, soil, and cherry stone on the nose. 4
Carob and brown bread crust, some dark malt acid, then leafy, herbal hops. 4.5
Milk chocolate finish and prickly spice hop finish.
Medium, smoooth, snappy. 4.25

Aramis hops.

I've heard good things about their hoppy beers and wasn't after a brown, which is why it's all the more impressive how good this struck me:solid deep malts, unique hopping, body that manages to be round and creamy but finish clean. And the 45 IBUs are no joke: almost an IBA but stops short in the best way. Can't sipping at this; kinda blown away by the quality.

If they can do this with a humble style, what can they do with hops?

Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge fan of this brewery but not this beer. Roasted malt character is out of balance for me, resulting in a rather bitter beer without sufficient balancing elements. YMMV of course but not my thing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler shared by nimbleprop. Thanks! Hazy mahogany body with a small tan head. Aromas of robust malt, dank earth, brown bread. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Pine notes. Decent.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight haze and white head. The glass is laced well and carbonation is rising to the surface here. Kind of a dirty dish water look, one would assume this offering is unfiltered.

Aroma has some citrus and floral elements with a toasted malt edge. The aroma does not prepare you for the taste, which is a one-two punch of hops and nutty malts. Cocoa and unsweetened peanut or cashew butter come to mind, then dashed away with bitterness and hop flavor. Pretty tasty. Light, a bit softer feel than Id like, but still something that carries the beer.

Overall, a unique brown ale with bright flavors. For brown ale fans, this would be highly recommended.

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting and awesome. Loving what this brewery is doing

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color with a nice 2" head that lasted a while.

Smell: light bready aroma with some malt sweetness.

Taste: caramel, bread, mild citrus tones, some dark fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout, short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very tasty brown ale that satisfies.

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves lacing

Smell: Bread, nuts, lemony herbal hops

Taste: Bread, nuts, lemony herbal hops. On the hoppier side of a fairly neutral brew, seems to accomplish the "table wine" angle they're going for

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, definitely wins a drinkability award

Overall: A pretty good easy drinker, that I would gladly drink again. The hops give it enough of a special flair where it's not just a bland concoction. Should pair well with most foods

Photo of njtmayhem
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is exactly what it says. Its perfect with food, a burger and this beer is amazing. Quality beer through and through.

Photo of kals
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely tasty and very unique

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a long while since I've had a nut-brown ale. Here goes:

A: Dark brown; pretty murky. Tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Good.

S: Quite good. Lots of hazelnut, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and a faint smattering of hops.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Roasted malt and lots of nuts. Sweet with a touch of hops. Overall, quite good.

F: Alright, good carbonation and thickness. Nothing special, though.

O: Solid beer. Will have again.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +5%

Growler filled at the Green Growler grocery Croton-on-Hudson, NY

They called it a "Bierre De Garde" hmmm

Heavily hazed medium brownish, nice looking super fine fields of lace.

Herbal nose, then nutty, malty and smooth with a rear woody, muted herbal spice note on the palate, nicely done.

Would likely work for Thanksgiving with the meal or with any fall activity/chow

Photo of meno19
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Great Beer, lots of intricate flavors. Definitely for the beer geek.

Photo of RAdragna
4/5  rDev +5%

Got on tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA.

This is a brown ale that one must certainly try. Good roasty aroma that is matched by the taste. True to its description, it's like drinking liquid bread with that toasty and roasty character. Very pleasant for a dark beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +5%

Caramel color with soapy lacing and some foam retention. Malt smells like English toffee. Tastes a little watery but has a rich finish.

As advertised, this is a solid brown ale that would go with just about anything.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy brown color, with no transparency, a slight tan head with a little lacing around the glass as you drank this one.

S: The brown bread is very present, slight hints of nuts, and brown sugar and honey, the hops and malts are slightly present.

T: Almost exactly like the note, some hints of brea and brown sugar. The hops and malts are present as well as slight hint of lemon.

M: Medium bodied, slick, mid in carbonation.

O: Easy drinker and pretty well balanced, Just nothing crazy about it definitely a sessionable beer and enjoyable with friends.

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery, which is about as happy an experience as a craft drinker will get. Go there.
This brown ale is as sweet and happy an experience as you will find in a brown ale .
Better than Avery, Smutty Nose or others. Must try.
A: Pours a sweet color with a lasting and lacing head.
S: Like all Carton brews, it's ample, sporting malt back bone and caramel sweetness with balancing bitterness
T: Follows the smell. Bravo, and still keeps coming with flavor: minerally, long finish, fresh.
MF: creamy and luxurious.

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Carton

I'm not a big brown ale fan, but this one was quite good. Poured a medium brown color, with a small off-white head that receded to a ringlet; some spotty lacing. If they were going for making one of the breadiest beers in existence--which I think they were--then they definitely succeeded with this one. Aroma was almost straight-up toasted bread and whole grains, earthy, with distant herbal hop notes. Taste, again, big time toasted bread, whole wheat and pumpernickel, roasty malts, earthy and herbal hops notes underneath. One-dimensional, but purposefully so; definitely delivered what was promised. Medium body, moderate carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Definitely one to go back for.

Photo of trentbent
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought my first ever growler after sampling this beer. I couldn't get it out of my head. I had gone home with beer bottles and rushed back to the store before they closed to commit to growlers.

A - Murky honey color and burnt orange. An unfiltered appearance.

S - Cocoa, bread, lemon

T- Wild grass, honeycomb, lively yeast implores the sour sides of the tongue. The Aramis hops in this beer are apparent, not that I know all the different hops.

M- Dry in the front that runs the center of the tongue, but

O - No beer has made me feel so much like I am in the country. If you drink too much of this wild ale you better be careful not to fall into bed with the farmer's daughter.

Photo of DavidBart
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Brown Ales, but this one seemed a bit more like an IPA with a little brown intertwined. It worked very nicely. Not to mention that it was being sipped on at the #6 best pizza joint in US according to Daily Meal: Roberta's. Beautiful day, beautiful beer. Sign me up for more BDG if you can. I'm # 1 fan of Carton with their Boat session ale. I own several cases as we speak, but not to be partial, I just think these guys brew solid beers. This one comes through. A style that I don't favor, presented in a way that I loved.... well executed and well done! Thanks Carton! See ya soon.

Photo of IDrinkGoodBeer
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It tastes like a loaf of bread in a glass with some roasted coffee notes and goes down real smooth. A table beer as they refer to it BDG is amazing. I have had this beer with all sorts of food and believe it to be one of the best pairings for a lot of dishes.

Photo of themind
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew! these guys continue to amaze me. Pours a nice thick medium dark head, the aroma and taste are moderate flavors of brown bread with subtle notes of caramel and roasted malts.I sense some citrus flavor hiding in the mix and a slight nutty flavor also. The mouthfeel is excellent. I very much enjoyed this brew and would purchase again.

Bottom Line: Carton Kicks A$$

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium amber brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of brown bread (toasted malts, caramel malts, and some roasted malts), herbal hops, and just a touch of citrus/lemon hops. Very light notes of nuts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of brown bread - with notes toasted, caramel, and roasted malts. Light to moderate notes of herbal hops with thyme being most pronounced and just a touch of citrus/lemon hops along with light notes of nuts. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present though they fade fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was an enjoyable beer that was pretty easy to drink though I think the description of the beer slightly oversold it. I would probably grab it again (had it on cask a number of years ago) but not a beer that I would consider sessionable.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/03/13 notes. 14 oz. pour served in a pint glass up at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. Have had most of Carton's beers and have wanted to try this one for a while.

a - Pours a deep amber-brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, nuts, light caramel malts, light fruity malts, and some roasted malts. More roasted notes as it warms up. Nice nose; lots of nuts.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, fruity malts, bitter pine hops, nuts, burnt malts, and some roasted malts. Not super hoppy but some light bitterness and pine hops in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. Pretyt nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice brown ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this is a good example of one. Lots of nuts, caramel, and roasted malts in the nose with some bitter hops coming through in the taste. Easy to drink; could see this being good for people getting into craft beers or darker beers. Would have it again.

Photo of EkimGram
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 64oz growler filled from Beer City in Deer Park, NY poured into a pint glass. Colour is a dark hazelnut brown. Barely any head with a thin ring. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, very nutty, and a hint of hops.

Taste: Surprisingly bitter flavour is quickly rounded out with bready malts. Has a little bit of an acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body offers a gentle, velvety touch accompanied by a modest carbonated bite.

Overall: A very average brew in terms of brown ales. While nothing is particularly offensive about it, nothing really stands out to me either.

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