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Brunch. Dinner. Grub. | Carton Brewing Company

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3.84
pDev:
28.65%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Added by metter98 on 11-06-2011

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 283
Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of Jacobob10
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ.

Light brown color with a medium sized head and sparse lacing on the glass. Very dull aroma of bready malts and lemony hops. Flavor was better than the aroma suggested but had a musty quality to it that was hard to get past. Light bodied with a thin texture, it seemed like something was missing. Light sour finish.

Eager to try more by this brewery - as I have had good beers by them - but I don't think I would get this one again.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, New Jersey.

A: Looked really cloudy with a really small off white head. The color was brown, surprise surprise it's a brown ale

S: Definitely smelled like fresh baked bread and nuts

T: The taste is a bit bitter. As I drank more, the complexity of it came out. I picked up caramel, black pepper, and dark berries.

M: The mouthfeel is definitely thick for a brown ale. It's also got quite a sticky vibe to it.

Overall, I am not a big fan at all of brown ales but this was one of the best I've ever tried. It was also the first time I'd had a beer from Carton which has since impressed me with every brew I've had from them. I would definitely drink the ole' BDG again. The hazy look and complex taste are highlights for me.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carton BDG
8/12/12
Growler from brewery

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a small off-white head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing. (3)

Aroma is malty, with a light hop spiciness. There's some off yeast note that I can't quite put my finger on though. (3)

Flavor is intensely bready and malty, with a healthy dose of herbal hop bitterness. The malt flavor just screams Maillard reaction: never have I had a beer that tastes so much like well-baked bread crusts. Extremely light caramel malt sweetness is quickly stripped away by a bitter, bone-dry finish. Minerally, rustic, slightly abrasive and quenching. (4)

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drying, with pleasantly spritzy carb. (3.5)

A very unique tasting beer, despite its imperfections. Carton definitely makes some interesting stuff. (3.5)

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Photo of david18
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few drafts of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House over the last few weeks. I'd been hearing about the brewery, a new one in New Jersey, and was anxious to try it. Too bad it was a brown.

Appearance was quite cloudy, some carbonation but it didn't stick around for very long.

The aroma was bread, maybe a little bit of dark fruit and a slight amount of piney hops.

Flavor was pretty typical of the style. Medium biscuit, some fruit character and a slight amount of bitterness.

I'm looking forward to sampling some of the other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Free Bridge Wines and Spirits.

Deep amber body, somewhat hazy, topped by a big just-off-white four finger rocky head. Very good lacing.

Nut bread aroma.

Good caramel foundation. Herbal, earthy hops follow. Also some fruitiness that I can't place but I do like.

Solid, chewy even, medium mouthfeel.

Not sure this fits a particular style, but it's tasty and interesting.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this from Brouwerij Lane.

It poured a nice amber with a solid 1" head. Smelled malts, some rye, and a bit of smokyness. Taste was sorta like SN ruthless rye but not quite as hoppy. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. This is a pretty good session beer. Solid year-round beer from Carton. I look forawrd to their 1st limited release and hope them a prosperous future.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Andy's Corner

Dark copper color, off white head thay fades to a light ring around the glass.

Caramel, bread, dark fruits and light smokiness.

Caramel, nutty, dark fruits, slight alcohol, toffee, roasted coffee and slight smokiness.

Light to medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry feel. No alcohol warmth.

The aroma seemed a little bland but the taste made up for it. Carton is definitely an interesting brewery. I haven't been disappointed by any of their brews yet.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the Cloverleaf Tavern, and served in a pint glass.

Brunch. Dinner. Grub. pours a clear mahogany, with some nice orange highlights at the edges of the beer. About a finger of bone colored foam tops the beer, and displays some nice head retention and lacing. The nose is pleasantly aromatic, balancing notes of caramel, toasted nuts, and biscuits. The flavor takes that an adds a distinct herbal, earthy note. Every sip brings a different element to the forefront, and the result is a beer with an impressive amount of complexity and depth of flavor. The body isn't quite sturdy enough to stand up as a brown ale, and the carbonation's a touch to intense. Still though, the mouthfeel is close to locked in on both counts. This was my second beer from Carton, and I'm left just as impressed as I was with my glass of Boat. If Carton ever starts bottling their brews, I could see this becoming a regular inhabitant in my fridge.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but consistently left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of brown bread and herbs and lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the taste and has more pronounced flavors of herbs—thyme seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with no perceptible carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink and would make a good accompaniment to food.

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