HopPun | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You can play boundary-pushing flavor games all you like but you should never turn your back on fundamentals. HopPun is born of playing with the most straightforward of beers- the hoppy American Pale. We push around experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, soften the edges with a traditional pale malt bill and then tie it all together with the fruity esters of British yeast. Look for the tutti-frutti/berry side of modern hop aromatics in a pleasant drinking straightforward Pale. Drink HopPun and keep the chops sharp.

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Added by Act25 on 08-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,509
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
299
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
62
Trade:
1
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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that faded away, leaving lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with strong notes of biscuit and toasted malts. There is a light to moderate amount to of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA starts out very hoppy and then balances itself out with the malts as the beer begins to warm up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Jps715
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PiscatawaySludge
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer by Carton.

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Photo of AirBob
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emquilxy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, orange in color with one inch head. Taste is pale malt, toffee, and light orange rind. Medium bodied, bitter, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an above average, tasty pale. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of paresis
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of addiwilliams
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brendanjames
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

**
07/20/2017
Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: orange yellow color, some haze, some sediment. Big bubble white head, fades to lacing.
AROMA: mosaic Metallic is up front, pineapple and something sweet and floral thatch cannot exactly place.
TASTE: Lots of ash, some citrus. Some pine/resin.
FEEL: medium body,a little creamy, below expectation on the carbonation.
Feels a little tacky halfway through.

Overall: thought I would like this more based on the aroma but it's only so-so.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I just got a bad batch? Maybe it's because it was brewed at their brewery in CT? I don't know. Pours a pretty deep copper with a white head. A little bit of lacing. Aroma is weak; smells like vegetables. Taste is kind of orangey with some off flavors. A little too malty, Average carbonation. I was let down by this, but could try it again on draft or from their NJ brewery.

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Photo of Hendry
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a CANderful day this has been! I CANpletely eschewed the Bottle Backlog in favor of a momentary return to The CANQuest (tm) & it has paid off in major dividends, like unCANvering forgotten CANs.

From the CAN: "You can play boundary-pushing flavor games all you like but you should never turn your back on fundamentals. HopPun is born of playing with the most straightforward of beers- the hoppy American Pale. We push around experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, soften the edges with a traditional pale malt bill and then tie it all together with the fruity esters of British yeast. Look for the tutti-frutti/berry side of modern hop aromatics in a pleasant drinking straightforward Pale. Drink HopPun and keep the chops sharp."

I CANnot state repeatedly enough how much I have missed the Crack! of opening a CAN! Pop!ping the cap off a bottle does not have the same CANchet. I really wanted to do an inverted Glug, but these pounder CANs CAN be problematic. Ah, well. Even so, it was a lively beer & I was getting some nice foaming action even from a gentle Glug. An in-glass swirl really brought things to a head, creating just under two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. CAN denoted SRM as 8.5. Hey, scoff all that you CAN, but at the end of the day, I do know what I am doing & saying. Nose was mellow & tea-like. I got a soft mintiness from the hops & a dry biscuitiness from the malt. Man, I totally dig this. It is so evocative of hop tea, which is the most mellow, sleepytime tea that I have ever brewed. You don't want it to steep too long to avoid bitterness, but done right, it is beautiful. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was VERY minty. Not pine, not evergreen, just mint. Very refreshing, very cool, very minty. Finish was dry, but a cool dry, like gargling with mouthwash. Man, every inhalation was another blast of cool mint, like peppermint or spearmint, just not wintergreen. I was starting to sweat as a result. Phew!

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BFCarr
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-06-24 in Atlantic Highlands, NJ at the brewery on-tap

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