HopPun
Carton Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #328
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,275
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
303
From:
Carton Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy citrus oriented beer which pours a light reddish color with an ample head. Good crispness and ample hops but not too bitter for an IPA brew. Solid.

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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 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 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 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Amber orange body. Smells fruity, bready, a little bit of caramel. Tastes much the same. Fruity with some toffee and bready malt. A touch of grapefruit bitterness. Medium body. Solid, but not what I expected. It’s called HopPun but it’s not that hoppy. Still a good beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was the last of the Carton beers that I had in my basement, and it was certainly good to end on! Tasted and felt more like an ESB or an English-style IPA because of the hop profile but regardless of my less-than-perfect opinion, this was a nicely crafted APA with plenty of body and flavor, that would please nearly everyone who gave it a try!

Loved the pour to this as the beer had a bright and lovely deep apricot hue topped by a massive tan head. Not as much lacing was left behind as this led me to believe but it was pale in comparison to how appealing this looked when held up to the light, even down to the bit of sediment floating around. Mild floral notes in the nose with some bread and toasted malt underneath that, with more of all of those in the taste. A bit more bitter than I would have liked, the presence of blueberry juice kept this from feeling too heavy and ensured that this would be relatively lively. Not too dank or full of resin, a bit of pine served as a reminder that indeed, this was an American and not a foreign Pale Ale.

It was hard to detect the alcohol in this as I only felt a slight warming effect once I finished the can off. This was dated on 3/10 with "JOURNEY BEGAN" above that and "[email protected]" written above that. Would be great to have more beers with Super Galena in it, as I enjoyed how this beer felt, down to the medium body and light-but-ample carbonation. Fans of English Pale Ales would find it worthy to give this one a go!

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Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Lark in ENPT, NY, it was nice and hoppy both in the nose and flavor with a sturdy malt base. Well balanced, smooth and easy to drink, it would be an above average IPA so it was very tasty and hoppy for an APA. Really good stuff.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-amber color with a huge, fluffy white head that left lots of lacing. Smells of malts, hints of orange and pepper. Taste starts with bready malts, orange, orange rind and notes of pepper, however it quickly becomes dry and quite bitter. Well carbonated, medium to heavy bodied for the style.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can

It is a dark, burnt orange color. Substantial amount of thick cream colored foam. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Smells piney and citrusy with an earthy aroma. Very strong malt bill.

Some prickly mango, melon, and pink grapefruit up front and definitely some orange, but also some more estery fruit. A little bit of a ripe and dark red flavor. Some very British like malted grains and yeast along with an increasing pithy bitterness close it out.

The body is exceptionally soft and pillowy, like rolled oats with a dry finish.

This one is probably more of an English IPA (though American hoppy) than an American Pale, but it is excellent either way.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed HopPun before but never reviewed it. Canned on 3/10/2017. Poured into pint glass. It pours a lovely orange-amber color with one full head of fluffy, milk-white head and lots of lacing that lasted through the pour. It smells of cracker, caramel, and a whiff of tangerine banana, and pepper. The taste opens with some sweet malt and fruit, and grass but it's quickly overtaken by dry, slightly bitter hops and a certain earthiness. I remember more sweetness in the past but the can is 5 weeks old and it may have settled. What really shines is the feel: it's a little heavier than most APA's I've had, with pleasant carbonation, and the 5.3% ABV makes it really easy to drink. Overall, while it's not my favorite Carton offering by a long shot, it's easy drinking and tasty. I could crack a few of these after cutting the lawn.

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Photo of citizencane
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright orange-brown with solid head and some lacing. Smell is muted mix of malts and hops, leaning more toward earth and tea notes. bitterness becomes more pronounced as t warms and I keep drinking. Taste is similar but more pronounced with a hint of metallic. A hint of metallic taste in there but not enough to be a dealbreaker. Not quite worth the rating it's gotten IMO, but then again it's not bad and the more English end of pale ales typically aren't my thing. Not bad though.

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

on draft, served in shaker pint glass

slightly hazy golden copper in color, foamy white head. fruity hop aroma. taste is only mildly bitter, the hop flavors dominate. thinner bodied.

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

From a month-old can, pours a slightly hazy amber. Two fingers of off-white foam leaves good lacing. Smell is earthy, floral, fruity. Taste follows, with some malt sweetness and decent bitterness in the finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: orange and some cracked pepper comes through.

Taste: caramel, orange, pineapple, a bit of an earthy tone, some biscuit, and a hint of cracked black pepper. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Overall: an easy to drink APA that has a nice overall flavor.

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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color with a three-finger, yellowed, antique-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Modest aroma of pine, resin, a little orange and dry, crackers malt character.

Nice, sweet taste with kisses of the resin and orange mixed with light caramel malt up front, then a more of a straight-hop resin character and peppery element on the back end.

Heavier bodied than expected with a slightly sticky feel. This is a great beer with good malt depth.

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Photo of DEdesings57
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste like and English Style Pale ale got converted to a West Coast style IPA and during the transition capitalized on the dryness and the piney notes the West Coast is so well known for but forgot to adapt a substantial enough of a malt sweetness to cut of the overly dry finish.

Whould have loved to see more complexity from such a unique and mysterious hop bill being used in this beer, other than pine, bitterness and dryness.

Still a solid beer nevertheless and would buy again.

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

Definitely a rock solid Pale Ale in a more old school style than a lot of the low bitterness, fruit forward, hazy pales that are popping up everywhere. Great hop/malt balance, full flavor, and easy drinking. Hops are mostly earthy with hints of berries and other faint fruitiness. Tasty beer. yb

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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunset orange in body with big floating white head on top. Aroma of pine, evergreen, grass, some bread. Tastes of pine, grass, evergreen, mild mint, some caramel nuttiness, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz glass into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a rich clear amber with a head that dissipates quickly.

Lots of old school IPA hops that comes across as herbal bitterness.

A nice refreshing change from hop intense tropical ipas, but still packs a punch.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a solid head, much darker than i expected. a nice full color to this pale ale

smell is clean and mild

taste is full of flavor, both malt and hops. full body and flavor for a 5.3% pale ale. easy to drink and just another good one from Carton.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Paragon. Pours hazy orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, raspberries, peaches and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and fruity. Excellent brew.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours dark gold body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: slight citrusy notes; kind of soapy
T: interesting, sweet biscuit notes; some hop notes in the aftertaste
M: light bodied and pretty crisp
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; decent beer

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew!

Revisit: 1 May 17
16 oz. Can
Journey Began: 03/10/17

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice citrus note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Carton. Always a joy to drink them. Thanks Arthur!

Thanks goes out to SammyJaxxxx for this brew!

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Roosters True Pint glass a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice citrus note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus. Medium body, with a nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, another very tasty brew from Carton. It was great to have a chance to try these out. Thanks Greg!

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