HopPun | Carton Brewing Company

very good
25 Reviews

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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 0%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -20.4%
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 +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Sandalwood
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange golden color that is slightly cloudy with a one finger white head. There is some soapy lacing. The odor for me is citrus, orange, mandarin, fruity, berry, tropical fruit, pineapple, tea, guava, floral, malty, slightly herbal. The taste for me is citrus, orange, mandarin, fruity, berry, melon, floral, malty, leafy, herbal, resin, bitter throughout.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another fine beer from my friend Eric in NJ!
A - Pours a mostly clear golden orange with 2 fingers of white head that settle to a nice cap with very little lacing.
S - Not an aroma bomb but piney and subdued citrus.
T - Flavor is a little citrus, some pine, malt and just a little bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - This is a good, drinkable Pale.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From cans purchased at Carton on October 11.

Poured one out. Light foamy head with good retention. Copper color.

Smell is very hoppy, with a little bit of citrus.

Taste is hop-forward as expected, malt on back end. A bit of alcohol, surprising for relative low ABV.

Reasonably well-balanced, strongly carbonated, pretty drying on finish.

Decent APA.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Nice copper color, fairly clear
Smell - dank, chives, citrus, hints of pineapple
Taste - Oniony/garlic dankness, pine, hints of pineapple and citrus

Overall - A nice hoppy pale ale offering from Carton. One of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy, sample from the brewery.

Webby trail of lacing down the glass. Slightly hazed pale copper hue. Big piney citrusy hop nose with some mild toasted grain and fruity yeast. Hop forward but very balanced, ample hop bitterness with a juicy malty middle. Medium body, a bit chewy. Crisp and smooth. Pungent with fresh grass, pine bark, & citrus pith. Hoppy is correct, there are some IPAs that don't even come close to this level of flavor. Great drinking, another winner from Carton.

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Photo of charlzm
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on October 11th, 2015 from a can dated less than a month earlier.

Beer pours a clear yellow somewhere between "medium" and "light". A lacy white head sticks around to the bottom of the glass providing sheeting all the way.

Aroma is hop-forward, with floral and fruit notes.

Flavor is a bit thin with the hops providing most of the kick. Malts are more or less MIA. Fruity, citric and bitter far out of proportion. I would call this beer "overhopped".

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated and ever-so-slightly creamy.

A decent enough effort, but not balanced enough for me to enjoy. SNPA is still the benchmark in this category and has nothing to fear from Hop Pun.

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Photo of themind
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is good, very light beer with slight hop punch. Its no Psuedo Sue but its a well put together beer. Would seek this out again.

From the can.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

snagged a 12oz growler fill a few hours ago, enjoyed from a carton teku. very unique pale ale...tows the line of classic style with a nod to the hop bit interesting spicing and flavoring over the top. I get the British yeast as it resembles a English ipa or an esb but has a thick rich almost syrupy hop profile...with a dash of all spice. nice pale ale, great one to drink after your palate has been put through the mill as it has a very refined unique flavoring. very good and very different. enjoyable brew but not game changing, worth a taste since this could be your bag.

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Photo of clake
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Pours a clear, orangish amber with about a finger and a half of off-white head leaving behind beautiful, sticky lacing.

Smell is very fruity, almost berry like with the hops playing with the malts.

There's a lot going with the taste. You get the juiciness up front with abut of pine resin followed by the malts and the yeast wanting to get their say in the matter too.

Finish is bitter and mouth watering at the same time. Carbonation is lacking a bit but in a way that leaves you craving more.

A fun offering from Carton. It does a great job of layering flavors that leaves you trying to figure out what is triggering your taste buds.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

*Reviewing the beer as it existed ON CASK.* With a hoppy aroma and a bittersweet flavor, this one went through an interesting and worthwhile transformation. It pours a spectacular shade of golden-amber. With only minute carbonation left, the brew took on a very creamy mouthfeel - almost reminiscent of a tart lactose type of thing. A neat tasting experience going on right now at the brewery tasting room! I would like to try this in cans, I'm a fan of some good APAs...

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Photo of PVMT
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruity and floral nose that leads to a very bitter hop first sip that gradually disappates to a muted pine flavor and a slighty fruity and malty finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: July 18, 2015... Glassware: nondescript pint... Occasion: celebrating promotion/job hiring for Shan and I with Rich and Mary... Being brief--as this is a dinner date of sorts--I will say that this is as fruity and engaging as an American Pale can be, with all sorts of berry (raspberry and cherry) teaming with the more standard citric injection to bless the tongue and teeth... balance is key here as well, with more than enough malt foundation to allow the simmering hops explosion take root... the pint drained so quickly, I almost ignored the beer menu and ordered a second instead...

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at a local haunt in a chilled standard pint glass.

Burnt copper color with a 1f off white colored head. Spot, ring, and web lacing. Murky.

Floral and fruit hop smell. Pale malt, caramel, woody earthy aromas.

Lots of fruity and juicy hop flavors, more than the aroma lets on. Solid pale malt backbone.

Rugged feel for a 5.3 abv , 33 ibu offering. Fruity hop finish, a touch of sweet alcohol on the end.

A solid Carton effort.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden yellow with 1 finger of off-white head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Pineapple, kiwi, Juicy Fruit, dank greens, pine sap, and honey.

Juicy Fruit gum, apricot, kiwi, and pineapple. Dank greens, wintergreen, and pine sap. Honey and bready maltiness with notes of caramelized candy sugar. Finishes with orange zest and pine needles.

Medium bodied, crisp, and juicy with a light bitterness.

A top notch Pale Ale. Juicy, dank, and highly quaffable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a medium brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured vibrant citrus and pine notes.

The taste consisted of resinous bright orange and piney hops with a clean caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a superior APA.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli PA into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a medium amber orange color (great color for a PA) with a nice one finger white fluffy head. Nice full glass lacing.

Nose is spectacular. Loads of pineapple, lemon, and some berries, slight floral notes too. Nice sweeter bready malt mixes in too.

The flavor of this beer is tremendous. Up front is just a ton of lemon and pineapple and berry flavors that are really bright and hoppy. Mid flavor brings in the bready and biscuit malt with some underlying sweetness the finishes with some floral and herbal components and some grassy notes. Finish is bitter, but not overly so and really dry.

Nice carbonation, great mouthfeel and no alcohol.

I loved this beer, seemed to be more complex and flavorful than your run of the mill APA and it really showcases some different types of hops......loved it. The great thing is the 5.3 abv that allows you to enjoy more than one of these.

Terrific beer, up there as one of the best APA I've ever had.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Carton hoppun. Pours Dark bronze color small foam. Sharp lemon and pine biting nose. Very hop flavor. Peppery. Strong residual bitter. 375 375 375 4 375

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev 0%

From 08/23/14 notes. Had this on cask at Mission Dolores. 16oz pour in a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber color with one finger of white head and no carbonation evident. Smells of citrus hops, wheat, grains, some earthy note, bread. Tastes of less hops, some floral notes...not getting any real fruit or berries. Medium body and no carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a nice APA; not super hoppy or fruity, but easy to drink for sure. Worth checking out, I prefer some of their other beers.

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Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed this 3x at the Brewery. In dress beta in late July, on 8/1/14 cold draft *thank you Brian!, and on 8/2/14 on cask, thank you Kelsie! Wow!

Augie Carton said he would wait to experiment with his talented team before brewing Carton's own APA, and wait until their anniversary they did. The team has nailed a national best beer. You must try it.

As the brewer wrote: "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." and recorded: http://youtu.be/y6103CkLeYk

My go-to beers are hoppy APAs (e.g. Dales, Stone, Sierra Nevada).
A: Darker than expected, a brooding apricot, dense looking, with ample retention and lacing.
S: A big nose packed full of complex berry, grass, hay, summer, and piney hops. Nuanced and wine-like.
The blueberry is easy to pick out.
T: Amply hoppy but well balanced, and this regard it maybe beats an IPA. Wine like long finish. Plenty of malt and sweet yeast make this almost a Euro-influenced beer. Complex like a Belgian.
MF: light to med bodied, fresh, and a long finish in the good way carton knows how to do it.

Overall. An APA ready for national stage.

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HopPun from Carton Brewing Company
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