HopPun | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
292 Ratings
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6103CkLeYk&list=UUnN44_ILc3y0x6WbvjLR1Kg

Added by Act25 on 08-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Photo of paresis
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of addiwilliams
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brendanjames
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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 -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BFCarr
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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 tappangordo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 OHbeertraveler
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 RichieRich1812
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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HopPun from Carton Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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