077-07871 - Mosaic
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077-07871 - Mosaic077-07871 - Mosaic
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #112
Ranked #1,124
4.4 | pDev: 7.95%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
077-07871 - Mosaic077-07871 - Mosaic
Notes: 077XX is our double IPA focused on harmonizing the extremes inherent in the nature of an American double IPA for long-term drinkability. 077-07871 is the Dubviant tuned up with an exclusive Mosaic third dry hop inspired by the places that get it in Sparta. Mosaic seduces 0’dub’s mix of dank resins and tropical fruits with its slutty mix of all the aromas attractive in new world hops. Drink 077-07871 and immerse in hedonism.
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Photo of ichorNet
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, so this is my first brush with the 077xx side-series of Carton IPAs, which seem to be some sort of "single varietal dry-hop addition" DIPA deal or something. Catchy names, there, guys. Snark aside, I have generally enjoyed Carton stuff I've had thus far; it seems to be of good quality even if I don't particularly love the beers or the styles they're going for at times. One of the most polarizing ideas in modern brewing is the Mosaic-focused DIPA; I've had some good ones, and some that just do way too much and spread themselves too thin in the process. I hope the fact that this isn't actually "single-hopped" with Mosaic will be enough to have it stand out from the crowd.

The pour is a completely-clear golden beer... almost looks "fizzy" and "yellow," though there is a definite deeper hue to it if held to light. The head is sudsy and kinda loosely-defined, with legs barely holding together at the seams where the foam meets the surface, and the lace is spotty but mostly-attractive. Since this is not a hazy beer, I can see a decent amount of semi-active carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass. Alright, I'm in for the ride here!

The nose is, yeah, a little overly-packed, which I kinda feared even in spite of the good reviews/ratings, but it seems to somewhat focus on clean honeydew melon, guava, passion fruit, and moderate tangerine notes. A bit of all-purpose surface cleaner, too, if you catch my drift. Huh. Yeah, this is not really my type of thing overall. There's very little actual cohesion and something about the main elements gives me a "sugary-sweet" vibe I don't prefer.

The flavor profile is somewhat dank and fruity/juicy but with almost no malt balance, and the carbonation itself also feels a bit week. The beer is almost 8% but drinks light and airy, with some elements that remind me of artificial fruit flavorings. The finish has some dank pine resin and guava-like cattiness, but it's not really impressing me as it seems to have done with most other users on this site. A bit of anonymous citrus (kind of like key lime crossed with pomelo? Weird) and a touch of red raspberry peeks out as the beer warms. Damn it, Mosaic... I find this fairly easy to drink, and it probably pairs well with a lot of food, but it falls into the category of "one and done" along with a helping of "Mosaic focused DIPAs are super inconsistent and unfocused" for good measure.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky darker golden color. The head is 3 finger, white, frothy, and long lasting. There's beautiful lacing on the glass.
When pouring I got a whiff of orange. Up close I a really rich citrus hop aroma. I get pineapple, and grapefruit. Really deep and rich.
The taste - Nice citrus taste up front. On the backside I get a sticky pine flavor.
The body is decent, and I really love how the hops just coat my throat in a sticky hoppy goodness.
This is a very delicious IPA from Carton. Well worth trying, and enjoying.

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Photo of colts9016
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The last Carton beer I had was tasty. This beer is NEDIPA. Served the beer at 47 degrees in a tulip glass. The semi-gentle pour of the beer produced a two finger bright white head with good retention. The head is airy and creamy and left lacing on the glass as it dissipated slowly. The color of the beer is SRM 6 a deep gold color with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is somewhat clear with a touch of haziness. The beer has carbonation dancing within the liquid.

The initial aroma of the beer is bright citrus. Additional aromas in the beer are toasted malt, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, lemons, grass, a touch of pine, tropical notes and yeasty.

The initial flavor of the beer is grapefruit and oranges. Additional aromas in the beer are toasted malts, lemons, grass, a touch of resin, yeasty, and herbal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and sharp.

The body of the beer is medium, high carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The beer for me suffers from an identity crisis. The beer has both WCIPA notes and NEIPA flavor in tandem. The IPA is a solid beer and a strong malt backbone. The beer has great flavors and it bright but it is not for me. Chose a side not try to balance the beer between two styles.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely one of the best variants. It's up there with Nelson and Citra. 077 has to be one of he most reliable and consistent IPAs I drink and the variants make it fun. yb

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from zekeman17. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, ruby grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, ruby grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, ruby grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is an amazing DIPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Perfect mosaic hop showcase. Extremely juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. Very well attenuated for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Loved the hop profile as expected of my favorite hop.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my “sweet spot” DIPA. Burnt orange color, lotta hop haze, sudsy tan head. Dank citrus aromas on the nose - along with a caramalt note that is most welcome.

Perfect balance on the taste between the dank tropical fruits (I heart Mosaic hops) and the caramalt backbone, yet the best part of this beer may be the mouthfeel - a bit of a bite, full enough to let you know you’re in the ring with a contender of a beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, hemp. Fruit Bomb.
a) Carton's best 0 Dub?
the feel on this one is silky, weighty, smooth, and long.
Tease this one out in front of the pack.
Balmy, hempy, big.

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Photo of bobv
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1-5-2017
Moderate pour yields a one inch head that is down to a ring in a couple minutes and comes back with a couple swirls. Very nice lacing with a nice clear, light amber body. Nose of pine and very slight citrus and even less tropical fruit. After some time and a swirl the tropical fruit on the nose comes out to play. Taste sort of follows nose with a tiny bit too much piney bitterness. Hey, that's me! Overall, not my favorite Dubviant, as it's a tad uneven.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago and got around to it this week, along with the other Carton 0'Dub variants that I've had. While neither great nor mediocre, this beer was the epitome (no pun intended) of what a good northeast-style IPA should be. Dank, fairly strong, and overly juicy, this beer packed a punch in terms of the taste from start to finish, even though it was the same potency as the other versions of this style. It was just not as easy to quaff as I would have liked!

The pour was nearly the same as the other variants as this beer had a dank, golden hue, frothy head, and left a moderate amount of spotty lacing as I worked my way through it. A melon ball from start to finish, there was plenty of that in the nose with even more in the taste. Dank rind, melon, a moderate amount of booze, and bready malt were all in the taste as the fruit flavors came on strong after the initial sip. A dank earthiness slowly emerged as there was a good amount of pine and weed that slowly kicked in - though this wasn't full of oil and resin like a West Coast IPA. Instead, the moderate tropical flavors, melon, and cantaloupe really kicked in and never stepped back throughout my session with this. Just a hint of slickness was on my palate once this went down, but there was a need for a chaser of water once this was all set and done!

At least the booze wasn't too strong though it felt that way once the other flavors receded. Canned on 5/12, the date had the usual "Start @44F" above it as there were lots of tiny floaties in this, making me wonder if I had a fresh taste of this or not. A herbal and slightly minty aftertaste was the only aspect of this beer that wanted me coning back for more, as I felt that this was a bit overrated. A decent beer that's only a must-have for Mosaic fans or those looking to try all of the 0'Dub variants...like me.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. I was once again impressed by this piney, citrus-laden offering from Carton. They don't put out bad beers. This IPA is no exception to that rule. Strong hints of lemon and grapefruit dominate the palate. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This thing looks great, as the billowing head falls back to a nice, luxurious layer of off white foam resting atop this burnt orange, caramel coloured hazy beer.

Nose is vibrant with both floral and tropical notes. To define further (the tropical), we have mango and melon (let's say cantaloupe) as the signatures.

Taste immediately screams well balanced as all of this melon ball mango monster walks down the aisle with sweet, caramel malt. On exit, a hint of orange poles it's head in as a nondescript bitterness holds on to the tongue long after this medium bodied, almost creamy feeling beer has left.

Oh yes.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours deep hazy orange with finger white head, fades slowly leaving lots of lace. Aroma of dark ripe fruit and toasted bread. Similar taste with ripe fruit and bread in the forefront, dank earthy piney hops balance it out. Medium soft mouthfeel. Overall good mosaic hopped IPA.

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Photo of BeerBoyBert
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a fan of mosaic hopped beers, so I prefer this variant to regular ODub. The dry hopping adds another layer of aroma, in the form of citrus and floral scents. The beer also still has the distinct dankness and finish of the original variant. Great beer from Carton!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty apricot colored and hazy with a medium white head and great lacing. Notes of soft stone fruit near the pit, tropical, peach, dank, light resinous pine, and citrus pith. Medium body, great carbonation, crisp and lightly coating leaving a dry resinous finish on the palate. This seemed to fit the profile of 077XX best so far. It's the most seemless, bitter up front then rounds out nicely at the end. This is a seriously top tier DIPA. If this was regularly around I'd drink this above all others.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 5/12/16. Poured into Carton Dubviant glass.

L: 3F+ head with long retention, lots of lacing and a ring that lasts. Beer is a hazy pale copper.

S: Tropical fruit like mango and pineapple and banana. Berry. Some pine and general dankness. Light malt.

T: Generally follows nose. Lots of dankness and pine follow the initial fruit. Nothing gets out of hand, though, and the bitterness, dryness, and alcohol all work together.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Good balance and construction. Good bitter/dry finish that stays within bounds.

O: Very nice Carton Dubviant; certainly hoping to get to try them all as they come about. Certainly a bonus that I was able to get to this a week after canning.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned two days ago. Poured into Carton IPA glass. It pours a hazy yellow honey color with a one-finger, ecru-colored head and lacing. The nose features malt, citrus and tropical fruit, and the distinctive Mosaic hop smell. Atop the solid malt base, the taste is decidedly hop forward, dank and bitter. There is a strong grapefruit presence and a hint of tropical fruit in the aftertaste. This ale has a nice mouthfeel with a pleasant amount of carbonation and the ABV of 7.8% is ideal; it's substantive but not overpowering. Each O'Dub variant has a unique taste and quality and this one's no exception. If you enjoy Mosaic hops, then this DIPA will assuredly please. Thanks Carton!

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Photo of njcraftguy
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers that was pretty good, but to me did not live up to the hype nor will I seek it out again. This beer gets lots of talk here in Jersey but I can think of several better IPA's and DIPA's from NJ.

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Photo of Mikeypnj19
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of my favorites that Carton puts out. I'm glad this one is made year round. You can definitely identify the Mosaic hops in the aroma as well as the taste. Super smooth and the right amount of bitterness. Cheers to Carton!

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Photo of Stevecrosb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color, slight haze. Lots of citrus zest, tropical fruit in the nose. Good malt backbone, some tropical fruit. This is a great O'dub variant. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hardysf
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was excellent. First carton experience. Great appearance, light and a touch cloudy from the hops. Nice head that stays throughout. So much melon and citrus nose and flavor. Nice malt balance. Closest thing I've had to north east hop profilenot out of the north east.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O'dubs always delivers and this single hop variant does not disappoint. A touch of malty sweetness with a nice soft finish.

Nonic pint from draft at a local place that rotates taps frequently.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious brew. Slightly sweet, but overall is floral and citrus hop bomb. It's quite pungent. Wish Carton would can this one. Better than 077XX and that's saying something.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are a citrus (grapefruit)hop bomb fan, this beer cannot be beat. From the smell to the taste it is an absolute experience. I only wish that they would can this beer.

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Photo of Panzica_7
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is world class beer, it all starts with an amazing aroma dominated by dank hops. The taste follows up with a bitter taste on the palate dominated by the dank hops. If you can make it to Sparta NJ this beer is a must try!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to pick up a growler full from liquor factory in sparta nj. Wow, this is up there with world class dipas. Carton and normal 077xx are underrated, and to me this beer proves just that

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077-07871 - Mosaic from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 94 ratings