Sit Down Son
Carton Brewing Company

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Lager - American
Ranked #37
Ranked #23,765
3.84 | pDev: 8.33%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Smuttynose Brewing Co.
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farrago from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest finger’s worth of bright white foam, too airy to last very long, in turn the lacing is negligible at best. Light and transparent golden hay color, very good shine and there’s more bubbles visible than you’d expect. Fresh nose of corn, hay, oyster crackers, and pressed flowers, the fruit on the main is pear, apple to melon, sort of “green” fruits, general persistence is average. Medium-bodied broadly construed but it has a certain thickness to it which impedes its freshness. Mild touch of lemon to orange citrus to balance out the drier cracker to bread crust notes, nothing really sour though. Honeyed with some milder Indian spices. Carbonation presents itself as a broad tickling of the tongue. Pear, apricot, peach fruit of middling intensity, a bit player. Towards the end becomes more floral with stronger grassiness as well. Competently put together but by the end of the can leaves one a bit bored and without much to say.

Sep 12, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear straw with a foamy white head. Medium-poor retention, with some spotty lacing.

S: Cracker, lemon zest, honey, hay, green apple.

T: Cracker, lemon zest, green apple skin, grass, a hint of honey. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

F: Thin, a bit watery, but well carbonated. Very refreshing.

O: A nice crushable lager for sessioning!

Aug 18, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-very pale yellow pour from can with a slight haze. Persistent 1 cm head. Aroma is crisp malt and some fresh hop. This provides a smooth drink. Finish is dry. It feels like beer my dad would have had on a hot Saturday. I'll pick these up for a summer bbq.

May 07, 2016
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.
L - Pours a light yellow with a whit head.
S - A little floral
T - very nice beer, kind of on the light side
F - medium body with light carbonation.
O - Very sessionable beer. Highly recommended.

Mar 26, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirst quenching and eminently drinkable, this is a clean lager with a slight hop bite at the finish that replaces the normal cereal/toast back-end of a lager. Clean, crisp with an ABV that lends itself to multiple cans.

Mar 13, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden straw with a small head that stays as a cap from a continuous stream of carbonation bubbles and some moderate lacing. Aromas are weak, faint grain. Notes of grain, barnyard, pine, light orange and crisp hop cone. Light body, higher carbonation gives a nice crisp feel and a drying finish leaves a light bitter bite. This was ok. I respect the brew for stylistically what it is. Reality though, this is not close to the best hoppy lager I've ever had and if I look at it more as a Pilsner it's far from the best Pilsner I've ever had. I'm lost on where to place this, but it isn't topping any charts.

Mar 10, 2016
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deaddear from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter

A - Crystal clear, bright yellow; sunshine in a glass. Finger and a half of coarse head. Minimal lacing.

S - Not picking up a whole lot as far as aromatics. Pleasant-enough-smelling pilsner.

T - Slight breadiness/cracker flavor, very (very) mellow hop profile; some good stuff here but a bit too watery for anything to jump out.

M - Mildly pleasant bubbles-on-your-tongue, Grandpa's lawnmower beer (OK, little better than that) feel. Thin and unobtrusive.

O - Not a bad session ale or lawnmower beer at all, but certainly not the best.

Mar 08, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this one at the brewery. It pours a hazy, golden straw color with a minimal, milk-white head and lacing. It smelled of floral hops, bready malt, and some sweet fruit. The taste was great: fruity (orange peel and banana) and hoppy with some nice spicing, including coriander. This is a super-sessionable lager with an ABV of 4% It's moderately carbonated and very refreshing. I think I like this one better than Boat.

Feb 27, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in New York a few weeks back, having never had a Carton beer out of a can before. I didn't think that this would be as heavy or strong as their offerings that I've had on tap up at the Cloverleaf and that was indeed the case here but this had enough body and flavor to enjoy on this mild night, even if there was just a little something lacking when I finally finished this off.

The pour was fine as this beer had a golden hue, slight haze, and frothy head that rapidly filled up my pint glass as I poured the contents out of the tall boy can. Just a bit of sediment floating around as well but nothing distracting or overly large. Nice grassy aroma to this with some lemon pepper and sour grass in the taste underneath. Light grain and cracker malt too but not a lot of hops - maybe something German here like Hallertau? Good carbonation too as this was light enough but not watery at the same time. Just a hint of spicy tea in the back as this finished pretty crisp with just a slight hint of piney resin on my mouth as a coating.

This was so light and unassuming that I couldn't even feel the alcohol in this. Not a bad brew for a mild night like tonight and during the warmer months, this would make a fine "lawnmower" beer to crush on a sunny day. Not like Carton's other offerings but fine enough to stand up by itself, and certainly better than a typical American Pale Lager. Worth a go once for fans of the style or this burgeoning Garden State purveyor!

Feb 25, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter, then into a shaker pint. Pours a crystal clear gold with a thin foamy bright white head with perfect retention.

Nose is a nice, floral hop profile with hint of malt but bright yeasty notes come to the front. A little musty, rustic.

Flavor is fantastic - this is not a style I'd usually gravitate toward but there is so much hop character here and the yeast bring a nice spice and ripe banana note (almost like a saison). Unmistakably a hoppy lager, but some of the notes are earthier than expected. The piney aspect of the hops is most present for me - no other juicy or floral notes. It's largely there for the bittering aspect I think, and for that not it packs in a surprisingly round flavor. Finish is long on the hop bitter, but overall this hop profile is a bit one-note.

Feel is about average - it's light, crisp, and clean. Carbonation level is absolutely perfect - slightly loose carb that still forms a perfect foamy cap. Viscosity is a bit high for me on this style - it's a bit heavier of a body than I might like. Still very nice.

Feb 15, 2016
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Sandalwood from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 2016, can. Pours a cloudy light yellow straw color with a big foamy white head. The beer is cloudy with some lacing. The odor for me is bread like, herbal, fruity, pineapple, pear, slightly spicy, lemon, grapefruit. The taste for me is pineapple, grapefruit, tropical fruits, spices, coriander, biscuit, breads, herbal, dry in the aftertaste.

Jan 25, 2016
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tulip glass. 10/23/15

L. Light yellow straw color with a tiny bit of haze. Not much head and a verge lacing.
S. Good amount of wheat favors with some bread and citrus notes.
T. Citrus comes through with light wheat favors and touch of sweetness. Very refreshing.
F. Light body with no alcohol. Very crushable.


Jan 24, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi clear tangerine color
Piney, orange peel
Peel, tangerines, dirty kinda pineapple, melon, nectarines
Dry, moderately clean, high carbonation

One of my favorite beers ever. I let it sit for two months and the pine dropped and the sweet orange fruits are shining.

Jan 22, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz brown can, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear golden straw hue, good lacing action on the glass. Stone fruit, crackers, & faint lager yeastiness in the nose. Intense crispness within a dry lighter body, very American Pilsner like body. Semi-aggressive hop bitterness, pithy and all. Dried grass graininess is enough to keep beery. A tasty session brew, no problem crushing these tallboys.

Jan 19, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head.
S - Not overwhelming but a little bit lemony.
T - They call this a lager, but I would say a pale ale. And I mean that in a nice way because I rarely drink lagers any more.
M - Hate to go down the middle but I would say medium mouth feel and medium carbonation.
O - This is a very refreshing drinkable beer. But not a lager.

Jan 17, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - A clear Pale yellow color, lots of carbonation
Smell - bread/biscuity malt, some citrus, a savory/garlic note as well
Taste - Follows the nose. Seems strange but I get a massive savory/garlic note in this beer. It's not bad nor good really.....different I guess you can say. Also get some citrusy lemon zest. An earthy/spice note as well.
Feel - Crisp and easy drinking as a lager should be.

Overall - Would be a nice summer BBQ beer.

Jan 15, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cool looking 16oz can in a tall pilsner glass.

A see-through ultra-pale straw color with active bubbles. The whipped white head starts 3F, with likely help from the glassware, then quickly drops to 1F leaving web lacing. My score gives credit to the packaging.

All the traits of an AAL without the offensiveness. Some light grain and floral hops, grassy and grains, perfume. It's all there with pleasant results, they've nailed the lager aroma. Where it fails... in the taste. I fail to pick up any hop flavor except maybe the slightest spiced esters. Very light malt flavor.

There's little to no body. I mean "light and crisp". A clean dry hop finish with a little bite, some good carbonation, and the absence of AAL aftertaste save it.

A 22ibu lager. Good at best.

Jan 09, 2016
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from a local bottle shop. Thankfully Carton is starting to distro to North Jersey. Very nice, tasty beer that drinks light but has nice flavor. Pour/drinks light, excellent session brew. Another winner from Carton

Jan 06, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12/29/15 notes. 16 oz can purchased for $2.50 at a new store on the UES; great deal. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat clear pale yellow color with high carbonation evident and one to two inches of bright white head. Bready malts, lightly floral hops, fruity malts, sweet corn, and grains, dough, and wheat. Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall a light easy to drink beer, but not my favorite offering from them. lots of malts and not a ton going on. Not bad, but prefer a lot of their other products.

Jan 04, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While a Carton fan, I am not a lager fan.

A: I view a slight hazed pale straw body that mounts a 2 finger head with ok retention and lots of lacing. Not much carbonation bubbles.

S: Lemony lager, clean biscuits, white crackers, with surprisingly ample fresh pine and citrus. More ample than lagers.

T: Best lager I've enjoyed lately along with Yacht. Smacks of orange, lemon rind, and biscuit malts. Lager core but much more hoppy.

F: Light-medium body with medium carbonation so with good scrubbing and drying on finish. Well balanced. Bravo.

O: Low ABV makes this a session beer. Great with food. Needs a tall pilsner glass or a pint, not for tulip.

Jan 03, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was so happy to make a day trip up to CANhattan recently to meet up with a beer tour at Eataly and see all of the CANs available for sale! The CANQuest (tm) has been derailed of late by the interminable Bottle Backlog, but I am beginning to right the ship, to mix as many metaphors as possible. If you like CANs; if you like puns; if you like humor; if you like strange, obscure allusions, then my posts/reviews are for you! If not, CAN you at least leave me be?

From the CAN: "just another tasty beer from CARTON BREWING" except for the fact that it was "Brewed & CANned by SMUTTLABS, Portsmouth, NH, for Carton Brewing". Why do I bring attention to a seemingly innocuous fact? Because Carton is one of these brewers that does limited runs of CANs and I hold them in only the highest disdain! I refuse to chase after CANs! The CANQuest (tm) was created to level the playing field, not create more jagovs!

I CAN only Crack! open a beer & press on at this point. It's another 16-fl. oz. CAN that is causing the Ball Corporation fits, so looking at it ... it's a Crown! Big ups for that. Let's get Crack!ing. A F**king gusher! Y'know, Carton is really making their way up on my list & not my Christmas list, either. After all settled down and I got the s**t cleaned up, the initial three-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head had returned to the nothingness from whence they came. Color was a cloudy Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) and I just went #1 that was darker & clearer than this. Could it have been poured with more clarity? Perhaps, but I'll never know. Nose smelled nice enough, lemony with a touch of biscuit. Lemon biscotti? Mmm. Mouthfeel was fairly full for the style. The taste was mildly lemony, but less biscuity than I might have hoped, given the nose. Finish was semi-dry, very lemony and easy to drink, but I have a real problem when a quarter of it is on the kitchen counter. It was okay, but I was really put off by its initial gushing. YMMV.

Dec 31, 2015
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Lunchboxhead from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with a nice one finger head. This crisp lager that feels a bit over hopped. Solid drinkable session beer that I enjoyed with some smoked brisket. I think this is something to have on hand when you are looking to enjoy a few beers while eating a good hearty full flavored meal.

Dec 29, 2015
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can brewed in November 2015 poured into 16 oz glass. I am not a lager fan.

L: Pretty unappealing cloudy pale straw. 3 finger head with good retention and lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Hmm, what's this? Typical lager malt profile, but also some sticky pine and citrus?

T: Lots of orange and grapefruit and biscuit malts. A lager backbone, but hoppy. Not bad.

F: Light-medium bodied. Medium-heavy carbonation so pretty good drying on finish. Well balanced.

O: Low ABV means you can drink several of these and you want to because it's actually quite good. Carton comes through again.

Dec 27, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than the mundane appearance, this is doing alright. Both nose and taste take on a Pilsner thing but the taste expands a bit more, unleashing that corny, biscuity lager malt (in a good way) which offers super balance. Cridp, refreshing, tast, win!

Dec 25, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, pale straw. Champagne like clarity. Full, ivory colored head, cake like consistency. Spotty lacing.

S: Doughy smell. Minty with mandarin zest.

M: Med-light body. Soft, smooth creaminess, low crisp feel on end. Lacks snappy bitterness.

T: Fruity with slice of citrus. Mandarin, melon, mango, gooseberry. Kolsch like yeast flavors; crackery malt in middle. Great blend of drinkability with flavor. Great hop profile that is superb for style.

Dec 24, 2015
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