Carton Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #236
Ranked #3,697
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Not much to analyze about IDIPA™. Sometimes you just crave a dank IPA to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts and multiple yeasts combined in a way to placate the dank side of our desires. Drink IDIPA because it’s the dankness you need.

70 IBU
Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 297 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DATE: February 16, 2021... OCCASION: Fat Tuesday comes again, and I prepare for Lent with a beer I should have a had a long time ago--too many good Cartons out there, even after having the World Turned Upside Down at the EBF... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... pours from a sixteen-ounce can a swirling storm of miniature bubbles that build a single-finger of snow-white head that settles to a creamy smear that banks on the glass...its body is a nice amber gold, mostly translucent, and resilient in its head retention... honey, pine, fragrant flowers, crisp pilsner malts, caramel, orange smooth, buttery ease from the teeth to the throat--this has no weight despite its 7% ABV... a brilliant flourish throughout, effervescent and juicy.... despite its hop-heavy fragrance, this has a nice backbone of cracker malts that compliment the pine, grapefruit and orange, maybe even papaya... this gets better with each sip, warming up with a resinous draw that seeps and crawls its way to the throat... it avoids the puckering of bigger bombs, and maybe could be a bit more aggressive, but all the same, it finishes well on the back end... a lovely beer, and one I would revisit again...the price is about right too...

Feb 17, 2021
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a two finger head; good retention and splashy lacing with a web developing

Smell: Resinous pine with hints of caramel and grapefruit pith - dank like the label says

Taste: Dank pine flavors hit the palate with a hint of caramel malt underneath; some grapefruit pith develops in the middle and there is a touch of tropical fruit in the melange, as well; nice bitterness on the tail end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice West Coast style IPA; not much to analyze here

Feb 14, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed dark golden color.. Citrus and topical notes some malts and pine. Floral citrus hops up front some grapefruit/pine mix hopp with a sweet malt finish. Medium mouth fell with good carbonation.

Jun 26, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in pint. Poured a beautiful thick bronze/ dark gold color. If you’re looking for flavor you’ve came to the right place. Major outburst of tropical hops & malts boost the tongue as you take the first sip. Plenty of aroma. Not necessarily for me as I’m more of a medium hop person. But this beer has character. Would drink again.

Feb 03, 2020
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10-15-18 into 16oz IPA glass.
L: Lightly clouded, orange/honey. Light head, light sticky lacing.
S: Citrus, orange upfront, light tropical, mild pine dankness.
T: Heavy citrus front and back. Pine sap mid. There is a nice malt ride throughout.
F: Low carbonation.. medium smooth. Very balanced.
O: Very well represented 7% brew. Love the nose and MF.. the rest holds up as well.

Dec 08, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a golden brown color with 2 inches of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is dank hops, pine, grapefruit and orange. The taste is much like the aroma. Pine, grapefruit, orange peel and some dank hops. Bread crusts, pine and orange peel finish. Creamy with an oily mouthfeel.

Dec 05, 2018
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HopSudz from Connecticut

2.28/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like the floor of a horse stable. This beer underwhelmed in every way, as did their Stay Down dry hopped session lager. at $14 a 4pk its pure robbery. The second i get to work tomorrow I'm putting both in the discount bin. Sub-par beer at a premium price.. that's not how it works. Back to the drawing board Carton. Never again.

Dec 01, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold/yellow with rich white foamy head and sticky lacing.
N: Citrus, hops, dank, floral, pine, and malt.
T: WOW, super clean citrus with a dank hops hit, sweet malt and some floral tones.
M: Medium
O: This could be my daily drinker, suck a great flavor profile, one of the best beers I had so far.....

Nov 23, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear copper with a creamy white head. Long retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Caramel, toast, pine, weed, green vegetables, orange peel, grapefruit pith.

T: Yellow grapefruit, pith, orange zest, brown bread, toffee, woody/tree bark notes, pine needles, skunky weed. Malty-sweet upfront and in the middle, and then an intense lingering bitterness.

F: Medium-plus, well-carbonated, creamy and well-rounded, lightly dry with a sticky resinous finish.

O: A perfect old-school dank IPA.

Jul 16, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty beer here, i have not had nearly enough from these guys considering how much beer it looks like they put out. this is somewhat classically fashioned in that its hop profile also contains some bitterness, and that it has some maltiness to it as well, perhaps more balanced overall than we have let the style become. i like it being only 7% abv too, yet hopped liked a double, it drinks sort of halfway in between, and thats a sweet spot for me. hazy and pale from the tap with just a little deeper color to it than many have, a tall white head on top, looks nice from the tap, but it falls a little flat after a few minutes. the aroma and flavor show a sturdy dry hop, but somewhat of a more northwestern complexion, pine and bitter grapefruit zest, more intense in nose than flavor, where it takes on a bit more of a balanced profile. juniper and citrus zest, it flashes like a gin drink for a second, before the crackery lightly toasty malts come in. good lingering bitterness at the end and an oily slick sort of feel, built up in body by the malts nicely. overall tasty stuff with a bold hop flavor, weed-like sticky fruitiness, and pint glass drinkability. solid offering from these guys.

Jun 25, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

on tap at griffon gastropub. lacy. yes there were hops, yes its the style, but it simply tastes rather plain. Pales in comparisons to all the other good hoppy beers around.

Jun 11, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Carton Brewing Co. "IDIPA"
1 Pint can without freshness dating, coded "[email protected] (illegible)EY", contract brewed by Two Roads Brewing Co.
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Oh boy, another cloudy IPA. It's got a nice creamy head of white though. The body is orange in color. It smells like a proper IPA with citrusy and piney notes. It's not what I'd call "dank" but that seems to be what they were going for based on the label. Nor is the nose really that bold, it's OK, but I've tasted pale ales that were brighter. Moving on to the flavor... more "dankness" there, and some nice fruitiness. The label states that they've used "multiple yeasts" which is kind of unusual, but the yeasty fruitiness is nice. It's got notes of apple, berries, and cherry to it - keep in mind though, not unlike the aroma it's not that bold, you're not going to go "oh, it tastes like cherry", no, it's just a subtle component of the yeastiness. The maltiness isn't really that bold either, it's nicely biscuity but nothing more. It makes a good base for the heavy hops, which are probably the stand out point for it. They're less citrusy than the nose suggested, but still piney, and very earthy, herbal, and spicy. It's got a solid bitterness and it finishes dry with dusty earth, dried herbs, and spiciness lingering. Looking back I've got a solid sheet of lace rising from the liquid level all the way up to where the head initially started, and I still have a complete, creamy surface covering. Nice. If I forgive it's clarity, which I'll have to because "haze is the rage", it scores a 4.25 and maybe even a 4.5 for appearance. Back to the liquid itself, the body is medium and it's gently crisp and then smooth across the tongue. No faults there either, in fact it's a really solid beer all around. There are other beers like it so no points for creativity, but it's really well done. Worth trying.
Review# 5,972

Apr 26, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium malt and caramel malt aromas with medium earthy, herbal hop aromas with a light dankness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth, slick, oily feel through the middle with pleasant warmth near the finish. Medium high malt and caramel malt flavors. Mellow, earthy herbal and spicy hop flavors with medium bitterness through the middle. Dank hop character throughout. Herbal and spicy hops along with slowly emerging, light prickly booziness. Finished with light herbal notes, boozy sweetness and light lingering earthy bitterness. A dank and malty DIPA with mellow hop and boozy character. Very tasty and drinkable.

Apr 08, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This has to be my least favorite Carton so far. Pours a golden orange hue, foamy white head. Smells like a dank hop bomb. Tastes overly carbonated and mildly astringent. Feels a bit dry and bitter. This IDIPA is sub contracted to a brewery in Connecticut (Two Roads) It is the only can that shows the state of Connecticut instead of N.J. The yeast tastes different I think. They could adjust the water if necessary for minerals,ph,etc.. to duplicate Atlantic Highlands,N.J. I have hesitated for a long time to rate this beer because I always thought it was me or a mediocre batch.

Dec 15, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and outstanding foamy lacing.

S: Dank and juicy... tropical fruits... citrus... yummy.

T/F: Light grains and malt backbone. Super tropical fruit hop profile. Pineapple, papaya, and guava. Light grapefruit and citrus. Medium to light in body... well carbonated. Finish is bittersweet and tropical.

O: A pretty awesome IPA. Nothing earth shattering, but a really well brewed and flavorful beer. Best one I've had from the State of New Jersey.

Dec 15, 2017
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/3/17

Dull orange color and extremely clear until 2nd pour empties the bottom of the can.

Typical citrus hop smell and even maybe a bit minty. Faint malt background.

First taste is a little sweet with orange juice tang. Vanilla cream sweetness. Combo resembles a creamsicle. Subtle bitterness. Citrus fades away a little and opens up more bitterness than sweetness.

Sort of thin body and lower end of medium carbonation. Some lingering bitterness.

Above average IPA but I'm not overly impressed with this being my 2nd beer from Carton. It's done well but nothing really stands this one out for me. I don't pick up the dankness overly advertised on the can

Nov 28, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a deep, hazy orange. A finger of foam leaves solid lacing. Smell and taste are a complex blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Bracing bitterness. Really good.

Oct 17, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely hazy orange look to this beer with a quickly diminishing white head. Sweet citrus just pours off the nose off this brew. The flavor is certainly not as sweet as the nose with tart citrus melding into a malty base. Nice meadium body with good carbonation. A pretty nice IPA.

Oct 02, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-07.03.17. Consumed 08.29.17. Can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A; Bright orange color is vibrant in the vessel with an obstructed like clarity due to its high haziness factor, always a good sign for me. A soft gentle rise of micro-effervesce can be detected while a vintage paper like colored head is wheaty in texture standing atop in a firm structure like stance.

S: Grapefruit pulp is prominent on the nose, along with a sweet toasty nature of bread and grains. Orange peel and grassy hops contribute along with a freshness of citrus and dry cereal grains on the finish. The strength is moderate and lasting impression very good.

T: The flavor shows a strong indication of hops starting with the citrusy-grassiness that is both bold and brass right from the opening. Flowery with a bite and edge to its delivery the hops make an immediate first impression that, yes this is worthy of dipa standards. Dried orange peel and dried grassiness along with some citrus rules this vessel and drink balanced by some sweet speciality grains that add depth and backing. A flowery bite of grapefruit ends things on the swallow with a good lingering effect.

M: The mouthful is crisp and sharp, with a good toasted malt depth. Chewy, dry and bitter is the hold with a good parching of hop bitterness.

O: A huge flowery edge bitterness that smacks the tongue from the start and demands attention. Lots of old school bitterness, but well constructed in terms of balance and delivery with individual quailites of the expansive hop flavors. High bittering but remains very drinkable due to its complexity and smooth toasted malting that makes things glide down eagerly awaiting the next sip. Folks in N.J. know its very hard to go wrong with anything from Carton, as they mostly exceed expectations with every new adventure and beer. cheers.

Sep 20, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a glass

Deep amber orange liquid, thick, creamy, foamy two finger off white foam cap

Aroma of citrus,

taste of citrus rind, pithy, dank over malt base

Low sudsing, some hop bite

Good beer

Sep 11, 2017
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wrong Carton! There's plenty to analyze here, and I intend to do just that.

Pours an orange golden, hazy, and with a solid white head. Some lacing, but not a ton.

Cracked the can and out jumps a green, resinous smell.

Big on taste. It combines dank hop character with malt quite well. It feels almost like the dank and sticky character of of DIPA got pushed down a notch so it could still be in an IPA. Purely resiny, so not a ton of complexity but it is super well done. It brings the character without breaking the style, which seems to be something everyone is inclined to do lately. I am actually glad it shows such restraint.

In terms of drinkability, this is a super dank IPA with strong malt notes that I feel I could still crush 2 more of after this one. It packs in the bitterness just enough for a tinge but nowhere close to overwhelming.

In totality, this is a great go-to IPA. Only strikes against it for what I think is a lack of complexity and a not so great appearance in the glass. Not that it really matters however, because if I were craving some hops, this is one I'd strongly consider from now on. It is super well done without breaking the ABV or IBUS.

Sep 06, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, orange-tan in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big orange with starfruit, pine and biscuit. Medium-heavy bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a solid DIPA. I prefer others in the style, but I would not turn this down.

Aug 26, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Tallboy to a pint glass with a hazy pale orange body. The foamy off white cap makes it up to about 1cm high before receding down to a thick blanket atop the brew. Lacing left behind starts with one big sheet at the top and webs falling beneath that.

S- The biggest three things that come to mind are oranges, dank herbs and freshly mashed pale grains. Pine, grapefruits, slight tropical fruit, floral and herbal hops. A bit of caramel if I say so myself.

T- A bit of a departure from the modern IPA with pine resin, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and dank hops leading the flavor profile with just a bit of the tropical hops in there as well. This is no problem in itself but the malts are a bit intrusive with raw mash, caramel, slight sweetness and cracker clashing slightly with the hops. Slight pale fruit esters like pear.

MF- Puffy and creamy body that has a very slight chew to it. Overall it has a medium to thick consistency and a moderate level of carbonation. Ends with a slight orange zest bitterness.

Pine and citrus hops in the forefront with tropical fruits lingering in the background. The malts join the show perhaps just a bit too much with a sweet and caramel flavor profile. Its hard to disagree with their description but at the same time this is not one of the great modern IPAs.

May 26, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can stamped 04/03/17

Hazy orange-amber color under a low off-white head. Mellow hop aromas...leafy hops, pine sap, tea, flowers, grain, and fruity yeast esters. Grass, lemon, pineapple, grape, and floral hop flavors with a solid bitter finish. Medium bodied and crisp. Decent.

May 24, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Modest finger worth of a head, cream white with light dimpling across the surface, retention is below average and the lacing presents a surprising lack of stickiness. Filmy deep orange colored liquid, closer to transparent than opaque, barely any bubbles visible. The nose is powerful and aggressive with sour orange to grapefruit citrus, pine cones, pepper, salted pretzels and plenty of green leafy matter, the melon, apricot, pineapple fruit oddly lacks staying power, leaving it spicy and earthy rather than fruity. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied with nice firm compactness, not parching but definitely dry. Pineapple, mango, nectarine to peach fruit, concentration no juice. The peppery, spicy edge dominates and what carbonation is there tends to jab and prickle rather than gently churn. Minimal florality but there’s a fair amount of breadiness and biscuit notes. The citrus comes across as mixed and indistinct and a minor bit player. The earthiness and leafiness relentless in being the final word in the conversation. Not easy drinking but has personality and makes you take it on its terms.

May 04, 2017
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