077-08204 - El Dorado
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #886
Ranked #6,395
4.24 | pDev: 3.54%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
077-08204 - El Dorado077-08204 - El Dorado
Notes: 077XX is our double IPA focused on harmonizing the extremes inherent in the nature of an American double IPA for long-term drinkability. 077-08204 is the Dubviant tuned up with an exclusive El Dorado dry hop inspired by the places that get it in Cape May. El Dorado sweetens 0’dub’s mix of dank resins and tropical fruits with a bright cherry tone. Drink 077-08204 and extend the taste.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have veered off of the righteous path of The Eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody for a momentary return to what really matters, namely, The CANQuest (tm). People have been bringing me CANs lately to the point that I want to run through them while they are still fresh. My thanks if you are one of those persons!

From the CAN: "077XX is our double IPA focused on harmonizing the extremes inherent in the nature of an American double IPA for long-term drinkability. 077-08204 is the Dubviant tuned up with an exclusive El Dorado dry hop inspired by the places that get it in Cape May. El Dorado sweetens 0’dub’s mix of dank resins and tropical fruits with a bright cherry tone. Drink 077-08204 and extend the taste."; "Drink Off the Beaten Craft".

Ah, the temptation, following the Crack!, to perform an inverted Glug, but it was another pounder (16-fl. oz.) CAN & I did not want to risk a mess to have to clean up. My gentle deCANting was followed by an in-glass swirl which raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head that simply wilted in today's heat & humidity. Color was a bright Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), although the label identified it as simply "5". Fair dinkum, since The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus were quickly on the scene! Nose was very much of tropical fruit & my mouth was watering as a result. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not big, but on par for a DIPA. The taste was rather sweet, initially, with tropical fruit flavors, but as I allowed it to roll around on my tongue to warm, the dank qualities appeared, along with a light bitterness. I initially questioned their mention of "a bright cherry tone" until I swallowed. I do not know how they achieved it, but I was left with a lingering sweet cherry taste! What?!? Mymymymy.

Jun 24, 2017
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color, very clear. Sticky white foam, great lacing. Aroma is wonderfully hop forward. Resin, dank, citrus, tropical fruit. The taste follows, those same notes. Great balance and a moderate malt profile. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a moderately bitter finish. Excellent brew from Carton!

Jun 20, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 5/23/17, poured into Veil Teku glass.

L: Pretty clear golden amber color. 2F head with good retention, lots of sticky lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Pretty much the same as the base 077xx, with ripe citrus and tropical fruits and dank earthiness.

T: Again, follows along with base beer, except there definitely is a cherry undertone in the palate. Light malt presence. Finish is slightly bitter and pretty earthy.

F: Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Very good balance and construction as with the base beer.

O: One of the better Dubvariants.

Jun 18, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yet another 0'Dub variant that I went through this week after trading for this not too long ago. As dry-hopped as it was, I enjoyed this beer and the El Dorado hops, as they made this dank without overpowering the flavors in it. The nuances have been subtle between all of these, but they're more than enough to detect when going through each beer in the order it was canned!

The pour to this was nearly like all of the others - hazy golden hue, but there wasn't anything large floating in this and the head was as solid and long-lasting as any of the other 0'Dub's that I've had. Not a strong aroma to this but the grapefruit was certainly there and was even more present in the taste. Dank, sharp, and acrid, this one pulled no punches as the dry-hop nature of the El Dorado hops and citrus notes melded well together. A good measure of pine, some solvent, and a very earthy undertone combined for a pleasing taste that had just enough resin in it to be completely dry. Lots of stone fruit rind in the aftertaste and hop oils kept the experience lively long after the liquid went down.

Of course, the booze was neither too heavy nor light as I could only detect a bit of it before I finished off the liquid. Slightly herbal and even less sweet, this may have been the O'Dub that best showcased the featured hop. Canned on 7/14 with the usual "Start @44F" written above it, this felt and tasted as if it was was released yesterday. I really enjoyed this series and the 077-08204 was a big reason why I'm glad I have (nearly) all of them here to go through. A nice brew that has me thirsting for the last one in my fridge!

Sep 29, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty cask pour at the brewer in 07716. (my home town) Happy to be among first 5 reviews. Came back to buy fresh 16 oz cans and it was much better looking and smelling.

A: Pours a mostly clear, golden body that sports a lensing, lacing, lasting head. Very little haze.

S: A bit of cherry, as promised, stone fruit and melon on a white biscuit core.

T: Taste is abundant. Watermelon, summer fruits, white peach, cherry, pear. On a classic DIPA bill of rich caramel malt and peppery, grassy hop.

F: Light initial feel with crisp carbonation, with a rich, satisfying malty core.

I get more spice and pepper in the finale than other reviewers. Loved it.

Sep 18, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to our most generous and thoughtful SammyJaxxx for another Jersey gem.
Pours a moderately hazy golden to orange. White and tight, the foam bursts northward. Smells citrusy in a gentle grapefruit direction, tropical highlighting melon, and finally a hint of bread malt. Flavor comes through with a stronger hand of grapefruit, then pivots in the direction of earthy tropical fruit, and finally a nuanced dank liquidy resin. Mouthfeel is full enough for me, and slick as well. Carton really puts out some consistent quality. Thanks again New Jersey Beer Czar!

Aug 29, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. The El Dorado hop varietal lends something very special to the overall flavor of this particular beer. It was most enjoyable with spicy foods. Strong lemon zest with grapefruit nuances dominate the tongue and nose. Full of pine, resinous flavor. Recommended.

Aug 12, 2016
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Another huge thanks goes out to Sammyjaxxxx for sending me a couple of thee amongst much, much more. Thanks, mang! 077-El Dorado is dark golden, that dark golden just before you consider it orange instead of golden. Haze runs throughout, making this one tough to see through but it's not orange juice like some others out there. A dirty white head reaches a finger in height and slowly falls to a cap after a couple minutes. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is super interesting. A little Bazooka Joe off the bat but then an herbal quality hit me. I couldn't figure it out. Some deeper pondering, and warmth, made me realize that it's a combination of earthy dank and honeydew. The honeydew is actually pretty bold in this beer. There are some vague stone fruits thrown in and the bubblegum is the soft sweetness. A whisper of alcohol rises from the body, but not much and the malt base is doughy and bready. I like the hop profile on this beer a lot.

The flavor profile begins with a burst of candied citrus peel and pithy grapefruit. A touch of ultra clean booze seems to intensify those flavors. Earthy herbals show themselves in the middle, they're soft and well integrated along with a healthy dose of stone fruit; peach and the like. That honeydew pops up in large part on the backend and, again, there is a good showing of that Bazooka Joe bubblegum sugar quality. The finish brings the herbal bitterness back into focus while the bready malts make for the base. This is another interesting hop profile from Carton, I like it.

The body fits well. This is a big IPA weighing in at 7.8%. With that said the body weighs in about moderate in weight with a quick moving, yet soft feel. The bitterness grows with each drink, reaching moderate about halfway through and lingering long into the next drink. That clean booziness I mentioned earlier transfers to the mouthfeel and dries up the finish in a hurry, accentuating that bitterness. Insanely drinkable considering the abv.

This is another damn good beer from Carton. The dry hopping produced a really intense, interesting nose and the flavor is just flat out good. It's bitter and easy drinking but it will sneak up on you quick at nearly 8%. These guys do some fun and interesting things at Carton. Thanks again, Sammyjaxxxx!

Jul 31, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Some light pokes through haze of med gold body. Small, white bubbly head. Aroma of stone fruit and picking up lots of melon.
Light feel with crisp carbonation, but has a substantial malty body backing it. Perect for summery days. Watermelon, dragonfruit, white peach, bit of sulfur mid. Some pear. Tropical, melony, and fruity. Cherry jolly rancher mixes with a vinous quality yielding a slight medicinal aftertaste.

Jul 17, 2016
077-08204 - El Dorado from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 29 ratings