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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #621
Ranked #4,124
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Not much to analyze about EGOIPA. Sometimes you just fancy a dank double IPA to sip on, so that's what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts, multiple yeasts combined in a way to feed the dank side of our enjoyment. Drink EGOIPA because it the dankness you want.
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep gold, semi clear with solid head and lacing.
N: Dank, malt, hops, some citrus, and a little pine.
T: Fantastic dank notes with a sweet malt feel, hops and citrus kick in, soft bitterness.
M: Very smooth, zero ABV bite, really enjoyable beer.
O: Liked this beer a lot, super clean and easy to drink.

Feb 08, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to tzieser for this brew!

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/7/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice hazy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, papaya), nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, papaya), pretty nice pineyness, nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Carton makes some pretty fuckn' awesome brews. Thanks Tom!

Dec 31, 2018
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TCL from New Jersey

4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent DIPA. Clean crisp, relatively clear with an orange hue. Closer to a west coast IPA than a NEIPA, amazingly smooth for a such high ABV, malt seems to ameliorate. Starts off a bit sweet than the hoppiness kicks in and the citrus flavors begging to emerge along with a danky nose and taste. Not overly carbonated, with a very nice finish. Excellent!

Dec 23, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically don;t go for IPAs with this high of an ABV but knowing Carton and knowing IDIPA I went for it. This beer is really terrific, perfectly balanced, firmly bitter, and seriously enjoyable. Solid in every way. yb

Nov 28, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @TongoRad – thanks Michael! Reviewed 11/28/18.
Unable to read smeared date on bottom of 16 oz can. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light orange, hazy, translucent.
Head – large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, low density froth, average retention, diminishing to an irregular five to twelve mm ring and a thin complete layer. Multiple small pieces of lacing remain.
Lacing – Fair. Undistinguished bands of tiny bubbles occasionally linked by long columns.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Moldy oranges.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins moderately bitter with an earthy flavor. Some malt becomes evident as it warms. No alcohol (10% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – A very good dank IIPA. This is easily swallowed, almost too easily. The balance between the malt and the dank hops is excellent.

Nov 28, 2018
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Gavage from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: citrus and earthy tones are easy to pick up.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, and a dank and earthy bitterness. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy on body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: a solid DIPA that is a slow sipping beer.

Nov 17, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with light foamy white head. Big dank aromas: mango, papaya, earthy musk, some residual citrus: pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange. Taste follows nose: big dank hoppiness, papaya and mango, followed by pineapple, grapefruit, orange juice finish. Appropriate carbonation, medium bodied. Overall an excellent DIPA, big, bold, dank, but not like a NE hazy. This is fairly clear, clean, thick and syrupy (for a DIPA). Drink this fresh!!!

16 oz can dated 9/12/17
4.5 rating

Feb 13, 2018
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from tzieser so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big 2IPA to drink for a while.

Oct 25, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as it has "Start @ 44F" on the bottom of the can above a date of 9/15 (yes, I'm still behind!). Looked forward to this one and this did not disappoint as there was tons going on here from start to finish. This was a big beer that lived up to it's moniker, as it even inflated mine a little bit!

Nice pour to this as the dank, apricot hue was topped off by a big, khaki head that took quite a while to settle down. Lots of sediment was floating in this but that was probably my fault for having it sit so long before opening. Candied fruit, sweet malt, booze, and dank hops were all in the nose with even more in the taste. Oily, piney, hoppy, sticky, thick, and juicy, this beer had a *lot* going on and it was a blast experiencing it from start to finish. Lots of dank hops, resin, dark tropical fruit, addicting booze, and hints of weed all combined for a wonderful flavor profile that hooked me in from the beginning and never let go. A hint of blood orange juice tied everything in together and ensured that this beer wouldn't feel too heavy, even as the alcohol kicked in!

This was strong but had enough to it that it's potency wasn't a deterrent. Been a while since I had an IPA from Carton that matched up well with the best of Kane, Magnify, and Conclave but this easily fit that bill. Worth seeking out - even if you're ego's already inflated. Big egos and big palates could easily become accustomed to this!

May 19, 2017
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A few years ago Carton - with Boat and 077 - had 2 of the best Pale Ale/IPA's in NJ. Now that has changed with many newer brewery's cranking out amazing brews - Conclave and Magnify come to mind. This is a solid - drinkable IPA but not one I would seek out. Nothing bad about but nothing special either. It does hide the 10% ABV well. I was talking about this with some buddies the other day - with so many great brews out there - especially of this style - you really need to put out something tasty to get noticed at all. I can buy a boat load of equal or better cans at my local shop.

Mar 03, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 3 mo. Old can and it's still very dank tasting. Fresh smelling like I had fallen asleep under a field of hop vines on a frosty morn; the dew sliding across the lupulin. Funky papaya, sun drenched mangoes provide dank tropic tones. Strawberry, grape peel, jackfruit and starfruit are brighter flavors. Good spicy and earthy malt presence reminded me of a ginger cookie. My fave IPA from them.

Jan 08, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Amber orange with a 2 finger dirty white head with sudsy lacing all over the glass. Aroma is heavy with hops and malt. Big citrus flavor that layers in some caramel malt with earthy undertones. Finish is grapefruit rind and pine sap. Feel is medium, stick and well carbonated with a biting bittersweet finish. Tasty IIPA.

Oct 28, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Canned about 6 wks ago. A hazy dark amber-orange color with a foamy off-white head. The foam settled quickly into a nice cap. Fruity aromas with pineapple, tangerine, orange, mango, and a hint of earthy hops and sweet malt. Big fruit up front on the first sip as described above, but the mid-palate brought on a big dank resiny flavor, followed by a tangerine/dank finish. Sturdy but reserved malt backbone. Fantastic beer.

Oct 27, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a mighty big IPA with pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and a little white grape. The malt backbone offers a touch of toast and caramel, but this, for the most part, is a big juicy brew.

Oct 11, 2016
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber and hazy. You can smell the sweetness of the malt and earthy hops. Tastes like it smells, huge (but good) amount of sweetness from the malts, dark and dank, with a seriously bitter finish. Only a very slight alcohol taste - carries it well for the ABV. Feels smooth and moderately fizzy, medium body. Intense but very nicely balanced.

Oct 06, 2016
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth and hoppy. Pours cloudy amber with thin white head. Aroma is hoppy / bratsish. Feel is very nice, smooth. Taste is again hoppy but not crazy. Overall an excellent IPA

Sep 30, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 9/15/16 and poured into Belgian ale glass. Allowed to warm for nearly an hour per recommendation.

L: Nice 2F head with lots of sticky lacing and a ring and cap. Beer is a really nice hazy gold with orange hues, reminds me a little bit of a tequila sunrise.

S: Very ripe tropical mango and pineapple and a lot of earthy dankness.

T: Waiting for 46 degrees is the right move. Tons of very ripe tropical fruit and some citrus followed by a lot of earthy dankness and a little bit of alcohol heat (they say this is intended). Malts keep a handle on the bitterness while the hops keep the sweetness under control.

F: Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, very good construction and balance. This is a very strong DIPA and I think Carton manages to walk the line nicely.

O: Carton generally produces very good beers, but this is a clear step up into the major leagues and worth all the critical praise I hope he gets.

We have IDIPA and EGOIPA. Dare we hope for a SUPEREGO Triple IPA?

Sep 25, 2016
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can that is a week old into a teku

A: a deep Amber color with a thick foam head. Thick lacing
S: smells like a Black Crowes concert with some honey and citrus thrown in
T: malty, sweet, bitter
Mf: thick and creamy with a bong water finish. Slight sweet lemony flavor lingers.
O: This beer seems like an update of some classic IPAs (think 90 min, Flower Power) the sweetness and high abv are usually no-go's for me. But as usual, Carton puts it all together and creates something special.

Sep 21, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One day old. Canned 9/15/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy orange color with peach and brown hues, and one-finger of sticky milk-white head and lacing. It sort of resembles a barleywine. It is less aromatic than I anticipated but it has a pleasant, subdued smell of mango, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, and floral hops. The taste is super dank with sweet tropical fruit and a sweet malt presence throughout. While it also features a hoppy bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste, it doesn't drink like a 100 IBU beer to me. It is no hop bomb. This ale has a thick, creamy mouth feel with significant carbonation, and the 10% ABV is noticeable. It's a DIPA that reminds me of a Barleywine. Good comparisons would be Founders Devil Dancer and DFH 90 Minute. Overall, I enjoyed it and am glad I tasted it fresh.

Sep 17, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At the brewer. Thrilled to be first to review this DIPA grosso.

Fresh off the line, this is just what it says Ego IPA - multiple hops, yeasts, malts, and plenty of ABV, charge, and scat

A: Fine thicker replicate of 0-dub.
S: Medicine, honey, and dank hops.
T: All the above, with a lovely see-saw of stick, sweet, salt, pepper, malt, candy, butterscotch, and bright grassy, ballsy hops.
F: Suitably thick, oily, masculine.

Go for it. This is Ego IPA. A ballsy IPA.

Sep 17, 2016
EGOIPA from Carton Brewing Company
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