Carton Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,948
Ranked #31,662
3.72 | pDev: 7.8%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Notes: When we decided to do a big lact-oat IPA, over-hopped with Lemondrop hops, were we greatly underestimating or overestimating our ability to fruit a pale without fruit? Can we know? Carton has long lived on the conceit that the art is in making things that evoke flavors without those ingredients, so here is the test to our metacognition. With just water, barley, oats, hops, yeast, lactose, and a little vanilla, have we made a distinctly lemony thing without lemons? Drink DUNNING-KRUGER and know nothing.
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

honestly this was a very strange beer

not only was it nothing like I expected, I did not enjoy this beer at all.

I thought it had way too much vanilla in it, I love vanilla in other things but in this beer it did not work for me

the beer smells good and looks alright but each sip made me want to pour it out and get something new

Aug 11, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/19/2018. Poured into Carton IPA glass. It pours somewhat hazy, with a lighter golden color at the bottom of the glass and more orange at the top. It has a thin, creamy milk-white cap and a thin sheen of lacing. The nose is subdued - vaguely floral and with a whiff of oats. It's a lot sweeter than I anticipated. You can really taste the oats and lactose along with barley cracker, lemon peel, and crisp, slightly bitter Lemondrop hops. It's light and crisp with pleasant carbonation and it drinks below its 7% ABV. I have to say it's an interesting taste. There is some lemon essence but it's generally pretty sweet. I applaud Carton for its creativity.

Aug 03, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


can to goblet.

Appreciate the effort to create a flavor (lemon) without using that flavor, but this is just OK. It's citrus heavy, but not necessarily lemon.

Also get grains, paste, and some floral notes.

Feel is thin, flat and a little slimy.

That being said, there is nothing terribly off-putting or heavy, which makes this a fine summer option.


Aug 03, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewer, this pale ale was a head-spinner so I had to buy a 4 pack to study and write its 1st review.
A) While it's got a clear body, it could be called the "Cloud of Unknowing", and it gets a 4 for looks. Clear golden body, lacing and lasting head.
s) An odd, flower-shop aroma hovers over the lemony - oaty beer. Pleasing and mystical.
t) More flower shop, fresh dough, lemon rind, bakers table, and minerals. Odd, deep, yet not overt. Hidden, ocult ... the cloud of unknowing.
f) Smooth, clean finish, great pale ale, up there with Dales, but totally different.
o) Must try.

In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.

The "Cloud of Unknowing" is a middle English work that suggests that the way to know God is to abandon consideration of God's particular activities and attributes, and be courageous enough to surrender one's mind and ego to the realm of "unknowing", at which point one may begin to glimpse the nature of God.

Jul 23, 2018
Dunning-Kruger from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 12 ratings