Carton Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #154
Ranked #1,108
4.27 | pDev: 7.96%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Like all things truly Jersey, 077XX makes the most in balancing through its accentuation of extremes. Inspired by the west coast IPAs we love, we added a thump of hops to a dynamic malt profile and chose a yeast to drive these two further than they wanted to go. Throw our water into this mix and you will find dank green resinous hops popping over orange, mango and papaya aromas, with just enough sweetness of body to make the long finish a pleasure to have around. Drink 0’Dub when your night matters.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got on tap in a pint glass. What a beautiful pour. The foam head was a half an inch sitting perfect on top. The piney aroma was beautiful as you lift the beer to drink. Slightly bitter but it’s the kind of bitter to make your tastebuds tingle. This is a great beer.

Feb 17, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Carton Brewery about 5 weeks ago

A: Clear amber, soapy linkering head
S: Grapefruit peel, lemon
T: Grapefruit peel (surprise surprise), rye
M: Sharp, foamy, smooth
O: Its a solid beer for its style, west coast style AIPA. Good bitter notes, no off tastes, quite refreshing.

Dec 19, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks of a light hazed version of a classic amber DIPA though the haze fades and the beer is pretty clear. The head doesn’t maintain the near two fingers of depth, but it doesn’t give up and leave, either. Nice lacing.

Nose is a light toasted malt with some orange marmalade, tangerine and orange pith. There’s also a mineral aspect showing up.

The mineral note comes up front with the orange/tangerine. The toasted cracker malt doesn’t put up much fight. A classic grapefruit pith bitterness grows and grows. It doesn’t completely overcome the mineral note, but it does push everything else aside, eventually.

The 80 IBU is in full effect with this beer. A fairly light heft to this at just under 8% could be dangerous if the bitterness didn’t slow you up a little bit.

A really refreshing beer for me after a couple of days of mostly dry-hopped hazy IPAs. Just a tad more malt presence and a little less of that metallic note would improve this beer.

Aug 19, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma honey blossom floral with a light sweet biscuit malt.

Taste is a great mix of herbal bitter with a light sweet sugar cookie.

Such a goodbalanced IPA.

Feb 25, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and very hoppy. Excellent brew.

Feb 11, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear orange with soft, fine foam that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is citrusy and floral, with notes of lemon rind as well as some pine.

Taste is piney and citrusy, underpinned by a delicate, crackery base. The substantial bitterness is held in check very nicely by the malty backbone, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice, balanced IPA.

Jan 08, 2019
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JRed from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange in body with white head that stays. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon, grass, some pine. Tastes of citrus, lemon, grass, mild grapefruit towards the finish, and some big bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Jan 04, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange that looks fiery and sharp like a DragonBall. Translucency drops to a light fog when the final ounces are poured into the glass. Head is two fingers of pillowy off-white foam that retains well, leaving behind a few strings of lacing. Aroma is orange, tangerine, and papaya with dry nutty, biscuity malts. Flavor profile is papaya, tangerine, mango, and orange with a light zest from lemon and orange. Nutty malts are abundant, with a dry taste, almost like a big scoop of peanut butter with no glass of water. Biscuity, toasty malts add a little extra firmness for the zesty citrus. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a lightly grainy, silty texture. Overall, a lovely double IPA. Malts are pronounced, balancing out the zesty, sweet hops well. There is a little hop stickiness that resides on the tongue, with the malts drying out underneath. Lovely beer.

Served in a 15.5oz tulip from a 16oz can.

Dec 30, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can dated 10/24/18. Pours a dirty orange, with reddish highlights, Head of at least 1/2” with really good layers of lacing.
Nose is Citrus, mandarin orange, honey, pineapple and earthy/herbal qualities.
Taste is grapefruit , danky, grassy, pine, mango, guava. Fairly bitter and earthy.
Big body but the alcohol is hidden well.
Not your typical DIPA and that’s a good thing. Overall, an enjoyable NJDIPA without ddh on the label.

Dec 15, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous, hazy burnt orange on an aggressive pour with a dense light tan head, this is the picture I have in mind when I think “DIPA.” The nose has some resiny notes, but the tropical aromas noted on the can (orange, mango, and papaya) are more prominent. And there is a pronounced malt component. Oh yes, most pronounced.

A healthy pull from the glass introduces the participants that will be dancing on the palate - the tropical fruit flavors and the substantial malt. They’re in perfect balance - hop assault up front, smoothing malt for a slow, smooth finish.

This is world-class, IMHO.

Sep 30, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I don't get all the high ratings here? Bought a 4 pack and had one last night. To me, it's "okay" but nothing special or great in the least. Tastes like a middle of the road IPA at best, and that's being kind and generous. I should have rated it lower given that its $10.99.

Sep 29, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours semi-hazy orange with a persistent finger of white head.

The nose is subtle. Orange, black tea, herbal hops, and some cattiness.

The taste is mostly tangerine and herbal tea, with some sweet malt and subtle mango. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium. Carbonated and crisp but full mid-palate.

Overall, solid. Not blowing me away but pretty enjoyable.

Apr 15, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Canned 2/15/18.

Borders on hazy and west coast gold, with a finger of creamy Guinness-like head.

Aromas of clean water, baked grains, and piney hops. Slight tangerine and grapefruit aromas.

Taste is very very bitter with solvent-like qualities. Bitter grapefruit rind, pine oil, slight tangerine pith. Finish is doughy, with hair spray, solvent, and lemon dish soap. Perceptible IBU's are very high.

Feel is crisp and clean, very watery, with some oils resting on the palate. Definitely not juicy, not smooth, not creamy. Like a light overhopped lager.

Overall, I'm guessing this was an attempt at a west coast IIPA which generally I don't mind if it's done well. What's really stupid is that it still says "East Coast Double IPA". And while it's a west-coast style IPA they did it very poorly. It's not juicy or bright, has very high bitterness and perceptible IBU, with some odious grain notes and lots of solvent. A major disappointment. Will not try again.

Mar 31, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very slightly hazed yellow orange with a thin white head.
Smells a bit grassy/floral, orange pith. Some sweet malt and a bit of alcohol coming through too.
Tastes similiar, I get the grassiness up front, there is a bit of musty onion that I didn't get on the nose(gotta be some Simcoe or maybe Amarillo in here), finishes with a citrus pith bitterness. Alcohol presence without any heat.
Medium bodied, good carb, slightly dry finish.
Overall a great beer, glad I have a couple other ones in the fridge 

Mar 05, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour yields a modest finger of just off-white foam, even surface although the lack of retention upsets that quickly enough, conversely the lacing while thin all but fully coats the glass and sticks like glue. The liquid is more filmy than cloudy, golden to slightly rust water in look, extremely tiny bubbles furtively scurry now and then. The nose leaps out at you with well toasted country bread, pretzel notes and both a salty and peppery edge, enough so to marginalize the florality and mixed white citrus, while you never doubt it’s there the white pit fruit easily pushed aside, you could say it’s aggressive to a fault. Full-bodied, curiously drier during the attack and then sweetens up and feels wetter through the finish. Grainy and peppery yet here it’s more balanced with honey, caramel, pine sap and tea leaf on hand. Likewise the mango, peach, guava fruit more resonant. More damp leafy matter than bright cut grass. The carbonation accords itself better than expected but can’t call it creamy, stays angular. It comes across like a lot of thought was put into it. You have to like a beer that doesn’t back down and is more interested in what it has to say than whether or not you want to hear it. (Canned 2/15/18)

Feb 28, 2018
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/24/17. Lone can in mix a six section.

Pours bright orange, clear, eggshell head retains well.

Orange smell, grapefruit, decent bready malt too. Pretty strong aroma.

First taste carries a lot of malt, and a little grapefruit, but a lot of bitterness. It hangs around as a bit more sweetness comes thru. Takes on an aspirin bitterness. A little off putting. Backs off a bit as it warms but doesn't open up much of anything else.

Lighter feel and a bit lower carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while. Alcohol not picked up at all.

First beer I've had from carton. Gotta say I'm disappointed a bit. Smelled nice but most flavors were just overpowered by the bitterness. Lacked any citrus or herbal punch. It's only a month old so freshness shouldn't be an issue.

Nov 25, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a nice fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

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

Oct 25, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow gold with rich foamy head and sticky lacing. Smells of very nice citrus, hops, floral. The taste is very good, big hoppy bite with a soft citrus wave washing over your taste buds. A mellow sweetness blended in and some minor dryness. A medium feel all around. This is a very nice DIPA.

Aug 14, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Can to snifter.

LOOK: golden yellow, clear, medium white head.
AROMA: peach, mango, papaya. Very fruity.
TASTE: Not so much fruit, more resinous pine. Hair spray finish.
FEEL: thick for an IPA. Short on carbonation.



Jul 06, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a CANderful day this has been! I CANpletely eschewed the Bottle Backlog in favor of a momentary return to The CANQuest (tm) & it has paid off in major dividends, like unCANvering forgotten CANs.

From the CAN: "Like all things truly Jersey, 077XX makes the most in balancing through its accentuation of extremes. Inspired by the west coast IPAs we love, we added a thump of hops to a dynamic malt profile and chose a yeast to drive these two further than they wanted to go. Throw our water into this mix and you will find dank green resinous hops popping over orange, mango and papaya aromas, with just enough sweetness of body to make the long finish a pleasure to have around. Drink 0’Dub when your night matters."

Having Crack!ed the CAN open, I debated on an inverted Glug, but settled on a gentle one, instead. My in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) while the CAN identified it as a solid 5. So be it! Nose was a tropical fruit bomb!

There was a time when we in the P.I. for an extended stay & I had my personal favorite. I kept getting warned not to fall in love & get married, which I never did, but she was the best! She would cook, sew my uniforms & generally do anything that I asked of her. We were quite an item & Mama-san was worried that she might lose her to me. I kept telling both of them that I was not getting married, but it would fall on deaf ears. One night, I showed up & all of the rooms were occupied. I shrugged & pointed to a hammock in the corner of the ersatz dance floor. Both were initially shocked, but once we were situated (facing cowgirl), the place erupted! We became a show unto ourselves for a while. The money (literally) showered down on us & I was eating like a king. Mama-san noted that I really dug fresh fruit & upon arriving the one night, she & my girl had fashioned an entire outfit from local fruit. I literally peeled her out of it as we writhed in the hammock, creating fresh-squeezed fruit juice. We were a sticky, pleasurable mess when the SPs showed up & I ran back to the base, just ahead of them.

Why this sea story? The nose on this beer was totally evocative of that tropical fruit salad! Mango, guava, papaya, a touch of grapefruit & I was off & running. Mouthfeel was dense & creamy, tropical fruit in heavy syrup. Heavy, man! The taste was fruity, but musky, not at all sweet. Papaya or guava? One of them has the taste & texture of p**sy. This beer had the heady, musky, dusky taste of cunnilingus. Whew! It was the forbidden fruitiness mentioned in The Bible.

One is not supposed to know of such things & if you do, thou shalt not speak of it. Ah, well. I am CANsigned to Hell anyway, so one more crushing stone on my chest shouldn't make a difference. "More ... weight," cried Giles Corey & so does Bro. Woody.

Finish was dry, but fruity, if that CAN be a CANbination. Not all fruit is sweet, nor was this beer sweet, albeit fruity. I CAN't believe how good this was! More, please, Mssrs. Carton.

Jul 05, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear bronze color with a finger-and-a-half of lasting near-white foam. Heavy lacing.

Sweet malty smell up front, followed by some light pine resin and orange, then a distinct peppery note on the backend.

Maybe I'm spoiled by all the great DIPAs out there, but the taste is just sort of dull to me: dull caramel malts, a kiss of alcohol, a light bitterness. The part I like best is a flash or orange in the middle.

Medium to heavy bodied, very lightly syrupy, with a slight prickliness to the feel. Still comes a cross a little flat to my taste.

Fine overall, but not in the same league as many others available these day.

Apr 13, 2017
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear yellow gold with a finger of dense white foam. Smell has lots of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruits, along with floral smells and some pine. Taste is similar, with an almost candy-like fruitiness. Solid bitterness and long lingering fruit finish. Great beer.

Apr 10, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

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

Poured from 16 oz. can dated 3/7/2017. Thanks to @sammyjaxxx for the can!

A: Clear sunshine yellow with smallish one finger white head. Short retention but leaving moderate lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, and orange zest. Pine, fresh cut grass, and dank floral hops.

T: Big punch of dank floral hops with tons of tropical fruit. Pineapple, orange, and mango.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft texture with a lightly bitter finish. Very easy drinking.

O: Outstanding DIPA. If this was in my distribution area, it would be a regular purchase.

Apr 07, 2017
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a delicious golden amber hued IPA. Lots of tropical fruit going on. Tastes delicious and creamy. Very fresh tasting. Feels smooth and creamy, mildly slick. Really excellent take on the east coast IPA. Would highly recommend.

Mar 11, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Dark aroma mixed with orange, tropical fruit, and grass. The taste was dank and resiny with a blend of citrus and tropical fruit. The malt supported it well. Medium-bodied with a clean, bitter finish.

Mar 01, 2017
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