077XX | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
160 Reviews
077XX077XX
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Added by mdfb79 on 10-13-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
1,333
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
303
For Trade:
14
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Photo of thebeers
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 west coast IPA. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a coworker. 16oz. can into a Surly teku.

Nose is citrus, pine and fresh grass with a dank, pulpy hop bitterness. Full and bright at the same time. Beer opens grapefruit, grass and bark. A very clean, astringent bitterness. Some light malty notes in the background but this one is clearly on the hoppy side. Bone dry and resiny sticky aftertaste. Pretty tasty. Body is light to medium with ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and quenching going down with a dry, sticky finish.

Well crafted and a welcome departure from the super juicy and malt and fruit forward NE IPAs that have been so popular recently.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/7/16; drank 4/29/16 @ Locked Whispers.

Clear yellow appearance.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Tangerine, honey & spring water notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tangerine & tart pineapple flavors up front; spring water notes on the finish. Simple but effervescent; pleasantly citrus forward. I'd have another...

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Photo of FBarber
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours completely clear - orange in color. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head behind.

Smell has notes of lemon, orange, floral hops and some earthy grass. Pretty strong dank notes come through as the beer warms.

Taste is a nice blend of orange, lemon, dank weed, bitter dried grass and a flowery flavor. Its remarkably flavorful yet very light. Touch of mango sweetness comes through. Finish is dry grass with some lingering bitterness.

Feel is crisp carbonation, smooth and incredibly light and drinkable. Hides the ABV way too well and its dangerous.

Overall this is a very nicely crafted IIPA. Impressively light and drinkable yet incredibly flavorful.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: very nice aromatics; pineapple and grapefruit; a hint of floral;

T: follows the nose, but doesn't last long - flavor disappears almost immediately after the beer leaves your tongue; almost no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very easy drinking; my only significant complaint is that the flavor goes away too quickly;

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Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to SammyJaxxx for this one, from NBS BIF#4. 16oz can, dated 10/13/16, into 10oz goblet. Poured a medium cloudy straw-gold color with less than 1/2 inch of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma featured a gentle base grain and earthy, almost musty, hops. It wasn't the bright, bold scent I was expecting. The flavors popped a bit better, but it still didn't have the blast I anticipated. Maybe that's on me for having unrealistic expectations? Even reading the side of the can, I still wasn't clear which way the brewers intended for this brew to go. Is it a malt driven "English", "Old School East Coast", or "New School Northeast" style of IPA? The only thing I figured out was that this wasn't a "West Coast" bitter IPA.

The body was medium, and had a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed my can, and I could see this beer being in my regular rotation, were it locally available. Overall, a very nice, solid, enjoyable brew. One that's worth your time if you see it, and, if you're doing a trade (or BIF) anyway, go ahead and ask for a couple.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Another great one from Carton via the generosity of SammyJaxxx. Thanks again.
Golden copper in hue. Fluffy white foam that leaves nice sticky lacing.
Smells pop from the foam. Juicy citrus, a bit of earthy tropical notes along the line of mango. Some lemon blossom comes through at the end with a hint of bread malt.
Taste is wow! Citrusy notes of orange zest, floral lemon, pine and weed, as well as a melange of tropical fruits that include mango, pineapple, and guava. The malt is consistently present and contributing. This is where the word "backbone" is appropriate. The malt holds all components together.
Mouthfeel is full enough for style, and has a nice oily slickness.
Overall, a damn near perfect IIPA.

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Photo of aquabears
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear-ish amber with a thick head. Smell is slight citrus peel. Taste starts out more herbal and citrus, then finally sweet fruit. Leaves a nice, bitter aftertaste. You can definitely taste the sweetness of the malts, and the sweetness grows as you drink. Very complex and very delicious. Mouthfeel is oily and smooth, with mild carbonation.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this a while back and finally had a chance to go through all of the Carton 0'Dub's that I've had here, starting with this one. As much as I love the beers from Tree House, Trillium, SingleCut, and Other Half, this one may have been the best out of the bunch as it was so juicy, smooth, balanced, and easy to down! Needless to say, this one came out of nowhere...

Good pour to this as the beer had golden, hazy hue to it with enough head to match. Orange, mango, and papaya in the nose with even more in the taste. All of those were balanced out by a wonderful sweetness as the fruit was both sweet and strong from the pith at the same time. A good amount of booze was also present to accompany a dank and sticky mouthfeel that never felt too heavy nor forced. Wonderfully oily and slick, there were hints of skunky weed in the back but all these taste did was have me wanting more...which is why this didn't last long after pouring it out.

While strong in alcohol, it melded beautifully with everything else that this beer had to offer. Even though it was canned on 4/7 and had "Start @44F" written above it, it tasted as fresh as any beer I've ever had from Carton. Great use of hops here and a true melding of east and west coast IPA attributes, this may be the best beer in their lineup. A must-try!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a tulip glass

Slightly hazy golden color. White head, some lacing. Nice hop aroma - mix of citrus - orange and grapefruit. Just enough bready malt flavor to balance the hops, only slightly bitter. Softer mouthfeel, a touch oily. Nice aftertaste.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. One of the best beers to come out of Jersey in a while. A true-to-the-style IPA packed with a punch of hops and lemon zest. Strong hints of grapefruit on the nose and tongue as well. Tropical flavors also apparent. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of orangebison
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two pours from a 16 oz can (packaged 8/1) into a goblet. Light orange-yellow, just a shade darker than straw, with good clarity and about 1/4" head. Loads of citrus in the smell: grapefruit and orange, in rind-y, essential-oily, and juicy gradations, passionfruit, and a hint of lean, sweet malt as well. Really rich and complex in flavor, berry-like sweetness balanced with wave on wave of citrus and a firm but balanced bitterness. Having read that O-dub originated with an experimental batch of Boat, I feel as though I can detect the Boat DNA in there: something about how the initial punch of hops emerging from a clean base and giving way to layers of flavors. Surprisingly lean and light-bodied. Fantastic double IPA.

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Photo of Invalidpost
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great fruity aromas... Nice pop in its hops presentation. Smooth mouth feel. Aroma faded quickly but the taste made up for it. Ibu is 80 but seems higher because of the 7.8 alc value... Which you can notice.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw gold coloring with a filmy, low profile, clingy, white head. Aromas of bright citrus and tropical fruit notes, juicy and tart, with solid pine pitch and resinous hops profiles. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are dank and sticky resin, pine pitch, moss, and wet grass forward, followed immediately by tart grapefruit and orange, then by a more mild bolt of tropical fruit. The end of the palate transitions into a slightly acidic, slightly cloying, still resinous blend that lingers on into the aftertaste. The body is smooth and big, but with a dry backbone and crisp, effervesced finish. Very good, and extremely drinkable for a DIPA. Bold flavors on a crisp, balanced body. Huzzah!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: slightly hazy amber/straw yellow color with a 1 finger marshmellow-like white frothy head

s: mango, pineapple, slightly onion-y with some lemongrass and bready malts towards the back end. there is a nice earthy bitterness in the aroma as well. smells very crisp and clean

t: taste has a little bit of juicy pineapple upfront, which is then followed by a huge onion/garlic presence. behind that i'm picking up some apricot, and sweet citrus zest. there is a pretty strong grapefruit bitterness in here as well that acts as the backbone to the beer. there is a faint dry cracker malt presence towards the end as well, but not a whole lot of sweetness coming from the malts

m: medium mouthfeel. carbonation is about 5 out of 10 - the perfect amount. though, i will admit the mouthfeel is a tad light for a DIPA - i'm used to a heavier, almost syrupy mouthfeel.

o: the can says 7.8%, but i can't taste that in here at all. its got a solid kick of bitterness, with just enough fruity hops so that its not overwhelming. in addition to being extremely tasty, its quite refreshing as well and i'm finding the liquid disappearing from the glass at a rapid rate. overall, this is a very solid beer and a definite recommend. only comment i really have is that the mouthfeel is a tad light for a DIPA in my book

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Photo of BSiegs
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly opaque, deep golden pour with an orange hue. Ample white head with decent retention. The aroma is dank, resinous, mango, citrus. The taste follows with great malt backbone. Body is medium-light with moderate-high carbonation. Moderately bitter, dry finish. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of TTen
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carton 077XX

L: Light copper and a little hazy. White head maintains well. Sporadic carbonation bubbles. 4.25
S: Orange and tangerine. Some dank and piney. A malty sweetness is in the background but very noticeable. 4.5
T: Prickly bitterness and orange, tangerine and piney hops. There's enough malt sweetness to hold this together. The further I get into this, the more I appreciate the sweetness and how it accentuates the hop flavors. 4.5
F: Medium body, moderate carbonation. It fells fuller than I think it is. 4.25
O: This is very good. It's a well brewed, well balanced (hop forward for an IPA) IPA. The malt is still a big contributor in this beer despite being very hoppy and juicy. 4.5

Canned 4/28/2016

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Photo of Prager62
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this as part of the latest NBS/BIF from the very generous SammyJaxxxx. A pint sized can dated 4/7/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a radiant yellow leaving a generous finger of creamy white foam that settles to form intricate lacing on the glass.

Smell- I could smell juicy hops the second I opened this can outdoors in the rain for a picture! Passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, and weed. There's a slight touch of floral notes and malt that emerge through the citrus.

Taste- Tropical juiciness abound with passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple, guava and a hint of blood orange. Some pleasant floral esters emerge in the finish.

Feel- Slick and crisp with a semi dry finish.

Overall- This can run with the best on any coast! I'm shocked it's not ranked higher. The juicy tropical flavor followed by a slick malt backbone make it one flavorful and pleasing to the palate IPA. I'm so glad he sent several for me to enjoy.

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Photo of llerrafnad
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go to IPA, hands down my favorite IPA of all time.

Orange, pine, some malts, but at the end the hops take over and it's heaven.

All hail Carton, they serious do no wrong.

Cheers!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color. Leaves a fluffy white head with solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is all tropical with some citrus. I get notes of mango and peach as well as some melon. A slight touch of grapefruit can be detected on the back end.

The flavor is more malt forward than expected. Slightly spicy and bready, with some notes of grapefruit and mango. Good balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness on the back end.

Overall, a good, well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice straw yellow, light orange hue that's quite opaque. Minimal haze. Half finger white head with great lacing.

Smell is very tropical. Pears, melon, mango, candied orange, starburst, guava, orange peels. Pretty impressive. Not malty or hoppy in the nose at all.

Slightly tropical taste, a little mango and orange juice. Mainly malt foward taste. Malt is biscuit and sweet bread. You get the resinous hops as it goes down.

Solid IPA. Nothing overly powerful, just right. Very nice balance of tropical and bitter.

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4.26 out of 5 based on 1,333 ratings.
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