Carton Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #153
Ranked #1,132
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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hoagzzz from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been trying to find this one and got it at the Edison ale house in Newark. Overall a very sneaky brew. Don't know what the ibus are but very unassuming and very easy drinking for 7.85 percent. Really good but subtle at the same time. Would love to find this in cans. Good shit!

Jan 23, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

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

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Bright golden color, slight haze. Froth leaves a trail of lace down the glass. Lots of citrus zest, pith, and some rind in the nose and on the palate. Good malt backbone, some tropical fruit, and a kiss of warmth from the alcohol. Spot on from body to nose to flavor, near perfection here.

Jan 18, 2016
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TheBeard89 from Alabama

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Why doesn't this beer have a cult following yet. I got this in a trade so I could add New Jersey to my list. Little did I know I was getting this tremendous fruity, dank, hop bomb. The nose on this is amazing I poured a 16oz can into a glass and could smell it when I walked across the room. Fruit and floral scents carry through the air. The taste is just as good but there is a real dank taste at first then it gets sweet and fruity. This is truly amazing.

May 22, 2015
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh. Poured golden amber (with predominantly yellow hue in the light). Mango and peach notes dominate over a clean, crackery malt profile. Nose has hints of earthy and piney resins coming through. On the palate, these piney and earthy flavors hit BIG off the jump. Hints of the peach and mango come through in the aftertaste. All balanced by hearty bitterness. Some alcohol comes through on this one. Clean, slightly oily/coating mouthfeel characteristic of a DIPA. Appropriate. Unique East Coast DIPA, easily crushable, but worth savoring. Seek out Carton.

May 21, 2015
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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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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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2beerdogs from California

4.44/5  rDev +4%
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.

Oct 29, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Employing some of the more sexy hops on the market, making an easy drinking, high gravity hop bomb seems to be easy nowadays. Though not as easy as it seems, the Carton Brewers have channeled their inner Heady and given us a juicy, tropical and bitter creaminess for which the taste buds simply yearn.

Bright and beautiful, its golden straw hues highlight is calming carbonation through a slightly diffused glow. Building a head of lather and froth, the scent rolls onto the nose with white grapefruit, under-ripened orange, mango, passionfruit, pineapple, gooseberry and lime. Its honied sweet taste coats the tongue and brings on a light candied and caramelized taste before the hops really go to work upon the palate.

What's short and sweet of malts early, all of that is short lived as the hops crash the party and cast the sweetness aside. But its that blend of citrusy oranges and grapefruit that meld with the softer tropical fruit flavors for a sensation of sherbet or cream sickle only to be accompanied with bitter grasses, herbs, verbena and citrus peel.

Creamy, malty-dry and clean- the medium-light ale trends drier and drier as the hop oils build and the alcohol evaporate the tongue. What's left is a fond memory of simple citrus on the palate.

May 01, 2015
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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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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Sep 24, 2016
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Tobes181 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a solid light gold almost orange.

Smell - complex hop aroma with hints of citrus and pine on the end.

Taste - Light upfront hops start to come in strong as they have a very strong finish lingering on the palate afterwards. Pine and Citrus linger.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel froward then going into more of a fully hopped flavor mouthfeel into the finish.

Overall- Love me some dub

Jul 25, 2014
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.51/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Nov 07, 2016
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BigStein88 from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 04, 2015
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alexsergio from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Nov 08, 2014
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Nayr from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Apr 23, 2014
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Dec 09, 2014
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Jobin_24 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 16, 2014
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King_B-rad from Vermont

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

May 23, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 06, 2015
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PhotoMattT from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 27, 2012
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BeerRunnerBabe from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Mar 05, 2013
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jawas from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jul 10, 2014
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sidewaysscott from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Sep 10, 2014
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Tommy1990 from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 03, 2016
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mfunk9786 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 02, 2014
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