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077XX | Carton Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
151 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:
151
Ratings:
1,295
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
290
For Trade:
15
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Photo of HamdenHector
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -17.8%
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.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
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.

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Photo of aquabears
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +5.4%
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!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +4.4%
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%
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 +1.9%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 -4.4%
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%
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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Photo of deaddear
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can early March canning in a teku glass

A: Gold, straw, peach colored, very clear. One-finger, effervescent head recedes into a thin covering in middle of glass, not much of a ring. Moderate amount of lacing.

S: Pear, melon, juicy fruit. Floral with a hint of of honey and booze. Orange and peach as well.

T: Pepper and fruit with a biscuity backbone.

M: About right for the style

O: Solid. Used to be an All-World DIPA for me, but craft keeps pushing forward. Still a very good beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

beautiful billowy white head but no carbonation. date on can is very recent.
not much aroma on it either, except right off the pour and that was a bit metallic.
slightly sweet. i dont think i like east coast interpretation of west coast IPAs. i like east coast IPAs. i like the new generation of Trillium and Treehouse, etc.... and want to try more of those! but this one is rather bland for me.

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Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big aroma of citrus rind and grapefruit, with a little peach and mango. The body's bone dry and the finish is spicy and wonderfully balanced with the grapefruit returning at the very end. The juicier, sweeter-tasting tropical fruit pops up, then the bitter citrus pulls back. Great IPA.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe I haven't rated this before. Poured into Carton IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden-amber with a fluffy, snow white head and lacing. It smells of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pine needles, and floral hops. It's a nice dank aroma. The taste is big and bold with lots of hoppy bitterness. The taste is more grapefruit forward but the is also a lot of sweet fruit and pine resin. The tastes blend really well. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and with an ABV of 7.8% it is easy to drink. Overall, Odub is a tremendous IPA, one that makes me proud to hail from the Garden State. It's easier to find on draught than in the can but it gives me an excuse for a trip to the brewery. Way to go, Carton!

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Photo of SteveB24
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange, with a finger and a half of white head, aroma is very tropical with a slight herbal quality as well, taste is very fruity, lots of mangoes, oranges,and guava, with a nice resiny backbone. really tasty and easy drinking, a great break from super sweet IPA's while still not being overly dank or bitter.

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Photo of smanson56
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter orangey yellow color into my tulip glass. nice nose of tropical fruit with some piney overtones. The taste is true to a great blend of hops with a nice blend of tropical fruit and a nice piney finish. A nice drinking American IPA.

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Photo of Slack
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from 01/07/16

Deep gold in color and a bit cloudy. An inch of head that settled down to a very thin margin.

Smell is dank, piney, citrus, and hoppy.

Taste is very dank, piney, and hoppy. Citrus is there but very minor.

Mouthful is light to medium with moderate to light carbonation. Finish is dank.

Overall more of a west coast IPA than an east coast iteration. This was a bit disappointing for me as I enjoy the more citrus forward ipas. Try it if you like the west coast style.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter, canned 1/7/16

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, a bit of lacing left behind

S- citrus-forward hop aroma with notes of orange peel, mango & melon. Underlying bready malt

T- juicy citrus hops up front gives flavors of orange juice, mango, papaya & green leafy resin, slightly yeasty, bready malt backbone

M- medium body and medium-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- well balanced IPA with plenty of citrus notes, high drinkability

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077XX from Carton Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,295 ratings.
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