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077XX | Carton Brewing Company

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94
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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:
1,297
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
22.95%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
293
For Trade:
15
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Photo of nmann08
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours a mostly clear golden color with a fluffy soft white head.

The smell is very clean and straight forward. It is dominated by tropical fruit, citrus rinds, a little pine and just a touch of resin. The flavor is almost identical. Man this is clean and very well done. Lots of tropical fruit, citrus rinds, earthy pine hops and resin, with just a touch of caramel malt and candied sugar to bring it all together. The finish is crisp, just a touch of citrus bitterness.

This is delicious. Drink it when you can.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeppelin Hall, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with notes of pine resin. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber look to the liquid and a perky head on top; bits of lacing linger behind

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit, notably orange, papaya and mango

Taste: A somewhat sweet malt backbone awakes the palate, with the hops charging forward quickly, bringing orange, papaya and, to a lesser extent, mango; highly bitter, after the swallow, with some warmth in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty nice DIPA; while I like the hop flavors, the bitterness leaves it a tad unbalanced and the sugary malt makes it slightly too sweet - more nitpicks than substantive concerns, though

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to freefs119 (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours a decent creamy fluffy head fades at a med peace, clear honey orange color, but murky color in the other glass.

Nose is mostly hops, fresh cut grass, touch of pine resin in the background, little citrus and orange cream, quite dank, earthy resin, light creamy malt. Some mild herbal spicy hops later.

Taste brings a weird sweet malt, malty toasted amber flavours, straight up toasted grains. Then hops, earthy grassy dank resin, some mild pine notes, hint of citrus and orange cream orange peel. Finish is pretty bitter, touch of spicy briny hops, earthy pine sap, chewy hop.

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb.

Overall ok, decent but nothing special.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Carton

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour, foamy white head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. In the nose, a good dose of hoppiness, oily and citrusy. More of the same in the taste, thick with rindy citrus oils, chewy papaya, ammonia, herbal and piney notes, laid on top of a solid biscuity malt base. Body was medium, chewy and unctuous mouthfeel. Not extraordinarily crisp or fresh, but it gets the job done for the hop head in you.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Elysian Cafe in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with some very light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy bright white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of grapefruit/apricot/tangerine/citrus, pine/resin, and floral hops.

T: There is a light to moderate amount of light fruit malty sweetness upfront but the dominant flavors are those of the hops - grapefruit/apricot/tangerine/citrus and pine/resin. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily with light dryness in the finish.

O: The smell of this beer is very inviting and is likely the best part of the beer - wonderful aromas. Very enjoyable but it is a pretty big beer, so it needs to be sipped.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to markgugs for this one! Stellar lacing & above average head retention

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl white head.

S: Citrus, breadyness, traces of booze

T: Grapefruit & pineapple, plus breadyness & a little pineyness up front. Grapefruit, dryness & breadyness as this warms, a little pineapple & boozeyness too. Finishes with grapefruit, pine needles, dryness & faint breadyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly fluffy carbonation, skews hoppy

Easy drinkability, a damn fine DIPA, a better nose may have pulled this in to near elite territory

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Photo of Jason
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/08/11 notes. I was at a bar in Red Bank (forget the name but it's relatively new and a block from Count Basie Theatre) with a pretty good beer selection, and noticed a tap handle that said "Carton Brewing Company". Having never heard of the brewery, I began talking to the bartender who told me it was a new local brewery in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and that this was their Double IPA, and that it was "about 8%". I asked him if it had a specific name, but he said it was just sold to them as their Double IPA. Served in a pint glass.a

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, and light pine hops. Loads of fresh citrus hops and tropical fruits, and really fresh an enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, oranges, fruit malts, and light tropical fruits again. Not quite as hoppy as the nose, but still very enjoyable.

m - Medium bodied DIPA and moderate carbonation. No real bitterness, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this DIPA, especially the nose. Lots of fresh hops and fruit, I'd love to have this one again. The next day I saw a different Carton beer at the growler station of a local beer store, and wish I had grabbed it. Not sure how long this brewery has been around for yet, but a great start and I look forward to trying more beers from them.

EDIT: The name of this beer is "077XX" and the ABV is 7.9% ABV.

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

1-liter growler poured into a snifter. It poures as a clear golden copper color with more than a finger of frothy off-white sids. Some patchy strings of lace paint the glass as the cap fades. Overall a solid looking DIPA.

The aroma is a bold bouquet of hops that are rindy, herbal, catty and almost cheesy with a fruity to floral accompaniment and faint sulfur addition. A touch of grainy backing with a sort of neitral alcohol inclusion.

The flavor is all hops that are catty to cheesy. Somewhat dank and slightky sulfuric like the aroma suggested. A bit herbal to grassy with rinds and pulp elements. A very slight dry biscuit to straw-like grain inclusion is noticed across the back. It is not excessively bitter but aggressive enough to get your attention.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry with assertive hops that are complex and enjoyable. For only my 2nd carton offering in 2 years, color me impressed with these guys. I'll be on the lookout to try some of their ofher stuff.

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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 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 Gavage
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a one finger head that slowly falls.

Smell: loads of earthy and floral hop presence with some fruitiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, orange, mango, and pear are wrapped in a big earthy and floral hop blanket. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with big dryness arriving late. Long lasting hop-laden bitterness sticks to the tongue.

Overall: superb DIPA where the focus is towards the hop bitterness, which makes it a bit unbalanced but is seems to work.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to SammyJaxxxx for this brew!

16 oz. Can

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with some very nice citrus and pine notes. The taste is also very nice hoppy, malty, with some very nice citrus, and pine notes. Medium body, with some very nice chewyness, very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. Carton did a very nice job on getting all this done, with only this ABV, VERY NICE!

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Little Town, Hoboken, NJ.

Poured a medium a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy pine a d tropical hop with aromas of caramel.

The taste offered resinous hop notes of pine, orange and pineapple with a moderate sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool "New to me beer/brewery" received in a great trade with BostonBrewser... Big thanks Dan! Poured into my FW goblet... Hazy light golden with a nice white head that shows good retention and lacing... Nose is pleasingly dry with fruity citrus/mango hoppiness, dusting of pale malt helps add heft to the hops... Big Bitterness but not bruising.. hop flavors are again leaning toward the fruits with more tropical essence than citrus.. Light body for the ABV helps with a bigger drinkability.. Really pretty good.. Thanks again Dan! Hope we can do it again soon!

3.75/4/3.75/4/4/

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A glorious can of this was shared with me today at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a slightly dark yellowish orange, with a one inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells way juicy and stuff. It's bright and fresh, lots of citrus, orange, pineapple and peach. I'm getting a bit of pine, too.

This is one of the freshest tasting IPA's you'll ever find. So juicy, tons of citrus, some grass, a good amount of pine resin, and no real malt character at all.

This is medium bodied, really crisp and dry, with some slight lingering bitterness. It's insanely drinkable.

This is a game-changer. One of the best IPAs.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Coppermine in North Arlington, NJ. Pours a lightly hazed, deep gold, with a small white head that settles rather quickly and patchy lacing. Nose is a medley of hop notes; citrus, pine, resins, floral and dank earthy notes all emerge. Smells like a bitter hop bomb and that’s just what it is.

Assertively bitter, with floral, citrus, and pine hop notes. Minimal malt presence, light caramel, but finishes quite dry; very much in the west coast DIPA mold, but lacking some subtlety. Bitterness gets the best of things and overshadows the finer hop details to some degree, lingering in the mouth for quite a while in the finish. Very tasty but not the most nuanced example of the style.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth overall feel. Quite a good beer, if not a great one.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a light orange color.

The aroma explodes of mangoes, kumquat, bready malt, and melon. Candy sweetness.

The flavor follows of fresh tropical fruit, orange peel, melon, lots of grapefruit, and then a drying and medium bitterness of grapefruit peel on the finish. A bi of sugary sweetness up front complimented with a heavy dank quality throughout.

A truly exceptional IPA that is defined by new age hops.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice clear golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light lacing.

S - Aromas of dank hops, very west coast style. Lots of wet citrus and little bit of tropical notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of bitterness. Dank resin, grains, wet, genetic hops. Really nothing special with a pleasant generic bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was just alright, no one thing really stands out. Lots of decent bitterness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft.

A: Pineapple-orange coloring, thin skim white head poured into a cold shaker pint. Still carbonation with stratified ring lacing down the vessel.

S: Fresh wet pineapple-mango-orange aroma, wet and juicy, of good strength. Duration was good.

T: Upfront had a brass bitternes of dry pine, bittering orange peel. Grassy bitterness moves in along with dry grapefruit peel, dry tropical fruit lingering for a good period. Managebility increases as the tongue numbs from the overload of hop bitterness. Pale malts keeps things crisp with a dry finish of straw-malt.

M: Light bodied, feels sharp and crisp despite low carbonation visibility. Eases off the tongue with a flowery pollen like coating of hop flower texture.

O: Agressively hopped, dry and bittering with a fresh wet tropical aroma, only wish the flavor would of followed the nose a bit more. Dry hop bitterning finish.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can. Pours a mildly hazy, golden orange hue. Nice, thick head. Off white, doughy and light in lacing. Fresh, tropical hop juice. Hops are dominant but there is a distinct sweetness, too. Some musty hops. Peach and pineapple and almost some berry aroma, which is cool. Sweet citrus. Pale malt. Flavor is fresh, juicy and ripe hop-citrus. Definitely peach and mango! Love those specialty fruits. Musty hops, almost like citrus rind. Pale, easy malt is decently sweet. Hops bring the bitter boom. Just a tickle of heat on the finish. Also finishes juicy with some sweetness; doesn't completely dry out. Body is light and too easy to drink. Haven't had many Carton beers but all of them have been frigging delicious and unique. Chalk down another one.

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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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