Brunch. Dinner. Grub.
Carton Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #274
Ranked #24,066
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Brunch. Dinner. Grub.Brunch. Dinner. Grub.
Notes: B.D.G. (Brunch. Dinner. Grub.) Country Ale: Matching the right beer to the right food is a wonderful assignment. The contemplation of point and counter-point can often be as much fun as the reward of good pairing. Sadly, in a life well lived there is not always time to contemplate what dinner will be, let alone what beverage will play best with it. Here we have selected malts to evoke the crusty breads that sit well next to every meal and seasoned it with the lemony, tarragon/thyme notes of Aramis hops. A go-to, food friendly ale for the table. Drink B.D.G because you are what you eat... and drink.
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can. Pours brown. Trash move calling this a table beer. Its a relatively high ABV brown ale? Through the lens of a brown ale, it smells and tastes decent. Bready and dried brown malty aroma. Not overly sweet. Flavor brings forth more bready notes. Maybe rye. Also a noticeable hop aroma and flavor. Probably too bitter. Hint of booze. Sort of a strange invention with an oddly aimed intention.

Apr 24, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a single can at Monde Market in Philadelphia for about four dollars. Have never had brew from these guys before. Decent brew, not my favorite style.

May 16, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks deep honey color with a foamy head,which quickly recedes. Leaves faint lacing on glass. Smells like lemon, earthy, food spices, fresh dough. Tastes like baguette crust with tarragon and lemon and thyme. Feels almost dry, nice carbonation. Really delicious brew.

Nov 18, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SammyJaxxxx for this can.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber brown color with a frothy white lacing ring and mild carbonation.

S - Earthy roasted malt aroma with bread crust

T - Earthy toasted/roasted malt, bread crust, some delicate lemon pops up more towards the end of the sip, and finishes with a long, lingering piney/citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body with some creaminess to the mouthfeel, leaves a wet mouth but a bone dry tongue.

O - Not a fan at all of Brown Ales but this one rates at the top of the heap, IMO. Nicely done and worth trying.

Jan 05, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-06-24 in Atlantic Highlands, NJ at the brewery on-tap

A - Fairly clear, ruby-brown with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Toasted wheat bread, caramel, earthy spice. Nice.

T - Toasted wheat bread, citrus flesh and zest, tarragon, caramel, nutty. Finishes with moderate bitterness and lingering light-malt sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O - Flavorful, a bit spicy yet balanced. I liked it from the first sip.

Jun 26, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler, poured into glass.

Very clear, light brown in color, white head. Pleasant malty aroma- toffee, bread, cracker. Taste is fairly mild for a brown ale, mild earthy hops to balance the malt flavor. Thinner bodied, could have a fuller mouthfeel.

Apr 30, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: murky mixture light brown, burnt caramel, and a rich amber. Tan head that's no more than a film

S: brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, toffee,lemongrass, fig, oak, and a hint of noble hops.

T: quite nutty off the start followed by brown sugar, caramel makes and a slight earthy bitterness. Toffee and a nice learthy flavor follow. Finish is malty with a touch of bitter on the back of the tongue

M: medium mouthfeel with carbonation level that is about medium as well

O: not bad. The sweetness is well rounded and I like that you can pick up the nutty flavors as well. A little more bitter than many brown ales though

Jan 07, 2017
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber, off white head. Sticks around
Toast, some sweetness, spices
Burnt toast, coffee, spicy belgian yeast-like characters, oregano oddly, some type of gourd flavor ex: squash, or even a zucchini
Moderately high carbonation, very dry

I very much enjoyed this beer. i feel its very dry, and moderately bitter. More so than a typical "brown" would be. Outside styles lines, taking the beer as itself, i enjoy it. Its unique

Aug 16, 2016
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grawp57 from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep caramel color with a thick, creamy head. Lovely rich aroma. Very strong full taste of a brown ale. Smooth on the tongue and easy on the palate. A very, very good example of this style.

Aug 14, 2016
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Definitely more herbal than any other brown I've encountered. That herbal flavor blends very nicely with the bread and toffee from the malt. There's a little sweetness on the back end as well.

Jun 24, 2016
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours but brown body with off white head with ok retention and lacing
S: roasted, burnt notes
T: sweet, slightly burnt taste with a slightly burnt notes
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: ok mouthfeel and taste combo; decent

Apr 20, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Smells like someone farted on a cigarette after eating a lot of vegetables. Opaque brownish orange. Taste is Smokey, Ashy. Not bad taste. .. Aroma kills it."

Apr 12, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciate this beer a bunch. Reddish-cooper brown. Sweet on the nose but aggressive herbal hop flavor, somewhat sweetened by notes of toffee maltiness. Piney sap notes and lemon as well. Crusty and toasty on edges. Easy drinking but full of flavor.

Apr 04, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4 ounce sampler at brewery March 26, 2016.

L: Reddish copper, 1 finger head, poor retention.

S: Roasted lighter malts, lemon, herbs.

T: Malt-forward, sort of a nutty character. Lemon and thyme come in later.

F: Light-medium body, light carbonation, solid balance.

O: Pleasant surprise compared to reviews (maybe fresh from tap is a big difference). I could drink this all day.

Mar 30, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the brewery. It pours a pleasing, amber-copper color with a khaki-colored head and minimal lacing. The smell featured more coffee than i anticipated, along with bready malt and a whiff of hops. It is very pleasant. The taste is malt forward, with some nuts, dark chocolate and a slightly hoppy finish. The flavors blend really well. This ale is lightly carbonated and very easy to drink with an ABV of 6% It's a very nice, sessionable brown ale. Drink this one in a boisterous setting with good friends.

Feb 27, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Yard House - NJ

Look - Brown/dark amber color
Smell - Roastiness, earthy, toasted bread, some sweetness/toffee like
Taste - Follows the nose well. Roasted malts, toast, green herbaceous notes, earthy

Overall - The best brown ale I've had in a while. Great table beer. Went awesome with my nachos. ;)

Dec 07, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep copper color, Carton's anytime table beer is called BDG. It's a brown ale, but it's a lot maltier than I would expect for a Brown. Downright bready in fact. A hint of lemon and various spices round out the flavor and really make it interesting. It also comes off as robust, especially for a 6% ABV. I would buy cans of this if they brought it into regular rotation.

Sep 08, 2015
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BullDoza from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a screw top growlette.

A: Brown, soil. Deep amber, almost a burnt, burnt orange on the edges. Minimal carbonation, as expected. Still, a small, white ring of bubbles hang around outer edges. Rotating the glass produces a fair amount of nice alcohol legs. Looks well made. Wish it was a deeper color of brown. As is, it looks a little watery - tea like.

S: Dark roast. Bread - light, flaky biscuit. The malt dominates, but there is a definite hop presence. The (herbal) hops are apparent enough that I'm expecting a bite, not typical of a brown ale. I like it, as I very much enjoy DFH Indian Brown.

T: Follows the nose with it's roast and breadiness. Faint nutty character is there. As quickly as the malt hits, it vanishes as the hops take over the middle and finish. Lingering bitterness doesn't let you soon forget the hops' role in this beer. Taste offers much more than the nose for me. Especially as it warms. As the beer warms, the hops remain present, but give way to an almost chocolatey taste that I wasn't expecting. Quite enjoyable.

F: Lesser side of medium bodied. Even still, the beer manages an almost creamy mouthfeel. This, out of a growlette at 3 or 4 days old, was a surprise. Would love to see what it's like fresh on tap at the source.

O: The bones of a standard, solid brown ale. Other than the deeper brown color I prefer on a brown ale, nothing is missing. The hops add a new enough dimension to make this a memorable brown ale. Taste manages to surpass both look and smell...and that's what really matters.

Jun 30, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Saison, Terminal C, Newark Airport.
Dark cherry amber with steady tan film. 3.75
Brownie, soil, and cherry stone on the nose. 4
Carob and brown bread crust, some dark malt acid, then leafy, herbal hops. 4.5
Milk chocolate finish and prickly spice hop finish.
Medium, smoooth, snappy. 4.25

Aramis hops.

I've heard good things about their hoppy beers and wasn't after a brown, which is why it's all the more impressive how good this struck me:solid deep malts, unique hopping, body that manages to be round and creamy but finish clean. And the 45 IBUs are no joke: almost an IBA but stops short in the best way. Can't sipping at this; kinda blown away by the quality.

If they can do this with a humble style, what can they do with hops?

Jun 02, 2015
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Huge fan of this brewery but not this beer. Roasted malt character is out of balance for me, resulting in a rather bitter beer without sufficient balancing elements. YMMV of course but not my thing.

Apr 07, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler shared by nimbleprop. Thanks! Hazy mahogany body with a small tan head. Aromas of robust malt, dank earth, brown bread. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Pine notes. Decent.

Mar 17, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a slight haze and white head. The glass is laced well and carbonation is rising to the surface here. Kind of a dirty dish water look, one would assume this offering is unfiltered.

Aroma has some citrus and floral elements with a toasted malt edge. The aroma does not prepare you for the taste, which is a one-two punch of hops and nutty malts. Cocoa and unsweetened peanut or cashew butter come to mind, then dashed away with bitterness and hop flavor. Pretty tasty. Light, a bit softer feel than Id like, but still something that carries the beer.

Overall, a unique brown ale with bright flavors. For brown ale fans, this would be highly recommended.

Mar 04, 2015
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color with a nice 2" head that lasted a while.

Smell: light bready aroma with some malt sweetness.

Taste: caramel, bread, mild citrus tones, some dark fruit sweetness, and a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout, short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very tasty brown ale that satisfies.

Feb 08, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves lacing

Smell: Bread, nuts, lemony herbal hops

Taste: Bread, nuts, lemony herbal hops. On the hoppier side of a fairly neutral brew, seems to accomplish the "table wine" angle they're going for

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, definitely wins a drinkability award

Overall: A pretty good easy drinker, that I would gladly drink again. The hops give it enough of a special flair where it's not just a bland concoction. Should pair well with most foods

Feb 04, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a long while since I've had a nut-brown ale. Here goes:

A: Dark brown; pretty murky. Tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Good.

S: Quite good. Lots of hazelnut, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and a faint smattering of hops.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Roasted malt and lots of nuts. Sweet with a touch of hops. Overall, quite good.

F: Alright, good carbonation and thickness. Nothing special, though.

O: Solid beer. Will have again.

Dec 27, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 329 ratings