Brunch. Dinner. Grub. | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of IDrinkGoodBeer
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It tastes like a loaf of bread in a glass with some roasted coffee notes and goes down real smooth. A table beer as they refer to it BDG is amazing. I have had this beer with all sorts of food and believe it to be one of the best pairings for a lot of dishes.

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Photo of themind
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew! these guys continue to amaze me. Pours a nice thick medium dark head, the aroma and taste are moderate flavors of brown bread with subtle notes of caramel and roasted malts.I sense some citrus flavor hiding in the mix and a slight nutty flavor also. The mouthfeel is excellent. I very much enjoyed this brew and would purchase again.

Bottom Line: Carton Kicks A$$

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Photo of grawp57
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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?

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Photo of trentbent
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought my first ever growler after sampling this beer. I couldn't get it out of my head. I had gone home with beer bottles and rushed back to the store before they closed to commit to growlers.

A - Murky honey color and burnt orange. An unfiltered appearance.

S - Cocoa, bread, lemon

T- Wild grass, honeycomb, lively yeast implores the sour sides of the tongue. The Aramis hops in this beer are apparent, not that I know all the different hops.

M- Dry in the front that runs the center of the tongue, but

O - No beer has made me feel so much like I am in the country. If you drink too much of this wild ale you better be careful not to fall into bed with the farmer's daughter.

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Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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. ;)

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Photo of Urk1127
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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 like characters, oregano oddly, some type of gourd flavor
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

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the Cloverleaf Tavern, and served in a pint glass.

Brunch. Dinner. Grub. pours a clear mahogany, with some nice orange highlights at the edges of the beer. About a finger of bone colored foam tops the beer, and displays some nice head retention and lacing. The nose is pleasantly aromatic, balancing notes of caramel, toasted nuts, and biscuits. The flavor takes that an adds a distinct herbal, earthy note. Every sip brings a different element to the forefront, and the result is a beer with an impressive amount of complexity and depth of flavor. The body isn't quite sturdy enough to stand up as a brown ale, and the carbonation's a touch to intense. Still though, the mouthfeel is close to locked in on both counts. This was my second beer from Carton, and I'm left just as impressed as I was with my glass of Boat. If Carton ever starts bottling their brews, I could see this becoming a regular inhabitant in my fridge.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BullDoza
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Brown Ales, but this one seemed a bit more like an IPA with a little brown intertwined. It worked very nicely. Not to mention that it was being sipped on at the #6 best pizza joint in US according to Daily Meal: Roberta's. Beautiful day, beautiful beer. Sign me up for more BDG if you can. I'm # 1 fan of Carton with their Boat session ale. I own several cases as we speak, but not to be partial, I just think these guys brew solid beers. This one comes through. A style that I don't favor, presented in a way that I loved.... well executed and well done! Thanks Carton! See ya soon.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, New Jersey.

A: Looked really cloudy with a really small off white head. The color was brown, surprise surprise it's a brown ale

S: Definitely smelled like fresh baked bread and nuts

T: The taste is a bit bitter. As I drank more, the complexity of it came out. I picked up caramel, black pepper, and dark berries.

M: The mouthfeel is definitely thick for a brown ale. It's also got quite a sticky vibe to it.

Overall, I am not a big fan at all of brown ales but this was one of the best I've ever tried. It was also the first time I'd had a beer from Carton which has since impressed me with every brew I've had from them. I would definitely drink the ole' BDG again. The hazy look and complex taste are highlights for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Growler filled at the Green Growler grocery Croton-on-Hudson, NY

They called it a "Bierre De Garde" hmmm

Heavily hazed medium brownish, nice looking super fine fields of lace.

Herbal nose, then nutty, malty and smooth with a rear woody, muted herbal spice note on the palate, nicely done.

Would likely work for Thanksgiving with the meal or with any fall activity/chow

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Caramel color with soapy lacing and some foam retention. Malt smells like English toffee. Tastes a little watery but has a rich finish.

As advertised, this is a solid brown ale that would go with just about anything.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/03/13 notes. 14 oz. pour served in a pint glass up at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. Have had most of Carton's beers and have wanted to try this one for a while.

a - Pours a deep amber-brown color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, nuts, light caramel malts, light fruity malts, and some roasted malts. More roasted notes as it warms up. Nice nose; lots of nuts.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, fruity malts, bitter pine hops, nuts, burnt malts, and some roasted malts. Not super hoppy but some light bitterness and pine hops in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. Pretyt nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice brown ale. Not my favorite style of beer, but this is a good example of one. Lots of nuts, caramel, and roasted malts in the nose with some bitter hops coming through in the taste. Easy to drink; could see this being good for people getting into craft beers or darker beers. Would have it again.

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Photo of RAdragna
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Got on tap at the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA.

This is a brown ale that one must certainly try. Good roasty aroma that is matched by the taste. True to its description, it's like drinking liquid bread with that toasty and roasty character. Very pleasant for a dark beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Free Bridge Wines and Spirits.

Deep amber body, somewhat hazy, topped by a big just-off-white four finger rocky head. Very good lacing.

Nut bread aroma.

Good caramel foundation. Herbal, earthy hops follow. Also some fruitiness that I can't place but I do like.

Solid, chewy even, medium mouthfeel.

Not sure this fits a particular style, but it's tasty and interesting.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery, which is about as happy an experience as a craft drinker will get. Go there.
This brown ale is as sweet and happy an experience as you will find in a brown ale .
Better than Avery, Smutty Nose or others. Must try.
A: Pours a sweet color with a lasting and lacing head.
S: Like all Carton brews, it's ample, sporting malt back bone and caramel sweetness with balancing bitterness
T: Follows the smell. Bravo, and still keeps coming with flavor: minerally, long finish, fresh.
MF: creamy and luxurious.

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