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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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 297
Photo of hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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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 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 rolltide8425
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.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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

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Photo of q33jeff
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
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."

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 thedoubler55
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy brown color, with no transparency, a slight tan head with a little lacing around the glass as you drank this one.

S: The brown bread is very present, slight hints of nuts, and brown sugar and honey, the hops and malts are slightly present.

T: Almost exactly like the note, some hints of brea and brown sugar. The hops and malts are present as well as slight hint of lemon.

M: Medium bodied, slick, mid in carbonation.

O: Easy drinker and pretty well balanced, Just nothing crazy about it definitely a sessionable beer and enjoyable with friends.

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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Carton

I'm not a big brown ale fan, but this one was quite good. Poured a medium brown color, with a small off-white head that receded to a ringlet; some spotty lacing. If they were going for making one of the breadiest beers in existence--which I think they were--then they definitely succeeded with this one. Aroma was almost straight-up toasted bread and whole grains, earthy, with distant herbal hop notes. Taste, again, big time toasted bread, whole wheat and pumpernickel, roasty malts, earthy and herbal hops notes underneath. One-dimensional, but purposefully so; definitely delivered what was promised. Medium body, moderate carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Definitely one to go back for.

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