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Brunch. Dinner. Grub. | Carton Brewing Company

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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 metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but consistently left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of brown bread and herbs and lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the taste and has more pronounced flavors of herbs—thyme seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with no perceptible carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink and would make a good accompaniment to food.

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium amber brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of brown bread (toasted malts, caramel malts, and some roasted malts), herbal hops, and just a touch of citrus/lemon hops. Very light notes of nuts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of brown bread - with notes toasted, caramel, and roasted malts. Light to moderate notes of herbal hops with thyme being most pronounced and just a touch of citrus/lemon hops along with light notes of nuts. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present though they fade fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was an enjoyable beer that was pretty easy to drink though I think the description of the beer slightly oversold it. I would probably grab it again (had it on cask a number of years ago) but not a beer that I would consider sessionable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 david18
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a few drafts of this beer at the Amsterdam Ale House over the last few weeks. I'd been hearing about the brewery, a new one in New Jersey, and was anxious to try it. Too bad it was a brown.

Appearance was quite cloudy, some carbonation but it didn't stick around for very long.

The aroma was bread, maybe a little bit of dark fruit and a slight amount of piney hops.

Flavor was pretty typical of the style. Medium biscuit, some fruit character and a slight amount of bitterness.

I'm looking forward to sampling some of the other beers from this brewery.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carton BDG
Growler from brewery

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a small off-white head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing. (3)

Aroma is malty, with a light hop spiciness. There's some off yeast note that I can't quite put my finger on though. (3)

Flavor is intensely bready and malty, with a healthy dose of herbal hop bitterness. The malt flavor just screams Maillard reaction: never have I had a beer that tastes so much like well-baked bread crusts. Extremely light caramel malt sweetness is quickly stripped away by a bitter, bone-dry finish. Minerally, rustic, slightly abrasive and quenching. (4)

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drying, with pleasantly spritzy carb. (3.5)

A very unique tasting beer, despite its imperfections. Carton definitely makes some interesting stuff. (3.5)

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ.

Light brown color with a medium sized head and sparse lacing on the glass. Very dull aroma of bready malts and lemony hops. Flavor was better than the aroma suggested but had a musty quality to it that was hard to get past. Light bodied with a thin texture, it seemed like something was missing. Light sour finish.

Eager to try more by this brewery - as I have had good beers by them - but I don't think I would get this one again.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this from Brouwerij Lane.

It poured a nice amber with a solid 1" head. Smelled malts, some rye, and a bit of smokyness. Taste was sorta like SN ruthless rye but not quite as hoppy. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. This is a pretty good session beer. Solid year-round beer from Carton. I look forawrd to their 1st limited release and hope them a prosperous future.

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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 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 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 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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