Carton Brewing Company

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #11
Ranked #31,757
3.76 | pDev: 7.98%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Notes: Southwest style- not the perfect authentic taco, rather existing dishes enhanced and tailored through the use of Southwestern flavors. Adjunction to augment and layer flavors rather than to flatten is the goal. Blue Agave nectar is added to a two-row pilsner malt bill and fermented with Cal Lager yeast, establishing a core palate of flint and gunpowder with edges lightly dressed with papaya and lime leaf notes. That combination then balanced by additions of Noble hops creating a lager counterpoint for a well crafted Southwestern meal. Drink Carton Canyon because there is no art in a beer that stays out of the way of your food.
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Todd from California

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned on 07/30/2020. Sample from the brewery.

Pale golden with a touch of haze and a thin, tight, creamy lace. Soft floral, citrus rind, and cereal grains in the nose. First sip and "tequila" immediately comes to mind thanks to the addition of blue agave nectar. That's the best way to try and describe the unique flavor profile going on here. Super creamy on the palate, light, and insanely refreshing. Bright, floral, lime zest backed by earthy, bready, and dark honey-like suggestions. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Interesting "starchy" note. Peppery finish. Lots of agave in the linger.

This is one of the best uses of agave that I've ever tasted in a beer. If you love tequila and lagers, you're going to love Carton Canyon.

Sep 20, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Carton. 1124/17.

Golden and clear. Clean notes of pilsner and yeast with slight citrus and slight sweetness. The agave nectar definitely adds something to the experience. Taste largely follows nose. Extremely drinkable, nice and crisp. Surprised they've not canned it.

Nov 25, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught at the brewery. It pours a hazy golden-straw color with a thin, egg shell colored head and lacing. There wasn't much of a smell: biscuit, faint lemon peel, and floral hops. The taste is mostly biscuit and hops but there is a noticeable sweetness from the agave nectar. The hop profile is much stronger, and the 6.4% ABV is higher, than in mass-produced AAL's. It is dry, crisp, and refreshing. Canyon is tastier than your average AAL but give me Boat or an O'Dub any day of the week.

Feb 03, 2017
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dank203 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

considered an adjunct lager by the brewery. had some of the characteristics but is much hoppier. copper in color. would be curious to try this from a can

Nov 15, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hop flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Lager

Oct 05, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one on tap at 'Gas Light,' in Atlantic Highlands. Very floral, fruity, with a little lager-y graininess as well. Very pleasant to drink with a meal. In my opinion, one can really taste the agave nectar in the recipe and it's a nice addition. Would order again, especially for different food pairings.

Sep 07, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a clear yellow with a good white head

Smell: Floral hop aroma with some cracker malt

Taste: Floral, light fruit, and cracker. Some subtle agave flavor.

Feel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A interesting and very different brew. Pretty good but not one of the standout brews from Carton

Feb 06, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

From 11/26/14 notes. On tap at the brewery in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Pours a clear pale yellow color with one inch of bright head and low carbonation evident. Wheat, grains, sweet bread, light floral notes, and fruits in the taste. Light body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall very easy to drink and something a lot of BMC drinkers would love in my opinion. A better AAL than most; not the most flavorful beer in the world but worth checking out.

Dec 01, 2014
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to core lager from Carton, my home town brewer. This is one one of the best Lagers around when you get it fresh at the brewer.
A: Pours a clear yellow with a intense white head, that laces hieroglyphics.

S: Floral hop aroma on top of lemon/lime, with tortilla, cracker malt.

T: Floral, light fruit, and tortilla. Lemony hops, lime, and agave flavor. Complex for a bright lager.

Feel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, great tingly pepper-lemon, long finish.

Yes - to innovative south western food.

Feb 09, 2014
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.   Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly floral, crisp hop aroma with hints of grass, straw, light fruit and and a pale malt backbone.  Subtle grassy pine needle with some apple, pear, biscuit an pale malt.

Fuller bodied than expected with an aggressive crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish.  Really nice hop character for the style with dank, dry bitterness, faint citrus/tropical fruit, grass, straw, apple, bread and biscuit.  Decent enough malt presence but doesn't interfere with the hops.  I'm not really picking up the adjuncts or agave.  Well balanced and refreshing with a nice hop profile.  

Sep 12, 2013
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 71 ratings