One of the only benefits of working the day after Christmas was getting to pick up this beer. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As a general rule, we at Carton Brewing strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. Double Dry Hyped Epitome embraces the teenage metalhead in each of us and gets discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A beast. It had to push past 10, literally. The black had to be ‘none more,’ and hops American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Double Dry Hyped Epitome because we wrote DDH on a beer. *On this version of this beer, we multiplied dry hop weight and occurrence by a factor of two of the beer we’ve previously made.”
Random: I found this beer by chance at Cranbury Buy Rite.
The beer poured with a full finger of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left generous lacing. The body was black with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine trees and dark, roasty malts. There was a lot of dank hops in this. The taste was intense, but not overwhelming. I picked up lots of pine and dank hops and a touch of citrus to brighten it. The roasty malts came through next with a touch of coffee. The alcohol was noticeable, but I wouldn’t have assumed 10% on this bad boy. The body was silky and smooth with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with dank hops. This beer was awesome. I’m so glad that I got to try it. It’s definitely worth picking up.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0