Archive for the ‘Carton Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Carton. I love truffles, so I was excited to give the beer a shot.

gildedlily

ABV: 10.6%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Gilded Lily was an alchemist of great talent and a student of Diablo. Lily was initially seen to be a woman in a golden mask, golden gloves, and a fur coat that covered her slender body to her feet. She had lived for an inordinate length of time, her makeup (on her mask) and hair were very much in the style of the 1920s particularly Louise Brooks. Visited by her ‘nephew; Walter Langkowski (Lily was unlikely to be an actual aunt due to her age), Gilded Lily intended to turn Walter to gold. She had done this with a great many men in the past; somehow their conversion to gold allowed her to add their life energy to her own, in effect achieving immortality. As she was about to do the same to Aurora, Sasquatch intervened. Lily attempted to escape, but when Sasquatch grabbed her, Lily’s fur coat came undone revealing that Lily’s body had been replaced with a very basic metal frame with arms, and in place of legs she had wheels, much like a Segway HT. Lily’s mask was removed in the ensuing struggle. Her mask was seemingly what was keeping her alive, on its removal, Aurora was shocked to see Lily’s withered face. Soon after the mask’s removal, Lily’s robotic frame, along with what was left of her original body crumbled to dust.”

Random: I started watching “Fuller House” and I’m not a big fan.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow. There was visible detritus, but I couldn’t see much carbonation. The nose had peach and golden raisins and banana. There was booze and yeast too. I didn’t find any truffles in the nose. The taste started with a strong banana presence and quickly went into yeast. The truffle came through and gave it an interesting savory note. It had some golden fruit as well (peach, golden raisin and orange jam), but had a honey-like sweetness. The booze warmed at the back of the throat. The body was thick without being cloying and had just enough carbonation. The flavor hung around forever with lots of honey and a hint of truffle. A can of this set me back $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again. It was an interesting take on a tripel.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is a Carton beer that I picked up at the brewery. I’ve never had any beers from their Swisher series, so I was interested in giving this one a shot.

grapeswisher

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In Grape Swisher we have reassembled the deconstructed aspects of a flavored blunt. Rich, dark malts rendered smoky by the addition of oak smoked pale wheat touched with concord grapes and a heavy plug of the hops that smell like their cousins. Drink Grape Swisher and hand me down a 50-pack.”

Random: I’ve never been a big fan of grape-flavored things.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass The body was a dark brown, that was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of smoke with grape flavoring. It had some light oak as well. The taste was way more towards the grape side, but it was bordering on a grape bubble-gum flavor. There was smoke as well, but the grape flavoring was dominant. It had tobacco as well. The body was on the heavier side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tobacco and grape bubble gum. This beer was definitely interesting, although not something I would want to have daily. I think it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is from local brewery, Carton. I love their stuff and I was very excited to try this beer.

sitdownson

ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the New Jersey Craft Beer website, “What would you do if you made the only pale ale on Beer Advocate’s Top 50 under 4.5%, named it Boat, and another brewer in your class, a DJ, put out a lager with the same description and named it Yacht? Fans of Carton Brewing suggested calling a lawyer. Owner Augie Carton said, ‘I’ll treat it like the greats do when someone bites a rhyme,’ and wrote his track over the perpetrator’s beat. Sit Down Son is Carton Brewing’s reply to Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Yacht. The New Jersey craft brewer teamed up with the folks at Smuttynose for the brew, a dry-hopped session lager, which at 4% and 22 IBU is ever-so slightly the junior to Boat (4.2%, 35 IBU). But that’s where any similarity or echo to Boat starts to fade. Sit Down Son, with a classic lager malt bill, Bavarian lager yeast and hops (Polaris Hersbrucker, dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria), makes a different kind of a wave. And a shot over the bow. (Wink, wink.) Earlier this year, itinerant brewer Brian Strumke and his Stillwater Artisanal christened Yacht, a 4.2% hoppy lager in pint cans, produced at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut. It’s not a Boat, but it does have a similar jib, even if it is on a different tack. ;7 Yacht is part of Stillwater’s Contemporary series, a sextet of brews that mark a five-year milestone for the brand. The beers sample the stylings of American craft brewers with rewrites some to traditions to stay fashionable, offer complexity, and sweep the notion that Strumke’s just a man for all saisons. It’s with Yacht that the still waters get just a little choppy, make for a beef. (And our mixed metaphors ignore shame.) Carton’s beer will be produced at Smuttynose, packaged in 16-ounce cans. It’s due out early October, togged in sleek lines strikingly similar to the linear illusion of Yacht’s, but with a lowered boom, if you get the drift 😉 “You can be ridiculous and call lawyers, or you can do what we all came here to do and treat it as a call to step up creatively. Nas and Jigga were never better than the early aughts’, Augie says.”

Random: I’ve been watching “Vanderpump Rules” in the hotel and it’s beyond mindless, but I can’t turn it off.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. It had soda-like carbonation visible. The nose was delicate with lemon flesh and grass. There was light, toasted grain as well. The taste was stronger than the nose. It had the same light malt and a stronger grass note. I also picked up a garlic and green onion note. It didn’t dissuade from drinking the beer and for me, it worked in the flavor profile. The body was light generally-speaking, but heavier than I typically get from the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with the grassy/green onion note. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was great and I could throw down a bunch of these by the barbecue. Even if you’re not a fan of the style, this is worth trying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One of my favorite parts of Monday nights is that I know I can listen to a beer podcast on the way home. If you haven’t listened to “Steal This Beer,” you absolutely need to. Augie Carton leads the podcast along with a guest and if you’re lucky, he has John Holl on (although some listeners think that he misses the podcast because he’s too hungover from shotgunning cases of Genessee Cream Ale). The guests are awesome and the discussions that ensue are educational and hilarious. Since I’ve talked about the podcast, I think it’s only fitting that I review a Carton beer.

epitome

ABV: 10.3%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We don’t have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have we made up for ourselves. In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A Beast. The ABV had to push past 10, the black had to be ‘none more,’ and the hops had to be American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Epitome because things worth doing are worth over doing.”

Random: This comes in at 100 IBUs.

This brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that I couldn’t see any carbonation through. The nose started with dank, pine hops and some citrus notes as well. Then, roasted malts and light milk chocolate came through. The taste was intense, yet retained some balance. At first, I picked up the same milk chocolate with roasted malts and a touch of smoke. It seamlessly transitioned into dank, piney hops and grapefruit zest. The alcohol on this was insanely well hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine oil and roasted malts. I don’t recall what I paid for the beer, but there was a two-can limit on it. Whatever the price was, I would pay for this beer. This beer was flat-out amazing. It is one of the best that I’ve had of the style and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

This was the last beer that I had at Isaac Newton’s. It’s been a little over two months since I’ve tried one of their beers. I haven’t heard all that much about this once, but I do love Mosaic hops, so I had high hopes for it.

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ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “You can play boundary-pushing flavor games all you like but you should never turn your back on fundamentals. HopPun is born of playing with the most straightforward of beers – the hoppy American pale. We push around experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, soften the edges with a traditional pale malt bill and then tie it all together with the fruity esters of British yeast. Look for the tutti-frutti/berry side of modern hop aromatics in a pleasant drinking straightforward Pale. Drink HopPun and keep the chops sharp.”

Random: Getting up before the sun comes up is still not something that I enjoy.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had light grass, some citrus and then fruitiness. The taste had light citrus, specifically grapefruit and citrus rind. It had a touch of sweetness as well and some berry notes. It was really, really dry. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long, dry finish with citrus and berries. As usual, Carton puts out another great beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

After reading so much about this beer online and seeing the demand for it, I had resigned myself to the fact that I was not going to try it. When the other half and I went to Princeton for dinner and found this beer on tap, I was very excited. Let’s see if it lived up to the hype.

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ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Classic Jersey-ism is ‘regular coffee.’ Here when you order a ‘regular coffee’ at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with ‘milk and 2 sugars’ rather than a ‘black coffee that hasn’t had the caffeine removed.’ For our homage to Jersey’s breakfast beverage, we teamed up with our neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic plain coffee. We added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing our ‘milk and 2 sugars.’ Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.”

Random: Weekends are my favorite because I get to have coffee. I don’t really drink it during the week anymore.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was glorious and filed with coffee and cream and a touch of sweetness as well. Given all the hype, I was excited to see if the taste was as good as the nose. And indeed, it was. It was really creamy and filled with coffee and milk and a touch of sweetness as well. The booze was absolutely invisible. The body was smooth and the beer had moderate carbonation. It had a long coffee finish. This is a beer that absolutely lives up to the hype. I would get this again in a second. The other half tried it and loved it as well, which is saying a lot.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

I love Carton beers. I’m not ashamed to say it. They consistently put out great beers and whenever I see a new seasonal out, I have to order it. This one was no exception. While the other half and I were at Blend after house hunting, I saw this one the menu and immediately got a pint of it.

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ABV: 3.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to njmonthly.com, “A panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad, but Carton’s Panzanella is a salted ale made with locally grown tomatoes and cucumbers. The brewery describes it as bready.”

Random: I really do enjoy tomatoes and cucumbers. Whenever they’re in a salad, I eat them first. The other half is not a big fan of raw tomatoes.

This brew poured with a huge three finger, fluffy, off white head. It was insanely slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a hazy orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose is a bit herbal and vegetal with light pine hops and tomato. There was also some cucumbers. The taste was really nice. There were notes of light lemon and other citrus with tomato and cucumber. I also got a bit of bready malt and a pinch of salt. It had a medium body with high carbonation prickling the tongue. It had a long vegetal finish. I really liked this beer and it made for a unique and really flavorful summer beer. If you see it, grab a pint as it’s only available on draft.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0