Carton 99 Additions

Another Carton beer! I really love their stuff, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “99 Additions is our tribute to Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head. Fundamental to what Carton does is timing hop-additions to push aspects of the hop’s potential, like herbs in cooking- an approach introduced to us by the “salting method” of the various Dogfish Head Minute beers. With 99 Additions we apply our style and technique to Sam’s method. We took an all-barley mash boiled for 99 minutes, with hop additions each minute throughout totaling 9.9kg. The resulting wort is then finished off with 9.9kg of hops added in the cool pool. After amassing 99 barrels of beer in our fermenters, our hop-rocket delivered the final addition of a 99kg dry hop; 33kg of T90 pellets, 33kg of whole-cone and 33kg of lupulin powder. Drink 99 Additions cause a double ain’t one.”

Random: One of the best beer podcast episodes I listened to was “Steal This Beer” and it featured Sam.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. It was mostly clear. The nose was pretty dank. There was a lot of pine along with grapefruit pith. The taste was much of the same. I picked up a lot of pine and pine cleaner and then it quickly went into grapefruit and some booze. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. I enjoyed this beer a lot and thought it was a great homage to Dogfish Head.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Carton DDH Epitome

One of the only benefits of working the day after Christmas was getting to pick up this beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.3%

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

Carton Ron 1

I haven’t had scallops in awhile. I’m very picky on how they’re cooked and tend to like them a bit overdone. I also haven’t had ceviche in awhile. It’s one of my favorite things.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “RON 1 is the liquid representation of the life experience of a guy coming home to Jersey, who got his beer thing going in the San Diego heydays. Hoppy, bitter, and assertive, both Ron and RON 1 pair well with carne asada burritos, bay scallop ceviche, fish tacos, and Gorilla Glue, while staring at blue water across the rim of a glass. This is a dank IPA for the hour before you call out of work on a bright day.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I’ve had carne asada. I’m going to need to rectify that soon.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a dirty yellow color with no visible carbonation. The nose had peach up front, which was followed up by wheat and lemon. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of peach and apricot and then went into some pine and grass. I picked up a touch of lemongrass as well. The body was on the medium side and had generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with peach. I thought this was a good beer, but I would have appreciated it more with a food pairing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Carton 07701 – Apollo

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up at the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.”

Random: I’ve been to Carton more times this year than any other, which is only 3 or 4 times, but still.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and golden orange with some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass and citrus notes. I specifically picked up grapefruit pith and segments. The taste was much of the same. It was very bright with lots of citrus, specifically grapefruit. It had a lot of grass along with some saltine crackers at the end. There was a touch of booze, but nothing to overwhelm the palate. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a sticky finish with grassy hops. I enjoyed this beer a lot and if they put it out again, I would definitely pick up a four-pack.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Basic Coffee

Val and I went to Asbury Park with my sister and stopped to get brunch. When this beer came out, I was disappointed that I couldn’t get to the release, but then I saw this on their can list and had to have it.

ABV: 8%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Basic Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. A simpler version of our golden coffee cream ale has been finished with espresso roasted blend of Sumatran, Columbian and Ethiopian beans, and a spicing of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans, cardamom, mace and orange zest. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup, Basic Coffee plays to that twenty ouncer that tags along on a lazy autumn morning, when sweats and slip-ons really are the only clothes. Drink Basic Coffee because you make fun of #PSL even though you luuurve #PSL”

Random: I got a fancy new espresso machine and I am really into Intellegensia’s Black Cat Espresso.

The beer poured with no head on top of an orange body that was slightly cloudy. I could still see some carbonation in it. The nose was filled with holiday spices. I picked up cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and some coffee as well. The taste was sweet up front with coffee and then transitioned into ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cloes came through as well. The alcohol was very well-hidden. The body was on the heavier side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and cinnamon. I have a soft spot for any variations on Regular Coffee and this beer is no exception. If you can get your hands on it, grab it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Fat Mad Monkey

One of the things I enjoy about vacation is having time to watch sports. Val isn’t into sports, but she’s nice enough to let me watch them. Hockey just started and playoff baseball is on (go Red Sox), so there’s no shortage of things to watch. All I need is a nice beer to go along with it.

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “First, we streamed mulberry juice thorough Interboro’s Mad Fat Fluid and completely fermented it dry, creating a plush base of berry neutral aromas. Next, we swapped in a luscious mix of Wai-Iti, Rakau, Citra & Mosaic hops, organized in a manner just bitter enough to reset your notions at the moment when you think you have sorted where the juice’s juice ends and the hops’ juiciness begins.”

Random: I don’t think I’ve ever tried a mulberry on its own.

The beer poured with a finger of fluffy, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mulberry and quickly transitioned into raspberry and grapefruit rind. The taste had a bit more tropical hop note to it with some pineapple and mango, along with mulberry and grapefruit rind. The alcohol was well-integrated and the body was on the lighter side. It had generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit rind and mulberry. I thought this beer was pretty good and had a nice balance of mulberry and IPA notes. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Yea We Doin This

Apparently, when this beer came out, there was a huge thing about someone having an allergy and being a bit of a troll to the brewery owner. If you’re interested, I would suggest googling the beer name. Anyways, let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.”

Random: This is a collaboration with Industrial Arts.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It went away quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was slightly murky and a light orange color. There was a lot of carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of fruit and candy. The almond note was apparent, along with some mango, grapefruit zest and lemon. There was some pine as well. The taste had a bit more depth. The same fruit was apparent, specifically mango, lemon, grapefruit zest and pineapple as well. There was some pine along with a sweet almond note from the marzipan. There were also notes of pears and white grapes. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with some sweetness from the marzipan. This beer was expensive at $4.50 per can, which came to $.28 per ounce. I thought this beer was an interesting take on an IPA and would highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0