Carton Brewing Company is one of the newest additions to the craft beer scene and hails from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The Carton brothers, Chris and Augie, teamed up with a friend and brewer, Jesse Ferguson, to create exciting, boldly flavored beers that are full of Jersey Pride.
The 077XX is a Double India Pale Ale brewed with the West Coast style IPA’s in mind. 077XX is full of hop-forward flavors, while still being balanced by East Coast sensibility. Opening with a slightly herbal nose, this IPA gathers up flavors of gentle pine and lemon that build and build.
The body becomes more astringent and piney, with hints of soapy residue. The bitterness of the hops lingers for a long mouthfeel. A true East Coast IPA would have balanced the hops with a stronger malt frame, so a tip of the hat to the Carton Crew for sticking with the more forward West Coast verve.
Overall, the 077XX is a fine offering from the newly minted brewery. While the flavors may be lighter than those offered by other DIPA’s, this one carries a heavyweight punch on a welterweight frame.
Find out more about Carton Brewing, which opened in the summer of 2011, at their website.