IDIPA by Carton

Tasting: September 4, 2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 790 (& 791)
ABV: 7.0%

The air in and around a brewery is filled with the pungent aroma of wort (cooked but unfermented beer). It’s thick and oily and you might even smell it on your clothes long after you leave. The best I can describe the experience is that it combines a sugary candy sweetness under a concentrated hoppy dankness (all musty, wet and green). As I walked into Carton Brewing last Saturday, I savored this familiar aroma with a few deep inhales – (AAH) just as nice as smelling an apple pie right out of the oven.

Carton Brewing, 6 E. Washington St., Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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I was hoping for a couple of four-packs of IDIPA but alas, they had sold out of cans. My consolation prize was a one-quart squealer would come along with me for an end of summer week at the beach. I stopped on the way home to pick up two more to share at a Labor Day BBQ.

By the way, the name was a bit confusing. I ordered an I-D-I-P-A assuming it was a play on Imperial or Double IPA. I was told it was “id” – ala Sigmund Freud and the basic human instinctual drives.

IDIPA by Carton Brewing

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IDIPA is amazingly dank and certainly in my wheelhouse. Raw, green, resinous. Bitterness is the secondary function of the hops in IDIPA. Tough call on whether this will surpass Epitome as my favorite Carton offering to date so, I’ll match IDIPA at 93 points. Really well done. I hope IDIPA becomes part of Carton’s regular canned offerings.

Carton Brewing

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Also, tried a couple BDG (Breakfast. Dinner. Grub) samples while I waited for my growler fills. The first one was so interesting that I cashed in a second chip for the same. It’s called a “country ale” but it resembles more of a brown ale. BDG checks in at 6% ABV I get lots of malt in the form of caramel and biscuits. It’s an easy drinking beer and based on a couple of small samples – I’d put BDG at 88 points.

If you haven’t been to Carton – it’s an easy fifteen minute detour off the Garden State Parkway. They are located about a half-block off of the main street in Atlantic Highlands. Take the tour, buy your sample coins and enjoy.

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