All Orange Everything
Tasting: April 20, 2016
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer # 921
I like the way Carton Brewing handled the release of All Orange Everything. There was not a long advance notice of its arrival. I didn’t hear about hoards of people waiting for hours on line in the quiet Atlantic Highlands neighborhood. Rather, a subtle social media announcement heralded the arrival just an hour before opening. Quite a far cry from the scene at a number of releases from their collaboration counterpart – Other Half. I recall my friend Mike enduring about four hours in a line at Brooklyn for a dwindled allotment.
This beer has been the buzz of New Jersey for a few days now and it seems everyone wants to get their hands on this tall orange can. The reason? To me (and probably others), the collaboration is intriguing. Brooklyn’s Other Half produces a number of raw, boozy and syrupy hop bombs and New Jersey’s own Carton Brewing has distinguished themselves as making some world class beer. I have to assume this offering is a twist on Other Half’s behemoth (and very popular) All Green Everything.
First thoughts – this is beautifully dank, a little subtle pot smoke tucked in the back. Even though All Orange Everything has the same alcohol by volume (10.5%) as All Green Everything, it doesn’t strike me as being as boozy. I recall the booziness of the Other Half offering stomping all other the citrus flavors. Mind you, I’m comparing the beer in front of me to a distant taste bud memory and the notes from my original post All Green Everything – 93 Points. Here the a pleasant orange and orange rind wins out. Layers of tropical fruit sweetness of mango and pineapple. This is a genuine classic – 95 points.