wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 11/13/14 from a 16oz can sent to me by jblaze36wv in a trade, big thanks. Pours cloudy bright orange with a thick, rocky white head that leaves thick, rocky, messy lace. The nose is grapefruit peel forward with a touch of peach and apricot pitted fruit, fresh orange and orange blossom, and just a touch of white peppercorn and light bread malt. The flavor is apricot and orange/orange blossom up front, moving to awesome grapefruit peel bitterness and white peppercorn spice, with the perfect amount of lightly sweet bread malt balancing. The body is medium with a somewhat oily texture, average, stinging carbonation, and a long bitter grapefruit peel finish.
njnut (395) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into snifter a hazy gold with white head. Aroma was strongly citrus and pine resins. Orange and mango jumps from the glass. Taste is a little more pine resin than the aroma especially in the finish that for me was all pine. I liked the balance in this one, enough malts to prevent a hop bomb. another good one from Carton.
Triklino (1) - Delran, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a beer. The citrus quality of this DIPA is insane and it blends well with some more subtle pine tones that come out in the initial sip; it is quickly overpowered with some pretty intense grapefruit notes. The malt bill is kinda thin; i’d say the ratio is ALMOST perfect, if the malt was just a TINY bit more present this would be upper-echelon type stuff.
As it is, it’s still fantastic and makes me so happy to be a New Jersey native - the fact I can get this about whenever I want makes me tear up a little. Very close to the perfect DIPA.
Not much makes me proud to be from Jersey, so thank you Carton for giving me something!
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handsome pour yields a decent amount of head which retains in clumps. Can smell those earthy hops from a few feet away. More earthy notes than fruity or juicy, and the hearty bite of bitterness at the end is a big turnoff for me.
Pretty good overall, clearly well made, yet a bit too much resin on the finish for my tastes.
nothingbutIPAs (46) - Hillsborough, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best IPA I’ve had in a while. So hoppy, very enjoyable IPA. the color, aroma, taste, and taste in relation to ABV make this one really stad out to me.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade extra. Awesome! Can pours hazy golden with a half finger white head on top. Really nice fresh floral aroma, grassy, some citrus, raw hops, lightly sweet malts in the backdrop. Flavor starts with a big punch if bitter pine up front leading to a funky grassy hop note on top of lightly sweet malts and a nice small bit of tropical fruits. Really crisp and clean, dangerously drinkable for a supposed DIPA, plus carbonation and slightly dry body. Scores here seem to underrate this one. This is excellent!
jbruner (3546) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to trade with jdb288! Pours a cloudy golden yellow with fluffy offshore head that lays and leaves good lace. Aroma is resinous citrus hops, dank, catty, with a nice malty back end. Taste is more balanced, the malt coffees through nicely. Bittersweet finish, no booziness. Very sold dipa, would definitely drink often if available locally.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the pourhouse. Pours clear golden with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit, pine, floral notes, sweet orange juice. The taste has a delicious grapefruit juice, tons of residual bitterness, finishes balanced. Really nice.
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a slightly hazed yellow tinged with copper. Tan head quickly fades away. The aroma is pine and orange hops but dominated by alcohol. Flavor is a little heavy on the alcohol, but some melon, apricot and malt sweetness join in as well. Too much alcohol in the flavor and aroma, surprising and unwelcome at 8% abv. Heavy and thick mouthfeel is great, finish is maybe a little too dry. Pretty disappointing DIPA.
b3shine (7406) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can to snifter (thanks Dogbones). Looks good; a very cloudy (almost opaque) golden orange with foamy white head. Smells good too; LOADS of pineapple and papaya with a mildly bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells, but not quite as robust, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. A little more bitter than fruity on the tongue. Enjoyable.