Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 167 | FT: 20
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Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

Described by the brewer as more of an American Pale Ale. It's not an India Pale Ale.

Boat Beer is designed to be complex enough to merit drinking a few without being crippled by alcohol. Kolsch yeast and German malts are combined to be crisp and refreshing, while a generous amount of American hops have been added to keep it remarkable. Expect it to dance out of the glass with a whack of grapefruit and open into a crisp, stony tangle of white and yellow fruit with pine and moss notes. An IPA for everyday drinking, drink boat beer when you are thirsty from softball, fishing, or explaining why your team is best.

Session Ale
ABV: 4.2% | IBU: 35 | SRM: 3.5

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Photo of Doug_Render
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer ever. Can drink this all day everyday.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a fantastic beer from Carton. Really glad I got to try this out.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (Jun 2014):

Hoppy, Dry, Poundable

“Session” is all the rage right now; especially hoppy versions. Putting that aside, we’ve got a beer here that pours a pale, straw, hazy yellow color with a healthy head. Nose is very hoppy; gritty, raw, grassy, piney, resiny. Crisp, dry, seltzer-like, minerally, grapefruit rinds, unripe stone fruit, pithy, pine, crackery malts, and an herbal linger. There’s a lot going on here, and in a good way.. One of the better session beers currently on the market.

STYLE: Session Ale | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of hoagzzz
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal session ale. Cloudy golden pour, tastes like ghandi bot but only 4.2%. Crazy.

Photo of Rutkiller
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, but nothing special. Kind of bland and boring.

Photo of Monika1
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely my favorite beer, I even talk about it all the time. This session by Carton has everything I look for in a beer. This is my first time writing on Ba so you might not believe my 5 point rating, so let me explain. First the appearance is uniquely hazy for this type of beer (once a waitress brought me the wrong beer and I knew right away that it was not and boat beer). Secondly the aroma hits you with all kinds of beautiful hop scents, probably because it was dry hopped twice, then taste....it has all the hop flavor that you look for in an ipa but with out the heavy maltiness that might weigh down a beer with a higher alcohol content. This makes it a perfect beer especially if you want to have more than one. Obviously I am a hop head and boat beer appeals to me, but even if you are not a hop head try something from carton brewery. They have many unique delicious innovative beers I am sure everyone would find a beer they love by carton

Photo of KSOZE
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For a "session" IPA, and a properly categorized one at 4.2% for a change, this is as good as it gets. Rating this based on the style that it purports to be, even though session IPAs don't have their own category. Stands on its own as an APA or a "session" IPA.

Photo of W_Des
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really refreshing session beer. Lightly malted lightly hopped but not watered down. Finishes crisp and is perfect on a hot humid day.

Photo of Mikus
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last 4pk at the shop I visited in NJ (also 077XX) and assured that they were fresh, and had remained cold (per Carton's instructions). Will not find these otherwise, so I bought them up. No can dates, but they were fresh as daisies. Boat poured a gorgeous straw color with a small ring of white bubbles. Aromas included a slightly peppery yeast note, and dominant piney and earthy hops. A light nose, but more than I expected from other 'sessions'. Unique flavor profile. Kolsch yeast makes for an interesting counterpoint to the light peach and subtle pine notes of the hops. Light and refreshing, with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Clean beer here, to allow these subtle flavors to play off of each other as they do. Quest achieved, and Boat was a fine treasure for our NJ trip! Try this, it is NOT what you may be expecting!

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outlier detected. Justify rating with a review.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light, crisp, juicy. One of the better pale/session ipas out there.

Photo of Antc2382
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome and highly drinkable. Love it!

Photo of Webbydag1
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Easy drinking, light in color and taste.

Photo of fabian
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my definitely perfect session apa.

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely in the upper tier when it comes to session ipa's. Solid tasting ipa . . . Tropical fruit and citrus fruit flavors and aromas. Sweet.

Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste is nice for a session beer. I'm tasting Columbus hops? Some pineapple, onion, that garlicy flavor. Nice amount of smooth flavor for a session beer

Photo of Roddyvee
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best session you can buy

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best sessions brews out there. . . Will be picking up several cases this summer at the brewery!!!

Photo of Zonk
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice easy drinking summer beer. It is exactly what it claims to be, a great beer for out on a boat on a hot day. Good flavor, still "sessionable."

Photo of WesMantooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Good start.

Pours a very cloudy pale, straw yellow. Small, thin, bubbly white head.

Aroma is fairly weak. Very faint faint cracker like smell with some slightly dank hops.

Taste is much better than I was expecting. Lots of citrus flavors. Grapefruit, mandarin orange, mango. Also some lemon that gives it a crisp tartness. Very balanced with a biscuit like breaded malt base. Smooth aftertaste.

A lot fuller bodied than you would expect for a 4.2% beer. Carbonation seems about right. Has some resin slickness

This one isnt quite up there amongst the Zombie Dusts, Alpha Kings, Red Chairs, or Dale's of the world as a straight up Pale Ale, but at 1.5-2% lower abv or more than every other, it is in a league of it's own. I rated it straight up to style. I would say 4.5+ if there were a sub 5%/ session category. After having this and 077XX, believe the Carton hype!

Photo of pinyin
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from the 16 ounce can.

The color is a perfect cloudy light copper. Plasma like in fact.

The nose is a hoppy, piney resin. Smells like some cascade and citra perhaps.

Upon first sip I thought I was drinking Stone Go To IPA. But this has a much crisper and smoother aftertaste, and it lingers longer. I was almost certain this was an ale yeast, but to my pleasant surprise, it's a kolsch yeast.

The color, aroma and taste combine to perfection here. Did I mention how much I like the color? It's very light and cloudy, and it's tastes just how it looks.

I know this isn't an IPA technically, but it reminds me of one a lot. Any session IPA lovers who enjoy the aroma and bite of a really well balanced hoppy beer would really enjoy this.

It seems as though it's only sold cold, so if you have a lead on taking some home, bring a small cooler with an ice pouch to hold your 4 pack.

Carton calls this an ale, even though it's using a kolsch yeast? Seems to me this is some sort of hybrid strain.

Would buy again and again if it weren't only available in NJ.

Photo of cmq103
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and flavorful pale ale. A well done beer from Carton Brewing...

Photo of ShowerBeers
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it on tap and I am not sure if the tap line was dirty or something was missing. Tasted crisp but lacked something other sessions I have had did not.

Photo of Patbrown2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really citrus-y. Probably too much fo regular consumption. Personally, if I want a low ABV beer for summer, I'd rather go Wit or Weis

Photo of h8r
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An incredible session beer. Love this stuff!

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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