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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 126
Gots: 155 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 974 | Reviews: 123
Photo of Mikus
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Davepoolesque
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +10.8%
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 -19.6%
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 +15.4%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best session you can buy

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -4.9%
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%
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 +10%
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 +2%
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 -26.5%
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 -8.1%
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 +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An incredible session beer. Love this stuff!

Photo of jpmccann
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy light gold appearance. Mild floral hop aroma.
Bright floral hops on the taste.
Full mouth feel.
Overall a fine session IPA

Photo of RayReed522
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into Angry Chair pint glass.

Hazy Light Yellow. Small amount of head.
A little bit of a funky smell. Slightly peppery.
Good lol

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.34/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottom of the barrell, even for session beers. No-brainer drain-pour.

Photo of humuloner22
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They punch a lot in this bad low abv. Best "session" IPA that I have had because:

Appearance: Light very pale and some hazy golden color going on. A little bit of head but not much pretty much a small lacing blob here and there.

Aroma: Very resinous and hoppy. However this does not have that onion/garlic/body odor aroma that a lot of the "session" IPA's have. This is a very floral and full flavored low abv. IPA and for that it gets lots of props.

Taste: Clean, floral hops but it has some resinous complexity. It tastes like a full abv. IPA but one you could potentially drink all day.

Overall: I love this beer I wish I could have it every day in the summer. Clean flavors and very sessionable and lots of flavor. I think this is THE best session IPA I have ever had. If you can get this one, don't even think about it get it. Also, it comes in a tallboy can!

Photo of KidSalami
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the awesome extra Bob! This one tastes like a full bodied IPA but could see myself easily drinking a few of these. Hoppy and flavorful citrus. This is the ideal session IPA.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A true session IPA that doesn't trade flavor for lower ABV. Intense grapefruit and citrus.

Photo of JGam115
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale straw, fluffy white top. Lite hay, fresh grown grass, tangelo and mango. Great bitterness and clean finish. This really is a great fishing/boat beer.

Photo of guityler83
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright white and pillowy foam with long lasting retention. Golden yellow color with mild haze. No alcohol legs, just a clean spider web lacing when swirled. The appearance reminds me of a Kolsch.

S: Moderate mango, papya and grapefruit hop aroma. Light toasty and cracker like malt aroma. Pine and musty dank hops that make it very appealing overall.

T: A firm moderate bitterness hits the back of the throat with grapefruit and citrus fruit. The middle comes through with a moderate munich (bready, grainy) character along with pine hop flavor. The finish has a nice malty finish along with more balanced mango hop flavor. The balance is on the hops, but the overall impression is the beer is very well balanced.

M: Carbonation is on the medium-high side and the body is moderate. Clean finish with a slight grainy character that leaves you with a rough sensation on the tongue.

O: Great beer. The balance between the malt and hop character was spot on for my preference, the use of Munich made it interesting and the firm bitterness is something I don’t usually find in the session-IPA category.

Photo of jwc215
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Shannon Rose, Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours hazed lemondrop yellow with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The aroma is of robust citrus - grapefruit, orange, tangerine.

The taste is hop-forward - citric, but a firm pale malt backbone balances it. Finishes with a refreshing citric dryness.

It is creamy smooth. It has a fuller body for a lower abv beer.

A well-hopped citric delight!

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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