Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 126
Gots: 158 | FT: 21
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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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Ratings: 979 | Reviews: 123
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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very hazy light golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very bright citrus aroma springs from the glass with some resinous pine notes.

T- Fruity and moderately bitter at first but halfway through it washes away to the weak finish I'm accustomed to with session IPAs. Still, it's quite tasty and of course very drinkable. Light notes of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon and the bitterness does end up lingering for a bit after multiple sips are taken.

M- Crisp and very refreshing with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Though it has me wanting more overall flavor just like with other session IPAs, this one certainly beats out most of the others I've had. If I lived in NJ, I would happily buy this for any outdoor activity.

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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at Whole Foods in Yonkers NY

Pours heavily clouded dull and yellow straw in color. Delicate off white head, leaves nice looking high, delicate scattered fields of lacing.

Fruity nose, with melon, grapefruit and some honey.

Brightly fruity and flavorful ale, more grapefruit, nice tropical fruit characteristics.

First brew I've tried from Carton and I'm impressed. Hope to see cans available in my area.

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 ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 16 ounce can.

Frothy and compact head two fingers thick. Pale golden liquid with a slight cloudiness and active carbonation. 4.25

The nose is very potent. Lemon zest, passionfruit, sweet caramel malt thickness. Faint notes of pine and resin. 4.25

Light touches of citrus, lemony and grapefruit-like. Sweet maltiness, almost like a sweet cereal with honey, also enters subtly. A floral quality persists throughout, from start to finish. 4

It's certainly light in the body, but it doesn't have that watered-down feel that kills a lot of session IPAs for me. It's still intensely bitter at the finish and offers a rush of carbonation mid-palate that gives some bite. The bitterness lingers long. 4

Very well done brew. Easy to drink but still robust in flavor and aroma.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack at Collier's in Cape May. The 16oz can poured pale with a slight haze and a short white head, it looks like witbier without the yeast mixed in. The aroma is spicy with big juicy hops The body is dry with a biting cracked pepper finish—so very drinkable and satisfying to a hop head. There are mild floral and fruit notes that slip into citrus rind. Overall, a great session beer, but be ready for dry hoppy goodness on par with an extra bitter saison.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up several of these lovely 4 pk - 16 oz cans on my last drive over to the Garden State; cool cans, and being an avid boater, the perfect beer for me! Have been enjoying these slowly until I can grab some more!

A: Light straw - yellow, slightly hazy with nice frothy head with a good pour down a pint glass, very attractive!

S: Lovely - piney, hoppy, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, etc...very appealing!

T: Out of sight freakin' delicious! If this is not the perfect sessionable boat or outdoor beer, I do not know what is! Very drinkable, perfect amount of hop bitterness and nice bready malt to counter the lovely hops....love it!

M: just right...Mr. Augie Carton should be commended for this one for sure...not too heavy, just great drinkability - and you can have several and not feel slammed by alcohol or hops!

O: I love this beer, want a case of it the next time (later this month thankfully!!) I am in New Jersey...wish it were distributed to the Buckeye State! My only beef (minor) was the cost was $10.99 / 4 pk at Joe Canal's store I found it at...would love to try this on draft....perhaps a visit to Atlantic Highlands is in my future?

Truly dig this beer, you will too, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Cantillon wine glass. Just cuz.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Medium white head that settles to a thin collar and lots of surface wisps.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Grassy hops. Almost no malt at all. Just a bit of cracker.

Taste - Lots of orange and grassy hops. Cracker malt. Even a little toasty. Aggressively bitter in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Very light. I could, and will, put this away quickly. Well carbonated.

Overall - Nice session. I'm not a boat person, but I could drink a few of these on dry land too.

Photo of smitty23
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this brew. trish at Free bridge in Phillipsburg recommended it, and it was worth trying. Reminded me of, dare I say? Heddy topper, not as strong abv but if you enjoy drinking this is really a beer that you could drink all day and live to tell about, probably not get pulled over either. very very tasty.

Really, the only thing i didn't like is the can. I would have never bought it without Trish's recommendation. I'd be interested to see how other folks feel about this particular brew.

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph NJ. Always try to taste a local when I am there.

Pours clear golden color, see through ring of white foam topper. Strong citrus rind nose. Hints of rye in the mix. Lingering bitter at the conclusion. Light flavor jabs, and then hop hits hard at the end. Unbalanced.

Photo of HopsYeast
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours from a growler with a 1/4 finger white head that quickly fades and leaves a very minimal amount of lacing. Has a mostly clear Light golden color with the most subtle amount of cloudiness.

S-grapefruit, lemon grass, citrusy hops. Something in there is spivey but don't know if my mind is tricking me. Smells so clean and refreshing.

T-subtle notes of hops and citrus. This is day 2 with the growler so flavors may have faded a bit. But the taste Has that similar clean characteristic as the aroma. Very simple but complex as well.

M-perfect. This is so so so so easy drinking. Perfect carbonation for me and the body is medium.

O-what a great beer. I will buying more and more of this.

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 mikeburd1128
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can with no date poured into a Tired Hands pint glass. I know the beer was canned in the last 3 weeks or so. Just can't remember exactly when.

A - Airy two fingers of white head that recedes fairly quickly. Remnants stick around for a while though. Hazy gold in color.

S - Bright citrus, juicy melon, pine, grass. It's all there. I don't know how to describe it, but there's also this underlying mineral/metallic kind of smell to it. It takes the edge off the hops and smooths it out nicely.

T - This stuff is good. Same flavors as in the nose. Starts with the citrus then moves to the grassy/piney. Finishes so crisp and clean. Makes you want more.

M - Light bodied with higher carbonation. Very enjoyable.

O - I love this stuff. Easily the best Session IPA, Session Pale, or whatever you want to call it that I've ever had. Go To is pretty damn good too, but I think the sweetness of it almost gets in the way of things. Boat is simple. Not too hoppy where you get worn out but hoppy enough to keep things interesting over a session. Great beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Can design reminds me a bit of Sixpoint. Lightly tarnished brass-orange with a slight misty haze with a heavy, quick paced rise of micro-carbonation. Creamy-frothy sea-shell white head is a finger high with a lengthy rate of retention (several minutes). Good spongy ring lace circles.

S: Fresh wet burst of grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple juice fruitiness. Some soft flowery . grapefruit peel, wet citrus and very aroma forward.

T: Lightly tart grapefruit pulp flavor, good sense of bitterness for only 35 ibus. Flowery-orange and grassy pine bitterness is followed by a beautiful warmth of dry hops lingering on the tongue.

M: Crisp mouthful, very tight and tingly, bittering dry grain like feel, very smooth and malty slick consistency.

O: Overall a crazy amount of aroma, flavor hops, and malt depth for a 4.2%abv beer that only claims 35ibus, which drinks light years beyond. The alcohol feels alot bigger in perception, the hops are potent, american citrus flowery hops. Advertised as a session ipa, labeld a apa, this brings a ton of respect for the session <5%abv then most beers much bigger. The bitterness and flavor aspect is very strong and good, seemingly getting stronger as the drink goes on. Keg/case worthy, a session that drinks like a strongly hopped ipa. If this is a session, then im sold.

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 IDrinkGoodBeer
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had many session beers and one that blows me away every time is Boat. It gives you strong IPA flavor that keeps you coming back pint after pint or in my case, can after can. A must try and rivals some of the best like Day Time from Lagunitas and All Day from founders.

Photo of ItsMe
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured half the tall boy in a nonic pint and drank the other half from the can... Before cracking this open I had been drinking a couple of Mo's and was thinking this session ale wouldn't stand up.... Oh my Buddha was I wrong. This is the most flavorful and aromatic table brew I've ever had. I'm so taken back by how flavorful this is I can't write a proper review. Sorry Founders All Day...your spot in my fridge is reserved for this jersey girl.

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

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a beautifully hazy light yellow, with a one inch head, and ample lacing down the glass.

Smells great- grass, pine, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel.

There is just the tiniest hint of biscuity malt, but this has just an outstandingly impressive hop blast for a beer that's only 4.2% ABV. The best session IPA I've ever had, even if they don't quite call it that. Huge grapefruit flavor, with some spicy grassiness, a solid helping of lemon and orange, and dank pine resin. Absolutely delicious.

Light bodied, crisp and very spritzy mouthfeel, with high carbonation. As you can probably guess, this is very drinkable.

This is one of the most well-crafted beers I've ever had. It's the perfect combination of powerful flavor with a low ABV. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Futurepoop
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Doesn't get any better than this from a session beer. Incredibly flavorful.

Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got it at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is a very dull yellow. Hazy, with some foamy white head and a bit of lacing.

S. Strong wheat and malt scent.

T/M. It has a citrus hop with a bit of a sour, tart aftertaste. Smooth and very light bodied. Carbonated and refreshing. Fruity grape taste underneath.

O. Very good session beer. Nice and relaxing.

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pacific Standard, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is somewhat hazy light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of grapefruit in the nose along with notes of herbal hops and hints of pine resin. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the pine resin flavors are much stronger. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is extremely flavorful for such a light-bodied beer. If you like lots of hop flavors, it could be sessionable given the low alcohol content.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

A-cloudy yellow, nice carbonation with a two finger head.

S-Some citrus, not much grass and a tad bit of wheat.

T-Mild citrus and grass, some lemon and a tad bit of bitterness.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-A good easy drinking session ale

Photo of RayReed522
4.17/5  rDev +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 Sandalwood
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler - pours cloudy pale golden yellow with a foamy white head. The odor is strong, IPA, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, floral, grassy, bread like. The taste mild, bread like, herbal, grapefruit, passion fruit, honey, light bitterness throughout.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured an almost neon pale straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean grapefruit and grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of a sharp grapefruit hop, with a bitter rindiness at the finish. Clean, grainy pils (seemingly) malt thinned out the hops slightly. Full lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty, über hoppy session IPA.

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