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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%

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:
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


(Beer added by: Citadel82 on 10-24-2011)
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Photo of plaid75

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 21:36:36 | More by plaid75
Photo of Omnium


4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Notes:
Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers

A - Cloudy yellow with one finger of white fizzy head, thing lacing
S - Fresh cut grass, lemon candy, light bread malt
T - A little light peppery spice, crisp grass pine and lemon zest flavor, crackery malt makes the base and pulls it all together.
M - Clean, crisp, light and fresh.
O - Excellent session ale, I was so stoked when I seen this was on the board at Ho1kB. Legit stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 12:46:14 | More by Omnium
Photo of mooseisloose


2.99/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boat. Simple as it gets. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy, I get a grapefruit hop waft, almost West Coast-like. But wait this is East coast. Pours to a bright slightly cloudy yellow with a bright white head. On the taste this brew has a good semi bitter hoppiness right off the bat. Very similar in taste to an ESB. Taste continues with a balanced middle then a semi bitter aftertaste. Not a bad brew. Simple as the name states, potentially a session brew as well as it packs good flavor for a 4.2% AC. For what it is it is decent and not at all offensive.

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 01:07:07 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of stakem


3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pounder can into a snifter. Thanks Steve for sharing this. It appears a pale hazed golden yellow color with a firm white cap.

The aroma is quite bold and hoppy: herbaceous with dank and grassy notes before getting fruity and pithy. Lots of hoppiness with a bit of wheat.

The tastr is bitter and mutually grassy and pithy. Some herbs and a very minor wheat-like grain touch to break things up and provide contrast.

This is a very light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times it feels a little watery but its to be expected I suppose. Overall easy drinking and something I could effortlessly put down as it gets warmer out.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 15:06:02 | More by stakem
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A-Sample from EBF. Pours hazy golden yellow.

S-Boat Beer is a vibrant, citrusy little brew. Lemon, orange and grassy hops. Also picking up some pine as well. I am impressed by the aroma, it's got plenty of pop.

T-After drinking huge beers all night, Boat Beer still manages to slap around my palate with some zesty hoppy flavors. Grassy and citrusy with some tropical fruit notes as well. A crisp grainy finish with a light, thin crackery malt.

M-Lively carbonation. Understated bitterness. Light bodied. Very, very sessionable. I would love to drink this from the can.

O/D-I have wanted to try this one for a while. It did not disappoint. I wish it was distributed in my area because I would buy these all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 22:16:36 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 22:18:34 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of jbaker67


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Small bubbly head fades rather quickly. Body is very hazy pale straw. Aroma is very dry hoppiness with accents of lemon skin, bitter dry greens, and mostly dry grapefruit. Flavor is a strong bitter grapefruit with a long bitter and dry finish. Malts are cracker and white bread. Perfectly in the background. The beer is super light and so easy to drink. The bitter aftertaste gives heft to the beer. Its really nice, just so easy to put down.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 22:30:58 | More by jbaker67
Photo of MDDMD


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, pine, citrus, slight floral, hint of yeast

T-bready malt, citrus, pine, floral, slight yeast funk, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-interesting beer, good flavors that have some suggestion of a Kolsch, enjoyable and easy drinking

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 02:56:01 | More by MDDMD
Photo of smitty23


4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 23:30:46 | More by smitty23
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I give this beer a 4.5 for being a flavorful, true session APA with plenty of bite, bitter, and complexity. If I had to drink beer all day long, this would be for me.

A: Pours a very hazy light blonde with a trace of visible carbonation. It pours into a tulip with a finger of head and leaves lots of dotty lacing.
S: Plentiful aromas of grapefruit, herbal hops and pine resin, stronger as the beer warms. Pleasantly hoppy.
T: The taste follows the smell but the pine resin kicks in stronger and longer. More complexity and a good finish of bitterness. A nice sweet malt underlayer, but hops win the show.
M: It is light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Extremely flavorful. This is the hop heads session beer, beats Bitter American which is a close 2nd, but entirely different character.

Visit the Carton brewery when near 07716.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 00:23:42 | More by Act25
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little into a glass just to see the bod. Pours a clear bright yellow with a white film of head. Smells of moss, grapefruit, mild sweet honey. Tastes of grapefruit, wet grass, hop bitterness jumps in and beats up the palate, and the beer finished mostly clean with light sweetness lingering. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A great, easy-drinking beer. A go-to for all occasions.

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 00:44:44 | More by JRed
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unfiltered yellowy golden color, decent white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Grapefruit hops upfront, with some pine and herbal in the back

Taste: Very hoppy, again with the grapefruit being the most prominent, then the pine and herbal. Then some bitterness. Not too much, the right amount for the hop blast. Then there is some malt in the back, but not too much. Enough to support the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: This is a fantastic brew. I love it, and I think most who try it would. I, however, am unsure if it supports the price. I will have to evaluate further, and compare to similar brews. This is by far the hoppiest APA I've had.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 03:13:28 | More by MadCat
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe!). Served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, half-inch bright white head that dissipates into a soapy froth. Tropical fruits and grapefruit notes are evident off the pop. Once in the glass, there's a hint of pine, followed by a slight yeast presence and some cereal grains; however, the fruit character drops off a bit. Taste is not as bright as the nose - citrus, noble hops and light, toasted malts, with some residual bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and mild acidity. Overall, a great session APA, although I have to say that I enjoyed this on draft a little bit more.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 00:03:02 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy straw yellow with a slightly orange tint. Off white head quickly fades out to a thin collar. Scent of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit.

First impression is that themuthfeel is a bit fizzy approaching seltzer. Taste begins with a bready sweetness and turns bitter with a nice floral and citrus flavor. Finishes with a bitter hop bite. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Good for a hot summer day and enjoying a few. I like the move by some breweries to offer lower alcohol beers that are full on flavor, but they can be difficult to make with less to hide behind.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 21:05:56 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Rifugium


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Carton

Hazy golden-yellow pour with a small bubbly head that fizzled down to a ringlet, leaving a few specks of lacing on the glass. Pretty surprising blast of hops in the nose, citrusy, piney, crisp. For a 4.2% brew, this really had a lot of flavor, and the hop profile almost pushed it into IPA territory IMO. Citrus pith, lemon and orange, pine needles, floral notes, crisp bitterness that didn't turn foul in the aftertaste. Body was light-medium, mouthfeel was snappy and dry, carbonation was moderate. Simple and flavorful. I could see this being an everyday beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 11:39:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of corby112


2.76/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy and bright golden banana yellow color with a half finger white head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.  Looks more like a Berliner than a pale ale and the lack of retention/lacing hurts the appearance.

Subtle floral hop aroma with faint zesty spice and a pale malt backbone. A touch or citrus along with grass and pine needle followed by biscuit, bread and some light fruit.  

Medium body wih tight carbonation and a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the pale malts into a dry finish.  Bitter and spicy with grassy hops and pine needle along with pepper and corianders.  This is countered by a pale malt backbone with hints of bread yeast, biscuit and light fruit.  Kind of tame and flavors seem a bit off to me.  Feels more like a Belgian golden/pale ale with zesty spice and bland hop character.  A lot of people who's palates I trust really like this beer so I'd like to give it another try at some point but my first impression isn't a very good one.  

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 03:04:49 | More by corby112
Photo of Super_Six_Two

New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boat is the perfect session ale. It packs the aroma and flavor of an IPA into a 4.2% abv package. Now being available in cans, it is clearly my go to beer.

It has a hoppy, grapefruit aroma. It has a clean mouthfeel with a blast of hops going down your throat. Just a great overall beer.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 03:32:04 | More by Super_Six_Two
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to SammyJaxxxx for sending this over. Enjoyed out of a 16 oz tallboy can with no dating to be found. I received a few cans, so I was able to try it out of the can and a glass. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler when I used a glass.

Appearance - Lemon-straw yellow body with a slight bit of orange tint to it and a little bit of haze. Atop the body is a pillowy foam of two fingers, reminiscent of meringue. Pretty active head, with large bubbles bursting to form a frothy cobweb like mass as it dissipates. Lacing is light and pretty nonexistent. Carbonation is noticeable, with bubble trails rising up through the liquid.

Smell - Bright citrus, with pungent herbal and resinous overtones to compliment lots of grapefruit and lemon zest. Some faint cracker-like grain element, presumably from the pale malts.

Taste - Picks up where the smell left off, with light resin and citrus zest, as well as red grapefruit and clean notes of biscuit and pale malt. Light, barely present bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish with a hint of bitterness and some juicy qualities.

Overall, a fantastic pale ale in its own right, especially if you like your pale ales on the juicy, citrusy side. When you factor in that it's only 4.2% abv, it becomes even better--"boat beer" is a fitting name because this seems like the perfect beer to bring out on the boat to relax.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 06:53:44 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Givemebeer


4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can to a pint glass

A: not too pretty. A hazy straw golden color with a tiny head and not much lacing. I'd bet the color is from the kolsch yeast mixed with the German malts

S: grapefruit up front for sure.

T: yep, grapefruit and a touch of pear. Little bit piney. The wonderful full flavor does not linger too long as it all comes together for a refreshing clean finish

M: pretty light bodied but it has some substance

O: if this were more readily available it would be my go to session ale. I much prefer this to the popular all day ipa from founders. With the cult following Kane has in nj Carton deserves almost as much love as they are not too far behind.

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 23:10:32 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of haley744

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible beer. I've always been one for the american pale ale, and now their is a suitable replacement to my lifetime love of sierra nevada pale ale. At first it looks like a cloudy, golden, bluemoonish swill, but my mind is completely switched away from the look of the beer centimeters before i press the glass against my lips. The aroma punches your nostrils with pine and citrus. The taste... completely refreshing and hoppy. I'm just happy to have this at my local watering hole

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 20:32:58 | More by haley744
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a murky canal looking golden brown. I really am at a loss at the appearance of this beer, it's odd, Boat Beer? how about canal water. That said the citrus, pine aroma is mouth watering. The mouthfeel is spot on. The taste....well this stuff rocks! what an amazing, grapefruit, assorted citrus, pine blast of hoppiness. I would buy this stuff anytime it is available. Really just an awesome beer.

Bottom Line: This pond water is amazing!this beer can run with the big boys.

Serving type: can

09-25-2013 22:39:22 | More by themind
Photo of Gsantollo

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not one for typing a lot of words or even writing reviews, especially when it comes to going out of my way to make a profile on a site yada yada yada.... Some history I have been drinking craft beer since I've been 21, my buddy worked in the beer department at whole foods and would always tell me what beers to check out. But I never considered myself a beer snob/nerd to warrant making a profile on beer advocate or even checking out the page (sorry its the truth)

When Carton first showed it's face in my town about two years ago I was immediately impressed. At that time I didn't even own a growler I never needed one. I have enjoyed watching them grow over the passed years and looked forward to their beer one day being in cans.
This past month they made that Happen with their boat beer. I always enjoyed boat beer but it was never my first pick I would always go home with a Sally of something else. Never the less I was really excited to purchase my two case limit and get to drinking. So glad I did, Boat out of a can is simply amazing, it has become my favorite beer hands down. I wouldn't just be saying that I have a steady supply of heady topper, but this takes the cake. BOAT IS KING, the cans themselves are really awesome as well... When they are available don't hesitate head over and grab them, but expect to be standing in line right behind me.

Serving type: can

09-16-2013 21:34:09 | More by Gsantollo
Photo of IDrinkGoodBeer

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 14:12:36 | More by IDrinkGoodBeer
Photo of BlackDog

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Boat Beer pours a somewhat hazy light golden-orange. There's a large white head with very good retention and great lacing.

The aroma is that of citrus hops and grapefruit. You don't expect this much aroma from a session, but you're glad you get it.

To call this a session IPA is accurate, but maybe a little deceiving. Boat is actually made with a kolsch yeast to make it crisp and refreshing, but the large amount of hops to give the beer flavor make it lean toward IPA. Whatever it is, it's great, with tastes of grapefruit and some pine.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and refreshing, with a touch of bitterness that stays around for a little in the aftertaste. At 4.2% ABV, it'll be easy to drink a few growlers (remember, Boat isn't canned or bottled yet) of this by the pool this summer.

A great beer from a great brewery, probably the best in Jersey. Once they start canning and growing a bit, watch out, world.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 14:59:39 | More by BlackDog
Photo of jerrytodd

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had this brew on tap at One Mile House.

A: Very light colored with appealing frothy white head

S: PINE! With a mild peach undertone, aroma was superb.

T: Pine with smooth peach hoppy flavor. I wish there was just a bit more malt as it was fairly thin, but I guess that's the point of the "boat" brew...

M: As mentioned, I'd have liked a touch more here

O: Enjoyable, I'd certainly order this again without hesitation

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 15:45:19 | More by jerrytodd
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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.