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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 71
Gots: 48 | FT: 5
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:
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


(Beer added by: Citadel82 on 10-24-2011)
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

08-22-2014 16:26:55 | More by MrDave
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-22-2014 02:57:09 | More by Soto
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-21-2014 13:21:20 | More by SkiBum22
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-21-2014 02:59:52 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Hazy cloudy orange in color with a slight transparency, leaves about a two finger head at the top that goes away rather quickly and just leaves a ring around the top that turns into a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hints of grapefruit and lemon zest, some small notes of honey as well, the pine and resin come through as well.

T: Almost exactly like the nose lots of citrus and grapefruit up front, nice hop kick in the beginning, a slight spice as well, and a sweet backbone.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, slick, medium bodied.

O: Overall this is a great brew from Carton, this is a local brewery for me and proud that it comes from NJ, very well balanced beer and enjoyed it thoroughly. Great Flavors.

08-20-2014 16:39:20 | More by thedoubler55
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-20-2014 14:18:34 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance: very light yellow. Lightest APA I've seen
Smell: pleasant citrusy hops
Taste:,this is an amazing APA. I usually like a good malt base to balance out a strong hop flavor. In this case there less malt but the hops aren't over the top so they shine through in a perfect citrusy flavor.
Overall: this beer is total genius. Light, but hoppy, but not overpowering. Extremely refreshing and would pair well with a ton of foods. Fantastic anytime, but especially in the warm weather.

08-20-2014 01:24:04 | More by Ale_Dog
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Carton BOAT Session Ale
16oz can, no date

Pours a hazy yellow with a greenish tinge. No head to speak of really. Spotty lacing. (2.5)

Aroma is hoppy and lemony, with a slight “dank” note. Possibly Amarillo? American hops all the way. Nice. (4)

First impression is of huge bitterness stuff for a 4.2% ABV brew. Earthy hop notes contrast the strong grapefruit note. Tastes like straight pilsner malt, maybe some wheat. Very dry. Could use more body. Finish is bitter and a touch grainy. (3, 3)

Aroma was great, but in the end, the beer drinks a bit unbalanced with the heavy bitterness and lack of malt backbone, though I don’t dislike it. A very firm session ale. (3.25)

08-19-2014 22:30:39 | More by dasenebler
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2014 22:11:28 | More by tsp247
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-19-2014 02:38:27 | More by Kevincredible
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-18-2014 12:17:57 | More by SCanthony
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-18-2014 06:29:49 | More by facesnorth
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-18-2014 03:00:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-17-2014 20:58:42 | More by LopeJuice
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

08-17-2014 20:40:46 | More by Brihon
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4.96/5  rDev +21.6%

08-17-2014 02:45:01 | More by B_mac-153
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%

08-17-2014 01:42:08 | More by ConorGolden
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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%

08-16-2014 21:25:23 | More by NJB145
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-15-2014 16:41:47 | More by ToadiesForCody
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

08-15-2014 15:23:44 | More by DCLAguy11
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Pours a glowing, very hazy straw color with a finger of dense bright white head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. 4.25

S - Light citrusy/seedy hops, a nice touch of grain, minimal underlying sweetness. A bit faint. 3.75

T - Surprisingly bitter up front, kind of like a leafy bitter, packs a distinguished punch at the finish. Light lemon and grapefruit rind, some serious burnt wheat characteristics. Sweetness doesnt shine past the wet bitterness at all. Finish is wet piney bitter. 4.5

M - Lighter bodied, less carbonation than expected but it works really well with the relatively intense flavor profile. 4.25

O -Fantastic, powerful flavor profile relative to the body. This is a great session if you want something with big flavor! 4.25

08-14-2014 21:15:50 | More by MacQ32
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4.16/5  rDev +2%

Huge thanks to egrace84 for a can of this beer!

16oz tallboy can.

poured into SP Wine Stem.

Appearance: pale straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of tall white head that drops down to thin cap and spotty lacing.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus forward hops with a compliment of tropical fruits and stone fruits. Add in some bready malts in the back drop and you have a great smelling sessionable hoppy beer.

Taste: Mild bitterness. Starts with juicy grapefruit, bitter lemon zest, and sweet orange pulp, pineapples, slightly resinous pine needles, and a hint of chalk that actually adds some dryness to the beer. Really interesting dynamics here. Lots of flavor in this session ale. Hint of bready malts add just a touch of sweetness to balance the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation. Really drinkable beer.

Overall: Glad that I got to try this! I like boating and I can now confirm that I like Carton's boat beer. Next, I gotta drink this beer out on the fishing boat on a hot day! Love that this beer is canned. Carlton makes a good beer. Its a little hoppier than I would have expected a session beer to be, but its not overly bitter. No complaints here with a beer that has 35 IBU's.

08-14-2014 03:24:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.04/5  rDev -1%

08-14-2014 03:05:18 | More by AshlandNacho
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-13-2014 12:43:39 | More by TheSamKuehn
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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%

08-12-2014 01:20:28 | More by JasonL02
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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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