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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Boat BeerBoat Beer

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130 Reviews

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 1,102
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 154
Gots: 194 | FT: 19
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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Reviews: 130 | Hads: 1,102
Photo of corby112
2.79/5  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.  

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of ShowerBeers
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Doesn't smell like much, doesn't taste like much. I guess it's okay if you want something sort of watery on a hot day, but there's much more flavorful beers to be had in the "session beer" arena.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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)

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: minimal head, pale yellow, a bit hazy
S: nice citrus hopp bitterness, subtle undertones of dankness
T: decent piney hop bitterness and a dash of citrus
M: tad oily not necessarily in a bad way
O: for a session ale it is very good, it is a very full flavored beer, that being said if I had to choose between SNPA or this 4 times out of 5 i'd take the SNPA, but it is a decent beer

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Manhattan Ginger Man.

A: Clear straw body with a persistent cap of fine, creamy white foam. Nice.

S: Vibrant, hoppy aroma. Quite herbal, a little piney, and backed up with some bitter, chalky minerality. Very good indeed.

T: Spicy, herbal hops up front, but the flavors die into muddled bitterness midway through. Clean, slightly citric finish and a purely bitter aftertaste. Pretty average.

M: Light, creamy, slightly spiky.

O: Great aroma, mediocre taste, but overall above average - especially given the relatively low ABV.


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Photo of JRed
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikerri6
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

We loved this beer during our first pint. Then during our second pint, we discovered that it's so dry and so citrusy that it was making us pucker. We didn't want to keep drinking it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of alchemist32
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They have this beer on tap at Trinity restaurant in Keyport, NJ. It pours a fizzy yellow color with minimal head, leaving behind faint lacing on the glass, its arromatics are comprised of a yeast and citrus undertones, its mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated but it does not hurt the complex subtle flavors of this excellent session beer.

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a hazy yellow color. The aroma is reminiscent of the malt profile in kolsch beer. The taste is very similar to a kolsch but with added bitterness and hop taste that lingers on the palate.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very different "amaerican pale ale." Pours a hazy yellow, lemonade looking color with little head from the keg.

Smell is great, citrus hops and lemony. Taste is fizzy, carbonated...grapefruit and citrus hops, lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel is complex, and unique. Light ale that washes down clean. Lot of carbonation too.

Overall, worthy of a try due to its uniqueness.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

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

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Photo of countrocula
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy yellow the hue of banana Laffy Taffy. One fat finger dense head. Head subsides to a meniscus cover for the life of the brew, never revealing any holes or becoming spotty.

Smell is lightly hoppy, with a scant bit of pine and grapefruit. This serve is not optimal as I smell glass cleaner mostly.

Taste is sharply bitter. Grapefruit rind bitter. Touch of hop bitterness too.

Mouthfeel is consistent and pure silk. The bitterness obviously induces saliva production but not so much so that you've got that slimy finish.

Overall, the low abv makes this the most poundable beer I've ever had in my life. Close to Kane OverHead in that regard

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Photo of Jonada
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy looking pale yellow color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipated to a thin ring. Body is lightly hazy, but mostly clear.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, peach, clean malt, pine and a hint of honey.

Taste: Medium strong bitterness, grapefruit, light tropical notes and a very slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a long lingering bitterness.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. Kind of straddles the line between a pale ale and session IPA, so if that sounds like you're thing, then you should check this one out.

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Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Tongorad for this much looked forward to brew. Poured into shaker pint glass (Bale Breaker branded, if you're curious). Poured a cloudy yellow color with about 1.3 inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The olfactory aspect was highlighted by a bright, lemony hop scent, with a nice grassy malt backbone. Pretty similar story on the tongue, a big blast of hops, lots of citrus, some nicely counter-balancing malts, all tied together with a nicely dry finish.

The body was just a bit on the light side of medium, which would be a good thing for an all-day drinker of a beer. Drinkability was excellent, the beer was gone far too quickly, leaving me wanting more. Overall, a very fine beer. A must try, and one worthy of repeated drinks.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice session APA. Not bursting with nose or taste, but you can only expect so much from this style. Very drinkable, good carbonation, refreshing. Would drink anytime.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Joe for the growler.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow color with thin white head. Nose is hoppy, light, and bright with a nice boquet of fruity/grassy hops. Flavor is also hop focused with a grassy, cascade like hop flavor and moderate-heavy bitterness. Bitterness seems a bit overdone because of the thin body. Finish has a subtle, fruity like sweetness.

Finish is dry and thin with a fittingly low carbonation. This beer is extremely drinkable and well made. Besides this beer and some pale ales I've homebrewed, there isn't much else like it. I'd like to see more.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from trade as an extra. Thanks! Pours hazy yellow with a tiny fizzy head that disappears quickly. Fresh lemon peel and onion hop aroma and very light pale malts. Flavor is light pale malts with a nice sweet citrusy hop character, some hay. Some juiciness. Pretty flavorful. Ther German influence is definitely there and it is almost like a super ultra hopped up pils, but finishes extremely clean. Light plus bodied with medium plus carbonation. Lost a couple points on appearance but this is good stuff.

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Photo of Zonk
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 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."

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.