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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 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 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 woosterbill


3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 00:43:38 | More by woosterbill
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 23:52:11 | More by KTCamm
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 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 devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 20:40:27 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of alchemist32

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 22:24:26 | More by alchemist32
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 jeffthecheff


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2012 06:11:50 | More by jeffthecheff
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 countrocula

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 00:18:57 | More by countrocula
Photo of robwestcott


3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to Ed5388 for grabbing this one for me. poured cold from the growler a crisp, clean sunlight yellow to a shaped sun king pint glass with a short lasting 1/2 finger white head

subtle aroma of grassy hops.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, big hops all over the palate, grassy, bitter bite all the way down. super drinkable @ 4.3.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2013 23:44:20 | More by robwestcott
Photo of mltobin


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Jimmy`s in NYC.

Appearance is yellow, slightly orange with a bright white head. Its` nose is pine, hops and citrus. The taste of the boat ale is easy, sweet, a good dose of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, a bit dry in the finish. First time trying anything from Carton, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 23:47:58 | More by mltobin
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy lemonade color; the modest head leaves a few spots behind

Smell: Fkoral, lemony and resinous

Taste: A hint of biscuity malt and then the lemony hops arrive; the middle is resinous and slightly piney and the finish was dry, with a hint of lemon on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice session IPA; very refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 17:16:10 | More by brentk56
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 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 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 9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Main Street Bar and Grill in Little Falls a few days after their NJ Craft Beer Fest.

Golden hazy yellow body with a white head that fades into a ring around the glass. Looks quite carbonated. It leaves nice lacing as well.

Very citrusy and piney hops. Some sweetness comes in. It's a nice pleasant smell.

The taste is all about the hops. Citrus, grapefruit and pine -- almost a tangerine like citrus sour. Barely any noticeable malt mostly hops are the main focus.

Carbonation is medium with a light body. Easy to go down. No complaints here.

This is a tasty IPA -- well that's what I thought I was having. A Kolsch, really? I have had tried some Kolsch style beers and it didn't even come close to tasting like this. Quite shocked to say the least and whatever it is, it's tasty.

Originally reviewed on:

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 08:22:36 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of Ry_Swell_Guy

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super tasty beer for being such a low ABV. Still has great hoppyness and it is super crisp. One of my new favorite summer session beers. The smell is great! It has this, very aromatic quality to it. Carton has made another masterpiece. Good work boys! One of my top APA's. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 19:26:42 | More by Ry_Swell_Guy
Photo of Hopprof


4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was served in a chilled Dos Equis pint glass at the Firewaters in the basement of the Tropicana on the AC Boardwalk. Not exactly the most optimal verssel in which to present this beer, but despite this, I really enjoyed the beer.it is lighter in complexion than most IPA's, but it comes off with a most agreeable, citrusy mouthfeel. A solid white head maintains throughout sippery. An exceptional hop profile lingers after every sip. A very good beer. Nice to find in such a beer wasteland asAtlantic City.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 18:38:54 | More by Hopprof
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow witbier-eque body with lots of sticky lacing and a nice soapy white head.

Definitely smells of Cascade hops. Grapefruit explosion. Very citrusy and full of aroma. I hoped the taste would live up to the aroma and IT DID!! Tastes like a heavily hopped APA. Smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking. Mouthfeel needs some work since it's a bit thin, soapy, and undercarbonated, but the flavor character of this low abv beer rivals that of higher abv examples.

This is certainly a beer that will convince you that you can brew a complex beer without all of the extra alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 15:38:10 | More by aficionado
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2012 03:03:59 | More by Amalak
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at gusto grill in old bridge

Pale yellow with nice lacing. Nice citrus hop aromatics.

First sip surprisingly choppy. Thought it was an ipa before I read sstyle here. Citrus flavor dominates and this finishes extremely dry. A very nice surprise but don't think it matches apartment style. Good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 23:50:39 | More by FickleBeast
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.