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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 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 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 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 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
Photo of dar482

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in a slightly hazy yellow color. A light colored pale ale.

The aroma is very hoppy. Lots of tangerine, orange, a bit of pine, but not spot on the fruits, but hops that imitate that fruit.

The flavor follows with that citrus flavored hops, but also with a good amount of spiciness, slightly herbal. The beer finishes slightly dry with a grainy malt backbone. It's a light malt that this beer has.

It's very refreshing. The beer reminds me a lot of Southern Tier Live or Bitter American. A very light malt pale ale with tons of citrus hops.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 06:46:40 | More by dar482
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 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 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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy light yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon yellow + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light hints of grainy malts underneath strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and some lighter aromas of pine/resin and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are some light notes of grainy malts that are quickly overtaken by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops. Then there are some lighter notes of herbal and pine/resin hops. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a slight hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall the flavors and smells of this beer intensify as it warms up, there is a really pleasant hop profile to this beer that I find really enjoyable. This one is quite easy to drink and I will be gladly having it again the next time I come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 22:02:31 | More by dbrauneis
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 ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

The core of the body is dull orange with golden yellow though the outer regions. A foamy paper white cap recedes slowly, leaving some huge chunks of lace on the glass.

Bright hops greet your nose as you lean in. Grapefruit, flowers, herbs, with some fresh pine needles. A light bed of pale malt holds firm, but allows the hops to do their thing.

White grapefruit and pine needles up front with light malt through the middle. The finish is a sweep of citric and pine bitterness with a touch of floral/herbal sweetness. A nice hop punch with a mild bitterness.

Light body and smooth. Creamy feel with perfect carbonation levels.

This might be my new favorite session beer. Nicely hopped without hitting you over the head. Just plain smooth and easy to put back while delivering that hop punch you seek.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 19:38:34 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ.

Described by the bartender as a "fractional IPA, it's lower in alcohol so you can have several." I'm sold.

Hazy, orange/golden color with a nice white head. Everything about the appearance says witbier. Good head retention and some lacing on the glass. However, any thoughts of this being witbier-esque were thrown out the window as soon as the aroma hits your nose. Fresh hops loaded with pine scream IPA and the flavor followed suit. Nice balance considering the low alcohol and strong hop presence.

This is a unique and refreshing beer, and my first from Carton Brewing. Thumbs up for creativity and following through in executing a full-bodied, sessionable beer. Eager to try more from them.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 16:31:21 | More by Jacobob10
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 metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 01:13:11 | More by metter98
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 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 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 mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/21/12 notes. Was very happy to see that my favorite bar back home in NJ, The Mad Hatter in Sea Bright, had this on tap. I've only had 077XX from Carton and liked it a lot, so happy to try more of their beers.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one finger of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruits, pine hops, and fruity malts. Loads of citrus hops, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, lemon, grapefurits, pein hops, fruit malts, light floral hops. Taste has some light bitterness. Nose is a little hoppier but the taste is really nice too.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Has a smooth body and some light bitterness.

o - Overall my second beer from Carton and another winner. A very hoppy, but easy to drink APA bordering IPA, and lots of nice citrus hops and orange. While I think I prefer 077XX to this, this might be a little easier to have a few of, and I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 17:13:22 | More by mdfb79
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah the Boat Beer... My favorite thus far (although the fermenter samples of Red Rye that I tried a couple of months ago were great!) from the boys at Carton Brewing. I know some were calling this beer a Kolsch simply because it uses Kolsch yeast, but this beer is simply not a Kolsch. I categorize it more as an extremely hoppy blond. In speaking with Augie and Jesse from Carton, they refer to it as an extra hoppy pale ale. I've had this beer 6+ times at various locations, various freshness levels, etc. This review is for Boat "at it's peak" which is simply awesome!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a small 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and nice lace.

Smell: Loads of citra and centennial hops deliver notes of grapefruit and unsweetened pineapple. The malt profile is minimal, but I'd categorize it as bready if anything.

Taste: Same as the nose with a firm bitterness. Plenty of IBU's shining through this small brew.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: Super drinkable and very hoppy. Nuff said.

Probably my favorite NJ beer and definitely my favorite NJ beer under 5% abv. Kudos to Carton Brewing!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 11:40:12 | More by koopa
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 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
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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.