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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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130 Reviews

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 1,105
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 31.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 193 | 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: 1,105
Photo of reds2harleys
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent session beer. Smooth and very easy to drink but with nice fullness and great flavor. Right there with All Day IPA as a beer when you want all the great qualities of craft beer without the higher ABV. Another fine brew from Carton.

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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 PVMT
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House on 10/20/15. Hazy off-yellow pour leads to a thick white head. Faint pine aroma leads to a similar flavor, bitter with a touch of breadiness. Very crisp and clean.

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Photo of That_Turtle
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Tight four-finger head slowly dissolved to a glass coating lace. Fruit and pine aroma lead a fruit forward taste followed by a dancing, peppery finish that lingers. That buzzy finish mesmerizes. Man, I love this beer.

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Photo of mabermud
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw colored body with a white puffy head.
Smell: Faded citrusy hops.
Taste: Faded citrusy and piney hops, with a sprinkling of dried grass.
Feel: Light and bubbly in my chomper. Higher level of carbonation.

Overall - Not bad for a SIPA. This is a nice morning beer, or a good summer time beer, mid-day, when it is over 100 degrees outside. Luckily it doesn't get over 100 degrees here...yet.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught in a pint glass. The color is a golden straw with a fairly thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing that disappeared quickly. The smell is strongly of grapefruit and hoppy pine. The taste follows the nose: tangy grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. It is a dank ale. For 4.2 ABV, it has a lot of flavor. It is as easy drinking as they come. Carton has come up with a winning formula: a truly tasty session ale. It drinks like a pale ale but has the complexity and flavor of an IPA.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Hoppy flavorful session ale but can only get it in growlers by me in North NJ unless I make trip to brewery to get a 4 pack of 16 oz cans which is its most useful packaging because of how crushable it is. Amazing hoppy citrusy flavor for only 4.4% ABV! Love Carton Brewery too.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pops of fresh grapefruit, dank hops, and pinesap. Lots of flavor from the hops and a Nellie toasted malt undertone. This one jeans to the bitter side the more you drink. Still easy going down and refreshing for a hop head.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a teku glass.

Hazy gold color with a finger of bone white froth that dissipated quickly, leaving minor lacing.

The aroma is fresh squeezed grapefruit and pine in a beautiful bouquet of hop goodness.

The flavor is BIG. More juicy grapefruit, bitter citrus pith, and piney hops that just keep punching you in the mouth. A pungent bitter finish that lingers just long enough for you to want to take another sip. This has all the flavor of most DIPA's but so damn drinkable at 4.2%.

I'm going to have to take a trip to NJ to secure some more. Well done, Carton.

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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 DSWeller
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can from trade.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Little to no lace.

Smells good with small amounts of citrus and earth

This is very refreshing. Easily drinkable and would love to have more access to this. I pick up small amounts of hops, malt, tropical fruit and minimal lingering aftertaste. It is a little dry.

Overall, this is a great session beer and I wish I could buy this regularly.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz Growler from Roger Wilco in Pennsauken, NJ poured in a tulip glass

Wonderful pop of citrus and dank hops on the nose. The taste follows with a big bang of lemony citrus notes up front. Some nice dank, slightly bitter, hops mid to back of the palate. The aftertaste reminds me a little of Founders All Day IPA.....slightly metallic/herbaceous.

This is one of the best, if not the best, session beers out. Crazy crushable. Killer summer beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Cloudy yellow, thick white head disappears quickly, little lace. Smell is grapefruit, a little grass. Taste is predominately grapefruit peel hops, more bitterness than the IBUs would indicate. Finish is dry with lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a tasty hop forward session IPA. Very good for the style.

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Photo of gniv
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers and I'm happy that I can get it relatively easily.

Even though it's called an APA, it's not really. I would say it's closer to the new-style east-coast IPAs. It's flavorful, dank, quite bitter, and smells divine. Unlike most IPAs though, it's only 4.2% alcohol, which is fantastic.

I subtracted half a point because it's a bit too bitter for a "session ale".

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Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At the Draught House with Matt and Jer celebrating my 39tb birthday...Appearance: slightly hazy, orange brown amber body that shows little effervescence...head is an off-white halo, mostly due to its draft status...Aroma: sharp, noticeable hops are balanced by doughy malts; light to little fruitiness; even less pinecone or resin--just a straightforward pale ale in its scent... Palate: thin, malt-forward mouthfeel; the buzz created by hops is short... medium-bodied overall... achieves the sessionable status... Taste: a prodigious experience, with the balanced hops offer citrus--grapefruit, lemon, some bitter elements--along with enough malt to keep the beer enjoyable... Overall: a solid accompaniment to chipotle BBQ wings, old bay seasoned fries and nachos... another strong Carton offering...

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice pale ale. Smell is incredibly fresh and hoppy. Taste is clean and juicy with a biy of a lemony flavor. Nice bitterness and good lacing. I could drink a few of these. yb

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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 leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a good amount of haze and a bit of sediment. 2 finger, fluffy white head leaves a moderate amount of spiderweb lacing behind.

Aroma is grapefruit and lemon. Some cut grass and mild must.

Lemon, grapefruit, and mild mango at the first sip. Some maltiness on the back end. Pine, black pepper, and resin.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. A bit dry. Some mild lingering bitterness.

A decent easy drinking beer. Hops are surprisingly prominent for a session beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale orange color with a frothy white head.

S - Bright citrus, pink grapefruit, light pungency with a little bit of spice, and grassy.

T - Follows the nose with bright citrus flavor, oranges, but mostly grapefruit, there's also some hints of spicy grapefruit rind, along with some grassiness on the back end with sweet citrus up front. Crisp and very refreshing.

M - To be expected, at 4.2% the body is on the thin side but it oats the mouth with a lot of earthy fruity goodness.

O - An IPA lovers beer that goes down super easy without going straight to the dome.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (Jun 2014):

Hoppy, Dry, Poundable

“Session” is all the rage right now; especially hoppy versions. Putting that aside, we’ve got a beer here that pours a pale, straw, hazy yellow color with a healthy head. Nose is very hoppy; gritty, raw, grassy, piney, resiny. Crisp, dry, seltzer-like, minerally, grapefruit rinds, unripe stone fruit, pithy, pine, crackery malts, and an herbal linger. There’s a lot going on here, and in a good way.. One of the better session beers currently on the market.

STYLE: Session Ale | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Monika1
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely my favorite beer, I even talk about it all the time. This session by Carton has everything I look for in a beer. This is my first time writing on Ba so you might not believe my 5 point rating, so let me explain. First the appearance is uniquely hazy for this type of beer (once a waitress brought me the wrong beer and I knew right away that it was not and boat beer). Secondly the aroma hits you with all kinds of beautiful hop scents, probably because it was dry hopped twice, then taste....it has all the hop flavor that you look for in an ipa but with out the heavy maltiness that might weigh down a beer with a higher alcohol content. This makes it a perfect beer especially if you want to have more than one. Obviously I am a hop head and boat beer appeals to me, but even if you are not a hop head try something from carton brewery. They have many unique delicious innovative beers I am sure everyone would find a beer they love by carton

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Photo of KSOZE
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For a "session" IPA, and a properly categorized one at 4.2% for a change, this is as good as it gets. Rating this based on the style that it purports to be, even though session IPAs don't have their own category. Stands on its own as an APA or a "session" IPA.

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Photo of Mikus
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last 4pk at the shop I visited in NJ (also 077XX) and assured that they were fresh, and had remained cold (per Carton's instructions). Will not find these otherwise, so I bought them up. No can dates, but they were fresh as daisies. Boat poured a gorgeous straw color with a small ring of white bubbles. Aromas included a slightly peppery yeast note, and dominant piney and earthy hops. A light nose, but more than I expected from other 'sessions'. Unique flavor profile. Kolsch yeast makes for an interesting counterpoint to the light peach and subtle pine notes of the hops. Light and refreshing, with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Clean beer here, to allow these subtle flavors to play off of each other as they do. Quest achieved, and Boat was a fine treasure for our NJ trip! Try this, it is NOT what you may be expecting!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste is nice for a session beer. I'm tasting Columbus hops? Some pineapple, onion, that garlicy flavor. Nice amount of smooth flavor for a session beer

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best sessions brews out there. . . Will be picking up several cases this summer at the brewery!!! So unique with the kolsch yeast and tons of hop flavors. I can't quite wrap my mind around how they managed to get this much hop flavor with so little og!

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