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Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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


Added by Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 1,183
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lemon chiffon body, pith white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Peachy-apricot. Light tones of mint. White fleshed fruit. A tad spicy, lemongrass.

M: Smooth. Crisp. Light.

T: Lemon peel, grapefruit juice. Tangerine sweetness moderated with some grassy hops. Woodsy tartness. Too Light a feel for an APA, but dank citrus hops have an awesome 'mossy' flavor. Green, fresh and crisp. Everything works well together here.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can ninja’d to my mailbox by SammyJaxxx. According to the stamp on the bottom, this was canned on March 24, 2016.

Poured into an Iron Goat pint glass, this was a hazy, “lemonaid-y”, straw-like gold color, with a bone-white head that was creamy looking and pockmarked by bubbles on the surface.

Lightly floral and lemony citrus hop aroma, along with some grassy notes.

Light in the flavor department, but not to an unpleasant degree. It’s not something that seems “vacant” the way a lot of summer blond ales do. At 35 IBUs, there’s considerable hop flavor packed into something that has the same percentage of alcohol as a Bud Lite. What keeps me from scoring higher is that there’s also a sharp, astringent thing happening just after the tastebuds get their first bit of flavor and kind of dominates to the fadeout that if at a slightly higher level would be downright unpleasant. The malts contribute a modest backbone, not much else. Lightly dry at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a watery and slightly prickly mouthfeel.

If not for the sharp, astringent thing that sort of takes over, I’d really dig this as a warm weather beer. Certainly it’s a stepping stone away from bland blonde ales toward an ISA, a style I happen to dig in the right context. Maybe it’s an aberration, and I will try it again if able, but as this particular example stands, 16oz will be enough.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 03/24/2016.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 1-finger white head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is grassy with slight notes of lemon tartness.

The taste follows the nose. Subtle pine and grass followed by lemony citrus. The malt is very present, and provides a nice, sweet character to balance out the bitterness of the hops. Excellent balance.

The feel is light bodied with good carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very good session ale. This beer packs a lot of flavor in a light ABV and is just absurdly crushable.

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Photo of kthoag
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying - this is my favorite beer of all time. My "desert island" beer. Boat is eminently crushable - it finishes super dry and crisp but with boatloads of grapefruit and apricot hop flavor. The Kolsch yeast smooths everything out and makes for a much more memorable session ale than most "Session IPAs". I feel the same about Tree House Eureka's blonde undertones. Overall, Boat is really in a class of its own. As my definition of a go-to beer is somewhere in the 4-5% ABV range, this is the best of the best. Not really comparable to your barrel-aged whatevers, nor should it be. I genuinely could not see myself leaving the NJ/NY metropolitan area and not having regular access to this beer in my fridge. Boat is Home.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Joe Canal. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor while bready malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice appearance. Tan, pale straw yellow hazy hue with excellent foamy head. Great lacing.

Smell is pretty one dimensional. A little grassy, mild citrus.

Taste is similar to the smell. Grassy, citrusy lemon peel and slightly bitter backbone. Slight tang with the citrus.

Overall very crisp clean and refreshing. A session beer for a reason, no real complaints here.

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Photo of McGee666
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft in Philadelphia. Been hearing about Carton and I was excited to try one of their offerings. Pours very light with about a half finger of head that disappeared almost immediately. Not much in the aroma department (Faint grains and mild citrus)...but I really had to search. Taste followed suit, almost reminds me of drinking my dad's beer...not necessarily a bad thing if I were mowing the lawn or fishing (on a boat). The dryness is almost off-putting taking away any flavor this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can, pours a hazy yellow/orange/gold. A finger of dense white foam dissipates after a minute. Looks really nice. Smell is distinctly floral, with some lemon and cracker notes. As it warms, some ripe fruits. Taste follows, with a flowery flavor coupled with a sharp citrus tang and a little yeasty dough aftertaste. More lingering bitterness than I expected. Feel is on the lighter side, which fits with the low ABV, but verges into watery. Overall, a beer that looks and smells better than it tastes and feels. A very well-made beer though, super crushable, and one I would enjoy at a baseball game or party where my reviewing microscope isn't on it.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale frosty, cloudy straw color. Malty and yeasty. Some mild hops. Crisp and clean. Good for a flavorful beer without not too much ABV and heaviness.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, pale yellow with a little haze. Aroma features straw, orange rind & coriander. It does a good job of melding that slightly tangy Kolsch flavor with some tropical hops undertones. Crisp and cracker-like finish, a great example of the ubiquitous session trend.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- color is a murky tan, pours two fingers of fizzy head that settles into spotty lacing.
Smell- mildly grassy, hint of citrus
Taste-pretty grassy and earthy, little but of lemon peel, pretty bitter on the back end for a session beer.
Feel- light feel, nicely carbonated, finish is crisp and refreshing.
Overall-not something I would run to buy again but I definitely see the appeal as an alternative to a lager or wheat beer for sessioning.

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Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic finger’s worth of bright white foam, airy and openly knit so the retention is below average but pretty while it’s there, the lacing is slight and tends to slowly slide off. The liquid has that soft haze like drowsily staring at the sun, yellow rust hue, the bubbles are on the larger side and very broadly arrayed, no beads. Lots of snap in the angular nose, grapefruit pith, sea salt, sourdough bread crusts, pine cone and apricot pits, dry sort of florality, not dank or very leafy yet likewise outside of some cocoa powder not overtly malty either, it has a very breezy feel and just drifts off nonchalantly. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and its dryness verges on arch but in the final analysis has it just briskly erect. Carbonation is strong, not pushy. You get a fuller range of orange and lemon to white grapefruit citrus here, none of that sugary approach to this element though. Mild apple, apricot, white grape fruit. Stiffened further by unmown green grass and as much pepper as salt accents. That cocoa here gives it an Ovaltine finish that is more textural than flavorful. More personality than you normally get out of a self-described “session ale.”

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Photo of aderousseau
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I would say it's the standard for session IPAs. 35 IBUS at 4.2%. Really cool how this beer comes together with so much hop flavor. Carton, please add some states! Thanks from AR.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can in a tulip style pint glass.

It's a hazy straw color with a 1F white head. Said head tapers to some fluffy film and leaves spot and ring lacing. It's pale, the 3.5 SRM rating is spot on. Some bubbles, Looks good.

Pine, like the Jersey warm Summer walk in the woods kind of pine: sappy and freshly cut. There's citrus as in grapefruit and I'll give it a light touch of lemon also. Fresh moisture.

"Kolsch yeast and German malts" give it a light malt back flavor to compliment the grapefruit and pine.

The 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast without table sugar, but sweetened with pine resin. Yes, that feel.

As I took this beer today I looked up my review. To my surprise, I'd never reviewed it. I thoroughly enjot this beer and regard this and 21st's Down to Earth as my favorite session ales. It's so very good of a drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to SammyJaxxxx for this brew!

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Roosters True Pint glass a cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, very nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty (sweetness), with a very nice touch of citrus. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice APA. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of gopens44
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin fizzy white head, nice hazy yellow body. Nose was big time pine with wispy grass, which also proved to be the same for the taste. Pine, little grassy, touch of lemon peel and an almost tangy bitterness on exit. Mouth feel was predictably thin, plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of cookedw
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, little retention. Hoppier Pale ale, mostly of the piney variety, with a little lemon. Very thin, even for a session beer. Not feeling the style of this beer at all - with the season IPAs, you get a mouth full of flavor, but this just takes like a watery, slightly hoppier Pale. I mean, it might be good for the style, but what's the point? It needs some west coast style pizzazz.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -8.3%
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%
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 +10%
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 -2.9%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +1.2%
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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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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