Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 132
Gots: 166 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a cloudy golden with thin white head with fine bead and ringlets of lace stick.The smell is great with lots of floral hop aromas with mild citrus zest and slight tropical fruit in the nose. The feel is decent with tangy semi-dry and pretty bitter texture with low sweetness and semi-dry finish with moderately high carbonation and moderately bitter finish.

The taste iis tangy with lemony hop element and subtle acicidty in the taste with mild citrus golden grapefruit-like punch with somewhat herbal hop quality and grassy aspect with a light astringency level and dry finish. Overall this is better than most beers of this style but I would not want to drink more than 1 in a sitting a bit too assertive bitterness wise for the abv -pushed to the extreme in a way I am not fond of especially.

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Shannon Rose, Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours hazed lemondrop yellow with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The aroma is of robust citrus - grapefruit, orange, tangerine.

The taste is hop-forward - citric, but a firm pale malt backbone balances it. Finishes with a refreshing citric dryness.

It is creamy smooth. It has a fuller body for a lower abv beer.

A well-hopped citric delight!

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at Whole Foods in Yonkers NY

Pours heavily clouded dull and yellow straw in color. Delicate off white head, leaves nice looking high, delicate scattered fields of lacing.

Fruity nose, with melon, grapefruit and some honey.

Brightly fruity and flavorful ale, more grapefruit, nice tropical fruit characteristics.

First brew I've tried from Carton and I'm impressed. Hope to see cans available in my area.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack at Collier's in Cape May. The 16oz can poured pale with a slight haze and a short white head, it looks like witbier without the yeast mixed in. The aroma is spicy with big juicy hops The body is dry with a biting cracked pepper finish—so very drinkable and satisfying to a hop head. There are mild floral and fruit notes that slip into citrus rind. Overall, a great session beer, but be ready for dry hoppy goodness on par with an extra bitter saison.

Photo of corby112
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
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.  

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Can design reminds me a bit of Sixpoint. Lightly tarnished brass-orange with a slight misty haze with a heavy, quick paced rise of micro-carbonation. Creamy-frothy sea-shell white head is a finger high with a lengthy rate of retention (several minutes). Good spongy ring lace circles.

S: Fresh wet burst of grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple juice fruitiness. Some soft flowery . grapefruit peel, wet citrus and very aroma forward.

T: Lightly tart grapefruit pulp flavor, good sense of bitterness for only 35 ibus. Flowery-orange and grassy pine bitterness is followed by a beautiful warmth of dry hops lingering on the tongue.

M: Crisp mouthful, very tight and tingly, bittering dry grain like feel, very smooth and malty slick consistency.

O: Overall a crazy amount of aroma, flavor hops, and malt depth for a 4.2%abv beer that only claims 35ibus, which drinks light years beyond. The alcohol feels alot bigger in perception, the hops are potent, american citrus flowery hops. Advertised as a session ipa, labeld a apa, this brings a ton of respect for the session <5%abv then most beers much bigger. The bitterness and flavor aspect is very strong and good, seemingly getting stronger as the drink goes on. Keg/case worthy, a session that drinks like a strongly hopped ipa. If this is a session, then im sold.

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a haze pale golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose is extremely hoppy, tons of citra hops with a grapefruit and tropical punch and light pale notes. Taste is a clean blast of citra with a stronger grain presence. This has quite a strong hop punch, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, Well carbonated and fairly dry with a moderate bitterness through the finish.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light, crisp, juicy. One of the better pale/session ipas out there.

Photo of jbaker67
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a beautifully hazy light yellow, with a one inch head, and ample lacing down the glass.

Smells great- grass, pine, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel.

There is just the tiniest hint of biscuity malt, but this has just an outstandingly impressive hop blast for a beer that's only 4.2% ABV. The best session IPA I've ever had, even if they don't quite call it that. Huge grapefruit flavor, with some spicy grassiness, a solid helping of lemon and orange, and dank pine resin. Absolutely delicious.

Light bodied, crisp and very spritzy mouthfeel, with high carbonation. As you can probably guess, this is very drinkable.

This is one of the most well-crafted beers I've ever had. It's the perfect combination of powerful flavor with a low ABV. I could drink this all day.

Photo of mltobin
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very hazy light golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Very bright citrus aroma springs from the glass with some resinous pine notes.

T- Fruity and moderately bitter at first but halfway through it washes away to the weak finish I'm accustomed to with session IPAs. Still, it's quite tasty and of course very drinkable. Light notes of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon and the bitterness does end up lingering for a bit after multiple sips are taken.

M- Crisp and very refreshing with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Though it has me wanting more overall flavor just like with other session IPAs, this one certainly beats out most of the others I've had. If I lived in NJ, I would happily buy this for any outdoor activity.

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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