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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 336
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 22:18:34 | More by beerthulhu
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 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 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 Overlord


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

This is a kolsch! Wow, blurs the line between this style and an IPA.

Pours a light golden yellow with maybe a very faint deeper hue.

Smells like fresh cut grass, lemon rind (??), grapefruit, and a pleasing almost mineral zest. Smell is really, really nice with fresh crisp grapefruit just overflowing one's nostrils.

Taste is really quite nice. Fresh and appealing grapefruit that leans more towards the bitter rind side, more of that zesty lemon/mineral zest/bite, maybe a dash of kind of malt grain-i-ness that's kind of malt liquorish in character ... it's a well put together beer.

Mouthfeel is lively and well carbonated.

**thanks Joe!

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 19:38:08 | More by Overlord
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 RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ghostly gold with an eerie chill haze. Four fingers of rapidly dcaying white froth. Thin stretched lacing. I like it.

Strong assertive and inviting grapefruit aroma. Aggressive at arm's length.

Opening taste is a bit sugary sweet. Quickly engulfed by juicy citrus fruit, grapefruit and a bit of lemon.. Good bitter bite. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel, and that is exactly what's wanted here. This beer flows easy so keep it coming.

A tasty, easy drinking sessionable pale ale. Grab a growler for a hot summer day.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2012 03:44:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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 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 facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - honey/orangy colored body with lots of fluffy foamy head, nice sticky lacing

S - bitter hops galore! cascade/willamette? slightly floral hints

T - slightly bitter, earthy and hoppy, a bit tart from the kolsch yeast, citrusy from the hops

M - fluffy amounts of head stuck to my beard/moustache, nice and fizzy, a little on the dry side towards the end

O - this is a really good pale ale.. perfect taste, smell and mouthfeel.. slightly on the cloudy side which i am honestly fine with, but as a homebrewer always strive for clearer beer!

Updated review for their canned version (first batch). Have had it on tap, growler, at the brewery, and now in can form. Love this beer.

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 23:39:53 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of MDDMD


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, pine, citrus, slight floral, hint of yeast

T-bready malt, citrus, pine, floral, slight yeast funk, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-interesting beer, good flavors that have some suggestion of a Kolsch, enjoyable and easy drinking

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 02:56:01 | More by MDDMD
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 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 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 axeman9182

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on tap at the Cloverleaf, served in a standard pint glass.

Carton Boat pours a very hazy lemon yellow, with about a finger and a half of white foam sitting atop the beer. The head lazily makes its way down the glass, leaving plenty of nice lacing left behind. The nose is a wonderfully fruity citrus bomb. It's redolent of Amarillo hops, and surprisingly pungent. It actually took a little bit of effort for me to pull my nose out of the glass and get down to drinking. There's a bit of cracker malt sweetness leading things off, before all those hops from the nose come barreling through. All the grapefruit and mango promised by the nose is delivered, but the bit of bitterness that floats through mid-palate is just a touch oversized to me. The mouthfeel is nice, light bodied with a subtly bubbly carbonation. Carton's Boat is a very welcome addition to the local scene (especially at $5 a pint), as this mashup of a Kolsch and APA is a mostly successful one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 02:24:01 | More by axeman9182
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 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 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
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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.