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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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120 Reviews
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Reviews: 120
Hads: 1,052
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 141
Gots: 175 | FT: 21
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: 120 | Hads: 1,052
Photo of guityler83
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright white and pillowy foam with long lasting retention. Golden yellow color with mild haze. No alcohol legs, just a clean spider web lacing when swirled. The appearance reminds me of a Kolsch.

S: Moderate mango, papya and grapefruit hop aroma. Light toasty and cracker like malt aroma. Pine and musty dank hops that make it very appealing overall.

T: A firm moderate bitterness hits the back of the throat with grapefruit and citrus fruit. The middle comes through with a moderate munich (bready, grainy) character along with pine hop flavor. The finish has a nice malty finish along with more balanced mango hop flavor. The balance is on the hops, but the overall impression is the beer is very well balanced.

M: Carbonation is on the medium-high side and the body is moderate. Clean finish with a slight grainy character that leaves you with a rough sensation on the tongue.

O: Great beer. The balance between the malt and hop character was spot on for my preference, the use of Munich made it interesting and the firm bitterness is something I don’t usually find in the session-IPA category. (1,107 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (393 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders All Day used to be my "session" beer, but Boat kills it in every way imaginable. It has the crisp bite of All Day, but while AD kind of falls off after the initial flavor- Boat finishes so clean, you'll swear you're drinking a much higher ABV brew. Simply outstanding offering from Carton. (303 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dank hops with a balance of citrus and bitter pine. Piney and grassy nose. Huge flavor. Thinness and ABV are welcome here. Great flavor at drinkable level. (155 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got six beers to review from this brewery. This one is the first. Here goes:

A: Pale, hazy, gold color. Can't really see through the beer owing to the haze - it's a rather murky brew. However, the beer pours a great head that leaves a lot of lacing. Overall, pretty good.

S: Rather good. Very floral and herby - almost like a bouquet of flowers. Also contains a lots of tropical flavors such as grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Overall a very good brew smell-wise.

T: Follows the nose, which is a good thing. Hardly any malt. Taste is comprised of flowers, herbal spice, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Overall, quite good.

F: Actually not very light-bodied despite the low alcohol level. Nice and full-bodied.

O: Very good beer. This one's a keep. Bought a four-pack at the brewery after tasting it. (833 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler - pours cloudy pale golden yellow with a foamy white head. The odor is strong, IPA, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, floral, grassy, bread like. The taste mild, bread like, herbal, grapefruit, passion fruit, honey, light bitterness throughout. (273 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice session APA. Not bursting with nose or taste, but you can only expect so much from this style. Very drinkable, good carbonation, refreshing. Would drink anytime. (166 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy looking pale yellow color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipated to a thin ring. Body is lightly hazy, but mostly clear.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, peach, clean malt, pine and a hint of honey.

Taste: Medium strong bitterness, grapefruit, light tropical notes and a very slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a long lingering bitterness.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. Kind of straddles the line between a pale ale and session IPA, so if that sounds like you're thing, then you should check this one out. (643 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -27.2%

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. (196 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

A-cloudy yellow, nice carbonation with a two finger head.

S-Some citrus, not much grass and a tad bit of wheat.

T-Mild citrus and grass, some lemon and a tad bit of bitterness.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-A good easy drinking session ale (261 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Hazy cloudy orange in color with a slight transparency, leaves about a two finger head at the top that goes away rather quickly and just leaves a ring around the top that turns into a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Hints of grapefruit and lemon zest, some small notes of honey as well, the pine and resin come through as well.

T: Almost exactly like the nose lots of citrus and grapefruit up front, nice hop kick in the beginning, a slight spice as well, and a sweet backbone.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, slick, medium bodied.

O: Overall this is a great brew from Carton, this is a local brewery for me and proud that it comes from NJ, very well balanced beer and enjoyed it thoroughly. Great Flavors. (719 characters)

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance: very light yellow. Lightest APA I've seen
Smell: pleasant citrusy hops
Taste:,this is an amazing APA. I usually like a good malt base to balance out a strong hop flavor. In this case there less malt but the hops aren't over the top so they shine through in a perfect citrusy flavor.
Overall: this beer is total genius. Light, but hoppy, but not overpowering. Extremely refreshing and would pair well with a ton of foods. Fantastic anytime, but especially in the warm weather. (488 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

8.19.14
Carton BOAT Session Ale
16oz can, no date

Pours a hazy yellow with a greenish tinge. No head to speak of really. Spotty lacing. (2.5)

Aroma is hoppy and lemony, with a slight “dank” note. Possibly Amarillo? American hops all the way. Nice. (4)

First impression is of huge bitterness stuff for a 4.2% ABV brew. Earthy hop notes contrast the strong grapefruit note. Tastes like straight pilsner malt, maybe some wheat. Very dry. Could use more body. Finish is bitter and a touch grainy. (3, 3)

Aroma was great, but in the end, the beer drinks a bit unbalanced with the heavy bitterness and lack of malt backbone, though I don’t dislike it. A very firm session ale. (3.25) (689 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Pours a glowing, very hazy straw color with a finger of dense bright white head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. 4.25

S - Light citrusy/seedy hops, a nice touch of grain, minimal underlying sweetness. A bit faint. 3.75

T - Surprisingly bitter up front, kind of like a leafy bitter, packs a distinguished punch at the finish. Light lemon and grapefruit rind, some serious burnt wheat characteristics. Sweetness doesnt shine past the wet bitterness at all. Finish is wet piney bitter. 4.5

M - Lighter bodied, less carbonation than expected but it works really well with the relatively intense flavor profile. 4.25

O -Fantastic, powerful flavor profile relative to the body. This is a great session if you want something with big flavor! 4.25 (759 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to egrace84 for a can of this beer!

16oz tallboy can.

poured into SP Wine Stem.

Appearance: pale straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of tall white head that drops down to thin cap and spotty lacing.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus forward hops with a compliment of tropical fruits and stone fruits. Add in some bready malts in the back drop and you have a great smelling sessionable hoppy beer.

Taste: Mild bitterness. Starts with juicy grapefruit, bitter lemon zest, and sweet orange pulp, pineapples, slightly resinous pine needles, and a hint of chalk that actually adds some dryness to the beer. Really interesting dynamics here. Lots of flavor in this session ale. Hint of bready malts add just a touch of sweetness to balance the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation. Really drinkable beer.

Overall: Glad that I got to try this! I like boating and I can now confirm that I like Carton's boat beer. Next, I gotta drink this beer out on the fishing boat on a hot day! Love that this beer is canned. Carlton makes a good beer. Its a little hoppier than I would have expected a session beer to be, but its not overly bitter. No complaints here with a beer that has 35 IBU's. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Murky light-straw colored body, with a small film of a white head.

S: Light, lemony scent over cereal grains.

T: Very light. Think mild cereal that's almost wheat like, Finishes with spice and lemony hops. Lingering bitterness.

M: Quite light in heft - appropriate for a Session IPA - with almost no carbonation.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing but not a lot going on flavor-wise. (416 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Smells of fresh resiny hops. Bold.
Hazy golden color with a tall white head. Aggressive carbonation.
Highly drinkable. Not as hoppy as in the nose, more malty and bready. A bitter twang at the end.
Feels somewhat gritty on the palate and finishes clean.
An outstanding session that drank even better on the Cape May beach. (322 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | 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. (560 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer reminds me of Westbrook One Claw, Fat Heads Sunshine Daydream, and maybe a lighter version of Zombie Dust. All are outstanding.

Carton Brewing nailed this one; perfect summer session ale. Prefer it to Monkey Chased the Weasel cans, but both are delicious. Can't wait to try Carton's 077XX DIPA. (305 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with two and a half fingers of crisp white bubbly head. The color is a light golden color with a cloudy body. Active carbonation is about right for the style. Light random lacing left behind.

Smell: Grapefruit and papaya jump out on the front with an underlying piney backbone. Grassier hop notes open up on the body with fresh, crisp, and slightly nutty malts providing a solid base. Great hop finish with a wide range of accents being picked up, medium bodied fruits, fresh cut grass, and herbal pine.

Taste: Biscuity malts and some creamy yeast notes greet the drinker. Herbal pine bitterness is the biggest player on the body with light tropical hop notes. Light peppery notes pop up on the back end with lingering pine bitterness and biscuit malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied malts and creamy yeast on the front pull you in. Hop bitterness on the back end gives this brew a punch that makes you forget it is a session ale. Carbonation is fitting.

Overall: Another well done session brew that fits summertime. I could have used a touch of brighter hops on the taste but everything else was top notch. A really well executed beer. (1,161 characters)

Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.