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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 HopsYeast

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours from a growler with a 1/4 finger white head that quickly fades and leaves a very minimal amount of lacing. Has a mostly clear Light golden color with the most subtle amount of cloudiness.

S-grapefruit, lemon grass, citrusy hops. Something in there is spivey but don't know if my mind is tricking me. Smells so clean and refreshing.

T-subtle notes of hops and citrus. This is day 2 with the growler so flavors may have faded a bit. But the taste Has that similar clean characteristic as the aroma. Very simple but complex as well.

M-perfect. This is so so so so easy drinking. Perfect carbonation for me and the body is medium.

O-what a great beer. I will buying more and more of this.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2011 00:44:15 | More by HopsYeast
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 9InchNails

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Main Street Bar and Grill in Little Falls a few days after their NJ Craft Beer Fest.

Golden hazy yellow body with a white head that fades into a ring around the glass. Looks quite carbonated. It leaves nice lacing as well.

Very citrusy and piney hops. Some sweetness comes in. It's a nice pleasant smell.

The taste is all about the hops. Citrus, grapefruit and pine -- almost a tangerine like citrus sour. Barely any noticeable malt mostly hops are the main focus.

Carbonation is medium with a light body. Easy to go down. No complaints here.

This is a tasty IPA -- well that's what I thought I was having. A Kolsch, really? I have had tried some Kolsch style beers and it didn't even come close to tasting like this. Quite shocked to say the least and whatever it is, it's tasty.

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Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 08:22:36 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow witbier-eque body with lots of sticky lacing and a nice soapy white head.

Definitely smells of Cascade hops. Grapefruit explosion. Very citrusy and full of aroma. I hoped the taste would live up to the aroma and IT DID!! Tastes like a heavily hopped APA. Smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking. Mouthfeel needs some work since it's a bit thin, soapy, and undercarbonated, but the flavor character of this low abv beer rivals that of higher abv examples.

This is certainly a beer that will convince you that you can brew a complex beer without all of the extra alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 15:38:10 | More by aficionado
Photo of EJLinneman

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery and on tap at Twin Lights Tap House.

Appearance: Cloudy and orange a couple fingers of head. This looks very refreshing.

Smell: HUGE grapefruit smell, Amarillo hops and a very slight grassy smell.

Taste: Again, huge grapefruit taste and Amarillo hops. Very clean and crisp. A long bitterness in the finish. Incredible how much flavor they're able to pack into a 4.2abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refeshing. I could easily drink a lot of this.

Overall: An incredible beer. I wish that they would bottle or can this. I would drink a lot of this in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 01:37:15 | More by EJLinneman
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a big-ass handled mug at Cloverleaf in Caldwell, NJ...where I have a lot of the beers I review on-tap.

The smell is really nice, smelling like you were mowing the lawn and accidentally ran over a patch of spearmint. The mint is very subtle, but does temper the fresh-mown grass aroma. Citrus is one of the more dominant senses in the nose and the taste follows the smell. I wanted more balancing malt...it wasn't there in any strength to do it's job, leaving this very light-bodied. The bitterness is pretty nice and refreshing.

My biggest issue with beer was the cloudiness, until I realized that this beer had been inappropriately categorized by whoever added it as a kolsch. That's been changed and i guess an APA is closer. The color is nice and light and the head is pretty high and frothy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 18:35:45 | More by Naugros
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A Kolsch on Steroids. Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a Snow-white head. Abundant lacing. Aroma is Grapefruit and other citrus, some pine but all bracingly crisp. Yes yes this one screams summer cooler, lawnmower brew etc. But pair it with fall chili or a fire pit and it is right at home.

Taste is bright and grape-fruity, some cracker and bread (faint) on the back end. light in the mouth, this one dances on the tongue.

Tried this on a searingly hot Jersey day while walking the hounds past the brewery. We peeked in and got the invite...

The rest is history.

Reminds me of Southern Tier Hop Sun another of my all-time faves.

Makes the trip to Atlantic Highlands worth taking...

The beer was served bracingly cold but as it warmed it blossomed.

Looking forward to seeing Boat on tap at the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 05:12:57 | More by Citadel82
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