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Boat Beer - Carton Brewing Company

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Boat BeerBoat Beer

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130 Reviews

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 1,106
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 31.71%
Wants: 154
Gots: 194 | FT: 19
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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Photo of Ale_Dog
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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)

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Photo of MacQ32
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-29 at the brewery.

A - Cloudy yellow-orange with a 1-finger white head and light-moderate lace.

S - Pineapple, pine, lots of gooey hop floral. Very nice.

T - Hop-bud forward, then pineapple and grapefruit with a mild grain flavor. The sweetness fades very quickly to a dry, pine and grapefruit flesh and significant zest bitterness that lingers quite awhile.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Dry and prickly. Refreshing as long as you enjoy lingering bitterness.

O - A nice example of a session IPA; emphasizing the aroma and bitterness more than the malt. I like it. I had it the next day (while writing this review) side-by-side with a Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream, which I liked more, but it is 4.9% ABV and this is 4.2% ABV so it's not a head-to-head comparison. I'd say in this ABV range and session IPA style; it competes well with the best of them.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from trade as an extra. Thanks! Pours hazy yellow with a tiny fizzy head that disappears quickly. Fresh lemon peel and onion hop aroma and very light pale malts. Flavor is light pale malts with a nice sweet citrusy hop character, some hay. Some juiciness. Pretty flavorful. Ther German influence is definitely there and it is almost like a super ultra hopped up pils, but finishes extremely clean. Light plus bodied with medium plus carbonation. Lost a couple points on appearance but this is good stuff.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up several of these lovely 4 pk - 16 oz cans on my last drive over to the Garden State; cool cans, and being an avid boater, the perfect beer for me! Have been enjoying these slowly until I can grab some more!

A: Light straw - yellow, slightly hazy with nice frothy head with a good pour down a pint glass, very attractive!

S: Lovely - piney, hoppy, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, etc...very appealing!

T: Out of sight freakin' delicious! If this is not the perfect sessionable boat or outdoor beer, I do not know what is! Very drinkable, perfect amount of hop bitterness and nice bready malt to counter the lovely hops....love it!

M: just right...Mr. Augie Carton should be commended for this one for sure...not too heavy, just great drinkability - and you can have several and not feel slammed by alcohol or hops!

O: I love this beer, want a case of it the next time (later this month thankfully!!) I am in New Jersey...wish it were distributed to the Buckeye State! My only beef (minor) was the cost was $10.99 / 4 pk at Joe Canal's store I found it at...would love to try this on draft....perhaps a visit to Atlantic Highlands is in my future?

Truly dig this beer, you will too, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, pale golden body with a soapy white head that disappears quickly.

S- Tropical fruits, herbal hops, some fruity sugar. Lots of hoppy aroma.

T- Lots of bitter hops, some unripened pineapple, slight sourdough bread flavor.

M- Lingering aftertaste of unripened fruit and lots of tart flavor. The body is light and the carbonation is medium, with a very quenching drinkability.

O- It's different from a session IPA, it has unique flavors, a slight German influence, lots of bitterness and a tart note. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright pale straw yellow in color, fluffy thick perfectly white head, not quite clear with slight cloudiness, and tons of active carbonation. Head doesn't stick around long and the color is lighter than I'd expect.

S - Grapefruit up front in a big wave, sweeter fruity notes, grass, resinous pine notes and in the back I pick up a banana like note. Overall, big bright hop character.

T - Big grapefruit notes overpower all at first but give way to some melon, unripe stone fruit, wet grass, and resinous pine notes as the session brew evolves. Very hop forward, the malts support giving this one a very crisp refreshing edge. This has depth, something lacking in all other session brews I've tried.

M - So crisp and refreshing. Light mouthfeel that makes it very drinkable and a nice sharp active carbonation that adds to the refreshing feel of this beer. Somewhat dry finish keeps bringing you back for more

O - I love this beer. This is a summer go to for me. The malt bill, mouthfeel and bright hop character come together perfectly to create an amazing session brew, well done!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: super light yellow to pale straw color. a finger or less of a bubbly head that fades quickly to nothing. slightly hazy but mostly clear.

Smell: slight citrusy hop aroma. crystal to pils malt base and a distinct mineral content.

Taste: opens with a malty base mix of slight pils and light munich. slight hop taste of citrus to grapefruit. a slight grassiness and some kolsch mineral content

Mouthfeel: Light but some bitter and lingering character

Overall: a very tasty and drinkable beer. pushed the boundaries of a pale ale just a little bit and in a good way. some grassiness which i often find to be bad works for this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 16 ounce can.

Frothy and compact head two fingers thick. Pale golden liquid with a slight cloudiness and active carbonation. 4.25

The nose is very potent. Lemon zest, passionfruit, sweet caramel malt thickness. Faint notes of pine and resin. 4.25

Light touches of citrus, lemony and grapefruit-like. Sweet maltiness, almost like a sweet cereal with honey, also enters subtly. A floral quality persists throughout, from start to finish. 4

It's certainly light in the body, but it doesn't have that watered-down feel that kills a lot of session IPAs for me. It's still intensely bitter at the finish and offers a rush of carbonation mid-palate that gives some bite. The bitterness lingers long. 4

Very well done brew. Easy to drink but still robust in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler poured into a pub style pint glass.

Hazy yellow-straw with 1 finger of loose, white head that dissipates quickly. Lightly carbonated.

Papaya, mango, tangerine, peach, passion fruit, and candy sugar. Highly aromatic!

Sugar coated papaya, peach, grapefruit juice, and mango. Lighter notes of tangerine pith and passion fruit. Some dank greenery and notes of onion. Slightly bready backbone with sprinkles of candy sugar.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth, moderately bitter, and refreshing.

As far as session IPAs go, this is tip-tops! On par with Stone Go To. I was sad when it was gone.

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Photo of ItsMe
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured half the tall boy in a nonic pint and drank the other half from the can... Before cracking this open I had been drinking a couple of Mo's and was thinking this session ale wouldn't stand up.... Oh my Buddha was I wrong. This is the most flavorful and aromatic table brew I've ever had. I'm so taken back by how flavorful this is I can't write a proper review. Sorry Founders All Day...your spot in my fridge is reserved for this jersey girl.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boat. Simple as it gets. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the tall boy, I get a grapefruit hop waft, almost West Coast-like. But wait this is East coast. Pours to a bright slightly cloudy yellow with a bright white head. On the taste this brew has a good semi bitter hoppiness right off the bat. Very similar in taste to an ESB. Taste continues with a balanced middle then a semi bitter aftertaste. Not a bad brew. Simple as the name states, potentially a session brew as well as it packs good flavor for a 4.2% AC. For what it is it is decent and not at all offensive.

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.