Boat Beer
Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #145
Ranked #7,111
4.08 | pDev: 11.03%
Apr 22, 2023
Oct 24, 2011
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Notes: 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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Rated: 3.58 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by cambabeer from New York

Mar 26, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an opaque gold with a substantial foamy head that sticks around a while.

Light malty aroma with some grassy and pine hop notes. Smells familiar and inviting.

Taste follows. Grassy hops up front with some light bread and pine. Moderate bitter and crisp finish. There is a lemony note that peaks though from time to time. Very nice.

Moderate carbonation with a lighter mouth. Crisp finish.

This is an excellent beer. A ‘daily drinker’ type of beer I’d gladly drink again and again.
Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by drh88 from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Slightly less the. A finger's worth of rich thick white froth... Solid retention... Govs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Color is a mildly hazy medium orangish gold... Refreshing malt forward nose that is equal parts sweet and bready with a faint whiff of citrusy hops... Oilsner like malts on the palate with a slight but mighty bitter bite... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of flavor and character for the low 4.2% ABV... Very nice sessional offering and excellent introduction to Carton...
May 14, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours opague pale gold, two fingers of fluffy white foam; excellent cap retention; heavy ring; heavy minus lacing. Hoppy grassy nose. Light bitter hops; cut grass ; subtle lemon; firm yet light malt base. Light body (but not watery); moderate minus carbonation. Overall an excellent session IPA; good taste; and poundable.
Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 3.97 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16oz can served in a big snifter. Dated 08/25/21. Received from @MacMalt in NBS BIF #14.

Pours slightly hazy with a large head that collapses into a wispy layer with a fairly small peninsula of coarse bubbles on one side of the glass. Smell is pretty straightforward pale ale -- some stray, light biscuit malt, moderate resin/grass, though there's something a little unusual about it -- maybe an almost sourdough characteristic to it? Maybe something slightly spicy?

Taste is interesting. It reminds me of "session IPA" -- light, almost watery grain bill, slap-in-the-face hop bitterness that makes me think of just hop tea. Maybe a lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, pretty clean, maybe slightly watery. Overall...this isn't going to be a favorite, but it's definitely something I could session. I find it kind of puzzling and I could keep trying to unravel the flavors.
Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a narrow pint glass glass: color is straw, slight haze, brighter white head with fine to small bubbles, head presents 1 finger thick and then dissipates to solid top, nice lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is excellent malt forward with toast and bread and pilsner, then hops come through with citrus rind/pith, earth, herbal, floral notes as well.

Taste is similar with huge malt and hop presence for such a low abv beer; flavor blends a kolsch and session ipa, which works to backstop the drying thinness of session ipas; malt is bread, crackers, and pilsner, hops are citrus pith/rind, earth, herbal and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, then some drying/bite on the tongue.

Overall a really awesome mixed style beer that exudes drinkability AND packs a dominant flavor/aroma at a low abv.
Sep 02, 2021
Rated: 4 by Lelampp from Ohio

May 29, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by mkh012 from Colorado

Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Kadonny from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm seeing this regularly now in Southern NJ this summer, so I've been enjoying it. Poured from a 16 ounce can.

L: A hazy light to medium golden yellow color. Nice two finger head on a can pour. Nice lacing.

S: Loads of citrus and floral hops, bready malt mixes in for a very pleasant nose for a 4.2% beer.

T: So flavorful for a low alcohol "session ale". Massive amounts of citrus and floral hop flavor follow by some bready malt which yeilds back to the citrus flavors. Slightly oily and piney on the finish with some nice little bitterness that completely dries out. Very drinkable, very.

F: Light to medium mouthfeel, light bitterness and of course no alcohol to be found.

O: An awesome low alcohol beer that has high reviews for a reason. This beer is perfect for the summer months and it's oh so enjoyable, I'm so glad I can find it in South Jersey. Great beer, Carton knows what they are doing.
Aug 12, 2020
Rated: 5 by Bryguy092 from New Jersey

Jul 12, 2020
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Reviewed by DEdesings57 from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Been having Boat beer for many years and it still remains my goto beer to this very day. Mostly because of the immense drinkabilty but simultaneously because of the substantial amount of hop character flavor and aroma I am able to get from this 4.2% ABV beer. Yea that's the same alcohol content as Miller Lite! Personally I rather drink Boat. In addition the use of Kolsch yeast and leaving the beer unfiltered only contributes to it's flavor, complexity and appearance. This is truly a great beer and one worthy of your attention.
May 12, 2020
Rated: 2.72 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Eychung from New York

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 2 by Dino1018 from New York

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Sep 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a crowler that was filled on 9/19/19 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a significant white head.
S - Smells of bread and citrus, mostly lime.
T - Tastes follows the smell, citrusy with a crackery finish.
F - You can definitely feel the Kölsch yeast.
O - Very nice session ale.
Sep 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a pint glass. A hazy bright yellow color with a thick white head. The foam slowly settled and left splotchy tracks on the glass. Aroma was a blend of bready, crackery malt and citrus. Mainly lime and orange. The citrus elements were more prominent on the palate with lime and grapefruit notes. Bread and cracker malt flavor. I found the body to have more heft than I expected for a sub-5% beer. Not too dry on the finish. Overall this was a fantastic session beer with a great mix of citrus hops and German malt flavor.
Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can dated 7/23:
Pale orange and has a fair enough head with less of a more sponge-like lacing. The nose has a light breadiness and some floral aspects backed by an lightly biting herbal to piney hop presence.

Quite light to even a tad watery, but with moderate carbonation. The flavor of Boat doesn't show as much malt as I expected from the nose. There's a grapefruit citrusy aspect that comes forward that seems to hide it. By mid taste, the juice of the citrus fruit has faded and the malt comes through. The back end has some unripe peach and a hint of pine in a mostly pithy bitterness.

A fine session brew that showcases the American hops without being too bitter.
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by florisj135 from Virginia

May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

May 07, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BeerBeast from Florida

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 2.93 by chiefz1 from New York

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 19, 2019
Rated: 3.3 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a murky light orange with fine foam.

Smell is crisp and citrusy with hints of earthiness and grass along with some knäckebröd.

Taste islight and crisp, slightly earthy. Notes of citrus and citrus peel and a pretty sturdy bitterness. Some herbal notes on the finish. Tons of flavor for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice session ale, lots of flavor but very light.
Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours an orange hazy that nears turbid. That nearing turbid transparency becomes an opaque sunburst when the final ounces are poured into the glass. Head is a finger and a half in height and white in color. Head retention is good. Aroma is pilsner, pale, German malts forming a dry, biscuity base. Light spicy, rye, herbal hops round out the aroma, adding some delightful dimension to the beer. Flavor profile is expressive for being so light. German, pilsner, rye, and pale malts give it a little extra spice and zest, with herbal, floral, spicy, and light citrus hops swooping over the top. It's dynamic, especially when considering the 4.2% ABV. A very enjoyable aroma and flavor quality here. Mouth feel is lighty crisp, like a soft, thin breading on flash fried fish fillet. A touch of crunch combines with the medium thickness, and in all honesty, feels larger than the ABV would imply. Overall, big notes and texture additions here keep this dynamic beer both refreshing and crisp.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.
Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Brob245 from Missouri

Jan 03, 2019
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