Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYLRXRjCq2c

Added by Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,734
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,286
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
266
Trade:
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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eluvah
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmy2b
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fishing66
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Carton Boat beer is pretty rare, even here in NJ where it is brewed. I find it to be absolutely delicious. cloudy, pale appearance and it holds a two-finger head. The first scent is crisp citrus. Tasting it, a gorgeous bouquet blooms and finishes with more citrus and perhaps a tiny hint of pine. This is a session ale at 4.2ABV....while I prefer the taste of Carton 077, that stuff packs a wallop at 7.8% ABV.....I had three of those at a client dinner and it snuck up on me....bad idea. Boat Beer is great for when you want a delicious brew but don't want to be crippled by high alcohol content.

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Photo of Dpotter1991
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 20oz IPA glass. Pours light orange, little lacing, small head.
Aroma: Nice mishmash of fruits, nothing pulling out front, except the GF.
Taste: Light GF, a little citrus, and some mild malts.
MF: light to medium.. with a really good amount of carbonation. Very little bite.

This is my 4th go with Boat. I held off passing judgement, as I have seen tons of great reviews. A good tasting session-type beer, except for the harsh aftertaste that really dropped the score.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from MacMalt. 16 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/22/2018. Pours moderately hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Touch of lingering hop astringency though the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balance mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an awesome American pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/drying finish. I really enjoyed the aggressiveness anyways. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Insanely dank and vibrant hop complexity; with a solid malt backbone and no residual sweetness. I could definitely drink a few. The kolsch yeast works well providing subtle tropical notes. A really enjoyable offering.

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2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When poured in the pint glass, the head looked like soap suds. Upon taking the first sip, I was not impressed. Very rarely will I push a nearly full glass of beer back across the bar and have them put it down the drain, but I did with this one.

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Photo of Iski100
3.04/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DrederickTatum
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Collinsl
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjal
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can on 12/27. Perfect crisp sessionable beer. Smooth with some hop still there giving it a great taste while remaining low in alcohol content.

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Photo of TopherFriedel
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color White foamy head.. smells floral,earthy,hoppy,fresh bread. Tastes complex and well hopped for 4.2%ABV. Tastes like fresh bread,melon,nice hop bite. Feels watery a bit, considering the ABV I am not surprised. Watery is perfect for a session ale This is not watery in a bad way. Lots of flavor. Overall this is great lower ABV ale. 1% lower and it would be 3/2 beer.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from tzieser so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a light malt character. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. There’s a mild citrus and caramel sweetness that brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgido759
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(extra cold shaker pint serving at Goodnight Irene's... notes taken mostly last Sat. Aug 19, did fill in some missing info today)

L: orange-yellow liquid, quite hazy... wisps of frayed cottony foam... overall, looks like a fresh, young, unconditioned beer, and not ideally appealing based on its degree of near cloudiness

S & T: unkempt lawn, woolly sock, melon, grapefruit, (mild) peppery, herbal bitterness... soft yet solid malty back bone to balance against the bright, citrusy and vegetal hops... delicate up front, little depth or residual flavors

F: bit of baby fat on its body - similar to an unfiltered wheat beer or zoigl... lightly watery finish, but refreshing and on point with what they seem to going for

O: not bad - pretty sure I would get it again if there wasn't anything else more striking in sight... nothing unique about its flavors, but there really not another comparable, regularly-available local beer like it around down the shore

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