Boat Beer
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #108
Ranked #3,354
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Boat BeerBoat Beer
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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4.93/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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DEdesings57 from New Jersey, May 12, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Griffin2 from Virginia, Sep 22, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Sep 01, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Aug 25, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jan 15, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jan 06, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has been a while since we visited the Carton Brewery but I do remember this was one of the beers we tried in their little 4 ounce taster glass.
I had a little too much grapefruit for my liking, but still the favorite tasting beer I had that day.
Still surprisingly needed a NJ beer.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Dec 29, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from a brewery I have not tried. The beer is 43 degrees and poured in a pint glass. The gentle pour on the beer gave a one finger head with fair retention. The head is bright white foamy and creamy. It left lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM a straw color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with effervescence.

The aromas of the beer are light citrus, orange, toasted malt, a touch of pine, herbal, tropical aromas, and yeast.

The flavors of the beer are grapefruit, pine, oranges, lemons, toasted malt, a touch of herbal, grass and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is fizzy and crisp.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer is excellent for an APA, great flavors and balanced. I was surprised the aroma it was not as strong, but the flavors were immense for an APA.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw color, fluffy white head, nice lacing down the side of the glass as you enjoy this session ale. Nose has a nice balance of grapefruit and something akin to lemongrass.

Taste has more body than I usually find in a session ale, and there’s a balance between the grapefruit notes and something that’s almost piney. Really enjoying this.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Oct 18, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
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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fishing66 from New Jersey, May 04, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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%
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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superspak from Michigan, Mar 31, 2018
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2.84/5  rDev -30.7%
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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ThinBlueLine from New Jersey, Feb 13, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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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rjal from New Jersey, Dec 29, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Dec 17, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
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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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Oct 28, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Aug 27, 2017
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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as enthusiastic about this as some other folks. Don't get me's flavorful for only being 4.2% abv but for me there is too much grapefruit up front. Light bitterness reminds me a little of Founders All Day. Nice effort.

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bankboy66 from New Jersey, Aug 19, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with nice foam and sticky lacing. Smells light and wonderful, citrus, floral, hops, sweet malt. The taste is amazing for a low ABV beer, blown away. Tons of hoppy sweetness with bursting citrus, floral tones, and a mild malty back side. This is a very easy to drink beer but loaded with flavor, session aside this sucker is full on flavor. Great stuff and I am glad to have sampled this beer.

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3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Happy CANtinuing Fourth of CANuly! I have veered off-course from the Eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody for a wee bit in order to get The CANQuest (tm) back on track, even if for just one day.

From the CAN: "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."

I love hearing the Crack! upon opening a CAN! I briefly CANsidered an inverted Glug until I realized that it was a pint CAN. A gentle Glug sufficed, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl, raising just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Pale-Straw (SRM - 1 - 2). Nose smelled of lemon biscotti as well as some grapefruit sharpness. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, kind of watery. Taste was more grapefruit than lemon, but it had a definite citrusy bitterness. Finish was dry and satiating, but I still felt unfulfilled. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jul 04, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a tap into conical pint glass at Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY.
A: Hazy straw color with one quarter inch that leaves moderate lacing.
S: Lightly roasted malts with citrus, especially grapefruit, and pine notes
T: Light malts with strong citrus note reasonably balanced with the bitterness of early hopping.
M: Light bodied with limited effervescence. Refreshing.
O: A nice session version of American Pale Ale. Seems like a good choice when boating.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jun 04, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can stamped 4/25/17

Pours a hazy even yellow color with a low head of pure-white cream. Smells sharp and crisp...peppery herbal hops, spicy resin, light lemon citrus, grass, and soft fruity yeast esters. Flavor follows suit - supremely drinkable, like a hoppy Kölsch with grapefruit, apricot, grassy herbs, pine needles, and a peppery finish. Light bodied and crisp. Would make for a great summer beer.

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wedge from North Carolina, May 26, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another beer from Carton that I traded for a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can was 10/27 with "[email protected]" written above it. I had this on tap once at Carton when I bought the All Orange Everything there last year and thought that was just as good out of the can - easygoing, balanced, and with enough flavor to enjoy while feeling light enough to enjoy all day long!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a hazy goldenrod hue with plenty of long lasting head to top it off. The lacing was somewhat sparse and slid down the side of my glass as the liquid wasn't terribly thick. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and a hint of grape from the Kolsch yeast in the nose as the bitter, astringent fruit notes came out more in the taste. A brisk and crisp mouthfeel accompanied this thanks to the pine as the aftertaste turned fairly dank and hoppy. The slickness was nice here as there was a bit of bready malt to balance things out and a wheat-like fullness as well, from the German hops.

This would be one of those beers that was a session and tasty enough to consume all day. While just a bit too bitter, hopheads will still love the burn and bitterness of this while feeling satisfied with the body at the same time. A beer like this clearly deserves to be in Carton's rotation!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, May 24, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy pale yellow with three fingers of soapy, bright white head that leaves little lacing.

Lemon, grapefruit, soap and a light floral element in the nose.

Delicate flavor -- like a slightly watered mix of grapefruit juice and lemonade -- with a dull, pithy aftertaste.

Heavy bodied for a session ale, with a full mouthfeel that's simultaneously pulpy and gently prickly.

Does start to seem a little sweet by the end of the pint, but has way more depth and body that most sessions. I'm digging it.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Apr 05, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/28/17! Poured, straight from the fridge, into a Snorkel glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-green (but only a little) body with a 1/2 finger's worth of head that leaves some nice lacing in the glass.

Aroma: Juicy orange and citrus, piney hops.

Taste: Very clean tasting dry malts and a hint of hoppiness on the end to add a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry. Super easy drinker here.

Overall: This one definitely lives up to it's description of "sessions ale". The perfect beer for a hot day. Crisp and refreshing with just enough hops to balance the dry malts.

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jhartley from Florida, Mar 19, 2017
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