Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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

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Added by Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,005
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
1,293
pDev:
10.78%
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
266
Trade:
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Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Brob245
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jadpsu
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Rcaprio
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +1.7%
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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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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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of ThinBlueLine
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

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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