Boat Beer
Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #151
Ranked #7,006
4.08 | pDev: 11.03%
Jun 04, 2022
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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Ratings by Naugros:
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Naugros from New Jersey

Had this in a big-ass handled mug at Cloverleaf in Caldwell, NJ...where I have a lot of the beers I review on-tap.

The smell is really nice, smelling like you were mowing the lawn and accidentally ran over a patch of spearmint. The mint is very subtle, but does temper the fresh-mown grass aroma. Citrus is one of the more dominant senses in the nose and the taste follows the smell. I wanted more balancing wasn't there in any strength to do it's job, leaving this very light-bodied. The bitterness is pretty nice and refreshing.

My biggest issue with beer was the cloudiness, until I realized that this beer had been inappropriately categorized by whoever added it as a kolsch. That's been changed and i guess an APA is closer. The color is nice and light and the head is pretty high and frothy.

Oct 29, 2011
More User Ratings:
Photo of Coronaeus
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

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
4.24 by drh88 from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2022
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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on May 08, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

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
3.97 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 11, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

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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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
4 by Lelampp from Ohio on May 29, 2021
4.02 by mkh012 from Colorado on Apr 26, 2021
4.32 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Oct 31, 2020
3.93 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Sep 19, 2020
Photo of Kadonny
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Kadonny from Pennsylvania

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
5 by Bryguy092 from New Jersey on Jul 12, 2020
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4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by DEdesings57 from New Jersey

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
2.72 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Apr 26, 2020
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Mar 12, 2020
3.75 by Eychung from New York on Mar 08, 2020
2 by Dino1018 from New York on Oct 30, 2019
3.6 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Sep 24, 2019
Photo of Griffin2
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Griffin2 from Virginia

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
Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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
4.03 by florisj135 from Virginia on May 26, 2019
4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on May 07, 2019
4.12 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey on Apr 28, 2019
4.1 by BeerBeast from Florida on Apr 26, 2019
4 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Mar 04, 2019
2.93 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 26, 2019
3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Feb 19, 2019
3.3 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2019
3.85 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2019
Photo of JamFuel
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

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
Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

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
3.95 by Brob245 from Missouri on Jan 03, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jadpsu from Georgia

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.

Dec 29, 2018
4.63 by Rcaprio from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
4 by Brendanjames from New Jersey on Nov 03, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

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.

Oct 25, 2018
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