Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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Boat BeerBoat Beer
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
Ratings:
1,258
Reviews:
171
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
250
For Trade:
13
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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of VoxRationis
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of HermitDan
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 K├Âlsch 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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of mbjb0720
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikePacheco12
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of jhartley
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Antg8989
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best sessions out there. Period.

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Photo of johnlatona
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy, medium carbonation, light orange in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is apricot, lemon, and pine. Super light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Really tasty session beer. Amazing how much flavor is in a beer with such low ABV. I would get this every weekend if I could get it on a regular basis.

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Photo of njbeer_traveler
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DrederickTatum
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've had this many times and I keep wanting to like it but I guess it's just not for me. Smells nice enough with a good mix of citrus and pine but the taste is where it turns south for me. I mostly get astringent bitterness with a very small hint of grapefruit and nothing else. For the abv it's not exactly bad but I'm a little confused by the high ratings this gets.

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Photo of frykid
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a light, pale yellow color...cloudy
S: light citrus aromas
T: tastes of lemon, orange......tastes of some orange zest lingering on the palate
F: carbonation levels moderate, very good

overall, an excellent beer...one that I will definitely have again when I see it out or in the store.

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Photo of Milou
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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