Boat Beer | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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

Added by Citadel82 on 10-24-2011

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Ratings: 1,279 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of JKasten988
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cachookie
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I picked up this beer, I fully expected it to be a slightly watered down version of the higher ABV versions Carton offers, boy was I wrong. This beer is fantastic. Pours very light in color with a fair amount of carbonation, gold in the glass. The nose picks up fruit, grapefruit in particular. Such a light mouth feel, but very satisfying. Crisp and a tremendous clean finish that leaves a nice piney taste on the tongue, but not overpowering the complexities of this session beer. This could very easily be my go to on a hot summer day, as the ABV is not gonna knock you for a loop. Great beer!

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

Photo of Josholson666
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice corny color with beautiful fluffy head. My gauge on smell is tricky as the guy next to me is eating pungent food. Taste is crisp, zesty, and tangy all in great balance. I need to try homebrewing with some acidulated malt - cool concept. Great beer.

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Photo of karl769
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheWolf
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good for a session

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Photo of zsponring
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what I want out of a session, easy drinking, refreshing, light carbonation. Could crush these all day without hesitation. Easily one of my favorite sessions.

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Photo of funkybuddhism
2.57/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer from a fresh can that was canned less than a week ago on 10/27/16.

Pine bomb. Very much an east-coast style pale ale. Tastes thin and boring. Appears yellow and fizzy. I don't understand how this has such a high rating.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what a great beer this is, neat to see it on tap out here in colorado. nothing quite like it i reckon, hazy straw colored to yellow, creamy looking, with a tall white head and plenty of haze to it. an aroma of juicy hops, really pungent and heavy on the dry hop it seems. sort of a northwestern grapefruit complexion to it, but really clean and bright, not so oily and heavy. the flavor is the same, really hop driven but something a little different there, juicy is accurate, but its not just fruity, its also herbal and super fresh, i wonder which varietals are in here. bitterness is rather low, and there is an appreciable european component here, maybe the malts are some sort of euro pale type, it has a little more character than a flavorless session ipa type usually does on that front. the yeast too is a litte doughy but light, and makes for a much more complete and flavorful experience than i am used to in session beer, even the good ones. i love how alive it feels with the bubbles and the lighter but still creamy body, this is the kind of beer you want to start and end every day with, i would crush so much of this if these cans came out this way...

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of speeder757
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dudd
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Verona Inn. Pours a lucid, golden hue with minimal frothing. Mild, mellow aroma reminiscent of fresh pears and apples. Tropical flavor profile without too much hop bitterness. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of srw
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an entirely hazed orange-golden pulp color with a medium sized, bubbly head.

Smells of a flower accompanied fruit blend consisting of fresh squeezed lemon, ripe orange and a hint of juicy mango. Has a herbal undertone with wet grass and a hint of cakey sweet malts.

Offers a higher carbonation, while the beer's mouthfeel remains soft, with light, refreshing, yet hoppy taste.

Tastes of a mineralic aqueous beginning with dry lemon peel, unripe oranges and sweeter malts. More lemon becoms apparent during the mid palate with an utmost light and refreshing, dry finish.

Borderline watery due to its light body, while establishing a crisp and dry hop profile, which keeps the palate entertained.

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hearneator
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Junji
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tedho21
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tappangordo
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can

A big, huge thanks to my man, Sammyjaxxxx! Cheers, dude! Boat Beer is another one of those fruit juice looking IPAs from the northeast. It's a cery pale orange, bordering on golden. Looks a lot like pineapple juice, actually. The foam is perfectly white and ultra creamy as it reaches a finger in height on the pour. It shows good staying power as the cap sticks around from first sip to last and leaves behind sheet lacing after each drink.

The nose is big and bold in the hop department. It's pretty complex as well. Pithy grapefruit starts it off along with grapefruit and orange peel. The middle is vaguely tropical in a way that I can't pick out any of the actual tropical fruit involved. The backend is pine driven and slightly herbal. Bready malts round this guy out.

The pine and hoppy herbal qualities take the lead in the flavor profile. Those two kick it off while the middle leans more toward grapefruit pith and citrus. As the citrus pushes through the pine begins to join again. That herbal bitterness takes over on the swallow. The bready malts are rich and fit well with the comlex hop profile.

The body weighs in at moderate with a surprisingly plush mouthfeel when taking the low abv into consideration. The carbonatios is active and keeps the beer moving at a good clip, but it never reaches that overly aggressive place. A firm bitterness hits with each drink and the finish dries up fairly quickly. Saying this beer is highly drinkable simply isn't saying enough.

This is my first hoppy beer from Carton and I'm a fan. It packs a big punch in a small package. It's got a fun, complex hop profile and a good bitterness on the swallow. It's plush and easy to put away. This beer is certainly appropriately named. Thanks again, Sammyjaxxxx,! Good choice!

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Boat Beer from Carton Brewing Company
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