Party Boat India Pale Ale | Port Jeff Brewing Company

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Party Boat India Pale AleParty Boat India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Port Jeff Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BSiegs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber-ish color with little white foam. Head dissipates quickly, essentially no lacing. Citrus on the not so powerful nose. Good flavor, plenty of hops, pine, citrus, and bitterness. Really nice mouthfeel. A solid, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of moodenba
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can of Port Jeff Party Boat IPA cooled to about 50 F poured into a Pint glass 3/28/16.

The pour produced a huge head. The beer is a pleasing amber color. Fair lacing. Flavor is in the style of american IPAs, with a spicy/fruity hop character. I thought the beer was above average because of the blend of background malt, hops. Even the 7.7% alcohol works. (I think the alcohol is really too high for a "party boat" environment, but beer tastes fine on a March night at home.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a frothy off-white head, lots of big bubbles. 3.75

The aroma is of tropical fruit hops. Lots of pineapple and some pine and grapefruit rind. Light bready notes from the malt. 3.75

The taste is more bitter than the aroma. More pine and resin come through. Some pineapple and apricot. Big chalky aspirin finish. 3.75

The beer has a moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Quite bitter and dry on the palate. Lingering bitterness. 3.5

A quite bitter and dank IPA. Its a bit boozy but it doesn't come through all that much. 3.7

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Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lark, pours clear golden color with a foamy 2 finger head that faded and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of caramel, grapefruit, brown sugar, roasted grains, wheat bread, graham cracker, orange peel, piney hops, toffee, cinnamon and light spices that trails off with bread crust. The hops come through more in the second wave with sweet malt, citrus hops and some spicy floral hops.

Smooth and balanced, this is a fine local IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

picked up a 16oz fill of this the other day. enjoyed from a blue point snifter while watching the giants season opener.

a - brew poured a transparent amber orange with a thin head that was gone quick. spotty lacing. slight visible carb.

s - juicy but malty. fruity. apples and pears. kind of nice.

t - wow...really comes alive on the taste. very fruity. again, apples and pears with a tropical vibe to the hop. fairly dank and rich.

m - medium bodied to full. bitter finish. the bitterness is on the tail of the feel and thickens things up on the beer. carbonation is soft.

o - overall a nice ipa. not really hoppy in the way that you'd expect an ipa to be hoppy with the big citric flavor...more on the backend in the bitter tail to the feel. the flavor is quite pleasant with soft tropical fruits.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden honey color. Aroma is light citrus with some honey malts sweetness. Flavor is citrus peel with a hint of bitterness, and a balanced finish with a touch of sweetness. Fell is smooth and nice with a bit of carbonation. Overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler filled at Yorktown Bev in Yorktown , NY

Pours darker almond amber, sturdy khaki head, lasts nicely. Then leaves decent looking high light sheeting and strands of lace.

I just get some malt and dusty hops on the nose.

Full bodied and fairly balance IPA....Maple malts provide a nice comfortable and tasty base, moderate and understated grainy hops add the intrigue and provide the interest. Smooth drinking and solid if unspectacular offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with some notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite piney, with notes of citrusy hops and hints of the underlying caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the assertive bitterness and crisp mouthfeel in this IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite hazy amber color with a one finger head with short to medium retention and leaving scattered laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with grapefruit, very fresh oranges, pineapple and caramel malt.
Nice flavor full of resins, pine, grapefruit, slightly toasted malts, spices and American yeast. Deliciously dry and bitter aftertaste with a good duration. It made me sneeze a few times, meaning passed the hop test.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 7.7% abv is very well hidden.
Positive surprise (ps. It is fresh), it doesn't start so great, but it got a quite decent and bold flavor going on. It did beat the other three IPAs I just had from three well known brewers. Interesting how it has shown improvement noticeable in the most recent comments. So, keep the good work. Sure worth a risk.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nicely done ipa. Consistent with a profile that doesn't get obnoxious. Pine is there, sort of a bit of resin; it's earthy. Seems very east coast in its execution. Thick feel on it. A nice sipper, which is definitely the way to approach this one. Glad to try something from this brewery.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a half growler of Party Boat on a ferry trip to Port Jeff. I recommend the trip. Small but cool tasting room, nice and knowledgeable guys on call.

A: Pours hazy and amber, a little on the dark side. Nice and vibrant in the light. About a half finger of white head that settles into a ring.

S: Citrus hops, caramel malt. Smells nicely balanced. A little soapy.

T/M: Nice mixture of hop flavors -- mostly on the citrus side. Robust malt backbone. Distinct caramel malt flavor on the finish. Good hop bitterness nicely balanced by some malt sweetness. Moutfeel is medium, a little sticky, low-ish carbonation. The half growler goes down fast and easy.

O: Strong effort from Port Jeff. A nicely balanced and flavorful IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%

Acquired from Cuzco so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Port Jeff Brewing "Party Boat India Pale Ale" 7.7% ALC/VOL
12 oz. can, "06/04/14 IHC"... I'm assuming that's the canning date as it's quite fresh.
$2.70 @ Stinky Brklyn, 215 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber / orange. Pillowy off-white head holds very well. Very good lacing. Seemingly moderate carbonation based on slow-rising tiny bubbles.

Aroma: Pungent, pineapple, pine, citrus, some malt. It could be brighter; and there is a kind of off-note that leaves it with a bit of a "Pine-Sol" character. Overall, still very good.

Flavor: More malt shows up, which is nice. Solid pine flavor backed by citrus fruit, pith, and pungency. The malt combines with the hops across the middle to deliver a sweet dollop of soft tangerine. Pungent and herbal in the finish. Solidly bitter. No sign of "Pine-Sol". Aggressively hoppy but somehow balanced - the moderate carbonation probably helps with that. Alcohol never shows, but you will feel it.

Mouthfeel: Wide, smooth maltiness with just a delicate tingle once it's been poured and warmed a little.

Overall: Credit for going to the level of intensity that the hops offer. It's a bit of a wild ride. Drinkability suffers, but that's a trade-off I'm willing to take. If you love hoppy beers this one should probably not be missed.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden amber ale.

Mild hoppy smell.

Hoppy and sweet on the initial sip. A really nice hop profile comes around with a bunch of bitter and piney hops. A big improvement from the nose. Solid mouth feel, tasty, and enjoyable.

Pretty good shit for a local and now canned for the go.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy, yet bright brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy waves of tropical fruit and pine.

The taste consisted of a resinous upfront hop, offering spicy pine and round pineapple notes. Soft malts exhibited as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward IPA.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Direct from the PJ brewery. Bottom filled into growler and poured into glasses several hours later.
Surprisingly not too carbonated, a lot of GOOD body and texture,
Citrious notes but not too Piney, touch of malt feel on the tongue. Great mouthfeel for an IPA

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Photo of 2Xmd
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz Growler.

Light amber color with good carbonation. Great smelling tropical fruits, citrus, a little pine. Very strong citrus taste. Really nice sticky mouthfeel. Wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was. PJ not known for their IPAs. Would recommend and can't wait to try more.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a retired U.S. Navy sailor, I truly miss getting underway. I mentioned this to a buddy on Veterans Day & he suggested riding ferries as a way to get water under my feet again! What a great idea! I took Amtrak to Penn Station (NYP), transferred to the LIRR, rode out to Port Jefferson, NY and took the ferry across Long Island Sound to Bridgeport, CT to watch back-to-back nights of AHL hockey before coming home. I also scored some CANs of beer for The CANQuest (tm) while I was at it.

From the CAN: "Fishing, Swimming, Boating, Naked Diving Contests, Paddle Boating, CANoeing, MILF Hunting, Water Skiing, Tubing, Knee Boarding, Sailing, Family Reunions, Clamming, Wake Boarding, Picnics, Barbeques, Dealing with Inlaws, Walks on the Beach, Paddle Boarding, Meat, Surfing, Concert Going, Island Hopping, Marriage Proposals, Happy Hours, Bamping, Archaeology, Scrapbooking, Scuba Diving, Skim Boarding, Sightseeing, Love, Fly Fishing, Friendship, Family! *This Beer Is Approved for All Above* When Consumed Responsibly".

The Crack! was loud & revealed a brimful craft CAN, but I have been exercising restraint in my Glugs of late. The new, unfiltered trend is fine, but I just never know any more. It all worked out. I still got two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention for my effort. It ook forever to fall, leaving great, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO@ bubbles in evidence. Nose smelled heavily of sticky, resinous pine! Whew! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very minty, pine-like, mixed with peppermint and/or wintergreen and just enough caramel malt to keep the back of my head from exploding! Heck, I had some on-tap at the brewery & I do not remember it being this good! Okay, enough of the exclamation points! Sheesh! But, in all seriousness, this was really good. Finish was dry, but just right in terms of its bitterness. It left a faint powdery feeling in my throat, as though they had dry-hopped it to the point of saturation, but not overly so. I might have to make that trip again.

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Photo of Peshawar
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very citrus based. Extremely drinkable. Leaves amazing resiny taste in the back of mouth after drinking. It's like a Florida citrus garden French kissed me.

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Party Boat India Pale Ale from Port Jeff Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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