Carton Boat

My sister and I went to Red Bank to watch the Giants game on Sunday. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am a diehard Eagles fan. But, I live with my sister, so when the Eagles are so pathetic that they can’t even make the playoffs, I’m forced to semi-cheer for the Giants. We went to this bar called the Downtown, which was nice, although lacking in beer selections. This was the only one that I saw that could be characterized as “craft beer.” When I asked which Carton beer it was, I pretty much got a blank stare from the waitress. But, I’ve been waiting to try their stuff, so let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: The brewery is pretty close to me and even closer to my girlfriend. I really should get on visiting them.

This poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with moderate, visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly floral with lots of fresh grapefruit, almost to the point of being a bit overwhelming. The taste had more carbonation than I initially expected and was a bit thinner. It was very light with lots of grapefruit and some grass and flowers. The finish was pretty quick and fruity. Although it wasn’t the best pale ale that I’ve ever had, that didn’t stop me from killing a few pints during the game. Worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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