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Boatilla - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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2.96/5  rDev -4.8%

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/amber color with a 1-finger off-white head. Head retention lasted under 30 seconds and the beer left absolutely zero lacing, so can't score too high on the appearance scale.

Weak nose - a little caramel, some baked bread, and faint herbal hops.

Mild caramel flavor and baked bread, like in the nose. Hops are herbal and tea-like. 26 IBU's of bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but not one of the top notch amber ales.

11-22-2013 06:05:27 | More by matjack85
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4.3/5  rDev +38.3%

It's not a very exciting beer from when you take your first sip. Mild, little aftertaste, and not a lot of foam or smell. However, maybe this is why I like it so much. There's nothing bad about this beer....it's simple, non offending, and easy to drink. Something I could see buying a 6 pack of and just enjoying an evening with. I don't buy beer for it's complexity, I buy it to enjoy it, and this fit the bill perfectly. It's slightly bitter, has a moderate amount of carbonation, and a mildly sweet taste.

It's just a nice, enjoyable beer that I will probably buy again....soon.

07-21-2011 01:50:56 | More by TGINaturday
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

05-18-2013 02:21:59 | More by thaghost
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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%

12oz single, Steve's - University

appearance: served in a 42nd street oyster bar shaker pint...looks the part - pale amber body, light white froth

smell: apple, grain, light hop accent, toasted malts

taste: not overly developed - hints of hops, dull red apple, toasted grains and malt, light bitterness. A little bland.

mouthfeel: light, out of place bitter dry finish

drinkability: ok

01-23-2011 00:06:41 | More by dirtylou
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3.69/5  rDev +18.6%

Single bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Dark honey color; 2 finger eggshell head...rather appealing.

S=Very strong and appealing--honey, caramel, and herbal/hops.

T=Rather sweet...honey, and malty. A bit bitter.

M=Lightly carbonated and medium to light body...drinkable.

O=A bit unique and enjoyable...I think this would pair well with barbecue. I would try again on tap, but probably not buy a six-pack.

01-25-2014 23:45:41 | More by dhannes
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

05-29-2012 00:13:01 | More by Kunstman
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3.15/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
4.8% ABV,

A - Beautiful clarity shows off the trickle of carbonation rising through the rusted orange skin beer. The head starts as a dense pile but drops to a skim while leaving plenty of wispy lace adorning the glass.

S - From the beautiful-looking Boatilla comes a nice amber nose that's all too belittled by the aroma of buttered popcorn. Sticky burnt caramel lingers behind the off-aroma with tempting notes of toast and a nudge towards herbal hops.

T - Hops trail off in the nose but make a big push in flavor, covering up most of that buttered popcorn scent with earthy floral and herbal qualities. Malt drops back, offering a touch on caramel sweetness but leans much more towards dry toast.

M - Medium-light bodied Boatilla is fairly carbonated, more so than the rather quiet appearance might suggest but, it's got a slick feel across the palette with a finish that falls away to nothing as dry hop bitterness drops out quickly.

O - Boatilla is comfortable drifting in a sea of ambers lazily, seeming not to care which direction it heads. The nose might strike you like walking into a movie theater but the flavor takes a different path away from malt and towards subdued earthy hop tones. Boatilla is an approachable beer for the masses, I'll give it that.

01-24-2013 00:11:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

06-30-2013 17:48:48 | More by enelson
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2.1/5  rDev -32.5%

This beer foams instantaneously when it reaches your mouth. Even when you throw it into a glass it foams up right away. It's a decent beer. Don't get me wrong but its not worth a ton. The beer as a slight robust taste to it, kind of like a normal ale but the fact that it instantaneously foams in your mouth makes it a beer that you wouldn't want to put in your pick six.

06-30-2013 04:04:05 | More by kdwruck
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

09-04-2013 17:58:57 | More by tommy5
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

10-29-2012 02:38:19 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

08-18-2012 01:23:25 | More by CWhite
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

06-23-2012 02:25:52 | More by drop6301
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

04-29-2013 00:33:13 | More by yankinwis
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3.48/5  rDev +11.9%

from 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- pours a clear color copper with a fast receding tan head very little lacing

S-malts baked bread

T- was sweet malts with with some citrus hops a grassy herbal taste

M- medium carbonation with a sweet malty finish

O- not bad a little thin on hops, will try another low abv makes it session able

01-29-2012 21:16:51 | More by gatornation
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3.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some sticking.

The smell is of caramel, soft toast and a subtle floral hint.

The taste is of sweet caramel, hint of toast and subtle floral hop balance in the finish.

It is fairly smooth, though somewhat fizzy.

A decent amber ale.

12-20-2013 20:17:57 | More by jwc215
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-31-2013 00:08:12 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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South Dakota

3/5  rDev -3.5%

01-19-2014 04:23:19 | More by Eric908
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2.8/5  rDev -10%

12 oz bottle.

It pours a apple cider amber with a foamy white head.

It doesn't have much of a smell, but what it is is standard amber ale scents.

The taste is a bit more pleasing. The malt however is too buttery for me It has a little bit of a hop accent but not too much.

It is a boring beer.

12-28-2010 22:59:15 | More by crossovert
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-31-2012 13:45:50 | More by TylerDYoung
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3.08/5  rDev -1%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Working my way through part 2 of 3 of this new-to-the-area brewery. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises straight barley and dry toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a twinge of carrot and a vague intimation of funky orange peel that increases in intensity as time passes; then, when in full force, it battles with the toffee, which is now sweeter than before. The aftermath doesn't sit well with me. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad amber, one that tries to offer itself up as a mild, easy-going brew, but one that ends up being a sorta/kinda off-seeming concoction.

03-09-2013 21:29:38 | More by TMoney2591
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-11-2013 01:25:11 | More by beermeplease88
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

This beer pours a light amber, almost pink color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, but is very faint. What is there is pretty generic and boring. The taste is similar to the aroma...caramel malt with nothing remotely resembling complexity. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer I will not drink again.

02-06-2012 00:16:06 | More by KarlHungus
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

10-19-2013 01:07:49 | More by koes0024
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3.15/5  rDev +1.3%

A- More red than amber. Very clear. Head is poor and does not retain well.
S- Rather plain on the nose. Slightly toasted bread and a bit of tea-like character. Faintly sweet.
T- There is a slight underpinning of caramel with toasted bread, a bit of graham cracker, and some tealike hoppiness.
M- Light body and generally thin. The finish lasts decently but it is just too thin in the mouth.
O- This one is a pass for me. It has ok flavors, but it's too light in body and not very memorable. Probably a pass in the future.

02-19-2012 01:29:27 | More by jsprain1
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Boatilla from Big Bay Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.