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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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Photo of TGINaturday
4.3/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TGINaturday, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of MrPhield
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- great clear color!! i wish all beers were this nice to look at, head when poured in to pint from bottle starts with a nice 3 finger head, but because my dish washer doesnt "beer clean" head is reduced to little, with a little lacing at bottom of glass, not but for my glasses.

S- typical amber, not much to it, some roasted notes.

T- good malt flavor, enough hops to balance out body. finishes clean

M- a little tinner than some ambers, still enough body.

overall this is a great beer if you are in the mood for a sesion, drinkable, great flavor for how clean it finishes, one of the best non-nitro poured beers to watch being poured.
...i want another one.

MrPhield, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Wiscivore
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of dhannes
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

dhannes, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

CWhite, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of pathead
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

pathead, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

mattafett, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

DaveMiller, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

rocklibster, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of gatornation
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

gatornation, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of yankinwis
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

yankinwis, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

MarkyMOD, May 22, 2012
Photo of Davit
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Davit, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

jsprain1, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

dirtylou, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

TMoney2591, Mar 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

thaghost, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Kunstman, May 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

enelson, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Eric908, Jan 19, 2014
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Boatilla from Big Bay Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.