Boatilla - Big Bay Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
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
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
2.54/5 rDev -18.3%
Bottle my parents brought me from Minnesota I think. From notes.
A - Two finger fluffy beige head on a hazy dark gold body. Yeasty bits, strong carbonation, decent lace and film retention.
S - Metallic, fruity hop, caramel.
T - An odd, unplesant flavour characteristic is the most clear element. Rotten fruits? Dusty and unpleasant. Hop s do a poor job of integrating with the caramel elements.
M - Strong caronation, medium body, sweet off finish.
O/D - Not overly plesant. Wouldn't recommend it. Needs some work.
04-23-2013 15:15:29 | More by tbeckett
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
3.15/5 rDev +1.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
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
3/5 rDev -3.5%
After tasting Big Bay recently, I let this one sit in the fridge for a while--not looking forward to it.
In the glass, it's pleasant enough--hazy orange ale that glows yellow with the afternoon sun. Dirty white head piles high on the pour. Nose is light with some nice hop spice if you look for it. Mostly a sweet bready malt with a mineral note. Sweet though light mouthfeel has caramel and toffee notes with a light hop twang. Again, the mineral taste.
Not bad, but not a beer that I will buy again unless it's the best option in the bar.
07-19-2012 20:28:22 | More by FightingEntropy
Boatilla from Big Bay Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.