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Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 108
Avg: 2.83
pDev: 25.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheCondor on 06-14-2012

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured room temp in hotel flared glass

A: good carb; terrible head (very thin); light, very clear light orange
S: has a macrobrew stench; not at all expected, given the promise of a DIPA
T: tastes like a hoppy Euro strong; not much complexity; has carrot and a bit of bubblegum flavor; the boozy element is not well blended
M: buzzy, sharp

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Photo of tkreancty
4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Folks, taste this beer blind. Seriously. I can't believe how reviewers are affected by a price tag and a label. This is a damn good beer - arguably the best value in generally available craft ales today. There is no doubt in my mind that with a different label and a higher price point folks on here would be lauding its clean balance of caramel sweetness and assertive but not over-the-top bitterness. Maybe it doesn't belong categorized as an American IPA, as it avoids the hop excess that defines the style, but it does deserve more appreciation than it is getting, being a well-balanced and flavorful pale ale. Try it again. With an open mind.

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Photo of MadScientist
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A dark amber with orange highlights and decent clarity. The head is off white, doesn't form a good head stand and quickly settles to a thin cap

S: Moderately-low citrus hops with some caramel malt and a moderately-low diacetyl aroma. There is bit of and orange ester. It smell like it's an older bottle of IPA.

T: The sweetness is the first thing I noticed with a moderate malty sweetness with a moderately-strong hops bitterness. The hops flavor again indicates that this isn't all that fressh with a moderately-low citrus hops flavor that is kind of dull. There is moderate caramel flavor to the malt and a light fruity ester from the yeast. The balance is moderately bitter with the finish being off-dry. The aftertaste is a moderate bitterness and the light fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation and a light creaminess. There is a very light slickness.

O: Not an impressive IPA and not worth tracking down a fresh example. It's too malty sweet and not really all that dry on the finish.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.29/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Picked up at Trader Joe's. I guess it's their house beer. It's a disaster.

In a pint glass the beer a brassy color with no head and no lace.

Sweet malt, maybe a hint of citrus. Sure didn't smell like an IPA.

Nor did it taste like an IPA. Cloyingly sweet and sugary. Some lemon, maybe a hint of grapefruit.

Gag! Way too sweet, virtually non-existent hops.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense deep dark orange body with a light tan cream and a slowly dancing carbonation of bubbles.

S- The flinty clean aroma has some green herbal notes in the finish that might be hops.

T- The touch of sweetness gives way to a citrus juice hop hint with a bit more hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel doesn’t have any alcohol heat and a tight little fizz.

O- The hops are very soft and the malt flavor is just a touch bigger making it a bit bland but I didn’t have high expectations for a $2.99 bomber. It was a bit watery but there was some hop bitterness that did linger.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.76/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A medium sized light tan head falls into a nice lacing above a clear orangeish copper colored beer.

Light sweet malts with a light orange citrus aroma.

A light dryish taste that has a light almost bitter citrus and light sweet maltiness.

Light sweet malty aftertaste that has a very light dryishness to it on this light to medium bodied beer.

Kind of malty for an IPA, I hope that doesn't become a trend.

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Photo of alesaram
5/5  rDev +76.7%

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A light coloured yellow with carbonation bubbles and lots of foaming head. Very mild hop aroma. Some hops there but mostly a dry gummy beer. Minimal drinkability as some impurities. Mouthfeel is not smooth. Inexpensive for a bomber, the rest of which will be used for beercycles.

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Photo of hreb
2.73/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a slightly hazed orange amber with no head. Smells actually a little fruity / estery. Flavor is moderately hoppy, though a little bit metallic. I'm reminded of an old (as in skunky) lager in a can. Body is pretty thin and considering the non-trivial ABV I would have hoped for a little more malt. And considering the label claims 79 IBU I would have hoped for more hop flavor. The bitterness isn't overpowering, but it isn't interesting or flavorful, either. Would not recommend. But hey, it's cheap!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale
650 ml bottle, no apparent freshness date
$1.99 @ Trader Joe's #719 in Omaha, NE

Appearance: Clear deep-ruby body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Very good head retention and lacing.
Aroma: Distinct yeasty fruitiness of apples and light pear alongside citrus (mainly orange) mixed with caramelish malt ; all-the-while backed by leafy, grassy, and floral hops. (EKG?) Wonderful. Bright hops!
Taste: Mimics the aroma, but wider (not necessarily fuller). More nutty; wider caramel. Solid bitterness at 80 IBU's (as listed on the label). Toast, caramel, fruit, straw, grass, mineral... and a suggestion of pine and light citrus - nicely rounded and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full. Gently bristling, very-fine bubbled moderate carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: Superb English character with bright fruit upfront that fades into dry hoppiness. Superbly charming. Never really reveals it's strength at 7% abv. Impressive.

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3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

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2/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of hophugger
3.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sure its brewed for Trader Joes, sure it is not a big time IPA, but..................Put the price and the place you got it out of your mind and this is an average + IPA. Nice cloudy, deep gold color with below average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, with hops and malt being the predominant smell. Taste is definitely more malty than most IPAs but the hops and hop bitterness are present and this beer balances quite well. Some citrus overtones, nice bold carbonation and a good, slightly bitter, clean finish. For what I paid ($2.29 for the bomber), this is a decent light IPA...

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2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3/5  rDev +6%

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2.82/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -38.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev +6%

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2/5  rDev -29.3%

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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.