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Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 26.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheCondor on 06-14-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of MadScientist
2.58/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.29/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +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.

Photo of alesaram
5/5  rDev +90.8%

Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of hreb
2.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Overal: Superb English character with bright fruit upfront that fades into dry hoppiness. Superbly charming. Never really reveals it's strength at 7% abv.
Overall: Impressive.

Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of studad
2/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of skm
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spakman
3/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of blindpiggie
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of tr9871
3/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Adkins721
2.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
2/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ArtZan
2.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Dr_VanNostrand
1.75/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev +24%

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of atomicskier1889
2/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of TheCondor
2.83/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I came home from work today and I saw my wife had went to a different grocery store than usual, called Trader Joe's. I have heard of it, never been there. Seems pretty expensive. I thought the day was lost until she hit me with this bottle she ha dbought for me at the store, so I forgot about everything else and got excited about this beer. Never hear of the beer, brewery, or anything else. Should be interesting. Side poured aggressively from the pint bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a copper color with a nice, pillowy two finger head that sticks around for some time, with medicore lacing. There is also a little bit of bubble action inside the brew.

Smell - It doesn't smell at all like what you would expect from an IPA, quite off style in my opinion. Nose consists of barley, malts, some bready notes, and maybe just a hint of hop floral in the way background, but nothing like the floral citrus assault to the olfactory glands that an experienced hophead would expect. Not even close.

Taste - Again, I think the brew is way off style here. It tastes more like a hoppy amber ale than it does a solid IPA, or even a pale ale. The barley and bready notes are still present on the palate, and while it does have a little bitterness to it, it doesn't seem like it is 76 IBU. A little boozy tasting as well.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with decent bitterness, although I can't really taste many characteristics of hops in the taste. Decent finish

Overall - This is a little bit of a confusing beer, at least to me, as it does not taste like any other IPA I have ever had. The hops are almost nonexistent in the nose and on the palate. I honestly think it would be better served maybe as more of a bitter amber ale or something of that nature, but it is way off style for an IPA. Hopefully someone else can try this brew and see what they think, but I am underwhelmed. Not recommended if you are looking for an IPA, I'll be sure to pass the word to the misses not to purchase again.

Photo of CWhite
1/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of plaid75
2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjunct malt and a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a cloyingly sweet malt, corn and a prickly herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a poorly constructed IPA.

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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.