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Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 26.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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%

einman, Feb 25, 2014
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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.

MadScientist, Nov 19, 2012
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 14, 2013
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 25, 2013
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.

LXIXME, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of alesaram
5/5  rDev +90.8%

alesaram, Oct 15, 2012
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.

Sammy, Aug 19, 2012
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!

hreb, Feb 05, 2013
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

Cooper, Aug 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -23.7%

studad, Mar 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

spakman, Dec 24, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

blindpiggie, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

tr9871, May 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +5%

Adkins721, Dec 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -23.7%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +5%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -33.2%

Dr_VanNostrand, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +24%

bigbeers84, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev +14.5%

tommy5, Sep 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -23.7%

atomicskier1889, Oct 12, 2013
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.

TheCondor, Jun 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -61.8%

CWhite, Dec 25, 2012
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.

plaid75, Jan 08, 2013
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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.