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Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA

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BA SCORE
66
poor

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 24.54%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheCondor on 06-14-2012)
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Reviews by hreb:
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hreb

Washington

2.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:10:31 | More by hreb
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studad

California

2/5  rDev -25.7%

03-18-2014 22:19:21 | More by studad
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BrewBros

Texas

3/5  rDev +11.5%

03-09-2014 22:30:17 | More by BrewBros
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

03-04-2014 18:20:43 | More by RBorsato
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DIPA69

Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought at Trader Joe's. Woman at the counter said it was a to style IPA.
Appearance: Poured into a 16 oz New Belgium snifter. Cloudy orange copper pour with a one finger head of quickly dissapating off-white bubbles.
Smell: Sour Malt, mustard, venetian chicken, wild clover honey
Taste: Heavy caramel and toffee notes, toasted almond, vanilla bean, mild tart notes of apricot and pear.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, slight carbonation,
Overall: Not brewed to style. Thought there are a few redeeming qualities of this beer, it is not an IPA. The caramel, malt notes dominate and the hop flavors are virtually nonexistent. I would buy this beer if my buddies were over to watch the Lynx, but would not purchase for my friends that actually appreciate and review beer. Trader Joe's puts out some good wine and beer, but as someone who loves hoppy beers and double IPAs, I would have to say that this beer falls short of the mark for an acceptable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:43:57 | More by DIPA69
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einman

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-25-2014 00:57:39 | More by einman
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tkreancty

Missouri

4/5  rDev +48.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:54:03 | More by tkreancty
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pgrow

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

02-16-2014 20:58:44 | More by pgrow
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +11.5%

02-13-2014 23:17:18 | More by chicagoish
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beerbart

California

3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

02-08-2014 01:51:52 | More by beerbart
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Hopster916

California

1/5  rDev -62.8%

02-04-2014 03:49:50 | More by Hopster916
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Adkins721

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-20-2013 01:30:42 | More by Adkins721
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3/5  rDev +11.5%

12-01-2013 23:58:19 | More by MaxOhle
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irs

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-07-2013 22:46:15 | More by irs
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Caskaway

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-27-2013 02:17:39 | More by Caskaway
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.29/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:45:35 | More by lordofthewiens
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atomicskier1889

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -25.7%

10-12-2013 13:40:16 | More by atomicskier1889
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RIKIM

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

10-11-2013 22:45:31 | More by RIKIM
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

09-27-2013 22:59:42 | More by kylehay2004
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tommy5

Michigan

3/5  rDev +11.5%

09-04-2013 01:57:16 | More by tommy5
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duceswild

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

09-02-2013 01:25:05 | More by duceswild
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Jabberwocky

California

2.31/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours copper orange with only very minor amounts of foam. Can clearly see little bubbles in the beer. Carbonation is fairly high. Very weak smell, not a strong scent.

Upon first mouthful. This beer is watery, it taste, in mouth feel, and in general. I will not be buying this again. Roasted barley notes are there and is probably the most enjoyable part of the beer. There is a good amount of sweetness. It is not very hoppy, with the only hops being a very mild aftertaste that sticks to the tongue for a few seconds. For the price, with an emphasis on the price part, it isn't terrible, but it isn't good either. It lacks character and doesn't have a bold IPA signature which I've become accustom to in IPAs. Bottle says 6.7 Abv, but the beer tastes much more watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 02:15:00 | More by Jabberwocky
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blindpiggie

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

07-31-2013 19:40:09 | More by blindpiggie
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praxis16

Oregon

2/5  rDev -25.7%

07-05-2013 05:31:24 | More by praxis16
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YalovaIA

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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