Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company
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Reviews by hreb:
2.74/5 rDev +3.8%
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!
02-05-2013 03:10:31 | More by hreb
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2.58/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-19-2012 00:39:59 | More by MadScientist
2.29/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
10-14-2013 22:45:35 | More by lordofthewiens
3.15/5 rDev +19.3%
(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.
04-25-2013 21:19:13 | More by rhoadsrage
2.75/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-06-2012 22:22:22 | More by LXIXME
2.98/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
08-19-2012 02:14:37 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +70.5%
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.
12-25-2012 04:30:05 | More by NeroFiddled
2.83/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
06-14-2012 01:28:38 | More by TheCondor
2.65/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
01-08-2013 02:08:46 | More by plaid75
Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.