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Boatswain American IPA - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.14%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheCondor on 06-14-2012)
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Reviews by tr9871:
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

05-17-2013 17:19:29 | More by tr9871
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Photo of MadScientist

New York

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
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
Photo of rhoadsrage


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
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New Mexico

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
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5/5  rDev +89.4%

10-15-2012 22:36:52 | More by alesaram
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Ontario (Canada)

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
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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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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.
Overall: Impressive.

12-25-2012 04:30:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

08-06-2012 22:44:50 | More by Cooper
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

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

2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

12-14-2012 01:43:07 | More by skm
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

12-24-2012 01:25:33 | More by spakman
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2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

07-31-2013 19:40:09 | More by blindpiggie
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2013 01:30:42 | More by Adkins721
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

11-17-2012 00:47:40 | More by WhitmansNiece
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1.75/5  rDev -33.7%

08-02-2014 23:44:34 | More by Dr_VanNostrand
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3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

06-05-2013 03:43:32 | More by bigbeers84
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

09-04-2013 01:57:16 | More by tommy5
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

10-12-2013 13:40:16 | More by atomicskier1889
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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
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1/5  rDev -62.1%

12-25-2012 05:48:10 | More by CWhite
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New York

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
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

10-26-2012 20:24:38 | More by lozz123
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3/5  rDev +13.6%

05-25-2014 23:47:43 | More by sjh207
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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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