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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) - Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)

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BA SCORE
61
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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chinchill on 12-16-2012

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Photo of tomb_ride
2.31/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of AMareng4
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Forplay678
3.44/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheap beer, is cool when in TJ's

Photo of CIBoy10
2.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of carrollmel7
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boatswain Double I.P.A.
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.49 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Enjoyed at cellar temperature in an Imperial "nonic" pint glass. This is a beer that's contract-brewed for Trader Joe's, and I think we're all aware of that. I was really surprised by it given where the American craft beer industry stands right now. It has some flaws but I think it's basically just not understood (or I could be reading it completely wrong!). Read on...

Appearance: A clear deep-amber/copper body teems with life as hundreds of tiny bubbles steadily rise towards the surface. Its rocky off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves some decent lacing behind. If there's a fault to this beer that's probably it apart from the obvious alcohol (which should be better cloaked).

Aroma: Fruity and floral with a mineralish component that almost comes across as medicinal at first whiff, but then reveals itself to be more of a "Burton stench" as it rests. It may take a little getting used to as it's not that common anymore, but it's authentic, and taken in a historic context, quite charming.

Flavor: An edge of burnt sugar in combination with the mineral and sulphur character of the beer (and a bit of alcohol) lends a bit of raspiness to an otherwise basic medium-caramel maltiness that's threaded through with floral, grassy, and leafy English hops (Fuggles, for sure, and most likely Kent Godlings - or an American equivalent). The yeast acts almost as a layer of shellac overtop, coating it with fruity flavors of soft pear, apple, and some orange marmalade. It's sweetish on one side, but quite dry on the other due to its solid bitterness, mineral content, and yeasty sulphur. It's not a complex beer in that all of its cards are laid right out on the table, but neither is it a beer that shows 'one' flavor or side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge (perhaps medium-full), and velvety smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation (although I know it's not).

Overall: It's a double IPA to be sure, with a solid 8.4% abv, a slap of alcohol, and a solid bitterness, but I find it quite curious because I've only ever sampled American double IPAs - and despite the fact that this is brewed in the USA, it's clearly "English" in nature. Are there, in fact, any "double" or "Imperial" IPAs brewed in England? But that leaves us with one argument: is the aroma hoppy enough to be labeled an "Imperial" or "double" IPA? In this case I think the question is moot. It's unique, and entertaining in that alone, but whether you like (or are even familiar with traditional English ales) certainly makes a difference. For the incredibly low price it's offered at I'd suggest that it's a must try.

Photo of hophugger
3.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again, put aside the knowledge that this beer is brewed for Trader Joes and stop thinking about the price($2.29)..For what it is, it is a decent beer. Pours a nice ornageish color with weak head and pretty decent lacing. Aroma is slight hops, with malt and a macro brew sort of smell. Taste is not bad. This definately does not taste like any DIPA I have ever had, but overall, not too bad. Hop bitterness is present, but unfortunately, the malt sweetnes dulls it. Overall, feels good on the palate and is quite sessionable

Photo of doomXsaloon
2.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Why all the hate here? Yeah, it's not great, but plenty of bittering and flavor hops here! Alcohol too, but def not too hot. Don't know the $ at Trader Joes cuz it was a gift, but, sure, I'd drink it again. I'd had far better and far worse; this one is right in the the middle. A readily available, middle-of-the road DIPA... Whatev....

Photo of ruckus232
2.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Shreyas
3.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best. But its good enough. Dont know why it has so many negative reviews.

Photo of jaemeno3
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Maillard
3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of JohnGray
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Alpha309
2/5  rDev -20%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +40%

Photo of Kraty1
2.6/5  rDev +4%

Photo of everythingiszen
1.25/5  rDev -50%

One of the only beers I've poured out. Aggressively alcoholic. Even for how cheap it is, not worth your dime.

Photo of Beer_Man_Dan
1.8/5  rDev -28%

Photo of hoppygram
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a bottle into a pint beer beer mug.

Appearance- Golden brown with a two finger head the dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smell- There are hops in here? Trying hard to smell them. Now that I am near the end of the glass, there is definitely a chemical smell going on that I don' like.

Taste- The taste isn't bad, but not what I expect from a double IPA. Nowhere near, actually.

Mouthfeel- Verdict is still out on this. The alcohol is definitely there.

Overall- I will not buy this again - even though it was cheap at Trader Joes. There are too many great double I.P.A. s out there. But it is keeping me warm during our first winter storm of the year here in Maine.

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1.64/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev +10%

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2/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Pudleduk
1.5/5  rDev -40%

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.