Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) - Rhinelander Brewing Company
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Reviews by 5thOhio:
2.46/5 rDev -0.4%
Pours a deep amber with little head and no lacing. Very thin skim of foam mostly around the edge of the glass. Aroma is ripe fruits. Mouthfeel is decent, slightly on the thin side but good carbonation.
Taste is really odd. Certainly not what is expected for a DIPA. Overripe fruit with a tart aftertaste and slight booziness. Comes across like a cider made from plums that's going sour. If that sounds good to you, then you might like this.
Several of Trader Joe's beer offerings are decent, but this surely isn't one of them. Won't be buying this again.
08-27-2013 01:31:00 | More by 5thOhio
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2.19/5 rDev -11.3%
I bought this DIPA as well as their IPA while picking up some things at Trader Joe's. I didn't much like the IPA, yet for some reason held out some hopes for the DIPA. These hopes were quickly dashed, however. I think this was worse than the IPA.
In a tulip glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a minimal head and no lace.
Not much aroma; very faint citrus and very faint sweet malt. Not much there.
The taste was even more of a letdown. Nothing that resembles an IPA, much less a DIPA. A smidge of lemon and grapefruit, that's about all.
Kind of like drinking some flavored water. Where are the hops?
10-30-2013 01:36:20 | More by lordofthewiens
3.15/5 rDev +27.5%
Bomber bottle purchased at my local Trader Joe's (god I love shopping at that place...)
for the stupid cheap price of $2.99....I know I know, you get what you pay for...
Pours clear typical almond amber. Off white head stays at the thicker film stage and leaves some fine bands and fields of sheetage.
Nose is on the sweet side..hmm thats not a good sign..
On the tongue and palate the nose carries through with more...sweet...this is the sweet side of DIPA land, with just some dry notes in the finish. I do get some woody smoke, and some sticky caramel character. But this is kinda boozy, kinda sweet and not really what most are looking for in this style. ....I know I know, you get what you pay for...
05-07-2013 01:42:24 | More by Billolick
2.83/5 rDev +14.6%
650 ml bottle from Trader Joes. IBU = 75 / O.G. = 17.15
Deep amber color with a small and short-lived head, leaving almost no lacing.
The aroma has a metallic off odor. Modest amount of earth hop aroma and flavor, but a rather poor quality hop aroma compared to better IPAs.
Medium body but lightly astringent.
O: drinkable and inexpensive, but disappointing and not recommended. [2.75]
12-16-2012 20:51:22 | More by chinchill
2.65/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Big bubbles and great thin layer of foam. Pinkish copper in hue.
Smell: Very weak for a DIPA. Sweet grapefruit and malt liquor. Not a bad smell, just nothing really to speak of.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, thick caramel and a strong metallic finish. The finish is what really "screws" this up. Mouthfeel is quite syrup, but not awful overall.
Overall Drinkability: Did I enjoy this beer? No. Did I hate it like a lot of people? Probably not.
04-11-2013 03:15:51 | More by tjsdomer2
2.71/5 rDev +9.7%
This says double ipa but it has very little hops and a whole lotta malt and alcohol. If anything this should be called an American strong ale or something along those lines. There is a big malt flavor + odd chemical bitterness (not hops but something akin to Windex.) This reminds me of Old English 800 or some other ghetto style brew. I am not sure why Trader Joes is carrying such a low grade brew, most of their selection is good (they recently added Stone Belgium IPA.) This is just a cheap strong beer that is not worth sitting next to a Stone or an AleSmith at TJs
10-03-2013 05:38:01 | More by MeanMotaScootah
1.35/5 rDev -45.3%
This was very disappointing. I know it's a generic brand type of beer, being brewed for Trader Joe's, but I still expected much better than this. It tasted like a low quality old man sort of beer except concentrated. There was some bitterness, but nothing in the way of pleasant hop aroma or flavor. I really don't understand the purpose of putting a beer like this out on the market.
03-24-2013 02:26:06 | More by BrianC
3.09/5 rDev +25.1%
A 22oz bomber for 2.29 from Trader Joe's. Pours a standard coppery amber with a white head and decent lacing . Smell is sweet with alcohol and a light fruitiness. Some caramel and a grainy malt. Taste aint bad for a cheap DIPA. Is it grand and complex? No. But it has real beer taste and decent balance. It is on the sweeter of things, and it is certainly not the hop bomb we have come to expect in this style, but by no means is it a bad beer. Finish is a little sweet and mildly hopped. The abv is well integrated and not a hinderance to drinking it. Feel is smooth and slightly chewy, with a lighter weight for the OG. Not a bad beer for the price. There is flavor to be found here and for those of you looking for an abv bomb at a BMC price look no further.
06-18-2013 00:37:54 | More by scootny
2.44/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Medium brown amber in color. A little bit of light tan head on the top of it, but not a lot. Slightly hazy in the glass.
S: Caramel and sweet right off the bat. There is a strong fruitiness to it, perhaps a little tropical fruit hop smell, perhaps a little floral . All in all I am not getting a lot of hops out of this, and it comes off almost cloying.
T: There are some hops in there, although far from the hop character I would normally associate with this style. This is a caramel bomb if I ever had one.... The bitterness is almost non-existent, and the hop character is looking a lot like Where's Waldo. [poc
M: Medium thick in body, carbonation seems a little active for me, the finish is slightly dry.
O: Overall this is a fine strong ale, as a IIPA there is very little hop character or bitterness. The cloying quality is a little much and the booziness doesn't help.
01-13-2014 00:29:03 | More by Beejay
2.05/5 rDev -17%
Appearance- Light brown with a lot of carbonation. Little to no head retention.
Smell- Not a lot of excitement on the smell. Smells sort of like a bud light with a slight hint of hops.
Taste- A little but of hoppiness but not noticeably citrus or floral, just bitter. Maltiness is more noticeable than the hoppiness.
Mouthfeel- Oily and slick. Alcohol is noticeable.
Overall- Definitely the least expensive double IPA I've ever bought but I wouldn't really call it a double IPA. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this for human consumption.
07-09-2014 22:36:25 | More by BurningTreeMufen
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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