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

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

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BA SCORE
61
poor

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 27.82%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chinchill on 12-16-2012)
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Reviews by mjaquillard:
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mjaquillard

North Carolina

1.33/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

My goodness, this was awful. As in, can't finish the 10 ounces I poured out of the 22 oz bottle. Most horrid beer I've tasted since Rogue's Voodoo Donut beer, although at least that one was slightly interesting. Anyway...

A: Color was nice, darkish copper. No lacing at all

S: No hop aroma at all. Not much of any aroma

T: Tastes like cheap Champagne filtered through dirty socks, and aged on cardboard.

M: Highly carbonated, again, like champagne. There must be a ton of some adjunct to bump up the alcohol because I don't feel malt backing at all

O: It's really hard to say a single positive thing about this beer. This is now only the 3rd beer I've ever been given that I couldn't drink more than a few sips of. The first was some horrible Chile beer from Arizona, 2nd was the Rogue Voodoo Donut beer (although I at least appreciated what they did with that, and now this.

I've had some other TJ's contract-brewed beers like this, and while not world class examples of their style, they are mostly pretty good. This one is just terrible. Believe the reviews, it really is that bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:27:52 | More by mjaquillard
More User Reviews:
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ScottJWing

Ohio

1.13/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- It looks like beer.

Smell- Skunky booze and sweet malt.

Taste- I almost did a spit take. It tasted like malt liquor that was left out in the sun for 3 days then re-capped and put on the shelf.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated and thin.

Overall- One of the most undrinkable pieces of garbage I've ever poured into my mouth. Avoid at all costs. If you only have 2$ buy PBR or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 08:42:05 | More by ScottJWing
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Bnjmnlws

New York

2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

04-10-2014 16:38:33 | More by Bnjmnlws
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makasi

California

3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

04-04-2014 23:49:51 | More by makasi
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Matthew607

Illinois

2/5  rDev -19.4%

04-04-2014 19:32:14 | More by Matthew607
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bcuz7

Florida

2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

03-23-2014 23:55:23 | More by bcuz7
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Willi_BW

California

1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

03-06-2014 03:45:22 | More by Willi_BW
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einman

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

02-18-2014 03:00:17 | More by einman
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pgrow

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

02-15-2014 21:19:13 | More by pgrow
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

02-14-2014 22:50:53 | More by chicagoish
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DavidRandall

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 03:30:34 | More by DavidRandall
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Hopster916

California

1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

02-04-2014 03:49:03 | More by Hopster916
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LuauLarry

California

3.25/5  rDev +31%

02-01-2014 00:29:06 | More by LuauLarry
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Aaron_Ramson

California

2.84/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a persistent fluffy head. Aroma is dried fruit, boozy, sugar candy. The taste is metallic adjunct, hot like cheap vodka, malt liquor like in quality with no evidence of a double IPA anywhere but on the label. Some bitterness in the backbone but close to no hop flavors or aromas present. Nice thick mouthfeel and ample carbonation. This was a $1.99 bomber from Trader Joe's, but even the value price can't justify wanting to drink this on a regular basis. Good for cooking with but that is all.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:23:26 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

2/5  rDev -19.4%

01-18-2014 18:02:03 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Drknight

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

01-14-2014 21:10:55 | More by Drknight
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Beejay

Virginia

2.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:29:03 | More by Beejay
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beerman999999

New York

3.25/5  rDev +31%

01-08-2014 01:20:56 | More by beerman999999
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Emnmarko

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

01-06-2014 21:08:17 | More by Emnmarko
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hansod1

Washington

1.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Full disclosure: I actually went to the trouble of creating an account so I could review this beer. That's how motivated I am to communicate my feelings on the subject of this beer.

I picked this up at Trader Joes for $2 in a 22oz. A good deal for a DIPA, I thought. This is not so.

Look and Feel:
Poured into a 12oz pint glass with a decent looking head. This beer was quite carbonated, so the bubbles appeared rather large. It is deep golden brown in color. Minimal lacing.

Aroma:
The aroma is more comprised of C02, yeast, and malt components rather than hops, which is very disappointing for something with IPA on the label.

Flavor:
It tastes like a lager that got turned into a double IPA. What I mean is that the malt is not very complex, it's just a little sweet and very boozy, and the hops are not particularly aromatic or pungent - I wouldn't be surprised if this was an IPA made of all Hallertauer hops or something. The malt is a bit one dimensional, transforming from bubbly bitter to cloyingly sweet after the small hop flavor fades from memory.

Verdict:

Do not pay money or spend time drinking this beer. We like the DIPA because of an explosion of flavor between a sweet/savory/smokey malt and some kick-in-the-pants bitter pungent hops combined with the aroma of a pine tree or citrus fruit on top. This beer has none of these characteristics. If someone handed me a glass and asked me to classify it, I would say this falls in a new category I have invented just for this beer: "American Strong Lager" - high ABV, little hops, simplistic malt, cloyingly sweet aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:23:37 | More by hansod1
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dmk91

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2013 20:35:01 | More by dmk91
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Adkins721

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +51.2%

12-10-2013 01:46:44 | More by Adkins721
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

12-02-2013 19:19:48 | More by Chris77McGrath
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TonyJ815

Florida

2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

11-26-2013 02:42:57 | More by TonyJ815
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aquazr1

California

2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

11-26-2013 02:12:53 | More by aquazr1
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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.