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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by chinchill on 12-16-2012

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Photo of Ipamadness820
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA with a good ABV%. Don't be afraid to try it because the price does not do the flavor justice, most of the large bottles cost up to $10 per. but Boatswain is max $2.99 and is an easy to drink beer.

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Photo of CHickman
2.24/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles, dissipating slowly as the bubbles pop and ease down. Left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, vegetables, orange peel, dark fruit and metallic yeast. Sweet smelling but not hoppy at all, this was more like a very malty amber ale, Wee Heavy or German Altbier.

Tastes like it smells with zero IPA qualities besides some hints of fruit and orange peel along with a deep sweetness. Even for an English IPA this lacks any hop presence to categorize it in the IPA family. Too malty, too sweet, no balance and a strange plastic or metallic taste.

As they say, you get what you pay for and this was very cheap....the price is only a mirage as this is no DIPA.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange looking color with a creamy head and lace. Not a bad looking brew. In the aroma there is a faint hint of orange peel, lots of toasted bread, some alcohol and a strong bubblegum aroma. The aroma actually reminds me more of a Belgian than an IPA. The taste is malt forward, citrusy and with a modest hops bittering and piny feel. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, this doesn't really feel like an IPA, thus it loses points if you rate it according to style. Still, it is tasty and not as bad as compared to other ratings here.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

What can I say, you get what you pay for. Absolutely no DIPA attributes. This smells and taste like a harsh Belgium beer. It's quite weird. Apple, banana esters, bubblegum. Sweetness builds as it warms and again, not an inkling of hops. I will be hard pressed to finish this. One and done.

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.39/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose reminds me of Mad Elf; taste is similar with out half the sweetness. Feel is crisp with stars dark IPA aftertaste. Not bad @ $2.29 for a 650ml. Will probably buy again.

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Photo of ckornmannn
1.82/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle: nice amber appearance. Not much on the nose. Absolutely no citrus or pine characteristic to the hops. Mostly phenol and alcohol flavor. Bad bottle? Although a double IPA should keep well. I would avoid this one.

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Photo of A1221
3.37/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer at Trader Joe's for $2.29. I was with my girl and my baby strapped to my chest. I'm in college finishing up my bachelor's degree and thus I am broke. When I saw this beer for $2.29, I literally debated buying it since I debate on whether I should buy beer since were on a budget, but my girl was like "go for it!" I think its because she likes seeing me drunk. Any how... I bought it, hence this review. I'll be honest I don't know much about beer and I am excited to learn, for the price, this beer rocks, definitely beats any other beer that sells at this price.

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Photo of katybee
4.47/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at the other reviews here, I'm a little puzzled. This is a very good beer for it's type. Not all I.P.A's have the hoppy, citrus character predominant in bombers such as Hop Czar etc there is quite a range of hop flavors... I was pleasantly surprised that this was more mellow for a double IPA, and the buttery, delicatley peachy fruity esthers are as desireable as banana is in beers the direction of barleywine.

Perhaps this beer is in conflict with it's name... those negative reviews might have been expecting a mighty Hop Czar in this one labeled "Twin Screw Steamer". But this beer is full of flavor, like a Scotch ale.... A little thin bodied, and not highly carbonated, but very smooth and almost creamy, with lightly bitter, but not the strong 'hoppy' overtones.... Leans toward a Belgian Tripel. beautiful, clear, orange-gold color. I liked it and found it refreshing change from the stouts and porters which are my favorites.

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Photo of Att0
1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

I am a long time lurker on this site, but I felt I needed to make an account just so I could review this beer. I really enjoy IPAs, APAs and sometimes double IPAs. This beer is labelled as a double IPA, but there are barely any detectable hops in the smell or taste. There isn't even a malty flavor (which is the case in their single IPA, but that's another can of worms) Alcohol is the predominant flavor here with the aftertaste being... well, alcohol. If someone hasn't ever tried a double IPA (or an IPA for that matter) and tries this, they could be turned off for good, and that isn't fair to all the wonderful people making truly fantastic beers out there. I wouldn't recommend this double IPA to anyone at any price. Oh I did give the beer a high rating in looks, because it looks pretty.

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Photo of gregy55902
2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible considering $2 for a bomber. Could be hoppier, but again, it's $2. What did you expect? Hops are expensive! It's drinkable albeit faintly hopped. Would recommend this to people who like cheap beer.

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Photo of ImperialSour
2.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber from Trader Joes poured into a 16 oz. Ballast Point tulip glass.

A: Clear Reddish/Copper color with fine carbonation bubbles.

S: All sweet Malt ZERO Hops smell is that of an American Amber/Red Ale.

T: Sweet carmel Malt tastes similar to a British IPA defiantly no American DIPA qualities here to be found. It almost tastes like is should be rebranded as an Imperial Amber/Red Ale.

M: Medium body, carbonation is okay, ABV seems to be reasonably well balanced and does not run too hot, smooth and slightly creamy.

O: This beer does not fit the style at all the Hops are non existant despite what the label says you get no bitterness and are left with a cloyingly sweet Malt dominated beer. This beer was a gift and I would not drink again nor do I recommend it.

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
2.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: clear; reddish copper/amber; moderate head that quickly dissipates; moderate carbonation

Smell: coppery, like old pennies; malt

Taste: metallic; coppery; lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: mild tickle from carbonation up front with a flat, astringency afterwards

Overall: Not what I would expect from a DIPA. I definitely don't think it has a "pleasant bitterness from the extra hops." In fact, it's noticeably unhoppy for a DIPA. Flat and disappointing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Trader Joes. Pour looks great, expectations dashed in short order. Aroma is musty and funky, taste follows with some wet paper and paste. Almost hits the mark, but falls short.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) for $2.99 USD in Burbank, CA/USA.

Look: Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) had very light foam at top.
Smell: Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) had a very faint smell of beer.
Taste: Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) had a butter taste mixed with grain.
Feel: Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) had good carbonation.
Overall: Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) is for people who like IPA beers.

I am the person who posted the Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) photo.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
1.75/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Bought for, you guessed it, 2.29 at Trader Joe's along with the Chocolate Stout because I thought 2.29 was a steal until I found out it was contract brewed by Minhas. The stout was a disappointment, lets find out what's in the DIPA bomber.

Aggressive pour yields a few fingers of fizzy head with decent retention. Settles pretty slowly, some lacing but not much. Ale is orange with some sediment at the bottom. Not bad looking at all, although the sediment...

Smell is fruity: tangerine. with bread, malty booze as well.

Taste is booze and grapefruit, not much else. Bitter. Oh, why why why did I buy this? Look, I like trying anything and everything and sometimes I get burned. This is one of those times I'm burned. Halfway through a glass and I'm feeling the booze.

I don't know what the hell this supposed to be, but it ain't a DIPA.


edit: by the time you get halfway through, the booze overwhelms the taste buds. I now recommend this for anyone who wants to get drunk on the cheap.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +55.9%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
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

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Photo of doomXsaloon
2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
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....

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Photo of hoppygram
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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Photo of uranage161
2/5  rDev -24%

This is not remotely close to what a double IPA should be. There is no noticeable hop flavor or aroma. It's certainly strong enough, even closing in on fusel-ly. It's also bitter enough for the strength but would be better described as an old ale or barleywine.

Bought at Trader Joe's, no clue how long it's been on the shelf.

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
2.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of JoshPalmer
3.4/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't quite understand the hate behind this beer. For $2.29 at the local Trader Joe's and at 8.4% ABV with a decent taste, it is pretty good value.

The taste isn't very hoppy or scream 'IPA' let alone 'double IPA', but it isn't bad tasting. I had low standards for this beer considering it's price though.

Mouthfeel is average. Pretty alcoholic tasting, not in a good way, but it does have flavor there. It's much heartier than your average highly consumed beer which is good.

Appearance is average. Little to no head which is a disappointment. Cloudy orange.

Overall, this beer *isn't* great, but I don't think it's deserving of an extremely low rating. It has a slightly above average taste, and I would buy it again if I was in the mood. Great beer to take the edge off if you want to avoid the big brands just for only $2.29.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.44/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) has a thin, cream-colored head, a rather opaque, glowing red-orange, bubbly appearance, some little suspended beige sediment, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint, sweet bread crust, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, straightforward, but mild hop bitterness, and a touch of light fruit. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Boatswain Double IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and just the littlest bit alcohilic. Overall, for something touted as bold, this is pretty dull. Nothing bad or foul, though.

RJT

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Photo of ScottJWing
1.14/5  rDev -56.7%
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.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.91/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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