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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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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chinchill on 12-16-2012)
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Photo of Somebody_Else


1.99/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What rating does Olde English 800 get?
'cause that's what I rate this.

Someone told this brewery that IPAs were selling well, and it's like they shrugged their shoulders and said, "If you say so..."

I don't find it horribly offensive as several reviewers do; it's just that I find no merit.

Appearance: this beer's strong point. Nice clear raw honey with a firm enough head that degrades into a thin film and very light lacing.

Smell: old beer and alcohol. I'm going to stick with the same smell as Olde English 800.

Taste: old beer and alcohol. Minimal hops flavor compared to my favorite hops-bombs. Slightly more hops flavor than Coors.

Mouthfeel: I don't know how to rate mouthfeel.

Overall: it'll get you drunk, son. That's about all it's got to recommend for itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:41:14 | More by Somebody_Else
Photo of brewerburgundy


2/5  rDev -18.7%

12-19-2012 19:12:40 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of Morey


2/5  rDev -18.7%

10-24-2013 20:18:29 | More by Morey
Photo of MilkManX


2/5  rDev -18.7%

05-20-2014 21:30:11 | More by MilkManX
Photo of MikeCactusGordon


2/5  rDev -18.7%

01-18-2014 18:02:03 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Photo of Matthew607


2/5  rDev -18.7%

04-04-2014 19:32:14 | More by Matthew607
Photo of hoppytobehere


2/5  rDev -18.7%

05-18-2014 04:06:27 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of kylehay2004


2/5  rDev -18.7%

10-04-2013 20:49:08 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Oidmoe


2/5  rDev -18.7%

04-27-2014 22:25:29 | More by Oidmoe
Photo of CreightonSM

New York

2/5  rDev -18.7%

11-10-2013 03:13:10 | More by CreightonSM
Photo of KimenTshom


2/5  rDev -18.7%

10-06-2013 02:23:57 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of BurningTreeMufen


2.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 22:36:25 | More by BurningTreeMufen
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, margarine, non-stick cooking spray, and subdued citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and metallic hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with no real redeeming qualities other than its appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 05:02:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.19/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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?

Never again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:36:20 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dmk91


2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-13-2013 20:35:01 | More by dmk91
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

02-15-2014 21:19:13 | More by pgrow
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, the wife got this at Trader Joe's for $2 and it is possibly worth that. I've had several DIPAs and this one is definitely sub-par. It's a very light amber color with a thin finger of white foam that dissipates shortly. The aroma is an odd mix of sourness and bubblegum. The taste is metallic, sour mess with a hint of adjunct. The body is quite thin for the style, and the aftertaste is less than desirable.
In my opinion, if the beer industry consisted of the government taking over, and producing a basic example of each style, this would be the resulting DIPA. This will not be a repeat buy. It's tolerable and cheap.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:26:55 | More by DesMoinesMike
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-15-2014 01:27:19 | More by ubenumber2
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

02-18-2014 03:00:17 | More by einman
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

02-10-2014 03:30:34 | More by DavidRandall
Photo of MacHeadBeer


2.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just shared this with my buddy Hank who had this review (that I completely agree with): This is nothing like a DIPA, I would barely say its an IPA. It has a slightly fruity nose with some citrus. Taste was malty, almost unfiltered, but hardly any hops. The bitterness at the end is the only IPA-esk thing about it. At $2.50 it was worth the try. If your looking for DIPA don't bother. If you want a cheap, easy ale, them pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:37:56 | More by MacHeadBeer
Photo of Beejay


2.44/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 21:10:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of 5thOhio

South Carolina

2.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:31:00 | More by 5thOhio
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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-26-2013 02:12:53 | More by aquazr1
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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