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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Reviews: 50
Hads: 195
rAvg: 2.44
pDev: 29.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: chinchill on 12-16-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.19/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +68%
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. (2,776 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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] (395 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.14/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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... (708 characters)

Photo of beertunes
1.91/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Idiotic 22oz bottle, from the TJ's bargain section. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that very low (almost none) retention and decent lacing.

Oh, the humanity! The aroma was just off and wrong. An odd scent, almost like WD-40, hit the nose first, and dominated. There was a very mild malt scent, and some underlying hops. Sadly, those hops were of the onion variety. On the tongue, the beer had the same combination of chemical and onion, just not quite as strong.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps just a bit on the thin side. Drinkability was pretty bad, I made it through about 16oz, and the rest was a sidewalk pour (I respect my drain too much). Overall, pretty damn bad, avoid. (765 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.22/5  rDev -9%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.23/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was at my local Trader Joes today and picked up a 22oz bomber of this for $2.59. Short money, so why not...

Poured into a small tulip, it was a bright, clear orange-golden color. There is plenty of steady carbo, and the head is off-white, fine and creamy. Most of the foam congregates at the edges, and lacing is minimal. Aroma gives off a decent amount of hoppyness, along with some toasty malt action. Feel was near medium, though it was a bit light and airy.

Taste, too, has a smidge of sweetness and some toasty malt, but then it is mostly hoppy. What I get here is some mildly rindy citrus, with a bit of apricot-like fruitiness. For a DIPA, it doesn't have a strong hop profile, though. The hops linger a bit in the finish, yet overall this is fairly simplistic brew. Decent for the price, but not something to write home about... Prosit!

3.2/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Photo of garymuchow
2.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've been warned. My brother who gave it said it was "okay" and then I read the reviews. Yikes!
Kinda' water aroma with no sense of the hops necessary for a DIPA, much less a good ol' Am. IPA. More malt quality really. Doesn't present to style at all.
Looks like it should. Somewhat dense tan head and typical amber color for style.
Again with the malt forward and then the hops show. Interesting flavor. Not intense and the bitterness is quite subdued, but the hop flavor is unique and pleasant enough, not horrible. What other backhanded credit can I give it? Shots of malt sweetness.
Carbonation is more than I'd like for style and it's touch thin, but no biggy.
Bitterness shows a little more as it warms but really for style, not that much. Drinks smaller than listed abv, but it does a little warming and a shot or two to the frontal lobe, but again not that much for style (879 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.44/5  rDev 0%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of ckollias
2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed this beer out of a pub glass

A: copper hue with a thin white head leads to a wispyace and no trail.

S: musky hop aroma.

T: crisp musky bitter flavored followed by some off malt flavor and finishes sweet and dry.

M: medium body and medium carbonation

O: not a very well rounded beer - lots of off flavors. (320 characters)

Photo of Beejay
2.45/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev +23.8%
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 (528 characters)

Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.09/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (761 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.72/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (452 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wife picked this up at TJ’s for about $2 a bomber. Uh-oh. Well at least she brought me something back, eh? Popped the top and this thing right off the bat was smelling like a Budweiser straight from the bottle . Double oh-no’s!

Pours a dark amber colored ale with a big time cream colored head. Impressed with the lacing and staying power…..which disappears soon after I wrote that. Hmmmm.

The aroma is definitely improved since the pour into a glass. Big malts up front, toast, orange, biscuit and a touch of dankness.

The taste is very much on the sweet side. This is a different style of DIPA going on here. Not sure the type of hops used, but the sweetness continues to overpower and even moreso on the aftertaste. Fruity and lightly hoppy is the mix and not much else. Each sip I try to figure out what’s going on here…but finally give up.

Mouthfeel is decent but the sweetness detracts.

Overall this just wasn’t for me. If you like a sweeter DIPA then the price point is spot on for an 8.4% monster….me….I prefer a hop bomb-ruin the palate-type of DIPA. I’ll still keep my beautiful wife, but this “twin screw steamer” screwed me. I’ll be giving my paperboy his $2….cuz he wants his $2. (1,223 characters)

Photo of ScottJWing
1.14/5  rDev -53.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.04/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: A slightly off orange color, with moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Malt, caramel, and funk.

Taste: Caramel, malt, and funk.

Mouthfeel: Bready yet watery, creamy, with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: I’m torn. As a DIPA, it’s bad. As just a cheap beer with a big kick, it’s does the job fairly well. Maybe I’ll pretend this Trader Joe’s brew is actually a funky, slightly hoppy malt beverage and be happy with it. (455 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.16/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Only $3 for a 22oz bomber. Not expecting much but why not try? No bottling date. This was poured into my Bell's Tulip glass.

A: Orange amber body mostly clear, 1 finger of head but good retention and lacing.

S: Not much aroma on this at all. Maybe a little tropical fruit aroma and sweet malt.

T: Taste is not the hoppiest, the malts are a little stale, the is some metallic sourness on the back end as well, and some malty sweetness throughout. Not very bitter. Not too much heat, to its credit.

M: Over-carbonated, thin body, but crisp. Could be dryer.

O: For the price, this isn't terrible. It's certainly better than BMC. Probably won't get it again but if I wanted to get a cheap beer buzz or was asked to pick up a cheap DIPA at the store, this is a decent choice. (775 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
3.31/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 16 oz champaign flute (the 22 oz did not fit all at once). It's a lovely unfiltered golden color with a one finger head that dissipates and leaves fair lacing down the sides. Aroma is on the mild side, but pleasing--hops, and a bit of malt and grain. Flavor is not really that of a double IPA (a la Ruinstion), but more like a regular IPA. Moderate, but not strong hoppy bitterness, well balanced (which double IPAs are NOT), a bit of citrus, a bit of pine. The aftertaste does develop a mild grapefruit bite. Mouth feel is meduim, foamy, not creamy. Overall this is good, and I think it's been under-rated on this website, but what do I know?! (658 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
1.75/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
1.12/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a clear orange/caramel brown…tons of bubble action going on…some off white head formed and hung around...looks watery and average…(3/5)

Smell: Bitter! Smells like a cheap beer, think a skunky Old Milwaukee…grains and bitter hops…(1/5)

Taste: Bitter! There’s grains, bitter hops, sweet/pale malts and cardboard…it’s overly bitter, disgustingly bitter…the bitterness overpowers everything happening here and has the classic skunky, frat party cheap beer taste…GROSS! (0/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation…fluffs disgusting bitterness all over my palate…bitter after taste…(.5/5)

Overall: This may be the single grossest beer I’ve ever had…there is an outrageous bitterness that isn’t tasty nor does it leave room for any other flavors…I can’t believe people actually bottle this and I’m more surprised people buy this…DO NOT PURCHASE this beer, save your money…I suspect burning two one dollar bills with a lighter would bring more satisfaction…seriously, this is disgusting and something I would be ashamed of…(0/5) (1,092 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.91/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ChugMan
1.62/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Amber/ brown. Small head which quickly disappeared. No lacing.
S - Sweet in a malty dextrose way, which makes me nervous. Maraschino cherries. Soap. Cough syrup.
T - Begins creamy, building expectations for something good, but rapidly devolves into oppressive soap and coppery metal flavors. Intense nuttyness too like a weird amaretto.
M - That bitter metallic twang just goes on and on. Serious sensation of pennies on the tongue.
O - This is a kissing cousin of the Malt Liquor clan. It's cheap, yes, and it goes down like a mouthful of the loose change you used to buy it. Avoid. (589 characters)

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.