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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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BA SCORE
60
poor

144 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 26.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bcuz7
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

bcuz7, Mar 23, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -39%

Willi_BW, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of einman
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

einman, Feb 18, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

pgrow, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of chicagoish
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

chicagoish, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of DavidRandall
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

DavidRandall, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Hopster916
1.5/5  rDev -39%

Hopster916, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of LuauLarry
3.25/5  rDev +32.1%

LuauLarry, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.84/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Aaron_Ramson, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2/5  rDev -18.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Drknight
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Drknight, Jan 14, 2014
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.

Beejay, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of beerman999999
3.25/5  rDev +32.1%

beerman999999, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Emnmarko
3.5/5  rDev +42.3%

Emnmarko, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of hansod1
1.5/5  rDev -39%
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.

hansod1, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of dmk91
2.25/5  rDev -8.5%

dmk91, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +52.4%

Adkins721, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.5/5  rDev +42.3%

Chris77McGrath, Dec 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

TonyJ815, Nov 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

aquazr1, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +42.3%

jaxray8, Nov 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

tbizzle0, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Dsimenson
3.3/5  rDev +34.1%
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?!

Dsimenson, Nov 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -18.7%

CreightonSM, Nov 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

comrade_tony, Nov 07, 2013
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
60 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.