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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
61
poor

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 26.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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 LuauLarry
3.25/5  rDev +31%

LuauLarry, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
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.

Aaron_Ramson, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2/5  rDev -19.4%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Drknight
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Drknight, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Beejay
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.

Beejay, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of beerman999999
3.25/5  rDev +31%

beerman999999, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Emnmarko
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Emnmarko, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of hansod1
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.

hansod1, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of dmk91
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

dmk91, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Adkins721
3.75/5  rDev +51.2%

Adkins721, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Chris77McGrath, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of TonyJ815
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

TonyJ815, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

aquazr1, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of jaxray8
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

jaxray8, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of tbizzle0
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

tbizzle0, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Dsimenson
3.3/5  rDev +33.1%
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
Photo of CreightonSM
2/5  rDev -19.4%

CreightonSM, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of comrade_tony
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

comrade_tony, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

bigbluebeerguy, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
2.73/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

kaseydad, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ThirstySavage
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

ThirstySavage, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.19/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Morey
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Morey, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of dmitalski
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

dmitalski, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev +21%

NHSTEVE, Oct 18, 2013
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.