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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
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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 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 Belittle
1/5  rDev -59.7%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of JoelClark
3/5  rDev +21%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

aquazr1, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev +21%

Braz, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of johnnyboy76
2/5  rDev -19.4%

johnnyboy76, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.09/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

scootny, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

tjsdomer2, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
3/5  rDev +21%

drgonzo2k2, May 27, 2013
Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

marct, Mar 03, 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 Oidmoe
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Oidmoe, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

ExaltedNecrosis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of tpauer
3/5  rDev +21%

tpauer, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of beerman999999
3.25/5  rDev +31%

beerman999999, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

JMScowcroft, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
3.04/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

TheMarkE, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of falconxman
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

falconxman, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of CreightonSM
2/5  rDev -19.4%

CreightonSM, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of MCain04
3.15/5  rDev +27%
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.

MCain04, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of KimenTshom
2/5  rDev -19.4%

KimenTshom, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of WoostaBia
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

WoostaBia, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jadler16
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of aflies
3/5  rDev +21%

aflies, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of einman
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

einman, Feb 18, 2014
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.