Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) - Rhinelander Brewing Company
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3.09/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
06-18-2013 00:37:54 | More by scootny
2.65/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
04-11-2013 03:15:51 | More by tjsdomer2
2.73/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-03-2013 16:20:02 | More by kaseydad
3.04/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
01-11-2013 00:09:56 | More by TheMarkE
3.15/5 rDev +27.5%
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.
04-20-2013 01:38:00 | More by MCain04
Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.