Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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: mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Reviews by AWolfAtTheDoor:
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was 1.99 at Trader Joe's.

Coppery hue to the yellow color. Very clear. Very little head, no lacing.

Not much on the nose. After a quick swirl, I detect some sour hops, and a nice whiff of alcohol.

More alcohol on the palate. Was there any grain that went into this beer? Some wet grassy hops, very little malt flavor to speak of. Metallic pepper mixed in as well.

Slightly under carbonated, thin mouthfeel. Alcohol twang sits around. Not good.

Overall I don't know what I was expecting for a $2 bomber. I guess I saw "Wisconsin" and automatically thought it would be at least drinkable. I'd have been better off drinking a hunk of their cheese.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +55.3%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
1.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The persistent head is light tan head with a good head stand.

S: Too estery with moderate smells like bananas but diminishes somewhat as it sits. There is a slight medicinal character, band-aid like. You've got to dig deep to find the hops there even buried under the flowery alcohol aroma which is the only pleasant smell to be found.

T: More fruit flavors with a moderate bitterness and a soapy flavor combining to be pretty harsh. Very little hops flavor with a moderately-strong caramel malt flavor. The balance is slight bitter with harsh edge. The aftertaste is of bitterness and caramel. The finish is medium, edging toward the sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. S low astringency and slickness on the palate.

O: I couldn't choke this one down as the first beer of the night do to the soap flavor mixed with the bitterness. Even if this beer died of old age a couple of years back, which would explain the lack of hops aroma and flavor, It was still a flawed beer. I hate to slam a beer but if this was a home brew I'd suggest a number of potential sources of error including; check sanitation, watch the fermentation temperature, use a high alpha acid hops, use food grade rubber hoses, rinse sanitizing solution thoroughly and of course pitch a healthy active starter. It's not infected just off.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JupiterJesus
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Copper colored, poured with small head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing. Overall impression of the flavor, with my limited palate, is that it reminds me of an Imperial Oktoberfest. It tastes simultaneously English (the malts), German (the malt and hops) and a little Belgian (the hops and a spicy astringency that reminds me of Belgian yeast).

I don't really get it. This is nothing like an Imperial IPA. Like I said before, it tastes like a Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but with bumped up ABV. Same malt flavor and hop flavor. Even the light, crisp body and near total lack of residual sweetness remind me of such. The only thing that doesn't is the unclean yeast profile.

This is a weird beer, definitely shouldn't be labeled an IIPA. Labels aside, it isn't a very good beer on its own merits. Even for $2 I wouldn't pick this up again. This is unfortunate, since the Boatswain Chocolate Stout is actually pretty damn good, and more than worth the $2.

Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twin Screw Steamer opens to a surprisingly malty nose, for a double IPA, for while there is a good bit of hop aroma in here, with grapefruit rind, as well as lighter touches of pine resin, lemon, and a faint bit of dandelion stem, the malts are perhaps stronger, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, hay, grass, and a bit of toasted nut. Bits of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, add further complexity. The aromas as a whole are, in addition, fairly light, regardless of hop-malt balance, and fast-fading, difficult to detect in an open bottle after a minute or two, and what’s left is mainly hay, with bits of sugar.

On the tongue, the beer proves far more flavorful than the nose let on, the initial flavors being a nice sugary, hoppy blend that brings pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and lemon from the hops, and a nice assortment of fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and even touches of melon. A large swath of brown sugar adds further sweetness, and the grains add a nice backing layer of toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. In subsequent sips the sugars aren’t quite as sweet, and a more bitter, piney hop note creeps in, as well as a more earthy, hay-like, grassy malt touch. The aftertaste is more of these latter notes, with even more of a pine resin hop overtone, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is a decent double IPA, though the weak nose is a strange beginning to what is otherwise a fairly flavorful beer. The flavors are good, and present in decent strength, but lack nuance, especially in the hops, which could use a few extra dimensions to bring a more full and round profile. Having said that, for roughly $2.50 a bomber at Trader Joe’s, you’re not going to get a much better flavor for the price, and the 8.4% ABV is also surprisingly high. Excellent bargain.

Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber of craft for $1.99? And a DIPA no less...how can you go wrong with that? I sampled this at The Attic a few nights ago.

This beer is a mildly hazed light orange color. About half a finger of head develops with little staying power, but it manages to leave a foam which itself manages to leave spotty lacing as it drops down the glass.
Aromas are not particularly citric in the nature of the hops profile, though there is a touch. It's mainly herbal and earthy with a bit of a piny note alongside. Malts balance well. Overall this is a very light aroma. I imagine to use a huge load of hops and malts would be considerably more expensive than the profit that could be made for this beer's price. As such, it's sort of a "DIPA light."
The same goes for the flavor, and an interesting thing happens: perhaps it's the lightness of ingredients added, almost like a watering-down (though it's not bad, just a little weak), but this comes off very similar to an ESB with its tea-like character. The other interesting thing is that I'm getting so much earthiness and herbal character that it's almost like a British style, though the style itself is outright American. It should be a fresh bottle, though I can't be entirely sure, but these are my impressions.
The feel is a little light but pleasant, and a rolling smoothness built upon by a consistent carbonation keeps it flowing well. There's a bit of crsipness as well. While a little tame for the style, it stays interesting enough.
To be clear, I find DIPAs to be one of the better styles out there. Scores factor in relation to its style as well as its overall quality.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear honey orange with a 2 finger head, average retention and a resulting lace that's sparse and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Sweet, bready malt; hop character is heavily buried under the malty aromas.

Taste - Dominant malt character. Sweet and bready. Underwhelming hops. Subtle notes of citrus. Nothing here that would lead one to believe it's a double IPA except the label.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick; almost syrupy. Sticky. Decent carbonation.

Overall - If this isn't just a re-packaged version of their Rhinelander Underworld "Double IPA" then it's damn close to it. Woefully unbalanced in favor of heavy malt. 75 IBU's? I think that'd surprise even the most discernible of palates. Very 'malt liquor' like in it's feel. Will not buy again. They should be embarrassed to call this a double IPA; it isn't even close.

Photo of secondtooth
2.39/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This delightfully-priced ($2.49 a bomber at Trader Joe's Louisville) imperial IPA is an impressively boozy 8.4% ABV, but fails on all other levels.

It pours a hazy, cloudy amber, with a decent two-finger head of off-white suds and a fair fence-post lacing. Not awful there.

Nose is mild somehow, though. I don't get a lot of hoppiness. Maybe a hint, but almost more of an adjunct corniness. Huh?

Taste is way off balance. This one is heavily malted and boozy. Really disappointing! I can hear an old lady buzzing "Where's the hops?" here. Maybe my bottle was old, but maybe not. A grossly imbalanced IPA and only a good deal if you want to get drunky-drunk.

Photo of hreb
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle poured in pint glass. Beer is a bright red amber with a thin white head. Aroma is again slightly estery. Flavor is oddly sweet. I object to the label "double I.P.A." to describe this. This is an American Strong (pale) Ale, and not a good one. I think it tastes of adjunct and perhaps corn specifically. The balance is all wrong to be any kind of IPA, and there's no distinct hop flavor of any kind, flowery, citrusy, spicy -- nothing. Just syrupy sweet and alcohol with a light carbonation and a back of the throat bitterness. 8.4% ABV and 75 IBU ought to give the brewery enough room to pack in a lot of flavor -- in fact it rather mandates flavor. This is even worse than the Boatswain "single" / American IPA. Inexplicably my expectations were higher. Oh well, it sure was cheap.

Photo of KensWorld
3.27/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, smells good, but it just did not taste good. Reminds me of typical 1990's IPA's. I liked the price though. 3.30

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour the Twin Screw Steamahh into a pint glass from a slightly odd looking bomber. Lagunitas perhaps? Or maybe it's just glass envy. Pours a tad orange in color with reasonable clarity. Half an inch of foam drops off in normal fashion.

Nose is citric yet pleasant and lacking any overly forward overt malt notes. Hops remain a bit subdued nonetheless, though at $1.99 this doesn't really surprise. Bit piney and with a moderate bitterness on the back, pleasant yet unexciting up front.

Flavor follows as for structure and expectations. Bready and malty with some hop spice and without any cloying caramel flavor. Yet sweet enough to mask the ABV and smooth though a bit inoccuous. Doesn't really drink like a DIPA given the moderate aroma though this does expand with warming.

Offers decent hop balance and some hop spice notes throughout. Not a great beer but surely a great value.

Photo of Spikester
2.37/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear pale amber with one finger of off white head. Modest lacing.
Smell is not bad just not much there. Slightly malty.
Taste is mild hops, with plenty of malts. Almost like a double Blond Ale if such a thing exists.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style.
Overall a tasty beer that doesn't belong in this style category. Also I never found the alcohol to be off putting.

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
1.2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into wine goblet
A:clear dark amber. No carbination fat tan head dies kinda slowly good lacing but looks watery
S:Malty woody grain sweet fruit alcohol smell. This smell reminds me of cheap low grade beer. Like pbr.
T: soapy upfront acrid bitter grain alcohol not hop bitter. Slight malt backbone.some slight fruit esters The soapy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: thin watery slick like old hard grease
O:Wow this is petty nasty.its hasrsh bitter soapy and greasy .Even the 8.5% ABV IS not a saving grace.I would actually rather have a PBR a least it's clean not soapy or grain alcohol like. This tastes like I should be stripping my wood funiture with it.Good if you want to get drunk and don't care HOW! Or why!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.16/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive three finger slightly off white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, faint grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by a pleasant biscuit malt with slight fruit and a faint spiciness. Barely a hint of hops. Decent medium body with light creaminess. This is a hard ale to rate. It actually tastes pleasant and malty, like a light weight old ale. But it doesn't even approach a IPA let alone a DIPA in hopping. One wonders if there are shelf life issues here, although the reviews are fairly consistent. Maybe the brewery doesn't quite get the idea of an IPA. Bottom line, I really kind of like this, the malt is pleasant and there is enough flavor to well cover the alcohol. I'm going to enjoy finishing the bottle, but this is on a different planet from an IPA. Sadly the flavor and overall ratings are lower than the enjoyment rating would have been, but this says "double IPA" in big letters on the bottle, so it's gotta take the hits; but I can't give it a bad rating, because it is an ok malty ale.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Copper in color and a tad translucent with a 1 inch white head very good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Slightly floral and piney hop aroma with some caramel malt

Taste: Very resiny with a touch of corn and a tad bit malty with a touch of alcohol. It is a very unique flavor profile I must say and hard for me to explain

Mouthfeel: Thinnish body and medium carbonaiton

Overall: This is a decent DIPA at best but for 2 bucks I'm not mad at it

Photo of Zorro
2.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty with a corn, banana and apple scent. Little bit of orange scent here but hops are pretty much missing.

Starts out sweet and bready with a little hop bitterness. Little bit of butter and leather in this. Strong corn flavor. In short the hops are largely missing. It tastes like beer but it isn't even remotely an IPA much less a double one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, this isn't a DIPA. 100% disappointing, avoid.

Photo of DunzDog
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With this beer you get what you pay for. The taste is ok but there is absolutely no hop aroma and very little hop bitterness. Cannot really be considered an DIPA or really even an IPA due to the lack of hops. Good price for the 8.4% alcohol but you can find much better.

Photo of nUgZ
2.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a hazy medium golden color with a 1 finger head and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Smells mostly of malts and alcohol. Almost like a malt liquor.

T: Sweet malts and not much hops to speak of. Definitely not an ideal DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Quite disappointing as far as DIPA's go. Not a drain pour, but not one I'd buy again.

Photo of t420o
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Boatswain DIPA from trader joe's $1.99

A- pour into pint glass produces a 1-1/2 finger off white head. Not much retention leaving some spotty lacing. Body is a light brown- gold and is very clear. 3

S- malty and bannana with some alcohol. Some light bitter hops also. Not liking where this is going 2.5

T- boozy and I am normally very immune to booziness in beers. First taste is alcohol then that bannana is in there again. Not much in the way of hops though is very malty. Not too sure where the 75 ibu's claimed on the bottle are unless they count in the bitter alcohol and metalic twang.   To be fair trader joes had been storing these on the top shelf exposed to light all day and at room temperature. But I don't think it matters with this one. 2.5

M- fizzy like soda and light 2

O- I really like the mission street ipa that trader joes has but I was disapointed with this one. Way too boozy. At $2 it's better than a 24 of bud at the same price point but I won't be picking this up again 2.5

C- 

Photo of Nugganooch
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Trader Joes Purchase
-says brewed by Rhinelander Brewco - Monroe WI...which looks like who acquired Minhas.

22oz bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a mostly clear caramel amber color with some hazy orange hues to it. Carb looks way low although it is bubblin. Just a thin sheet of white lace across the top. Some splashes of lace.

S: Nice big pine and grass aromas up front. An overall caramel malt sweetness. Some spice and alcohol present.

T: Piney yet malt forward with a roast caramel sweetness. A hit of juicy hops. It's really quite bitter actually. Harsh at first especially at mid-back palate. Has a fruity component with notes of apple and pear. Alcohol. Peppery with a dry crisp finish. Not bad but balance needs some work.

M: Medium-heavier body with some sticky sweet sugars that linger. Somewhat chalky at times. Lighter in finish with a dry crispness.

D: Somewhat filling and harsh at times with a sharp bitterness. Touch on the malt heavy sweeter side of things. All considered its a not a horrible DIPA...especially for the price. Still comes through with some big hops.
Could definitely use some clean up work on this one but for the price I could easily see myself grabbing a few more of these in the future.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.16/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Medium amber color with nice foam but little lacing. There is good carbonation throughout.

S ~ Not the smell of a Imperial IPA but more a Bud. No real floral or hop smell characteristic of a Imperial IPA.

T ~ Nice but not really impressive for a Imperial IPA at least not what I expected.

M ~ More of a pale ale taste than that of a Imperial IPA.

O ~ To me this of more of a pale ale other than the alcohol content. I still think it is a nice beer but lacks extra hop and floral notes.

Photo of Mikus
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Bought from Trader Joe's for 2.29. 1.5 fingers of white head over a nice amber body. Next to no nose... There is a bit of balance of bitterness, though mostly a malt bomb. Watery mouthfeel... damn, just accept the fact that you want to drink this for the 8.4 buzz... boo-yah. Not a good reviewing beer if you are into that kind of thing.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium glass on 8/23/12

Deep, burnt honey amber color with an effervescent, two finger head that dwindles to a much shorter foamy layer. Speckled lacing dots a few places on the glass. Better lace farther along.

Aromatics: soap, dirty orange rinds, herbal hops, soap, caramel, perfume, bread and more soap. Yuck.

The taste is bad on an equal level, though for different reasons. This thing has a candied hop taste with strange, irritable notions of tea leaves, dirt, pine bitterness and stale citrus pith. Caramel and bread thicken the middle, while sticky sweet candy fruit notes linger on the finish.

Fluffy carbonation is a bit too much for its own good, but it's close to being matched with the medium body. The overall feel is ok, aside from the sticky sweet finish.

This is a really bad DIPA and a rather poor beer in general. I won't be finishing it. Not recommended.

Photo of drewone
1.17/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I think this the first beer that I am about to drain pour - don't even like to review but this is that bad - i would even grade on a curve considering the price - had low expectations and even those were not meet.

Absolute no hop aroma, smells sweet, corn syrupy.

No hop taste either, very slight bitterness, super sweet malty, alcohol doesn't come through.

looks half way decent.

mouth feel is overwhelmed by sweetness.

This is seriously not that different than simpler times - not to style at all.

Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Minimal head that dies to a single rim of bubbles. Absolutely no head. The color is dark gold and clear.

Nearly no hop smell--not a good start.

The taste is stunningly mild. Very little hop, no notable alcohol. The flavor is mostly creamy malt with a bit pepper from the minimal amount of hop. At least the body is rich.

A very poor DIPA.

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.