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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 28.52%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
2/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

App: Golden apricot in color, slightly tan head with quickly disappearing head. Very minimal lacing.

Nose: Really? Not much going on here. Some malt when I really tried, but not much else.

Taste: Syrupy, with calm carbonation and a wet/smooth mouthfeel. A bit of strawberry and some tropical fruits.

Notes: Not very true to style. In ABV, yes, but in hop profile, no. You can't beat the price. Hops heads can skip this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
1.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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 Jovo
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of JupiterJesus
2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev +38.8%
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 ste5venla
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
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 sloejams
4/5  rDev +52.1%

Photo of InfernoBoss
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of secondtooth
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
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
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 elwoodjblues
2/5  rDev -24%

Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +24.7%
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 rhino54
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Spikester
2.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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 WhitmansNiece
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of MrJolly
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of CEDAMA
1/5  rDev -62%

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
1.16/5  rDev -55.9%
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
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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 largadeer
1.75/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Mikel772
2/5  rDev -24%

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.