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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boatswain Twin Screw SteamerBoatswain Twin Screw Steamer

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 165
Avg: 2.64
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy; amber/orange; huge frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Weak malt; faint bread

Taste: Sweet, juicy malt on start; warming alcohol with good nuttiness in mid; finishes sweet with hoppy bitterness lingering; pretty crisp and refreshing

Remarks: Surprisingly tasty for a low-cost beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Not the hops aroma I am looking for from a DIPA. Understated hops and an earthy smell with a little pine tang and booze.

Wow, not much hops flavor at all, some piney hops come in the middle-back of the taste, but it's quick and fleeting. Up front it has a smooth bready taste.

Feels like a good beer, hides it's alcohol well. Good carbonation makes it the best part of the beer.

Overall, I feel it's not a great DIPA. It's ok, and for the price of 2 bucks, its stellar. As a beer overall it better than average, but only because of the 8.4% on the cheap.


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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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 inch velvety custard head with long life. Body looks like iced tea in mass tone but a slightly hazed amber held to the light. Smells if malt, light pine hops, and tropical fruit. Taste mirrors smell but is lighter than expected. Slight melon rind taste in the finish. Nice enough beer but not really a double IPA.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A - semi cloudy orange/copper, half finger almost tan head (dissipates in seconds) and some slight lacing

S - HOPS, flowers, tons of malt sweet and toasted, booze, wood, fruity and more flowers

T - Lots of malt, huge bittersweet hops, slight booze, pine, citrus, sweet yeast, some wet wood and flowers

M - medium minus body, medium acidity, medium balance, no complexity and medium minus finish

D - As far as a double IPA this one is easy to drink for the hop fan and the slight hop fan alike. Malt balances out the hop and the booze is minimal. Crisp and refreshing

Final thought - $2 and 8.4%?!?!?! Why the hell not?!?!

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Photo of greenborn
3.56/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this ale at the local TJ’s. It was on sale for $1.99 a bottle (650 ML or 1PT, 6FL OZ) so I thought I’d give it a try even though I’m not a big fan of IPA. Color was a nice light brown/golden and the smell was hoppy with a malt undertone. The flavor was nice- hoppy but not over the top hoppy, just enough to make for a smooth crisp taste and leave your mouth knowing it had an IPA. I must mention the price again- $1.99 at TJ’s for a 650 ML bottle that’s 22 ounces, almost two beers for two bucks. I’ll be looking for more ales from Rhinelander Brewing that’s for sure.

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Photo of fezmeister
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so lots of people expecting a DIPA and getting this are likely going to be disappointed. That said, this is a much better beer than commentary is likely to indicate, if reviews are based partially upon living up to style.

The beers pours a golden orange, a bit cloudy, lighter than the darker colors I'm used to seeing in a double, but not outside the realm of possibility. Nose is a pleasant mild blend of fruity hops, sweet malts, and...corn?? Taking a swallow the taste is very similar. I drink corny beers so infrequently that I may have had trouble placing its flavor save a happy accidental run-in with another Wisconsin corned beer last week. It's so strong in the flavor profile of this one that I'd think that alone would automatically eject it from the imperial IPA genre, without even going into the rather underdone hop content for what is expected from this style. That said, I actually enjoy what this beer has to offer the drinker. The hops taste good, although they appear briefly, the malt is sweet but light and not sticky, and the corn is tasty, with a long, smooth finish. This would be an unusual beer even if placed in the IPA genre; I can't quite figure out where it fits in, but it's pretty good. Just don't expect a double!

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a less than 2 bucks & 8.4% I figured what the hell...

And it is exactly what a $2 dollar double IPA bomber can be---ok.

The hops surrenders to a malty flavour yet it isn't horrible. Bought two bottles just to make sure I wasn't dreaming the price. the Mr. who loves malt thought it wasn't half bad.

Dont' believe I will be a buyer on a regular basis but am grateful it wasn't a complete waste of cash.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as a Christmas gift (thanks Jason!) as it was recommended by the beer store for someone that loves good craft beer, so I was very eager to try it. Review #100.

Appearance – Pours a clear, golden amber color with a good head and a thin-medium lacing. So far, so good!

Smell – Smells more like a strong adjunct than an IPA, with a hint of mild rubbing alcohol. Not your typical DIPA, but not as bad as I probably made it sound.

Taste – Again a strong adjunct flavor with a little rubbing alcohol. Malty, but not much hoppiness for a DIPA. I really don't think this is a DIPA but that's what the bottle says. Nevertheless, it's still a decent beer.

Mouthfeel – A little thicker and creamier than your typical DIPA with medium-light carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty good!

Drinkability – Not a typical DIPA. Very easy drinking for an 8.4% beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Powerful taste and strength. Only a modest maltiness and more dry than sweet. Hops are bold but fade before the biterness gets to be too much. Label claims 75 IBU. Rather hot with alcohol. Seems to be on the thin side and the flavor is a little flat. Drinkable enough, it's just not the vast richness some expect from a DIPA. Decently made with nice lacing on the amber brew.

Whatever complaints you might have, it's a steal at two bucks for a 22 oz bottle at Trader Joe's. I bought this one in San Diego. It's made at the old Huber brewery and says "Rhinelander Brewing Co." on the label. Maybe someone can decide if this is the same as what goes by Rhinelander Imperial Jack Double IPA with a different label.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an 8.40% abv beer that costs $1.99 and don't taste too bad. The review takes these points into consideration. This is not Pliny the Elder, Avery Maharaja or SN Torpedo Ale. A pleasant beer, not a great example of a DIPA. Pours a clear, light copper color with a good size, slightly off-white head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is somewhat Bud-like with adjunct ingredients and a little grassy hops.

Taste is somewhat better. The grassy hops are there and there is a bit of Belgian style flavor...I was thinking yeast but other reviewers are saying candi sugar. The adjunct/corn is somewhat present in the taste as well, but overall not bad. The missing ingredient is a heavy -duty hops presence. A little grassy hops, that is it.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, not watery as you would expect in a cheap beer. There is a touch of bitterness, but not enough for a DIPA.

For a buck ninety nine, this is worth a shot.

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Photo of lynny
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boatswain Double IPA "Twin Screw Steamer": Almost no nose. I expected some hop aroma, considering it's a DIPA. It' s a big beer at 8.4% ABV. It has a nice big malty flavor that sticks around on the aftertaste, along with a balanced hop presence and bitterness. It's just enough hop bite for my taste. At the pour, there was a good two fingers of creamy head, with excellent retention and good lace. Dark copper color. For two bucks a bomber, this is a solid brew. Don't let the low price keep you from it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Appearance is a pleasant brown / copper, with a malty / boozy aroma. Flavor is a subtle caramel malt with plenty of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thick but not too heavy, making for a pretty drinkable high ABV beer. Enough hops so the beer isn't cloying, but their flavor / aroma isn't really noticeable.

This is a tasty, drinkable high ABV ale for $1.99, but it really shouldn't be labeled as a "Double IPA" when it tastes more like a low hop barleywine.

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Photo of MisterE
3.14/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a 22 oz bomber at TJ's for $2.49

A: pours a semi-clear copper color with a solid two-finger head that disappears slowly

S: more sweet than hoppy, actually almost fruity

T: subtle and well-balanced - a little sweet at first, followed by grassy hops bite

M: medium mouthfeel (not thin) with moderate carbonation

D: very easy to enjoy all 22 ounces, even more so as it warms

After reading some of the reviews here, my expectations were low, but this is a fairly good DIPA, especially at this price.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.12/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/gold color, clear with a creamy white head.

Smell is sweet soft fruit aroma. Melons and pears, not the pine and citrus aroma one might expect.

Taste is sweet and mildly bitter at the same time. The sweet in a soft fruit flavor, and then a dry bitter finish. Not the citrus flavor of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, wet and slightly cloying.

Overall an unusual representation of the style. A little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz (650 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Acquired at a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention (especially for the 8.4% ABV). Colour is not a "deep amber" as per the label, but rather a transparent textbook copper. She looks pretty good, and about right for the style as well.

Sm: Caramel and candied sugar, actually. I was expecting a blanket of hops, but they're rather faint. There might be a cherry ester somewhere in there, but it's hard to tell. A mild to moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one at that.

T: Where are the hops? Candied sugar is quite apparent, particularly in the second half and throughout the body. I don't get much hop bitterness, and what little there is is covered up by the well-placed caramelized malt on the finish. It's nicely balanced, but strange for the style with its relative lack of hops. I drank this the day after purchasing it, so I'm not concerned about hop death. It's rather simply built - to its detriment. There's not a whole lot going on here, but I do appreciate the balance. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also a bit coarse from the candied sugar on the finish. Too thick for the lack of flavours.

Dr: A drinkable beer but a boring one, this so called double IPA will disappoint hopheads. That said, it remains a pleasant brew that's probably best suited to a spring night. I wouldn't buy it again, and I doubt I'd even want to try it on draught.

I doubt it would pair well with food. Not recommended for aging.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.09/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, couldn't find a date. Pours a bright orange with a one inch off white, that leaves some traces of lace. Smell is odd, turpentine, orange, pine, and cloyingly sweet. Taste is a little better, not bitter as you expect, the alcohol isn't as strong, some tropical flavors, and grapefruit. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and once you get past the odd flavors it goes down o.k. $2.49 a bomber and I know why, it could be worse, but not much.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have read the reviews below and while I agree that this beer is definitely poor for a Double IPA, it is FAR from a sink pour. The stuff that first time brewers bring to my brewers club meeting, now those are sink pours. Boatswain Double IPA is a strong ale, weighing in with a 8.4 ABV. The appearance is an attractive amber with clarity and slight lacing. Smell is underwhelming with very little hop aroma, very malty. The taste is pleasant, lacking the hop flavor one would associate with a Double IPA; flavor is underwhelming but there is a booziness that's associated with strong ales. Mouth feel is medium-heavy, coating the tongue and palate, smooth without any bite. Carbonation seems low. As stated earlier, it is poor for a double IPA but still pleasant and drinkable.
UPDATE: Tried another bottle recently and did not enjoy this nearly as much as I did when I first reviewed it. What i can taste most prevalently is the alcoholic burn that comes with using dextrose as an adjunct to raise the ABV%, a cheap and unappealing taste that comes with the territory of a $1.99 bomber I suppose. This is not craft beer, it's a cheap buzz that tastes nothing like a double IPA should.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Minhas stab at this style ends with much less emphasis on hop character and more nondescript malt influence than expected when reaching for the style.

The beer pours with a dense and hazy rust color, capped by a dense sand stained head that retains well and laces reasonably.

Off balanced aromas highly favor caramel, nuts, and grain with a mild rebuttal from hops. Leaves, twigs, and wood-like elements blend into grains and give rise to the fruity sweetness from esters.

Flavors favor similarly and caramel sweetness, part malt, part grain, and bread crust provide the base taste while pulling in esters of bruised fruit: apples, pears, peaches, and apricots deliver an English-like taste. Even the broad earthy bitterness of wet woods and damp earth sing a British tone.

Rich grainy-sweet textures also reside in mouthfeel as the residual sweetness sits heavy on the tongue. Mild carbonation does little to lift the sweetness or provide the creamy-dryness that the style demands. Finishing with extended sweetness, grain and hop astringency, the beer's clean bitterness is interrupted, thus compromising its pleasant finish.

All in all, this is a beer without identity. It bridges gaps of large English IPAs, strong ales, old ales, and lighter barleywines. Instead of satisfying a varying palate, it confuses and dispels the tastebuds.

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.