Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev +42%
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
06-15-2013 02:21:59 | More by IchLiebeBier
3.73/5 rDev +41.3%
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.
12-07-2011 07:16:55 | More by Drinkerofales
3.65/5 rDev +38.3%
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.
03-14-2013 18:54:48 | More by jondeelee
3.65/5 rDev +38.3%
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?!?!
11-25-2011 04:09:26 | More by whatthehull
3.6/5 rDev +36.4%
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!
01-16-2012 05:50:37 | More by fezmeister
3.6/5 rDev +36.4%
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.
11-20-2011 22:59:06 | More by greenborn
3.6/5 rDev +36.4%
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.
11-07-2012 03:04:29 | More by MoreThanWine
3.38/5 rDev +28%
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.
06-03-2012 22:35:06 | More by Fitwitchik
3.34/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
04-15-2013 07:35:38 | More by lynny
3.33/5 rDev +26.1%
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.
12-15-2012 04:22:46 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5 rDev +26.1%
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.
11-20-2011 04:45:58 | More by mactrail
Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.