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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 28.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 67
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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing really wrong with it. Nothing very good either. A bit maltier than I like for a DIPA.

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4.1/5  rDev +54.7%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bomber the wife brought back from Trader Joe's (a nice surprise) poured into a tulip glass. Had never heard of this, so was looking forward to trying it.

A- Amber red with a thin half finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Greenish hue.

S - Some burnt grains, malt. Not picking up any hops.

T - Not much semblance of taste here. You get some booze and some backend malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, a touch on the thin side. Carbonation is low.

O - Not sure what to make of this. Doesn't come across as a DIPA. There is no balance. Cant say I would recommend it.

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3.12/5  rDev +17.7%
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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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.

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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