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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev +13.6%

heresy22, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

beerenjoyer1, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

lilnicky068, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Popp24
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Popp24, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Beermazter310, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of DeezGunz14
3.75/5  rDev +42%

DeezGunz14, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of HeightsEats
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

HeightsEats, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Fitwitchik
3.38/5  rDev +28%
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.

Fitwitchik, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.25/5  rDev +61%

MaxOfMetal, May 30, 2012
Photo of TriggerFingers
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted their DIPA once, and tried it again just to make sure it was what I thought it was.

Hop aroma and flavor is pretty much non-existent. Its boozy with a capital B. Actually, the glaring alcohol reminds me quite a bit of 211 Steel Reserve in that regard (its better than 211, but just so you get the idea).

Being a homebrewer, the only way you can make a DIPA taste this way is if you cut corners-- cut your hops, barley, and specialty grains and increase adjuncts like rice or sugar to boost ABV.

One redeeming value for this beer is that it could be a good "tune-up" for your palate if you were going to judge a bunch of beers. This is a quintessential example of "how not to make DIPA"

Bottom Line: This is pretty much a flop for a DIPA. I am not bashing, just calling a spade a spade. This is at the back of the pack for the style. If you are at TJ's looking at Minhas beers, their Chocolate Stout is surprisingly good and the HLV is not bad either.

Grade: D

TriggerFingers, May 29, 2012
Photo of capuchinpilates
2/5  rDev -24.2%

capuchinpilates, May 29, 2012
Photo of smcolw
2.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

smcolw, May 28, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Danny1217, May 28, 2012
Photo of MrJolly
3/5  rDev +13.6%

MrJolly, May 19, 2012
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


t420o, May 17, 2012
Photo of GarretD
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

GarretD, May 16, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 21. Color was caramel, but pale with lots of bubbles. Just about a finger of head. Light lacing on the top that dissipated almost right away. No film on the sides.

Pretty weak smell. Only got hops after I practically snorted it. Got a light whiff of caramel, but really nothing else.

The taste was almost as weak. Got a few flavors, but it was almost like they couldn’t figure out which one to put where. Hardly got any hops, which was a bit surprising. Not a lot of taste. Maybe some late caramel, but nothing complex at all.

Medium body. Oily thin texture. Very carbonated. Abrupt finish.

Nothing to say about this beer. It started bad and ended bad, and there was a whole bunch of bad in between.

BucannonXC5, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of sharpski
2/5  rDev -24.2%

sharpski, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

justinlaz, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of travolta
2/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

travolta, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
1.2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I got this 22oz bomber from Trader Joe's here in Portland. I think it was a cheap price and now I can understand why. Usually they have some really good products but I wouldn't consider this one of them. The appearance was burnt orange with a not much of a head or lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell was pretty non existent and off. The taste really thin for a double and it left a poor aftertaste in the mouth. If I wasn't so cheap I might poor this one out. Overall it tastes like a first time off home brewers attempt.

cswhitehorse, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of elwoodjblues
2/5  rDev -24.2%

elwoodjblues, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

InfernoBoss, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of jacobfern
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

jacobfern, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev +13.6%

sd123, Feb 02, 2012
Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
64 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.