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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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64
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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:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of barczar
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Corn, caramel malt, some dank resin, and grapefruit form the aroma, finishing somewhat skunky. Initially reminiscent of malt liquor...with hops.

Flavor reveals the suspicion is correct. Very sweet adjunct flavor, with alcohol very prevalent. There's an underlying lemony grapefruit note that almost saves the flavor, which ends somewhat bitter.

Body is syrupy, with moderate carbonation. There's a significant astringency at the finish.

Very adjunct laden brew. Hops enable this to not be a total drainpour. That, and I'm cheap.

Photo of crob3888
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of mhaugo
1.75/5  rDev -34%

Photo of heresy22
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.16/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of lilnicky068
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +41.5%

Photo of HeightsEats
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Fitwitchik
3.35/5  rDev +26.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +60.4%

Photo of TriggerFingers
2.01/5  rDev -24.2%
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

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2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Danny1217
2/5  rDev -24.5%

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3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of t420o
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
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

C- 

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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.09/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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2/5  rDev -24.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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