Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery
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1.15/5 rDev -56.4%
I think this the first beer that I am about to drain pour - don't even like to review but this is that bad - i would even grade on a curve considering the price - had low expectations and even those were not meet.
Absolute no hop aroma, smells sweet, corn syrupy.
No hop taste either, very slight bitterness, super sweet malty, alcohol doesn't come through.
looks half way decent.
mouth feel is overwhelmed by sweetness.
This is seriously not that different than simpler times - not to style at all.
01-29-2012 07:16:01 | More by drewone
2.83/5 rDev +7.2%
This was 1.99 at Trader Joe's.
Coppery hue to the yellow color. Very clear. Very little head, no lacing.
Not much on the nose. After a quick swirl, I detect some sour hops, and a nice whiff of alcohol.
More alcohol on the palate. Was there any grain that went into this beer? Some wet grassy hops, very little malt flavor to speak of. Metallic pepper mixed in as well.
Slightly under carbonated, thin mouthfeel. Alcohol twang sits around. Not good.
Overall I don't know what I was expecting for a $2 bomber. I guess I saw "Wisconsin" and automatically thought it would be at least drinkable. I'd have been better off drinking a hunk of their cheese.
01-28-2012 04:17:39 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
3.18/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
01-19-2012 23:27:46 | More by Nugganooch
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
2.78/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Copper in color with a one finger cream colored head.
S: Not getting a ton of hops. A sort of metallic smell and some faint toasted malt. Pretty weak aroma.
T: Yeah, this doesn't seem like a DIPA at all. What hops are there seem faded and purely resinous. Mostly a biscuity malt with some caramel and some faded hop resin on the finish. I wasn't really a fan. IMO, if you're in Trader Joes, the Chocolate Stout is worth the $2, but this is not.
01-15-2012 04:38:00 | More by notchucknorris
3.1/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
01-13-2012 02:09:08 | More by kojevergas
1.7/5 rDev -35.6%
22 oz bottle for $1.99 from Trader Joe's. Code on bottom is 1277 01W1277. This doesn't match up with bottle date codes online and my best guess is it was bottled on the 277th day of 2011. If that information is right it is approximately three months old.
A - Deep reddish-copper hue. Head is moderate and mostly dissipates after a few minutes.
S - Caramel and herbal with a touch of dish soap. I can't for the life of my pick out any hop aromas.
T - Grassy and sweet. This reminds me of an amber or a Märzen much more than a double IPA. Rated at 75 IBU and seems a lot less bitter than that. Finishes with pine and metallic notes. I can't wait to cleanse my palate with something else.
M - Carbonation is on the low side and is thin but sticky at the same time.
O - I only finished half the bottle and had to dump the rest. Not recommended for anyone I like.
01-12-2012 02:34:00 | More by Enish266
2.85/5 rDev +8%
Look: Copper in color and a tad translucent with a 1 inch white head very good retention and some spotty lacing
Smell: Slightly floral and piney hop aroma with some caramel malt
Taste: Very resiny with a touch of corn and a tad bit malty with a touch of alcohol. It is a very unique flavor profile I must say and hard for me to explain
Mouthfeel: Thinnish body and medium carbonaiton
Overall: This is a decent DIPA at best but for 2 bucks I'm not mad at it
01-11-2012 23:04:08 | More by DarthKostrizer
2.23/5 rDev -15.5%
Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.
Smells malty with a corn, banana and apple scent. Little bit of orange scent here but hops are pretty much missing.
Starts out sweet and bready with a little hop bitterness. Little bit of butter and leather in this. Strong corn flavor. In short the hops are largely missing. It tastes like beer but it isn't even remotely an IPA much less a double one.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall, this isn't a DIPA. 100% disappointing, avoid.
01-11-2012 03:17:28 | More by Zorro
2.48/5 rDev -6.1%
Copper colored, poured with small head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing. Overall impression of the flavor, with my limited palate, is that it reminds me of an Imperial Oktoberfest. It tastes simultaneously English (the malts), German (the malt and hops) and a little Belgian (the hops and a spicy astringency that reminds me of Belgian yeast).
I don't really get it. This is nothing like an Imperial IPA. Like I said before, it tastes like a Sam Adams Oktoberfest, but with bumped up ABV. Same malt flavor and hop flavor. Even the light, crisp body and near total lack of residual sweetness remind me of such. The only thing that doesn't is the unclean yeast profile.
This is a weird beer, definitely shouldn't be labeled an IIPA. Labels aside, it isn't a very good beer on its own merits. Even for $2 I wouldn't pick this up again. This is unfortunate, since the Boatswain Chocolate Stout is actually pretty damn good, and more than worth the $2.
01-09-2012 02:40:57 | More by JupiterJesus
2.5/5 rDev -5.3%
22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
$2 bomber of DIPA at Trader Joe's? OK, I'm game...
Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber color. Off-white head is a finger thick and has decent retention. Leaves some lacing as well.
Smell: Very mild aroma, but has some malts and citrus.
Taste: The flavor is masked a bit by the carbonation. It tastes of adjunct malts (corn flakes!), with some mild hoppy citrus. Mid bitterness, with a somewhat odd sweetness (not too sweet). There's a bit of alcohol in there too.
Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, and a bit "rough". Light- to medium-bodied.
Drinkability: Strong ABV comes through in the taste a bit.
Despite this being a steal, price-wise, it really isn't worth having... at least not to me. There's worse beers at Trader Joe's that I'd rather drink... I know it sounds strange, but corn in a cheap lager is alright, but in a DIPA is it just weird. I'll gladly pay a couple bucks more for a different bomber.
12-17-2011 20:53:36 | More by mithrascruor
3.28/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
12-15-2011 14:53:57 | More by Brenden
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
3.28/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
12-07-2011 06:06:40 | More by HalfFull
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
Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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