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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 165
Avg: 2.64
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 165
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, copper-brown coloring with a sparse, light, white, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of rich, sweet caramel and a touch of floral hops. The nose is very unbalanced. Flavors are very forward, with a huge malty profile of toffee and caramel initially. Peppery and slightly hoppy, but once again that is overpowered by the malt profile. Unbalanced and all over the palate, there are sharp components that blast through the mid-bodied mouthfeel. There is a tangy, slightly bitter aftertaste that is awkward in mouth. Frothy, slightly watered down finish. Not good.

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Photo of MadScientist
1.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The persistent head is light tan head with a good head stand.

S: Too estery with moderate smells like bananas but diminishes somewhat as it sits. There is a slight medicinal character, band-aid like. You've got to dig deep to find the hops there even buried under the flowery alcohol aroma which is the only pleasant smell to be found.

T: More fruit flavors with a moderate bitterness and a soapy flavor combining to be pretty harsh. Very little hops flavor with a moderately-strong caramel malt flavor. The balance is slight bitter with harsh edge. The aftertaste is of bitterness and caramel. The finish is medium, edging toward the sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. S low astringency and slickness on the palate.

O: I couldn't choke this one down as the first beer of the night do to the soap flavor mixed with the bitterness. Even if this beer died of old age a couple of years back, which would explain the lack of hops aroma and flavor, It was still a flawed beer. I hate to slam a beer but if this was a home brew I'd suggest a number of potential sources of error including; check sanitation, watch the fermentation temperature, use a high alpha acid hops, use food grade rubber hoses, rinse sanitizing solution thoroughly and of course pitch a healthy active starter. It's not infected just off.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have read the reviews below and while I agree that this beer is definitely poor for a Double IPA, it is FAR from a sink pour. The stuff that first time brewers bring to my brewers club meeting, now those are sink pours. Boatswain Double IPA is a strong ale, weighing in with a 8.4 ABV. The appearance is an attractive amber with clarity and slight lacing. Smell is underwhelming with very little hop aroma, very malty. The taste is pleasant, lacking the hop flavor one would associate with a Double IPA; flavor is underwhelming but there is a booziness that's associated with strong ales. Mouth feel is medium-heavy, coating the tongue and palate, smooth without any bite. Carbonation seems low. As stated earlier, it is poor for a double IPA but still pleasant and drinkable.
UPDATE: Tried another bottle recently and did not enjoy this nearly as much as I did when I first reviewed it. What i can taste most prevalently is the alcoholic burn that comes with using dextrose as an adjunct to raise the ABV%, a cheap and unappealing taste that comes with the territory of a $1.99 bomber I suppose. This is not craft beer, it's a cheap buzz that tastes nothing like a double IPA should.

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Photo of mjryan
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber coloured, small head with sticky lace. Yeast heavy aroma. Peach and pear esters. Slight diacetyl and a bit of nail polish remover. Citrus and hay aroma from the hops, but rather mild. Pear and alcohol flavours. Again, yeast dominates. Malt has a light honey character. Hops gain traction here. Lemon zest and green. Butterscotch. Finishes off dry and bitter. Clean aftertaste for the most part. Reminds me of pale ales from Shipyard, Geary's and Pyramid. Peach and pear esters, butterscotch, nail polish remover. Sounds bad, but isn't really. Typical Ringwood. At 1.99 for 22oz it's an okay beer. I'm enjoying it well enough. A poor example of a DIPA, but who cares? It's cheap, strong as fuck, hoppy and slightly below average. Like malt liqour for hop heads. I'm not complaining.

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Photo of dragonflygirl
1.42/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

We bought at trader joes looked like a good deal for a bomber. We hate to be beer snobs but it does taste like the purchase price. Underwhelming taste, smell and mouthfeel. The color of beer is a golden amber, slight haze, minimal head. For $1.99 I would not purchase again, in fact, I poured rest of it down the drain (and we don't like to waste any beer).

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.39/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This delightfully-priced ($2.49 a bomber at Trader Joe's Louisville) imperial IPA is an impressively boozy 8.4% ABV, but fails on all other levels.

It pours a hazy, cloudy amber, with a decent two-finger head of off-white suds and a fair fence-post lacing. Not awful there.

Nose is mild somehow, though. I don't get a lot of hoppiness. Maybe a hint, but almost more of an adjunct corniness. Huh?

Taste is way off balance. This one is heavily malted and boozy. Really disappointing! I can hear an old lady buzzing "Where's the hops?" here. Maybe my bottle was old, but maybe not. A grossly imbalanced IPA and only a good deal if you want to get drunky-drunk.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
1.2/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bought the bomber for $2 plus change at Trader Joe's. Code 13 251 12, whatever the heck that means. Served cold in a standard pint glass at the same temperature.

Odd bitterness, very vegetal and green. Like boiled brussel sprouts. Thin, watery, and flat.
Pretty disgusting. Not much else to say. No redeeming qualities aside from the price, and that's meaningless when the quality is this poor.

Bottle claims "Our Double IPA has a pleasant bitterness from the extra hops. This is one big, bold beer!" Whoever wrote this obviously has no idea what 'pleasant bitterness', 'big', 'bold', etc, mean. No way would anyone who's ever had such a thing ever confuse this with a pale ale, much less an IPA, much much less a DOUBLE IPA. Like someone boiled some vegetables, added a bit of color, and carbonated it half-way to what a beer should be carbonated to. It's THAT bad.

Absolutely an epic fail, Trader Joe's. Unbelievably bad.


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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Very woody flavor backed up by citrus and sweet bready malt. Hops are fairly weak overall...this is a double IPA???

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery before rounding out into a woody and slightly earthy flavor. Also has a slight hint of citrus peel. Weak on flavor overall, though- nothing here quite jumps out and says "I'm a D.I.P.A.!"

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: This is a double IPA? It barely could even pass as an IPA. Oh well, at $1.99 and 8.4% ABV, at least you can get drunk on the cheap...

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium glass on 8/23/12

Deep, burnt honey amber color with an effervescent, two finger head that dwindles to a much shorter foamy layer. Speckled lacing dots a few places on the glass. Better lace farther along.

Aromatics: soap, dirty orange rinds, herbal hops, soap, caramel, perfume, bread and more soap. Yuck.

The taste is bad on an equal level, though for different reasons. This thing has a candied hop taste with strange, irritable notions of tea leaves, dirt, pine bitterness and stale citrus pith. Caramel and bread thicken the middle, while sticky sweet candy fruit notes linger on the finish.

Fluffy carbonation is a bit too much for its own good, but it's close to being matched with the medium body. The overall feel is ok, aside from the sticky sweet finish.

This is a really bad DIPA and a rather poor beer in general. I won't be finishing it. Not recommended.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear honey orange with a 2 finger head, average retention and a resulting lace that's sparse and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Sweet, bready malt; hop character is heavily buried under the malty aromas.

Taste - Dominant malt character. Sweet and bready. Underwhelming hops. Subtle notes of citrus. Nothing here that would lead one to believe it's a double IPA except the label.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick; almost syrupy. Sticky. Decent carbonation.

Overall - If this isn't just a re-packaged version of their Rhinelander Underworld "Double IPA" then it's damn close to it. Woefully unbalanced in favor of heavy malt. 75 IBU's? I think that'd surprise even the most discernible of palates. Very 'malt liquor' like in it's feel. Will not buy again. They should be embarrassed to call this a double IPA; it isn't even close.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Trader Joe's for 2 bucks. Most of the time they turn out to be pretty decent beers. Lets see if this one holds up.

A- Pours a brilliantly clear orange color with 1 finger of foamy yellowish head that does not hang around too long, and does not lace the glass.

S- Hmmm, not really up to par for the style. Not much hop aroma at all. Smells malty and grainy. More on the grainy side. Some earthy aromas. Does not smell like much.

T- Again, not much going on. The flavor seems way off for the style. Not really hop forward. Tastes like a pumped up adjunct filled beer. Flavors are all over the place.

M- Thick but not creamy if that makes sense. This one is not entirely mouth coating, but it still is "Imperial". Carbonation seems low. It could be more refreshing with more carbonation.

O- Not worth trying even for the 2 bucks. Deeply disappointed with this one. This is just one step above a drain pour.

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Photo of TTAmod
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought from TJ for $1.99

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass. I must admit that I had high expectations, considering that the Mission St. IPA is brewed by Firestone Walker. However, once I looked closely at the bottle, my expectations plummeted when I saw that this DIPA is brewed by Minhaus which, for those of you not in their distribution area, is a WI brewery that puts out mediocre to sub-par "craft" beers.

A: Surprisingly, this one doesn't look too bad. Semi-transparent orange with a one finger white head.

S: Smell is full of fruity esters. Has a strong orange and pineapple scent coming off of it. Maybe the slightest hint of earthy hops and caramel, too.

T: Taste is very underwhelming. The bottle says it's 75 IBU...there's no way in hell that's possible. Grainy husk taste and a touch of caramel make up the malt base. There's a nondescript fruit flavor, but it's not as strong as the smell would lead you to believe. There's a bit of metallic taste, too. Faint taste of phenolic alcohol and leafy hops on the back end, but it's not too bad.

M: This is one of this beer's strengths. It has a good body and a good amount of carbonation. It goes down very easy and without any fuss.

O: Better than a malt liquor (which you can get at the same price for the same serving,) but it doesn't really compare to other DIPAs. I don't even know if I'd consider this a DIPA, as there is very little hop flavor.

BUT, if you want to get a good, cheap buzz and don't want to buy malt liquor, this would be a good enough substitute.

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Photo of MacQ32
1.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - pours an amber copper with a decent half inch of dense nearly white head. A fair lacing and ok retention. Not bad looking, but the head has the look of a beer with lots of processed sugars

S - Definitely has that apple type APA fruit/mild citrus character (which I actually dislike), grainy and caramel malts as well. Smells additive heavy/unnatural.

T - I dont think I've ever dumped out a beer, literally, EVER. It may happen, probably not but I'm not going to enjoy this at all. But I don't believe in sunk costs when it comes to beer. A little sweetness comes through after a gross dry additive flavor and a mild alcohol taste (doesnt really burn, just gross). If I could give this a zero I probably would, honestly

M - Super smooth, medium bodied, seemingly no carbonation

O - Reminds me a lot of shipyard brews, probably cheaply made, quick fermentation etc. The color and density of the head on the beer, the aroma, taste and mouth feel all suffer from the cheap sugars/sweeteners presumably used in the beer. Reminds me a lot of Shipyard. at least its 8.4%? Unenjoyable

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.16/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
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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Photo of TriggerFingers
2.01/5  rDev -23.9%
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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Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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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


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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.09/5  rDev -20.8%
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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Photo of travolta
1.99/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
1.22/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

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Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.