Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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63
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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 28.52%
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:
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(Beer added by: mactrail on 11-20-2011)
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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Imperial IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. Ale poured a hazy copper color, produced an off white head, decent retention and it left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of caramel, nuts and a slight tint of hops. Medium in body, malted grain, caramel sweetness, fresh baked bread, apple, pear and some bitterness from the hops. Overall, This is not what i was expecting from an American brewed Imperial IPA- It seems as if they went for a super strong malt profile and used traditional English Hops. While some of the Boatswain Ales are decent, this one I was not a fan of.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.75/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Just because the reviews were bad, I figured I would allow this one to age for about a year to see if it would develop some redeeming qualities. Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the beer was a copper color with a white head. As far as side of the glass go, nothing was left behind by the foam. The aroma certainly was not a reflection of a DIPA. In fact, it was all wrong. It smelled like bananas. On the initial taste, I realize the other reviewers were pretty spot-on so good job BA community. Once I got past the rubbing alcohol burn, I noticed some citrus. In fact, reminded me of the weird aftertaste left by citrus gum. I did detect some malt and the thickness was fairly impressive, allowing this to stick around on the roof of the mouth.

This the type of craft beer that non-craft beer drinkers might be able to tolerate as it is pretty nondescript. Forking over $2.99 for a DIPA, you really do get what you pay for.

Photo of warmstorage
1.25/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Drainpour (well, not literally: I'm saving it for use in baking and booking. but even that I'm not totally sure about.)

This stuff is just dreadful. I can't even speak well to the mouhtfeel, since I hate having it in my mouth: it tastes distinctly of rotten vegetables. No hops in evidence. If others hadn't also panned it, I'd assumed I got a rotten batch.

Hideous. Awful. Terrible.

And at that, a disappointment from Trader Joe's ($2.29) since they don't normally carry true ratpiss like this.

Photo of hreb
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle poured in pint glass. Beer is a bright red amber with a thin white head. Aroma is again slightly estery. Flavor is oddly sweet. I object to the label "double I.P.A." to describe this. This is an American Strong (pale) Ale, and not a good one. I think it tastes of adjunct and perhaps corn specifically. The balance is all wrong to be any kind of IPA, and there's no distinct hop flavor of any kind, flowery, citrusy, spicy -- nothing. Just syrupy sweet and alcohol with a light carbonation and a back of the throat bitterness. 8.4% ABV and 75 IBU ought to give the brewery enough room to pack in a lot of flavor -- in fact it rather mandates flavor. This is even worse than the Boatswain "single" / American IPA. Inexplicably my expectations were higher. Oh well, it sure was cheap.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive three finger slightly off white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, faint grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by a pleasant biscuit malt with slight fruit and a faint spiciness. Barely a hint of hops. Decent medium body with light creaminess. This is a hard ale to rate. It actually tastes pleasant and malty, like a light weight old ale. But it doesn't even approach a IPA let alone a DIPA in hopping. One wonders if there are shelf life issues here, although the reviews are fairly consistent. Maybe the brewery doesn't quite get the idea of an IPA. Bottom line, I really kind of like this, the malt is pleasant and there is enough flavor to well cover the alcohol. I'm going to enjoy finishing the bottle, but this is on a different planet from an IPA. Sadly the flavor and overall ratings are lower than the enjoyment rating would have been, but this says "double IPA" in big letters on the bottle, so it's gotta take the hits; but I can't give it a bad rating, because it is an ok malty ale.

Photo of schopenhauerale
2/5  rDev -24%

Photo of MarioM
2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz Bomber served in pint glass

A: Golden dark yellow, cloudy and no head, almost flat looking.

S: Malt, sweet and a lot of alcohol. The first thing that came to mind was Steel Reserve and or malt liquor.

T: Malty, bitter and fruitiness but no balance. A lot o f alcohol but not much else.

M: Bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that lingers for a while.

O: Glad I got my curiosity out of the way since it seemed like such a great deal, but... too good to be true. Classic case of getting what you paid for. Now time to chug and move on to the next brew.

Photo of MisterE
3.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a 22 oz bomber at TJ's for $2.49

A: pours a semi-clear copper color with a solid two-finger head that disappears slowly

S: more sweet than hoppy, actually almost fruity

T: subtle and well-balanced - a little sweet at first, followed by grassy hops bite

M: medium mouthfeel (not thin) with moderate carbonation

D: very easy to enjoy all 22 ounces, even more so as it warms

After reading some of the reviews here, my expectations were low, but this is a fairly good DIPA, especially at this price.

Photo of Lukass
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of nUgZ
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a hazy medium golden color with a 1 finger head and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Smells mostly of malts and alcohol. Almost like a malt liquor.

T: Sweet malts and not much hops to speak of. Definitely not an ideal DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Quite disappointing as far as DIPA's go. Not a drain pour, but not one I'd buy again.

Photo of Captainawesome56
1.5/5  rDev -43%

Photo of CEDAMA
1/5  rDev -62%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as a Christmas gift (thanks Jason!) as it was recommended by the beer store for someone that loves good craft beer, so I was very eager to try it. Review #100.

Appearance – Pours a clear, golden amber color with a good head and a thin-medium lacing. So far, so good!

Smell – Smells more like a strong adjunct than an IPA, with a hint of mild rubbing alcohol. Not your typical DIPA, but not as bad as I probably made it sound.

Taste – Again a strong adjunct flavor with a little rubbing alcohol. Malty, but not much hoppiness for a DIPA. I really don't think this is a DIPA but that's what the bottle says. Nevertheless, it's still a decent beer.

Mouthfeel – A little thicker and creamier than your typical DIPA with medium-light carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty good!

Drinkability – Not a typical DIPA. Very easy drinking for an 8.4% beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head with moderate retention. The aroma is quite malty for a double IPA, toffee and caramel with a bit of earthy spicy hops. Wow yeah the flavor holds the same lack of hops that the aroma did. Sweet toffee and sugary malt with a bit of earth and spice and nothing really nice. Medi8um body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Honestly where are the hops? Not a bad beer, just bland and too sweet for the style.

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of ChanChan
1.25/5  rDev -52.5%

Photo of RelentlessLefty
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.55/5  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.

Photo of TypsiYpsi
2.25/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of MadScientist
1.93/5  rDev -26.6%
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

Photo of buckyp
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of mychalg9
2/5  rDev -24%

Photo of mjryan
2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer from Minhas Craft Brewery
63 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.