Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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4.14/5 rDev +26.2%
I've been trying all of the Boatswain beers that Trader Joes carries. So far so good. The HLV Ale was very nice, though a little syrupy. The flavor was good though and the bitterness was at a nice level. For $2, this beer is well worth the money and a nice find.
01-24-2013 18:09:39 | More by Chadhowie
4.13/5 rDev +25.9%
Purchased at Trader Joe's in Brookline for $2.29 for a bomber--serious bargain, but cheap enough to raise some concern. (Also picked up an IPA from the same brewer.)
Pours beautifully into a oversized pilsner: translucent dark body with red sparks when held up to the light: craggy khaki head that sticks around a long time, resolving into a quarter-inch cap with nice, intermittent lacing.
Aromas are roasty and hoppy--very inviting. Flavor is likewise--like a porter with bitter dark chocolate and a long, hoppy finish. Nice feel in the mouth--low-key effervescence, full body, but not overly thick. Very happy beer for a relaxed Jew on Christmas Day.
12-25-2011 22:15:22 | More by jlmorgan4
4.08/5 rDev +24.4%
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale has a thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a dark brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, dark-roasted barley malt or brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that element, with strong, straight-forward bitterness and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Boatswain H.L.V. Ale finishes rich, sweet, and semi-wet. Overall, this one is surprisingly good. I recommend it! RJT
06-05-2014 14:14:33 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.08/5 rDev +24.4%
I purchased this beer at Trader Joe's.
A - Nice and dark brown with hints of red when held up to sun light. The foam is creamy and 1/2" thick. The beer has "legs" left on the glass as the level in the glass go down.
S - I can smell the hops immediately with side tone of malts.
T - Taste is of hops and malts but smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste.
M - A nice combination of fullness but still being light during every drink with some carbonation.
O - I like this beer. It is not a OMG! type brew but it is still good and I would buy it again. One would think that with the name Heavy Lift Vessel that it would be a thick beer but that really is not the case. If it were heavier tasting it would most likely be stronger in alcohol, but I think it is very nice as it is.
01-19-2012 18:56:53 | More by beerenjoyer1
4/5 rDev +22%
Poors dark amber with a billowing beige head that sticks around. This is a very pretty ale.Malty front with a crisp hop finish. Well balanced throughout. Higher alcohol isn't overbearing. Purchased for $1.99 from the Trader Joe's I work at. Many more will follow this guy.
12-31-2011 04:11:45 | More by dustinness22
3.95/5 rDev +20.4%
Trader Joe's offers this beer for $2 and some change that already makes it a great bargain. Nice head good retention good roasty malt taste with hints of chocolate and 7% ABV for $2 perfect for when Im broke and want a quality beer. If the price was ever raised to twice that amount, I would probably still buy it
11-27-2013 02:36:17 | More by LA_Hue24
3.9/5 rDev +18.9%
another TJ's purchase. excellent buy for $2.29 for a tumbler btl @ the local TJ's in Princeton.
pours a dark caramel brown with an off-white half inch head with adequate yet somewhat limited retention
on the nose, it's dominantly toasted malty and dark chocolatey.
as i sip, the nose carries into the palate, with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and toffee. not sweet, but you can sense the brown sugariness. there IS a bit of a grassiness in the finish, but it's not unpleasant. not the greatest, but most definitely serviceable for many occasions.
it's moderately carbonated with a medium-thin mouthfeel (typical of TJ's booze) - a smooth, drinkable brew overall. another + is that @ 7% abv, there isnt much of a kick.
a great everyday stocker at TJ's. and what a deal @ the price. if your TJ's carries this, i suggest you stock up if you like brown ales.
03-06-2012 02:18:38 | More by gobseulmuhri
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.