Boatswain American I.P.A. - Minhas Craft Brewery
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1.83/5 rDev -32.5%
22 oz Bottle from Trader Joe's
Appearance - amber/orange in color; one finger head that disappears within a minute; somewhat darker than I would expect for an IPA
Aroma - faint alcohol; little to no hop aroma; hints of sweet malt
Flavor - bitingly sweet malt flavor; if this was homebrew, I would think that I needed to repitch yeast to continue fermentation; subdued hop bitterness, with little to no hop flavor
Mouthfeel - syrupy; carbonation level is good--a good balance of tingly and smooth on the tongue
Overall - I'm glad I didn't pay more than $2 for this. It is not something I would drink again. It is also lacking in hop flavor, aroma, and bitter/malt balance I would expect from an American IPA. I couldn't finish the bottle and dumped it.
01-22-2013 21:25:25 | More by SolaceBrewing
3.13/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Deep amber is what was described on the bottle. I saw a copper color with a slight haze and a thin off-white head.
Smell: A light smell of citrus, carmels and pine notes.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Taste like pine up front with a sweet honey like aftertaste.
Overall: Nothing really special about it, it was good. Glad I tried it.
10-07-2012 21:26:52 | More by Cavanaghty
3.5/5 rDev +29.2%
22 oz brown bottle from Trader Joes.
Pours a somewhat dark (especially for an IPA) amber with a short, and short-lived tan head. Both the darker color and the aroma indicate that this is a malt heavy IPA; this is confirmed by tasting.
Initially, one gets a load of sweet caramel malt with some spiciest of the hops. The hops come to the fore, barely, thereafter, but there is no real hop hit. Even the finish and aftertaste are fairly light on hops.
O: clearly disappointing as a hop heavy Amer. iPA, but this is a pleasant and very drinkable beer that would make a good session beer. Perhaps you should have a hoppy amber in mind while you drink, and don't show the label to any hop heads that share it with you.
02-01-2012 00:28:12 | More by chinchill
3.53/5 rDev +30.3%
A medium sized light tan head settles into a nice lacing on a clear orangeish copper colored beer that seems to have a fair amount of carbonation.
Light sweet malts with a light orange citrus aroma.
A light almost bitter dryish citrus taste with some light sweet malts adding balance to this drink.
There is a light sweet malty dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.
For the price this was a pretty good deal, decent to better taste on a relatively cheap bottle of beer.
12-04-2012 03:09:28 | More by LXIXME
3.33/5 rDev +22.9%
Appearance - Pours a semi-clear burnt orange amber with an off-white, silky 2 finger head. Great retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky.
Smell - Toasted biscuit malts backed by flowery hops with notes of citrus.
Taste - Starts with some malty sweetness; toasted bisquits. Hops are underwhelming, or rather overpowered by the malt presence. What is there is floral with a hint of citrus bitterness. Very little in the finish or aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy malt character. Decently carbonated.
Overall - This isn't a bad beer, but as an IPA it fails. Malts take the forefront, while the hops take a supporting role, leading to good balance but not what's expected of the style. Might be better off re-classified as an APA.
08-24-2012 02:24:55 | More by TheSixthRing
1.35/5 rDev -50.2%
Tastes like a 'hoppy' forty. The smell reminded me of bad college parties and the taste didn't do much to help. Smell has a corny/syrupy aroma with some indistinct hops, and the taste is a little better, especially when it warms up a bit, but misses the mark completely when compared to even 'middle of the road' IPA's.
04-23-2013 02:43:11 | More by zoolou
2.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured into a pint glass, this self proclaimed 'mix of an East Coast and West Coast IPA'(at least on the Trader Joe's signage), pours a golden caramel in color and offers a half inch of just off white foam. Offers good clarity and retention.
Aroma of light earthy hops with a firm caramel backbone. Bit of citrus with warming. Not bad but rather light in delivery.
Flavor is somewhat sweet with some caramel and toffee. Feel is slick and thinly carbonated even as the cap sits atop the pour. Bitterness on the finish is rather lacking and offers just a bit of spice initially, firming up a bit with warming.
Overall a bit of an odd one but surely not a bad beer at all. Still the lack of bitterness limits the drinkability. Hop aromas are more robust with warming but being a bit sweet and oily on the finish keeping the kudos at bay.
Note: The photo above is indeed incorrect as this is clearly named 'Boatswain American IPA' with a white on dark blue label.
05-27-2012 02:44:15 | More by HalfFull
3.19/5 rDev +17.7%
A 22 oz bottle for less that $2.50? I'm in. Thick full head with lots of lace and a nice clear deep copper color. Smell is mild an malty with a goodly amount of grains and caramel. Notes of toffee and english ale yeast fruitiness. A touch of alcohol. Taste is not bad. Not great but certainly drinkable and a galaxy above what is offered by BMC at this price point. Body is like a big pale ale with lots of caramel/toffee and an alcohol finish. Hops are quite mild and earthy. Short finish with a dry tea leaf bitterness Certainly firm but not what is generally in the realm of what is the norm for IPAs these days. Feel is nice with decent weight and gentle but persistent carbonation. Does it set the world on fire? No. Does it give quality flavor with drinking satisfaction at a rock bottom price? You Betcha'!. A decent mildy hopped IPA leaning more toward an English interpretation of the style than American. drink it with that in mind and you will be happy.
07-09-2013 02:38:40 | More by scootny
2.25/5 rDev -17%
Got a bomber of this at Trader Joe's for under $3. Bottle claims 75 IBUs, 15.46 plato starting gravity and 6.7% ABV, which would make a pretty dry, hoppy IPA. Unfortunately, it tastes like none of these things. Their "appearance," listed as "brown" is spot on (bear in mind, this is an India PALE ale).
Appearance: Dark amber-brown. Definitely not a pale ale of any variety. Looks fairly clear wit a decent off-white ead.
Smell: Lots of caramel malt and some citrusy hops.
Taste: UGH! There's only a few beers I've poured out, but this is one of them. Syrupy caramel and cloying sweetness. Can't detect much in the way of hops. Way out of balance for the style and for any beer in general.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Didn't get past that and didn't want to.
Overall: Barely drinkable. The sweetness and lack of hop flavor is offensive. I dumped it. If you like sweet, low-bitterness beers relying heavily on caramel flavor, this might be up your alley. If you're looking for an IPA, look elsewhere! I dumped this and grabbed a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye for my hops fix.
01-19-2013 23:31:25 | More by spokeydonkey
3.4/5 rDev +25.5%
Don't know much about IPAs or beer in general. I was surprised to see its rating so low on here. I wasn't expecting it to be in the 90s since not much is going on, especially since it's an IPA and I expected more because of that but it's not a bad beer. If the price is right, I think this beer is not a bad choice but for 3.75 at 22oz when I can get 24oz of Genny for .99, I'll go with the Genny. If it was lower though, I'd spring for it here and there though as it's not an overly bitter IPA.
05-21-2014 23:09:11 | More by Graham_D_Dillon
3.88/5 rDev +43.2%
Pours an amber color with barely any head at all. Smells of sweet malt and earthy hops. The taste is smooth, lacking a strong bitter bite. It has moderate hop flavor, a hint of citrus.
This is not bad. Not very bitter, though. Seems to me to be a malt forward IPA. I don't know why people give these TJs beers low ratings, this is better than several of the last IPAs I've reviewed lately.
06-02-2012 00:23:17 | More by omokoro
2.78/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours hazy amber with one finger of off white head. Some lacing early on.
Smell is slight floral hops maybe some citrus.
Taste is is pink grapefruit with a full backing of malt syrup?
Mouthfeel is average. A medium semi dry finish.
Overall a simple IPA much closer to a Pale Ale or even a hoppy Amber. Very drinkable though.
03-15-2013 02:45:47 | More by Spikester
Boatswain American I.P.A. from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.