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Boatswain American I.P.A. - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boatswain American I.P.A.
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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SolaceBrewing
1.86/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tilly
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Deep amber. Not much head or carbonation. Fresh bakery aroma. Some citrus. Some vanilla taste. Mild hoppiness. Not a lot of body, but a long aftertaste. For a supermarket brand IPA and the price, it knocks the $13 off the shelf!

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zoolou
1.37/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.09/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much hops at all, you get what you pay for.

Photo of spokeydonkey
2.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
3.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of omokoro
3.85/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Spikester
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh, no, Minhas!! :/

This looks nice. A clear coppery color with a tanish head. Nice lace.

Malty aroma. Too malty. Caramel, sweetness, corn? No real hop notes.

Slight bitterness, corn-like sweetness, caramel and maltiness.

Creaminess, and medium in body.

No dating, so unsure of freshness, but this is not good. This is better than the swill that Minhas produces, but craft wise, this is poor.

Photo of scaliasux
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Amber. A little cloudy. Head is just off-white, foamy, and persistent.

Smell - Medium roasted malts. Only moderately strong piney hops.

Taste - Somewhat sweet medium roast malt. Hops prominent, but not nearly as strong as many in the category. Piney. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not being a hophead, the relative mildness of the hops in the beer isn't a big problem for me. Like some of Minhas other beers, though, this suffers from excessive sweetness - sweetness that lingers past the hoppiness. Not bad, but I wouldn't seek this out.

Photo of Broseph
1.67/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I purchased this beer from Trader Joe's in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota after finding Steel Toe Brewing closed on Monday so I couldn't fill my growler. There was a sharply dressed man stocking up on these in 22oz form so I asked how it was. He replied favorably so I grabbed one for the fridge. At $1.99 for 22oz of 6.7% IPA, I had little to lose, right? Lesson learned. This was a classic "if it sounds too good to be true, it is" scenario.

The next day I poured half the bottle into my trusty pint glass and could immediately smell the boozy aroma. It poured a nice dark golden with a very small head that dissipated immediately. At first sip I was overpowered by the alcohol taste, which never improved and made it tough to finish my glass. As the beer warmed from fridge temp, it only got worse and I had to dump the bottle. Not much going on here for hops to mask this either.

If anyone from Trader Joe's in SLP reads this, please realize that the best IPA in the state is brewed 1/2 a mile from your door at Steel Toe Brewing. Yes, its more money, but Boatswain is giving a bad name to your selection and American IPAs in general.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep bronze amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly biscuity malt, overripe stone fruit, no hops that I can detect. Taste is mild biscuit malt, tart orangey citrus and fusel oils or odd esters with mild citrus hop bitterness in the finish. The effect of the hops is masked by the other odd flavors. Medium bodied. I was hoping for a ESB type experience after detecting no hops in the aroma, but this just isn't that pleasant. There is some tartness that may indicate a bad bottle, but perhaps it is just the hops or errors in brewing. I've generally felt that the beers brewed for Trader Joe's where not that great, but accurately delivered on the expectation of a decent, cheap version of each variety. This is just not very good. I hope it's a bad bottle, but will not try it again.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up for me the other day.

Appearance- clear copper color, decent size head, nice retention, nice lacing

Smell- malt, some citrus hops

Taste- mostly malt flavor, slight amount of hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but there was too much malt for an IPA.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.66/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boatswain American IPA has a rather thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, some bubbles, and not much lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild citrus (think about orange peel), and white bread crust, with possibly a caramelized sugar note. Taste is of all that, with a bitterness that comes across as nowhere near a 79 IBU, but it’s there to at least balance the beer. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and Boatswain American IPA finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. For a store-brand India Pale Ale, this is a pleasant surprise.

RJT

Photo of Kromes
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Strong caramel malt aroma and a slight grassy hop.

T: The beer is toasted malt and a little bit of what tastes like corn sugar. The hop is mostly grassy with a little bit of skunk. Not very typical of an IPA.

M: For an IPA, it is a little bit thin and watered down.

O: Overall, I have to rate it in it's category. It would have made a decent Amber ale, but in this category it is not good. If you are looking for an IPA, I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The label was blue not the red one shown on BA. The body was honey colored with a light tan head. A thin cap remained throughout. Some faint haziness in the body.

The smell was a bit bready, floral. Not exactly in line with a standard AIPA.

The taste was candied oranges/marmalade. A bit spicy. Some alcohol and pithy grapefruit bitterness in the aftertaste. Better than I expected from a Trader Joe's beer.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Adequate carbonation. Inexpensive and not bad.

Photo of daliandragon
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from Trader Joe's in a different label and bottle but it seems like the same old song: well priced but mediocre. I hope this is an exception, of which there are a few (Stockyard Stout comes to mind) but I probably shouldn't get my hopes up.

Color is correct, with a healthy bronze glaze and solid head and lacing. The nose is not quite on point however. i get no hops but instead a heavy dose of medium malts dense with alcohol and burnt brown sugar.

The flavor is similar. No hops to speak of but plenty of alcohol and burnt sugar. You definitely taste every drop of that 6.7%. There is some oily bitterness up front and the texture isn't bad but could could stand some thickening. This is a half decent American strong or double brown but what is IPA about this beer?

Photo of samie85
2.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a two finger white head into my Duvel tulip.

Smells of piney and orange hops with light hints of caramel and burnt sugar.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with bitter note and slightly alcoholic finish.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying feel with an alcohol warmth.

This, like the Heavy Lift Vessel from Minhas is alcoholic and disappointing in its flavor profile. It has the bitterness of an IPA without the pleasing hop notes that typically go with an IPA.

Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lable says American IPA, vice Double IPA. Anyhow I poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the brew makes about finger thick head of light tan color, and the body is cleanly filtered and has a dark copper color.

The aroma is mostly sweet caramel and toffee, with a slight hint of piny hops.

In the taste I'm getting the sweet caramel flavors, with a mild fig flavor. Not really hoppy but for a hint of spruce...

Feels full in body, well carbonated, dry to the palate, and a slight alcohol warmth.

I'd just call this an American Strong Ale or something. This isn't an IPA, but not a bad tasting beer.

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Boatswain American I.P.A. from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.