Boatswain American I.P.A. - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +50.6%
From Trader Joe's, a 22 oz. bomber for $1.99. Pours a darkish golden hue with aroma of hops and subtle malt. Flavor is like drinking clean, dry floral hops. Full-flavored but not overly bitter, with just enough malt to balance everything. Beeradvocate no longer has a "drinkability" rating, but 4.5 would work well for this. I had no trouble finishing the bomber--the flavors did not get tiresome or cloying. And the price can't be beat.
01-08-2012 23:26:10 | More by HeightsEats
4.08/5 rDev +50.6%
I think the problem with this beer is naming it an IPA, being from England and growing up on traditional bitter, I really like this beer. It is nowhere near as complex and aromatic as an American IPA should be but for a pleasant quaffable beer it hits the mark. Perhaps thats why they put it in a 22 oz bottle, of course you do not want to drink it in the same volume as an English bitter as its considerably stronger than most.
Overall a good beer if you forget the IPA rating.
11-23-2012 20:47:27 | More by Simlaw111
4.03/5 rDev +48.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a room-temperature Guinness glass. The label is red with a very rustic, simple style of writing. There's a basic description of the beer at the bottom. It promises extra hop flavor and boasts a solid 8.4% ABV.
Appearance: Nice, clear amber color with a hearty finger's off-white head. Bubble stream consistently toward the top, feeding the head again and again. This brew is crystal clear. Not typical of my more beloved IPA's.
Aroma: Hops blast the nose, making my mouth water. Pouring this brew into a glass has definitely allowed it to breathe nicely, as a whiff of the open bottle yields very little aroma.
Taste: The moment of truth. Wow. The flavor presents an unpredictably sweet front end. The aftertaste is where I find the intentional bitterness. I find few complexities to divulge, except for the slightest tinge of apple and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Light, almost empty. For a double American IPA, I would have expected more weight on the tongue. It is easy to rocket the beer from lips to the back of the throat without it spreading to the rest of the mouth, which is disappointing. A double IPA should invade the entire mouth without warning or apology. However, the overall feel is not unpleasant.
Overall: This is easy to drink, which can be dangerous at 8.4% ABV. If I was seeking a hard-hitting IPA, this would fall short in terms of weight and feel. Considering however, the it was only 3 bucks for a bomber, I'm not prepared to complain. I would purchase it again.
10-08-2012 01:43:19 | More by OneWheelJoe
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
3.66/5 rDev +35.1%
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.
06-24-2014 14:47:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.58/5 rDev +32.1%
22oz into a point
A - Dark orange, thick. Heavy white head formation, thick but it quickly breaks down to a film.
S - Light nose, only a hint of citrus flavors. A little bit of resinous flavors. as
T - Starts off smooth and sweet, light amounts of citrus hops and some two row malt. mid-stream gets almost balanced, with a little more earthy. Finishes lightly citrus, smooth and even a little sweet.
M - Moderate to strong body, light carbonation - comes off kinda heavy. Sugary sweet and sticky.
O/D - The bottle says DIPA, but I certainly don't believe it. But overall is a very easy drinking. ABV is managable - lightly filling.
08-23-2012 23:59:20 | More by katan
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
3.53/5 rDev +30.3%
Deep amber color with a mild chill haze. Moderate head but it sticks around. Nice blanketing lace on the glass.
There is a mellow pale malt smell along with a moderate level of floral hop. Leans to the malt side for an IPA.
The bittering hop is more pronounced than the smell indicates. The beginning is brief malt, then the peppery hop takes over. The body is as expected. A predictable, middle-of-the-road IPA.
12-17-2011 01:10:20 | More by smcolw
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
3.5/5 rDev +29.2%
Picked up by wifey at Trader Joe's. Presented in a brown 22 oz. bomber and poured into a Hennepin flute.
Pours a copper amber with a cream-colored head that quickly dissipates, though results in admirable lacing. Aromas of caramel malt and floral hops.
Opens with an assertion of sweet caramel malt and a residual blast of hop bitterness. Moves into suggestions of dry biscuit and spice. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Minimal carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.
Boatswain is definitely a malt-centric IPA that doesn't seem to approach its claim of 79 IBU. I would consider it more of a hopped-up amber ale, though the balance falls short of what could have been a respectable Black IPA. Although this IPA isn't a good representation of the style, it's still flavorful and very sessionable.
02-04-2012 21:44:26 | More by CaptainIPA
3.48/5 rDev +28.4%
I bought a bottle of Boatswain American IPA in a grocery store (Trader Joe's). Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a brinze color, clear, with a thin off-white head.
Smell is a sweet caramel scent, with a hint of pine.
Taste is a heavy malt presence. Sweet bread flavors, followed by a mild bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying.
Overall I think this is a better brew than previous ratings would indicate. It's a sweet IPA and not the hop bomb some people might be looking for in the style. It is very good in it's own right.
06-09-2014 00:20:57 | More by RJLarse
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
3.34/5 rDev +23.2%
Interesting beer. As an IPA, it is very mediocre. Thin mouthfeel, weak nose, lacking in hoppy goodness. As a session type beer, labeled as an ESB instead of an IPA and considering it is $1.99 for a 22 oz bomber, this is not bad at all!!!!
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear copper color, medium size fizzy white head with spotty lacing and average retention. The aroma is just not there as an IPA. Call it something else and it is more acceptable....light grassy and floral hops and a little biscuity/bready malt.
Taste is fine (as an ESB or Amber Ale, but not an IPA). Grassy and floral hops, some bitterness but not the hop bomb that the term AIPA conjures up. Nice balance between biscuity/toasty malt and the mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin for an IPA, more acceptable for another style. Nice balance, somewhat crisp and refreshing.
For a $1.99 22 ouncer, Trader Joe's has done pretty well. As a lawnmower beer/summer quencher...not bad at that price. Not a particularly impressive IPA though.
05-08-2013 02:05:23 | More by JayQue
Boatswain American I.P.A. from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.