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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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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 26.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

07-28-2012 02:57:59 | More by WASPY
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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
Photo of katan


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
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New Mexico

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
Photo of smcolw


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
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South Carolina

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
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

03-18-2012 04:08:16 | More by Vicsvapo
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

04-20-2012 01:08:22 | More by milkbone_underwear
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

07-12-2014 00:44:36 | More by Brasso
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

06-13-2012 01:33:13 | More by AgentMull
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

03-10-2012 20:39:15 | More by dtreindl
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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
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New York

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
Photo of JayQue


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
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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
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3.33/5  rDev +22.9%

Picked up this 22oz bomber from Trader Joe's for $2. Got a few others and figured I'd give it a shot.

A) Nice copper, good clarity, decent carbonation.

S) Caramel, not much hop smell, more malt like a dogfish head IPA. Nothing spectacular.

T) During my drink I grew to like this beer. Slight hop presence, a lot less than expected from a dipa. Good malt profile. A bit too much residual sugar perhaps. Has a well-rounded taste though.

M) Good overall mouthfeel, a bit think from the residual sugars which also hang on the back of the tongue.

Overall I'd say that for $2 I'd be tempted to purchase this beer again. I'm not overly impressed but didn't expect to be either. A decent beer that needs some work; drinkable nonetheless.

06-29-2012 21:21:31 | More by mtschmitz
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3.3/5  rDev +21.8%

just had a half glass from the neighbor, not really enough to do a full, decent review, but i had to say something, because i think this is getting a bum rap. it isn't the most awesome beer on the planet, but for a killer price, it does rather well. i'd say its quality is in the $4.50 range. flavors are a bit simple, strong, not refined, and i got the impression it would go a bit astray as it warmed, but keep it cool on a late summer night, and i think it'll be worth giving a try. it's not like it's priced in 120 minute territory.

08-17-2013 06:50:02 | More by lighthabit
Photo of beerbrains


3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

10-17-2012 05:51:09 | More by beerbrains
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

01-06-2013 23:49:19 | More by MikalMick
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

06-06-2014 06:09:42 | More by KevMo84
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

11-04-2012 02:50:23 | More by t0rin0
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

02-02-2014 03:25:35 | More by paulish
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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

08-30-2012 09:32:29 | More by JonathanSuarez
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

02-25-2014 00:32:00 | More by gregu2
Boatswain American I.P.A. from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.