Boatswain American I.P.A. - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
2.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Trader Joe's attempt to make craft beers for the budget minded consumer takes a hit with this heavily malty and timidly hopped ale.
Bright amber in color, the beer builds a moderate off white creamy froth that retains well after reducing to a sheet across the glass and providing lacing patterns on the glass. The beer certainly looks like well crafted IPAs.
Fruit, caramel, and a whiff of faint floral and herbal hops waft over the olfactories with a scent that much more heavily favors non-descript English ales than anything hop forward.
Grainy sweet to taste, the flavors of toasted barley husk and simple caramel provide the majority of taste while any attempt to balance with hops leaves the beer feeble and unsupported. Fruity fermentation character makes the beer taste like candied apples, cherries, and grapes. Lightly floral to start, the beer turns lightly herbal before a woody, grassy, and soapy bitterness finishes the beer shy of even-keel, where the style expects complete hop dominance.
Full and sticky from residual malt sweetness, the beer's procession across the palate is slow and lumbering; never developing the dry malt, clean resin dryness, or refreshing closure that I look for when reaching for IPAs. Only the light impression of alcohol resembles anything pale ale.
Where I appreciate Trader Joe's price pointed intentions with craft beer, they should try to more aptly name their beers not with intent but with how the beer actually tastes. An English strong ale dictation would have yielded a kinder review.
07-27-2012 03:16:52 | More by BEERchitect
1.75/5 rDev -35.4%
22 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, polished copper body with a two finger-high, off-white head.
Smell: Bready malts, some odd umami hints, but also a cutting sniff of alcohol, leaving me worried for a repeat Boatswain beer experience. Some beers would already be getting two thumbs up at this point, this one's just getting the double eye roll. Ugh.
Taste: The bready, simple, lightly sweet malts underneath are ruthlessly beaten back immediately with a revolting ethanol punch to the tongue. Unpleasantly astringent. This line would be better served in tall, paper bag-wrapped cans and sold at gas stations.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I tried the Trader Joe's HLV yesterday. Really did not like it, finding it a poor value at even Trader Joe's prices. This was equally as embarrassing and fairly undrinkable. Avoid!
01-26-2012 18:59:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.6/5 rDev -4.1%
Very dark hazy amber in the New Belgium tulip. Really nice cloud of foam on this with plentiful lacing and sudsy mouthfeel.
The sweet flavor is kind of a shock. It's sweeter than a bock beer. It's like a DIPA missing the hops. I'm always complaining about abusive levels of bitterness, but hot this one. It's so unhoppy I'd have to call it insipid, like a malt liquor. There is a leaf mold sort of smell, with a bitterish murky taste that must have something to do with hops.
Overall, this has that nasty sweet 'n' bitter combination that usually signals "drainpour" for me. However, I had a bottle of Knee Deep Simtra open, which is a ticking hop bomb. Mixed fifty-fifty it wasn't a bad combination. But what do you want for two bucks? Rubber biscuit?
12-15-2012 07:24:09 | More by mactrail
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
3.53/5 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
3.5/5 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
3.23/5 rDev +19.2%
Hated 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a dark orangeish amber color with with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and lace.
The aroma was mostly malty with a subdued hop profile, mostly citrus, with some floral notes. While the flavors were mostly the same, the hops did have more of a presence.
The body was the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was OK. Overall, a decent budget beer, otherwise very average. Try it or don't.
08-11-2012 18:52:14 | More by beertunes
3/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
06-22-2014 03:11:16 | More by LiquidAmber
1.44/5 rDev -46.9%
Bottle from TJ's. Was only $2.39 for a bomber so I thought nothing to lose...
Poured a deep amber, very clear, with a short lived billowing off-white head. Scant lace left behind as the head receded. It kind of looked dead after the head died down. Giving a sniffy sniff, I must say that it was superbly underwhelming. Nose is faint overall even though I poured the beer slightly below room temperature. Bit of malt and biscuit in the backbone and mild herbal notes. Bit of fruit that seems like a blend of dried orange peel, lychee, and bitter herbs. The flavor is very much like the aroma but there is a metallic distastefulness that sends it all down the drain. Barely any citrus or pine notes that I would expect in an IPA. I'm struggling here to find anything appealing about this beer. Body is pretty hefty for the mild carbonation, almost a slick feel to the beer. The beer kind of starts off with the sweetness of malt, then picks up the herbs and mild citrus, then dies, leaving only a scant bitterness in the finish.
I found water to be more appealing than this.
02-16-2013 03:21:13 | More by DmanGTR
2.43/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
06-04-2012 01:47:59 | More by EgadBananas
3.03/5 rDev +11.8%
22oz bottle with blue label "Boatswain American IPA" served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear copper color with a fluffy white head that left trails of lacing.
S - earthy aroma, some malt and floral hops.
T - decent amount of malt upfront with some floral/earthy notes and lingering bitterness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O - it's ok and I'm glad it didn't cost me over $3 for the bottle.
03-05-2012 22:50:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.13/5 rDev +15.5%
This is a decent beer, hardly great and rather rough and simple, but a solid, enjoyable beer and good with food.
Pale golden copper, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to thin ring.
Aroma is bread crust, hint of metal and coins, hint of citrus - orange flowers, and dusty pine.
Taste is alcoholic orange flowers, jammy with hints of bread crust, fruit candy. It's a bit sweet with only light spicy bitterness, and it's a bit rough and simple, but it's nice tasting nonetheless and is quite enjoyable with food, where it holds up well.
12-19-2012 00:27:30 | More by Offa
Boatswain American I.P.A. from Minhas Craft Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.