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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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Reviews: 66
Hads: 169
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 25.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Kromes
2.81/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a deep clear copper color with two fingers of rocky off-white head.

Aroma of caramel malts, light floral hops and soil.

Tasted of sweet caramel malts, saltine cracker, very light floral hops and a bit of medicinal bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A bit under-hopped IMO and very average.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American IPA poured a clear, copper color, produced a decent off white head and featured above average head retention. There is ample amount of lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma of this AIPA consists of malted grain, and some citrus hops. Medium in body, this brew has a sweet malted flavor, some balance, and some citric hop flavor but overall it is a very average example of an IPA. Prost!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bomber at Trader Joe’s, labeled Boatswain American IPA. Pours amber with a fluffy, long lasting, white head and a lot of lacing. Nose is very strange: fading hops, seaweed and hints of citrus. Body is medium and too smooth for IPA. A lot of grapefruity hops balanced on the palate by caramel and biscuit malt, ripe fruit and drying alcohol. Finish is long and dry. At the end it was not a bad brew.

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Photo of samie85
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.77/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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!

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Photo of tsauce2
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is caramel. Translucent. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Moderate hoppiness, medium roast malt, a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Moderate hoppiness. Malt is much more subtle than on the nose and a touch of caramel is noticable. Aftertaste is light hop bitterness giving way to malt and a bit of caramel.

M: Medium body. Mellow hops and light malt base give a light feel, but not watery. Dry finish.

O: A good APA. Moderate hops and malt. Nothing too fancy or bold, but a good overall beer. The best offering that I have had from the rebooted Rhinelander/Minhas operation. At the price, $1.99, I would buy more of this beer.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.07/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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