Boatilla | Big Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kdwruck
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This beer foams instantaneously when it reaches your mouth. Even when you throw it into a glass it foams up right away. It's a decent beer. Don't get me wrong but its not worth a ton. The beer as a slight robust taste to it, kind of like a normal ale but the fact that it instantaneously foams in your mouth makes it a beer that you wouldn't want to put in your pick six.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
2.21/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- A healthy shade of mahogany brown. This beer is very clear despite it's color. If it were any shade lighter it would be much more translucent. A thin flesh colored head forms upon pouring and then dissipates down into a thin layer that rests on the top of the beer.

S- There is a very funky almost skunky smell to this beer.
Slightly malty and sweet. When I first poured it into the glass it had a very hoppy scent to it that came off as smelling very skunky and sour rather then citrusy and bitter like many other hop aromas. Has a somewhat faint scent overall.

T- Starts off with a slight sweetness that tastes a bit like sweet crackers with faint notes of vanilla. It then moves into a mustier smelling taste that I would almost describe as being dusty. There is also a slight woodiness to it that tastes slgihtly like oak. The ending is rather bitter and sour with a light metallic taste to it. There is a very earthy hop flavor to the bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly medium feel to the body.

O- The initial smell along with the faintly sour/bitter aftertaste is beginning to make me wonder if this particular beer I picked up may be past it's prime. It would really help if the guys over at Big Bay brewing put some sort of "best by date" or something on there labels but unfortunately from what I can see, they don't, and so I have no way of knowing if this beer is too old or not,. It had a very dirty overall feel to it. At first I really did not care for it at all but I'm beginning to slightly enjoy it after sipping it for a little while. The initial aroma coming from the beer when I had first uncapped it was very similar to the scent of a the traditional mass produced American light and adjunct lagers and so it was slightly off-putting. There was really nothing about this beer that wowed me, it is just very average. I don't care for the really low ABV either. slightly disappointed with this one which i feel is odd because I normally love a good amber. I definitely would not buy this beer again but I would be willing to try it again if I ever got the chance to do so (for free of course) because I would like to know if this particular bottle had went sour or not.

Note: I don't actually think that this beer was most definitely old or not. If I did I would have not posted the review.

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Photo of drop6301
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light amber, almost pink color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, but is very faint. What is there is pretty generic and boring. The taste is similar to the aroma...caramel malt with nothing remotely resembling complexity. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer I will not drink again.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottle my parents brought me from Minnesota I think. From notes.

A - Two finger fluffy beige head on a hazy dark gold body. Yeasty bits, strong carbonation, decent lace and film retention.

S - Metallic, fruity hop, caramel.

T - An odd, unplesant flavour characteristic is the most clear element. Rotten fruits? Dusty and unpleasant. Hop s do a poor job of integrating with the caramel elements.

M - Strong caronation, medium body, sweet off finish.

O/D - Not overly plesant. Wouldn't recommend it. Needs some work.

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Photo of seeswo
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Grew up very close to here, so I'm rooting for this. Pours a clear copper with a rapidly fading whitsh head. Looks good. Faint caramel malts with just a touch of yeastiness. Not bad, but maybe average. Taste is faint caramel malt, soda water, veggies? Not this beer's strong suit. I cannot shake the very prominant flavor of soda water which ruins the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, not a fantastic showing, but I'll check them out down the road.

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Photo of TylerDYoung
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of crossovert
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a apple cider amber with a foamy white head.

It doesn't have much of a smell, but what it is is standard amber ale scents.

The taste is a bit more pleasing. The malt however is too buttery for me It has a little bit of a hop accent but not too much.

It is a boring beer.

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Photo of matjack85
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/amber color with a 1-finger off-white head. Head retention lasted under 30 seconds and the beer left absolutely zero lacing, so can't score too high on the appearance scale.

Weak nose - a little caramel, some baked bread, and faint herbal hops.

Mild caramel flavor and baked bread, like in the nose. Hops are herbal and tea-like. 26 IBU's of bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but not one of the top notch amber ales.

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Photo of thaghost
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Profane
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of FightingEntropy
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After tasting Big Bay recently, I let this one sit in the fridge for a while--not looking forward to it.

In the glass, it's pleasant enough--hazy orange ale that glows yellow with the afternoon sun. Dirty white head piles high on the pour. Nose is light with some nice hop spice if you look for it. Mostly a sweet bready malt with a mineral note. Sweet though light mouthfeel has caramel and toffee notes with a light hop twang. Again, the mineral taste.

Not bad, but not a beer that I will buy again unless it's the best option in the bar.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Working my way through part 2 of 3 of this new-to-the-area brewery. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises straight barley and dry toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a twinge of carrot and a vague intimation of funky orange peel that increases in intensity as time passes; then, when in full force, it battles with the toffee, which is now sweeter than before. The aftermath doesn't sit well with me. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad amber, one that tries to offer itself up as a mild, easy-going brew, but one that ends up being a sorta/kinda off-seeming concoction.

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Boatilla from Big Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 44 ratings