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Boatswain American IPA | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
rhinelanderbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by smcolw on 12-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,670
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
300
pDev:
25.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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1.37/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Tastes like a 'hoppy' forty. The smell reminded me of bad college parties and the taste didn't do much to help. Smell has a corny/syrupy aroma with some indistinct hops, and the taste is a little better, especially when it warms up a bit, but misses the mark completely when compared to even 'middle of the road' IPA's.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

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.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 8/24/12

The appearance is a dirty brown tangerine; very cloudy, too. The head is a hair under two fingers, though retention is thinner. Some drippy lace remains.

This thing smells pitiful. Burnt grains and biscuit, piney aerosol cleaner, shoddy citrus pith and peel. Perfume and hints of metal shavings. This smells a lot like its big brother; that ain't a good thing,

I can't believe just how unpleasant this is. It's a slick, almost syrupy concoction of candy made from chintzy fruit and sub-par hops oils. Toasted grains and adjuncts. Sure, there's some bitterness on the latter half, but it's generic and not overly enjoyable. The feel is terribly coating on the finish. The appropriate level of carbonation is about the only thing going for this beer.

Boatswain does disappointment really well.

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Holy cow. This tastes like straight up doody. Extremely malty with no hops. It kind of tastes like grazier from hess brewing company. Boatswain should be embarrassed to call this an ipa

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I purchased this beer from Trader Joe's in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota after finding Steel Toe Brewing closed on Monday so I couldn't fill my growler. There was a sharply dressed man stocking up on these in 22oz form so I asked how it was. He replied favorably so I grabbed one for the fridge. At $1.99 for 22oz of 6.7% IPA, I had little to lose, right? Lesson learned. This was a classic "if it sounds too good to be true, it is" scenario.

The next day I poured half the bottle into my trusty pint glass and could immediately smell the boozy aroma. It poured a nice dark golden with a very small head that dissipated immediately. At first sip I was overpowered by the alcohol taste, which never improved and made it tough to finish my glass. As the beer warmed from fridge temp, it only got worse and I had to dump the bottle. Not much going on here for hops to mask this either.

If anyone from Trader Joe's in SLP reads this, please realize that the best IPA in the state is brewed 1/2 a mile from your door at Steel Toe Brewing. Yes, its more money, but Boatswain is giving a bad name to your selection and American IPAs in general.

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Boatswain American IPA from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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