Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) | Rhinelander Brewing Company

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of noodleincident
4.01/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree with everyone else that it isn't really any kind of IPA, but once you're not expecting that, it tastes by far the best of any beer in its price range. It's well-balanced, malty, slightly roasty... not a standalone, sit-and-enjoy-a-lovely-brew type, but enjoyable and goes with most foods. Considering the alcohol content and the fact that it's less than a dollar even with tax, this is my new everyday beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.47/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single at Trader Joes. 8.4% ABV Pours out to a brilliantly clear light caramel, burnt orange, forming a nice creamy off yellow head with good retention and lacing, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is of grape juice and belgian yeast phenolics. A double IPA? LOL. I don't think so. No hop nose to speak of, this smells like a Belgian pale ale. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, feels light bodied compared to the 8.4% abv, i suspect goosed with sugar. The taste is very UN- double IPA. If I were served this blind, I would guess it's a Belgian golden strong or a strong saison...the phenolics, the bitterness, the mouthfeel, the carbonation, the dryness. Bitterness is firm, herbal, I suspect hop extract.

What an odd beer. Most decidedly not a DIPA. Reading other reviews, it appears I am just one among many tasters that think this was brewed with a belgian yeast. It tastes like a very bitter duvel spiked with white grape juice. Not recommended.

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Photo of ohiotim
2.17/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I agree that it tastes like it has Belgian yeast and no substantial presence of any sort of hops. Not a fan. I recommend that you shell out another $4 for a competent IPA, or just bite the bullet and go for some low end high alcohol beer (it will serve the same purpose for less money).

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Photo of GratefulFC
3.42/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bitter, no hops; taste is flowery, bitter, carmel aftertaste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

You gotta be kidding me, somehow the double ipa for these guys might be worse than their already bottom of the barrel ipa? Pours another darker than average SRM for style. Barely there super thin white 1/8" head on the top. Aroma follows in the vein of the single ipa that has no hop aromatics, just a bunch of metallic copper feels and booziness.

Taste, jeez these reviews are nearly identical. They drop a substantial bitter metallic feel over some caramel malt with absolutely no hop flavor that could be described as having anything in common with fruit, be it citrus, tropical or otherwise. Certainly nothing in terms of pine or other plant or tree like notes. Just a bunch of copper pennies and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol tastes like it is 25% abv. This is the equivalent of the $7 1.75ml plastic bottle of vodka that they keep at the shittiest food and liquor stores in the hood.

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Photo of Flatlands
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not labeled correctly. It's more of a strong ale and not really a DIPA. It's a solid beer for the price and enjoyable if you are not expecting a DIPA. Value for flavor is great. If I rated this as a DIPA, I agree with the low scores.

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Photo of J_Arbizzle
1.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of BenDorigan
1.22/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

They needed to put the word "Belgian-" or "abbey-" style on the label somewhere to let potential buyers like me who hate that flavor know what they are getting. Regardless of whether those words actually apply, that's definitely what I smell and taste, likely from their strain of yeast. This is not an Imperial IPA by any stretch, other than the high alcohol content. At $4.99/6-pack, "too good to be true" really does apply. I will be returning the other 11 cans tomorrow. Gross.

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Photo of flaskman
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased as a "What the heck" at Trader Joes for $4.99. Poured into a 16 ounce glass from a 12 ounce can at refrigerator temp. It poured a golden amber with a generous head that left decent lacing. The smell was very bready/malty. I found it odd for a double IPA. The taste was surprising as it tasted like it was brewed with Belgian yeast with enough hops to add a bitter finish. If it was a blind tasting I would had thought it was some type of a full bodied Belgian with a bitter finish. As a double IPA I would have to rate it as a WTF are your trying to pull. As a beer it wasn't bad. I think if it was sold for what it was and not necessarily a double IPA the ratings would be better. Now that I know what it is I would purchase it again as a decent brew when I feel like not spending $14.99 for a different brand. In my opinion as a double IPA it was a total miss. As a beer it wasn't bad. Maybe it is cheaper to add taste using Belgian yeast rather than spending money on lots of hops?

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I hated this beer when I first tried it. I felt I had been lied to by the can because a double IPA this is not. So what is it? Seems more akin to a strong ale or a well-crafted malt liquor. In terms of taste, it reminds me more of Campari or its non-alcoholic Sanbitter than an IPA in some ways. Tons of malt. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but at $5 for a six pack, I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of iandw
1.66/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a 6-pack at Trader Joe's. This is false advertising if I've ever seen it! Horrible, nasty taste, like that of the cheapest light beers. At 8.4% ABV it's very strong and will give you a strong buzz, but that's about it. I've just about sworn off any Trader Joe's private label beer advertised as IPA. Maybe this would be good for marinating bratwursts.

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Photo of bb-magic
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Z-man
3.44/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Philipe
1.41/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Tastes like sweet turky bacon wrapped in plastic wrap, but at $5 for a six pack and at 8.4% ABV, its very chuggable. If you want to get drunk for cheap look no further. If you posses taste buds keep looking.

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Photo of wjbent
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nausicaa-taos
2.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I mean, it's not bad. And we both know that you didn't break the bank for it, probably throwing it in the Trader Joe's basket next to gyoza and baby carrots as more of an afterthought than anything.

It's exceptionally malty, to such an extent that the bargain bin hops don't have room to maneuver. I've had it out of a can and dumped a pint glass. The aroma is bland at best, so consider just leaving it alone and sipping it straight up when it's the last thing left it your fridge which has never been mentioned in a Weezer song.

I feel like it's been sweetened with something rather inexpensive, lazy, and artificial. This comes in strong ten minutes after it's been emptied.

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Photo of Karenremom
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Antmaniac
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Great value for money. Easy drinking ale, but a poor representation of a DIPA.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.92/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4.99 A six pack at Trader Joes. As this was a few dollars less than I'd expect to pay, let alone finding a double IPA in a six pack of cans, my expectations were not high. Poured amber orange with light carbonation, good head and very little lace. Smelled a little sweet, more on the pink grapefruit cocktail. There was also a note like JuJuBees candy. Bitter mouth, but not pucker bitter with a filling with foamy finish and lingering bitter.

So, how does this work? Lots of poor reviews and maybe it's not quite up to the style, but for the price. Raisin at the back with sweet fruit dominating. Alcohol muted and the JuJubee note wraps it up. A few years back I reviewed J.W. Dundee Pale Ale and thought for the price, it was a good buy. I guess this beer falls into the same category.

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Photo of infinite_athlete
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my first review... I would like to encourage people to avoid this beer... It is a bad representation of IPAs.

Strong sweet and sour aroma. Very little hoppiness for an IPA, nevermind a double. Alcohol too prominent. Cheap purchase from Trader Joes. Little drinkability. Amber in color. Similar to a barley wine or Banana Bread Beer. Little body and Carbonation. Sour and Bitter Aftertaste… Would NOT purchase again.

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Photo of Bryan12345
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Raymond77
1.28/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have only one word for this "beer"..Terrible.

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