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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

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131
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408
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
26.14%
 
 
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Photo of katybee
4.47/5  rDev +69.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at the other reviews here, I'm a little puzzled. This is a very good beer for it's type. Not all I.P.A's have the hoppy, citrus character predominant in bombers such as Hop Czar etc there is quite a range of hop flavors... I was pleasantly surprised that this was more mellow for a double IPA, and the buttery, delicatley peachy fruity esthers are as desireable as banana is in beers the direction of barleywine.

Perhaps this beer is in conflict with it's name... those negative reviews might have been expecting a mighty Hop Czar in this one labeled "Twin Screw Steamer". But this beer is full of flavor, like a Scotch ale.... A little thin bodied, and not highly carbonated, but very smooth and almost creamy, with lightly bitter, but not the strong 'hoppy' overtones.... Leans toward a Belgian Tripel. beautiful, clear, orange-gold color. I liked it and found it refreshing change from the stouts and porters which are my favorites.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Boatswain Double I.P.A.
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.49 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Enjoyed at cellar temperature in an Imperial "nonic" pint glass. This is a beer that's contract-brewed for Trader Joe's, and I think we're all aware of that. I was really surprised by it given where the American craft beer industry stands right now. It has some flaws but I think it's basically just not understood (or I could be reading it completely wrong!). Read on...

Appearance: A clear deep-amber/copper body teems with life as hundreds of tiny bubbles steadily rise towards the surface. Its rocky off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves some decent lacing behind. If there's a fault to this beer that's probably it apart from the obvious alcohol (which should be better cloaked).

Aroma: Fruity and floral with a mineralish component that almost comes across as medicinal at first whiff, but then reveals itself to be more of a "Burton stench" as it rests. It may take a little getting used to as it's not that common anymore, but it's authentic, and taken in a historic context, quite charming.

Flavor: An edge of burnt sugar in combination with the mineral and sulphur character of the beer (and a bit of alcohol) lends a bit of raspiness to an otherwise basic medium-caramel maltiness that's threaded through with floral, grassy, and leafy English hops (Fuggles, for sure, and most likely Kent Godlings - or an American equivalent). The yeast acts almost as a layer of shellac overtop, coating it with fruity flavors of soft pear, apple, and some orange marmalade. It's sweetish on one side, but quite dry on the other due to its solid bitterness, mineral content, and yeasty sulphur. It's not a complex beer in that all of its cards are laid right out on the table, but neither is it a beer that shows 'one' flavor or side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge (perhaps medium-full), and velvety smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation (although I know it's not).

Overall: It's a double IPA to be sure, with a solid 8.4% abv, a slap of alcohol, and a solid bitterness, but I find it quite curious because I've only ever sampled American double IPAs - and despite the fact that this is brewed in the USA, it's clearly "English" in nature. Are there, in fact, any "double" or "Imperial" IPAs brewed in England? But that leaves us with one argument: is the aroma hoppy enough to be labeled an "Imperial" or "double" IPA? In this case I think the question is moot. It's unique, and entertaining in that alone, but whether you like (or are even familiar with traditional English ales) certainly makes a difference. For the incredibly low price it's offered at I'd suggest that it's a must try.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy; amber/orange; huge frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Weak malt; faint bread

Taste: Sweet, juicy malt on start; warming alcohol with good nuttiness in mid; finishes sweet with hoppy bitterness lingering; pretty crisp and refreshing

Remarks: Surprisingly tasty for a low-cost beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Not the hops aroma I am looking for from a DIPA. Understated hops and an earthy smell with a little pine tang and booze.

Wow, not much hops flavor at all, some piney hops come in the middle-back of the taste, but it's quick and fleeting. Up front it has a smooth bready taste.

Feels like a good beer, hides it's alcohol well. Good carbonation makes it the best part of the beer.

Overall, I feel it's not a great DIPA. It's ok, and for the price of 2 bucks, its stellar. As a beer overall it better than average, but only because of the 8.4% on the cheap.

DOA

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
3.72/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One word to keep in mind with this beer - Value. Not a great double IPA by any means and actually more in the scotch/english ale style. It lacks proper hops to be considered a decent IPA and is balanced on the malt end of the spectrum. Nice golden bronze color with a good head. Smell is a bit pungent. A tad harsh on the palate; you almost want to chew on the malt however it is very drinkable. With that said you can't go wrong for the price. I give this beer a 3.75 based on it's value. It wouldn't rate as high compared to Lagunitas or Stone but that's OK. There is room on the entry level for a value DIPA.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twin Screw Steamer opens to a surprisingly malty nose, for a double IPA, for while there is a good bit of hop aroma in here, with grapefruit rind, as well as lighter touches of pine resin, lemon, and a faint bit of dandelion stem, the malts are perhaps stronger, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, hay, grass, and a bit of toasted nut. Bits of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, add further complexity. The aromas as a whole are, in addition, fairly light, regardless of hop-malt balance, and fast-fading, difficult to detect in an open bottle after a minute or two, and what’s left is mainly hay, with bits of sugar.

On the tongue, the beer proves far more flavorful than the nose let on, the initial flavors being a nice sugary, hoppy blend that brings pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and lemon from the hops, and a nice assortment of fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and even touches of melon. A large swath of brown sugar adds further sweetness, and the grains add a nice backing layer of toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. In subsequent sips the sugars aren’t quite as sweet, and a more bitter, piney hop note creeps in, as well as a more earthy, hay-like, grassy malt touch. The aftertaste is more of these latter notes, with even more of a pine resin hop overtone, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is a decent double IPA, though the weak nose is a strange beginning to what is otherwise a fairly flavorful beer. The flavors are good, and present in decent strength, but lack nuance, especially in the hops, which could use a few extra dimensions to bring a more full and round profile. Having said that, for roughly $2.50 a bomber at Trader Joe’s, you’re not going to get a much better flavor for the price, and the 8.4% ABV is also surprisingly high. Excellent bargain.

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Photo of Chadhowie
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this to break into the Trader Joe's market a little, as I noticed that they carry multiple beers from Boatswain. It's a little too sweet an IPA for me and not as hoppy as I would like a Double IPA, but still a good purchase and worth the money, as it is not an expensive beer at all.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 inch velvety custard head with long life. Body looks like iced tea in mass tone but a slightly hazed amber held to the light. Smells if malt, light pine hops, and tropical fruit. Taste mirrors smell but is lighter than expected. Slight melon rind taste in the finish. Nice enough beer but not really a double IPA.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

A - semi cloudy orange/copper, half finger almost tan head (dissipates in seconds) and some slight lacing

S - HOPS, flowers, tons of malt sweet and toasted, booze, wood, fruity and more flowers

T - Lots of malt, huge bittersweet hops, slight booze, pine, citrus, sweet yeast, some wet wood and flowers

M - medium minus body, medium acidity, medium balance, no complexity and medium minus finish

D - As far as a double IPA this one is easy to drink for the hop fan and the slight hop fan alike. Malt balances out the hop and the booze is minimal. Crisp and refreshing

Final thought - $2 and 8.4%?!?!?! Why the hell not?!?!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange looking color with a creamy head and lace. Not a bad looking brew. In the aroma there is a faint hint of orange peel, lots of toasted bread, some alcohol and a strong bubblegum aroma. The aroma actually reminds me more of a Belgian than an IPA. The taste is malt forward, citrusy and with a modest hops bittering and piny feel. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, this doesn't really feel like an IPA, thus it loses points if you rate it according to style. Still, it is tasty and not as bad as compared to other ratings here.

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Photo of greenborn
3.56/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this ale at the local TJ’s. It was on sale for $1.99 a bottle (650 ML or 1PT, 6FL OZ) so I thought I’d give it a try even though I’m not a big fan of IPA. Color was a nice light brown/golden and the smell was hoppy with a malt undertone. The flavor was nice- hoppy but not over the top hoppy, just enough to make for a smooth crisp taste and leave your mouth knowing it had an IPA. I must mention the price again- $1.99 at TJ’s for a 650 ML bottle that’s 22 ounces, almost two beers for two bucks. I’ll be looking for more ales from Rhinelander Brewing that’s for sure.

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Photo of fezmeister
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so lots of people expecting a DIPA and getting this are likely going to be disappointed. That said, this is a much better beer than commentary is likely to indicate, if reviews are based partially upon living up to style.

The beers pours a golden orange, a bit cloudy, lighter than the darker colors I'm used to seeing in a double, but not outside the realm of possibility. Nose is a pleasant mild blend of fruity hops, sweet malts, and...corn?? Taking a swallow the taste is very similar. I drink corny beers so infrequently that I may have had trouble placing its flavor save a happy accidental run-in with another Wisconsin corned beer last week. It's so strong in the flavor profile of this one that I'd think that alone would automatically eject it from the imperial IPA genre, without even going into the rather underdone hop content for what is expected from this style. That said, I actually enjoy what this beer has to offer the drinker. The hops taste good, although they appear briefly, the malt is sweet but light and not sticky, and the corn is tasty, with a long, smooth finish. This would be an unusual beer even if placed in the IPA genre; I can't quite figure out where it fits in, but it's pretty good. Just don't expect a double!

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.52/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh dear the hate on this just because of the price. Yes, you get what you pay for and picking the cheapest no-name DIPA in Trader Joes' is probably going to get you exactly what you deserve.

This pours from a 12oz can a light amber, with a thicker head than a 8.4% might suggest. Attractive look. Light amber with a barely hoppy and piney aroma..

Taste is IPA, sticky with the prerequisite spicey grapefruit bitter undercurrent. No alcohol heat, and in spite of the language on the can, this is not bold or big. Not a hop bomb by any real stretch.

Hey, it drinks like a fine generic ipa. They can call it a Double (imperial) because the high ABV and higher citrus undercurrent. Totally fine, especially for a $5 6-pack. Feels slick at the end, and when it warms, that hint of metallic taste starts to become evident. Don't pound these; too much bad alcohol makes you sick.

You've been warned and warmed.

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Photo of JoshPalmer
3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't quite understand the hate behind this beer. For $2.29 at the local Trader Joe's and at 8.4% ABV with a decent taste, it is pretty good value.

The taste isn't very hoppy or scream 'IPA' let alone 'double IPA', but it isn't bad tasting. I had low standards for this beer considering it's price though.

Mouthfeel is average. Pretty alcoholic tasting, not in a good way, but it does have flavor there. It's much heartier than your average highly consumed beer which is good.

Appearance is average. Little to no head which is a disappointment. Cloudy orange.

Overall, this beer *isn't* great, but I don't think it's deserving of an extremely low rating. It has a slightly above average taste, and I would buy it again if I was in the mood. Great beer to take the edge off if you want to avoid the big brands just for only $2.29.

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.39/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose reminds me of Mad Elf; taste is similar with out half the sweetness. Feel is crisp with stars dark IPA aftertaste. Not bad @ $2.29 for a 650ml. Will probably buy again.

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Photo of A1221
3.37/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer at Trader Joe's for $2.29. I was with my girl and my baby strapped to my chest. I'm in college finishing up my bachelor's degree and thus I am broke. When I saw this beer for $2.29, I literally debated buying it since I debate on whether I should buy beer since were on a budget, but my girl was like "go for it!" I think its because she likes seeing me drunk. Any how... I bought it, hence this review. I'll be honest I don't know much about beer and I am excited to learn, for the price, this beer rocks, definitely beats any other beer that sells at this price.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a less than 2 bucks & 8.4% I figured what the hell...

And it is exactly what a $2 dollar double IPA bomber can be---ok.

The hops surrenders to a malty flavour yet it isn't horrible. Bought two bottles just to make sure I wasn't dreaming the price. the Mr. who loves malt thought it wasn't half bad.

Dont' believe I will be a buyer on a regular basis but am grateful it wasn't a complete waste of cash.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as a Christmas gift (thanks Jason!) as it was recommended by the beer store for someone that loves good craft beer, so I was very eager to try it. Review #100.

Appearance – Pours a clear, golden amber color with a good head and a thin-medium lacing. So far, so good!

Smell – Smells more like a strong adjunct than an IPA, with a hint of mild rubbing alcohol. Not your typical DIPA, but not as bad as I probably made it sound.

Taste – Again a strong adjunct flavor with a little rubbing alcohol. Malty, but not much hoppiness for a DIPA. I really don't think this is a DIPA but that's what the bottle says. Nevertheless, it's still a decent beer.

Mouthfeel – A little thicker and creamier than your typical DIPA with medium-light carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty good!

Drinkability – Not a typical DIPA. Very easy drinking for an 8.4% beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Powerful taste and strength. Only a modest maltiness and more dry than sweet. Hops are bold but fade before the biterness gets to be too much. Label claims 75 IBU. Rather hot with alcohol. Seems to be on the thin side and the flavor is a little flat. Drinkable enough, it's just not the vast richness some expect from a DIPA. Decently made with nice lacing on the amber brew.

Whatever complaints you might have, it's a steal at two bucks for a 22 oz bottle at Trader Joe's. I bought this one in San Diego. It's made at the old Huber brewery and says "Rhinelander Brewing Co." on the label. Maybe someone can decide if this is the same as what goes by Rhinelander Imperial Jack Double IPA with a different label.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.31/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a 16 oz champaign flute (the 22 oz did not fit all at once). It's a lovely unfiltered golden color with a one finger head that dissipates and leaves fair lacing down the sides. Aroma is on the mild side, but pleasing--hops, and a bit of malt and grain. Flavor is not really that of a double IPA (a la Ruinstion), but more like a regular IPA. Moderate, but not strong hoppy bitterness, well balanced (which double IPAs are NOT), a bit of citrus, a bit of pine. The aftertaste does develop a mild grapefruit bite. Mouth feel is meduim, foamy, not creamy. Overall this is good, and I think it's been under-rated on this website, but what do I know?!

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Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber of craft for $1.99? And a DIPA no less...how can you go wrong with that? I sampled this at The Attic a few nights ago.

This beer is a mildly hazed light orange color. About half a finger of head develops with little staying power, but it manages to leave a foam which itself manages to leave spotty lacing as it drops down the glass.
Aromas are not particularly citric in the nature of the hops profile, though there is a touch. It's mainly herbal and earthy with a bit of a piny note alongside. Malts balance well. Overall this is a very light aroma. I imagine to use a huge load of hops and malts would be considerably more expensive than the profit that could be made for this beer's price. As such, it's sort of a "DIPA light."
The same goes for the flavor, and an interesting thing happens: perhaps it's the lightness of ingredients added, almost like a watering-down (though it's not bad, just a little weak), but this comes off very similar to an ESB with its tea-like character. The other interesting thing is that I'm getting so much earthiness and herbal character that it's almost like a British style, though the style itself is outright American. It should be a fresh bottle, though I can't be entirely sure, but these are my impressions.
The feel is a little light but pleasant, and a rolling smoothness built upon by a consistent carbonation keeps it flowing well. There's a bit of crsipness as well. While a little tame for the style, it stays interesting enough.
To be clear, I find DIPAs to be one of the better styles out there. Scores factor in relation to its style as well as its overall quality.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour the Twin Screw Steamahh into a pint glass from a slightly odd looking bomber. Lagunitas perhaps? Or maybe it's just glass envy. Pours a tad orange in color with reasonable clarity. Half an inch of foam drops off in normal fashion.

Nose is citric yet pleasant and lacking any overly forward overt malt notes. Hops remain a bit subdued nonetheless, though at $1.99 this doesn't really surprise. Bit piney and with a moderate bitterness on the back, pleasant yet unexciting up front.

Flavor follows as for structure and expectations. Bready and malty with some hop spice and without any cloying caramel flavor. Yet sweet enough to mask the ABV and smooth though a bit inoccuous. Doesn't really drink like a DIPA given the moderate aroma though this does expand with warming.

Offers decent hop balance and some hop spice notes throughout. Not a great beer but surely a great value.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found this for $1.99 at the local Trader Joe's and thought... "Why not?"

A-
The label is nice to look at, and the brew itself is a perfect IPA orange. The appearance is really the best thing about this beer.

S-
Surprisingly sweet and malt-liqouresqe. Adjuncts, syrup and a bit of green banana.

T-
Not bad at all, but certainly not normal for a beer of this style. I was reminded more of "Steel Reserve" than a decent IPA.... but I digress. For what it is, I was perfectly fine with the less than usual flavor profile.

M-
Chewy, and a little flat. Not bad at all... I found myself glad that it wasn't overcarbonated.

O-
Take it or leave it... This is a very odd beer, but not a very bad one. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an 8.40% abv beer that costs $1.99 and don't taste too bad. The review takes these points into consideration. This is not Pliny the Elder, Avery Maharaja or SN Torpedo Ale. A pleasant beer, not a great example of a DIPA. Pours a clear, light copper color with a good size, slightly off-white head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is somewhat Bud-like with adjunct ingredients and a little grassy hops.

Taste is somewhat better. The grassy hops are there and there is a bit of Belgian style flavor...I was thinking yeast but other reviewers are saying candi sugar. The adjunct/corn is somewhat present in the taste as well, but overall not bad. The missing ingredient is a heavy -duty hops presence. A little grassy hops, that is it.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, not watery as you would expect in a cheap beer. There is a touch of bitterness, but not enough for a DIPA.

For a buck ninety nine, this is worth a shot.

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Photo of A60sburnout
3.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass stein.

Abundant head from an aggressive pour, the two-finger foam crown a pleasant off-white / light beige, the DIPA underneath an inviting copper color. Nice lacing and head retention.

Aroma has a nice malty bite with a hint of caramel. Malty taste, but a bit light / watery on mouthfeel. Not as much hop presence as I would have anticipated, however the aftertaste retains the hoppiness.

Taste is just average; my attraction was the brewery's name, Rhinelander Brewing CO (aka Minhas, nee Huber). Allegedly there will be a new Rhinelander Brewery in Rhinelander, WI, but I think there had better be some significantly better offerings to resurrect the old brewery's memory.

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
2.64 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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