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)
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
433
Reviews:
143
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
27.17%
 
 
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Photo of Samputnam14
3.74/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of token_23223
3.73/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +40.8%
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 +40.4%
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 Beginner2
3.72/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a fan of TJ's strategy for making and selling beer. It expands the craft market... albeit at a lower common denominator.
So, I'm afraid I don't understand the low ratings on this one.
Boatswain Double IPA is an interesting take on a style that, IMHO, has been abused by hops.
While it doesn't Look above average, it certainly delivers a nice balanced Smell of sweet malts and hops.
Its Taste is consistent, a nice interplay of malts and bitter hops. I can taste more brewers sugar than a great beer.
Carbonation is low, which I like.
OA: this is not a Wow beer, but it is a good one. Balanced... much like the British culture.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev +37%
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%
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 crow
3.62/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.62/5  rDev +36.6%
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 +36.6%
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 +35.5%
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 Jjmj51
3.56/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greenborn
3.56/5  rDev +34.3%
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%
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 jheimiller
3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
3.52/5  rDev +32.8%
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 MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of Emnmarko
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of jaxray8
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of maddog4never
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Photo of ale1
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ipa...well more like a scottish malty ale..hops not there..
malty with chocalate malt background
went well with my trader joe steak pie

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%

Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
2.65 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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