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

Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer)
BA SCORE
2.64/5
449 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,966
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
449
pDev:
27.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
72
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 449 |  Reviews: 149
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

Photo of RAZERSHARP80
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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Photo of StrangerTides
3.79/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Critofur
4.15/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer with an open mind, granted, I did know it was cheap, but I decided to approach it with optimism.

It's better than any "Session" beer I've tried, and it's better than a few of the well reviewed watery "dry" bitter bombs I've tried also.

Look: looked OK, nothing remarkable. A little darker and thicker than say, Budweiser. Some head, about 1/2 inch poured in a pint glass without taking too much care to be gentle, but not a "hard" pour.

Smell: Nothing spectacular, no wonderful sublime hop aroma like Sculpin used to have, or a fresh Nelson Imperial, similar to a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Taste: Same as above - slightly sweet, nicely balanced malt "back bone" to the hop bitterness. Neither excessively bitter or too dry (thin wattery IPAs go down the drain).

Mouthfeel: Nice body to this beer, similar to 90 Minute IPA, not much "alcohol burn".

If I just wanted a substitute for water to go with my meal, I might have an ice cold Coors Light (I don't often), this beer is a little heavier and a little stronger than a Budweiser and doesn't have a particularly impressive hope aroma or flavor, but it's a decent DIPA and phenomenal for the price (84 cents a can?!?!!). I have skewed my review a little higher considering the value. I think I need to do a blind taste test with this one thrown in the mix to really do a fair comparison. I also think a lot of the other very low reviews are affected by a negative bias from the cheap price.

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Photo of Elneely88
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tdalton789
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is a great beer! I've had thousands of beers. 1$ a can, 8.4% and its smooth. I know a typical ipa is intense, heavy, hoppy..but this is smooth and enjoyable. I brought it to a party and all the girls were hesitant, then fell in love because it wasn't overpowering and high alcohol content... My new favorite beer!

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Photo of T-34-85
2.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of b__a
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This does not taste like a double IPA.

On the nose, this dark amber beer has some citrus and hops, but it's mostly banana and fruity esters. The taste is similar. I get a boozy 'wheat and spice' flavor, not unlike a fairly potent wit. On the front, there's a small hint of citrus and hops, but it fades incredibly quickly.

I enjoy the beer, but in no world does this smell or taste like a DIPA. As a wit, it's pretty decent. For its style, it's just... off.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.72/5  rDev +40.9%
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 atlandy
1.24/5  rDev -53%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of srw
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 449 ratings
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