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
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
418
Avg:
2.62
pDev:
26.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 418
Photo of Att0
1.85/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

I am a long time lurker on this site, but I felt I needed to make an account just so I could review this beer. I really enjoy IPAs, APAs and sometimes double IPAs. This beer is labelled as a double IPA, but there are barely any detectable hops in the smell or taste. There isn't even a malty flavor (which is the case in their single IPA, but that's another can of worms) Alcohol is the predominant flavor here with the aftertaste being... well, alcohol. If someone hasn't ever tried a double IPA (or an IPA for that matter) and tries this, they could be turned off for good, and that isn't fair to all the wonderful people making truly fantastic beers out there. I wouldn't recommend this double IPA to anyone at any price. Oh I did give the beer a high rating in looks, because it looks pretty.

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Photo of beertunes
1.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Idiotic 22oz bottle, from the TJ's bargain section. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that very low (almost none) retention and decent lacing.

Oh, the humanity! The aroma was just off and wrong. An odd scent, almost like WD-40, hit the nose first, and dominated. There was a very mild malt scent, and some underlying hops. Sadly, those hops were of the onion variety. On the tongue, the beer had the same combination of chemical and onion, just not quite as strong.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps just a bit on the thin side. Drinkability was pretty bad, I made it through about 16oz, and the rest was a sidewalk pour (I respect my drain too much). Overall, pretty damn bad, avoid.

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Photo of MadScientist
1.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The persistent head is light tan head with a good head stand.

S: Too estery with moderate smells like bananas but diminishes somewhat as it sits. There is a slight medicinal character, band-aid like. You've got to dig deep to find the hops there even buried under the flowery alcohol aroma which is the only pleasant smell to be found.

T: More fruit flavors with a moderate bitterness and a soapy flavor combining to be pretty harsh. Very little hops flavor with a moderately-strong caramel malt flavor. The balance is slight bitter with harsh edge. The aftertaste is of bitterness and caramel. The finish is medium, edging toward the sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. S low astringency and slickness on the palate.

O: I couldn't choke this one down as the first beer of the night do to the soap flavor mixed with the bitterness. Even if this beer died of old age a couple of years back, which would explain the lack of hops aroma and flavor, It was still a flawed beer. I hate to slam a beer but if this was a home brew I'd suggest a number of potential sources of error including; check sanitation, watch the fermentation temperature, use a high alpha acid hops, use food grade rubber hoses, rinse sanitizing solution thoroughly and of course pitch a healthy active starter. It's not infected just off.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of travolta
1.99/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

App: Golden apricot in color, slightly tan head with quickly disappearing head. Very minimal lacing.

Nose: Really? Not much going on here. Some malt when I really tried, but not much else.

Taste: Syrupy, with calm carbonation and a wet/smooth mouthfeel. A bit of strawberry and some tropical fruits.

Notes: Not very true to style. In ABV, yes, but in hop profile, no. You can't beat the price. Hops heads can skip this one.

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Photo of uranage161
2/5  rDev -23.7%

This is not remotely close to what a double IPA should be. There is no noticeable hop flavor or aroma. It's certainly strong enough, even closing in on fusel-ly. It's also bitter enough for the strength but would be better described as an old ale or barleywine.

Bought at Trader Joe's, no clue how long it's been on the shelf.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
2.01/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What rating does Olde English 800 get?
'cause that's what I rate this.

Someone told this brewery that IPAs were selling well, and it's like they shrugged their shoulders and said, "If you say so..."

I don't find it horribly offensive as several reviewers do; it's just that I find no merit.

Appearance: this beer's strong point. Nice clear raw honey with a firm enough head that degrades into a thin film and very light lacing.

Smell: old beer and alcohol. I'm going to stick with the same smell as Olde English 800.

Taste: old beer and alcohol. Minimal hops flavor compared to my favorite hops-bombs. Slightly more hops flavor than Coors.

Mouthfeel: I don't know how to rate mouthfeel.

Overall: it'll get you drunk, son. That's about all it's got to recommend for itself.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
2.01/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted their DIPA once, and tried it again just to make sure it was what I thought it was.

Hop aroma and flavor is pretty much non-existent. Its boozy with a capital B. Actually, the glaring alcohol reminds me quite a bit of 211 Steel Reserve in that regard (its better than 211, but just so you get the idea).

Being a homebrewer, the only way you can make a DIPA taste this way is if you cut corners-- cut your hops, barley, and specialty grains and increase adjuncts like rice or sugar to boost ABV.

One redeeming value for this beer is that it could be a good "tune-up" for your palate if you were going to judge a bunch of beers. This is a quintessential example of "how not to make DIPA"

Bottom Line: This is pretty much a flop for a DIPA. I am not bashing, just calling a spade a spade. This is at the back of the pack for the style. If you are at TJ's looking at Minhas beers, their Chocolate Stout is surprisingly good and the HLV is not bad either.

Grade: D

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Photo of MarioM
2.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz Bomber served in pint glass

A: Golden dark yellow, cloudy and no head, almost flat looking.

S: Malt, sweet and a lot of alcohol. The first thing that came to mind was Steel Reserve and or malt liquor.

T: Malty, bitter and fruitiness but no balance. A lot o f alcohol but not much else.

M: Bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that lingers for a while.

O: Glad I got my curiosity out of the way since it seemed like such a great deal, but... too good to be true. Classic case of getting what you paid for. Now time to chug and move on to the next brew.

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
2.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance- Light brown with a lot of carbonation. Little to no head retention.

Smell- Not a lot of excitement on the smell. Smells sort of like a bud light with a slight hint of hops.

Taste- A little but of hoppiness but not noticeably citrus or floral, just bitter. Maltiness is more noticeable than the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel- Oily and slick. Alcohol is noticeable.

Overall- Definitely the least expensive double IPA I've ever bought but I wouldn't really call it a double IPA. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend this for human consumption.

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Photo of ssteakley
2.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I don't know I guess I had to see what a $2.98 IPA taste like. I knew it would be to good to be true but I am in Seattle..curiosity killed the cat for sure. A Natty Light drinker might be impressed! Great for trick or treat or a spoof on your best friend.

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Photo of ImperialSour
2.06/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber from Trader Joes poured into a 16 oz. Ballast Point tulip glass.

A: Clear Reddish/Copper color with fine carbonation bubbles.

S: All sweet Malt ZERO Hops smell is that of an American Amber/Red Ale.

T: Sweet carmel Malt tastes similar to a British IPA defiantly no American DIPA qualities here to be found. It almost tastes like is should be rebranded as an Imperial Amber/Red Ale.

M: Medium body, carbonation is okay, ABV seems to be reasonably well balanced and does not run too hot, smooth and slightly creamy.

O: This beer does not fit the style at all the Hops are non existant despite what the label says you get no bitterness and are left with a cloyingly sweet Malt dominated beer. This beer was a gift and I would not drink again nor do I recommend it.

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Photo of Jslay013
2.07/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

$2 a bomber?!? Expectations were not high.

It actually looks like a decent double IPA, albeit a bit too translucent.

Trouble starts at the smell. This is the only double IPA I have ever had that has virtually no hop smell at all. Frankly, it doesn't have much of an aroma at all. What little is there is all sweet malt.

Taste is all malt upfront with a slight bitter finish from what little hops must be in this.

Mouthfeel is far too thin for the style, but not outrageously bad.

Overall, you get what you pay for, apparently. Not the worst beer I have ever had, but you can't seriously call this a double IPA. I wouldn't even call it a regular IPA. more like a strong, malt forward pale ale. There are just not enough hops here for a double IPA distinction.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 21. Color was caramel, but pale with lots of bubbles. Just about a finger of head. Light lacing on the top that dissipated almost right away. No film on the sides.

Pretty weak smell. Only got hops after I practically snorted it. Got a light whiff of caramel, but really nothing else.

The taste was almost as weak. Got a few flavors, but it was almost like they couldn’t figure out which one to put where. Hardly got any hops, which was a bit surprising. Not a lot of taste. Maybe some late caramel, but nothing complex at all.

Medium body. Oily thin texture. Very carbonated. Abrupt finish.

Nothing to say about this beer. It started bad and ended bad, and there was a whole bunch of bad in between.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.11/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

What can I say, you get what you pay for. Absolutely no DIPA attributes. This smells and taste like a harsh Belgium beer. It's quite weird. Apple, banana esters, bubblegum. Sweetness builds as it warms and again, not an inkling of hops. I will be hard pressed to finish this. One and done.

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Photo of kerouac
2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If you like the smell of bananas, and the taste of candy bananas with a hint of malt, this might be the beer for you.

There is almost nothing good about this beer. It has a bitter taste and a fruity smell. It's confusing, and disgusting.

I think the only redeeming quality of this beer might be its high alcohol content, which is hidden by the disgusting taste and horrible smell.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.19/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, margarine, non-stick cooking spray, and subdued citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and metallic hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with no real redeeming qualities other than its appearance.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I bought this DIPA as well as their IPA while picking up some things at Trader Joe's. I didn't much like the IPA, yet for some reason held out some hopes for the DIPA. These hopes were quickly dashed, however. I think this was worse than the IPA.

In a tulip glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a minimal head and no lace.

Not much aroma; very faint citrus and very faint sweet malt. Not much there.

The taste was even more of a letdown. Nothing that resembles an IPA, much less a DIPA. A smidge of lemon and grapefruit, that's about all.

Kind of like drinking some flavored water. Where are the hops?

Never again.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the 650 ml. bottle "Trader Joe's" batch. Sampled on June 30, 2016.

Orange-amber pour with a fast head.

I do pick up a little musty cellar and perfume character in the aroma and maybe, if I try hard enough, a little floral note.

Medium body.

The taste is bland and missing all the punch that a DIPA should bring out. Kind of metallic but it did have a mild bitterness that faded fast.

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Photo of Zorro
2.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty with a corn, banana and apple scent. Little bit of orange scent here but hops are pretty much missing.

Starts out sweet and bready with a little hop bitterness. Little bit of butter and leather in this. Strong corn flavor. In short the hops are largely missing. It tastes like beer but it isn't even remotely an IPA much less a double one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, this isn't a DIPA. 100% disappointing, avoid.

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Photo of CHickman
2.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles, dissipating slowly as the bubbles pop and ease down. Left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, brown sugar, vegetables, orange peel, dark fruit and metallic yeast. Sweet smelling but not hoppy at all, this was more like a very malty amber ale, Wee Heavy or German Altbier.

Tastes like it smells with zero IPA qualities besides some hints of fruit and orange peel along with a deep sweetness. Even for an English IPA this lacks any hop presence to categorize it in the IPA family. Too malty, too sweet, no balance and a strange plastic or metallic taste.

As they say, you get what you pay for and this was very cheap....the price is only a mirage as this is no DIPA.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, the wife got this at Trader Joe's for $2 and it is possibly worth that. I've had several DIPAs and this one is definitely sub-par. It's a very light amber color with a thin finger of white foam that dissipates shortly. The aroma is an odd mix of sourness and bubblegum. The taste is metallic, sour mess with a hint of adjunct. The body is quite thin for the style, and the aftertaste is less than desirable.
In my opinion, if the beer industry consisted of the government taking over, and producing a basic example of each style, this would be the resulting DIPA. This will not be a repeat buy. It's tolerable and cheap.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

Smell: Very woody flavor backed up by citrus and sweet bready malt. Hops are fairly weak overall...this is a double IPA???

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery before rounding out into a woody and slightly earthy flavor. Also has a slight hint of citrus peel. Weak on flavor overall, though- nothing here quite jumps out and says "I'm a D.I.P.A.!"

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: This is a double IPA? It barely could even pass as an IPA. Oh well, at $1.99 and 8.4% ABV, at least you can get drunk on the cheap...

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Photo of Spikester
2.37/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear pale amber with one finger of off white head. Modest lacing.
Smell is not bad just not much there. Slightly malty.
Taste is mild hops, with plenty of malts. Almost like a double Blond Ale if such a thing exists.
Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style.
Overall a tasty beer that doesn't belong in this style category. Also I never found the alcohol to be off putting.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.39/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This delightfully-priced ($2.49 a bomber at Trader Joe's Louisville) imperial IPA is an impressively boozy 8.4% ABV, but fails on all other levels.

It pours a hazy, cloudy amber, with a decent two-finger head of off-white suds and a fair fence-post lacing. Not awful there.

Nose is mild somehow, though. I don't get a lot of hoppiness. Maybe a hint, but almost more of an adjunct corniness. Huh?

Taste is way off balance. This one is heavily malted and boozy. Really disappointing! I can hear an old lady buzzing "Where's the hops?" here. Maybe my bottle was old, but maybe not. A grossly imbalanced IPA and only a good deal if you want to get drunky-drunk.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.44/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) has a thin, cream-colored head, a rather opaque, glowing red-orange, bubbly appearance, some little suspended beige sediment, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of faint, sweet bread crust, and the flavor is of sweet bread crust, straightforward, but mild hop bitterness, and a touch of light fruit. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Boatswain Double IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and just the littlest bit alcohilic. Overall, for something touted as bold, this is pretty dull. Nothing bad or foul, though.

RJT

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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
2.62 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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