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:
136
Ratings:
421
Avg:
2.62
pDev:
26.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 421
Photo of kilometre
2.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a beer. It's a very cheap and very high ABV beer, so if you want to get completely jacked, I recommend it. It is not hoppy, like at all. I usually put it in the freezer to dull the taste a bit. It does not taste great. It's like a Budweiser, but just really boozy. It does not taste like an IPA, so if you want a nice, hoppy flavor, just buy something else. But it's serviceable and it's cheap. So you know.

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Photo of mudbug
1.14/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

From Trader Joe's
Packaged in a snazzy looking can with a completely misleading statement that what lurks inside is a Double IPA
Don't be fooled. What poured forth into my Sam Smith's Perfect pint glass looked to be an almost flat, perfect representation of horse's urine, except horses can muster more foam.
The aroma is straight up spoiled malt liquor with a hint of moldy hay and old lemon peel. That alone almost caused a pre taste run to the sink, but I soldier on.
Taste is akin to chugging a Colt45 through a sink strainer at a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in fermented cabbage.
Useful for it's claimed alcohol content and not much else except maybe as a gag gift at a White Elephant party.
Twin screwed? Yep, once when buying and the second time trying to choke this disaster down.
Steamer? Yep, as in a huge steaming pile.

Avoid!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
1.27/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pathetic. Truly pathetic. Trader Joe's: stop selling this! It is not an IPA for one, there are no hops. The malt is completely dominant. It is sugary sweet and lacks depth of character. There is a significant boozy character, way too much for the style. The price was $5.99 for a six pack. Even at $1 a beer it is way over priced. Id say it should be no more than .25c and even then it should only be used for cooking chili or beer chicken; certainly not for drinking strait. I'm very disappointed in this beer. Shame on you Trader Joe's.

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Photo of Makeitadouble
2.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is about as straight forward as it gets. It has a bold rich fulfilling taste as you sip from your glass (don't drink from can). There is almost no head in this beer . It pours clear and has a light brownish amber color . There aren't any noticeable fruity hints, i do detect a subtle orange peel aroma but I definitely don't taste it . At 8.4% ABV
And selling for $1.00 you can't really beat the deal. It's a great bang for your buck it's just a very boring IPA 7 out of 10.

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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 Idrankthat
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drain pour. This was a mess. Notes of booze with hints of hops, what variety is a bit of a mystery. I can't quite put my finger on what else I was getting here but it wasn't good. Only 88 cents at Trader Joe's...

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.52/5  rDev +34.4%
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 IndiaPaleViking
3.72/5  rDev +42%
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 smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Dark amber brown and red body, a little bit of carbonation but mostly still. Head creation is a nice tan yellow, frothing an easy three fingers, with some nice retention. Pretty solid looking red amber IPA with some decent lacing.

Aroma is lacking. Pretty neutral on hop angle, smells a bit large caramel and a bit of heat. Some grainy acrid sense, a bit of alcohol booze.

Palate is pretty much lacking in hops. Caramel sweet with a moderate mid bitterness of hops. No distinct flavors, a bit drying astringency slightly but also a sort of chemical and boozy aftertaste. Tannic an malt liquor like sweetness slightly, syrupy tasting and feeling palate, with nearly no hop presence.

This comes off with a touch of hop character only in the mid palate, with no aroma, and quite a bit of booze. Things could be worse but there is nothing here to explore in this brew.

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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 mwilbur
2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear red amber with thin light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel malt, fruity banana esters, and a whiff of hops.
T: Follows aroma...definitely different for style.
M: Light-medium body. Kinda thin.
D: Off balance for style...too much malt and not enough hops. Take a pass.

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Photo of Ipamadness820
3.02/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA with a good ABV%. Don't be afraid to try it because the price does not do the flavor justice, most of the large bottles cost up to $10 per. but Boatswain is max $2.99 and is an easy to drink beer.

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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 Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +37%
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 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 SpectrePLUS
3.39/5  rDev +29.4%
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 ckornmannn
1.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle: nice amber appearance. Not much on the nose. Absolutely no citrus or pine characteristic to the hops. Mostly phenol and alcohol flavor. Bad bottle? Although a double IPA should keep well. I would avoid this one.

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Photo of A1221
3.37/5  rDev +28.6%
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 katybee
4.47/5  rDev +70.6%
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 dmgallag
2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is just not very good. Save your money at TJs and get something better. It has an almost watery background. I can't detect a hop for the life of me in this DIPA.

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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 gregy55902
2.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible considering $2 for a bomber. Could be hoppier, but again, it's $2. What did you expect? Hops are expensive! It's drinkable albeit faintly hopped. Would recommend this to people who like cheap beer.

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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 ChristopherProvost
2.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: clear; reddish copper/amber; moderate head that quickly dissipates; moderate carbonation

Smell: coppery, like old pennies; malt

Taste: metallic; coppery; lingering bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: mild tickle from carbonation up front with a flat, astringency afterwards

Overall: Not what I would expect from a DIPA. I definitely don't think it has a "pleasant bitterness from the extra hops." In fact, it's noticeably unhoppy for a DIPA. Flat and disappointing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Trader Joes. Pour looks great, expectations dashed in short order. Aroma is musty and funky, taste follows with some wet paper and paste. Almost hits the mark, but falls short.

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