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

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Added by mactrail on 11-20-2011

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418
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2.62
pDev:
26.72%
 
 
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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 BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Minhas stab at this style ends with much less emphasis on hop character and more nondescript malt influence than expected when reaching for the style.

The beer pours with a dense and hazy rust color, capped by a dense sand stained head that retains well and laces reasonably.

Off balanced aromas highly favor caramel, nuts, and grain with a mild rebuttal from hops. Leaves, twigs, and wood-like elements blend into grains and give rise to the fruity sweetness from esters.

Flavors favor similarly and caramel sweetness, part malt, part grain, and bread crust provide the base taste while pulling in esters of bruised fruit: apples, pears, peaches, and apricots deliver an English-like taste. Even the broad earthy bitterness of wet woods and damp earth sing a British tone.

Rich grainy-sweet textures also reside in mouthfeel as the residual sweetness sits heavy on the tongue. Mild carbonation does little to lift the sweetness or provide the creamy-dryness that the style demands. Finishing with extended sweetness, grain and hop astringency, the beer's clean bitterness is interrupted, thus compromising its pleasant finish.

All in all, this is a beer without identity. It bridges gaps of large English IPAs, strong ales, old ales, and lighter barleywines. Instead of satisfying a varying palate, it confuses and dispels the tastebuds.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz (650 ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Acquired at a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention (especially for the 8.4% ABV). Colour is not a "deep amber" as per the label, but rather a transparent textbook copper. She looks pretty good, and about right for the style as well.

Sm: Caramel and candied sugar, actually. I was expecting a blanket of hops, but they're rather faint. There might be a cherry ester somewhere in there, but it's hard to tell. A mild to moderate strength aroma, and a pleasant one at that.

T: Where are the hops? Candied sugar is quite apparent, particularly in the second half and throughout the body. I don't get much hop bitterness, and what little there is is covered up by the well-placed caramelized malt on the finish. It's nicely balanced, but strange for the style with its relative lack of hops. I drank this the day after purchasing it, so I'm not concerned about hop death. It's rather simply built - to its detriment. There's not a whole lot going on here, but I do appreciate the balance. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also a bit coarse from the candied sugar on the finish. Too thick for the lack of flavours.

Dr: A drinkable beer but a boring one, this so called double IPA will disappoint hopheads. That said, it remains a pleasant brew that's probably best suited to a spring night. I wouldn't buy it again, and I doubt I'd even want to try it on draught.

I doubt it would pair well with food. Not recommended for aging.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +56.5%
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 chinchill
2.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 ml bottle from Trader Joes. IBU = 75 / O.G. = 17.15
Deep amber color with a small and short-lived head, leaving almost no lacing.
The aroma has a metallic off odor. Modest amount of earth hop aroma and flavor, but a rather poor quality hop aroma compared to better IPAs.
Medium body but lightly astringent.

O: drinkable and inexpensive, but disappointing and not recommended. [2.75]

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +26.3%
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 drewone
1.17/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I think this the first beer that I am about to drain pour - don't even like to review but this is that bad - i would even grade on a curve considering the price - had low expectations and even those were not meet.

Absolute no hop aroma, smells sweet, corn syrupy.

No hop taste either, very slight bitterness, super sweet malty, alcohol doesn't come through.

looks half way decent.

mouth feel is overwhelmed by sweetness.

This is seriously not that different than simpler times - not to style at all.

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Photo of smcolw
2.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Minimal head that dies to a single rim of bubbles. Absolutely no head. The color is dark gold and clear.

Nearly no hop smell--not a good start.

The taste is stunningly mild. Very little hop, no notable alcohol. The flavor is mostly creamy malt with a bit pepper from the minimal amount of hop. At least the body is rich.

A very poor DIPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.56/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head with moderate retention. The aroma is quite malty for a double IPA, toffee and caramel with a bit of earthy spicy hops. Wow yeah the flavor holds the same lack of hops that the aroma did. Sweet toffee and sugary malt with a bit of earth and spice and nothing really nice. Medi8um body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Honestly where are the hops? Not a bad beer, just bland and too sweet for the style.

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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 Billolick
3.14/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle purchased at my local Trader Joe's (god I love shopping at that place...)
for the stupid cheap price of $2.99....I know I know, you get what you pay for...

Pours clear typical almond amber. Off white head stays at the thicker film stage and leaves some fine bands and fields of sheetage.

Nose is on the sweet side..hmm thats not a good sign..

On the tongue and palate the nose carries through with more...sweet...this is the sweet side of DIPA land, with just some dry notes in the finish. I do get some woody smoke, and some sticky caramel character. But this is kinda boozy, kinda sweet and not really what most are looking for in this style. ....I know I know, you get what you pay for...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.56/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, copper-brown coloring with a sparse, light, white, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of rich, sweet caramel and a touch of floral hops. The nose is very unbalanced. Flavors are very forward, with a huge malty profile of toffee and caramel initially. Peppery and slightly hoppy, but once again that is overpowered by the malt profile. Unbalanced and all over the palate, there are sharp components that blast through the mid-bodied mouthfeel. There is a tangy, slightly bitter aftertaste that is awkward in mouth. Frothy, slightly watered down finish. Not good.

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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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a massive three finger slightly off white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, faint grassy hops. Flavor follows, dominated by a pleasant biscuit malt with slight fruit and a faint spiciness. Barely a hint of hops. Decent medium body with light creaminess. This is a hard ale to rate. It actually tastes pleasant and malty, like a light weight old ale. But it doesn't even approach a IPA let alone a DIPA in hopping. One wonders if there are shelf life issues here, although the reviews are fairly consistent. Maybe the brewery doesn't quite get the idea of an IPA. Bottom line, I really kind of like this, the malt is pleasant and there is enough flavor to well cover the alcohol. I'm going to enjoy finishing the bottle, but this is on a different planet from an IPA. Sadly the flavor and overall ratings are lower than the enjoyment rating would have been, but this says "double IPA" in big letters on the bottle, so it's gotta take the hits; but I can't give it a bad rating, because it is an ok malty ale.

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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 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 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 barczar
2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Corn, caramel malt, some dank resin, and grapefruit form the aroma, finishing somewhat skunky. Initially reminiscent of malt liquor...with hops.

Flavor reveals the suspicion is correct. Very sweet adjunct flavor, with alcohol very prevalent. There's an underlying lemony grapefruit note that almost saves the flavor, which ends somewhat bitter.

Body is syrupy, with moderate carbonation. There's a significant astringency at the finish.

Very adjunct laden brew. Hops enable this to not be a total drainpour. That, and I'm cheap.

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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 Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +26%
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 Bierman9
3.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was at my local Trader Joes today and picked up a 22oz bomber of this for $2.59. Short money, so why not...

Poured into a small tulip, it was a bright, clear orange-golden color. There is plenty of steady carbo, and the head is off-white, fine and creamy. Most of the foam congregates at the edges, and lacing is minimal. Aroma gives off a decent amount of hoppyness, along with some toasty malt action. Feel was near medium, though it was a bit light and airy.

Taste, too, has a smidge of sweetness and some toasty malt, but then it is mostly hoppy. What I get here is some mildly rindy citrus, with a bit of apricot-like fruitiness. For a DIPA, it doesn't have a strong hop profile, though. The hops linger a bit in the finish, yet overall this is fairly simplistic brew. Decent for the price, but not something to write home about... Prosit!

3.2/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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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Photo of notchucknorris
2.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper in color with a one finger cream colored head.

S: Not getting a ton of hops. A sort of metallic smell and some faint toasted malt. Pretty weak aroma.

T: Yeah, this doesn't seem like a DIPA at all. What hops are there seem faded and purely resinous. Mostly a biscuity malt with some caramel and some faded hop resin on the finish. I wasn't really a fan. IMO, if you're in Trader Joes, the Chocolate Stout is worth the $2, but this is not.

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once again, put aside the knowledge that this beer is brewed for Trader Joes and stop thinking about the price($2.29)..For what it is, it is a decent beer. Pours a nice ornageish color with weak head and pretty decent lacing. Aroma is slight hops, with malt and a macro brew sort of smell. Taste is not bad. This definately does not taste like any DIPA I have ever had, but overall, not too bad. Hop bitterness is present, but unfortunately, the malt sweetnes dulls it. Overall, feels good on the palate and is quite sessionable

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Photo of garymuchow
2.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've been warned. My brother who gave it said it was "okay" and then I read the reviews. Yikes!
Kinda' water aroma with no sense of the hops necessary for a DIPA, much less a good ol' Am. IPA. More malt quality really. Doesn't present to style at all.
Looks like it should. Somewhat dense tan head and typical amber color for style.
Again with the malt forward and then the hops show. Interesting flavor. Not intense and the bitterness is quite subdued, but the hop flavor is unique and pleasant enough, not horrible. What other backhanded credit can I give it? Shots of malt sweetness.
Carbonation is more than I'd like for style and it's touch thin, but no biggy.
Bitterness shows a little more as it warms but really for style, not that much. Drinks smaller than listed abv, but it does a little warming and a shot or two to the frontal lobe, but again not that much for style

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