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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Reviews:
131
Ratings:
408
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
26.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 408
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev +25%
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 Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev +41.3%
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 HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I pour the Twin Screw Steamahh into a pint glass from a slightly odd looking bomber. Lagunitas perhaps? Or maybe it's just glass envy. Pours a tad orange in color with reasonable clarity. Half an inch of foam drops off in normal fashion.

Nose is citric yet pleasant and lacking any overly forward overt malt notes. Hops remain a bit subdued nonetheless, though at $1.99 this doesn't really surprise. Bit piney and with a moderate bitterness on the back, pleasant yet unexciting up front.

Flavor follows as for structure and expectations. Bready and malty with some hop spice and without any cloying caramel flavor. Yet sweet enough to mask the ABV and smooth though a bit inoccuous. Doesn't really drink like a DIPA given the moderate aroma though this does expand with warming.

Offers decent hop balance and some hop spice notes throughout. Not a great beer but surely a great value.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
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 greenborn
3.56/5  rDev +34.8%
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 mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +25.4%
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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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
2.64 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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