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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)

Brewed by:
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 152
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

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised. I expected a mediocre sub-Budweiser beer.

Poured a copper reddish color with a 2F head in Stone IPA glass.
Excellent aroma: fruit, especially esters.

The aroma transitions well to the taste. The esters and fruity taste continues, finished a by good hoppy bitterness.

Freshness may be key here. I couldn't decipher the bottle date, but it may have been fresh from Trader Joes. It's been in the fridge. Inexpensive.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.29/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a can, pours a clear gold with a frothy two-finger off-white head. Aromas are subtle of hops and, strangely, a metallic smell. Taste is mostly a bitter "bath-tub" hops with some sweet but watery malt. Carbonated but not worth $4.99 a six-pack.

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Photo of twage04
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with medium to low carbonation. Aroma is of hops and maybe some skunkiness or metallic stuff. Taste is much of the same. Deeply bitter but the hops seem more floral or herbal than typical american varieties used in the style. Not much malt to speak of and some booze is evident. Not as bad as I expected considering I don't think I've ever seen a 12 oz IPA sell anywhere for 75 cents like this can was. I'll probably sip my way through some of this but maybe not finish the entire thing.

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Photo of kilometre
2.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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 DAS30
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mudbug
1.02/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.


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Photo of ClavisAurea
1.27/5  rDev -51.9%
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 Jjmj51
3.56/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samputnam14
3.74/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Makeitadouble
2.96/5  rDev +12.1%
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 token_23223
3.73/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.16/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bpkrippner
3.19/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kerouac
2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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 mattknueven
3.05/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of km02600
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Idrankthat
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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 KeyWestGator
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DoubleMalt
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Rogerlb
3.52/5  rDev +33.3%
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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Boatswain Double IPA (Twin Screw Steamer) from Rhinelander Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.64 out of 5 with 453 ratings
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