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

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131
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408
Avg:
2.64
pDev:
26.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 408
Photo of CHickman
2.24/5  rDev -15.2%
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 JayQue
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an 8.40% abv beer that costs $1.99 and don't taste too bad. The review takes these points into consideration. This is not Pliny the Elder, Avery Maharaja or SN Torpedo Ale. A pleasant beer, not a great example of a DIPA. Pours a clear, light copper color with a good size, slightly off-white head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is somewhat Bud-like with adjunct ingredients and a little grassy hops.

Taste is somewhat better. The grassy hops are there and there is a bit of Belgian style flavor...I was thinking yeast but other reviewers are saying candi sugar. The adjunct/corn is somewhat present in the taste as well, but overall not bad. The missing ingredient is a heavy -duty hops presence. A little grassy hops, that is it.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, not watery as you would expect in a cheap beer. There is a touch of bitterness, but not enough for a DIPA.

For a buck ninety nine, this is worth a shot.

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Photo of MacQ32
1.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - pours an amber copper with a decent half inch of dense nearly white head. A fair lacing and ok retention. Not bad looking, but the head has the look of a beer with lots of processed sugars

S - Definitely has that apple type APA fruit/mild citrus character (which I actually dislike), grainy and caramel malts as well. Smells additive heavy/unnatural.

T - I dont think I've ever dumped out a beer, literally, EVER. It may happen, probably not but I'm not going to enjoy this at all. But I don't believe in sunk costs when it comes to beer. A little sweetness comes through after a gross dry additive flavor and a mild alcohol taste (doesnt really burn, just gross). If I could give this a zero I probably would, honestly

M - Super smooth, medium bodied, seemingly no carbonation

O - Reminds me a lot of shipyard brews, probably cheaply made, quick fermentation etc. The color and density of the head on the beer, the aroma, taste and mouth feel all suffer from the cheap sugars/sweeteners presumably used in the beer. Reminds me a lot of Shipyard. at least its 8.4%? Unenjoyable

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.09/5  rDev -20.8%
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 DarthKostrizer
2.89/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Copper in color and a tad translucent with a 1 inch white head very good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Slightly floral and piney hop aroma with some caramel malt

Taste: Very resiny with a touch of corn and a tad bit malty with a touch of alcohol. It is a very unique flavor profile I must say and hard for me to explain

Mouthfeel: Thinnish body and medium carbonaiton

Overall: This is a decent DIPA at best but for 2 bucks I'm not mad at it

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Photo of ckollias
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed this beer out of a pub glass

A: copper hue with a thin white head leads to a wispyace and no trail.

S: musky hop aroma.

T: crisp musky bitter flavored followed by some off malt flavor and finishes sweet and dry.

M: medium body and medium carbonation

O: not a very well rounded beer - lots of off flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear honey orange with a 2 finger head, average retention and a resulting lace that's sparse and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Sweet, bready malt; hop character is heavily buried under the malty aromas.

Taste - Dominant malt character. Sweet and bready. Underwhelming hops. Subtle notes of citrus. Nothing here that would lead one to believe it's a double IPA except the label.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick; almost syrupy. Sticky. Decent carbonation.

Overall - If this isn't just a re-packaged version of their Rhinelander Underworld "Double IPA" then it's damn close to it. Woefully unbalanced in favor of heavy malt. 75 IBU's? I think that'd surprise even the most discernible of palates. Very 'malt liquor' like in it's feel. Will not buy again. They should be embarrassed to call this a double IPA; it isn't even close.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.39/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Beejay
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Medium brown amber in color. A little bit of light tan head on the top of it, but not a lot. Slightly hazy in the glass.

S: Caramel and sweet right off the bat. There is a strong fruitiness to it, perhaps a little tropical fruit hop smell, perhaps a little floral . All in all I am not getting a lot of hops out of this, and it comes off almost cloying.

T: There are some hops in there, although far from the hop character I would normally associate with this style. This is a caramel bomb if I ever had one.... The bitterness is almost non-existent, and the hop character is looking a lot like Where's Waldo. [poc

M: Medium thick in body, carbonation seems a little active for me, the finish is slightly dry.

O: Overall this is a fine strong ale, as a IIPA there is very little hop character or bitterness. The cloying quality is a little much and the booziness doesn't help.

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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 SawDog505
3.09/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, couldn't find a date. Pours a bright orange with a one inch off white, that leaves some traces of lace. Smell is odd, turpentine, orange, pine, and cloyingly sweet. Taste is a little better, not bitter as you expect, the alcohol isn't as strong, some tropical flavors, and grapefruit. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and once you get past the odd flavors it goes down o.k. $2.49 a bomber and I know why, it could be worse, but not much.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium glass on 8/23/12

Deep, burnt honey amber color with an effervescent, two finger head that dwindles to a much shorter foamy layer. Speckled lacing dots a few places on the glass. Better lace farther along.

Aromatics: soap, dirty orange rinds, herbal hops, soap, caramel, perfume, bread and more soap. Yuck.

The taste is bad on an equal level, though for different reasons. This thing has a candied hop taste with strange, irritable notions of tea leaves, dirt, pine bitterness and stale citrus pith. Caramel and bread thicken the middle, while sticky sweet candy fruit notes linger on the finish.

Fluffy carbonation is a bit too much for its own good, but it's close to being matched with the medium body. The overall feel is ok, aside from the sticky sweet finish.

This is a really bad DIPA and a rather poor beer in general. I won't be finishing it. Not recommended.

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Photo of Spikester
2.37/5  rDev -10.2%
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 ChrisMon02
2.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Nugganooch
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Trader Joes Purchase
-says brewed by Rhinelander Brewco - Monroe WI...which looks like who acquired Minhas.

22oz bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a mostly clear caramel amber color with some hazy orange hues to it. Carb looks way low although it is bubblin. Just a thin sheet of white lace across the top. Some splashes of lace.

S: Nice big pine and grass aromas up front. An overall caramel malt sweetness. Some spice and alcohol present.

T: Piney yet malt forward with a roast caramel sweetness. A hit of juicy hops. It's really quite bitter actually. Harsh at first especially at mid-back palate. Has a fruity component with notes of apple and pear. Alcohol. Peppery with a dry crisp finish. Not bad but balance needs some work.

M: Medium-heavier body with some sticky sweet sugars that linger. Somewhat chalky at times. Lighter in finish with a dry crispness.

D: Somewhat filling and harsh at times with a sharp bitterness. Touch on the malt heavy sweeter side of things. All considered its a not a horrible DIPA...especially for the price. Still comes through with some big hops.
Could definitely use some clean up work on this one but for the price I could easily see myself grabbing a few more of these in the future.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.12/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/gold color, clear with a creamy white head.

Smell is sweet soft fruit aroma. Melons and pears, not the pine and citrus aroma one might expect.

Taste is sweet and mildly bitter at the same time. The sweet in a soft fruit flavor, and then a dry bitter finish. Not the citrus flavor of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, wet and slightly cloying.

Overall an unusual representation of the style. A little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of scootny
3.09/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 22oz bomber for 2.29 from Trader Joe's. Pours a standard coppery amber with a white head and decent lacing . Smell is sweet with alcohol and a light fruitiness. Some caramel and a grainy malt. Taste aint bad for a cheap DIPA. Is it grand and complex? No. But it has real beer taste and decent balance. It is on the sweeter of things, and it is certainly not the hop bomb we have come to expect in this style, but by no means is it a bad beer. Finish is a little sweet and mildly hopped. The abv is well integrated and not a hinderance to drinking it. Feel is smooth and slightly chewy, with a lighter weight for the OG. Not a bad beer for the price. There is flavor to be found here and for those of you looking for an abv bomb at a BMC price look no further.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.77/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Just because the reviews were bad, I figured I would allow this one to age for about a year to see if it would develop some redeeming qualities. Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, the beer was a copper color with a white head. As far as side of the glass go, nothing was left behind by the foam. The aroma certainly was not a reflection of a DIPA. In fact, it was all wrong. It smelled like bananas. On the initial taste, I realize the other reviewers were pretty spot-on so good job BA community. Once I got past the rubbing alcohol burn, I noticed some citrus. In fact, reminded me of the weird aftertaste left by citrus gum. I did detect some malt and the thickness was fairly impressive, allowing this to stick around on the roof of the mouth.

This the type of craft beer that non-craft beer drinkers might be able to tolerate as it is pretty nondescript. Forking over $2.99 for a DIPA, you really do get what you pay for.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +36%
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 mwilbur
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
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 kaseydad
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wife picked this up at TJ’s for about $2 a bomber. Uh-oh. Well at least she brought me something back, eh? Popped the top and this thing right off the bat was smelling like a Budweiser straight from the bottle . Double oh-no’s!

Pours a dark amber colored ale with a big time cream colored head. Impressed with the lacing and staying power…..which disappears soon after I wrote that. Hmmmm.

The aroma is definitely improved since the pour into a glass. Big malts up front, toast, orange, biscuit and a touch of dankness.

The taste is very much on the sweet side. This is a different style of DIPA going on here. Not sure the type of hops used, but the sweetness continues to overpower and even moreso on the aftertaste. Fruity and lightly hoppy is the mix and not much else. Each sip I try to figure out what’s going on here…but finally give up.

Mouthfeel is decent but the sweetness detracts.

Overall this just wasn’t for me. If you like a sweeter DIPA then the price point is spot on for an 8.4% monster….me….I prefer a hop bomb-ruin the palate-type of DIPA. I’ll still keep my beautiful wife, but this “twin screw steamer” screwed me. I’ll be giving my paperboy his $2….cuz he wants his $2.

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Photo of ScottJWing
1.14/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- It looks like beer.

Smell- Skunky booze and sweet malt.

Taste- I almost did a spit take. It tasted like malt liquor that was left out in the sun for 3 days then re-capped and put on the shelf.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated and thin.

Overall- One of the most undrinkable pieces of garbage I've ever poured into my mouth. Avoid at all costs. If you only have 2$ buy PBR or something.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

$2 bomber of DIPA at Trader Joe's? OK, I'm game...

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber color. Off-white head is a finger thick and has decent retention. Leaves some lacing as well.

Smell: Very mild aroma, but has some malts and citrus.

Taste: The flavor is masked a bit by the carbonation. It tastes of adjunct malts (corn flakes!), with some mild hoppy citrus. Mid bitterness, with a somewhat odd sweetness (not too sweet). There's a bit of alcohol in there too.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated, and a bit "rough". Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Strong ABV comes through in the taste a bit.

Despite this being a steal, price-wise, it really isn't worth having... at least not to me. There's worse beers at Trader Joe's that I'd rather drink... I know it sounds strange, but corn in a cheap lager is alright, but in a DIPA is it just weird. I'll gladly pay a couple bucks more for a different bomber.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Big bubbles and great thin layer of foam. Pinkish copper in hue.

Smell: Very weak for a DIPA. Sweet grapefruit and malt liquor. Not a bad smell, just nothing really to speak of.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, thick caramel and a strong metallic finish. The finish is what really "screws" this up. Mouthfeel is quite syrup, but not awful overall.

Overall Drinkability: Did I enjoy this beer? No. Did I hate it like a lot of people? Probably not.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
1.22/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I got this 22oz bomber from Trader Joe's here in Portland. I think it was a cheap price and now I can understand why. Usually they have some really good products but I wouldn't consider this one of them. The appearance was burnt orange with a not much of a head or lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell was pretty non existent and off. The taste really thin for a double and it left a poor aftertaste in the mouth. If I wasn't so cheap I might poor this one out. Overall it tastes like a first time off home brewers attempt.

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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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