Boatswain American IPA
Minhas Craft Brewery

Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA
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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,725
Ranked #29,675
2.69 | pDev: 27.88%
Jul 09, 2023
Dec 17, 2011
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Reviewed by Feldy

1.51/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2
As evidenced by the abundance of negative reviews, this beer certainly is not worth experiencing for a refined palate. It definitely has, both in terms of taste and smell, a metallic, "cheap" odor. However, the value with which one can purchase this beer - less than 5 bucks for a 6 pack at Trader Joe's - should be taken into consideration. If you don't mind sipping on some horsesh*t beer that gets you buzzed after a few swigs, this is the perfect way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon with friends at a beach or at a cookout.
Jul 09, 2023
Rated: 2.85 by ndmoore22 from Massachusetts

Jul 08, 2023
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Rated by Dogchow from Oregon

1.06/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Not good!
It’s too bad Trader Joe’s lost the Mission Street brand. It was much better than this. Will not be buying again.
Jun 13, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by Rowsdower from Nebraska

May 06, 2023
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Rated by jonsta802 from Vermont

1/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Feb 20, 2023
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Reviewed by OldGregg from Arizona

1.07/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
This is not only the worst ipa i've ever had but one of the worst beers i've ever had. It tastes and smells like a cleaning product. It tastes like it's made with the lowest possible quality adjuncts, like the same kind that they make really cheap malt liquor out of, and the worst possible quality hops known to man.

Stay far away from this beer and the other Trader Joe's Boatswain brand beers. It's a crime that they discontinued their Mission Street brand ales which were actually good and replaced it with the beyond awful Boatswain beer.
Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Jimbozzz

5/5  rDev +85.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Well, it's 2022.
With beer prices up 35%, I refuse to be gouged by breweries just to have a cold one.
And, I've gotten over brewpubs that don't properly carbonate their beers starting at $6 a pint.
This stuff has an alcohol content of 6.7% , an IBU of 79, and costs $4.99 for a 6 pack.


I drink beer to cool off in the summertimeand get a nice buzz at the same time, not have a mouthgasm.
When I drink a beer, I don't use phrases like "banana and clove in abundance" to describe it.
A good loud burb will suffice.
Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by large_kahuna

3.11/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Definitely not an AIPA, but as an English ESB, not bad. I am not getting the metallic or medicinal taste that others have, but the bitterness of both the amber malt and the hops makes it taste like an amber ale. Absolutely worth the price for students looking for something other than PBR or Coors. They should look into brewing a Mild, just get rid of these hops, they don't add to the flavor one bit.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

2.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
12oz can from Trader Joe's. Light amber pour with a short-lived fizzy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Taste is also malty with metallic notes. Taste like you're licking the can.
Aug 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Kate3

1.06/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Honestly one of the more disgusting beers I have ever tasted--medicinal like a cleaning product. So bad I am taking the time to look up and contribute my own review. Returning the rest of the 6 pack to Trader Joe's tomorrow. I hope the smell and taste fade sooner than later not to mention my upset stomach from just a few sips.
Jul 12, 2021
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Rated by Preston from Florida

1.38/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Just not a good IPA
May 26, 2021
Rated: 3.49 by Peter_M_Morris from California

Mar 27, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jan 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Seamus_Hanrahan from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
From can.. $4 and change six pack at Trader Joes (Rhinelander Brewing Company} -Smell is good -appearance is a little cloudy for an Ameican IPA -Feel ..i didn't enjoy holding in mouth for long .. on the slightly hoppy side with balanced malt ....decent enough for the price.
Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
trader joes pickup, they really do a good job with variety and weird proprietary stuff, always have, super under the radar i reckon, but its neat to know i can roll in here anytime and find something ive never had before that might only be available in their stores, and the price is always right. this was under a buck for the single i think, thankfully, because its not worth any more than that, thats for sure. its real malty, almost tastes like an extract brew rather than an all malt one, which is shocking really for something marketed as craft, at first i was kind of bummed about it, but my wife pointed out that if you consider it like a malty english pale rather than an american ipa, it has some redeemable qualities. the grain is nutty and sweet, amaretto and light brown sugar character, caramelized some, and the hops are more aromatic than flavorful, there is just a moderate late bitterness that comes in, decidedly old school in terms of recipe, and pretty uninspired to me. it has a very weird aftertaste, chemicals and malt extract, syrupy feel but with some bubbles too, fine to try i guess as something new, but i wont be back for more of this. hoping the others in the lineup are better, ill get around to trying them all eventually. as a budget beer this might work for some in a certain context, but smack in the middle of fresh hop season in northwest this is an embarrassment...
Oct 02, 2020
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Rated by aftandrew from New York

1.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Wouldnt buy again. For $5/6 pack, give it to your guests you dont like
Sep 18, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
12oz can no date, just a stupid code

Hard pour, big foam, dark amber and cloudy, some very pretty lacing left on the glass. Smells like rust water and alcohol. Tastes like heavy malts and aromatic bittering hops. Pine is the defining hop characteristic, but there's not a ton of it, this is mostly a malt bomb apart from the bitterness. Has that classic Minhas brewery diacetyl butterscotch burnt bandaid aroma/taste. As it warms it begins to taste worse and worse, drink cold

This isn't for the west-coast hop heads - more of an old-head classic representative of the style. And at $5 a sixer, how can you even begin to be critical?!
Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by get_fishered from Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Prominent hand sanitizer flavor with notes of old varnish & rancid malt. Not sure I even want to cook with this. Positive marks: the can makes for good recycling.
Aug 20, 2020
Rated: 3.08 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2020
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Rated by TheFrustratedBiomed

1.06/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
This is not an IPA.

This tastes like someone's first batch of homebrew. And it was really warm where it fermented. Banana and clove in abundance.
Apr 28, 2020
Boatswain American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 359 ratings