Boatswain American IPA | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA
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2.72/5
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Boatswain American IPABoatswain American IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
minhasbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,987
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
329
pDev:
26.47%
 
 
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2
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 329
Reviews by BeerNinja007:
Photo of BeerNinja007
1.93/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Can't believe I'm trying another one of these Trader Joe's beers, after the revolting experience I had with the Boatswain Twin Screw Steamer Double IPA. This one can't possibly be any worse. From that perspective there's definitely room for improvement, but that's not saying much.

22oz bomber for $2.49 at Trader Joe's in Newington, NH. Served cold in a tulip. Code 13 310 14 stamped on the bottle, whatever the hell that means. Hopefully that's not secret code for "ass beer".

A: Hazy reddish copper brew, fizzy light brown head 1 finger high from a moderate pour. At least it looks like beer so far.

S: Immediately upon pouring it put up a decent amount of rough hop aroma, but this faded away too quickly for me to really get a handle on it. What's left is a clean semi-sweet light malty backbone with some raw starchy grain aspects. Smells almost like a cheap Euro Dortmunder/ Export lager. Hops are completely gone at this point, like a fart in the wind. At least it doesn't smell like asparagus piss like the last one did. (Sorry, still hung up on that nasty Twin Screw Steamer).

T: This is pretty rough. A tad bit of coarse malt and a mild generic hop, combined with an equal amount of green vegetable stuff and a really pungent EtOH peppery heat. Tons of fusels. Wow. Like half as nasty as the other one. Yes an improvement, but nowhere near enough of one that I'm glad to be drinking this. Borderline drainpour material. Really unrefined, raw, choppy. What a train wreck. Who the hell is making this stuff??

As it warms/ airs, counterintuitively, it seems to improve a bit. Maybe some of the offensive volatile stuff is burning away, who knows. A light syrupy sweetness emerges to balance out the raw grain. Some mildly tropical thing going on in the body. Not much hop still... just a tad bit of generic bittering hop in the finish, mixed up with the fusels and rubbing alcohol.

M: Unbelievable how poorly-hidden the EtOH is. It's only 6.7% but I'm pretty sure you could dilute rubbing alcohol down to this point with pure water and it'd go down more smoothly. Carbo is appropriate. At least it's not flat or overly fizzy, so at least I can give them that much.

D: A step up from the Twin Screw, but again that's not saying much. Not worth $2.50. If I was a homeless bum and this was $1, it might be an option versus MD 20/20 or Boone's Farm every now and then.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tkreancty
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Folks, taste this beer blind. Seriously. I can't believe how reviewers are affected by a price tag and a label. This is a damn good beer - arguably the best value in generally available craft ales today. There is no doubt in my mind that with a different label and a higher price point folks on here would be lauding its clean balance of caramel sweetness and assertive but not over-the-top bitterness. Maybe it doesn't belong categorized as an American IPA, as it avoids the hop excess that defines the style, but it does deserve more appreciation than it is getting, being a well-balanced and flavorful pale ale. Try it again. With an open mind.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One of the most brutal ipas I've ever had. Pours a color that is darker than most, usually if you're gonna cheap out on an ipa, you cheap out all around, but here right away it looks like it might have more malt or at least a heavier degree of roasted malt than your average ipa. Its solidly orange and amber to even auburn. Small 1/6" white head. Aroma is totally devoid of dry hopping. There is a mighty metallic presence on the nose.

Taste, eee gad, this was all bitterness. Like maybe they found the highest alpha acid hop and used it. All bitterness. You don't even get grapefruit flavors here, its all copper penny and alcohol. And I don't mean like a boozy alcohol, I mean a rubbing alcohol type of melding with copper.

In terms of style, its disgusting and one of the worst ipas I've ever drunk.

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Photo of dmgallag
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Hazy dark orange, nearly brown. Thin patchy skim, no lace.
Apple juice and alcohol aroma, closer to malt liquor than an IPA.
Tastes gross, bitter apple seeds, alcohol, weird acrid aftertaste.
Slick and thin, aftertaste hangs on the palate and doesn’t go away.
Not even close to an IPA, pretty terrible and just a bad beer all around.
Not surprising as this is contract-brewed at Minhas.

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Photo of brvosburg
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

Photo of chicagoish
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HarpuaCritz
2.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of harsley
2.21/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GeoChase90
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of beerbart
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The ipa and the double ipa are not terrible but they taste and feel more like an esb to me. Very malt forward and not super hoppy. Not the greatest ipa but not a bad beer for the money

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Photo of JayQue
3.32/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. As an IPA, it is very mediocre. Thin mouthfeel, weak nose, lacking in hoppy goodness. As a session type beer, labeled as an ESB instead of an IPA and considering it is $1.99 for a 22 oz bomber, this is not bad at all!!!!

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear copper color, medium size fizzy white head with spotty lacing and average retention. The aroma is just not there as an IPA. Call it something else and it is more acceptable....light grassy and floral hops and a little biscuity/bready malt.

Taste is fine (as an ESB or Amber Ale, but not an IPA). Grassy and floral hops, some bitterness but not the hop bomb that the term AIPA conjures up. Nice balance between biscuity/toasty malt and the mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for an IPA, more acceptable for another style. Nice balance, somewhat crisp and refreshing.

For a $1.99 22 ouncer, Trader Joe's has done pretty well. As a lawnmower beer/summer quencher...not bad at that price. Not a particularly impressive IPA though.

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Photo of Brewlinson
3.01/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of fastrodney
1.5/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of km02600
2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of daliandragon
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from Trader Joe's in a different label and bottle but it seems like the same old song: well priced but mediocre. I hope this is an exception, of which there are a few (Stockyard Stout comes to mind) but I probably shouldn't get my hopes up.

Color is correct, with a healthy bronze glaze and solid head and lacing. The nose is not quite on point however. i get no hops but instead a heavy dose of medium malts dense with alcohol and burnt brown sugar.

The flavor is similar. No hops to speak of but plenty of alcohol and burnt sugar. You definitely taste every drop of that 6.7%. There is some oily bitterness up front and the texture isn't bad but could could stand some thickening. This is a half decent American strong or double brown but what is IPA about this beer?

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Photo of Shawnxa3
2.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gregu2
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.29/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Picked up at Trader Joe's. I guess it's their house beer. It's a disaster.

In a pint glass the beer a brassy color with no head and no lace.

Sweet malt, maybe a hint of citrus. Sure didn't smell like an IPA.

Nor did it taste like an IPA. Cloyingly sweet and sugary. Some lemon, maybe a hint of grapefruit.

Gag! Way too sweet, virtually non-existent hops.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not understand the negative reviews this one gets as I found it to be quite tasty. Pours a nice dark amber color, not much head but great lace retention throughout. Aroma is malty sweet with fruity esters . This is reflected in the taste which is almost cloyingly sweet. However, as I drank on the bitter hops Finnish become more pronounced which balanced the sweetness. Nice feel; smooth, medium bodied and light carbonation, very drinkable.
I shop at trader joe all the time. I love their prices and this one is no exception. I will get again as I consider it a nice middle of the road IPA at a bargain price.

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Photo of sjh207
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Boatswain American IPA from Minhas Craft Brewery
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