DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber sold as Rhinelander Boatswain American IPA, $1.99 at Trader Joeís. Okay, i can respect a beer from Minhas. I took a picture of the bottle with a full glass, and over the past few minutes have been taking in a smell of resiny, almost green hops. Poured a brownish-amber body under a dense white head. Up close, the hop smell lessens, and thereís a bit more malt. Taste is a little better than Iíd expect. A lot of pinprick carbonation helps deliver the hops in the form of pine and a bit grass. Nicely managed hops, and just a little bit more than the squeamish would want to try. A great beer for the price. Considering Iíll reuse the bomber if I can ever get homebrewing again, thatís extra value.
jackl (5063) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is very strongly malty. Loads of caramel. Toffee apple. Taste is pretty astringent. Harsh bitterness. More caramel. Weird. Full body, active carbonation. Terrible
MadRobin (2128) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 2, 2014
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Murky, copper-orange with a 1-finger buff-colored head and fair lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, toast, mild herbs and corn.
Taste of caramel, toffee, hay, toast and cane syrup with only bare hints of any hops.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation with a slimy mouthfeel.
A sweet, malty brew that bares little resemblance to an IPA (or to any other respectable beer for that matter). Just dreadful. Maybe it will work as a drain cleaner.
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JMerritt (1851) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled as Boatswain American IPA, purchased at Trader Joeís. Dark amber in color with a tiny, light white head. Bland caramel nose with a bit of toast. Grainy, dried grass and straw flavor, slightly sweet and mildly sour. Hops are earthy and seem old. Abrasive carbonation. Poor.
TattooJack (178) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fiercely hopped and hopped again? I have only been tasting craft beer for about 2 years but I donít think there are any hops here. Thereís plenty of sugar and malt. I will say this: if a 40 ounce of king cobra is $1.07 and this is $2 for a bomber, it is twice as good as king cobra. If they were holding an IPA contest on the corner of my block, and no one else showed up, it would win.
medaglia (10) - - OCT 25, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Save your time and money. The beer is horrible. Itís cheap for a reason. No quality. ALL THE BEER is watery dish-water. Sure, one can buy this from Trader Joeís for a low price, but really, what you get is nothing on par to quality. Iíd rather put the extra money towards a pint or six pack of something more proven and worthwhile. This beer is made cheap for a reason and its to sell out. The owners, both non brew-masters by the way, just some trust fund rich kids, are slinging this dishwater to steal your money. I mean go on the website, it shows the guy walking out of his Escalade SUV and the interviews with him and the sister "co-owner" show the trust fund babies they are...both siblings are narcissistic and ridiculous. I would give this a zero rating if I could.
Lagerboy (1378) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Unclear dirty brownish orange, feeble tan foam mostly lasts. Orange floral c-malt vegetal smell. Taste is malt forward, lighter roast, sweet caramel, mildly floral and herbal, with an odd, short lived orange grapefruit tang. Softer carbonation, light-medium bodied, moderately hopped. Another disappointing mediocre effort from this brewer. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
suprchunk (2421) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colored pour. Small off white head. Little bit of lacing. A small hint of hops under a muted malt aroma. Taste is vegetal with a carbonic finish.
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Not bad. above average (for them) but really, thatís not saying much. Overly malty for my tastes and thereefore light on the hops. As an english pale? OK. As an american IPA, Iíll pass, even at $2.50 per bomber..."
Darwenus (573) - Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this bottled for Trader Joeís as Boatswain American IPA. It isnít bad. It pours a hazy mahogany color with slight head and lace. The aroma is insubstantial, but what is there is sweet by IPA standards. I picked up on honey, caramel, and thin hops. The flavor is sweet, too. It opens with a sweet malt, and thereís a little hoppiness in the middle, but the close is just more sweetness. Kind of saccharine, but not enough to ruin it. You gotta keep the price in mind when reviewing these Trader Joeís beers. For a $2.50 to $3.00 beer, it isnít bad at all.
beertholomeus (962) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light amber color with a white head. Hop, citrus, floral, caramel and malt aroma and flavors. Slightly oxidized. Medium body and carbonation with a floral and caramel finish.