ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle, labeled as Rhinelander Double IPA, from Trader Joeís. Pours pale watery amber with an orangish tint and thin lacey head. Aroma is an off sweet and malty combo. Taste is forward dry malts with a strange sickly sweet citrus and fruit flavor that isnít pleasant and a sharp bitter finish that oddly doesnít reveal any hop flavors. At $3 a bomber, I canít say Iím in the least surprised. I knew what I was getting here and I know itís a price point play for TJs, but Iíd love to see them commit to consistently nicer stuff in their beer assortment. I guess theyíre going Two Buck Chuck of the beer world, but this isnít it.
Ratman197 (9797) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, earthiness, orange zest, pink grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, citrus and light earthiness with a crisp moderatly bitter finish.
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I bout it because it was cjeap and I was curious. N ow I know wy it was cheap. Metallic acidic marzen style wit a little more ops trown in. Color and ead were fine but no way this is an IPA muc less a diouble
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruity, malty and alcohol. Taste is fruity sweet, little alcohol, nice hop-malt balance. A fair beer for 3 bucks.
Nickls (1847) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle as Boatswain IIPA, thanks to my girlfriendís recent Trader Joeís visit. Very hazy darker yellow orange with no head. Loads of booze, faded hops, some grass, gum, and sharp leafiness in the aroma. Just terribly off, faded, and nasty. Booze really comes through, there might have been some citrusy hops there at one point. Touch sickly sweet in the malt liquor kind of way. Medium stale carbonation. Ick.
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Rhinelander Boatswain Double IPA. 650mL bottle. Deep orange pour, no head. Aroma of fusel esters, corn meal, and bubblegum. Gag-reflex at the first sip. Chemical brew flavors. Some cirtus zest bitterness, but that doesnít cover up the "fermented corn meal tea" that this really is. Overall it tastes like a well hopped Malt Liquor. Sorry Trader Joeís, you gotta send this one back! I dumped this one... (3460)
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Winter 2011 - I know this one as the Boatswain Double IPA, a very inexpensive beer available at the Trader Joeís out here in San Diego. Thereís a certain point above where a price for a beer drops, and you celebrate and buy it in bulk. Below that you raise an eyebrow and wonder "What went wrong?!" At $2 for a bomber I canít help but be suspect that something has gone terribly, terribly awry, and the liquid mess has been bottled and is being desperately shoved at consumers. But I wanted to try it anyway. One more review canít hurt, and it might provide some perspective when I have truly good beers. And who knows? I might find a $2 gem to sustain me through cheap graduate student weekends. By the end of the bottle, I decided it fit somewhere in-between, which was itself a nice treat. The smell is pretty muted, but what aroma I can tease out has a deep orange cologne aroma, meaning orange mixed with an unpleasant chemical compound. The flavor starts with a moderate happiness, a long hoppy aftertaste, and some mild orange citrus sweetness to pair against the hops. This seems like a far cry from the rich and loud Double IPAs from other breweries though, and that is a distinct disadvantage. Itís drinkable, but itís also a notch below "fine", meaning even at tuppence a bottle, Iíll be hoarding my dollars for finer stuff.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not good. Some hops in the aroma. Flavor has metal, specifically iron with a quality of rare beef. Somewhat sweet malt.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Straw to gold colored pour w/ a thick white head head. Aroma is sweet bread, a bit grainy, a load of candied sugar, hints of graham cracker. Thick well coated palate. Not a bad flavor, but super sweet lots and lots of sugar with a grassy dry hop finish. Not a bad drink, but nothing special.
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle as Bad Hare Double IPA, from Liquor Depot, Banff. It pours clear amber, with a thick beige head. The nose is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, stale biscuit and vegetables. The taste is sweet caramel, toffee, white sugar, pine, slight astringency, some citrus (mostly lemon) and alcohol warmth, with a sweet finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Too sweet. Lacks any sort of drinkability. A pretty poor beer all-round.