Ratman197 (10216) - 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 (1377) - 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 (1887) - 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 girlfriend’s recent Trader Joe’s 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 (4263) - 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 doesn’t cover up the "fermented corn meal tea" that this really is. Overall it tastes like a well hopped Malt Liquor. Sorry Trader Joe’s, you gotta send this one back! I dumped this one... (3460)
GarrettB (1096) - 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 Joe’s out here in San Diego. There’s 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 can’t 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 can’t 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. It’s drinkable, but it’s also a notch below "fine", meaning even at tuppence a bottle, I’ll be hoarding my dollars for finer stuff.
JK (4615) - 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 (2567) - 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 (7438) - 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.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, fruit skin, caramel, toffee, molasses, pine, orange, grapefruit, floral, bread, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Aromas are not really inviting; not a whole lot of aromas I would associate with hops. Not really too offensive though. Taste of caramel, apple, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, toffee, and light spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, apple, caramel, toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very malt forward, with some slight cloying sweetness after the finish. Ok flavor balance; with just enough bitterness to not become overly sweet. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty mediocre DIPA. Quite sweet feeling; but has some ok flavor balance. Pretty smooth to sip on as well. The bomber was finished fairly easily.