greglikesbeer (34) - Ancaster, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours amber with a thick off-white head. Slight fruity aroma, partially obscured by the thick head. Cloying melon/fruit taste - slight bitterness but pretty weak for a double ipa. Pretty disappointing overall.
joeneugs (2603) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 11, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Trader Joeís. It pours a nice looking dark golden color with an off white head. The aroma is not that strong, but has notes of fruit basket (strange for a double IPA), melon, tropical fruit and very distant notes of pine. The flavor is very lackluster with melon, plastic-like bitterness and mild sweet fruit candy. The finish is almost non existent. I had decent hopes for this one from the looks of it, but it fell flat on its face. Not even worth the $1.99 I paid for it.
pintbypint (2285) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml brown bottle. As Bad Hare Double IPA. Deep gold with haze. Thin creamy whitish cap with sticky edges. Nose has light grapefruit and lemon. Some caramel sweetness. Taste is sweet, some honey and caramel, sweetish citrus. Light grapefruity aftertaste with some alcohol. Medium body, tingly carbonation. Not great, but better than I expected.
dj4u2no (13) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This sparked my attention. On sale @ TraderJoes and under the boatswain double alias. Nose: next to nothing- very mellow light citrus and vanilla nilla cookies. Taste: very well balanced IPA - not overly hoppy. Caramel, vanilla pudding, graham cracker crust, lemon, honey with a hint of bubblegum. A solid brew.... not to be missed. Wisconsin hits a homerun here!
StefanSD (1929) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Purchased the alias beer "Boatswain double IPA" from Trader Joes. Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head that has poor retention. The aroma is light with sweetened cereal grains. The taste lacks the big hop punch that one would expect from a DIPA, instead I get watered down caramel malts with a touch of sweetened melons, papaya and spicy (not bitter) hops. The malt base was what Iíd expect to find in a pale lager. The palate was a bit thinner than I prefer with lively carbonation. Finishes short, sweet and unsatisfying. Overall: One of the poorest excuse for a DIPA that I can remember ever drinking, but at $1.99 a bomber it is a fair value.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Single bottle purchased from an Olympia Liqour Store in Calgary, AB during mid-March, 2012. Colour: kind of a hazy very, very light brown and hues of orange. Minimal head. Nose: huge caramel notes that overpower the hops. Traces of melted butter. Taste: medium-high sweet, medium-light bitter, light sour. Booming caramel again. Hops come about with a grapefruit-like presence at mid-palate. Sugary dominant finish. Better than rubbish but for the sweet tooth.
bhensonb (9861) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Bomber from Fresh & Easy in Vacaville, CA. Pours golden amber with a slight white head. Mild fruity hop aroma. Med + body. Flavor is fruity and floral over a slightly harsh malt backing. A bit gummy. Better than many non-impy IPAs. Ethanol covers many wounds. Itís in the bottom rung of impy IPAs, but even that is a pretty tasty level for ale. I cannot figure out the hop mix here, but it is a decent drink. [rerated cause I forgot the numbers]
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2011 Total Score: 3.5
Bomber as Boatswain Double IPA from Trader Joeís in Davis, CA. Pours golden amber with a slight white head. Mild fruity hop aroma. Med + body. Flavor is fruity and floral over a slightly harsh malt backing. A bit gummy. Itís ok. Better than many non-impy IPAs. Ethanol covers many wounds. Itís in the bottom rung of impy IPAs, but even that is a pretty tasty level for ale. I cannot figure out the hop mix here, cause I just donít get pine and citrus - unless I talk to myself quite sternly. But it is a righteous drink.
bnoel09 (400) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating the Boatswain Double IPA Twin Screw Steamer version from Trader Joeís. Poured into a shaker. Color is deep amber with a modest beige head. Aroma is bread malt with a touch of sweetness - more in line with an American Pale Ale than a DIPA/IIPA. Flavor seems to fall more in the typical IPA category. There is a nice dose of floral hops throughout, but this beer definitely lacks the complexity of a typical DIPA/IIPA. Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel and not overly bitter. Overall this is actually a pretty decent beer, especially for the $1.99 I paid for this bomber, just be aware that it doesnít hold up to its advertised style.
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I donít know why I took a flyer on this,but I am really underwhelmed. This poured as a golden color and seemed lifeless from then on. I drank this right after a Ballast Point Sculpin, and itís possibly unfair to rate a beer after that gem. This has a pine and citrus aroma, and a weak flavor of both. On top of that, the flavor was fleeting, and I found myself looking for another brew...
arkurzynski (1292) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange. Mild citrus, plastic, caramel malt. Flat pine and citrus bitterness with way too much caramel malt. Some residual caramel syrup and watery hops. Sadly, still semi-drinkable.