Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml bottle
Knowing what I was getting into I still picked up a bottle of this from the local Trader Joe’s. Marketed under the Boatswain label, it does nothing to mask the sheer mediocrity of the contents. Fresh or aged I have to imagine that this tastes pretty much the same - a bland boring double IPA that is a pale shadow of the real thing. The only reason to purchase one is for a tick.
Aroma / Appearance - A warm bronze semitransparent base and clean white head look simple enough. The malty scent of orange marmalade and complete lack of resiny hops immediately betray the flaws of this forgettable beer. Even the citrus feels more caramelly than bright and open.
Flavor / Palate - Malts, orange peels, and caramel chews taste more like a glass of past-its-prime IPA than a desirable double IPA. Timid hops rise up from time to time but then immediately fade. A shadow of the real thing, this beer tastes like the second runnings of a recipe made by the book. At least at less than $3.99 a bomber you are not out too much money when you pour half of it down the nearest drain.
TattooJack (294) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from the double deuce into a pint glass. I guess you can just write whatever you want on a label and then put whatever you want into the bottle. The only consistency I see here is the commercial description says "grand daddy of them all" My grand daddy used to drink rhinelander, but since if he were alive today he’d be 106 years old I doubt he’d be shopping at Trader Joes, he would think it was an over priced tool of communism. He’s probably right.
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a non-existant head. Moderate carbonation. Negligible tin-ish aroma. Taste: Sweet. very mild hop flavour but almost no bitterness to speak of. Finish: Sweet malts, with a tin-like tone. This beer is not an IPA, never mind a double IPA. I don’t think it would qualify as an american pale ale or anything remote to that category.
Ernesto987 (4709) - Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
bomber, wow this is sweet just sugar and alcohol. Horrible and everything i hate about beer.
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. It’s cheap for a reason. No quality. ALL THE BEER is watery dish-water. Sure, one can buy this from Trader Joe’s for a low price, but really, what you get is nothing on par to quality. I’d 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 could.
RhetoricalAns (618) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy amber orange pour with a few fingers of foamy off white head. Aroma is fairly tropical, grapefruit and orange. Taste is milder fruit, Overall not a lot of bitterness or hops in this one.
bobschaefer (12) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2014
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
To call this a double ipa is questionable at best. It has low hop aroma and bitterness. There’s more malt flavor but it is nice and crisp, other than that it’s boring.
jflopsu (841) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a clear amber. Has a faint sweet malt aroma. A spur taste of apices and malts. Missing any good hop taste.
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
"a friend figured these new Trader Joe’s offerings were worth a shot. Some are...this one...not so much. Without looking I’d have to assume this is the worst double ipa i’ve ever had. not totally offensive, but pretty weak in every aspect. hops evident, but not incredibly aromatic, or citrusy, or bitter. just a weak attempt, cheap, light, even if it was a single. a little soap too...the two of us did not quite finish the bomber."
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Labeled as Boatswain Double IPA. 22 oz. Pours amber in color with a sharp spicy nose. Good malt, a little grainy. Average.