Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another beer that tastes like blood. Thatís 2 in a row. I just had a glass of water and that didnít taste like blood, so I know my mouth isnít bleeding. Otherwise, nothing special here. It was $2.99 for a bomber at Fresh N Easy, so Iím not going to complain. In fact, at 8.5% for $2.99, this is something that the malt liquor street folk might wish to look into. Much tastier than the 8 Ball or St. Ides, with a bigger kick.
Cousin_Larry (396) - - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bit flat. Aroma is toffee. Flavor is toffee with no bitterness or burn whatsoever - very unusual for an imperial. Very good.
JMerritt (1844) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled, labeled as "Boatswain Double IPA Twin Screw Steamer". Pours dark amber with a hint of orange and a very frothy, off white head. Slightly corny, heavy malt aroma with notes of dried straw and prairie grasses - nary a hint of hops. Flavor is decently bitter, a bit abrasive, with notes of leather and an undercurrent of biscuits and vanilla malts. Some burnt plastic in the finish. Another stinker from a crummy brewer.
MadRobin (2075) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Slightly murky, orange-copper with a 1-finger cream-colored head and very good lacing.
Aroma of toffee, cane syrup, pine, citrus, tropical fruit and caramel.
Taste of cane syrup, honey, toffee, pine, citrus, dust, a hard to pin down (but unpleasant) flavor and caramel. Lots of malt, but light on the hops for a double IPA.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization with a slightly slimy mouthfeel.
Overall, a sorry example of what purports to be a double IPA.
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Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This pours a medium amber color with a full, beige head. The aroma is fairly malty considering itís a double IPA. The taste is sweeter than anything with lots of bready tones. Itís a lighter and drinkable beer but in no way does this even begin to compare to other IIPAs on the market.
erickok (3798) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy body and small head. Bready malts, almost lactic yeast, light spice , caramel and mildly hoppy. Really, a double ipa ? Mild bitter taste, malty sweetness, amber. Boring, underdeveloped. Itís the local Belgian bullshit trippel of American IPAs. Drinkable but no reason it should exist. (Bottle brought by Flavia, thanks!)
Lagerboy (1336) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bomber. Mostly clear orange copper, vanishing off-white foam. Aroma of sour citric hop and c-malt. Odd fruity tangy taste, dirty sweet caramel, no bitterness... what is this?!? Average carbonation, lighter-medium bodied, moderately hopped. NFL (Not For Lagerboys) (This will be the last offering this enthusiast samples from this sub-standard brewer, life is too short to drink shitty beer)
Jaysbeers (85) - - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle to glass. Cloudy amber pour. Very easy drinking. Balanced, mellow IPA. An ale, slightly nutty finish. Medium carbonation. The ABV is pretty subtle.
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DenverLogan (827) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle from Trader Joes, listed as Rhinelander Boatswain Double IPA. Poured in a Lost Abbey glass. Apricot gold with big head and lace. Aroma of wheat and bread. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of grains, earth, bitter grapefruit rind. Thereís some metallic flavors. Overall rough and not so tasty.
Iím sitting here half way through this bottle and Iím not sure I want to finish the beast, but I almost never pour out a beer. Hummm.
Brigadier (3095) - 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 Joeís. 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 (164) - 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 heíd be 106 years old I doubt heíd be shopping at Trader Joes, he would think it was an over priced tool of communism. Heís probably right.