Bartzilla (568) - 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.
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Dadís for the half marathon tasting. Pours a faintly hazed orange amber with a thin white head. Interesting on the nose, smells of banana and yeast, sticky caramel malt with a hint of hops behind it. Medium bodied, smooth and malty with more weird banana coming through. Tastes of belgian yeast. This is weird, and not in the favorable way. Long weird yeasty finish. Not a winner.
blipp (6957) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours orange with a white head. Sweeter citrus notes, light bitterness that becomes moderately astringent in the finish, some pale malts, and faint metallic harshness. Not horrible, but, yeah, not good either.
bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank as Trader Joeís Boatswain Double IPA. As an American IPA, it is a solid offering. Hoppy, but not too bitter. It does not have any of the smooth malt I expect from a double IPA though.
GIJOE (924) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rosey light brown with a finger of off-white foam. Nose is malt, some banana esters, and a hint of hop. Taste is a bit bitter with an astringent finish. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Itís okay. I wouldnít turn one down.
stevoj (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2015 Bottle from Trader Joes. Pour looks great, expectations dashed in short order. Aroma is musty and funky, taste follows with some wet paper and paste. Almost hits the mark, but falls short.
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate cereal for the malt, light orange and soap for the hops and yeast. Head is average size, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy medium amber orange. Flavor is lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a lively carbonation and a moderately astringent finish. The mix of sweetness and astringency in the this DIPA is a little off-putting.
jredmond (6290) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Half Marathon Tasting - May 16th. Pours a bright reddish orange with thin white lacing. Aroma is spice, fruity caramel and lots of belgian characteristics - spicy fruit, banana, clove, etc. Mouthfeel is medium to soft, not abrasive really, but lots of banana and spice. Some metal as well. $2 beer?
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some hops but very little for xxipa. Same with flavor no big hop oiliness nor much of a malt character. Light and lean in mouthfeel.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber as Boatswain - hazy orange - decent lace - outside of the appearance, itís pretty uninspiring - watery, stale - smells like orange juice, stale malts, circus peanuts (the candy) - flavor is sweet, but also somewhat sourish - minimal hops presence - juice fruit gum - kind of metallic finish - all over the place and not that good.
euniceradio (178) - Colton, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Labeled as Boatswain Double IPA. Poured hazy amber. Light head. Aroma of caramel, OJ and sweet grain malts. Taste is 97% malt and alcohol, 3% faint hops. Tastes like an Irish Red / Light Brown Ale hybrid. WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A DIPA???? Decided to rate as anything but an IPA.