Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This stuff was pretty bad. Bought at Trader Joe’s for $1.99, labeled Boatswain Double IPA. This smells and tastes nothing like a DIPA. At best, it is a very lackluster amber ale. The price is good, the taste is not. My drain got the second half of a 22oz bottle.
dojken (278) - - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska. Doft av svagdricka o karamell. Smaken är något vinig där finns en svag sötma o sedan kommer en dammig något vass beska. Lagerölkänsla. Lättdrucken!!
Patrik (335) - - MAR 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Doftar Pilsner toner åh metall syrlig. Smakar likt doften plus lite trä. Ja enkel medelfyllig lättdrucken Dipa med på tok för mycket pilsner inslag å ingen fruktighet..
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brassy amber with a decent head. Fruity nose and some stale grains. The body is smooth and fruity, a bit of candy syrup. Not much bitterness. Quite sweet and short on the bitterness for a "double IPA, Juicy, fruit punch finish.
CpyNPrnT (454) - Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2015
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of citrus, taste is overly malty, malt, malt, and way to much malt. Needs much more balance.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
22 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade, and VERY fluffy soft. Retention isn’t very good, though. Having said that, it leaves some lacing on the glass. Well...um...it looks like a DIPA.
S: Hops? What’s that? Could have fooled me thinking this was well-hopped...or any kind of hopped, really. Honestly, it smells like a fuckin’ malt liquor. Cereal grains, cheap white wine, and lots of sweetness are the order of the day. If my name was Pablo or DeAndre, I’d probably like this a lot. If it was in a 40, ditto. Too bad neither of those things are true, so FAIL.
(I apologize to all craft beer enthusiasts named Pablo or DeAndre. Seriously, racial stereotyping is amusing in small doses, but can quickly turn ugly, especially if it happens on the internets. Wait...)
T: Oh god, this might be even worse. The best descriptor I can use is "subpar malt liquor meets horrible imperial amber ale." There is a touch of sweet caramel to start, which quickly turns into cheap white wine and cheap cereal grains. I’m also getting notes of sweat socks, cardboard, and plastic. There isn’t a hint of hoppiness anywhere to be found. It doesn’t even succeed as a malt liquor: I’d much rather go for Steel Reserve or Natty Daddy over this.
M: It’s heavy, sweet, and highly carbonated. Kind of like a malt liquor, really. This kind of sweetness is absolutely unacceptable in a DIPA - it makes ST Unearthly look like a bone-dry, 4% blonde ale.
O: I love how the bottle top said "craft beer", as if it was soullessly harping on the fact that "yes, we’re just like Sierra Nevada, and really cheap, too!", preferably in a Hindi accent. It resembles a proper craft DIPA much in the same way I resemble Idris Elba. Sure, we’re both human beings, both male, and that’s where the similarities end. This beer has set a record: not only is it my lowest scored DIPA (by a HUGE margin), but it has the lowest ratio of portion drunk to portion drainpoured. I just can’t do it, especially when I know how sloppily manufactured its ’craftyness’ is. $3 for this horrid DIPA facsimile is about $10 too much. It’s so bad, in fact, I’m close to having a BSOD moment and I don’t want to default back to Cliff Richard’s settings. Luckily, I didn’t...this time.
Cousin_Larry (465) - - 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 (1863) - 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 (2226) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lemke10 (857) - 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 it’s a double IPA. The taste is sweeter than anything with lots of bready tones. It’s a lighter and drinkable beer but in no way does this even begin to compare to other IIPAs on the market.
erickok (4017) - 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. It’s the local Belgian bullshit trippel of American IPAs. Drinkable but no reason it should exist. (Bottle brought by Flavia, thanks!)