jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly copper coloured light amber body with a thick, two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of light grassy and herbal hops with a bit of malt and not much else. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic and earthy hop notes with some malt and a bitter metallic flavour tucked in. Aftertaste is quite bitter with a lot of grass and herbal notes and a bit of cardboardie funkiness as well. Overall, not such a great beer and not an IPA worth searching out for. I sampled this 65 cL bottle at what I thought was a deal at US$3.00 from Ridgeview Liqours in Green Bay, Wisconsin on 29-July-2012 sampled later in the day from my hotel room in Green Bay.
uvajed (171) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trader Joe’s Boatswain brand $2 for 22 oz.. Aroma is very slight, pours an ambery orange with a creamy, 1-2 inch head. Taste is pretty nice, mainly a bit of caramel, lightly sweet, a tiny bit oh hop bitterness. Very enjoyable, for $2.
The catch: it is supposed to be an IPA and, nice as it is, it is NOT a good example of an IPA. I am rarely near a Trader Joe’s, but I’ll probably buy this again when I happen to be in one. I’m a thrifty bastard with a strange sense of taste, so too bad if you disagree with my analysis.
RedSox2004 (1276) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cheap from Trader Joe’s. Pours hazy copper amber with a decent head and a nice lace. Modest grassy hops aroma, a touch of bready malt. Flavor is light on the hops bitterness with a chewy bread malt that became stronger as the beer warmed. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly watery texture, and the bready malts linger in the finish. I was much less offended by this than others seem to have been. Not very IPAish, though.
virii01 (4) - USA - JUL 18, 2012 does not count
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
El horible. Reminded me of high gravity malt liqueur. Luckily it was only $1.99. Shame for Trader Joe’s for trying to trick people into thinking this is a quality beer. MINHAS’D!.
naivepegasus (337) - USA - JUL 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Trader Joe’s clone, under "Boatswain American I.P.A." Pours a clear dark orange with a small amount of stark white head. Suspiciously little hops in the nose. Raisin, actually, which I noticed with the other Minhas beer I got from TJs. This is in no way an IPA, there is no flavor of hops, just a slight dark fruit sweetness that fades into an unsatisfying bitterness. At least it was only 2 bucks for the bomber.
steview (1020) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$2.99 @ Fresh’n’Easy: Labeled as "Underworld Brewing." I just sampled the double IPA so my bar has been lowered. No, this isn’t a vacation in Hawaii -- this isn’t limbo (the dance contest). The bar has been lowered, as it pertains to my tongue. So, I kinda like it. Actually, I get some notes of caramel and citrus in this one -- flavors I enjoy in beer. Accordingly, the aroma and taste is a notch above their double IPA. It’s a good thing I didn’t work through a taster of quintessentials at some beer festival. This rater would’ve found himself drunk, leaning way down to li-li-limboooo!
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Alias goodness. Trader Joe’s dropped the ball signing up to carry this crap. This...is...horrible. Prominent flavors are old baseball card pack bubblegum and chapstick.. Aroma is dirty bitty. There is some decent cherry taste in there, but it is well under all the crap that makes up the rest of this beverage. If you have $2 to buy some alcohol at Trader Joes, please get some 2 buck chuck. This is really bad.
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thin off white head with good retention and decent lacing. Lightly hazy, dark copper colored brew. Nose is faint with some caramel malts and a slight spice note. Body is almost medium, soft carbonation, lil oily. Flavors of some grainy malts with a lil bit of tangerine. Weird off flavors, bandaid, medicinal notes are faint but still obvious. Dry, astringent finish. Bomber from statelineliquors.
Headbanger (3311) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle 7/2/12 (Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-Boatswain American IPA-44° in Shaker-Pours a medium amberish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, grains, and slight hops. Taste of the same with a bit of a sopay taste. This medium bodied brew is not the best IPA but for the price I can’t complain.
stef92 (127) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color with creamy lasting lacy head. Citrus & floral aromas. Medium hoppiness with definite malt in the background. Very smooth on the tongue with a crisp clean finish. Very refreshing IPA.