nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is malty and hoppy with caramel and citrus/pine hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall this is better than average but not great.
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice combination with the right amount of malt and bitterness. Some slight caramel and straw. Strong character with taste of straw and nuts
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Boatswain American IPA. It poured a clear copper color with a white head. The aroma was a little grassy and citrusy. The taste was not what I expected as an IPA. More of a non-IPA. Purchased at Trader Joe’s, will pass on it next time around.
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If I were blind tasting this, I would not come up with an IPA. Not hoppy enough and much darker than you’d expect. Drinkable, but a little disappointing for what it is.
Foxbush (1487) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 22oz Bomber This was purchased at Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, VA. The Rhinelander Boatswain American IPA poured a clear copper-amber with a huge head that laced down the glass. The appearance is this beers strongest feature. It misses the mark as an IPA. The ale was too sweet and not enough bitterness. The alcohol was just right but IPAs are more complex. The carbonation was average for the medium body ale. The finish was sweet with some hint of bitterness.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is cereal, grainy, even a touch medicinal...There’s heavy booze right away, a lot of sugary sweetness, then mild hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very mild IPA at best. Body is too thick and sugary, not nearly enough hop flavor to be an IPA. Amber ale with a little kick is more like it...
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About 1 ˝ fingers of head. Color was caramel amber, but a bit clear. White lacing on the top that lasted throughout the pour. Nice spread out film on the sides.
Smelled citrus hops, mostly lemon on the top. Some pine in there, too. Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.
Pretty similar to the nose. Nothing too crazy, nothing too extraordinary, nothing to special. Got the citrus notes, but it was fairly blah.
Medium body. Thin, watery texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.
Probably a bit too in the hole to rate this, but I did it anyway. Very good look but the rest was very average.
marcus (7551) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy copper with an attractive beige head and a citrus aroma. There is an initial bready caramel malt flavor with a poor seque to musty hop bitterness. Overall, a decent IPA with minor flaws.
bhensonb (12449) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Fresh & Easy in Vacaville, CA. Pours clear copper with a creamy off-white head. Decent citrus/floral aroma over some caramel. Med body. Flavor is instantly malty with bitter. It relaxes to a hint of treacle with bitter. I’m gonna stick with citrus/floral for hop. It finishes bitter, but there is still something that makes me think of treacle.
malrubius (2096) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boatswain IPA from Trader Joes. Copper with decent head. Minimal leafy pine hop aroma. Toasty caramel biscuit minimal fruit and dry mild finish. Medium light body. Very fresh. Nothing particularly wrong with it. Very basic. Would have been a decent IPA 20 years ago.