DrnkMcDermott (2812) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber sold as Rhinelander Boatswain American IPA, $1.99 at Trader Joe’s. Okay, i can respect a beer from Minhas. I took a picture of the bottle with a full glass, and over the past few minutes have been taking in a smell of resiny, almost green hops. Poured a brownish-amber body under a dense white head. Up close, the hop smell lessens, and there’s a bit more malt. Taste is a little better than I’d expect. A lot of pinprick carbonation helps deliver the hops in the form of pine and a bit grass. Nicely managed hops, and just a little bit more than the squeamish would want to try. A great beer for the price. Considering I’ll reuse the bomber if I can ever get homebrewing again, that’s extra value.
medaglia (10) - - OCT 25, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Save your time and money. The beer is horrible. It’s cheap for a reason. No quality. ALL THE BEER is watery dish-water. Sure, one can buy this from Trader Joe’s for a low price, but really, what you get is nothing on par to quality. I’d rather put the extra money towards a pint or six pack of something more proven and worthwhile. This beer is made cheap for a reason and its to sell out. The owners, both non brew-masters by the way, just some trust fund rich kids, are slinging this dishwater to steal your money. I mean go on the website, it shows the guy walking out of his Escalade SUV and the interviews with him and the sister "co-owner" show the trust fund babies they are...both siblings are narcissistic and ridiculous. I would give this a zero rating if I could.
Lagerboy (1265) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Unclear dirty brownish orange, feeble tan foam mostly lasts. Orange floral c-malt vegetal smell. Taste is malt forward, lighter roast, sweet caramel, mildly floral and herbal, with an odd, short lived orange grapefruit tang. Softer carbonation, light-medium bodied, moderately hopped. Another disappointing mediocre effort from this brewer. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
suprchunk (2269) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colored pour. Small off white head. Little bit of lacing. A small hint of hops under a muted malt aroma. Taste is vegetal with a carbonic finish.
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Not bad. above average (for them) but really, that’s not saying much. Overly malty for my tastes and thereefore light on the hops. As an english pale? OK. As an american IPA, I’ll pass, even at $2.50 per bomber..."
Darwenus (560) - Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this bottled for Trader Joe’s as Boatswain American IPA. It isn’t bad. It pours a hazy mahogany color with slight head and lace. The aroma is insubstantial, but what is there is sweet by IPA standards. I picked up on honey, caramel, and thin hops. The flavor is sweet, too. It opens with a sweet malt, and there’s a little hoppiness in the middle, but the close is just more sweetness. Kind of saccharine, but not enough to ruin it. You gotta keep the price in mind when reviewing these Trader Joe’s beers. For a $2.50 to $3.00 beer, it isn’t bad at all.
beertholomeus (833) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light amber color with a white head. Hop, citrus, floral, caramel and malt aroma and flavors. Slightly oxidized. Medium body and carbonation with a floral and caramel finish.
jflopsu (588) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear gold. Has a malty and grainy aroma. Taste is a mix of malts and light citrus hops. A light bitter aftertaste.
fidelis83 (1975) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy copper pour with a 1 finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is floral, citrus and fruity hops, lemon, light berry notes and caramel syrup. Flavor is sweet malt, planty hops, some citrus, corn silage, sweet caramel, sorghum and some weird planty, fruity and higher alcohol notes that I can’t really describe. Light to medium body with a medium, sharp carbonation and off dry, syrupy feel. Really weird and not very good. Probably not worth the $3/bomber price.
VincentDamon (342) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bière achetée à Los Angeles dans une épicerie, à un prix dérisoire de 2.29$. Bière ambrée, avec une mousse généreuse. 6.7% d’alcool. Nez plutôt timide où je perçois malt et un peu de houblon herbeux. En bouche, c’est plutôt sucré qu’amer : notes de sucre brun et peu de houblons herbeux comme on les aime. Dans le style, c’Est un peu décevant vu l’absence d’amertume que l’on attendrait d’une IPA américaine aussi capiteuse. Cheers!
ronaldtheriot (1288) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Boatswain American IPA has a rather thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, some bubbles, and not much lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild citrus (think about orange peel), and white bread crust, with possibly a caramelized sugar note. Taste is of all that, with a bitterness that comes across as nowhere near a 79 IBU, but it’s there to at least balance the beer. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and Boatswain American IPA finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. For a store-brand India Pale Ale, this is a pleasant surprise. RJT