Onslow (1478) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Deep orange brew with small head but very active carbonation. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, over rip fruit. Taste is sweet from start to finish. Caramel malt at the start transitioning to a fruity / brown sugar finish. HInts of ethanol at the end. Mildly hopped despite the 70 ibu’s. This is more like a sweet amber ale than an IPA. Overall, not all that pleasant no matter what. THe name and label are nice, though. brianprentiss (701) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2013
supposed to be an "American" IPA but this is very English. if you like Amber Ales, this is the IPA for you. kaser (6214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Poured from a bomber from Binny's. stale apricot aroma. Dark orange appearance. Dank citrus fruity and Carmel taste. Unpleasant though. Not sure what's up with this beer. Fresh too DCLawyer (2839) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Tasting. Hazy amber, white head. Taste and aroma are malt with a little citrus. Difficult to call this an IPA. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Easy to drink flavor. Lots of good hoppy flavor. Good all around flavor. Easy to drink.
Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours clear orange with a fine, foamy head. Alcohol, pine and orange on the nose. Tastes sugary and metallic, some ripe orange. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light resinous finish, boozy fruits, metal. Really rough beer. GarrettB (1580) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
June 2nd, 2012 - Here’s another of the inexpensive Boatswain Trader Joe beers that gets a lot of attention and talk time from my friends. They always wonder aloud whether a $3 bomber of beer can be good. I tried to keep an open mind after recognizing Samuel Smith’s beers as simultaneously inexpensive and generally quite good, especially in the case of the oatmeal stout. However, the Boatswain American IPA leaves something to be desired, and if it comes down to a constrained budget, I’d much prefer to get a six-pack of Trader Joes’ other in-house offerings, or even the Velvet Merlin that’s taken up residence on one of the shelves. By all appearances it’s a solid beer, exhibiting that nice and inviting frosty amber color, and the standard cap of mottled white. The flavor is also fairly standard. The Boatswain American IPA is not too happy, and features an awkward twang of sweet and piney hops, with a nice malty finish to offer a good background of honey and pine. Of the Boatswain offerings this might be the strongest at its price point, I’d still rather reach a little bit deeper into the coffers and bring home something with a little more depth of personality. yespr (44763) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
22 fl oz bottle as Boatswain American IPA. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Toasted sweet malty, fruity and caramelish. Bitter and herbal hoppy. Dry. Floral and light spiced. Dry and herbal finish. fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, Belingham, WA; 6.7% ABVChiGuy68 (594) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
as Boatswain American IPA
Hazy amber color with creamy head. The aroma is fruity but also a bit old. Mild caramel flavor, with a feeling of old; semi-sweet, with some caramel flavor, sweet and fruity hopping.
Tasted from a 22oz. bottle under the name Boatswain American IPA. Poured a rich amber with a foamy, beige head, but this beer by any other name..... should still be avoided.