Travlr (26429) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Clear dark amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel and straw. Taste is caramel and paper. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Vague impressions of caramel, citrus and dirt. Deep, dark orange color. Sweet earthy flavor, like composted oranges might taste. Slick, syrupy body. I should have known when it said Boatswain was brewed in Monroe what was afoot. Damn you Trader Joe’s! For two bucks a bomber, it probably better than a malt beverage in that range, depending on who you ask. penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Purchased at Trader Joe’s as Boatswain American IPA. Pours copper with a white head. Aromas of toffee and yeast. Almost sort of a Belgian yeasty thing going on in the flavor, with grain sweetness and a hint of burnt sugar. Very lightly bitter finish. If I didn’t know this was supposed to be an IPA, I would have no idea. Too sweet and very little hop character. Not a horrible beer, but pretty underwhelming. mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bomber from Trader Joe’s. Dark amber color upon pouring. Almost hopless nose. Smells like a malt liquor. Very little in the way of hops. Some fusel qualities. Not good. Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Like most of the beers from this brewery, this one has a big cola aroma and flavor. No hops at all, tastes more like rootbeer. Pretty terrible.
Strykzone (7799) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Sampled at an ebls tasting. Kind of pumpkin color. Clear and no head. Ph, not good. Bitter hops with little flavor. Some malt. Odd sourness. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. Hazy light orange with a creamy white head. Earthy cereal grain and orange aroma. Tastes of grapefruit candied orange peel and caramel with a sweet earthy cereal grain and fruit finish and a thick sticky palate. There’s not enough hops for an IPA and it tends far to the sweet side instead of the bitter, but for a $2 bomber it’s actually not bad and the taste is quite pleasant. If you’re expecting an IPA you will be disappointed. If you pretend it’s some other style, it’s worth the 2 bucks. pintbypint (3927) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
650ml brown bottle, as Bad Hare Traditional IPA. Orange colour, clear. Small white cap, surprisingly long lasting, some decent lace rings in the glass. Light orange peel hops in the aroma with quite a bit of malt sweetness. Taste has sweet caramel malt at the start, orange peel hops, a bit of alcohol. Long aftertaste, sweet malts, sharp citrusy hops and alcohol. One of the better offerings from these guys, it approaches being drinkable. Dansrc51 (76) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Poured into tulip glass
Color was reddish brown
Aroma was light, very little hop character.
This beer had obviously expired. Trader Joes is not the place to buy good beer. Kept warm this beer tasted like wet card board, metal shavings and a light nutty malt flavor. Hops were nearly nonexistent. A little bitter and that was it. Terrible.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone brigg (720) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
(bottle, under the name Boatswain American IPA) Very cloudy orange amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of wheat, caramel malt, orange and pine hops; sweet. Very full bodied, soft carbonation, chewy and sticky. Flavor of sweet caramel malt up front, then grassy hops, finishes dry. A little astringent, but good thirst-quencher.