RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Fiercely hopped and hopped again, Thumper IPA keeps on going and going. Does it tantalize your tongue?

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwm1034 (780) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Shared bottle with sherm1016....not much there. Mild to bland nose and taste...some minor hoppy flavor but have had soooooooo many better. Best part is the label...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bomber from Trader Joes Glen Allen, VA. Boatswain American IPA label. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops. The taste is citrus hops and pale malts. Harsh and astringent. Thin-medium bodied with high carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thb (825) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2012
Initial aroma upon opening the bottle is not promising, Bit of grapefruit/pine, but more something really quite off. Pours a dark amber with ample white head. Aromas is a hint of north american hops but more so bland malts and hot booze. Taste is boozy, sweet, malt heavy. Syrupy, becomes cloying quickly. Bitterness without hop aroma. Actually crosses over into being unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
bottle - Pours lightly hazy orange and has a mild citrus hop aroma. Its moderately bitter at most with a touch of citrus. The malt character is subdued and not that good somehow. Theres just not much to it. Its okay for the price but this beer is an underwhelming IPA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
seymour (1958) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2012
Available at Trader Joes as Boatswain American IPA. Tasted from cool-looking 1pt 6oz bottle into nucleated pint glass, but dont judge this book by the cover. It poured a mostly clear, deep reddish brown color with a thin but persistent off-white head and some lace. Aroma was more malt than hops, just a little mild citrus and resin, some fruity ale yeast esters and phenols. I would guess the recipe contained lots of simple sugars and was fermented warm. Definitely didnt smell like an IPA. The flavor was inverted: zesty hops bitterness dominated the flavor, with only subtle caramelly and bready malt peeking through. An unusual balance, but not too complex. Medium body and carbonation. Sickly, sticky residual sweetness. Alcohol percentage wasnt that high, but was nonetheless solventy and gave me a headache. Long-lasting gummy and hoppy aftertaste; make it go away! Pretty offensive, actually. Cmon Trader Joe, didnt you taste this before agreeing to put it on your shelves?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
kassner (1634) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 bottle as Boatswain from Trader Joes. reddish copper color,, clear, modest head but nice lacing, pretty hhigh carbonation level, perhaps not an IPA with notes of fruits and nuts it is very drinkable at a Price under $2. Another bottle at 4 Bucks from Perfect Pour. I am dissapppointed in the perfect pour. Not an I{PA of any type. Sort of a bad lager, with an ugly scum floating on top. Metallic and cemically pungent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (2215) - Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle - had this as Boatswain American IPA, from Trader Joes - good size foamy head, medium copper color, mild hoppy aroma, balanced flavor with fair hops and decent malt backbone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (2382) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2012
This is much more of a brown beet than it is an Ipa. Brown and nutty. Thin head. Low ibu for ipa. Very tasty beer, just not an ipa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
22 oz bottle as underworld IPA. Clear amber pour, thin off white head. Sweet, sugary, a bit of caramel, and a bit of bitter metallic hops. Not good, but at least I could drink the bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
screigh (700) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours a hazy copper color. No head at all. Im not even sure what the aroma is...weird. Tastes weird too...copper, metal, oily. Initial bitterness on the tip of the tongue. No hop aroma. No hop flavor. Taste more in line with an amber and a bad one at that.

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