notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bomber as "Boatswain" from Trader Joe’s - I bought this because it was cheap and I sometimes have luck with these Trader Joe’s beers - hard to know how to rate this, as it’s not really an IPA - it tastes more like a watered-down, mediocre American Barleywine - clear light amber - pretty much no head - nose of toffee, fruit cocktail, treacle, brown sugar - if I came to it blind without knowing the style, I might actually find it pleasant, albeit a bit sweet - kind of watery and thin in the mouth - caramelized sugars, moderate bitterness, some oxidized kind of sherry-like notes, cherry - finish is really husky - weird beer, but not entirely without enjoyable parts. Slipstream (2703) - USA - APR 11, 2015
This was called Boatswain American IPA. Creamy little head on an amber pour. The label looks like an old newspaper. The aroma is hoppy, with a little vinegar and citrus. It didn’t seem that fresh, and there are no dates on the bottle. The taste is pretty dry, with grapefruit, and a little fig and coconut. It goes down easy enough, but is not a superior IPA. It was worth the bargain price ($2.50 for a bomber). finn1918 (238) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2015
650ml bottle; $2.66 after tax. Bought as Boatswain American IPA. Pours clear copper with a large off-white head with some staying power. Aroma is a little funky, yeast/chemical. No hops. Taste is almost cloyingly sweet, yeasty, and just off. Almost a fleeting shadow if hops, but it’s gone in a flash. Agreed with the rest of the reviews--this is not bad at all for its price, but whoever called this an IPA has never had an IPA before. The most amazing thing is that the bottle states this beer was brewed to 79 IBUs, and yet is not even remotely bitter. firefly765 (195) - - APR 8, 2015
22 ounce bottle labeled as boatswain American IPA. I guess it's an alias for another brewery. Pours a cloudy rose color. A bit of a sour aroma nothing hops noted. High-level carbonation medium bodied. A bit of a bland bitter taste not much up flavoring at all. A substandard IPA. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2015
[Bottle (650ml). As ’Rhinelander Boatswain American IPA’] Pours a hazy dark orange-amber with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity first, not very hoppy at all, along with caramel malt, sugar and notes of cardboard and bread -- we aren’t off to a good start. Sweet caramel malt flavour along with fruit, alcohol and a hint of hops. Light to average bitter finish. Average bodied. Really big disappointment (I’m not familiar with the brewery at all so I had no idea what to expect). Addendum: I want to add that I read that someone said it tastes like Malt Liquor and I can totally see that.
Beastwhite315 (33) - - JAN 15, 2015
Not a huge IPA fan because they use too much Cascade. Even though they claim lots of hops, I don't see it being too hoppy. Very balanced flavor, low hop aroma. Very different flavor. Can't determine the hops they use.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is very strongly malty. Loads of caramel. Toffee apple. Taste is pretty astringent. Harsh bitterness. More caramel. Weird. Full body, active carbonation. Terrible MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Murky, copper-orange with a 1-finger buff-colored head and fair lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, toast, mild herbs and corn.
Taste of caramel, toffee, hay, toast and cane syrup with only bare hints of any hops.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation with a slimy mouthfeel.
A sweet, malty brew that bares little resemblance to an IPA (or to any other respectable beer for that matter). Just dreadful. Maybe it will work as a drain cleaner.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TattooJack (534) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Fiercely hopped and hopped again? I have only been tasting craft beer for about 2 years but I don’t think there are any hops here. There’s plenty of sugar and malt. I will say this: if a 40 ounce of king cobra is $1.07 and this is $2 for a bomber, it is twice as good as king cobra. If they were holding an IPA contest on the corner of my block, and no one else showed up, it would win. medaglia (10) - - OCT 25, 2014
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.