bhensonb (15627) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bomber from Fresh & Easy in Vacaville, CA. Pours clear copper with a creamy off-white head. Decent citrus/floral aroma over some caramel. Med body. Flavor is instantly malty with bitter. It relaxes to a hint of treacle with bitter. I’m gonna stick with citrus/floral for hop. It finishes bitter, but there is still something that makes me think of treacle. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
(as Boatswain AIPA from Trader Joe’s) copper/amber with off white head. Fruity hops aroma. Flavor is citrus/passion fruit. fiulijn (21019) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, Belingham, WA; 6.7% ABVrederic (3342) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 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.
650ml bottle, under the name Bad Hare Traditional IPA, amber-orange color, with a frothy rocky white head, light toasted, caramel, biscuity, pale malt, toffee nose, with a lemon marmalade, faint floral citrus, leafy hop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild sweet toasted, caramel, biscuity malty, light flowery earthy leafy, tobacco, grassy, citrus hop character, with some burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild dried raisin, lemon marmalde, lemon, grapefruit peel flavours, leading towards a sweet toasted, caramel, biscuity maltiness, earthy citrus, leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish. Tmoney99 (14869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle under the name of Boatswain American IPA. Poured clear light copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate grass and citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. This beer met my expectations at a fair price.
KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2012
I had this under the Boatswain American IPA name (aka Trader Joe’s house brew).
It’s a quite malty and balanced. It isn’t a hop bomb or hop heavy like many IPAs. It is very balanced, even a little tart in a sour way. User134089 (1644) - - MAR 15, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was caramel amber, but a bit clear. White lacing on the top that lasted throughout the pour. Nice spread out film on the sides.
Smelled citrus hops, mostly lemon on the top. Some pine in there, too. Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.
Pretty similar to the nose. Nothing too crazy, nothing too extraordinary, nothing to special. Got the citrus notes, but it was fairly blah.
Medium body. Thin, watery texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.
Probably a bit too in the hole to rate this, but I did it anyway. Very good look but the rest was very average. SpringsLicker (3666) - Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours clear medium orange with a white head.
Slight citrus hop aroma.
Pretty well balanced malt/ flavor but a bit weak for an IPA. More a mild Pale ale, but needs more malt and more hops to run with the IPA crowd. JK (6254) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Purchased as Boatswain American IPA. Gold color and tall white head. Mild hop aroma and hop flavor with a light malt base. This really is an’t bad at all, and I don’t understand the low scores. brigg (704) - 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.