Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It's hard to review any Trader Joe's store-brand beer without considering the price right up front. Boatswain H.L.V. is a brown ale brewed by Minhas. You can find it at other retailers under different names. This beer pours dark brown with an average head and lace, and the aroma is spicy malt, apple-butter, and allspice. The flavor is decent. Not great, but decent. It's slightly boozy like an American strong ale, with pronounced hop character and a strong, woody finish. The beers at Trader Joe's are typically the best in their price range. If you are able to find a better three-dollar twenty-two ounce beer than this one, it's still probably gonna be at Trader Joe's.