Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This is the last of the 22 ounce Boatswain brews I picked up on a recent Trader Joe's visit. American IPA is also the weakest of the beers from that haul, but all in all it isn't awful. It pours a hazy mahogany color with slight head and lace. The aroma is insubstantial, but what is there is sweet by any IPA standards. I picked up on honey, caramel, and thin hops. The flavor is sweet, too. It opens with a sweet malt, and there’s a little hoppiness in the middle, but the close is just more sweetness. Kind of saccharine, but not enough to ruin it. As I've said in each of these recent Boatswain review, you gotta keep the price in mind when reviewing beer from Trader Joe's. I'd feel ripped off if I'd paid six bucks for this. But, for a $2.50 to $3.00 beer, it isn’t bad at all.