Boatswain beers are brewed by the Rhinelander Brewing Company of Monroe, Wisconsin (Minhas Craft Breweries). These were purchased at Trader Joe's.
American IPA - This 6.7% ABV beer pours a dark copper-amber-orange in color with a quarter inch of off-white head. The aroma is fairly light, some toasted malt, some fruitiness, toast with jelly. The taste follows the aroma and has a moderately bitter and dry finish. Slightly sour in the aftertaste. It's a fairly drinkable beer, but not a very good American IPA.
Heave Lift Vessel (H.L.V.) Ale - This 7.0% ABV beer pours an extremely dark brown to black in color with a quarter inch of light brown foam. The aroma is fairly mild, a bit of roasted nutty malt and a touch of caramel. The taste is very dark roasted malt, nutty, a bit of coffee, some sweetness, but followed by a semi-dry and moderately bitter finish. This is a quite drinkable dark ale.