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Third Voyage Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

973 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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Reviews by Aaron_Ramson:
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%

If anyone expected Samuel Adams IPA's to be hop bombs, they forget that the BBC's signature brew is a vienna style lager, clean and crisp with a hearty malt profile. So too are their IPA's possessed of fantastic malt bodies, with hop flavors added on top but not particularly at the forefront. A medium thick mouthfeel with an almost excessive-level of carbonation keeps this from being too heavy. Third Voyage is a double IPA whose hop profile can be described as earthy, woody, pungent, and rememiacent of grapefruit pith. A fantastically toffee-like malt body supports the herbal flavors and marry them in a way more similar to English IPA's than the bitter palate wreckers made famous on this continent.

03-26-2014 22:15:27 | More by Aaron_Ramson
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich copper/bronze with a well defined 1/2 white head atop,great clarity to the pour.Very light citric hops and sweet alcohol in the nose,very light for the style in my opinion.Like most beers of the style I think its to sweet on the palate,sugary and caramel sweetness to me overtakes the citric hops,a little boozy in the finish.Par for the course as far as the style goes,its good for the style,I have, and am becoming more disenchanted in this style.My least favorite of the new Sam Adams Batch series.

11-19-2011 03:14:19 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%

A: A light copper with good clarity. The off-white head is long lasting and made of soapy bubbles.

S: A unusual moderate hops aroma that is mostly earthy and citrus with a touch of tropical fruit character. The malts bring some sweetness and a light caramel note. It's not a knock you sock off IPA aroma but it's not bad either.

A: The moderately-strong malt and hops bitterness are upfront in the taste followed closely bit the moderately-strong hops flavor. The malt sweetness brings a light caramel flavor. The hops are again a blend of citrus and earthly flavors. The balance is fairly bitter with an off-dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering hops bitterness.

M: A lightly creamy medium-full bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a light warming on the palate.

O: A fairly balanced DIPA that isn't that huge hops blast I tend to get but it's not timid either. I would definitely grab a pint if it was on draft.

03-11-2013 23:58:03 | More by MadScientist
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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-07-2013 20:34:10 | More by npala86
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -72.5%

07-06-2012 03:56:45 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

In a tulip glass this beer was a dark amber color. It had a thick, off-white head that was very sticky. A good deal of lace.

Aroma was mostly citrus and earthy hops. Some sweet malt in the background.

Lots of fruit in the taste. Grapefruit mostly, also orange and melon. Tiny bit of piney hops. A little bread.

Hoppy and warming. A nice try at a DIPA.

11-15-2011 17:06:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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warnerry

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8%

A - Pours a beautiful clear orange brown with two fingers of pillowy tan head. head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Aroma is nice, if a little underwhelming. Subtle aromas of citrus, a bit of pine and caramel malt.

T - Nice balance of caramel malt and pine hops. Sometimes a DIPA with a significant malt presence is a let down for me, but this actually works pretty well. Enough bitter hops to satisfy, but not a hop bomb. Maybe the fact that it is winter makes a more malty DIPA more appealing. Anyway, a good flavor profile with a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy initially, but finishes oily, then dry and bitter.

O - I thought this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, especially considering the $5.99 price point. The DIPA field is pretty crowded, so I'm not sure if I would be compelled to buy this again, but I would be happy to drink it again.

12-05-2011 01:23:30 | More by warnerry
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40451

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

05-19-2012 01:06:11 | More by 40451
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little fruit and piney peppery hops with a little resin.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a big acidic peppery bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - a bit of salt(?) too. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a kind of surprising hop bomb from Sam Adams. I didn't really care for the hop profile though.

11-23-2011 06:42:24 | More by Beaver13
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

09-21-2013 20:52:27 | More by TTripp725
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-15-2012 20:26:12 | More by Twifiter
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JoeD15

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-18-2013 14:44:07 | More by JoeD15
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lionnusmb

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-11-2013 03:22:55 | More by lionnusmb
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date but suggests that the beer is cellar worthy.

LOOK: Tiny bubble sticky foam, clear brassy hue

SMELL: Hemp seeds, blood oranges, fresh cut grass, vague fruit, toasted crackers, alcohol, hop resin

TASTE: Dank hop resin, bitter, passion fruit, figs, hemp, caramel, toasted grain, yeast, warming alcohol, apple skin, catty, broth, bitter-sweet semi-dry finish

Not half bad, perhaps not as dry or even bitter as I would have expected it to be. Blend of hops seems a little out of whack to me as well.

04-17-2012 04:06:06 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Bomber bottle (nice etchings on the bottle BTW, hops/malt), w/o freshness/bottling info.

Pours clear medium honey amber, raises a nice dense lite tan head, that stays long term, then leaves a frothy film, bubbly collar and nice tiny bubble strands of lacing.

Mildy hoppy in the nose, with sweet malt also shining through.

Tasty and full flavor DIPA, hops present but balanced here by a healthy load of smooth malt. Rich, smooth and quite enjoyable on the palate and flowing over the tongue. Notes of honey, some lime, hoppy goodness and then again bready sweet malts...perhaps a double English style DIPA is what we have here...well done, quite enjoyable and dangerously easy drinking.

11-12-2011 04:04:29 | More by Billolick
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mctizzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-17-2014 18:46:43 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass:

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: floral and citrus hops, breadiness, and pale malt

Taste: caramel and slight breadiness at the start followed by a big dose of citrus and floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a super bitter/dry body and end, medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Maybe the most bitter Sam Adams brew I have had. It also has some of the trademark Sam Adams taste. A decent sipper, but there are a lot more American Double/Imperial IPAs that I would go to first. As an overall beer, it probably deserves a bit better than this score, but there are a lot of excellent imperial IPAs.

06-04-2012 14:35:58 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of orange citrus hops, as well as some caramel and biscuit malt. Smells like a malt-forward Double IPA. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit malt, with some bitter oranges and a little bit of pine mixed in. The bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

11-21-2011 04:39:04 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-18-2011 05:03:15 | More by Skye1024
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JC333

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-19-2014 02:30:47 | More by JC333
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LeffeHanded

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Overall a great tasting double IPA from Sam Adams.

This offering from Sam Adams settles with a light head, which gives way to a light ring around the glass within a minute or so. The color is a bit dark for an IPA, reminiscent of Southern Tier’s Unearthly. A light citrusy hop aroma is apparent in the nose, not quite as strong as a traditional west coast IPA, but pleasant none the less. The beer tastes well balanced, with malt sweetness evident up front and the hop character winning in the end as expected. This double IPA tastes a bit stronger than the ABV rating suggests, 8.0, with an alcohol warming light hoppy and syrupy mouth feel, followed by a hoppy finish that’s not too bitter. I’d give it a 7 out of 10 on the smoothness scale. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was this is one of the few in Boston Beer Company’s line-up that does not immediately taste like a Sam Adams. I enjoy many Sam Adams beers, but they all seem to have a similar taste profile, a palate predictability if you will…regardless of style, which in my opinion detracts from their beers to a degree. In a blind taste test I would not have guessed this was from Sam Adams.

Overall I would recommend the voyage to your local off license or favorite watering hole to give this limited release a try. A similar tasting double IPA is Long Trail’s double IPA.

01-03-2012 17:08:09 | More by LeffeHanded
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Reviewed on International IPA Day 2012, poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Darker golden amber color with about two fingers of off-white head that lasted about 5 minutes. A small amoutn of spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very sweet smelling, very much like the smell of a good fruit salad. Some hops can be detected in the backround.

Mouthfeel/Taste: I would say this beer is on the heavier side and call it full bodied. Well balanced and smooth. Up front you have the heavy bitterness that is decieving from the sweet smell. It finishes off with a nice bitter sweet taste, and maybe some carmel and toasted malts?

Overall: It was decent Double IPA, I certainly will revisit this brew again

08-02-2012 17:05:24 | More by Cavanaghty
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with decent light tan head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Toast and the expected citrus from the Cascade. Surprisingly light aroma. Was this dry hopped? If not, it should have been.

Taste: Nice showcase for Cascade. Not sure if anyone can really tell that the hops came from three different regions, but there is strong orange, grapefruit and spicy bitterness. Malt backbone is semi-sweet with toast and caramel.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat oily, mostly dry, but a wee bit boozy for 8%.

Overall: Despite an interesting idea of three hop growing regions and a nice taste profile, this is ultimately a simple Cascade DIPA with little aroma. Good, but not enough in his day and age.

05-05-2012 22:32:17 | More by bsp77
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westcott

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-28-2013 13:54:16 | More by westcott
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Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-11-2013 23:52:47 | More by Milkysunshine
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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.