Third Voyage Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
"Bright and Intense with a Vivid Hop Punch: This unique double IPA takes the style's origins a step furhter. IPAs were born out of making an ale that could sustain a long voyage. For our take, we were inspired by the indominatable Capt. James Cook whose 3rd voyage made him the first to navigate a treacherous route from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Using Cascade hops from each of these regions, we created a brew that's citrusy, earthy, and full of bold character." Third Voyage Double IPA is brewed in the style of a double IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hop Collection (June 2012), there is no bottle date, and the label suggests aging as a possibility for this beer, so I did. This bottle is 6 months aged.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggnog tone head of a thick consistency over a very hazy maple-orange body. Carbonation is plentiful. Retention is nice and lacing is medium but drapes solid. Very good appearance. 4.75
(Smell) Very bready malt-forward. Heavy caramel and buttery malt presence with a much lighter hop essence. Hops are earthy and mildly floral, not quite citrusy as Cascade usually is. Tones of booze shine through. Not quite as bright or bold as expected. Smells sweet and boozy. 3
(Taste) Very thick caramel with a spicy rye tone. Hops are again, faint in flavor but adequate in bitterness with a piney finish. The balance swings this beer towards very sweet, a slow drinker with a strong boozy maple finish that quickly becomes cloying and not particularly enjoyable. All-in-all the balance is off, with not enough subtleties to keep the drinker interested. The flavors are too intense in one spot and not enough in the other. It's a malt-heavy IPA with little emphasis on the hops themselves. Very sweet and in general not enjoyable. 2.75
(Mouthfeel) Thick and chewy pine with an oily slickness, a very full and heavy mouthfeel and a moist, resiny thick finish. Body is heavy for the style, medium-heavy overall. Alcohol presence is high. As continuing with the flavors, the body is just too high for this beer. It could be far more enjoyable and drinkable with a reduced malt profile and a bigger emphasis on the limited hop character. It's sharply out of balance. There's work to be done on the mouthfeel of this beer. 2.75
(Overall) I did not personally enjoy this beer. I found it to be too heavy on the malt character, which droned out most of the hop notes, which were surprisingly subtle in flavor for what is usually a bright and vibrant citrusy hop varietal. The sweetness became too much quite quickly with a super-sweet finish and dragged down the drinking experience. The beer itself isn't terrible, but certainly is far from an exceptional double IPA, focusing too hard on intensifying flavors while sacrificing drinkability. I couldn't have more than one of these in a single session. 3
Boston Brewing Company's
Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 22:05:36 | More by Jadjunk
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3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A: Dark copper. Hints of amber. Made a huge dramatic false head when I poured it into a glass that mostly dissipated in a few minutes. Looked nice at first but the foam left a sticky uneven webbing mess as the beer levels went down. Foam is tan with a tiny yellow tinge. Medium low carbonation. Unusually large bubbles. From the carbonation, that didn't add to any persistent foam. The color was good, initial head was awesome, the it didn't last.
S: Malt. Lemon and grapefruit rind. Coriander. A touch of cedar with a bigger presence of sweet malts; almost like peat moss from the isle of Islay.
T: Starts off slightly sweet, but that fades fast. Malt backbone, again quickly overpowered. Super heavy pine resin finish. Pine flavor is massive. Almost as if pine needles were used for bittering. Not much else going on besides pine...
M: Actually quite good. Bittering and dryness sticks around a little but it finishes clean. Medium light consistency.
O: I don't feel like there's much to talk about here. It's a big one sided hop bomb. Low on depth with the hops, bug the malt is pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 03:16:35 | More by constantine_272
3.96/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 22:15:27 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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