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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by JosiahS:
Photo of JosiahS
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

glass: Pint

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a frothy and creamy 2-finger, off-white head. Silky lacing. Has a predominate fresh hop smell with a hint of pineapple, some banana, and a doughy malt base.

Fairly balanced for a DIPA, again nice fresh hop on the taste, clean throughout, not at all muddy or overly sweet. Finishes with a slight bitter punch followed by an extremely pleasant roasted malt/bitter hop combo that almost comes off like the bottom of a freshly baked cookie.

This won't satisfy the big hopheads out there but it's a nice, balanced DIPA with straight forward flavors that make for a easy-drinking beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LeffeHanded
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bsp77
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Voyage opens with a hop-forward aroma, full of pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes. However, the malts are not far behind in strength, and the beer is almost as full of baking wheat bread, yeast, and brown sugars. These latter smells are of such strength that they almost divert the attention from the hops, bringing into question the "Double IPA" status of the beer. This is not to say that the aromas are unbalanced or unappealing, as the brew does smell quite delicious--but the malts do almost upstage the hops.

On the tongue, the beer does start off with a huge hop blast, full of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and eucalyptus notes, and is immediately representative of the Double IPA category, since the hop flavors do take center stage on the tongue. The hops are quite bitter (listed on the menu of one Boston-area restaurant at 85 IBUs, though I have no confirmation of this from Sam Adams), and burn on the tongue and soft palate. Malty flavors also abound, bringing in yeasty wheat breads, toast crusts, brown sugars, and a healthy dose of orange and apricot fruit esters, the orange almost bordering on liqueur-strength. These alcoholic and sugary malts provide a nice counter to the bitter hops. They are, however, slightly alcoholic, and the beer has a vodka-like tinge about it due to the 8% ABV. The aftertaste is mainly pine and grapefruit zest from the hops, with a little toast crust, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good fare, and brings a wide-ranging and flavorful assortment of tastes to the table. The flavors tend mainly towards the bitter and liqueur-like, but some sugars do help offset this. The hop bite may be just a bit too strong, slightly out of balance with the hop flavors presented, but will surely appeal to hopheads.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery brown color. Brilliant clarity. Head quickly dissipates to just a minimal trace. The hop aroma is moderate, which seems underwhelming for a double IPA. The taste shows that while the aroma hops were almost sparingly used,they were mainly used for the taste. Sticky Mouthfeel is typical of the style. Grapefruit like flavor hops are strong on the palate. That hop flavor slowly burns away in the aftertaste.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a pint glass. batch 1.

pours out a very clear deep golden amber color. big dense fluffy three fingers of off white head. some pretty nice sticky lace and some very nice head retention.

some dank hop aromas, floral and piney with just a little citrus. some buttery malts are almost just as noticeable as the hops and ruin the aroma a little, diactyl?

resinous floral hops with pine and citrus in the background. bitterness is pretty average for the style. buttery, biscuit and some light toffee from the malts almost balance the beer. finishes with a nice lingering piney hop bitterness.

clean and crisp with a nice resinous bitterness that lingers. carbonation is a bit on the low side. slightly heavier side of medium bodied.

not a bad DIPA, nice to see sam adams stepping up and making some more interesting styles, but with so many great beers out there in this style this is not something i would come back to. too much of a buttery malt is a bit of a turn off.

Photo of joeworrall
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, billed as a "small batch Imperial IPA" by Samuel Adams. I would guess that a small batch for Sam Adams is more than my neighborhood craft brewer makes in an entire year!

Poured from a bomber bottle into a large tulip glass, I was surprised at how cloudy the brew was. It's a rich dark amber color, indicative of the toasted malt used.

The floral aroma is subtle. I would say that Sam went a little light on the Cascade and Simcoe hops in this on, it's very drinkable, but doesn't have the pine or citrus notes I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA.

It has a very dry finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. In my search for the perfect IPA, this is going to have to fight to get in the top 20. It's a great ale, but not a great IPA...

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch 1

Appearance: Pours a lively and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus and piney hops. Citrus grapefruit and orange. A pretty strong aroma of pine resin. There is a pretty strong malty presence in the aroma. Bready caramel adds some sweetness to the hop bitterness. Also some good hints of honey. Smells both bold and balanced.

Taste: Like the smell leads. A big taste of fresh citrus and pine hops with a very solid malt backbone. Starts with the citrus grapefruit and orange. Big taste of danky pine resin throughout. Towards the finish emerges a big presence of sweet and bready caramel malts. Also some honey in the finish. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy, creamy, and danky with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A very good DIPA from Sam Adams. Bold hops and a very solid malt background. Not quite on the same level of Hopslam and Abrasive but a very good take on the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I often question Samuel Adams hoppy offerings, something doesn't click for them typically. This whole new line with the big beers is interesting, kind of the next transition after releasing the imperial stout, imperial white, and the double bock...I guess those were too traditional and not cutting edge enough. So here we have it a Double IPA with US, British, and New Zealand hops. Appears a ruby caramel bodey with caramel highlights and a light tan khaki head, dwindles down slowly and forms fine layered even lacing. Aroma has deep layered pine citrus notes with a spicy hops and big malt sugars coating the hop bomb of a beer. Flavor comes with big bold bitterness, the thing about my favorite IPA/DIPAs is the big hop bill with an equal balancing malt flavors. Here the bitterness is a bit much but there's enough hop flavor earthy citrus with some pine accents to hold on. The malts had some caramel/biscuit malt sweetness but was definitely overpowered by the hops, finishes a bit boozey as well. Mouthfeel is defined by the linger dry bitter booze burn between each sip, it's not very pleasant maybe even a bit abrasive. Medium bodied hop oils textured with moderate carbonation, probably the biggest turn off so far. Overall still able to get down 22 ounces without difficulty, but it's just not a standout DIPA. Solid yes, but it suffers from the Samuel Adams fate of most of their other hoppy ales, a bit disconnected and not as cohesive with malts as I would like.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with a large off-white head. The head has decent retention, and leaves plenty of sticky, durable lacing. [4.25]

S: Earthy, fruity and herbal hops with some caramel malt.

T: A bit less hoppy than expected, at first, but the finish and aftertaste suggest a strong hop hit was there earlier. Some sweetness and baked bread tones from the malts. More earthy than fruity. A moderate amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: lightly dry; medium-full body; good carbonation level; slight burn of higher ABV and/or hops.

O: A "double IPA" that drinks and tastes much like a regular IPA, albeit with a modicum of added richness.

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Nice copper colour. Beige lacy foam head, two fingers. Apple and pear aroma. Spicy citrusy full body earthy flavours. Leaves a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear slightly dense amber body with a swirling microbubble carbonation and a foam sticking to the glass in sheets and last as a creamy foam.

S- The bright green earthy hops have some noble hop qualities.

T- The dark green woody hops with some musty Noble hop comes through and slight sweetness from some malt notes. There is also some crystal malt and some slight dark malt notes. The finish has a pungent bite with a slight sweet finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a fizzy bite in the finish that boost the bitterness and a no real alcohol warmth.

O- The hop flavor is nice and complex but is overpowered by the bitter pungency that dominates. The malt sweetness does try to hold it back but it is not enough.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep auburn-orange with swirls of thick bubbles feeding a spongy tan head. The beer is very clear and that head fades faster then I'd like.

The nose is pleasing but not a hop assault that is expected from a double IPA. More malty and sweet then hoppy bittered but there is a little citrus in the distance.

Taste is much like the nose with more of a grain flavor then a hop bomb. Sweet and malty with subtle hints of tropical fruit flavors. To say this is anything above average is generous.

The mouthfeel is where this brew makes up for previous indiscretions. Sharp hop bite that I can feel eroding a layer of enamel from my bicuspids. Mixed that with a perfect pinch of carbonation and a lovely balance from the malts in the finish. The feel is what keeps me interested in this otherwise average brew.

Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew from Sam Adams. I have not always been a big fan of Double IPAs, but this was an exception

The pour was very big, smooth and you knew there were some hops here. The color was a golden darkish brown, not like a brown ale, but there were hints of dark here.
The aroma was so nice. Hops, Yeast, Malt all came together to deliver a nice smell.
The initial taste, I wasn't overally impressed. It was big and full, perhaps too much. But on my second and third sips, I got to appreciate everything this beer has to offer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head on top. Decent retention leaving a thin cap on top. Nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Very resiny, some citrus fruits, mostly orange, some pine and a little bit of caramel.

T: Again, rather resiny, and while there is some citrus and grapefruit here, it is a bit maltier than I expected. There is some caramel and a little bit of grain.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: It was ok, was hoping that the aroma translated to the flavor a bit more than it did, a little on the malty side for a DIPA.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.