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

989 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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Reviews by PintOHops:
Photo of PintOHops
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Coppery colored brew with little carbonation and high clarity. It produced a 2-finger head that looks soapy, and it held well. I got some nice splashy lacing left on my glass.

S - Herbal and resinous hop notes upfront. Pretty floral throughout with notes of rye bread and caramel. Not much else.

T - The first thing I pick up is alcohol with alcohol related flavors such as prune and fig. It's pretty sweet but not sweet enough to make you sick of it mid beer. Herbal/rind hop characteristics are there but don't stand out as much as I expected. I also pick up a bit of caramel, and bread like flavors from the malt. It finishes with moderate bitterness, dryness, alcohol, and dark fruit.

M - Full bodied with lite crispness and a creamy feel.

O - I'm not wowed by this beer, but I do think it's pretty good. The appearance is really nice to me, the smell is what I would expect from the style, and a little boring, and the taste is good and balanced. Overall I thought it was good, but I'd probably pass for something else next time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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 npala86
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
1/5  rDev -72.5%

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 SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 40451
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JoeD15
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Skye1024
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JC333
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LeffeHanded
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 westcott
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.