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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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334 Reviews

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 1,005
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 63 | 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:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get really fruity smells from the variety of cascade hops they use plus a melon smell with some sweet roasted malts. It smells reminiscent of their Latitude 48 but with a fruity melon and resinous twist to it from the hops they use. I also get a little bit of a spruce pine smell as well. This is a very smooth beer with the fruitiness right up front along with that melon taste just unveiling itself and then the sweet roasted caramel malts follow and then ending with the fruity citric piney herbal and spruce bitter finish.

It tastes like an earthy resinous very deep and rich flavored hoppy IPA all in one. It has a variety of complex hop flavors like I said ranging from melon and fruits in the beginning to a very nice herbal spruce pine finish. Its a perfect combination of the 2. It has a sweet silky body and mouthfeel and really in my mind matches up with a lot of the top notch DIPA's that I've had.

I love that you can't really taste the alcohol from this but can kinda sorta feel the heat in the throat just a tad. Other than that the alcohol taste is masked by the fruity melon hop tastes. Its like their Latitude 48 just with a more complex hop taste. Get this beer it proves Samuel Adams can make a more complex beer than a lot of people give them credit for and honestly in my opinion stands with the best IPA's I've tried from the West coast and East coast.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I took (at least) a third voyage into my cellar to find this baby. Today's meaningless Steelers game is not being telecast over-the-air today and I have no pressing desire to voyage into the cold. Perhaps later, but not right now.

From the bottle: "Bright and Intense with a Vivid Hop Punch"; "This unique double IPA takes the style's origins a step further. IPAs were born out of making an ale that could sustain a lon voyage. For our take, we were inspired by the indomitable 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."; "At Samuel Adams, we love experimenting. This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations. Batch No. 1".

Not only did my pour create a finger-and-a-half of dense, foamy tawny head with good retention, but the room smelled like grapefruit juice was being sprayed from an atomizer as air freshener! Color was a deep-coppery amber with NE-quality clarity. As the head began to fall, I was presented with some lovely sticky lacing in its wake. Holding the lass up to my nose, I got caramel malt commingling with the citrusy hops. The first mouthful was initially wildly hoppy and full, giving 'way to a caramel sweetness as it warmed. The finish had a toffee, anise and lemon/grapefruit flavor, if that can be reconciled in anyone else's mind. Phew! To say that it was dry would be an understatement. I began to hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. It is precisely beers like this that make me a self-described hophead. You may chase all of the RISs and Sours that you like as long as you leave this kind of beer for me.

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Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep ruby color with a rich two/three finger off white head. The retention is nice sticky lace around the glass and blankets the top of the ale. Man this DIPA looks great in a snifter!!

The aroma is rich with a beautiful balance of malt and hop. A little bit on the English side. Biscuit malt, caramel, toasted malt with a hint of smokiness. The hops pull through and are just strong enough. Citrus and pine notes from the hop. No alcohol detected.

The taste is just a rich version of the aroma. Toasted malt with caramel hints. Biscuits, some grapefruits, blended with the spiciness of the cascade hops. Even hints of honey!

Medium/full bodied finished dry with hop and malt flavors lingering. At ABV 8% this DIPA is drinks very easy.

Hands down I am a sucker for IPA's that have English character to. No doubt I am a fan of these super hoppy DIPA's. But for once, here is an example of perfect balance. This ale is delicious!!!

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A NICE show on the pour. tan caramel head up to 3 fingers worth, showing a cloudy orange hue and sticky , BEAUTIFUL lacing you know right off this is a serious, for real brew.

S malty, sweet and also strong, piney hops, somehow both dominate.

T almost TOO sweet, but in a good way, also with an extra hoppy side

M thick and rich this one delivers much more than expected.

D certainly no session beer, this is a truly LOVELY creation to be savored!!! highest marks here.
ALSO - this makes me think of a barely wine it's so rich and thick.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful looking beer. A deep amber, perfectly clear, with a generous fluffy head that sticks to the glass at every opportunity.

S: I was shocked by how nice the aroma is on this beer! I wasn't expecting much, being Samuel Adams who seems to be hit or miss with me. This one is defiantly a hit, right on the nose! This is citrusy, piney, and earthly all in the same volley. The hops take presence over this backdrop of sweet caramel and toasted bread.

T: Bitterness is firm, but doesn't mask all the other flavor marks. The prominent hop flavor comes across as a kind of deep pine and light floral taste, which dominates the mid-palate. The finish is a deep toasted bread with dribbles of caramel syrup over it taste. Quite excellent I may say.

M: It is somewhat sweet in the finish, but has a nice strong level of carbonation and a big enough body to carry those flavors around your mouth.

D: This drinks right down the middle, I find myself not wanting to drink it so fast, so I can enjoy it before the bottle and glass are empty.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. About an inch of good-looking head. Nice white bubbly lacing spread out fairly equally. Even film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops. Tangerine and orange seemed to come out on top. Smelled pretty damn good.

Citrus hops right away on the taste. More grapefruit than the nose, but orange and tangerine are still around. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. So good, so smooth. Not too much to complain about.

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Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

Solid looking DIPA, a nice red-orange color with a huge, steadfast head. Aroma is also quite nice, it's upfront hoppy and grapefruity, with some sweet malts. The taste is a nice strong citrus hop, with some nice floral aspects and a smooth caramel finish. The mouthfeel is a little under-carbonated, but otherwise nice and creamy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a great DIPA from Sam Adams, and I think this would slot very nicely into their 4-pack Imperial Series. I'd buy plenty of it!

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Photo of msondel
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Part of the Sam Adams IPA variety pack. This is one of the easiest to drink double IPAs and my favorite in the variety pack. This has a smooth taste and not as bitter as I expect from a double IPA. The short story describing each of the beers in the variety pack is also interesting to me.

I would definitely order this one again. I hope Sam Adams releases some of these outside of the mix pack.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their new bomber into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured 2 thick fingers of fluffy lite orange/tan cumulus clouds. Color is a beautiful rich copper, a liquid penny. Big fluffy laces from each sip, very nice.

Smell - Smells fantastic - dark toffee, sweet citrus, nice grassy notes and a touch of pine.

Taste - Wow, this is really nice. A great complexity here - starts with big citrussy hops and carmel, then grassy hops and citrus rind, then dry grapefruit zest, finishing off with some chewy pine resin. No big punches here, but a wonderfully blanced and complex transition. Not overly sweet, there is a great malty carmel backbone that carries all the hoppy variations thru the sip. Finish is dry and piny, with little pockets of toffee and citrus left in the corners of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, nice juiciness from the citrus. Carb is somewhat low which lends to the smoothness, and really lets the flavors coat the mouth.

Overall - I'll tell you what, this is really a fantastic DIPA. The 8% ABV is very well hidden, and makes the bomber easier to finish. I hope Sammy decides to keep this available in bombers year round, two thumbs way up from me. Give this one a try.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was psyched to see this beer arrive at my local bottle shop... We usually don't get the limited SA releases here...

Surprisingly dark with some reddish tinges, this DIPA from SA brings an assault of hops to the nose... Citrusy and grapefruity in nature, I'm a little take aback at the sheer hoppiness on the nose, especially after reading some earlier reviews... Its pungent and sticky and dank.. What? Yep, I said it... Smells awesome...

Wave after wave of unrelenting hoppiness punish the palate with each sip and have me on a hop-high in a short amount of time... I'm shocked at how juicy and crisp this is and I've a good mind to contact the folks at Sam Adams and ask them why the hell they haven't been making this beer all along... I'm enjoying the hell out of this... Long slow bitter finish with a tinge of sweetness from the malts...

One of the more enjoyable brews I've had in a while actually... I loved this beer... It reminded me of SN Celebration Ale at times...

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Photo of nukem5
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Hop-tology sampler case and I thought it was the best of the bunch.Triple cascade hops indeed!

A: Ours a great looking amber color with a nice foamy cap and some big lacing down glass. This really looks appetizing and delicious ... yummy.

S: Aroma is a big ol' kick to the head, the cascade hops are very inviting and then on second smell you get some of the sweet roasty malts that help make this one a great drinking experience.

T: Sip...Great citrusy punch with a good base malt to steer to the next...Sip...caramels and earthy...Sip... I bet you wish you had one right now if your reading this...Sip... Taste is well balanced and a lots of flavors mixing well.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with a great carbonation level not to bubbly but enough to cleanse the palate for the next sip to soak into the tongue. I had this with a nice crisp garden salad.

O: Overall I will definitely buy this again ...please make this available for case purchases... thanks to all at Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of BmoreBeerGuy
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date.

A: Poured a dark copper color with decent head more tan than white. Nice laciness remained as head dissolved.

S: Very earthy, dry hopping clearly added strong pine scent. Slight notes of citrus though the earthiness definitely takes over. Could smell this beer all day long.

T: First sips seemed a little too strong with the pine/grass flavor but was eventually balanced nicely with caramel malt and a little citrus hoppiness. Finish is excellent with very nice piney hop flavor lasting well after the final sip. Definitely need to enjoy hops to drink this one.

M: Medium bodied with a about average carbonation. About what you'd expect.

O: I was a little skeptical going into this one but was pleasantly surprised. Delicious earthy hops start with the aroma and follow through with every sip. The best offering I've tasted from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright ruby, with a one inch off white head, nice looking lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, and a little breadyness. Taste is all of those, with a bitter grapefruit finish that surprises you. Body is nice, but different than most DIPA's. Plenty of carbonation. This drinks and looks more like a hoppy strong ale. I had know idea this beer was coming, so glad I bought 3 of them. Impressed and $5.99 is a solid price.

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Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper with a 1+ finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of grapefruit pine hop and candy bubble gum malt

taste is very solid - one of the best SA offerings - again pine hop resin grapefruit carmal english pale malt

mouthfeel is a very smooth and creamy medium body with decent carbonation

overall this a crazy drinkable dipa that i would buy again

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rich foam head. The foam slowly dies down and turns into a great lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel, Candied Citrus, Tangerine, Grapefruit

T: Some pine, grapefruit, burnt caramel, tangerine, and some light lemony notes

M: Rich, Thick with a medium low carbonation

O: Very Tasty!! I was very surprised. This beer hits all of my favorite flavors in one; sweet caramel, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and some pine resin. This was definitely worth the price I paid for it. I will definitely buy some more before it runs out.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 22oz bottle the other day at The Beer Store ($5.99) and will now enjoy it while watching some NFL football... This batch #1 has an interesting blurb on the label about Capt. Cook and Cascade hops.

My nonic is now filled with a clear, deep copper-hued liquid. Carbo is sparse, and moves in slow-motion towards the surface. Up top sits a fine, thin creamy layer of off-white bubbles, and lacing is plentiful. Aroma displays plenty of citrus, along with a good amount of rindyness. Feel is very low on the prickle level and fairly high on smoothness, along with a medium-plus body.

I wasn't expecting as much malt as I'm finding here. A healthy dose of caramel malt, with a smidge of honey, layers the palate with some nice sweetness. That is soon offset by a more-than-healthy dose of lupulins. The citrus is plentiful, with resiny, piney, earthy hops coating the tongue and lingering long after the liquid has vacated the premises. I'm really liking this one, and the $5.99 price is very reasonable for a solid DIPA. Prosit!!

4.4 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice doulbe IPA. It's strong tasting. Bitter. And on top of that, creamy. It is near perfect in the glass. No, make that perfect.

The aroma is strong, but it could be stronger. If it had a better aromatic character it would be perfect. As it is, I just had the most pleasurable burp!

This really is a nice brew and I would buy it again if it were more economical. As it is, it's a very nice treat.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of the three Sam Adams bomber (22 oz.) bombers I have sampled, Third Voyage is named for James Cook's voyage from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Accordingly, there are Cascade hops from each of these regions which, combined with the dense, delicious malt structure, make a terrific DIPA.

Two fingers of white froth top a clear orange-amber body with golden trim. Dense lacing on the Duvel tulip, and a sound head duration, make this a beautiful beer to behold. Good sweet smells, with ample citrus (grapefruit and orange) with perhaps a hint of cherry, and lots of biscuit and caramel malt.

While Third Voyage is a remarkably well-balanced DIPA, the Cascade and Simcoe Hops make this hop-forward DIPA a real treat. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, with some grassy notes, very sweet all around, with a bite in the finish. The malt character is solid, smooth, and rich with biscuit and caramel malt. The honey malt combines adroitly with the sweet hop flavor to make for an almost candied taste; superb.

Good texture, with the malt making it a bit more smooth than the grit I was hoping for. However, Third Voyage maintains sufficient DIPA characteristics, even in the mouthfeel, to satisfy hop lovers--more hop flavor than hop texture on the tongue, Third Voyage is an excellent DIPA. Shy of more hop grit, this is about the kind of DIPA I was hoping Sam Adams would produce, and Third Voyage should be a regular offering. This was simply superb, a full-bodied, very flavorful DIPA that one ought not miss. Unequivocally recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the Small Batch Collection.

Grapefruit/lemon aroma. Pours deep copper body with large beige head. Head retention was substantial followed by a generous lacing of the glass. Taste is citrus, grapefruit upfront. Bread and slightly sour notes with a boozy finish. A very good sipping beer!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Third Voyage is a very clear, dense copper ale with a thick, bubbly, pale yellow foam that has outstanding retention. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma that's grassy and juicy. Sweet caramel is detected. It's smooth, creamy and full bodied. The finish is a little dry, chewy and a touch gritty. It's pretty sweet from start to finish. The bitterness is there, but the malt takes all the edge off of that. It kind of tastes like... a caramel coated lime. The aftertaste is pretty much straight grapefruit. This tastes nice. This seems like a dessert IPA, if there's such a thing.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours an amber-red crystal-clear body with over an inch of rather persistent off-white head. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and pine comprise the aroma. Bright hop flavors burst through in the flavor, with lemon, orange, and grapefruit dominating and pith and pine notes, as well as toffee malt notes just barely balancing this hop bomb. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An easy drinker, despite the robust flavors and abv. A pretty damn good IIPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Shiny deep copper body, excellent clarity, topped by five fingers of off-white micro-bubbly foam. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy with grapefruit, with a solid pine undercurrent.

Strong solid caramel foundation. Big bursts of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow. More fruit in the afterglow.

Big slick mouthfeel delivers a solid load.

A tasty DIPA, worthy of at least one bottle, and maybe three.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sam Adams - Third Voyage Double IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

I will say first off that I am not usually overly impressed with Sam Adams, they have been hit-or-miss in the past with me.

Look - Pours caramel with a slight reddish hue. Hearty, foamy head. Slightly filtered, no noticeable carbonation.

Smell - Smooth hops smell, slight hint of caramel.

Taste - Caramel sweetness followed by a wave of smooth hops, just like it smells. Ends a bit on the bitter side, citrus.

Mouthfeel - Not overwhelming, drinkable for sure, the initial taste beats the aftertaste here.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised with this Sam Adams brew.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.