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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
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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4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
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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4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

NEAR PERFECT.
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.
LOVE TO ALL

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4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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