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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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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sheepdog, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ummswimmin, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

mpayne5, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GFG, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: brownish-red with a finger or so off an off-white head. leaves a lacing and nice clarity

Smell: hops, just straight strong hops. could use a little bit of maltiness

Taste: citrus hops, some earthy hops, a hint of caramelly malts. very hop strong, i wish the maltiness could play in a bit stronger to battle with the big strong hops

Mouthfeel: pretty sticky and super bitter aftertaste

Overall: I like by DIPA's with a stronger malt base to go along with the intense hops and found this one a bit lacking. not undrinkable or bad but just not the kind that i really like

SportsandJorts, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

constantine_272, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head, good retention and left an average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh cut grass, orange citrus, baked bread. Full bodied, this double IPA had a foundation of toasted malt, bitter hops, and tea. Overall, not a bad double IPA but I expected a bit more out of this offering. Little light on the hops.

GossageBrewery, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of pzrhsau
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Soapy tanish colored head with a bright amber copper body.
S: Bitter floral pine aroma with hints of citrus (specifically grapefruit).
T: The beer has a really strong bitter pine hop flavor that hits your right in the teeth. Bitter and really overpowering but has a pleasant resiny fruity citrus candy sugar after taste.
D/M: Very crisp and big bodied beer with not much of a presence of alcohol. A little too much hops for my taste but very good ipa character.

pzrhsau, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby-amber. Big creamy white head. Aroma is weak. Label states Cascade and Simcoe, but I get faint earthy hops like an English IPA. Low carbonation leaving a smooth silky mouthfeel. Not bad, but not something I'd ever go back to when looking for an IPA fix.

rab53, Oct 29, 2011
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.

Jason, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Third Voyage pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. It has a reddish tint that’s apparent when held to light. An off-white head stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s rather quick to recede, but leaves a nice coat of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is okay. It’s not bad, but it is rather average for a DIPA. It’s not very strong at all. It features some caramel malt up front. It definitely smells sweet and sugary. There are some interesting hop notes that follow. They’re rather subdued and secondary. Perhaps a little too muted by the strong malt presence. Nevertheless, the hops smell citric, featuring grapefruit and orange scents. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is a little better. The malt base does feature quite the dose of caramel malt. It is quite sweet. Not my favorite thing. Hops are a little stronger. They feature citric grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors. There’s only a hint of bitterness. It’s honestly pretty well balanced. Also not my favorite thing for a DIPA. There are some light piney hop flavors that emerge late. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t seem too strong. Finishes sweet and malty with a touch of pine.

Third Voyage has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It definitely has a nice, smooth feel. Mouthfeel is probably its strongest attribute. True story. In terms of drinkability, it’s just okay. It’d be better if I enjoyed the flavor a little more.

Third Voyage is a somewhat less than interesting release from Boston Beer Company. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Honestly, it just seems like a bigger version of one of the Latitude 48 varieties. It suffers the same flaw – it needs more hops! If you’re into Latitude 48, you’ll probably dig it. If not, you’ll probably find it to be just okay. Probably worth a try in any event.

prototypic, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Koufax21
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It comes out a deep red with an 1" full off white head and laces the glass nicely. It smell of English hop. I really with it would've had the aroma of their Simcoe Lattitude 48. The taste was above average with some sweet caramel malt backbone. The hops in the bittering seem to be predominately American. Mouthfeel was a bit on the overcarbonated side but still adequate. Pretty good beer overall, but I'd have a tough time passing up the equally priced Stone Ruination that sits right next to it at my bottle shop.

Koufax21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up out of morbid curiosity & hell, to do my tiny little part to encourage Boston to keep up with the branching out into wilder brews. Plus, sadly, one doesn't see too many $5 bombers in the Minnesota area. Batch 1. Nifty 22 oz. bomber split into two old tulips.

Pour a nice clay-like reddish, a clear, filtered clay. Strong grapefruit as the bottle pops open, with highlights of citrus & sweet malt. Pretty doggone nice.

Third Voyage's nose outperforms the tastiness. Too heavy on the malt for my tastes, the sweet malt is upfront & jiggling for the crowd before the hops have a chance to take off their shawls. Plenty of caramel candy. Hops are in the back seat, earthy, bitter, but with minimal flavor. This is a burly beer, too heavy, without the hops to lighten it up.

Disappointed after the nice nose. This is a pretty good beer with promise. The malt base is a smile & nod, but it needs a serious does of hops to bring it up to spec. So close.

maximum12, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a tight puffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with a wall of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of a floral grapefruit hop. The malt provides some breadiness with honey sweetness. Not particuliarly strong for the style.

The first flavor that steps out is a smooth bready honey malt. A nice base for a DIPA. This is followed by a grapefruit rind and piney hop profile. Quite earthy and bitter. A bit of a metal taste from the hops. More tropical fruit notes pop out as it warms.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance to begin with but does end with a dry asprin bitterness.

More earthy than vibrant, more bitter than flavorful. It is not sweet and I appreciate that; not a sugary tropical fruit hop bomb. However it is mostly bitter, I would like to see more grapefruit aroma and flavor.

Gmann, Nov 18, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Moderate pine hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some caramel with pine hops, lingering bitter finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams : Third Voyage Double IPA

Appearance: 22oz bottle. Pours perfectly clear deep orange with an impressive foamy cap. Makes a fine display of lace.

Smell: Balanced nose of nutty malts, orange zest, citrus oil, and floral notes. Clean alcohol is on the fringes but does not interfere.

Taste: Earth, pine, grapefruit, and mild spice can all be attributed to the hops. The malt body is mostly caramel, some honey and bread notes follow. One of the more balanced Imperial IPAs you will find, with only a small lingering herbal bitterness, otherwise I'd say it was dead even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, alittle syrupy, creamy even. There's a small hop bite but not too sharp.

Overall: Enjoyable, the most mainstream double IPA I've had, may be able to convert some Sam Adams Boston Lager drinkers to the dark side.

Stinkypuss, Nov 23, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: 1/2 finger head; clear; copper color
S: surprisingly not aromatic; hop aroma dissipates quickly, leaving malt (slightly metallic)
T: aggressive DIPA flavor; medium complexity; very strong on the grasses; good, sweet malt
M: thick, viscous

Compares well to Flying Dog double IPA

Arithmeticus, May 16, 2012
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chimay chalice. Batch no. 1 on bottle.

A: deep Amber, light copper color, with a minimal frothy off white head. Great full coating of lacing around the glass.

S: weak citrus and pine hop aromas. It took a real agitating swirl to get a decent whiff. Smooth sweet aromas of pale and caramel malts.

T: pine and floral hop flavor up front, mixes well with a light sweet malt. Turns quite bitter and citrusy towards the finish. All in all the flavor is very balanced. Nothing quite as "vivid and intense" as the label promises.

M: light-medium body, lighter carbonation, and quite drinkable. A little dry on the finish.

O: not bad, but not what I expected. It's more of a smooth, easy drinking dipa with no hint at its abv. for that, it succeeds, but I was hoping for a bigger hop presence considering it boasting 3 types of cascades and Simcoe hops.

ReelBigwigFish, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a distinct reddish cast. Tall tan head. This could be called a shade of red.

Smell is neutral with some leafy herbs and a little toffee smell. Honestly though this is nearly without a smell.

Starts out sweet with a strong butter and herbs flavor. Strong bitterness but this tastes more like the British style of IPA. Mostly this is just herbal and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just OK. This needs considerable dry hopping to make it interesting.

Zorro, Dec 19, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Dark amber with 1-2 fingers of head with great retention. Excellent clarity and very aggressive carbonation.

Caramel malts with notes of toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith, notes of blackberry.

Upfront – Blackberry, hints of concord grape, sugar coated navel orange
Mid-palate – Rich caramel, hints of toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith
Finish – Surprisingly sweet and candy-like. Notes of pine needle and grapefruit rind.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, sticky and dry.

Has unique hop flavors consisting of blackberry and grape from the New Zealand hops. A bit malt-heavy for a DIPA yet remains easy drinking and candy-like. Don’t expect a huge American hop explosion but rather a balanced and unique DIPA sporting NZ hops.

justintcoons, Jul 31, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A- Pours a clear reddish copper body with a 2-finger off white head that shows some good lasting power and some really very nice lacing. A little darker than I thought.

S- A touch of malt around resiny pine and citrus hops. There's also a hint of grassiness as well. Nothing really stands out, but is pretty mellow.

T- A citrusy, yet sweet, hop presence, a slight piney hint, and some caramel maltiness. Mostly bland and metallic.

MF- Medium bodied with just a little carbonation after the pour.

LtCracker20, Nov 11, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

came with the ipa sampler

this was a decent brew, poured a murky amber orange with some suspended sediment. smell was piney and flowery, taste followed with moderate bitterness and a boozy aftertaste.

honestly could pass as a single ipa, not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

jimmah120, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head fades away slowly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with lots of bready malt in the background.

T - Lots of sweaty hop flavor up front with a bit of caramel. Grapefruit and pithy bitterness in the middle and a finish of citrus, pine and a strong, asprin-like bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is quite nice and while the flavor starts out promising, the bitterness is quite harsh and really ruins the overall experience. The malt profile is kind of muddy and really doesn't do anything to push back against the excessively harsh hops. This really could have been much better than it is if the hops had been used more wisely.

nickfl, Aug 30, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -7.7%

weeare138, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz out of the IPA mix pack... Poured into my slim goblet.... very nice lacing and retention... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber...

Nose is pretty hoppy ... some big citrus and lesser pine that are fenced in by a healthy dose of caramel/toasty maltiness..

Flavor is better... nice bitterness... pithy bitter hoppiness up front and unrelenting.. the bruising bitterness makes this seem very one dimensional ... The malts are way in the background until it warms up a bunch.

Not sure what I think about this one... I like, but it doesn't "grab" me.


JohnGalt1, May 04, 2012
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.