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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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Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.6%

TexAggie011, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Lantern, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a finger of foamy off white head. Small bubbles keep rising from the base of the glass. The head fades to a layer on top of the glass with a bunch of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: This one is malty up front with some mild caramel and cherry. Then the hops show up. The mix is nice, but the smell is pretty mild.

Taste: The hops are much stronger here than they were in the smell. The malt is still there, but the bitterness crushes it. The only issue I have here is that the hops are really bitter but don't have too much flavor other than that. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I'm a big fan of breweries trying to go big like this. I'll always give brewers credit for being adventurous. I hope Sam Adams keeps up this line even if this wasn't my favorite.

oline73, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of gvacca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

gvacca, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Great Divide tulip glass.

Beer puts a crystal clear bronzed amber with about two fingers of off-white head. Some moderate lacing.

Smell: some piney hops and a punch of sweet caramel malt. Perhaps, a hint of smokiness.

Tastes more like an English IPA to me than an American DIPA, not that that's a bad thing. Not a lot of bitterness and a fairly tame dose of hops on the whole. Loads of mild caramel malt, but not too sweet. A touch biscuity as well.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin. Carbonation is appropriate and tree's no hint of alcohol even at 8%.

Overall, nice to see Sam Adams expanding their offerings. This isn't going to blow any hop heads away but it's still a well crafted and balanced beer.

pburland23, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

BucannonXC5, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Chopman50
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Chopman50, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

PrimScrewhead, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

yesyouam, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't ever started off by mentioning the action of the decant, but this one was odd enough to point out. Must be the shape of the bottle that caused it to "glug" in an odd say that concerned me, but I doubt it leads to a big problem. In fact it actually helped create a decent frothy off white head with great lacing. Color was nice as well. Deep orange and crystal clear. The nose presents ample breasts, err, sorry (Kaley Cuoco just distracted me) grapefruit smell, yet the initial quaf begins with a more earthy direction before a touch of bitter grapefruit and the tiniest amount of what seems like anise crosses the tongue. The sensation of this beer is pleasantly creamy in a full bodied vehicle. All around, this isn't too shabby. I'd like to see this with a little more rounded edge, but still not much to bitch about. Fix the "glug"in maybe...

gopens44, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

marct, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a pretty serious light tan head, good retention, pretty nice lacing

S - Bitter hops of both the citrus and pine variety. Biscuit and smokey aromas as well, some well integrated spice too.

T - Slightly malty with citrus flavors initially, spicy flavors show up front as well, dry hop bitterness follows and finishes on the pallet. Spice is evident throughout but probably more so at the finish. Nice dry/bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger more than 5 seconds or so. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry bitterness and spices shine mostly here

M - Medium bodied, pretty drinkable, solid carbonation

O - Pretty surprised with this one, I like it quite a bit. Very dry/bitter/spicy but still super refreshing to me. solid all around

MacQ32, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a bronzish colour with a light tan head. foam abounds with some clinging lace. a balance of sweet cara/toffee maltiness and earthy, grassy, citrus splashed hops. the taste profile is bold and brash...alcohol sting right up front. dirty herbal hoppiness whacks the tongue with a load of blistering bitterness. malt profile has a intense chewy graininess about it...spinning off some fleeting cocoa, toffee and nougat flavours. but as a DIPA should be, the booze and bitterness rule the roost in this one. big, boisterous body here..with a tongue tingling mouthfeel. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is fair...the IBU's really bring the goods here, if you like your socks knocked off.

overall, i'm impressed with the fact that this DIPA offering from SA brings it with some blistering hop bitterness. since it runs on the highly attentuated, dry side...there is no residual sweetness to offset. it's all a matter of taste i suppose considering how you like your DIPA's. i've had too many that are cloyingly sweet, with the hop bill struggling to assert itself. Third Voyage doesn't mess around.

budgood1, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

C2H5, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kenzak, Jan 13, 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
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful cherry coloring with a neat clarity and a medium rise of effervesce. A one finger marshmellow fluff head is sandstone in color and displayed a moderate rate of retention. Milky thick lace clumps to the vessel for lace.

S: For aroma toasted grains with pine needles and dry forest underbrush. The scent was light to moderate in strength, more on the ipa rather imperial level.

T: The flavor had a dry and pungent offering of simcoe hop flower cones and pine. Dry toasted grains, grapefruit, woodsy forest brush and a very good level of hoppiness.

M: Tingly carbonation, near full body, with a spicy dry citrus and pine bite. Dry flowery lace.

O: Overall dry flowery ipa with a solid show of hoppiness. Sam adams makes good here by style long overdue.

beerthulhu, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall: While my impression on Third Voyage was a good one, it's too heavy a beer to enjoy regularily. Its overpowered character could stand alone without the caramel notes that surface in its taste.

Appearance: Deep garnet red when held to the light, otherwise it holds a rich mahogany color. Good carbonation with a heavy two finger head. Good lacing.

Smell: Hoppy; bitters; citrus zest; maple.

Taste: Holds a thick, honey-sweet hickory flavor. A very bitter and woody brew that oddly balances off with caramel sweetness. Brings memories of burnt hickory-smoked bacon drenched in maply syrup... minus the saltiness of the bacon.

Mouthfeel: An upfront thickness weighs in but fades to a good, crisp finish.

Batch #1 - sampled from an Ommegang tulip glass.

sailorastro, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BucsNBucks, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Luigi
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!!!

Luigi, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

BelgianBeerHog26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter glass. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, floral, caramel, pine, herbal, biscuit, honey, and a bit of booze. Some nice and fairly well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, honey, pine, herbal, biscuit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, honey, and herbal spice on the finish for a bit. Great overall balance of flavor and bitterness in this; not over the top like some DIPAs. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for being 8%; and the alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very straightforward and balanced DIPA offering from Sam Adams. Very enjoyable and drinkable; with some big citrus flavor.

superspak, Jan 10, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear reddish gold with a thick white two-finger cream head that stays around.

S: It has a very nice blend of spicy, citrus and slight pine hops that are clean and subtle.

T: A sweet malt bill, but is covered almost entirely by the bitterness of the hop. Way too much bitter that over powers the malt character. Aftertaste is like you have been chewing on pine needles.

M: Fairly thick and chewy. Sits heavy. Carbonating is correct level

O: The aroma is great, but the taste is way over bittered with pine.

codsmith, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jlarowe, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Rekrule, Jan 09, 2012
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.