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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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997 Ratings

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 997 | Reviews: 335
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.

4.0 A: Nearly clear orange amber color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is average, but the glass is at least half covered with lacing.

4.0 S: Solid, well rounded nose. Hops are flowery and earthy foremost with citrus secondary. It's interesting to smell how different the non-US cascade hops are. They are definitely more earthy than what I'm used to. Malts deliver healthy contributions themselves. Caramel with a surprising amount of toffee. Sweet doughiness and light fruits. Definitely some barleywine character in this. Overall there isn't a hell of a lot of hops in here, but it still smells great allowing the malts to contribute.

4.0 T: This is of the DFH 90 Minute class of DIPAs, which is a class I like very much. Hops are again floral foremost and earthy, herbal, and citrusy second. Low bitterness. Malts give caramel, toffee, light fruitiness, and a slight doughiness. Alcohol is perceived at its 8.0% level.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess.

4.0 D: Solid throughout. Easy to drink and great balance between hops and malts. Probably one of my favorite SA beers.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red orange amber. One finger fine light tan head dissipates somewhat quickly leaving lacing. Aroma of piney hops, grapefruit, light malt. Flavor follows, starting with somewhat subdued hops, light malt, citrus. Finish is dry and somewhat astringent, with a bitterness not support by hops flavor. A woody, resinous element to the finish that somewhat balances the dry flatness, but doesn't redeem it. Medium bodied. A satisfactory IPA, but there are better ones out there. Interesting to try once.

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of daverdave
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of alkemy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bomber…

A- Pours a clear copper/orange. Big billowing light tan head with good retention and tons of lacing. I know it's picky, but I'm dinging it a little here cause I like a little crud in my IPA's.

S- Nose is hoppy pine right off the bat, but quickly gets malty. More orange than grapefruit and a hint of burnt sugar.

T- Follows the aroma pretty closely. For me, the sweet maltiness infused with caramel is forward followed by the hoppy goodness...good amount of pine here as well. Nice lingering grapefruit finish. No noticeable alcohol presence.

M- I feel like they hit this pretty solid. Sticky and syrupy feeling. Way more than I expected with the crystal clear appearance. Non-biting carbonation helps with the substantial feel.

D- Pretty drinkable. I'd like to see this more hop-forward, but that's my preference. Despite this, I like this beer and it would be pretty easy to down multiples of this one. Weird but the overall is better than the sum of it's parts.

Photo of dwduncan2
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of electtodefer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice light mahogany color with a creamy tan two finger head that disappeared mighty quickly.

S - Nice pine aroma upfront, then caramel, toffee, and butter and malt.

T - Meh. Really ordinary. Little toffee and malt up front then wham! Hop bitterness. That's about it.

M - Little sticky, abundant bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a good long while. I think I might still be tasting it.

O - Well, I don't know. It's not bad. Tastes like a lot of other nameless brews, but it's not terrible either. Just kind of...plain, Jane.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a gorgeous dark shade of transparent cherry with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks really nice, but I don't expect a DIPA to be cherry-tinted....but regardless, very nice looking

S- I think there's a decent bit of simcoe in this, because I'm getting a lot of cat piss in the aroma. Note: I don't like cat piss

T- really, really overly sweet....almost tough to drink. No real hop bitterness. Kind of a mess

M- syrupy. Too syrupy. Ugh

O- yeah, I think this one might be better a little fresher, but it's turned into an absolute mess with a whopping month of age on it. No thanks.

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of smerrell
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one surprised me in its sweetness. The aroma is very nice,and the head stays around fora long time. At first, I noticed honey notes,but after reading other reviews,I certainly get the butter flavor. The hops are assertive and help this beers lot.

Not a bad beer,although I might not go out of my way to have it again.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coachdonovan
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No bottling or best-by date, just "Batch No. 1"

First reviews are from 10/29, so it can't be THAT old. i had a small sample of this from a big-breasted distributor rep back in November, but i don't remember anything remarkable (good or bad).

Color is pretty close to amber, pretty close to clear. Billowing head is the color of "white" sand and clumps of it stick around forever, both on top of the beer and stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma strikes a good balance between citrus hops and sweet malt, to which it may lean a bit too much.

WTF- flavors are all over the place and way out of whack. First recognizable taste is straight butter, literally. Hops sweep through a second or two later and try to wipe that out with bittterness. That works at first, but there is an odd grainy finish.

I was pretty pleased with getting a bomber of 8% for less than six bucks, but in the end this was a chore to finish. Disappointing after such a good look and aroma.

Photo of fwiz
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my maisel's weisse pilsner glass. (I know it’s a DIPA I just like the glass)

Appearance: Beer pours a nice red amber color with a big 2 finger head that last a long time, and then falls to a lot of lace down the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt, caramel, piney hops and a bit of honey. Some citrus fruit like pineapple or grapefruit in the background.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell, with great bitterness and citrus from the cascade hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Average carbonation. Nice bitter, dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer from Sam Adams. I must admit I'm not that big of a fan of Sam Adams beers but this was a very good one. They do make a good white ale.

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A nice lighter mahogany color with a fluffy white head that receded at a slower rate than most do, but didn't last forever as I have seen from some beers with such a nice head to start out. Lacing is caked on to the back of the glass, covering a good 65% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Some caramel hides behind a pretty big, bitter hop aroma. A hint of pine and other woody flavors creep in as well.

TASTE: Wow. I was not expecting much, but this is a pretty tasty DIPA. A lot more pine and caramel on this one than I expected given the nose and the bitterness is just right, building as the glass fades away.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice stickiness, but with a decent, tickling sparkle to keep it from being too mouthcoating. A sweeter start with a dry finish really make this feel as well balanced as it tastes.

OVERALL: A fairly impressive offering from Sam Adams. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one going in, but I am pleasantly surprised and will certainly reach for this one again at some point in the future if they brew it again.

Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oline73
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of gvacca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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