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

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BA SCORE
83
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable complex DIPA. I was expecting more "white wine" flavour from the New Zealand hops. Rather I appreciated that each glass (I finished this bomber solo) gave a different enjoyable fruity flavour. Lots of citrus. Great hop melange aroma. Above average mouthfeel, no shredding for the style was pleasant. Better than wine with my lunch.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper color capped by an inch or so of foam; a few shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: Toffee and tropical fruit (guava, papaya and grapefruit)

Taste: Toffee and the tropical fruit flavors from the aroma, up front, with growing bitterness in the middle; after the swallow, the toffee and tropical fruit flavors balance each other out through the finish; there is some residual honey sweetness that lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; surprisingly creamy

Overall: I think this beer is misunderstood by many reviewers who are disappointed that it is not a West Coast style DIPA; my view is that this is an American take on a traditional English IPA beer that is able to withstand the long voyage - thinking of it that way; there is a nice malt/hop combination that can withstand the passage of time in a way that is complementary (unlike the West Coast DIPA that withers on the vine after a few months)

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

Straight and narrow, Boston Beer Co. builds a no-frills IPA that hits all the halmarks of the style in totally moderate fashion through and through.

The IPA pours with a crystal clear sheen of copper and medium amber. Off white foam forms a sturdy cap upon the beer with tremendous retention and thick rings of lace attached. Aside from the brigh clarity, the beer is exactly what's to be expected of IPAs.

Light caramel and barley malt provide the supple aromas and act as a springboard for the more zesty and brightly citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Though not as sharp or as intense as many of the style, the hop-forward balance is decorated with the alcohol scent of clean ethynol.

Super-clean flavors of light caramel and medium kilned barley malt gives a light bready impression to accompany the supple caramel sweetness. Spicy and fresh citrusy flavors of red grapefruit, orange zest, and floral grasses greatly dictate the flavor profile and use the caramel sweetness to inform the hops of the citric sweetness that's normally present in the pulp of the fruits. Cleanly bitter with a resiny finish of citrus pith that lingers long past the finish. Clean alcohol flavor are void of estery fruit flavor or spicy phenols- very neutral and moderate throughout.

Mild and moderate, the beer forms an early malty creaminess that's short lived, allowing for a quick dryness of hop resins and bitter citrus quality. Mild warmth and evaporate dryness from alcohol and hops usher in the long bitter finish and crisp aftertaste.

A solid IPA that exhibits very neutral flavors and in moderate fashion. It hits all the requirements for great IPAs but excel at none. Highly drinkable, but nearly over looked.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops is quite powerful and balanced with strong sweet caramel malt base. Taste is a mix between some citrus and piney hops notes with a sweeter then expected malt backbone with caramel and toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. A bit more of a pronounced hops presence with residual sugar would have provided greater enjoyment of this one IMHO.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with lots of lace. Clear, amber with crimson hues.

S: nice citrus with floral, oak and vanilla notes. Not very aromatous but enough.

T: overall a fairly tame DIPA. Caramel and biscuit malts up front with a Smooth transition to a citrus and pine laden hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: it is a good beer but not very memorable. It certainly is held back for a DIPA. I would drink it again but perhaps this is a DIPA for the masses and not a DIPA snob

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste.

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color with a big fluffy white head that didn't quit. It had a really good lacing and retention. The smell of the beer wasn't hoppy like more Imerial IPA's out there. The nose has a slight sweetness to it with some earthy hop aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't that hoppy either, I'm not sure how they did this since there were supposed to be hops like crazy in this beer. The taste was soft and very drinkable though I was just hoping for something a little more abrasive I guess. The mouthfeel was was creamy, not too carbonated but still not too bad. Overall I was hoping for something a little more from this, but I still found it to be pretty good.

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich copper/bronze with a well defined 1/2 white head atop,great clarity to the pour.Very light citric hops and sweet alcohol in the nose,very light for the style in my opinion.Like most beers of the style I think its to sweet on the palate,sugary and caramel sweetness to me overtakes the citric hops,a little boozy in the finish.Par for the course as far as the style goes,its good for the style,I have, and am becoming more disenchanted in this style.My least favorite of the new Sam Adams Batch series.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finishing up this new line of SA bombers here. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises musty pine needles, lightly minty balsa, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of celery, mint, light cilantro, dark greens, dusty pine, honey, sweet caramel, and dry, flaky biscuit. A strange, minty bitterness pervades long after the liquid leaves my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I'm not a fan of this DIPA. The hop mixture just didn't work for me, and the dry bitterness at the end made it hard to go back to the glass for more. It's not all bad, but nothing I really wanna have again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great great ipa with an even better idea behind it. taking cascade hops from three regions, the uk, new Zealand, and the pacific northwest and putting them into the same brew as ah homage to james cook, its brilliant. it pours dakrer than expected with quite a bit of amber tinted caramel malt color to it, active carbonation and a frothy white head that looks more like ocean foam than beer topping, just lovely. the beer is a little cloudy, and it emits aomas of zesty citrus rind, alpha acid, and sour patch kids. its mouthwatering and refreshing in one sniff. the malt contributes a lot more to the flavor than to the nose, with some sweetness and an almost graham crackery grain complex that supports the increasingly bitter hops very well. the beer is balanced well for being so aggressively hopped, and the alcohol is disguised expertly. I love the way I can twirl my glass just a little and awaken a massive new head on it. it is visual evidence of a very creamy mouthfeel, punctuated by sharp carbonation and a clean but very bitter finish. an excellent beer from an excellent series and a repeatable price.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Third Voyage
22 oz bottle; $7.50 @ Capone's beer store in Norristown, PA

The name of this double IPA refers to the "Third Voyage" of Captain James Cook, the famous British seaman, explorer, and cartographer, who also happened to be killed during that expedition... it'd better be a good beer!

It's a little darker than you might expect of an IPA, or "Double IPA" with it's dark-amber/copper body, but it's probably a bit lighter, or perhaps right on par with an ale from that time (Cook died in 1779). Certainly, it's clearer, to be sure. The foamy off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass as it goes. It's one of the better looking beers I've sampled in quite some time.

The nose is hoppy, displaying a combination of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and other fruit (berries, soft cherry), and leaves and grass over a gently bready and caramelish (fully biscuity!) malt base.

The flavor follows the aroma, as usual, with very few changes. Of course the malt is fuller, but that's always the case; and the hops are certainly brighter. The bitterness is the one item that comes into play, and it's solid, perfectly balancing the malt. The only other question would be how does the alcohol play out, and although it does play a role in the flavor, it never steps into the spotlight.

In the mouth it's full bodied with a bristling carbonation that softens as it warms a bit.

In conclusion, although it's named for Captain Cook, it remains far more American than English in my book, yet it evokes the image of an English ale. On the other hand, for a beer of its size the hops are kept in check, which would be more English in nature. Regardless, it's an extraordinary ale that shouldn't be passed by. Cheers!

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There is a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are several other 2IPA’s that are better.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I often question Samuel Adams hoppy offerings, something doesn't click for them typically. This whole new line with the big beers is interesting, kind of the next transition after releasing the imperial stout, imperial white, and the double bock...I guess those were too traditional and not cutting edge enough. So here we have it a Double IPA with US, British, and New Zealand hops. Appears a ruby caramel bodey with caramel highlights and a light tan khaki head, dwindles down slowly and forms fine layered even lacing. Aroma has deep layered pine citrus notes with a spicy hops and big malt sugars coating the hop bomb of a beer. Flavor comes with big bold bitterness, the thing about my favorite IPA/DIPAs is the big hop bill with an equal balancing malt flavors. Here the bitterness is a bit much but there's enough hop flavor earthy citrus with some pine accents to hold on. The malts had some caramel/biscuit malt sweetness but was definitely overpowered by the hops, finishes a bit boozey as well. Mouthfeel is defined by the linger dry bitter booze burn between each sip, it's not very pleasant maybe even a bit abrasive. Medium bodied hop oils textured with moderate carbonation, probably the biggest turn off so far. Overall still able to get down 22 ounces without difficulty, but it's just not a standout DIPA. Solid yes, but it suffers from the Samuel Adams fate of most of their other hoppy ales, a bit disconnected and not as cohesive with malts as I would like.

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light creamy almost 1 finger head, fades semi slowly with light lacing, clear golden orange reddish color.

Nose is nice, citrus and light tropical fruit, light earthy almost herbal hops, lots of reddish like malts, creamy malts, an almost ester fruit with the light booze, hint of peach or apricot like fruit.

Taste starts light fruity juicy apple pear apricot like fruit, light citrus and pine, zest, more earthy hops light spicy hops, quite bitter. creamy malts, light red malts, semi sweet with a touch of booze and light esters even. Then more spicy chewy earthy hops for the finish with a touch of booze and sweet malts, long spicy earthy hop finish.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of booze.

Overall not bad decent for dipa, not huge hop fruit but decent bitterness.

Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Enjoyed this chilled from the bomber into a nonic.

A dark golden/copper shade with thick inch of cream and heavy film of lace collects, clarity is good and so is retention. The smell of hops is there right off with intense citrus and piney odors with some grapefruity essence w/ hints of floral accents. The malt gives a mild caramel odor with fruitiness from the yeas and slight orange rind in the mix as well. This double IPA is sligthly creamy and sweet up front with mild bitter and tangy essence with semi-sweet body and light alcohol influence as it finishes with mild astringent tinge.

The taste is dank with hops, some kind of herb like simcoe and mild caramel malt backing it up, the sligth orange blends well with the mild sweetness in the malt and there is a light pine and moderately bitter hint of grapefruit with nice pith and grassy accent. The middle is mor acidic as hops play tug of war with the sweetness in the malt backbone. The honey malt seems to make its presence known as it finishes.

Overall theis is a good IPA, not too heavy but still packs a nice amount of hop flavor into its 8%. I prefer more of a dry Imperial IPA, but for those who enjoy DFH 90 minute this might be up your alley, sufficiently hoppy and strong.

Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch#1

Pours amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing. Good looking beer, shame it didn't deliver in other areas..

S: Light breadyness

T: Leafy hops, pears, slight lemony & piney hoppyness, plus pears up front. More leafy hops as this warms, pears, just tastes old.
Hops in play here are not flattering at all to the style, woody & piney hops along with some pear notes, Finishes dry, & with woody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy, not so great balance.

This is a very dissapointing mess. I usually like/love Sammy, but not this one

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.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.