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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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963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
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%

05-19-2012 22:35:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of Beejay


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, a beautiful orange amber in color, the head on this rises up from the body and creates a thick, light tan foam.

S: The nose immediately goes through a pine and grapefruit forest. A light touch of honey and tangerine follow. There is a thick sweet smell in the finish, which seems to be in contrast to the hops. Touch of booze in the finish.

T: The first taste is a punch of citrus, followed by caramel and bread. The finish is pine, and perhaps a touch of onion, once the flavor fades a long lingering bitterness kicks in.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is quite active, and has a bit of a bite to it. There is an oily texture to the finish, with an assertive bitterness that follows.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. Good all around, but not earth shattering. This would be a good marker as to what a IIPA should be, but I think it would also be a marker that was surpassed fairly often. Very enjoyable, and my god it is pretty looking.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:14:12 | More by Beejay
Photo of stampfler07


3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-28-2013 01:47:08 | More by stampfler07
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper. Head is rocky, bubbly, and clings to the glass. Light khaki. Carbonation is lively. Head retention keeps it at a thin cap for the duration.

Smell: Pears. slightly floral, and a touch earthy. Some mint. Malts run toward a sweeter caramel with a little bit of a roasted compliment on the back. Orange juice and some light brown sugar. Very sweet, but packs enough hop presence to mute it a touch.

Taste: Gritty, earthy, and slightly spicy hops. Malts are sweet as expected and hit on toasted bread crust with a slight cooked sweetness. Loads of citrus. Some orange and grapefruit rind. Grassy and the malt sweetness builds over time.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that leans toward heavy, but the carbonation is on the high side. Slightly sticky and dry on the finish.

Overall: A unique hop profile, but it feels like it's missing something. The malts are too sweet and the hops come across as grassy. It's decent, but doesn't blend well.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:29:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:38:58 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Dark copper/orange in color. Ridiculously thick, off-white head that is slow to recede and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is initially pine and citrus, but some honey sweetness and bread crust can be found in there,too.

The sweet malts jump up first, but then the rush of hop bitterness takes over and lingers. Very herbal quality to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very sticky and coating to the tongue, intensely drying to the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I can feel the ABV warmth in this a little bit more than some beers with higher alcohol content. Not the most balanced beer I've had, but pretty high on my list for Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:39:25 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2013 02:28:12 | More by ralphw56
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-18-2013 22:25:12 | More by bzach
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent ruby mahogany color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. Really nice aroma. Tropical fruits, citrus, a hint of pine and maybe a bit of sweet bubble gum. Taste is a nice bitter flavor. Pine,citrus and grapefruit. Really resinous with a dry mouthfeel. Oily. Floral hops towards the end. Im pretty impressed with this offering. Sam Adams has made a good Imperial IPA right here. Overall, seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:47:25 | More by PicoPapa
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-24-2013 17:45:40 | More by OregonGrown7
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-02-2013 04:04:50 | More by jzlyo
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-17-2014 18:46:43 | More by mctizzz
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours an amber-red crystal-clear body with over an inch of rather persistent off-white head. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and pine comprise the aroma. Bright hop flavors burst through in the flavor, with lemon, orange, and grapefruit dominating and pith and pine notes, as well as toffee malt notes just barely balancing this hop bomb. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An easy drinker, despite the robust flavors and abv. A pretty damn good IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 22:40:24 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/6/11

Appearance: Pours a dark orange/amber color, fluffy off-white head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Fresh, spicy, leafy hops - orange, pine, resin - some grass - some serious malt under this - syrupy biscuits, kind of smells like malt extract - overall, interesting

Taste: Some problems, but not bad - lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit pith, mostly - nicely bitter - a little leafy, grassy - kind of a strange combination of hops, and this oddness seems to build over time - malts could be better - syrupy, over-cooked - a little too sweet - the combination of sweetness and grassiness is suboptimal

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, sticky, nicely carbonated, but the grassy dryness reduces the drinkability

Overall: Acceptable for Samuel Adams, but definitely not great

The aroma is nice, but the combination of hops is a little weird, and the malts are lacking quality. This was worth a try, but I'm really not excited about drinking the second half of this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:56:20 | More by angrybabboon
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2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Standard clear amber in color with another vanishing foam collar, no real lacing to speak of.

S. Unusually light levels of pine hopping for a DIPA, caramel malt aroma, some weedy grassy herbals used as accent points in the nose. This is the nose that belongs on an PA, not a DIPA. Simcoe's trademark onion aroma is nowhere to be found. How disappointing.

T. Once again this comes across as a PA. Light pine hopping on a caramel malt. Minor levels of herbal hopping. That's it.

M. Medium body and carbonation, the alcohol content is extremely well hidden on the palate.

Pretty good PA. Too bad it says DIPA on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:52:27 | More by WastingFreetime
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of the three Sam Adams bomber (22 oz.) bombers I have sampled, Third Voyage is named for James Cook's voyage from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Accordingly, there are Cascade hops from each of these regions which, combined with the dense, delicious malt structure, make a terrific DIPA.

Two fingers of white froth top a clear orange-amber body with golden trim. Dense lacing on the Duvel tulip, and a sound head duration, make this a beautiful beer to behold. Good sweet smells, with ample citrus (grapefruit and orange) with perhaps a hint of cherry, and lots of biscuit and caramel malt.

While Third Voyage is a remarkably well-balanced DIPA, the Cascade and Simcoe Hops make this hop-forward DIPA a real treat. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, with some grassy notes, very sweet all around, with a bite in the finish. The malt character is solid, smooth, and rich with biscuit and caramel malt. The honey malt combines adroitly with the sweet hop flavor to make for an almost candied taste; superb.

Good texture, with the malt making it a bit more smooth than the grit I was hoping for. However, Third Voyage maintains sufficient DIPA characteristics, even in the mouthfeel, to satisfy hop lovers--more hop flavor than hop texture on the tongue, Third Voyage is an excellent DIPA. Shy of more hop grit, this is about the kind of DIPA I was hoping Sam Adams would produce, and Third Voyage should be a regular offering. This was simply superb, a full-bodied, very flavorful DIPA that one ought not miss. Unequivocally recommended. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:07:27 | More by Gehrig
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-09-2012 04:33:38 | More by scott2269
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-25-2014 18:03:42 | More by PopnLoads
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-15-2011 01:18:33 | More by pirmannt1
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-23-2014 03:50:26 | More by paulish
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3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a big, thick and clingy tan head with bubbles popping above the rim. Shiny brass in color.

Oily hops flow out of the pour. Caramel and notes of orange as well.

Sweet to the tongue with herbal hops and a bit of orange peel.

Medium bodied. Not a hop nuke or bunker buster but a precisely aimed missile that hits right on target.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 00:22:09 | More by stephens101
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

The color is a golden orange with a nice fluffy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is piney with some citrus hop aroma that is characteristic of American hops. There is some sweetness there in the nose as well with slight malt aroma.

The taste is hoppy from the start and is big citrus flavor throughout. The bitterness is good but not quite a welcoming as other double IPAs. There is a slight sweetness but does not shine through for too long within this bitter hop barrage. The twang of bitterness is muted for a double IPA as well and seems to be just on the cusp of getting old.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is clean with a nice bitter aftertaste that you would expect from a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 20:46:06 | More by Duhast500
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

03-20-2014 19:16:35 | More by MastaShonuf
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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of Third Voyage at a bottle shop, poured in to a tulip.

Pours a copper/bronze color, cloudy with a thick creamy beige head.

Smell is a sweet caramel candy aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste is also a sweet caramel malt flavor up front, with a bitter pine flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying.

Overall not bad. Sweet and candy like. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 00:06:53 | More by RJLarse
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-18-2013 02:10:54 | More by BarryMFBurton
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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