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

Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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916 Ratings

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%

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 Apellonious

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz out of the Hoptology pack

A - pours a clear orange reddish gold, with a fluffy one finger head

S - crisp hops, dark fruit, biscuit maltness, with a slight whiff of alcohol.

T - more of the same. This one is more hop forward than the latitude IPA, but there is still a formidable malt presence. Banana, cookie dough tinges. Earthy finish.

M - mouthfeel is solid, good balance.

O - another solid offering from SA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 21:13:43 | More by Apellonious
Photo of LtCracker20


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:05:18 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of fields336

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger off white golden head, clings and hangs for a while. lace is superb. dark reddish brown beer, clear, filtered. slow carbonation coming off bottom

S: toffee, bready, caramel, citrus, herbal, earthy

T: caramel, toffee, slight citrus, herbal, medicinal-ish(hard to explain), a slight minty and earthy taste on the finish, chocolate and roast/coffee as it warms. complex but not in a great way.. nothing stands out really

M: full bodied, a sipper. carbonation is nice though considering the gravity.

O: nice double IPA from the hop-ology pack. nothing spectacular but pretty decent just like most of SA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:26:19 | More by fields336
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:09:58 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of Star80


3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours out a darkish copper color with a tan head.

S - smells more malty than hoppy. Of the the hops I detect they seem more spicey and herbal than piney and citric. Kind of odd considering the all cascade hop bill. Like the other beers in the box kinda disappointing in the nose.

T- Not sure how fresh this beer is cause again the hops are in the background. They do offer a nice puckering aftertaste but not up front like a usual IPA, let alone a double.

M - Mouthfeel is not rough nor particularly smooth.

O - Overall a decent beer far more reminiscent of an old stock ale than an IPA. Probably would age real well but for me that isn't what India Pale Ales are about. Like the rest of the pack, falls short in the nose and just not a complex version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:55:33 | More by Star80
Photo of burnerfinger


4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A NICE show on the pour. tan caramel head up to 3 fingers worth, showing a cloudy orange hue and sticky , BEAUTIFUL lacing you know right off this is a serious, for real brew.

S malty, sweet and also strong, piney hops, somehow both dominate.

T almost TOO sweet, but in a good way, also with an extra hoppy side

M thick and rich this one delivers much more than expected.

D certainly no session beer, this is a truly LOVELY creation to be savored!!! highest marks here.
ALSO - this makes me think of a barely wine it's so rich and thick.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:39:23 | More by burnerfinger
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New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a brown/amber color that pours a moderate sized tan head. Head has okay retention and leaves very heavy lacing. Has a very earthy smell, along with caramel malt, dark malts, and citrus (most noticably orange).

Taste is very similar to the aroma, an earthy, malty beer, with some orange and just a hint of grapefruit to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a little heavy with slightly above average carbonation for a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 21:37:11 | More by JG-90
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the newly released Sam Adams Bomber into a gigantic oversized pint glass Z(gag item that I take seriously).

Appears an orangey brown with an abundance of fluffy creamy head. Head doesn't subside. No effervescence really seen and beer appears a bit uniform under the foam.

Smells rather hoppy with skunky citrus standing out the most. It has a little maltiness coming through too but I'm decently impressed with its nose.

Taste is a little too musty and malty for me with the hops coming through in the nose apparently more of a dry-hopping for odor as opposed to flavor. It does hide the booze flavor rather well with no real booze burn for 8%.

Mouthfeel is decent here. It;s rather thick in the mouth and it carries a little hop syrup to it.

Overall a decent beer but it's apparent that this is Sam's effort to make its way a little deeper into the craft market. It's not quote the same as the true small batch I look for.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:03:54 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of Ratman197


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light cat piss. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:38:36 | More by Ratman197
Photo of EkimGram

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a deep ruby brown. Pours a head about a finger in height, thick, sticky, and puffy. Modest amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: The floral citrus of the cascade hops soar right over the other aromas of malt and alcohol. Refreshingly bright.

Taste: Hoppy and full of citrus. Not quite as balanced as the smell but it's just as refreshing. The malts definitely bring some yang to the hops yin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, has a mild bite from the carbonation, silky and somewhat sticky.

Overall: A sold DIPA. I can't say there is anything special about this one but it certainly isn't bad. I could see this being a good go-to-brew on a safe night.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 08:03:05 | More by EkimGram
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a full dense head which was a dough color and lasted and laced well. Color was a rusty, orange with a slight haze. Aroma was a buttery citrus with a nice malt and hop balance. Taste was hoppy with an earthy citrus at the front and a hoppy sweetness to finish. Mouthfeel was full and carbonated with a light, dry aftertaste. Good beer all in all.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:51:58 | More by Huffs
Photo of codsmith


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:00:07 | More by codsmith
Photo of coachdonovan

Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:14:25 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of schwemjw


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a large foamy head.

S: Very spicy! dank and herbal with a quality that reminds me of onion. earthy with a little sweet caramel.

T: Once again the spicy hops shine here! Its herbal, dank, earthy with a wonderful full malt backbone. There is some pine here that reminds me of a wet forest. A dry hoppy finish.

M: Not much in the way of carbonation and a little syrupy.

O: A great example of the style. Wonderful spicy hops is refreshing! Its a good price for a great beer! I enjoy this much more on my second go around than the first time i had it. /85

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:27:12 | More by schwemjw
Photo of Humulus85


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifer.

A big two-finger, cream head slowly settles leaving some very clumpy lacing. It's a deep but very clear, reddish gold, almost copper color. Nice looking brew.

Smell is piney and slightly fruity hops upfront, with a surprising amount of sweet malt behind it.

Exceedingly well balanced. Piney, slightly spicy hops upfront, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. Great clean, yet assertive, bready malt backing. Moderately bitter throughout.

Smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied with a moderate, but appropriate level of carbonation. Coats the mouth well, with a dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical with this obvious reach into the modern craft scene, but I can't forget Sam was one of the first to introduce me to real beer. I like how this one doesn't try to be a hop monster, but I do think the hop profile could be better. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 18:10:00 | More by Humulus85
Photo of MatthewWilde


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle

A: Cloudy, goldenrod, decent internal carbonation

S: Light citrus, heavy hops (of course), a bit of grapefruit

T: As a huge fan of hops I found myself quite pleased. In parallel with its smell, hints of citrus fruits abounded. Nice bitterness to finish.

M: Nothing spectacular, but heavier than I imagined it would be. Lingering after taste almost to a point of annoyance (dries the mouth a bit).

O: A delicious beer for any hop enthusiast, just be sure to keep some water on hand to sip afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:59:57 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a reddish copper color with a huge fluffy 3 finger white head with excelllent retention

S - Slightly grassy. Lots of citris and floral aromas. Can also dtect some caramel malts. Fairly lightly scented for an IPA in my opinoin

T - I can definately pick up the caramel malts right up front mixed with the piney bitterness of the hops. Not a lot going on here but still a pleasant beer

M - A medium body IPA. The alcohol really warms the palate and it has a very very creamy feel

O - Pretty decent IPA. Nothing outstanding but I wouldnt turn my nose up at it! It has a nice hops taste but could use a little more in the aroma department. ITs great looking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 19:14:31 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of Swim424


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber

A- amber with a bit of orange. Beautiful head. Very slowly falling leaving a decent amount of residue

S-Smells like lots of floral hops. A bit of malt and alot of hops.

T-hits with a thick malty caramel flavor, fading into a grapefruity hoppy flavor. Very strong hops

MF-Creamy. Fairly thick. Nice aftertaste.

O-The best sam adams I have had. I really enjoy this. Sort of weird flavor up front, but besides that its pretty good. The taste is the worst part, and it's pretty good. I would say just about the best deal for the money I have gotten.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:52:28 | More by Swim424
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by Jul 2014 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma light flowery hops
Head large (6.5 cm), off-white, rocky, slowly diminishing to a 1 cm lumpy layer
Lacing good
Body light orange, clear
Flavor light hops presence, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl, no bitter or chalky aftertaste
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Jim picked a good one here – it drinks like a sessionable PA. This one can sneak up on you. The lightness of the hops and the absence of alcohol makes it seem you’re drinking a basic lawnmower beer, but after a couple you won’t be mobile.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 13:34:45 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of godlessape


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank this one out of a snifter. The body has a vivid dark plumb ruby hue to it and the inch and a half off-white head sinks down to a more modest size, but stays on like it should.

The aroma is rich and malty, with caramel, molasses, papaya, and fruit cup notes. I'm not noticing any typical IPA hop pine or citrus here at all. It reminds me of a Pale Ale or perhaps a Strong Ale.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part as far as the malty, fruity aspects go, but there is a zesty hop bitterness on the end my nose missed that satisfies but doesn't crack you in the jaw like you might expect from an Imperial IPA.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with maybe a little oiliness on the back-end. The 8% ABV is hardly noticeable on the palate but hard to miss on the brain.

Overall this is a good brew, however I think it belongs in the Strong Ale catagory.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:57:24 | More by godlessape
Photo of shanblur


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. Poured from bomber into a tulip. A - A clear dark amber color with a slightly off white fluffy head which leaves extensive lacing. S - A notable piney hops aroma which is subdued when compared to other DIPA's. Definite caramel and malt aromas as well. T - Pine and earth style hops dominate over a sweet malt backbone. A nice balance. A lingering bitter finish. M - Syrupy with a moderate carbonation. A very drinkable DIPA. Hides the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:51:45 | More by shanblur
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If anyone expected Samuel Adams IPA's to be hop bombs, they forget that the BBC's signature brew is a vienna style lager, clean and crisp with a hearty malt profile. So too are their IPA's possessed of fantastic malt bodies, with hop flavors added on top but not particularly at the forefront. A medium thick mouthfeel with an almost excessive-level of carbonation keeps this from being too heavy. Third Voyage is a double IPA whose hop profile can be described as earthy, woody, pungent, and rememiacent of grapefruit pith. A fantastically toffee-like malt body supports the herbal flavors and marry them in a way more similar to English IPA's than the bitter palate wreckers made famous on this continent.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 22:15:27 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of WunderLlama


3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a glass

Copper with solid two finger thick foam cap. Nice lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt, orange and clove.

Smooth start. Sweet malts followed by hops. Hoppiness on the finish on the back of the tongue. Medium mouthfeel.

Nice balance of malt to hops. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:19:09 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of Crossmd


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into an octagonal pint glass. No born date- batch 1.

Pours a lucid, deep copper with a 1.5 finger eggshell head. Tight, thin lacing settles into a rim in the inside of the glass.

Smells of a rich blend of florals, caramel and bread. Relatively well projected.

Taste is a loud blend of hops with the slightest sugar/ or caramel tinge. The attack punches through initially but dries down into a refreshing maltiness that is a pleasantly unexpected touch for an IIPA.

Mouthfeel is just a little weak for an imperial IMO, but adds what could be seen as drinkability in a big way.

Overall, a fantastic offering from a giant of a brewery that refuses to act like one. Fully supportive of this, and at a fantastic price to boot. ($6USD- bomber) don't hesitate.


Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:02:12 | More by Crossmd
Photo of DMXLOX22


3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this beer from my local establishment Civera's as a quick grab-n-go. Let's see how this matches up.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, amber red with a slight haze, but leaves something slightly to be desired. Leaves behind moderate head (about one inch) that dissipated quickly. Not so bad.

Smell: First scents are actually quite hoppy. But the right kind of hops. Citrus, and other type of light fruits. Leaves behind a nice grassy and a slight hint of caramel. Quite nice and brings on an inviting aroma that brings everything together in balance.

Taste: Brings on a full bodied assault of deep, floral hops. I noticed a slight hint of caramel-like flavors and some bitter flavors. Some citrus also plays into the body. It reminds me of a slight lemon-zest, orange-peel and some grapefruit. Has a clean finish, but like I mentioned before, leaves something to be desired.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

Overall: This beer came into quite good, but seemed like there was a dominating overload of roasted hops to cover a citrus flavor that didn't quite bring everything together as well balanced as I thought. It came out as an average IPA, but that was it. Something was missing, but I can see how others might enjoy it. Reminds me more of an English ale. I would possibly try again, but not likely. It's unlikely I would see this beer on tap anywhere, anytime soon. I would recommend to a friend who is a fan of IPA's and is looking to expand. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:37:39 | More by DMXLOX22
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.