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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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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 334
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of BlueMoon10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bump8628
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear copper body, spotty white head with a few splatters of lace. The malt side of things is pretty decent - clean graininess with a smooth, light caramel vein. Hops are just way too meek. Basically pale ale hopping on a DIPA foundation. Mild minty and citric hops, slightly tea-like, that's about it. Just needs more hops - bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

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

22 oz bomber poured leisurely into my Darkness snifter, which I'm convinced has the magical power to make anything it holds taste rather boss. Bottle reads "Batch 1" but provides no other easily identifiable bottling date or related so and so.

Pours a rusty reddish brown: darker than I'd expected. Bubblage resembles puddled dish soap and is inconsistent. Lacing is good.

Smells of thick resinous sap, residual sugars, and a rye-gingerbread amalgamation.

Malt forward for sure. Big bitterness and sourdough. Some fruitiness and yeast. Lots of heat. Really? 8% rides hard here. Sappy, resinous, and sticky. Pinneneedleblastastic.

Very drying. Sucks the saliva right out your puss. Chewy with low carbonation.

Overall, not the side of the DIPA spectrum that I prefer to occupy. Not a bad beer by any means, just not necessarily the pajamas this cats digs wearing.

Photo of rangerred
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber with a smallish head.

Lots of tropical fruit on the aroma with a decent amount of earthyness. There is actually quite a bit of dankness to this which is interesting. Not much at all in the way of malt.

More fruit up front in the taste but it is quickly replaced by tree bark and wet moss. Lots of Earth in this beer. More dankness along with a fairly high bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall, a really good example of the IIPA style and one of the better beers Samuel Adams brews.

Photo of yesyouam
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date, just a statement indicating that the beer can be aged or enjoyed now.

A: Pours a clear red/orange with a huge off-white head. Excellent retention, thin rings of lacing stripe the glass all the way down as the beer is consumed.

S: Hops are very earthy with scents of freshly broken pine needles, a slight grassy/herbal hint, and some vague tropical fruits in the background. Maybe tangerine, marmalade, and passion fruit. Hint of lemon peel. The malt base is sweet and sugary on the nose. Combined with the hops, it creates a sort of iced tea impression. Malt aromas include a touch brown bread and crust as well. As a whole the nose is good, but a bit subdued.

T: Earthy hops at the outset. Pine resin and grapefruit rind bitterness. There's a slight grassy and herbal edge to the hops too. Subtle citrusy spike in the background, maybe lemon. Malt tastes are not as sweet as the nose suggested. They are bready and a bit crusty with a distinct nutty, coffee impression. Touch of toffee too. Finishes with a lingering hint of coffee and some earthy hop tastes, this time with a more pronounced herbal/tobacco flavor.

M: This one has more body to it than your standard DIPA. It's moderately thick, and even chewy thanks to the solid malt backbone. Rich, full, and creamy/silky in texture.

O: Seems like they're leaning more toward the English side of the spectrum with this one. Big and fairly hefty in body, very balanced. It's good, if you like that sort of thing. The hop profile is interesting. The strain is cascade, an American variety, though they take them from three very different regions of the world. I've had many a beer with cascade as the primary or only hop at play, but there's definitely a bit more nuance to it here. I enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I drank it, but I can't quite see how it will fit into the market. Beer geeks aren't exactly clamoring for big, balanced, English-inspired DIPAs.

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of cream white with a reddish tint, mostly dense foam yet with a couple of islands of larger bubbles, not much dimpling and the retention is very good, not a great deal of lacing but what’s there has good width and sticks nicely. Dark amber to red rust colored liquid, closer to brown than yellow, no real beads just widely dispersed lazy bubbles floating about. The most pronounced element of the nose is its sheer thickness, fills the nostrils completely, composed of pine sap, white grapefruit pulp, peaches and nectarines, vanilla bean, sweet grains, molasses and honey, there’s not much “bite” to it and it clings more than lifts. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and sappy here too, carbonation gives it the old college try and does succeed in part to lend freshness. That said, the molasses, caramel, brown sugar, candied oranges, pine sap and cocoa powder keep it very much on the sweet side of things. Has some hoppy, leafy kick but nothing powerful enough to dictate terms. Clean, no earthy nor minerally notes, some breadiness or dough notes. Lasts well, holds heft and flavor. Not sure exactly what makes this a DIPA except it says so on the label.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear copper color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind

S- mix of piney, grassy and citrusy hops with a big malty sweetness & a hint of alcohol

T- citrusy grapefruit hop, pine sap, herbal notes, malty sweetness matches up to the hop flavor, underlying alcohol on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly boozy mouthfeel leads to a foamy, warming finish

O- As expected from a SA brew, this isn't an unbalanced hop bomb, there's a big maltiness to match up to the hops, which isn't a bad thing. It did seems bit boozy at times though

Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head, looks great.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus, pineapple, pine.

Taste: Muted caramel followed by a dry bitterness. Hints of tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Solid bitterness, not too strong, limited edition.

I like to try all the DIPAs, so gave this one a shot. Despite having cascades and simcoe hops it still reminded me a little of a beefed-up English IPA. A fair amount of tea-like bitterness beside pithy citrus. It's pretty good.

Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a half finger of head that quickly dissipates down to a thin film. The nose has hop notes, but malt is present as well. The body is relatively hearty for the style. The flavor profile is a really nice blend of malts and hops. This is a well-balanced, “East Coast” style DIPA.

Photo of ralphw56
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Appearance: Pours a clear orange gold color with a small 1/4" head of small off-white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. There were lots of bubbles rising initially, but they didn't really stick once they got to the top, so the head fell to a small ring within about 45 seconds. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking, but it is just in little wisps coming vertically down the side of the glass.

Aroma: I just tried the Tasman beer, so the aroma of this one is actually mild in comparison. The American hops are definitely there as is some mild caramel malts, but overall it is reserved in comparison to the other one, so I will come back to it as it warms. The aroma stays pretty much the same with lots of American hops and a little bit of sweet caramel mixed in there.

Taste: The flavor is also a little mild for the style, which I like. It has some defined hops in here, but they actually let some of the malt characteristics shine through. There are some toasty notes and some mild caramel that comes out in the middle of the profile, and then the finish turns bitter again to stay that way to linger after the sip. There is a little bit of the alcohol noticeable as the beer sits, adding some spice and definitely flushing my cheeks a bit (Probably from the hops too). Overall the body is medium, and the carbonation is ample in the mouth though it isn't really visible any more.

Opinion: This is a pretty good DIPA. It actually finishes with SOME sort of balance, which is more than I can say for many in this category. If you are into hoppy beers, I would definitely say that you should give this one a "day in court". Otherwise, I would say that this is good for another beer review, but I don't think that I will be trying it again anytime soon.

Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 the bottle says no other freshness dating but it is brand new to the store I bought it from.

A= The pour is a nice looking transparent amber color with a pretty big nice looking off white head that grows to a nice three fingers and falls slowly. The lacing on the glass is nice and it actually looks like a pretty nice beer.

S= The smell is a nice flowery hop aroma. Very floral actually. There's a bit of malt character to it that comes through a bit.

T= Nice hop bite that hits you with a floral grassy character and a nice malty sweetness that comes through quite a bit. It sort of reminds me a bit of a top fermented double boston lager. It's not quite as clean as the BL and the flavors are much more intense.

M= A little sweet for me on the finish but the carbonation is nice.

O= Not a bad beer but not the most outstanding DIPA in the world. Worth checking out and trying. You really can't go wrong with a DIPA and this is no exception. Worth trying but maybe not worth trying over and over again. Though the price is right.

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of beagle75
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Fairly clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild saccharine malt, slightly herbaceous, a trace of grapefruit citrus. Very clean, but weak for the style. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy toasted and caramel malt that yields slightly to herbaceous hops. Pine escalates into the middle while acidity is mild. Malt continues to be featured throughout, but loses some character later on. Flavors turn earthy, almost tea-like, in the moderately bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, very soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an unremarkable DIPA--nothing to see here, unless layered malt is valued above all else. It loses the interest of the drinker before too long, with no real appeal to keep one coming back. While not offensive, it doesn't do much to stand out or even keep the palate awake.

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.