1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

983 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 983
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 54 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Third Voyage Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 983 | Reviews: 332 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was psyched to see this beer arrive at my local bottle shop... We usually don't get the limited SA releases here...

Surprisingly dark with some reddish tinges, this DIPA from SA brings an assault of hops to the nose... Citrusy and grapefruity in nature, I'm a little take aback at the sheer hoppiness on the nose, especially after reading some earlier reviews... Its pungent and sticky and dank.. What? Yep, I said it... Smells awesome...

Wave after wave of unrelenting hoppiness punish the palate with each sip and have me on a hop-high in a short amount of time... I'm shocked at how juicy and crisp this is and I've a good mind to contact the folks at Sam Adams and ask them why the hell they haven't been making this beer all along... I'm enjoying the hell out of this... Long slow bitter finish with a tinge of sweetness from the malts...

One of the more enjoyable brews I've had in a while actually... I loved this beer... It reminded me of SN Celebration Ale at times...

Tilley4, Nov 14, 2011
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.

Beejay, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of MastaShonuf
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

MastaShonuf, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev +3%

bzach, May 18, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
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.

angrybabboon, Dec 06, 2011
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.

BarrytheBear, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +9.9%

scott2269, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -17.6%

PopnLoads, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

OregonGrown7, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +9.9%

dertyd, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

memphischas, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Mattyb79, Apr 22, 2013
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.

WastingFreetime, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev +3%

AdamP, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev +3%

redfox405, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of stephens101
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.

stephens101, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BlueMoon10, May 28, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

57md, May 11, 2014
Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

_morandi_, Aug 18, 2014
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

Treyliff, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev +3%

BarryMFBurton, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

LambicPentameter, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Gehrig
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.

Gehrig, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy white head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with some sweetness.

Tastes of the big hop notes on top of a sweet malt base. Hops lead off with citrus, grass, tea leaves, and pine notes. Some candy like sweetness then rolls in and cuts the hops' bitterness. Alcohol makes an appearance at the end and provides a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a quite a pleasant surprise and is a beer I would be on the lookout for.

ocelot2500, Jan 05, 2012
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.