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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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334 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 334
Hads: 1,001
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of iSip
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sam Adams Third Voyage Double IPA: Dark copper to reddish body that is topped by an ample off white head, but the lasing is so so. The aroma is more malt than hops. The flavor follows suit, it is very malty for a double IPA, but all Sam Adams product favor malt over hops. I must admit there are some good flavors swirling around in the glass, hints of licorice and caramel, and piney resin. I wish that hops would be a little more bold. Overall, a better Sam Adams product than most. (484 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

glass: Pint

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a frothy and creamy 2-finger, off-white head. Silky lacing. Has a predominate fresh hop smell with a hint of pineapple, some banana, and a doughy malt base.

Fairly balanced for a DIPA, again nice fresh hop on the taste, clean throughout, not at all muddy or overly sweet. Finishes with a slight bitter punch followed by an extremely pleasant roasted malt/bitter hop combo that almost comes off like the bottom of a freshly baked cookie.

This won't satisfy the big hopheads out there but it's a nice, balanced DIPA with straight forward flavors that make for a easy-drinking beer. (632 characters)

Photo of fields336
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

NEAR PERFECT.
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.
LOVE TO ALL (625 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- light red amber. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp winter night in the pine forest.

Taste- starts silky with a balance of butter and hops with grapefruit jolly rancher candy notes finishing with a Dogfishhead butteryness.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013. (350 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

a: very clear, golden amber color with sticky lacing and somewhat unimpressive head

s: sweet, cracker aroma with both herbal and citrus notes, alcohol present

T: sweet maltiness, slight graham cracker notes, light citrus but mostly herbal mint/menthol tone with semi sweet bitter finish

M: moderately dry, a bit coating but cleans off with the alcohol and carbonation

O: It's OK but the hops seem to have a foot in the citrus and herbal camps. I'd prefer one or the other. (495 characters)

Photo of MrOH
1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear copper with a finger of tight light tan head. Good retention.

Faint grapefruit aroma over some crystal malt.

Caramel, some grapefruit, booze. Nice, firm bitterness. This is a DIPA? Cause it tastes like a watered down american barleywine.

Slightly heavy with low carbonation.

As a DIPA, it sucks. It would be ok as a light barleywine, but that's not what its marketed as. (380 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (932 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves a nice coating of streaky, webby lace with a thick rim ring. Aroma is a weak balance of sweet caramel malt mixed with floral, resinous pine & pithy citrus hops with background hints of honey, vanilla & a distinct sour note. Taste is fronted by caramel malt, floral, orange, grapefruit & pineapple hops swimming in a sea of pine resin hoppiness. The sour note of the nose is much less prominent but still there in the mouth. Alcohol is noticeable & there is a plastic-like hint that becomes stronger as you approach the finish. Nicely bitter but moderately balanced finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, chewy, rich, creamy but prickly. (913 characters)

Photo of Star80
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of Swim424
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rich foam head. The foam slowly dies down and turns into a great lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel, Candied Citrus, Tangerine, Grapefruit

T: Some pine, grapefruit, burnt caramel, tangerine, and some light lemony notes

M: Rich, Thick with a medium low carbonation

O: Very Tasty!! I was very surprised. This beer hits all of my favorite flavors in one; sweet caramel, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and some pine resin. This was definitely worth the price I paid for it. I will definitely buy some more before it runs out. (554 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Nice copper colour. Beige lacy foam head, two fingers. Apple and pear aroma. Spicy citrusy full body earthy flavours. Leaves a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue. (169 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (1,514 characters)

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange with 3 fingers of head. Lingers around for a long time and forms into some great lacing.

S: Nothing too overpowering nice balance of citrus, malts and floral notes.

T: Starts with some piney and slightly spicy malt and follwed up with some carmel and honey sweeter notes. Finishes of with some bitterness but not the normal IPA or Double. Rather mild bitter but does linger well.

M: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, Very creamy on top and a little syrupy.

O: For a 6 buck mainstream bomber I was supruised. Nothing too overpowering or bold but a sold beer. I would not expect Sam Adams to go too wild so right in line with the style. (670 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (707 characters)

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.