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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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992 Ratings

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 57 | 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:
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 PicoPapa
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.

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.

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 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.

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 Etan
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Batch #1.

A: Pours a pure, clear brass with a rocky, sticky off-white head. Really nice lacing on the sides. Good retention, with a nice mountain of spongy foam left to cover most of the surface of the beer.

S: Big grapefruit nose. Sweet, but you can definitely smell the looming bitterness. A nice balancing maltiness behind it.

T: Good stuff. Nice hop profile: blend of citrus (grapefruit, pithy bitter orange) and black pepper, spicy earthiness, dankly herbal, pine. A nice wave of bitterness hits the palate after the initial hop flavors come out, followed by a good amount of toasted, biscuity malt to balance. Alcohol is slightly palpable throughout but works well. A bit of a hoppy, marijuana-like kick in the finish, with slightly buttery malt and a big coating of bitterness lingering after the swallow.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Impressed by this one. Not as intense as some DIPAs, but certainly scores well in all the categories. Yum.

Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Lawnboy33
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of claytong
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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...

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing pale about this ale, it's bordering on a light amber. Regardless, it's a light orangey brown color. Very clear for the stle. The had is a mixture of different sized white bubbles with good retention. As the head falls, a nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is top notch with mostly hops bringing an earthy pine and citrus scent to the table, along with a biscuity malt backbone to keep things in balance. Very bready nose.

Clearly it's hop forward, but the alcohol is a major player in the taste game as well. This has to be what a Christmas tree tastes like, though the malt is prevalent as well.

A lot of citrus and sweetness up front, followed by a resinous bittering from all the Cascade hops. A sticky finish, with some slight tartness as well.

Not a bad example from Sam Adams. I think it's a somewhat overrated brewer, but this is a slightly above average representation of the style. Pretty easy to drink given it's a DIPA with 8% ABV.

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.

Photo of AdamBear
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-dark amber with a sticky cream colored head

S-very herbal hops hops. Slightly aged, somewhat malty. Medium strength

T-comes in tasting pretty bad. Reminiscent of dog breath but not in a raw Belgian way, more like in a I just kissed a dog way. This is terrible.

M-medium carbonation

O-what is this?? This is a new low for the brewery. They've been making so many decent beers lately then throw this at us. This has got to be one of the worst beers I've ever had. Don't bother.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with light beige 2-finger head. Good retention and laces well. Fairly clear with active carbonation.

Nose is a bit more hop than malt. Good grapefruit with biscuit malt underneath.

Very aggressive right up front. Syrupy hops with lots of grapefruit and a good shot of biscuit malt to back up the body. Syrupy finish with another nice dose of hops and alcohol burn.

Liking it less as the glass warms, with more malt coming out and the hops fading a bit.

Feel is pretty think and chewy.

Overall, a decent offering from SA and worth a shot if this is your style.

Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MastaShonuf
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.