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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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82
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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 60 | 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 Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of MountainBeers
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought the "Third Voyage Double IPA" as part of a Sam Adams "IPA Hopology" case at Costco and this was one of the 6 selections...

I wanted to "dis" this beer after my first sip but the durn thing grew on me with each progressive sip. While I was looking for a full-bodied, grapefruity IPA (bring a 2X IPA) I was surprised by the burnt caramel taste that, at first, annoyed me. While this is not my idea of a double IPA it still stands on its own as a pretty decent beer with interesting front flavors and a twisted aftertaste... the feel is above average which is helped with the decent post drink linger...

Photo of HoppySOB
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initially this one seemed more like a regular IPA than a Double, but as the after taste kicked in, I realized there is far more to this brew than I expected. A deep carmel malt foundation with a sweet, citrusy after taste that really sticks around. The flavor of the simcoe hops really sticks out to me and it has a level of bitterness than balances with the other flavors and excites the taste buds. If you have not, give this one a try, as it definitely did NOT disappoint.

Photo of jayrutgers
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, but felt that it was just too hot alcohol wise. Nice citrus, pine, and resin in the aroma along with some caramel/toffee malt notes. Always love my IPAs with a strong malt background.

The beer looks perfect, smells pretty good, tastes pretty good...but the alcohol cuts through in a strange way, enough to knock it down a few pegs for me.

Photo of DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colour with a thick, chunky, beige cap. Lots of sticky lace with great head retention. Sharp, resinous hop aroma, caramel and bread, pine, fruity orange rind, lots of citrus. Solid bitterness that lingered, bready with a bit of caramel and toast, citrus and sweet, mild alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, lowish carbonation, creamy and warm. There were certainly a lot of hops in here, but I wish they would have been brighter in character.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Goliveidaho
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid head,rich foam. Carmel float, laced with an over ripe orange. Not much hint this is an IPA. Served ice cold from a 22 oz bottle. The after tones of Carmel linger on the palate long after the swallow. Highly recommend the complex flavor keeps you pouring. Cheers

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 burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
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

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- It's amber. Maybe almost a brown.
S- Citrus, Mango, Grapefruit, some resin.
T- Nice heavy bitterness somewhat balanced with the malt.
M- Medium bodied DIPA.
O- It's a decent DIPA. Not impressed with the medium amount of bitterness, but I do like the mango in the nose. Good hop selection, malt could use work. (Wheat...?)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great great ipa with an even better idea behind it. taking cascade hops from three regions, the uk, new Zealand, and the pacific northwest and putting them into the same brew as ah homage to james cook, its brilliant. it pours dakrer than expected with quite a bit of amber tinted caramel malt color to it, active carbonation and a frothy white head that looks more like ocean foam than beer topping, just lovely. the beer is a little cloudy, and it emits aomas of zesty citrus rind, alpha acid, and sour patch kids. its mouthwatering and refreshing in one sniff. the malt contributes a lot more to the flavor than to the nose, with some sweetness and an almost graham crackery grain complex that supports the increasingly bitter hops very well. the beer is balanced well for being so aggressively hopped, and the alcohol is disguised expertly. I love the way I can twirl my glass just a little and awaken a massive new head on it. it is visual evidence of a very creamy mouthfeel, punctuated by sharp carbonation and a clean but very bitter finish. an excellent beer from an excellent series and a repeatable price.

Photo of joeworrall
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, billed as a "small batch Imperial IPA" by Samuel Adams. I would guess that a small batch for Sam Adams is more than my neighborhood craft brewer makes in an entire year!

Poured from a bomber bottle into a large tulip glass, I was surprised at how cloudy the brew was. It's a rich dark amber color, indicative of the toasted malt used.

The floral aroma is subtle. I would say that Sam went a little light on the Cascade and Simcoe hops in this on, it's very drinkable, but doesn't have the pine or citrus notes I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA.

It has a very dry finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. In my search for the perfect IPA, this is going to have to fight to get in the top 20. It's a great ale, but not a great IPA...

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Third Voyage pours a reddish cloudy color with nice small lacing head. There is a sweet hoppy/floral aroma. The taste has a nice sweet but hoppy flavor, with a noticeable malty backbone finish. A tad light on the carbonation, but nice bold flavors. Overall it tries to be a balanced IPA but there is both bold hop and malt flavors.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Third Voyage is a nice DIPA made using cascade hops from several different countries. The beer poured a rich orangish amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is fresh hops leaning toward the pining side. The taste is a big semi sweet malt start followed by a slight bitter pine resin and then fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. This is a bigger beer and probably not sessionable. It certainly is a good beer and I am glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the Small Batch Collection.

Grapefruit/lemon aroma. Pours deep copper body with large beige head. Head retention was substantial followed by a generous lacing of the glass. Taste is citrus, grapefruit upfront. Bread and slightly sour notes with a boozy finish. A very good sipping beer!

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 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 JG-90
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Third Voyage. 8% ALC.leaves/VOL.
Hops: Cascade hops from the UK, New Zealand, and the US Simcoe brand hops. Malts: 2-row harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, caramalt, and honey malt. This unique double IPA takes the styles origins a step further. ...(I didn't bother to copy the verbiage on the label. Explains the name, goes on about something or another, blah, blah...blah.)

Clear, crimson coloring, big head, lace.

vibrant, hoppy aroma, with rich malt underneath. Grapefruit /caramel tango.

In the mouth, more of the same. Sturdy and slightly sweet malt backbone gives ample resistance to the hop blast. But this one is never too anything, no true assault here, no imbalance, no overwhelming intensity. Nothing wrong with that. And that's certainly nothing I'd expect form Samuel Adams, but…I'd love a surprise now and then.

Citrusy and earthy, for sure, a blend of English and American IPA style, with a sidetrip to the Southern Hemisphere. Nice, tasty, smooth, hoppy. Medium body, long, lingering bitter finish.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery brown color. Brilliant clarity. Head quickly dissipates to just a minimal trace. The hop aroma is moderate, which seems underwhelming for a double IPA. The taste shows that while the aroma hops were almost sparingly used,they were mainly used for the taste. Sticky Mouthfeel is typical of the style. Grapefruit like flavor hops are strong on the palate. That hop flavor slowly burns away in the aftertaste.

Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass. Pours a yellow amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops, very bright and nice. Tastes of very bitter earthy hops, quite nice. Beer goes down fine with medium body, but is sklightly over carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of schwemjw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head, good retention and left an average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh cut grass, orange citrus, baked bread. Full bodied, this double IPA had a foundation of toasted malt, bitter hops, and tea. Overall, not a bad double IPA but I expected a bit more out of this offering. Little light on the hops.

Photo of charlzm
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Consumed May 27th, 2013.

Beer pours a clear orange/honey color. Very nice foamy, one-finger off-white head.

Aroma is gingerbread and other dark baked cookies. Slightly peppery as well.

Terribly sweet flavor. Somewhat metallic. Very bitter hop presence. Unsophisticated and borderline undrinkable to this non-hophead.

Medium mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

Not a fan. Won't be drinking this one again unless it's a free pour.

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

Appearance: Bright copper; huge, tan, frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Mostly bready, with a slight hint of grapefruit; slightly earthy

Taste: Hits you up front with strong hop bitterness, then moves quickly into a malty, warming alcohol, slightly syrupy; then finishes dry and slightly bitter; pretty unique

Remarks: 8% alcohol per volume

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.