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

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 1,003
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

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Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a lovely clear deep amber-gold colour, with a full, fine and persistent head of creamy-white. Lacing is steady, thick and rich. Body has some weight behind it, very pleasantly, with some large-bubbled carbonation. It looks very good indeed, what a good DIPA should look like.

Nose is a little weak: soft, leafy hop characters cradling a structured malt presence, reasonably well put together, but not particularly strong or aromatic. There's some baked bread aromas, some lemon and rosewater from the hops and a faintly sharper herbal or peppery note. It's all quite pleasant, and reasonably well balanced, but it's just not that exciting.

Taste is similar. Very nicely balanced malt and hop characters are nonetheless muted, leaving a ghostly impression of bitterness and richness without actually creating much in the way of true full flavours. Light, biscuity tones, oily bitterness that fades quickly, some leafy, slightly herbal vapours on the finish. Feel is smooth and light: pleasant.

Look, this is a nice beer, and maybe I'm just an idiot for wanting a Double IPA to punch me in the face from start to finish—but I do believe that's what a DIPA should do. This is well-structured, pleasant and easy drinking, but compared to the most flavoursome examples, this feels a little banal.

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber with 3-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and clingy lacing all down the glass.

S: The aroma is floral but weak. There are some minor grapefruit and honeysuckle aromas. I smell almost as much caramel malt as the hops.

T: The flavor fits the "balanced" DIPA category, but the hops presence is still not what it needs to be, as it is characterized mainly by bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. There are flashes of honeysuckle, lemon peel, grapefruit, and herbal/grassy notes, but the main flavor is moderate bitterness combined with fairly sweet caramel maltiness. Not cloying but pretty heavy crystal malt contribution. Almost drinks like an extra big red ale rather than a DIPA as there is a bit of toastiness to the flavor. Needs less crystal malt and more committed dry hopping for aroma and some flavor to move it off of average for me.

M: Pretty slick and dry in the feel with active, moderate carbonation and medium body at most. Does drink light.

O: Just a ho-hum effort in the DIPA category from SA. Underhopped and overly sweet. Not really what you are looking for in the style.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rich amber, with a huge head of off-white suds. Thick walls of lace. Nice!

Nose is crisp citrus hops all the way. Not bad, but not remarkable, either.

Taste is strong -- with plenty of acid and bitter notes. I get more citrus and pine tones, but there's also a thick malt backbone, balancing this big beer out somewhat, though it's still heavy on the palate. Alcohol bite is evident at finish, as well.

Solid IPA here, but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: dark auburn with a half finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smell: bitter hops, sweet malt, spice, and something wierd I cant put a finger on. A little off-putting.

taste: much of the same with alot more of the sweet malt coming through at the front and hopps coming through at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a slightly oily linger.

Overall: this is alright, but not really what I was hoping for with this style. Not a huge recommend.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams attempt at a west coast style IPA, it does fall short of that but still very nice!

Nice copper color thin lace of foam almost no carbonation. Strong malt character, sweet, mild caramel, strong hop flavor floral citrus. Mild bitter after taste....easy to drink.

Read a review that said "this should be classified a barley wine" ...No not a barley wine!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: brownish-red with a finger or so off an off-white head. leaves a lacing and nice clarity

Smell: hops, just straight strong hops. could use a little bit of maltiness

Taste: citrus hops, some earthy hops, a hint of caramelly malts. very hop strong, i wish the maltiness could play in a bit stronger to battle with the big strong hops

Mouthfeel: pretty sticky and super bitter aftertaste

Overall: I like by DIPA's with a stronger malt base to go along with the intense hops and found this one a bit lacking. not undrinkable or bad but just not the kind that i really like

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a reddish copper color with a huge fluffy 3 finger white head with excelllent retention

S - Slightly grassy. Lots of citris and floral aromas. Can also dtect some caramel malts. Fairly lightly scented for an IPA in my opinoin

T - I can definately pick up the caramel malts right up front mixed with the piney bitterness of the hops. Not a lot going on here but still a pleasant beer

M - A medium body IPA. The alcohol really warms the palate and it has a very very creamy feel

O - Pretty decent IPA. Nothing outstanding but I wouldnt turn my nose up at it! It has a nice hops taste but could use a little more in the aroma department. ITs great looking beer.

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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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack
*Notes from 04/02/13 - FW Snifter glass

A: Pure amber colored body with some fine clarity and a stubborn cake top of khaki head. Cascading sheets of lace leave behind a Looks on point in every way with some very active streaming bubbles rising.

S: Aroma is forward with a caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol spice with a little raisin-like esters mixed in there. Hops come through with some big pine notes and a bit of herbals as well. Smells are all pretty malt dominant like one would expect from an American Barley Wine.

T: Flavor starts out with a firm sweetness of caramel malts and some raisin bread. Hops bring forth a flourish of lush evergreens and dank herbals. There is an upper moderate amount of bitterness to the beer with alcohol pretty well masked. I get some earthy minerals towards the end. This is not bad and bit light on the citrus notes but also a bit familiar to me with the heavy handed malts and use of Cascades. It kind of reminds me of a SN Bigfoot rather than the DIPAs I have come to know and love.

M: Moderate weight in body with some hefty malts there. Pretty clean overall with a smooth consistency and a nice constricting hop bite. Slightly wetter finish to it with some lingering oily slickness.

D: An interesting take on the Double IPA that lands closer to an American B-wine if you ask me. With its pronounced malt base and hoppy bitterness I felt this profile very similar to that of a Bigfoot. Not quite as good but worth me having again.

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