Third Voyage Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.86/5 rDev +6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 00:15:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.