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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet citrus like pine. In the taste, sweet orange citrus and mellow hop abrasion. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. OK Sam Adams, you can do it, this proves it, make an great everyday DIPA!

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a big fluffy 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace develops.

Smell: loads of pine, grapefruit, and earthy tones.

Taste: big malt base here. Caramel, grapefruit, pine, tart pears, and a big earthy bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is barely noticeable here, but does provide some warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a nicely drinkable DIPA. Well balanced and refreshing. Worthy of seeking this one out if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark caramel with a light honey-colored head. Dissipates to leave a thin film with decent lacing.

S: The simcoe hops come through with some citrus from the cascade. Can't detect much malt in the nose.

T: Again the hops dominate here. Citrus-y, pine-y and bitter, with some sweet malts at the end. Not quite a hop-bomb, but not too far off either.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Quite pleasant, actually.

O: A decent DIPA. For the price, a good one. I can see myself picking this up when I need a hop fix. May also let one sit for a few months to see how the malts come out with a little age.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastically clear amber colored beer, bright and vibrant looking in the glass with some soft bubbles rising from the bottom. A good two finger off-white head sits on top and dissapates slowly. Nice retention. Big citrusy hop notes reminiscent of grapefruit and oranges with a large backing of piney hops. Clean honey malts under it all, only slightly. Clean and crisp aroma, very nice.

Big and hoppy, lots of bitterness that hits like a hammer at first. Sharp notes of pine bitterness mixed in with a touch of alcohol to make for a potent and powerful taste. The lingering hops stay well into the aftertaste, and strongly too. In front of that very sharp and dominating taste are very nice citrusy and flowery hop notes mixed with those honey malts on the tip of the tongue as well as a touch of caramel. A bit salty maybe? That could have something to do with the major intensity of the hop flavors. The bitterness combined with a crisp medium carbonation creates a welcome palate-ruining combination. The mouthfeel is somehow sort of smooth even with the prickle of the hops and booze, and it finishes dry and clean. The aftertaste is just so intense that it becomes a bit of a detriment, but makes you want to take another sip.

Honestly one of the most sharply hoppy beers I've tried, but this is pretty good. It stays true to style and really hammers it home. Its kind of nice to see BBC come out with something that has a more distinct character than some of their others. This and the other 3 that I've had from the series have all been very good. I recommend this and those.

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Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear, coppery-amber with a 2-finger khaki-colored head that leaves behind rings of lace up top, splotches thereafter.

S: First impression is resiny pine and an earthy hoppiness. After a couple more sniffs I also get some mint - toothpaste comes to mind actually.

T: Toffee/caramel malt base provides some malty sweetness. But then it's hops - earthy, grassy but mainly piney. Some peppery spiciness too. Finishes with a wood-like astringency that leaves a tannic lingering bitterness on the palate. Alcohol heat felt in belly.

M: Medium weight. Carbonation is nice and soft up front with some prickliness mid-sip.

O: Good stuff, not great. I prefer my hoppy DIPAs to hew more towards the American-hop profiles: citrusy grapefruit with a touch of pine. This hop bill is more earthy than what I like, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 the bottle says no other freshness dating but it is brand new to the store I bought it from.

A= The pour is a nice looking transparent amber color with a pretty big nice looking off white head that grows to a nice three fingers and falls slowly. The lacing on the glass is nice and it actually looks like a pretty nice beer.

S= The smell is a nice flowery hop aroma. Very floral actually. There's a bit of malt character to it that comes through a bit.

T= Nice hop bite that hits you with a floral grassy character and a nice malty sweetness that comes through quite a bit. It sort of reminds me a bit of a top fermented double boston lager. It's not quite as clean as the BL and the flavors are much more intense.

M= A little sweet for me on the finish but the carbonation is nice.

O= Not a bad beer but not the most outstanding DIPA in the world. Worth checking out and trying. You really can't go wrong with a DIPA and this is no exception. Worth trying but maybe not worth trying over and over again. Though the price is right.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finishing up this new line of SA bombers here. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises musty pine needles, lightly minty balsa, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of celery, mint, light cilantro, dark greens, dusty pine, honey, sweet caramel, and dry, flaky biscuit. A strange, minty bitterness pervades long after the liquid leaves my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I'm not a fan of this DIPA. The hop mixture just didn't work for me, and the dry bitterness at the end made it hard to go back to the glass for more. It's not all bad, but nothing I really wanna have again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle (nice etchings on the bottle BTW, hops/malt), w/o freshness/bottling info.

Pours clear medium honey amber, raises a nice dense lite tan head, that stays long term, then leaves a frothy film, bubbly collar and nice tiny bubble strands of lacing.

Mildy hoppy in the nose, with sweet malt also shining through.

Tasty and full flavor DIPA, hops present but balanced here by a healthy load of smooth malt. Rich, smooth and quite enjoyable on the palate and flowing over the tongue. Notes of honey, some lime, hoppy goodness and then again bready sweet malts...perhaps a double English style DIPA is what we have here...well done, quite enjoyable and dangerously easy drinking.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Soapy tanish colored head with a bright amber copper body.
S: Bitter floral pine aroma with hints of citrus (specifically grapefruit).
T: The beer has a really strong bitter pine hop flavor that hits your right in the teeth. Bitter and really overpowering but has a pleasant resiny fruity citrus candy sugar after taste.
D/M: Very crisp and big bodied beer with not much of a presence of alcohol. A little too much hops for my taste but very good ipa character.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a medium/medium dark amber color that was very transparent with no sediment. Had an off white frothy head that left an inconsistent layer of lace. First smells are of floral and hop. It is has a good but not robust hop taste with a touch of maltiness. The taste fleets quick and I feel it is lacking a hobiness bite, especially for an 8% abv beer. It doesn't have any trace of booziness which is a definte plus. It starts out strong but plateaus quickly. Missing something. Definitely enjoyable though.

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Photo of Kranders
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this with some pizza for dinner. Nice departure from some of the other Sam Adam's stuff I've had. Really nice and crystal clear amber color. Kind of an earthy but minimized aroma. Really nice hop flavor, quite earthly like you'd guess from the smell, but a little bit on the thin side. Really a great overall beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" beige head with considerable lasting power. Nice rich amber color, clear, with slow moving effervescence. Smells of hops, malt, and caramel. Medium hoppy taste, quite sweet and rich, with toffee. Decent satisfying finish. Really it's a very nice beer, and I could agree to double something, I'm just not sure it's double IPA.

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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.

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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured leisurely into my Darkness snifter, which I'm convinced has the magical power to make anything it holds taste rather boss. Bottle reads "Batch 1" but provides no other easily identifiable bottling date or related so and so.

Pours a rusty reddish brown: darker than I'd expected. Bubblage resembles puddled dish soap and is inconsistent. Lacing is good.

Smells of thick resinous sap, residual sugars, and a rye-gingerbread amalgamation.

Malt forward for sure. Big bitterness and sourdough. Some fruitiness and yeast. Lots of heat. Really? 8% rides hard here. Sappy, resinous, and sticky. Pinneneedleblastastic.

Very drying. Sucks the saliva right out your puss. Chewy with low carbonation.

Overall, not the side of the DIPA spectrum that I prefer to occupy. Not a bad beer by any means, just not necessarily the pajamas this cats digs wearing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper color with a huge fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. They don't look more prettier than this one. Smell is hoppy with a bready malt background. Again this smells a bit like Latitude 48 souped up. Lots of pine and resin mixed with hints of citrus. Enough bready maltiness to make me question whether this is really a DIPA. Taste is smooth with a malty hoppy flavor. Again lots of pine resin and grapefruit mixed with bready grainy malt. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Overall this is a great flavorful beer I really enjoyed it. Might be a stretch to call this a double IPA though.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

1st batch. Picked up for $5.99 at local beer store. Poured into pint glass. Excited for this one =)

A: Pour yields a thick white head. The beer is dark amber/brown...almost like the Boston Lager. Pretty dark for a DIPA.

S: Smells very strongly of tropical fruit/hops. It actually smells similar to the Latitude 38, but more pronounced.

T: Very malty up front. A bit of hoppy grapefruit taste picks up in the middle. It subsides to a pine-like bitterness that sticks around for awhile. No real alcohol taste present. Pretty damn balanced for a DIPA.

M: Thick side of medium. Too thick for a DIPA. Not much carbonation, either. This brew would be stellar if the mouthfeel was more appropriate for the style.

O: It's pretty solid, overall. I like when Sam Adams tries something different. I used to view them as primarily a gateway brewing company. With this, 13th Hour, New World, etc, I'm beginning to respect them more as a craft brewer. I can see why people would dismiss this just because it's Sam Adams, but it's worth a shot if you enjoy the style. It's perfectly balanced and tastes damn good; only the mouthfeel is slightly off.

Gives the other big DIPAs a run for their money.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - chill hazed copper color with a off-white head that left some spotty lacing.

S - mix of citrus, pine and earthiness.

T - well balanced beer with a good amount of dry bitterness and warmth on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria, VA two days ago for $5.99. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish mahogany brown color with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some nice spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, light floral notes. Not overly hoppy but they are there. Overall pretty nice.

t - Tastes citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and light pine hops. A lot more malts than the nose, and less hops, with some light bitterness. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Definitely seems to be undercarboned, which hurts it. Pretty smooth, with some very light bitterness.

o - Overall a decent DIPA, but very undercarbonated which hurts it. Some nice hops in the nose but the taste is more malt forward. Worth checking out but not my favorite DIPA, and not a hop bomb by any means.

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Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

Solid looking DIPA, a nice red-orange color with a huge, steadfast head. Aroma is also quite nice, it's upfront hoppy and grapefruity, with some sweet malts. The taste is a nice strong citrus hop, with some nice floral aspects and a smooth caramel finish. The mouthfeel is a little under-carbonated, but otherwise nice and creamy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a great DIPA from Sam Adams, and I think this would slot very nicely into their 4-pack Imperial Series. I'd buy plenty of it!

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sort of a dark yellow/burnt orange. Nice inch of cream colored foam that melts down to a film. Great lacing too. Wonderful fresh hop smell. The taste is upfront hops. Bright citrus, a little pineapple maybe? Grass? Some malt towards the end. Nice finish. No alchol detected. Good job. Medium light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Over all a very good double IPA.

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Photo of cooncat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into a couple of Sam Adams Boston Lager glasses.

The beer pours a light amber, with a large ecru head, which is not particularly long lasting. Some nice lacing develops on the glass, however. Very clear, and quite a nice look.

The aroma I'm picking up is mostly pine and pithy citrus rind. Lots of hop aroma in the nose. A bit of maltiness is in the background.

Taste is similar to the nose, in that piney and citrus rind hops dominate the flavor. Very clean, with no off flavors. The malt that makes it through the hop onslaught is caramel, but it struggles to make it past the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a spritely carbonation which makes for a refreshing quaff.

Overall impression is of a very nice example of a double IPA. Hop heads will love this. This is a limited "one off" production, so if you are lucky enough to find it, pick it up. Recommended!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of BmoreBeerGuy
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date.

A: Poured a dark copper color with decent head more tan than white. Nice laciness remained as head dissolved.

S: Very earthy, dry hopping clearly added strong pine scent. Slight notes of citrus though the earthiness definitely takes over. Could smell this beer all day long.

T: First sips seemed a little too strong with the pine/grass flavor but was eventually balanced nicely with caramel malt and a little citrus hoppiness. Finish is excellent with very nice piney hop flavor lasting well after the final sip. Definitely need to enjoy hops to drink this one.

M: Medium bodied with a about average carbonation. About what you'd expect.

O: I was a little skeptical going into this one but was pleasantly surprised. Delicious earthy hops start with the aroma and follow through with every sip. The best offering I've tasted from Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with an impressive 2 fingers worth of sticky, off-white head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing

S: Very hoppy up front with some malts to back it up. Hops are earthy and slightly citrusy

T: Not as hoppy as the nose, but it's very well balanced between malts and hops. First you get balance, then some alcohol, and then it finishes with an intense bitterness that lasts for quite a while after taking a sip

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nothing to write home about, though

O: A nice stab at the style by SA, but it doesn't have any memorable characteristics that differentiate it from the pack. Just another DIPA in a sea of DIPAs

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark copper in color. Forms a large, stable off-white colored head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the way down.

S: Very impressive aroma. Some sweet caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and a little orange blossom.

T: Taste is fairly well balanced. Maybe leaning a bit towards the hops. Caramel malts, grapefruit, and a little pine. Maybe a little herbal hops as well. Mild sweetness. Finishes with a moderate to strong pine flavored bitterness and some fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Some peppery spice.

O: A really unexpected, under the radar, beer from the folks at Sam Adams that turned out quite well. Lots of hops, but still fairly balanced. A very good offering for the price.

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