Third Voyage Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper color capped by an inch or so of foam; a few shards of lacing are left behind
Smell: Toffee and tropical fruit (guava, papaya and grapefruit)
Taste: Toffee and the tropical fruit flavors from the aroma, up front, with growing bitterness in the middle; after the swallow, the toffee and tropical fruit flavors balance each other out through the finish; there is some residual honey sweetness that lingers
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; surprisingly creamy
Overall: I think this beer is misunderstood by many reviewers who are disappointed that it is not a West Coast style DIPA; my view is that this is an American take on a traditional English IPA beer that is able to withstand the long voyage - thinking of it that way; there is a nice malt/hop combination that can withstand the passage of time in a way that is complementary (unlike the West Coast DIPA that withers on the vine after a few months)
03-26-2013 23:07:26 | More by brentk56
3.66/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up a single of this beer from my local establishment Civera's as a quick grab-n-go. Let's see how this matches up.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, amber red with a slight haze, but leaves something slightly to be desired. Leaves behind moderate head (about one inch) that dissipated quickly. Not so bad.
Smell: First scents are actually quite hoppy. But the right kind of hops. Citrus, and other type of light fruits. Leaves behind a nice grassy and a slight hint of caramel. Quite nice and brings on an inviting aroma that brings everything together in balance.
Taste: Brings on a full bodied assault of deep, floral hops. I noticed a slight hint of caramel-like flavors and some bitter flavors. Some citrus also plays into the body. It reminds me of a slight lemon-zest, orange-peel and some grapefruit. Has a clean finish, but like I mentioned before, leaves something to be desired.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.
Overall: This beer came into quite good, but seemed like there was a dominating overload of roasted hops to cover a citrus flavor that didn't quite bring everything together as well balanced as I thought. It came out as an average IPA, but that was it. Something was missing, but I can see how others might enjoy it. Reminds me more of an English ale. I would possibly try again, but not likely. It's unlikely I would see this beer on tap anywhere, anytime soon. I would recommend to a friend who is a fan of IPA's and is looking to expand. Cheers!
03-26-2013 01:37:39 | More by DMXLOX22
4.46/5 rDev +22.5%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Part of the Sam Adams IPA variety pack. This is one of the easiest to drink double IPAs and my favorite in the variety pack. This has a smooth taste and not as bitter as I expect from a double IPA. The short story describing each of the beers in the variety pack is also interesting to me.
I would definitely order this one again. I hope Sam Adams releases some of these outside of the mix pack.
03-19-2013 22:23:16 | More by msondel
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.