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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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986 Ratings

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Goldfishman, May 09, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with small, 1 finger light head.

S - Really piney and earthy in the nose, there's something in the background malts that's not entirely good, a tad bit skunky or plastic-y.

T - Full amount of piney hops, very bitter. But there's really nothing else. It's just hardcore on the pine hops, and then fades away.

M - Leaves the mouth dry, a bit of a plastic-y aftertaste.

Overall - not impressed by this one. I'm not sure if perhaps I had a bad bottle here or it's just not that good.

BeerBuckeye, May 08, 2012
Photo of vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 poured into a snifter from 22oz bomber.

A- Pours a cloudy dark amber orange color with about two fingers worth of head that sticks around for awhile. Lots of sticky lacing comes off the head also.

S- The hops come out in the smell over everything, as one would expect. Mostly getting pine notes, with some citrus in there as well.

T- Starts off nice and bitter from the hops. The pine characters really shine over the citrus in my opinion. Finishes with a rather sweet malt aftertaste.

M- Bitter, medium bodied and a dry finish. The alcohol is there but not too noticeable.

This is a nice showing from Sam Adams. Nothing spectacular, but a nice beer.

vic21234, May 07, 2012
Photo of BTFU
4/5  rDev +9.9%

BTFU, May 07, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep, brassy copper with 1 1/2 fingers of just off-white foam on top. Loads of sticky lace.

S: Very malt forward. Sweet carmel, booze, and just a little hoppy.

T: Just like above with some vanilla. Hops are muted.

M: Full and slick with some mint-like alcohol qualities. Finishes prickly and hot.

O: A just ok DIPA. Not nearly enough hops for the style.

GbVDave, May 06, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this brew while at Hy-Vee the other day. It was under the “wine coolers” section, which says either a) us craft ber enthusiasts still have a ways to go in educating the general public or b) they had so much good beer they had to find new spots for it. Luckily, I lean more towards the latter, because they had a good selection. Anyway, poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Looks real good, pours a nice amber/copper color with a good one finger, pillowy head that hangs around for some time. Lacing is strong on the glass, you can almost tell how many drinks you’ve taken by the lacing it has left.

Smell – There was certainly the citrus, piney aroma you would expect from anything billing itself any kind of IPA, but it was subdued. There was much more maltiness in the nose than I expected. Unusual, most DIPA’s I can smell while I’m pouring them.

Taste – Underwhelming, honestly. I failed to check the “best by” date, but it’s a DIPA, and its only been brewed once. Malts are in control of most of the taste, with a little bitterness and hop presence at the finishing part of the drink. I’m unsure of the intent there, but the hops are much less assertive than any DIPA I’ve tasted yet.

Mouthfeel – Forgettable. If I hadn’t taken notes I wouldn’t remember at all. There was nothing special about the mouthfeel either. Just straight down the middle of the road.

Overall – A little disappointed in Samuel Adams on this one. I think Latitude 48 is better than this, for a hell of a lot less money. I understand they combined hops from three different spots, and if I’m not mistaken only one of those is American. I just wasn’t hopped aggressively enough (IMO) to represent a DIPA, hardly even an IPA. It tasted like a strong pale ale or a weak IPA to me. Just not that impressed, which says a lot from a company who usually comes through big time. Can’t win them all I guess. Will not buy again, nor recommend.

TheCondor, May 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

JKerfman, May 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with decent light tan head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Toast and the expected citrus from the Cascade. Surprisingly light aroma. Was this dry hopped? If not, it should have been.

Taste: Nice showcase for Cascade. Not sure if anyone can really tell that the hops came from three different regions, but there is strong orange, grapefruit and spicy bitterness. Malt backbone is semi-sweet with toast and caramel.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat oily, mostly dry, but a wee bit boozy for 8%.

Overall: Despite an interesting idea of three hop growing regions and a nice taste profile, this is ultimately a simple Cascade DIPA with little aroma. Good, but not enough in his day and age.

bsp77, May 05, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz out of the IPA mix pack... Poured into my slim goblet.... very nice lacing and retention... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber...

Nose is pretty hoppy ... some big citrus and lesser pine that are fenced in by a healthy dose of caramel/toasty maltiness..

Flavor is better... nice bitterness... pithy bitter hoppiness up front and unrelenting.. the bruising bitterness makes this seem very one dimensional ... The malts are way in the background until it warms up a bunch.

Not sure what I think about this one... I like, but it doesn't "grab" me.


JohnGalt1, May 04, 2012
Photo of Arsenal11
2.15/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A little disapointed in Sam lately, this beer had potential but falls way short very malty for a double IPA, the hop combo is off somehow there is way better IPas then this. Is Sam getting to big? I remember when they put out all igh quality beer too much hit or miss now

Arsenal11, May 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

WeckBrew, May 04, 2012
Photo of Star80
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours out a darkish copper color with a tan head.

S - smells more malty than hoppy. Of the the hops I detect they seem more spicey and herbal than piney and citric. Kind of odd considering the all cascade hop bill. Like the other beers in the box kinda disappointing in the nose.

T- Not sure how fresh this beer is cause again the hops are in the background. They do offer a nice puckering aftertaste but not up front like a usual IPA, let alone a double.

M - Mouthfeel is not rough nor particularly smooth.

O - Overall a decent beer far more reminiscent of an old stock ale than an IPA. Probably would age real well but for me that isn't what India Pale Ales are about. Like the rest of the pack, falls short in the nose and just not a complex version of the style.

Star80, May 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Njstoutlover23, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

IPAchris, Apr 18, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date but suggests that the beer is cellar worthy.

LOOK: Tiny bubble sticky foam, clear brassy hue

SMELL: Hemp seeds, blood oranges, fresh cut grass, vague fruit, toasted crackers, alcohol, hop resin

TASTE: Dank hop resin, bitter, passion fruit, figs, hemp, caramel, toasted grain, yeast, warming alcohol, apple skin, catty, broth, bitter-sweet semi-dry finish

Not half bad, perhaps not as dry or even bitter as I would have expected it to be. Blend of hops seems a little out of whack to me as well.

Jason, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

FrankK, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into Pewter-lined stein.

A: Amber-bodied with a hint of orange color beneath a two-finger head of ginger colored foam that left a bit of soapy lace.

S: Herbal, sweet and citrus hop aromas rise from the brew. There's a little smoky, caramel aroma thrown in the mix.

T: Rich, grainy malt flavor up front which is quickly subdued by a flash of herbal, piney hops. The mid-palate is a rush of caramel sweetness sloshing with spicy, herbal and bitter citrus peel flavors from the hops. Finish is a bit sticky and sweet with a more mellow malt finish that expected.

M: A full-bodied DIPA with a little too much cloying sweetness after the dose of bitter, herbal hops.

O: A bit more hop-leaning than the Tasman Red, this 8% ABV DIPA has enough balance and hop flavor to keep me interested. Not the highest quality craft, but I like what SA has done to provide a fleet of styles for those fans alienated by their overall homogenization. The DIPA is a fine fit among the others in this line.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Aschap, Apr 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber orange in the small chalice. Very fragrant with resiny hops and sweet lilac-like scent. Big malty flavor but even bigger hops fill the mouth. Sharp and resinous, piney as well as pineapple. A little dark fruit.

Carbonation is plentiful. Head is a little coarse. That weird, fruity-flowery smell is pretty peculiar. Huge hop bitterness. Sharpness borders on the acidic. Aftertaste is more harsh. Seems like Boston Brewing is trying to prove their cojones on this one. Sí se puede!

mactrail, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

justinp, Apr 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

chrispoint, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Third Voyage pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. It has a reddish tint that’s apparent when held to light. An off-white head stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s rather quick to recede, but leaves a nice coat of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is okay. It’s not bad, but it is rather average for a DIPA. It’s not very strong at all. It features some caramel malt up front. It definitely smells sweet and sugary. There are some interesting hop notes that follow. They’re rather subdued and secondary. Perhaps a little too muted by the strong malt presence. Nevertheless, the hops smell citric, featuring grapefruit and orange scents. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is a little better. The malt base does feature quite the dose of caramel malt. It is quite sweet. Not my favorite thing. Hops are a little stronger. They feature citric grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors. There’s only a hint of bitterness. It’s honestly pretty well balanced. Also not my favorite thing for a DIPA. There are some light piney hop flavors that emerge late. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t seem too strong. Finishes sweet and malty with a touch of pine.

Third Voyage has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It definitely has a nice, smooth feel. Mouthfeel is probably its strongest attribute. True story. In terms of drinkability, it’s just okay. It’d be better if I enjoyed the flavor a little more.

Third Voyage is a somewhat less than interesting release from Boston Beer Company. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Honestly, it just seems like a bigger version of one of the Latitude 48 varieties. It suffers the same flaw – it needs more hops! If you’re into Latitude 48, you’ll probably dig it. If not, you’ll probably find it to be just okay. Probably worth a try in any event.

prototypic, Mar 31, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Batch #1.

A: Pours a pure, clear brass with a rocky, sticky off-white head. Really nice lacing on the sides. Good retention, with a nice mountain of spongy foam left to cover most of the surface of the beer.

S: Big grapefruit nose. Sweet, but you can definitely smell the looming bitterness. A nice balancing maltiness behind it.

T: Good stuff. Nice hop profile: blend of citrus (grapefruit, pithy bitter orange) and black pepper, spicy earthiness, dankly herbal, pine. A nice wave of bitterness hits the palate after the initial hop flavors come out, followed by a good amount of toasted, biscuity malt to balance. Alcohol is slightly palpable throughout but works well. A bit of a hoppy, marijuana-like kick in the finish, with slightly buttery malt and a big coating of bitterness lingering after the swallow.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Impressed by this one. Not as intense as some DIPAs, but certainly scores well in all the categories. Yum.

Etan, Mar 28, 2012
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.