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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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977 Ratings

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

scott2269, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jlenik, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of icepik
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A: amber color, very slight chill haze, good head and great lacing.

S: Light hop aroma compared to a typical west coast style DIPA, malt notes about equal to hops.

T: Very nice and complex malt flavor, has hints of sweet honey and caramel. Hops provide a nice balance and OK flavor with a decent bite of bitterness on the finish.

M: Big mouth feel, carbonation is perfect.

O: This is a very solid and good tasting ale. If you are looking for a west coast style DIPA, this is not your beer, but if you like DIPAs balanced a little more towards malt, you will like this beer. Definitely worth a try.

icepik, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%

Pours a hazy caramel color with a 2 finger sticky white head. A little darker than most DIPA's, but still nice.

I would not be able to tell this was an DIPA from the aroma. Very malty with some honey and just the slightest hint of floral hops. Apparently this one has Simcoe hops in it which aren't present in the nose at all.

Starts off with a deep caramel presence and ever so slight citrus. Finishes extremely bitter although not terribly dry. One-note bitterness for the most part. The intense pine bitterness of Simcoe is present, but the grapefruit balance is missing. Almost gets astringent at the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for something this sweet and heavy. Carb level is good.

A real disappointment and by far my least favorite of Sam Adams new series. Pretty one note and hardly any hops detectable except for the finish. I'd buy the Talisman and Griffin's Bow again, but this one is a pass.

jmarsh123, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Batch #1

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a dense, creamy off-white head that settles to a frothy cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Big, resinous hop aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and lemon with a substantial caramel malt backbone. Definitely has that signature Sam Adams malt profile, just "bigger".
T - More pine resin and grapefruit heavy hops dominate, with a solid caramel malt backbone. Again, malt profile is in-line with the rest of the Sam Adams portfolio, just bigger. Hops are interesting, you can tell they aren't run-of-the-mill American version, and in fact the New Zealand hops add an interesting tropical and floral character.
M - Slick and a touch sticky, with a medium-full mouthfeel and lower carbonation. A bit "fuller" then I like in my DIPAs, I prefer them to be a bit more crisp. ABV is hidden nicely, though.
O - A fairly unique spin on the tried and true DIPA style that, while ultimately enjoyable, I won't likely pick up again.

jsanford, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

WhitmansNiece, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Crossmd
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into an octagonal pint glass. No born date- batch 1.

Pours a lucid, deep copper with a 1.5 finger eggshell head. Tight, thin lacing settles into a rim in the inside of the glass.

Smells of a rich blend of florals, caramel and bread. Relatively well projected.

Taste is a loud blend of hops with the slightest sugar/ or caramel tinge. The attack punches through initially but dries down into a refreshing maltiness that is a pleasantly unexpected touch for an IIPA.

Mouthfeel is just a little weak for an imperial IMO, but adds what could be seen as drinkability in a big way.

Overall, a fantastic offering from a giant of a brewery that refuses to act like one. Fully supportive of this, and at a fantastic price to boot. ($6USD- bomber) don't hesitate.


Crossmd, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Codytucker13, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a big foamy and creamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Nice, but mild, caramel flavor with some spicy hops.

Taste: A bold flavor with a bit of alcohol up front, sweet yet earthy caramel malts, and bitter and spicy hops at the finish. Some alcohol, bitterness, and caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Despite the alcohol in the taste, it is quite drinkable. Moderate ABV for this style.

By far the best IPA I've tried from Sam Adams, and quite a nice DIPA to boot!

mithrascruor, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy white head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with some sweetness.

Tastes of the big hop notes on top of a sweet malt base. Hops lead off with citrus, grass, tea leaves, and pine notes. Some candy like sweetness then rolls in and cuts the hops' bitterness. Alcohol makes an appearance at the end and provides a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a quite a pleasant surprise and is a beer I would be on the lookout for.

ocelot2500, Jan 05, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

A: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rich foam head. The foam slowly dies down and turns into a great lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel, Candied Citrus, Tangerine, Grapefruit

T: Some pine, grapefruit, burnt caramel, tangerine, and some light lemony notes

M: Rich, Thick with a medium low carbonation

O: Very Tasty!! I was very surprised. This beer hits all of my favorite flavors in one; sweet caramel, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and some pine resin. This was definitely worth the price I paid for it. I will definitely buy some more before it runs out.

PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is primarily dominated by aromas of citrus; grapefruit, lemon, and bitter orange are all there. As the beer warms, subtle scents of herbs, pine, and biscuits emerge.

T: Notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, and lemon rind are pretty apparent in the mouth. There are suggestions of tropical fruits, namely pineapple and guava in there too. The finish is long and fruity with robust notes of lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange balanced by a hint of pine.

M: Full-bodied and slick. Carbonation is prickly, but not particularly forceful. Alcohol character is extremely restrained. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a solid, respectable DIPA that really shows off the aromas and flavors of the Cascade varietal well. In my opinion, the Simcoe hops get a little lost in the mix, but the abundance of Cascade aromas and flavors more than make up for it. If you're into DIPAs, this is one that is worth checking out.

mrfrancis, Jan 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Overall a great tasting double IPA from Sam Adams.

This offering from Sam Adams settles with a light head, which gives way to a light ring around the glass within a minute or so. The color is a bit dark for an IPA, reminiscent of Southern Tier’s Unearthly. A light citrusy hop aroma is apparent in the nose, not quite as strong as a traditional west coast IPA, but pleasant none the less. The beer tastes well balanced, with malt sweetness evident up front and the hop character winning in the end as expected. This double IPA tastes a bit stronger than the ABV rating suggests, 8.0, with an alcohol warming light hoppy and syrupy mouth feel, followed by a hoppy finish that’s not too bitter. I’d give it a 7 out of 10 on the smoothness scale. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was this is one of the few in Boston Beer Company’s line-up that does not immediately taste like a Sam Adams. I enjoy many Sam Adams beers, but they all seem to have a similar taste profile, a palate predictability if you will…regardless of style, which in my opinion detracts from their beers to a degree. In a blind taste test I would not have guessed this was from Sam Adams.

Overall I would recommend the voyage to your local off license or favorite watering hole to give this limited release a try. A similar tasting double IPA is Long Trail’s double IPA.

LeffeHanded, Jan 03, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3%

Appearance: Pours a clear orange gold color with a small 1/4" head of small off-white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. There were lots of bubbles rising initially, but they didn't really stick once they got to the top, so the head fell to a small ring within about 45 seconds. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking, but it is just in little wisps coming vertically down the side of the glass.

Aroma: I just tried the Tasman beer, so the aroma of this one is actually mild in comparison. The American hops are definitely there as is some mild caramel malts, but overall it is reserved in comparison to the other one, so I will come back to it as it warms. The aroma stays pretty much the same with lots of American hops and a little bit of sweet caramel mixed in there.

Taste: The flavor is also a little mild for the style, which I like. It has some defined hops in here, but they actually let some of the malt characteristics shine through. There are some toasty notes and some mild caramel that comes out in the middle of the profile, and then the finish turns bitter again to stay that way to linger after the sip. There is a little bit of the alcohol noticeable as the beer sits, adding some spice and definitely flushing my cheeks a bit (Probably from the hops too). Overall the body is medium, and the carbonation is ample in the mouth though it isn't really visible any more.

Opinion: This is a pretty good DIPA. It actually finishes with SOME sort of balance, which is more than I can say for many in this category. If you are into hoppy beers, I would definitely say that you should give this one a "day in court". Otherwise, I would say that this is good for another beer review, but I don't think that I will be trying it again anytime soon.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Bubbalito, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Wally1912, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Simple amber color with a 1" white orange head. Not too bubbly.

Smell: Seriously pouring this into the glass you are inhaling greatness. Floral, heavily pined with a slight pinch of caramel.

Taste: Little bitter but "sweet", grapefruit skin even if it wasn't used is pretty damn evident.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, this isn't a bad thing...personally I think it compliments it's flavor though other might think other wise.

Overall: A MUST buy for any IPA drinker and beer connoisseur alike. Full of flavor and leaves you asking for more. Hope you all enjoy--Cheers!

BlurryVisi0n, Jan 01, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

An enjoyable complex DIPA. I was expecting more "white wine" flavour from the New Zealand hops. Rather I appreciated that each glass (I finished this bomber solo) gave a different enjoyable fruity flavour. Lots of citrus. Great hop melange aroma. Above average mouthfeel, no shredding for the style was pleasant. Better than wine with my lunch.

Sammy, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

FalconA, Dec 31, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -3%

22oz bomb bottle poured into a Harpoon IPA oversized imperial pint glass. Poured cold but warmed as tasted.
A - GREAT color, amber with a solid red tinge to it; produces a big foamy head off only a medium-rough pour, which hangs around for a while.
S - Pretty solid hop aromas here; more blended than in-your-face, which tells me there's not much in the way of dry-hopping here. Get some burnt caramel/sugar and/or molasses here as well.
T - Tastes like it smells; hops are there but in the middle and not very assertive (boiling hops); burnt caramel/molasses flavor is prominent throughout, and get a decent alcohol burn toward the end as well. The hoppy flavor finishes things off, really drying out the tongue for while, with a bit of sweetness as well.
M - Smooth, and just a bit syrupy, and definitely not over-carbonated.
Overall not a bad IPA but I'd really like to see SA do an in-your-face IPA one of these days, in the West Coast style. With IPAs anyway, they seem to go up to the line, but not cross it.

bosox941827, Dec 30, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

A: This poured clear gold with lots of light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey malt and bitter resin and floral hops.
T: It tasted like sugary honey malt, with lots of bitter floral/herbal hops and resin. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA with good scent and taste, but nothing special. The body was ok, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy enough to drink. Good enough beer to try once, but not really worth buying again.

Pencible, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

TheEvilGenius, Dec 30, 2011
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.