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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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963 Ratings

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011)
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a big off-white head that fades to a layering a leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly aromatic piney and grapefruit hops with a decent caramel malt backbone. This one smells incredibly close to SN Celebration and even looks kinda look it too.

T: The taste mimics the nose with a blast of piney hop bitterness followed by some sweet caramel malt and toffee. This is actually a bit hoppier than I expect from this brewery but it's more bitter than some of the more balanced and higher rated beers of the same style.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy with a lasty bitter finish.

O: While this has some of the key characteristics of a classic DIPA it's still lacking that extra special quality that sets it apart from the others. Very run of the mill and ordinary. If this had more tropical fruit hops and less of the bittering kind it could be great.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 07:25:45 | More by GregSVT
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-09-2011 20:30:16 | More by Dirtyrat91740
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew from Sam Adams. I have not always been a big fan of Double IPAs, but this was an exception

The pour was very big, smooth and you knew there were some hops here. The color was a golden darkish brown, not like a brown ale, but there were hints of dark here.
The aroma was so nice. Hops, Yeast, Malt all came together to deliver a nice smell.
The initial taste, I wasn't overally impressed. It was big and full, perhaps too much. But on my second and third sips, I got to appreciate everything this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 14:41:06 | More by rdilauro
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4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight and narrow, Boston Beer Co. builds a no-frills IPA that hits all the halmarks of the style in totally moderate fashion through and through.

The IPA pours with a crystal clear sheen of copper and medium amber. Off white foam forms a sturdy cap upon the beer with tremendous retention and thick rings of lace attached. Aside from the brigh clarity, the beer is exactly what's to be expected of IPAs.

Light caramel and barley malt provide the supple aromas and act as a springboard for the more zesty and brightly citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Though not as sharp or as intense as many of the style, the hop-forward balance is decorated with the alcohol scent of clean ethynol.

Super-clean flavors of light caramel and medium kilned barley malt gives a light bready impression to accompany the supple caramel sweetness. Spicy and fresh citrusy flavors of red grapefruit, orange zest, and floral grasses greatly dictate the flavor profile and use the caramel sweetness to inform the hops of the citric sweetness that's normally present in the pulp of the fruits. Cleanly bitter with a resiny finish of citrus pith that lingers long past the finish. Clean alcohol flavor are void of estery fruit flavor or spicy phenols- very neutral and moderate throughout.

Mild and moderate, the beer forms an early malty creaminess that's short lived, allowing for a quick dryness of hop resins and bitter citrus quality. Mild warmth and evaporate dryness from alcohol and hops usher in the long bitter finish and crisp aftertaste.

A solid IPA that exhibits very neutral flavors and in moderate fashion. It hits all the requirements for great IPAs but excel at none. Highly drinkable, but nearly over looked.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:44:19 | More by BEERchitect
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4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper with a 1+ finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of grapefruit pine hop and candy bubble gum malt

taste is very solid - one of the best SA offerings - again pine hop resin grapefruit carmal english pale malt

mouthfeel is a very smooth and creamy medium body with decent carbonation

overall this a crazy drinkable dipa that i would buy again

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:46:22 | More by jsh420
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A super hoppy aroma, with a lot of citrus and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops), malt, pine, honey, and citrus (lemon). The hops dominate this beer, but that's what you expect from a DIPA. Not exactly a hyper-complex flavor, but very tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with an earthy, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely focused, robust (especially for Sam Adams) beer. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 14:43:39 | More by avalon07
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- deep copper red with a tan head of sticky lace caking the glass.

S- more malt up front than you get the cascades going though. not as strong as most us blends so it must be the New zealand and UK types.

T- Big hop punch but malty at the same time. some darker fruit maybe. smooth but needs a little more balance.

M- creamy and rich not to sticky like some doubles tend to be. drinkable

O- Higher quailty sam adams for sure but still needs to have a more balanced taste. too much malt for a double imo. at only 5.50 a bomber a good deal but not something to buy all the time

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 21:30:26 | More by dankster
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-07-2011 20:42:12 | More by henskejk
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Dark copper/orange in color. Ridiculously thick, off-white head that is slow to recede and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is initially pine and citrus, but some honey sweetness and bread crust can be found in there,too.

The sweet malts jump up first, but then the rush of hop bitterness takes over and lingers. Very herbal quality to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very sticky and coating to the tongue, intensely drying to the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I can feel the ABV warmth in this a little bit more than some beers with higher alcohol content. Not the most balanced beer I've had, but pretty high on my list for Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:39:25 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-06-2011 08:09:36 | More by DividedAvery
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Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/6/11

Appearance: Pours a dark orange/amber color, fluffy off-white head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Fresh, spicy, leafy hops - orange, pine, resin - some grass - some serious malt under this - syrupy biscuits, kind of smells like malt extract - overall, interesting

Taste: Some problems, but not bad - lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit pith, mostly - nicely bitter - a little leafy, grassy - kind of a strange combination of hops, and this oddness seems to build over time - malts could be better - syrupy, over-cooked - a little too sweet - the combination of sweetness and grassiness is suboptimal

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, sticky, nicely carbonated, but the grassy dryness reduces the drinkability

Overall: Acceptable for Samuel Adams, but definitely not great

The aroma is nice, but the combination of hops is a little weird, and the malts are lacking quality. This was worth a try, but I'm really not excited about drinking the second half of this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:56:20 | More by angrybabboon
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber

A- amber with a bit of orange. Beautiful head. Very slowly falling leaving a decent amount of residue

S-Smells like lots of floral hops. A bit of malt and alot of hops.

T-hits with a thick malty caramel flavor, fading into a grapefruity hoppy flavor. Very strong hops

MF-Creamy. Fairly thick. Nice aftertaste.

O-The best sam adams I have had. I really enjoy this. Sort of weird flavor up front, but besides that its pretty good. The taste is the worst part, and it's pretty good. I would say just about the best deal for the money I have gotten.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 05:52:28 | More by Swim424
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2011 04:22:21 | More by ejw127
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red ale poured into a pint glass. Massive off-white head forms and has great retention, nice creamy texture. Tons of lace down the glass. These new bombers are bringing the appearance.

S- Really not picking up much in the way of hops. I get a deep caramel malt and an apple-like fruit sweetness in the nose. Slight alcohol hint.

T- More in the way of hops but not the typical ones in IIPAs of today. The big caramel and apple-fruit sweetness is still there as well as some yeast bread and spice. Hops are fairly big but they are Euro style grassy, spicy and herbal/floral.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with nice carbonation. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Not your typical IIPA but not bad either. I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile but I see what they're aiming at.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:15:49 | More by cbutova
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-06-2011 00:55:27 | More by jsurfs82
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-05-2011 14:29:05 | More by bluesplit63
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the release party for the series. Poured from bottle into a sample glass.

Dark brown body. Great citrus smell. Its like a double boston lager in alot of ways. This is a great beer. If you are a fan of Boston lager then you will be a fan of this. Great offering. I think its what beer geeks in New England was looking for. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:22:16 | More by jneiswender
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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a straightforward beer - you know what to expect out of a double IPA: yeah, it's going to be hoppy, the only question is - is is overdone or underdone?

It's difficult to balance a hoppy beer to suit every palate. Third Voyage, however, in my opinion, does the balancing act very well.

It pours a very attractive dark tea and cherry juice color with medium head. Very appetizing smell - the usual pine bark with tropical fruit aroma is there, but it's not overly aggressive - rather, it is warm and inviting. Bready notes can also be discerned.

First sip reveals more of the coniferous flavor well balanced with fruitcake undertones and fresh grass freshness. It drinks well, with alcohol nicely hidden and hops supremely balanced.

Overall - a great example of a balancing act for a double IPA. It ably displays a touch of a seasoned master, rather than exuberance of a young prodigy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:57:03 | More by Cannoneer
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams doing a Double IPA? What the eff?

Pours a more of a red color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Is it a red ale? A DIPA?

Hops are on the grassy/minty side here with nary a hint of the malt underneath. Spicy? I think so.

Like a bigger brother to their Latitude 48 IPA. I see many similarities (sweet, bready malt with grassy hops) and a bump in alcohol.

It's not abrasive on the tongue and there's a good amount of grassiness that lingers on the palate.

Not bad. A good start but it won't win any awards in my book. I just like that SA is trying something different.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:56:59 | More by Brad007
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-05-2011 02:22:30 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear orange brown with two fingers of pillowy tan head. head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Aroma is nice, if a little underwhelming. Subtle aromas of citrus, a bit of pine and caramel malt.

T - Nice balance of caramel malt and pine hops. Sometimes a DIPA with a significant malt presence is a let down for me, but this actually works pretty well. Enough bitter hops to satisfy, but not a hop bomb. Maybe the fact that it is winter makes a more malty DIPA more appealing. Anyway, a good flavor profile with a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy initially, but finishes oily, then dry and bitter.

O - I thought this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, especially considering the $5.99 price point. The DIPA field is pretty crowded, so I'm not sure if I would be compelled to buy this again, but I would be happy to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:23:30 | More by warnerry
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange with 3 fingers of head. Lingers around for a long time and forms into some great lacing.

S: Nothing too overpowering nice balance of citrus, malts and floral notes.

T: Starts with some piney and slightly spicy malt and follwed up with some carmel and honey sweeter notes. Finishes of with some bitterness but not the normal IPA or Double. Rather mild bitter but does linger well.

M: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, Very creamy on top and a little syrupy.

O: For a 6 buck mainstream bomber I was supruised. Nothing too overpowering or bold but a sold beer. I would not expect Sam Adams to go too wild so right in line with the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:54:43 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-04-2011 19:06:12 | More by mhaugo
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

12-04-2011 15:25:34 | More by jbarger84
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-04-2011 14:55:31 | More by alamode
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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