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

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Third Voyage
22 oz bottle; $7.50 @ Capone's beer store in Norristown, PA

The name of this double IPA refers to the "Third Voyage" of Captain James Cook, the famous British seaman, explorer, and cartographer, who also happened to be killed during that expedition... it'd better be a good beer!

It's a little darker than you might expect of an IPA, or "Double IPA" with it's dark-amber/copper body, but it's probably a bit lighter, or perhaps right on par with an ale from that time (Cook died in 1779). Certainly, it's clearer, to be sure. The foamy off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass as it goes. It's one of the better looking beers I've sampled in quite some time.

The nose is hoppy, displaying a combination of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and other fruit (berries, soft cherry), and leaves and grass over a gently bready and caramelish (fully biscuity!) malt base.

The flavor follows the aroma, as usual, with very few changes. Of course the malt is fuller, but that's always the case; and the hops are certainly brighter. The bitterness is the one item that comes into play, and it's solid, perfectly balancing the malt. The only other question would be how does the alcohol play out, and although it does play a role in the flavor, it never steps into the spotlight.

In the mouth it's full bodied with a bristling carbonation that softens as it warms a bit.

In conclusion, although it's named for Captain Cook, it remains far more American than English in my book, yet it evokes the image of an English ale. On the other hand, for a beer of its size the hops are kept in check, which would be more English in nature. Regardless, it's an extraordinary ale that shouldn't be passed by. Cheers!

Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head, looks great.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus, pineapple, pine.

Taste: Muted caramel followed by a dry bitterness. Hints of tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Solid bitterness, not too strong, limited edition.

I like to try all the DIPAs, so gave this one a shot. Despite having cascades and simcoe hops it still reminded me a little of a beefed-up English IPA. A fair amount of tea-like bitterness beside pithy citrus. It's pretty good.

Photo of ChadHanley
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I often question Samuel Adams hoppy offerings, something doesn't click for them typically. This whole new line with the big beers is interesting, kind of the next transition after releasing the imperial stout, imperial white, and the double bock...I guess those were too traditional and not cutting edge enough. So here we have it a Double IPA with US, British, and New Zealand hops. Appears a ruby caramel bodey with caramel highlights and a light tan khaki head, dwindles down slowly and forms fine layered even lacing. Aroma has deep layered pine citrus notes with a spicy hops and big malt sugars coating the hop bomb of a beer. Flavor comes with big bold bitterness, the thing about my favorite IPA/DIPAs is the big hop bill with an equal balancing malt flavors. Here the bitterness is a bit much but there's enough hop flavor earthy citrus with some pine accents to hold on. The malts had some caramel/biscuit malt sweetness but was definitely overpowered by the hops, finishes a bit boozey as well. Mouthfeel is defined by the linger dry bitter booze burn between each sip, it's not very pleasant maybe even a bit abrasive. Medium bodied hop oils textured with moderate carbonation, probably the biggest turn off so far. Overall still able to get down 22 ounces without difficulty, but it's just not a standout DIPA. Solid yes, but it suffers from the Samuel Adams fate of most of their other hoppy ales, a bit disconnected and not as cohesive with malts as I would like.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For starters, this thing foamed real big when I opened it. Not a big mess but still...

A- Dark orange amber, lots of bubbles and very clear. Half a finger head that dissipates quickly
S- Lots of bitter molasses, a good range of hops, caramalized malts. Just an typical high end DIPA. I would like it to have a stronger smell that maybe a fresher one has.
T- A lot of bitterness from the hops but not a whole lot of hoppy taste or character, A good sweet malt backbone. Kinda disappointing the hops in here didn't shine as much as I had hoped.
M- The carbonation and the malts give this beer a nice feel. It goes down fairly easy, warms my stomach pretty well.
O- Kind of disappointed in this one honesty, I had just tried the Tasman Red and though this would be a step up but its a step down. I think the hop flavor is the one thing holding it back. Its good, worth picking up for 7$ but its just not quite there.

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GregSVT
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.

Photo of Dirtyrat91740
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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

Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of dankster
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Photo of henskejk
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
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.

Photo of DividedAvery
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Swim424
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jneiswender
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.

Photo of Cannoneer
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.

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.