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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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BA SCORE
82
good

977 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance, amber colour, off-tan head. Nose is full with musty grapefruit, pine, and candied malt. That candied malt is noted on the palate too, quite sweet and oily across the palate, with a very assertive piney bitterness to round it out. Surprisingly drinkable and lower abv than many double india pale ales. A virtue in the real world, but a vice on BA (sadly).

yemenmocha, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

brycevolk, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Arvo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours and looks great. Reddish amber with a thick khaki head that leaves heaps of lace.

Smell is all grapefruit orchards and pine barrens with some mild malt somewhere in the background.

Taste is more malt forward than one would expect, but after the brief malt intro, the hops show up big, moving in from the edges of the tongue. Lots of citric and pine elements. Finish is mildly bitter, refreshing, dry but doesn't hang you out to dry.

Mouthfeel is medium but I'd like more substance. Carbonation is decent. Overall it's one of the best Samuel Adams I've had and a decent DIPA in its own right.

JackieTH, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +3%

johnnyboy76, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich copper/bronze with a well defined 1/2 white head atop,great clarity to the pour.Very light citric hops and sweet alcohol in the nose,very light for the style in my opinion.Like most beers of the style I think its to sweet on the palate,sugary and caramel sweetness to me overtakes the citric hops,a little boozy in the finish.Par for the course as far as the style goes,its good for the style,I have, and am becoming more disenchanted in this style.My least favorite of the new Sam Adams Batch series.

oberon, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/bronze in color. Real fuzzy and sticky lacing on down the glass. Very floral and aromatic hop wise. Good sized hop bite with a really strong hop flavor. Plenty of caramel malt in the back to hold it all together. Plenty of residual sweetness going on. Long lingering hop bitterness as well. Very full mouthfeel. A nice double IPA for sure. Rather ordinary in spots but then again it is Sam Adams. I quite liked this one.

lackenhauser, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a Brandy Snifter

Pours a clear deep mahogany chestnut, with a 2 finger full and fluffy head with a layer of cream on top it. Nice alcohol stickiness on the glass from the lace. Piny notes first followed by a mild citrus hop scent. Nice floral and grassy tones throughout. Citrus hops and sweet malts in the mouth, dominating the flavor (and thats not saying much) . Finishes bitter with a swirl of big alcohol that isnt afraid to let you know its there. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth. Overall, this isn't my kinda IPA, big booze notes, hops just seem misplaced at times. Worth a shot for the price, but wont happen again.

gabedivision, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of hippityhophead24
4/5  rDev +9.9%

hippityhophead24, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful copper/amber color with an even one pinky white, creamy layer of foam and no carbonation after the beer sits for a few minutes in the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus, pine, grass, and lightly herbal with little to no malt in the nose.

T - Taste is different from most IPA's I've had in the past...There's the malt! Starts out with some light caramel malt touching the tip of the tongue for a second or two before a very large wall of pine and citrus come rolling in around midway through and builds momentum all the way to the end and beyond. Wow! This finishes fiercly hoppy and quite warm as it flows down the back of the throat. Pine and grapefruit citrus totally squelch the malt once they arrive on the scene.

M - Light body for a D-IPA which is this beers weakest characteristic, needs more substance or texture to compliment the big alcohol character. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a healthy coating of pine and citrus that lingers for a long, LONG time (which I like).

O - I've been looking forward to trying this beer, bought (2) bombers tonight at Wegman's, doesn't blow me away, but of the Sam Adams beers, this is one I would buy again. I tip my glass to you for finally brewing a big IPA. In terms of hops, wish these guys would bring back the Imperial Hallertau Pils which had even more bite than this one. Overall, it's definitely worth a try (even though my overall score may not strongly suggest as such...all D-IPA's are worth a try in my book...).

jzeilinger, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. This beer pours beautifully. Dark amber, very clear. Huge tan head that has great staying power and leaves wonderful lacing. Probably it's best feature.

Nose is piney, citrusy and grassy. Not that powerful or enticing, but not bad at all. The malt is hiding behind, kind of have to search for it. Taste is interesting, but not great. Caramel malts, and a slight sweetness and then very quickly bitter. There is pine, and earthiness, but the citrus is missing from the taste. The end is just straight bitter. Not a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Too light for a DIPA in my opinion. Overall, not a bad beer, but by no means great. The appearance is beautiful, but nothing else really impresses. Pretty average, but worth grabbing a bomber of.

zimm421, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

laymansbeerfan, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor a few weeks ago into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed "best by" date but "batch 1" stamped on the label.

A Nice translucent dark caramel body under a generous light brown head that can be difficult to control so watch that pour! This is a good look for a beer in the style although I expected the abundant head. 4.0

S Floral and Piney hops hit me first but it is over a nice, medium roast sweet malt. This is a double IPA that is going to demand your attention. 4.0

T The hops are there but they are a bit more muted than I would have expected/desired. The medium roast malt is there too but there is an annoying grainy barley husk taste that leaves a lingering bitterness (on second thought maybe it is a certain variety of hops that causes the lingering bitterness) and I am not liking that. Honestly I really have never appreciated that taste in a beer and this one certainly has it. The taste is to style but I really don.t care for that lingering bitterness (it still lingers even thought I typed this entire paragraph). 2.0

M Big, bodacious and that gravely bitterness certainly increases the feel of the beer. That is, of course to style but the feel is part of what I do not like about the beer (that lingering bitterness like a burlap bag on the back of my tongue....I feel like I need to take a sip of ice water.... 2.0

D Not that good honestly because of the bitterness and burlap bag feel. Maybe average for the style which is not particularly drinkable as it is. Overall the beer loses points for that off putting bitterness. 2.5

adamette, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a tight puffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with a wall of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of a floral grapefruit hop. The malt provides some breadiness with honey sweetness. Not particuliarly strong for the style.

The first flavor that steps out is a smooth bready honey malt. A nice base for a DIPA. This is followed by a grapefruit rind and piney hop profile. Quite earthy and bitter. A bit of a metal taste from the hops. More tropical fruit notes pop out as it warms.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance to begin with but does end with a dry asprin bitterness.

More earthy than vibrant, more bitter than flavorful. It is not sweet and I appreciate that; not a sugary tropical fruit hop bomb. However it is mostly bitter, I would like to see more grapefruit aroma and flavor.

Gmann, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Acoke
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Acoke, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark red, almost ruby red color from a 22 oz bomber. Visually stunning beer; very clear, very dark and very nice to look at. Decent carbonation with steady stream of tiny bubbles surfacing constantly.
Massive two finger frothy head that takes forever to settle to a nice film. Very good head retention and on it's way down leaves some really nice lace.
Aroma is hoppy upfront, with the pine and citrus notes predominating. Slowly as it warms up, the malt is noticeable in the nose, with hints of sweet fruity esters coming through.
Taste is a very nice blend of hops with malt. As it should be in a DIPA, the hops are dominant. Bitter upfront with some notes of sweetness from the malt in the middle, only to be completely taken over by a wave of hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very tasty brew from Sam Adams. The alcohol is very well masked and it definitely doesn't feel like a heavy beer.
Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice, oily hop presence that can be felt with each sip.
Overall, this is a really good DIPA and have to acknowledge the effort of Sam Adams in brewing this.
Definitely worth a try if you are a hop head.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear copper color with two and a half fingers of light tan head.

S-Light citrus and pine with some caramel backing.

T-Pine and pineapple notes with some light caramel and a pronounced, almost medicinal, bitterness on the finish.

M-Very slick and a little sticky with a medium body and low carbonation.

D-Not an awful stab at a DIPA by any means, but this one is lacking in hop aroma and flavor for me. A DIPA should be bomb in terms of flavor and aroma and this one just doesn't live up to my expectation of the style.

samie85, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice doulbe IPA. It's strong tasting. Bitter. And on top of that, creamy. It is near perfect in the glass. No, make that perfect.

The aroma is strong, but it could be stronger. If it had a better aromatic character it would be perfect. As it is, I just had the most pleasurable burp!

This really is a nice brew and I would buy it again if it were more economical. As it is, it's a very nice treat.

schoolboy, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of djschnabel
5/5  rDev +37.4%

djschnabel, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish dark orange/light amber color with a big fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice soapy lace as it recedes.

Aromas begin with pine, grapefruit and earthy hops. Some light bready malt is emerges as it warms. The hops are really the only main smell though, but sadly they aren't that prominent.

The flavors begin with a ton of sweet candied malts and hops. Citrus and pine hops coupled with a great deal of sweet bready pale maltiness. Some caramel emerges as well as it warms. More caramel malt forward than I would like in my DIPA but it is still nice for a change of pace. Light lingering bitter hop flavors

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light crispness to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. A little thin but not a deal breaker.

Overall this is a decent showing from Sam Adams. I am pleased they are branching out and making more full bodied, higher ABV offerings to complement their sessionable six packs. More of this and less of the rubbish (Longshot beers made with cooking ingredients and artificial fruit wheat beers) is a step in the right direction for me. Worth a go for the availability and reasonable price point and the cool looking bottles as well.

claspada, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light cat piss. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

Ratman197, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted copper coloring, with a heavy, thick, big bubbled, frothy, off-white head that stacks a good inch and a half. Aromas of citrus sugar candy and fresh, green, spicy hops all over the nose, and very well blended. Very hop forward flavor, with a blast of bitter, resiny characteristics that are balanced by a roasted caramel and toffee tangy sweetness. Great cling along the glass while you drink. The beer has a tart grapefruit and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a steady dose of bitterness from the hops. The finish lingers a bit, with a slow drying feel to it. Good brew.

GarthDanielson, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +9.9%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of scray24
4/5  rDev +9.9%

scray24, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pamola, Nov 16, 2011
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.