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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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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 60 | 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 FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering copper Double IPA with a thick, fluffy head and irregular bubbles. Time to linger on the smell as the head takes time to recede--clean grapefruit punches up. Side of the bottle lists Cascade hops from the UK and New Zealand with Simcoe hops from the US. Third Voyage refers to Captain Cook's fatal but otherwise successful voyage by using ingredients from associated areas. Very little malt, but a light caramel note with the citrus and floral hop. Citrus continues into the first sip through a moderate mouthfeel, but more robust that I would expect from the color. The 8% alcohol suggests a fair amount of malt, which would explain the fuller mouthfeel. Again, from the bottle, the malt bill lists Harrington, Metcalfe and Copeland pale malts, Caramalt and Honey malt. The effect is a full, sweet bready caramel and toffee base for the hops. Of these, I'm only familiar with the later two malts. The varied hop and malt bill lends the beer a complex but subtle flavor. Not being over the top, this beer might suffer a bit with hop heads. Hops are subdued by the body. An elegant beer that's good, Third Voyage is well worth a try but I don't think I'll buy another bottle. I would be interested in trying it on tap if it fell into my path.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark orange/amber body with a sticky white head. Very resilient head that clings to the glass. If it weren't so dark, it would be quite nice.

Smell - Citrusy, but loaded with malt. Caramel and sweetness come through and push the citrus hops out of the way.

Taste - Like the aroma, it's citrusy at first, but all malt throughout. It's not terrifically sweet, but it's got a good dose of caramel sweetness at the start. It's quite bitter at the back, which saves it from being overly sweet, I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick and syrupy for an IPA. Not an easy beer to put away, either.

Overall - A big, lumbering IPA that doesn't really deliver any exciting flavors. Certainly not worth the price tag and a beer I've had so many times before from other mediocre breweries. That said, there's nothing unpleasant about it.

Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MrTopher
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of FluffyMcTingle
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of orange citrus hops, as well as some caramel and biscuit malt. Smells like a malt-forward Double IPA. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit malt, with some bitter oranges and a little bit of pine mixed in. The bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

The second I've tried from SA's Batch 1 releases. Tasman Red was incredible, so let's find out how Third Voyage holds up. Nice pour (a bit viscous), with a clear brassy body. Not much carbonation rising from the etched bottom, and the head is thin, white, and well-retained with a bit of lace. Decent aroma, but I expected a much bigger nose given the style and hop selection. Candy sugar malts with caramel balance a fruity, tropical hop note.

Flavor dials up the hops appropriately with a lasting bitter bite that hits mid-sip and lingers into the finish. Piny, floral notes prevail atop a snappy alcohol bite and a backbone of cracker-like malt notes. Nice mouthfeel: chewy, but not overly thick with a good carbonation level and excellent hop bite. All in all, a pretty worthy release from Sam Adam's. Above average for the style, but probably not a beer I'd shell out $9 a bomber for again.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those big bottles from Sam Adams, interesting beers so far. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is kind of brown, pretty clear, dirty white head, small bubbles, some lacing, some carbonation.

Aroma is piny, resiny, with hints of malt backbone, interesting.

Beer is heavy, chewy, pretty bitter, decent overall, a good attempt at an IPA. It is quite hoppy on the midpalate, the malt is a little heavy for my tastes but overall I would have it again.

Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of stickynotes
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bomber for $6.

Poured into a tulip. A rich, brownish-reddish head with good retention. Body is clear amber, looks nice.

I am disappointed with the aroma, its weak, I like a hoppy wiff when I crack an ipa open. Grapefruit, other citrus, a little sweet malt, pretty weak.

Taste is not too bold but well rounded. Subdued citrus up front, nice bitterness throughout, ends with caramel. Not too much hop presence. just a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated.

Overall this is an ok dipa. All the components are there and come together well but not too boldly.

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 22oz bottle the other day at The Beer Store ($5.99) and will now enjoy it while watching some NFL football... This batch #1 has an interesting blurb on the label about Capt. Cook and Cascade hops.

My nonic is now filled with a clear, deep copper-hued liquid. Carbo is sparse, and moves in slow-motion towards the surface. Up top sits a fine, thin creamy layer of off-white bubbles, and lacing is plentiful. Aroma displays plenty of citrus, along with a good amount of rindyness. Feel is very low on the prickle level and fairly high on smoothness, along with a medium-plus body.

I wasn't expecting as much malt as I'm finding here. A healthy dose of caramel malt, with a smidge of honey, layers the palate with some nice sweetness. That is soon offset by a more-than-healthy dose of lupulins. The citrus is plentiful, with resiny, piney, earthy hops coating the tongue and lingering long after the liquid has vacated the premises. I'm really liking this one, and the $5.99 price is very reasonable for a solid DIPA. Prosit!!

4.4 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with US Simcoe and Cascades from the UK and New Zealand. Funny that while some while some breweries are pushing local sustainability others are reaching out across the globe. And I drink it all.

Amber with a large off-white head. Good retention leaves a lacey mess.

Aroma is pine, pine, and more pine. Good thing I really like pine. Some freshly vacuumed carpet smell as well that I often get from Cascade.

Tastes showcases more piney highlights with a big, blunt, skunky grapefruit bitter. Mildly sweet bready malt underneath compliments the dry, piney hops.

The amount one likes this beer will be directly proportionate to the amount one likes pine.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rwilde
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a very dark gold color with a thick head that leaves foam on the glass.

S: The beer Has a good amount of malt and hops. There is also some sweetness.

T: The beer has a defined amount of malt and hops. The sweet malt lingers on the tongue for a long time. I was hoping for more hops.

M: The beer is extremely smooth and it just goes down great. This is one of the smoothest when it comes to Imperial IPAs.

O: I was expecting this to blow me away, but it didnt. It is a very solid beer and has a lot of great qualities. Another solid beer from BBC

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours an extremely clear deep red amber with tiny streams of bubbles. A thick, foamy cap rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and never fully retreated. Some clingy lace along the rim of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and some astringent grapefruit. The malt really dominates here.

The hops do their best to cut through all this malt--5 different kinds according to the label. Sticky caramel, toasted bread, and honey with grapefruit and dry, earthy cascade hops poking through. Some heavier hands with the simcoe would do wonders here.

Smooth and creamy with a touch of sweet malts coming in a rush on the finish. Medium bodied, a bit chewy. The finish is mostly sweet caramel and honey, but some grapefruit and orange rind bring a dose of bitterness.

Overall, this is imbalanced, in the wrong direction, for a dipa. This drinks pretty easy, and can easily be accepted by many palates, so I do understand the direction BBC was heading with this one. Slightly above average. This actually reminds me of a cleaner, maltier, less hoppy version of Yakima Glory.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Arvo
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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