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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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Photo of nukem5
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Hop-tology sampler case and I thought it was the best of the bunch.Triple cascade hops indeed!

A: Ours a great looking amber color with a nice foamy cap and some big lacing down glass. This really looks appetizing and delicious ... yummy.

S: Aroma is a big ol' kick to the head, the cascade hops are very inviting and then on second smell you get some of the sweet roasty malts that help make this one a great drinking experience.

T: Sip...Great citrusy punch with a good base malt to steer to the next...Sip...caramels and earthy...Sip... I bet you wish you had one right now if your reading this...Sip... Taste is well balanced and a lots of flavors mixing well.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with a great carbonation level not to bubbly but enough to cleanse the palate for the next sip to soak into the tongue. I had this with a nice crisp garden salad.

O: Overall I will definitely buy this again ...please make this available for case purchases... thanks to all at Boston Beer Co.

nukem5, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of BmoreBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness date.

A: Poured a dark copper color with decent head more tan than white. Nice laciness remained as head dissolved.

S: Very earthy, dry hopping clearly added strong pine scent. Slight notes of citrus though the earthiness definitely takes over. Could smell this beer all day long.

T: First sips seemed a little too strong with the pine/grass flavor but was eventually balanced nicely with caramel malt and a little citrus hoppiness. Finish is excellent with very nice piney hop flavor lasting well after the final sip. Definitely need to enjoy hops to drink this one.

M: Medium bodied with a about average carbonation. About what you'd expect.

O: I was a little skeptical going into this one but was pleasantly surprised. Delicious earthy hops start with the aroma and follow through with every sip. The best offering I've tasted from Boston Beer Co.

BmoreBeerGuy, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright ruby, with a one inch off white head, nice looking lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, and a little breadyness. Taste is all of those, with a bitter grapefruit finish that surprises you. Body is nice, but different than most DIPA's. Plenty of carbonation. This drinks and looks more like a hoppy strong ale. I had know idea this beer was coming, so glad I bought 3 of them. Impressed and $5.99 is a solid price.

SawDog505, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of rajendra82
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.

rajendra82, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jsh420
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

jsh420, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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


Bierman9, Nov 20, 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 Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second of the three Sam Adams bomber (22 oz.) bombers I have sampled, Third Voyage is named for James Cook's voyage from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Accordingly, there are Cascade hops from each of these regions which, combined with the dense, delicious malt structure, make a terrific DIPA.

Two fingers of white froth top a clear orange-amber body with golden trim. Dense lacing on the Duvel tulip, and a sound head duration, make this a beautiful beer to behold. Good sweet smells, with ample citrus (grapefruit and orange) with perhaps a hint of cherry, and lots of biscuit and caramel malt.

While Third Voyage is a remarkably well-balanced DIPA, the Cascade and Simcoe Hops make this hop-forward DIPA a real treat. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, with some grassy notes, very sweet all around, with a bite in the finish. The malt character is solid, smooth, and rich with biscuit and caramel malt. The honey malt combines adroitly with the sweet hop flavor to make for an almost candied taste; superb.

Good texture, with the malt making it a bit more smooth than the grit I was hoping for. However, Third Voyage maintains sufficient DIPA characteristics, even in the mouthfeel, to satisfy hop lovers--more hop flavor than hop texture on the tongue, Third Voyage is an excellent DIPA. Shy of more hop grit, this is about the kind of DIPA I was hoping Sam Adams would produce, and Third Voyage should be a regular offering. This was simply superb, a full-bodied, very flavorful DIPA that one ought not miss. Unequivocally recommended. Cheers.

Gehrig, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Third Voyage is a very clear, dense copper ale with a thick, bubbly, pale yellow foam that has outstanding retention. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma that's grassy and juicy. Sweet caramel is detected. It's smooth, creamy and full bodied. The finish is a little dry, chewy and a touch gritty. It's pretty sweet from start to finish. The bitterness is there, but the malt takes all the edge off of that. It kind of tastes like... a caramel coated lime. The aftertaste is pretty much straight grapefruit. This tastes nice. This seems like a dessert IPA, if there's such a thing.

yesyouam, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the Small Batch Collection.

Grapefruit/lemon aroma. Pours deep copper body with large beige head. Head retention was substantial followed by a generous lacing of the glass. Taste is citrus, grapefruit upfront. Bread and slightly sour notes with a boozy finish. A very good sipping beer!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours an amber-red crystal-clear body with over an inch of rather persistent off-white head. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and pine comprise the aroma. Bright hop flavors burst through in the flavor, with lemon, orange, and grapefruit dominating and pith and pine notes, as well as toffee malt notes just barely balancing this hop bomb. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An easy drinker, despite the robust flavors and abv. A pretty damn good IIPA.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Shiny deep copper body, excellent clarity, topped by five fingers of off-white micro-bubbly foam. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy with grapefruit, with a solid pine undercurrent.

Strong solid caramel foundation. Big bursts of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow. More fruit in the afterglow.

Big slick mouthfeel delivers a solid load.

A tasty DIPA, worthy of at least one bottle, and maybe three.

RonfromJersey, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sam Adams - Third Voyage Double IPA - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

I will say first off that I am not usually overly impressed with Sam Adams, they have been hit-or-miss in the past with me.

Look - Pours caramel with a slight reddish hue. Hearty, foamy head. Slightly filtered, no noticeable carbonation.

Smell - Smooth hops smell, slight hint of caramel.

Taste - Caramel sweetness followed by a wave of smooth hops, just like it smells. Ends a bit on the bitter side, citrus.

Mouthfeel - Not overwhelming, drinkable for sure, the initial taste beats the aftertaste here.

Overall - Pleasantly surprised with this Sam Adams brew.

JMScowcroft, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Casey10
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow great little double IPA from Sam Adams. Because of the distibution of might get a lot more new comers to try this style. That being said not bad at all.

Dark looking lots of lacing smell has a nice citrusy dark pine going for it as well.

Mouthfeel is more of the same as ot sticks with you and overall a really awesome DIPA for the masses as I think many will get to try this and like it.

Casey10, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper brown color with a thin white head that settles to a fair ring with solid lacing. The nose picks up a bright citrus with a sort of grassy biscuit grain under some floral notes. The taste buds uncover near cloying grapefruit/floral hops with woodsy oats and subtle butterscotch. This improves notably on the aroma and with a little warming at room temperature. This is medium-full bodied with a fairly luscious feel full of frizzy carbonation that does not block the flavor. Typical DIPA drinkability but overall very nice.

Durge, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This double IPA is part of the Sam Adams "Small Batch" Series and evokes the hearty beer style created to survive long sea voyages - in the case of the title, the Third Voyage of Captain Cook.

The initial pour results in a massive frothing that eases itself into submission. Upon settleing, there is a translucent copper body abound with splotchy lacing throughout the quaff. The nose contains mild aromas of peach and mango while the palate receives a subtle doppling of mango for a smooth, but hoppy, finish. There is a semi-dry mouthfeel present that makes a decent if not too overwhelming beer.

jjboesen, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of LeffeHanded
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

juicebox, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

pathman, Jun 30, 2013
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.