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

Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

918 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%


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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adamette

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:53:56 | More by adamette
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Gmann

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:50:45 | More by Gmann
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:00:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
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samie85

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:56:08 | More by samie85
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:06:06 | More by schoolboy
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claspada

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:20:24 | More by claspada
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Ratman197

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:38:36 | More by Ratman197
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 22:34:33 | More by GarthDanielson
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a dark amber color. It had a thick, off-white head that was very sticky. A good deal of lace.

Aroma was mostly citrus and earthy hops. Some sweet malt in the background.

Lots of fruit in the taste. Grapefruit mostly, also orange and melon. Tiny bit of piney hops. A little bread.

Hoppy and warming. A nice try at a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 17:06:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get really fruity smells from the variety of cascade hops they use plus a melon smell with some sweet roasted malts. It smells reminiscent of their Latitude 48 but with a fruity melon and resinous twist to it from the hops they use. I also get a little bit of a spruce pine smell as well. This is a very smooth beer with the fruitiness right up front along with that melon taste just unveiling itself and then the sweet roasted caramel malts follow and then ending with the fruity citric piney herbal and spruce bitter finish.

It tastes like an earthy resinous very deep and rich flavored hoppy IPA all in one. It has a variety of complex hop flavors like I said ranging from melon and fruits in the beginning to a very nice herbal spruce pine finish. Its a perfect combination of the 2. It has a sweet silky body and mouthfeel and really in my mind matches up with a lot of the top notch DIPA's that I've had.

I love that you can't really taste the alcohol from this but can kinda sorta feel the heat in the throat just a tad. Other than that the alcohol taste is masked by the fruity melon hop tastes. Its like their Latitude 48 just with a more complex hop taste. Get this beer it proves Samuel Adams can make a more complex beer than a lot of people give them credit for and honestly in my opinion stands with the best IPA's I've tried from the West coast and East coast.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:08:28 | More by thebrood1987
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep amber, one finger head that doesn't stay around for long.

S-Earthy pine and grass, some malt.

T-Lots of pine and grass. Not much citrus, as the bottle suggests. Some bitterness, not that much though.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-I like that Sam Adams for finally brewing a DIPA, worth a try. Very earthy but at the end of the day just fell short from what you'd expect from a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:36:18 | More by rlee1390
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:33:55 | More by mikesgroove
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aasher

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied bright copper in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It smells of fresh and oily hops, pine, and caramel malts. It's pretty standard but turns sweeter as it comes to room temp. The flavors are fresh and soapy. It features a good amount of caramel malts, pine, with a mellowing bitterness. It's almost reminiscent of a fresh hop IPA. It drinks very, very smoothly and has an awesome mouthfeel for the style. It doesn't dry out your palate at all. Overall this is a decent IPA and one of Sam Adams' best beers. It's worth a shot, especially for under $7.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:43:56 | More by aasher
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was psyched to see this beer arrive at my local bottle shop... We usually don't get the limited SA releases here...

Surprisingly dark with some reddish tinges, this DIPA from SA brings an assault of hops to the nose... Citrusy and grapefruity in nature, I'm a little take aback at the sheer hoppiness on the nose, especially after reading some earlier reviews... Its pungent and sticky and dank.. What? Yep, I said it... Smells awesome...

Wave after wave of unrelenting hoppiness punish the palate with each sip and have me on a hop-high in a short amount of time... I'm shocked at how juicy and crisp this is and I've a good mind to contact the folks at Sam Adams and ask them why the hell they haven't been making this beer all along... I'm enjoying the hell out of this... Long slow bitter finish with a tinge of sweetness from the malts...

One of the more enjoyable brews I've had in a while actually... I loved this beer... It reminded me of SN Celebration Ale at times...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 14:28:08 | More by Tilley4
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:33:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Moderate pine hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some caramel with pine hops, lingering bitter finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:52:15 | More by jdhilt
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - An incredibly deep amber, unlike any DIPA i have seen, it looks more like a scotch ale, looks magnificent, almost like nugget nectar. About 2 fingers of head poured into a wine glass.

Smell - Very massive grapefruit and ripe melons on this one, a very west coast smelling DIPA. Little malts in the nose, overwhelmed by hops, really pretty impressive smelling. Luckily i live in Boston so i got this fresh.

Taste - Front of the tongue you are met with a very delicious ripe tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, middle is very smooth and bready, a very nice balance. Ends dry and bitter. Pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and awesomely carbonated

Overall - Very impressed by this beer. Drank fresh it is phenomenal. The hops are very present and if you like that sort of thing like i do then this beer is for you. Seek it out, i find that it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:57:51 | More by aorloski
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light creamy almost 1 finger head, fades semi slowly with light lacing, clear golden orange reddish color.

Nose is nice, citrus and light tropical fruit, light earthy almost herbal hops, lots of reddish like malts, creamy malts, an almost ester fruit with the light booze, hint of peach or apricot like fruit.

Taste starts light fruity juicy apple pear apricot like fruit, light citrus and pine, zest, more earthy hops light spicy hops, quite bitter. creamy malts, light red malts, semi sweet with a touch of booze and light esters even. Then more spicy chewy earthy hops for the finish with a touch of booze and sweet malts, long spicy earthy hop finish.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of booze.

Overall not bad decent for dipa, not huge hop fruit but decent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:42:53 | More by jlindros
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet citrus like pine. In the taste, sweet orange citrus and mellow hop abrasion. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. OK Sam Adams, you can do it, this proves it, make an great everyday DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:06:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a big fluffy 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace develops.

Smell: loads of pine, grapefruit, and earthy tones.

Taste: big malt base here. Caramel, grapefruit, pine, tart pears, and a big earthy bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is barely noticeable here, but does provide some warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a nicely drinkable DIPA. Well balanced and refreshing. Worthy of seeking this one out if you haven't had it yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 18:53:26 | More by Gavage
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EchoCharlieEcho

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark caramel with a light honey-colored head. Dissipates to leave a thin film with decent lacing.

S: The simcoe hops come through with some citrus from the cascade. Can't detect much malt in the nose.

T: Again the hops dominate here. Citrus-y, pine-y and bitter, with some sweet malts at the end. Not quite a hop-bomb, but not too far off either.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Quite pleasant, actually.

O: A decent DIPA. For the price, a good one. I can see myself picking this up when I need a hop fix. May also let one sit for a few months to see how the malts come out with a little age.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 16:45:10 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastically clear amber colored beer, bright and vibrant looking in the glass with some soft bubbles rising from the bottom. A good two finger off-white head sits on top and dissapates slowly. Nice retention. Big citrusy hop notes reminiscent of grapefruit and oranges with a large backing of piney hops. Clean honey malts under it all, only slightly. Clean and crisp aroma, very nice.

Big and hoppy, lots of bitterness that hits like a hammer at first. Sharp notes of pine bitterness mixed in with a touch of alcohol to make for a potent and powerful taste. The lingering hops stay well into the aftertaste, and strongly too. In front of that very sharp and dominating taste are very nice citrusy and flowery hop notes mixed with those honey malts on the tip of the tongue as well as a touch of caramel. A bit salty maybe? That could have something to do with the major intensity of the hop flavors. The bitterness combined with a crisp medium carbonation creates a welcome palate-ruining combination. The mouthfeel is somehow sort of smooth even with the prickle of the hops and booze, and it finishes dry and clean. The aftertaste is just so intense that it becomes a bit of a detriment, but makes you want to take another sip.

Honestly one of the most sharply hoppy beers I've tried, but this is pretty good. It stays true to style and really hammers it home. Its kind of nice to see BBC come out with something that has a more distinct character than some of their others. This and the other 3 that I've had from the series have all been very good. I recommend this and those.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 07:10:51 | More by chodinheaven
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Kendo

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear, coppery-amber with a 2-finger khaki-colored head that leaves behind rings of lace up top, splotches thereafter.

S: First impression is resiny pine and an earthy hoppiness. After a couple more sniffs I also get some mint - toothpaste comes to mind actually.

T: Toffee/caramel malt base provides some malty sweetness. But then it's hops - earthy, grassy but mainly piney. Some peppery spiciness too. Finishes with a wood-like astringency that leaves a tannic lingering bitterness on the palate. Alcohol heat felt in belly.

M: Medium weight. Carbonation is nice and soft up front with some prickliness mid-sip.

O: Good stuff, not great. I prefer my hoppy DIPAs to hew more towards the American-hop profiles: citrusy grapefruit with a touch of pine. This hop bill is more earthy than what I like, but it's a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:29:20 | More by Kendo
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 the bottle says no other freshness dating but it is brand new to the store I bought it from.

A= The pour is a nice looking transparent amber color with a pretty big nice looking off white head that grows to a nice three fingers and falls slowly. The lacing on the glass is nice and it actually looks like a pretty nice beer.

S= The smell is a nice flowery hop aroma. Very floral actually. There's a bit of malt character to it that comes through a bit.

T= Nice hop bite that hits you with a floral grassy character and a nice malty sweetness that comes through quite a bit. It sort of reminds me a bit of a top fermented double boston lager. It's not quite as clean as the BL and the flavors are much more intense.

M= A little sweet for me on the finish but the carbonation is nice.

O= Not a bad beer but not the most outstanding DIPA in the world. Worth checking out and trying. You really can't go wrong with a DIPA and this is no exception. Worth trying but maybe not worth trying over and over again. Though the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:07:54 | More by jjanega08
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finishing up this new line of SA bombers here. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises musty pine needles, lightly minty balsa, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of celery, mint, light cilantro, dark greens, dusty pine, honey, sweet caramel, and dry, flaky biscuit. A strange, minty bitterness pervades long after the liquid leaves my tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I'm not a fan of this DIPA. The hop mixture just didn't work for me, and the dry bitterness at the end made it hard to go back to the glass for more. It's not all bad, but nothing I really wanna have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:49:52 | More by TMoney2591
Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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